[Owasp-leaders] [Owasp-community] [Owasp-board] Sad News

johanna curiel curiel johanna.curiel at owasp.org
Wed May 11 12:50:14 UTC 2016

Hi Ahmed

I want to share my story. My sister died of diabetes with the tender age of

She got into a comma and after 2 days she died.

The pain was so unbearable that the last thing I wanted to hear was people
telling me how much they felt for her.

It was so painful that the only thing I wanted to do is sleep just to
process her loss. After 25 years I still cry in her birthdays.

So talking from my experience and after talking with many others about
their loss I think the best is to let family a peaceful time of grief and
don't disturb them with our own feelings.

I understand it is well intentioned but the ones that have to deal with the
unbearable pain of loosing Paul is his family.



On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 8:38 AM, Ahmed Neil <ahmed.neil at owasp.org> wrote:

> I understand and I was thinking about something more to support them... It
> is difficult to lose a man of the family. The thing is I wanted to support
> them emotionally... Of course ever one has a good memory with Paul. Thus I
> wanted to document that in a video as an appreciation.
> Thanks Johanna
> On May 11, 2016 3:35 PM, "johanna curiel curiel" <johanna.curiel at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi Ahmed
>> I personally don't think that thats appropriate in a moment of grief at
>> this moment. Most of the time we feel like we want to do more to show our
>> respect and appreciation and I understand your idea.
>> However, having also recently experience the death of cancer of a dear
>> friend of my daughter, a child of 14 years old, I think we need to respect
>> the family grief and their loss by allowing them peace.
>> Cheers
>> Johanna
>> On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Ahmed Neil <ahmed.neil at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> Can we make a video saying our appreciations and how was Paul meant to
>>> us and send it to his family?
>>> On May 11, 2016 3:22 PM, "Matt Konda" <matt.konda at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>> All,
>>>> I wanted to thank each of you for your emails and expressions of
>>>> condolences.  I printed them into a PDF and passed them on to Paul's wife
>>>> and she specifically thanked the OWASP community for sharing these
>>>> expressions of sympathy.  I think it meant a lot to her.
>>>> Matt
>>>> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:10 PM, Kevin W. Wall <kevin.w.wall at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> All,
>>>>> I have created the tribute page to Paul on our wiki at:
>>>>> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Tribute_to_Paul_Ritchie
>>>>> Those of you who are more talented than I can make it
>>>>> look nicer, but I would ask that you all add the sentiments
>>>>> that you have expressed here in these posts to these mailing
>>>>> lists on that wiki page so that Paul's family can have
>>>>> a lasting memory of Paul and his time at OWASP. Please
>>>>> try to be positive, remembering that we are doing this
>>>>> to help his family during a difficult time.
>>>>> Thanks in advance and RIP, Paul.
>>>>> -kevin
>>>>> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 7:41 AM, Matt Konda <matt.konda at owasp.org>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> OWASP Community
>>>>>> May 3, 2016
>>>>>> Dear Friends,
>>>>>> It is with great sorrow that I must write to report the sad news of
>>>>>> the death of our Executive Director, Paul Ritchie, after a short illness.
>>>>>> Paul first joined OWASP in August of 2014 and became the full time
>>>>>> Executive Director in May 2015.  He has helped the organization to grow
>>>>>> globally and has made an enormous difference in our community.  He will be
>>>>>> greatly missed.  He brought order and professionalism.  He raised our own
>>>>>> high expectations and delivered on the things he set out to do.  He made
>>>>>> all of us that worked closely with him better and more effective.  He
>>>>>> helped to set long term strategic goals and managed OWASP’s fiduciary
>>>>>> responsibilities with ease.
>>>>>> On behalf of the Board of Directors, we will miss Paul for his
>>>>>> leadership and friendly wry knowing smile as the board worked to make
>>>>>> difficult choices.  I doubt I can express my own sinking feeling of grief
>>>>>> at the news, which came suddenly and too early.
>>>>>> Paul’s family asked that we direct those in the community that would
>>>>>> like to show support or make a donation to do so in Paul Ritchie’s name to
>>>>>> the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at https://www.themmrf.org.
>>>>>> <https://www.themmrf.org/donate-to-mmrf/>
>>>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>>> Matt Konda
>>>>>> On behalf of the OWASP Global Board
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>> Johanna Curiel
>> OWASP Volunteer

Johanna Curiel
OWASP Volunteer
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