Living on Central European Time means I don't always get news in a timely fashion. Some news I don't want to get. Jeffrey Walker's passing came to me via a Tweet and I am crushed.
Jeffrey was one of 'us' Irregulars. A gentle and courageous soul who never used his position as president of Atlassian to sell me any thing. I admired that - a lot. A gentleman who was always thoughtful, quiet yet passionate. At times like this words fail me. I am crushed. I leave it to other Irregulars who do a far better job in the comments to Jeffrey's blog:
Jeffery you will never know the distance of your reach or its impact on those you touched. Your fight against cancer was an inspiration to watch and a celebration of the human spirit. I can’t thank you enough for letting us walk with you while you fought.
I only met Jeff a few times, but they way he talked and opened up, it was as if we were long time friends. I will never forget his positive attitude during his battle with cancer…Jeff Walker, you are an inspiration to us all, my friend. We will miss you!
Jeffrey was an incredible and inspiring person in so many ways. He was also a real person, with genuine interests extending in different directions. Perhaps most important was the excellence of his character. We will all miss him.