I started blogging over 5 years ago. At the time I was trying something new and just starting to share information on a technology I had grown to love and focus on greatly as a professional. During that time there were not quite as many other SharePoint bloggers as there are today unfortunately. Therefore when you found another, it was very exciting and you tended to become instant comrades. One such blogger for which I developed a great amount of respect over the years was Patrick Tisseghem. Patrick was smart, passionate and a definite master of the technology. I always respected him for the way he was constantly challenging people to think about things from more than just one perspective and I feel his feedback has had an awesome impact on his peers, the community and in some ways I believe the product.
Finding out that Patrick has passed away this morning was a complete blow and major disappointment. While I had shared many emails over the years with him, I never had the opportunity to meet with him in person. From what I gather from those that have, I missed out on a great thing.
I wish his family, friends and colleagues all the best during this terribly difficult time. I wish I could put into words how greatly Patrick was respected and moreso how tremendously he will be missed.