On the 3rd of February, 1960, davidstewart/David Stewart, one of Ireland's most prominent fans, was born. Over the years, he was one of the most recognisable Irishmen in SF fandom: few people who attended Octocon wouldn't have met him, but he was also to be seen at Eastercons and Worldcons. He was a large man, both in body and spirit, and usually the centre of friendly chat.
Today, he should have been celebrating his 50th birthday.
Sadly, he died of oesophageal cancer in his late 40s, and his funeral actually took place during the 2007 Octocon.
This evening, I will be raising a glass in his memory. I hope those of you who also knew him will join me.