Last week, we heard the sad news that pheloxi (pictured on the right above) died on Sunday, 19 April 2009. He was a much-loved and well-respected Researcher, and we have put together the following article in his memory.
Pheloxi was a unique and wonderful individual, who touched the hearts of many on h2g2. His English wasn't always perfect, but he sure had a way with words! Rest in peace, man of peace
When I first chatted to Pheloxi he told me he had fingers missing, and was most amused when I nicknamed him 'Sunshine Fingers' because his remaining fingers produced a glowing, bright and happy Personal Space, which was guaranteed to lift the spirits. That is how I will remember him.
He was a proper neon hootoosapien. The original Thin Air Toddler. Keep toddling, mate! I'll miss you.
Pheloxi was a man of peace - he used the smiley more than anyone else that I noticed. I will miss his kindness, his friendship, and his presence. God Bless Pheloxi, free from pain now
- Galaxy Babe
Like all of us, he came to h2g2 wondering what to do and where to turn, unlike some that see the blank space and say, nooway,he stayed and in time became part of the h2g2 extended family. If I remember right, over the years, he left then returned on many occasions.when his health allowed. May he now rest in peace.
Scatter his ashes wide and deep.
So no-one can disturb pheloxi's sleep
As passes by, a snow white dove.
To show the world, how he was loved.
Pheloxi, the gentle giant of Hootoo.
You brought peace to all who knew you.
We shall remember that mischievous smile.
Of when we met for just a little while.
We will remember your sense of humour...
And that laugh! It could be full of rumour!
You made us jackets in blue and red,
The long sleeves to keep us warm, you said.
You called my friends the 'Sisters of Hootoo',
And me 'Auntie Giggles', for which I Thank You.
Pheloxi, Peter... My sweet friend;
A loving message is all I can now send.
Goodnight and God Bless
- lil and family
I only really came across Pheloxi in other friends journals, he was a man of and generally a good egg and man of wit. Even as as a lurker I'll miss him. Much love to him and his family.
I don't recall where exactly our paths crossed, but we started to talk when I was still fairly new to hootoo. I joined the United Friends of H2G2space which he had created, and on asking, he gave me the code for the musehome t-shirt (one size fits all) (I didn't know any guide ml at the time) which fit me so well that it adorned my PS for several years.
He was a good friend and always added his humour and wisdom to my journals. He coined the term 'hootoo sisters', which inspired me to create a space for the Hootoo Sisters.
He always had a smile or a rose 'for the ladies', and was a long-standing and reliable contributor to my Yikes journal over the years.
In one word: he was a friend.
I will sorely miss him.
Having met Peter - Pheloxi at VV's wedding, I shook hands with a gentle giant and a manly cuddle when we departed. He was a true gentleman and it was my honour and privilege to have met him and call him friend - with hopes of another meeting one day.
I will truly miss Peter and I thank his brother dearly for bringing this news, as sad as it is - my deepest respects to you sir and the rest of Peter's family.
Heaven has now been enhanced by the presence of Peter and may the angels watch over him with love and care.
I shall NEVER forget him.
- Prof Animal Chaos
Goodbye to a gentle kind man - a true Gent
A word for every occasion - and all situations, to bring forth a smile
You will be missed - I'm glad to have known you
We never met - but to me this is a portrait of you:
Please add my condolences. Pheloxi and I weren't well acquainted, but all of my meetings with him were warm and cordial. h2g2 is diminished by his passing.
He had English that was better than my Dutch,
He had humour that was better than Lord Sutch.
I Can't say I knew him very well,
But he provided humour on occasions without rhymes, and that's what matters.
- King Bomba
Where there was a friend, there will always be a light. I missed the opportunity to know him well.
- Bob Stafford (Bob also wrote The Art of Cornering, adding 'It is the best way of leaving a small memorial and saying farewell.')
My condolences to Pheloxi's family and all who knew him. I wish I'd known him better. He will be sorely missed.
- Ivan the Terribly Average
I will miss his comments, always coming in from an unexpected angle, and making me smile.
- toy box
We're so very sorry to hear of pheloxi's passing away. He played a really big part in this community. Just reading all the posts here and on his journal - the lovely things people are saying about him - you get a real sense of how respected he was and how positive his contribution has been to the site. He made a lot of good friends on h2g2 and many people will be missing him now. We'd like to applaud the memory of pheloxi, an outstanding community member who made a really positive impact on h2g2 and on the people he met.
- Natalie and Derek
Pheloxi is now like a star in the heavens shining down on us.
Pheloxi as you danced in the light with joy,
love lifted you. As you brushed against
this world so gently, you lifted us.
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
- The Thinker
So sorry to hear you're gone pheloxi. We didn't chat much the last few years, but we were regulars in each other's journals at the start, and meeting you both here and in Netherlands was an experience! I hope you are fit and whole and hearty, wherever you are.
- Boredom Busters
*sigh*Unfortunately I never met Peter/Pheloxi, nor knew him all that well. That said though, his unique and compassionate personality forged numerous little 'connections'. So I can truly say that in the relatively short time we communicated via hootoo (and despite the geographical distance), he made a peaceful/favourable impression on me. Rest in Peace, my friend! My Sincere condolences to his family and thanks to his brother for relaying the sad news.
- Alex Ashman
I'd come across Pheloxi frequently here and always found him to be friendly. He'll be missed.
A tragic loss, I'll miss his sense of humour and his views on things. I didn't know him terribly well but it's still upsetting.
- The Menthol Penguin
Just by having touched our minds,
Like the first burst of Spring,
He has invegorated us,
And made our souls sing.
His 'Pheloxionfusing' thoughts
Would confuse any 'rainbow being'
While his 'thin air toddler's ramblings
Where 'neon' and far-seeing.
His 'digtoo' was Pheloxi,
But his 'klog' was never yanked.
'Taking the Dutch' was rude,
Yet his 'Neon' was highly ranked!
As a 'wired' being of high reknown,
It is not for me to say,
Just visit his own PS
And enjoy your stay!
- Mazin' Mad Fiddler
Don't think I can add much more besides what others have already posted here, probably far more eloquently than I could do. Very shocked at the news when I saw it as I remember him very early on from my days on HooToo, though we didn't necessarily talk all that often or directly I sense someone of huge sincerity and compassion, so very saddened by the news.
I never met Pheloxi but from what I've heard he was a pleasant and friendly person and I Salute to his memory.
I came across pheloxi early soon after joining h2g2. Despite his health problems he always came across as a positive, peaceful and tolerant personality. I'm very sad to hear of his death and hope his family draw comfort from the high esteem in which he was held here.
From an old friend xxxxxx You was a true gentle man.
I didn't know you well, and now can only wish I had.
H2G2 will now be a slightly dimmer place
I never knew he had health problems.
2legs and Milla have expressed my impression of pheloxi and why I appreciated to meet him in different threads:
"A man of huge sincerity and compassion" - "I will miss his comments, always coming in from an unexpected angle, and making me smile".
Pheloxi, I struggled to spell your name and to understand your sense of humour, but you always took the time to explain your jokes to me. I will miss your patience and kindness and pray that you are in a better place.
I've tried to come up with the 'right' words, but have been unable to. I haven't your way with words. I'll miss you, my friend, and know that my girls' lives will be that much poorer for not getting to know you when they're old enough to be on h2g2.
- Amy Pawloski
This is very sad news and I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Pheloxi's family. We had the pleasure of welcoming Pheloxi to a Dutch Meet three times and each time he contributed greatly to the overall enjoyment of the proceedings.