Goodbye to an inspiration

I have just read that a friend and former colleague of mine died this morning. Guy Kewney was a legend in the IT industry and he will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

I first met Guy when I started at PC Magazine in 2000 as a young and naïve staff writer. On my first day, 4 January, I wore a shirt and tie and I expect Guy had his usual sandals on which he wore whatever the weather often, without socks thankfully.

As well as being a font of knowledge on many subjects Guy was just good fun to be around. The banter between him and Peter Jackson in the office was distracting but always enjoyable. I know that he drove many an editor to distraction and a few years later I too had the delight of editing his copy. It was on the whole late, but you knew it would be fitting to the phrase 'better late than never' as it was always what you wanted.

What I will remember most, above his warm kindness and the 'hello dear boy' whenever I bumped into him, are the stories about him. My favourite has to be the time when he didn't come into work one day and nobody knew where he was. The next day he arrived roughly on time and when asked where he had been the day before he said: 'Oh, I thought it was a bank holiday!'

Now I don't know how true this story is but I like to think that it is. I also like to remember Guy's smile and the fact that, even when he knew so much more than a spotty young pup he was always approachable and a good laugh. Then of course there was the time with the BBC where they famously got the wrong person in, something I asked Guy about and he found more than a bit amusing.

The world has lost a great writer and a thoroughly nice chap and an inspiration to many of us who write about IT. Other former colleagues have left their thoughts at Big Tin and The Frontline.

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