Fifth Anniversary – Remembering Tony Dyson

Earlier today I was reminded from a Facebook notification that today is the fifth anniversary of Professor Tony Dyson’s passing. Having met him through my adventures in the virtual world of Second Life back in 2010, I got to know the playfulness behind the brilliant mind that created R2D2, the famous Star Wars droid.  I was honored by his friendship. He helped me laugh my way through a lot of trying days during my recovery from colorectal cancer. Knowing we were friends on Facebook and Twitter, I signed into Twitter today to see if his account had been memorialized or archived.  The first reference to him that came up was this announcement from the BBC of his passing in 2016:

Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original @starwars R2-D2 droid, dies aged 68 https://t.co/mZZwvSeUV1 pic.twitter.com/v7jUH1gE0O

I have been in a bit of a funk since.