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Title: Farewell Daglob
Post by: BentonGrey on August 03, 2021, 02:22:29 PM
My friends, it is my heart-breaking duty to inform you that we have lost another of our number, and another of the very best of us.  Our dear friend, Daglob, passed away this morning.  He finally lost his long battle with his cancer, one that he had been fighting heroically for years.  That struggle, and more importantly, the heroic endurance, perseverance, and simple good humor with which he faced it has been an inspiration to our entire community.  And Daglob himself has been a constant friend to many of us and a champion of the community itself.  He was always willing to help, always jumping in to provide a skin or mesh for someone in need, and with a wonderful love of the obscure and the forgotten that celebrated the strange and unusual in our favorite mediums.  He was also a tremendous help to me in my own projects, both in terms of being a walking library of FF resources, and in terms of creating materials himself, and my Pulp Adventures mod in particular owes its existence to both his work and his interests.  But more importantly, he was a good man, and he enriched the lives of everyone who was a member here, whether they knew it or not.  He enriched our lives in his generosity with his time and his talents, and he enriched them with his steady presence and unflappable nature.  I have been privileged to call him my friend, and I shall miss him terribly, but almost everyone who passed through this site owes him thanks and remembrance.

Once upon a time, our scattered, diminished community came together to send our dear friend a message of encouragement.  Many of us signed this piece below, and we sent it to Daglob.  His struggle is over now, and according to his belief and mine, he has gone to a place where there is no more pain and no more sorrow.  May he be welcomed as his good heart deserves.

(http://i.imgur.com/8bkEGfpl.png) (https://imgur.com/8bkEGfp)

This piece has new meaning for me now.  The smiles on the faces of some of Daglob's favorite characters seem to be to be welcoming him home.  That seems fitting.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Deaths Jester on August 03, 2021, 02:35:22 PM
FR has lost it's history and heart with this news. DG - or Bill as some knew him - was...I...<shakes head>...I can't...this is just such a hit....can't put words to how much he meant to FR and all of us...

...enjoy the pulps and older comics in the sky, old friend...
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Tomato on August 03, 2021, 02:38:39 PM
I'm still in shock on this so I don't know that I have it in me to express this properly, but he will be missed greatly. On the one hand, I'm glad his pain is finally over, but on the other I'm sad I didn't have a chance to tell him what he meant to the community. Dude was a walking encyclopedia of mesh and skin knowledge, not to mention obscure comic and tv lore.

I'll miss you daglob
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: HarryTrotter on August 03, 2021, 03:57:51 PM
Terrible news,indeed. He will be missed.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Nyte Dragon on August 03, 2021, 04:11:07 PM

Always before, the Spring returned.
The bright world in its cycle spun
In the air and flowers, frass and fern,
Assured and cradled by the sun.

Always before, you could explain
The turning darkness of the earth,
And how that dark embraced the rain,
And gave the ferns and flowers birth.
 
Already I forget those things,
And how a vein of gold survives
The mining of a thousand springs,
The season of a thousand lives.
 
Now winter is my memory,
Now autumn, now summer light -
So every spring from now will be
Another season into the night.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Randomdays on August 03, 2021, 04:32:08 PM
This is very sad. Like Cyber, Daglob was a constant presence on the forums, always willing to help where he could and trying to preserve as much of the community as was possible.

I think being part of this community brought him joy, and I know he did for us.

Like others have said, I'm in shock and he will be deeply missed.

Randomdays

Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: spydermann93 on August 03, 2021, 04:41:58 PM
I'm at a loss for words.

I'm gonna miss you, Glob. You were an amazing guy and I hope your family is doing ok.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Silver Shocker on August 03, 2021, 04:45:42 PM
Saddening news. Goodbye Dag.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: SuperPoweredYank on August 03, 2021, 05:28:18 PM
I recall back in 2014 Alex's website began updating again for the first time in awhile, and started hosting DaGlob's creations, which is when I first became aware of him. Bill's tastes often aligned with my own (i.e Universal Monsters, Doctor Who, old toys, obscure golden age oddities, etc...) and because of this I really got back into the game. When I finally decided to join the forums ~3 years ago, I quickly found out he was the most inviting and helpful member of the community. I wish I could've known him better.

Godspeed, Bill "DaGlob" Jackson.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: naitvalis on August 03, 2021, 05:36:23 PM
Another great hero of this community have passed away, as for our dear friend Cyber Burn his help was unvaluable for some of us, i will repeat myself but sometimes in your life little things like this community could help survive, call it a sense of family maybe... a little warm, but help. People like Daglob make this happen (with all the pain) spending their time to read and comunicate, to help , i thank you my friend wherever you are, thank you.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Podmark on August 03, 2021, 11:45:14 PM
I'm very sorry to hear about Daglob. Following along with his troubles in his thread I was worried we might have to say goodbye one day. He was a big part of this community and he'll be missed.
I was always really impressed that he kept running the themed skinning challenges.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: dknight95 on August 04, 2021, 01:07:36 AM
So sad to hear about this, my condolences to his family and friends.  Another one of the best of us in our little corner of the universe has left us for the journey beyond this earth.  This day today is a hard one for us all. It is so much easier to mourn in silence, but silence or not, one thing which I am sure we all appreciate today, is being able to share in each other's moments or thoughts of Daglob. Many will have their own stories or special memories, of the mark he left in this forum and in their lives.  He will live on through our thoughts of him and we must continue to focus on the incredible contributions Daglob brought us, rather than the fact that he is no longer here with us today as we know it. I am certain of two things though.  We are all here because somewhere somehow, we have all been touched by Daglob and that the universe sadly became a little dimmer today.  We were all very lucky to have had him as part of this forum and as much as he will be missed by us all, he will remain with us all, as long as we can remember. We will miss you Daglob, past, present and future.  Rest in Peace.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: WyldFyre on August 04, 2021, 01:26:03 AM
I cannot express how deeply I feel this loss. His art and encouragement have saved all of us a long search at times. He was instrumental in my trying to preserve content in the museum. I will finish that task as an homage to one of the greatest people I have known. My heart is heavy indeed.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: SickAlice on August 04, 2021, 04:54:22 AM
I knew it was coming. I just lost three in a month to the Big C, next door neighbor was yesterday. This sucks. There ain't much to say that isn't known.

Daglob was dedicated to this community. He was dedicated to people period. Children included. He made requests for me to things for the kids in his family and I can say it was the proudest I was doing anything here. He checked on me frequently and kept my email current especially back when I was having surgeries often. Always inquired about my stepfather and mom too, they both have the condition, stepdad is terminal currently. Else endless projects done with this one, he had shared loves for the same obscure comics I do though in his case the projects here don't come close to the heart on that guy.

I hope you find yourself in the best place surrounded by love and kindness Bill. Cheers.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: deanjo2000 on August 04, 2021, 07:29:38 AM
Oh god this is terrible news to wake upto, I donít know what to say really. I loved his style, who he was and everything he did. Heís helped me out endlessly and because of him my knowledge on the classics is much broader now ( he was forever doing a new character that Iíd then have to google and Iíd told him this more than once which Iím sure he liked) I will miss him terribly and Iím sure him and cyber are even now teaming up in a much better place.
I love you bill and thank you.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: detourne_me on August 05, 2021, 02:44:58 AM
Oh no.  This has been a rough year and a half. Daglob was such an integral member of the community. He'll truly be missed.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: stumpy on August 06, 2021, 04:12:13 AM
Jeez. (http://www.stumpyanker.com/emoticons/bye2.gif)

Greener pastures, daglob.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Chuckles4099 on August 06, 2021, 06:06:37 AM
Sad news indeed, he will be missed.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Ewzzy on August 06, 2021, 08:04:20 PM
I sad to hear this. I just returned to the community after nearly a decade away and Daglob was one of the first and most welcoming.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Epimethee on August 07, 2021, 02:56:28 PM
Thanks for the life you brought to this little community, Daglob. The place wonít be the same without you.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: doctorchallenger on August 08, 2021, 07:50:26 PM
Damn.

Truly one of the best among us.

Damn.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: windblown on August 08, 2021, 10:44:34 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this news...  He was a very important part of the community.

He'll be missed.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: President Raygun on August 08, 2021, 10:58:08 PM
As prolific as he was talented, and always willing to help. Rest in peace, Daglob.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: BentonGrey on August 09, 2021, 02:20:39 PM
Hello my friends, Daglob/Bill's daughter wrote to me recently and offered to share his obituary with us.  It's a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man, so I promised to pass it along:

https://hughesfuneralhome.org/tribute/william-bill-jackson/?fbclid=IwAR2YuTX3_l9x53SmBVyV9UhuFVB8H04j6S8uXYkifRW5T-M5phOds_6hrdU

I also want to share part of her note to me.  The love of our community for Bill has been a comfort to his family, and that's a good thing:

Quote
I have read some of the comments at FR. They make me cry, but they also do my broken heart good to read. When he was in the hospital he had me checking some of the posts and reading them to him, and I still had the forum tab open on my tablet. I saved the comments, and one day I hope that they will bring me more smiles than tears.

He truly loved y'all. He was the first, and remained one of the only, people to understand my having real and important friendships with people I only knew online, because he had them too, with y'all.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Ewzzy on August 10, 2021, 01:57:21 PM
That's about the sweetest thing I ever heard.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: cmdrkoenig67 on August 10, 2021, 02:41:32 PM
This is awful, I feel so bad for his family, condolences to those here who knew him well and to his family.

Dana
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: cmdrkoenig67 on August 10, 2021, 02:44:44 PM
Daglob/Bill was always here...I just expected he was always going to be here...I know that's dumb. :(

Dana
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: docdelorean88 on August 12, 2021, 05:44:11 AM
I didn't know DaGlob well, but he made such an impact on me. I joined this forum when I was in my mid teens. DaGlob was one of the first names I remember seeing repeatedly, and how open and open, kind, and responsive he was to everyone who called this place home.  And I can genuinely say that over the  course of last 13 years of my calling this place home, regardless of what was happening in the community(and even in his own real world life), he continued to be that ambassador for every one he interacted with here.

We mainly only ever interacted through comments through the thread, but over the years he helped me find skins/meshes(frequently taking the time to send them to me directly) numerous times, took lots of my requests and made them, and even made a skin based on a hero-machine design I once posted (in I think the fan art thread) just because he was inspired to do so. He always welcomed feedback ( both creatively and mechanically), and took the communities suggestions and ran with them when it came to content.

And he did all this with such dedication, that without a doubt,  you knew when you came around, he would be here(kind of like Coach from Cheers, and both of their passing seem to leave a similar hole in their respective communities). And yes, I was aware of his fight, and how relentless it had been over the years. But like Dana/cmdrkoenig67, some part of me always thought he'd be here. My heart is heavy, knowing that he has gone, but it is grateful knowing his pain is no more.

He was, is, and always will be, one of the great corner stones of this community. A shining example of not just a good forum member, but a good person.

Thank you DaGlob, from a kid who was looking for a place to fit in.

 
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: cmdrkoenig67 on August 12, 2021, 04:29:22 PM
That's a really wonderful note from his daughter too, thank you for sharing it, BG.

Rest in Peace, Bill/DaGlob

Dana
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: BentonGrey on August 15, 2021, 02:46:41 PM
Well said, DD.

Bill's daughter sent me a message to let me know that they will be having the services for him today at 2 PM CST.  They'll be livestreamed because of Covid, so if anyone wants to "attend", we have that option, which is really nice of her to share with us.

https://www.facebook.com/UnityOfMobile/
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Panther_Gunn on August 15, 2021, 07:10:47 PM
Thanks for the heads-up, BG.  The opening song choice is already gettin' me.  :(
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: docdelorean88 on August 16, 2021, 04:29:55 AM
What a beautiful service ❤️ I'm so grateful his daughter shared that with us
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: oktokels on August 28, 2021, 01:38:12 PM
Just reading this and, Oof...terrible news.  :(
Daglob was one of the most active user in the forum.  Personally i didnt knew him, but i exchanged some messages with him here and there. He was a fan of skinning and different types of skins. Great guy, he will be missed ! Respects !!!
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: abenavides on August 29, 2021, 12:02:30 AM
Whoa Iíve been out of the loop completely on this . DG was one of the nicest people Iíve met in the ff-fandom. Always willing to help you out with a mesh or skin . And doing amazing work of his own . Shocked to hear this.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: The Beyonder on September 02, 2021, 12:30:37 PM
Seeing and reading this was all hard to take in.  I'm at a loss for words.  I just wish I had better words to say other than you will be missed Daglob.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Outcast on September 05, 2021, 02:34:51 AM
Condolences to his family and everyone who knew him.

He was a good man indeed. He was the among the very first people that helped me out when I first joined this community. Back then, I often had a lot of requests and sometimes I would ask them from him via PM. He was always friendly and ready to help when he was able to.

I also admired his enthusiasm and dedication in making cool stuff for the game. Sometimes it could be something simple, silly, or funny. Other times it would be cool and awesome. I could tell he just simply loved and enjoyed what he was doing. And I think he wanted to share that same joy and enthusiasm to everyone.

Rest In Peace Daglob. You shall be missed.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: Panther_Gunn on September 09, 2021, 05:19:14 AM
Ok, I've put this off for long enough.

I never thought I would miss someone this much that I never met.  Bill could almost always find a way to relate to someone on some subject or other.  Knowing him was, dare I say it, an enriching experience.  I don't know if I'll ever say that about anyone ever again (cuz I'm a grump).

Daglob may not have been in the first or second wave of board members like some of us still hanging around, having finally signed up almost a year after the board was started, but he put so much of himself into the place that you'd think he was a founder.  There's been a lot of well-deserved praise handed out to him as one of the best of us, but I'll up that and say that he was absolutely the best of us.  He was the example we should all strive to emulate.  He was always willing to try his hand at just about every aspect of the game, contributing content heartily (limited only by the tech he had at hand), and always more than happy to help someone out with not just the content he had hoarded (by his own admission), but also his extensive knowledge of classic and pulp characters, as well as a sounding board for ideas.  He resurrected the artistic challenges after a six year absence and regularly checked all of those Yahoo Groups & Wayback Machine links not because someone asked him to, but because he felt it was needed (and they both sorely were).  And even after all of the arguments going on around the boards and all of his challenges with cancer (and hurricanes!), I can't think of a single negative post from him.

I don't think he'll be remembered in any other way than the good person he was.  I know I'll still miss Bill whenever I think of him (and with so many topics he was attached to, it will probably be frequent), but the thought that wherever he is now he's probably doing much better than he had in a while will lighten that mood a bit.

Rest In Peace, Bill.  You deserve it.

*wipes a tear*
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: doctorchallenger on September 10, 2021, 12:11:46 AM
Thank you PG for putting into words what I couldn't bring myself to write.
Title: Re: Farewell Daglob
Post by: BentonGrey on September 28, 2021, 10:32:49 PM
Very well said, PG.  I think your point about the genuinely good and positive nature of his interactions here on FR is particularly apt.  He will indeed be remembered in that light.