Goodbye Chuck, You Will Be Missed

I’d known Chuck Boothroyd for several years. He was one of my very first ColdFusion students (back when I was teaching the FastTrack to ColdFusion class). He was a loyal and active member of the CF community. He attended events and conferences, and helped arrange user groups presentations. And he played key role in the vibrant and successful Boeing ColdFusion community. But more than anything else, Chuck was a nice and decent person, one who people liked to be around, one who always had a smile on his face, and one who could be counted on.
Several months ago he suffered a heart attack, and ended up in the ICU. Lots of us stayed in touch with him, and the last we heard he was home and doing much better. But on Saturday he suffered an aneurysm, and mid-surgery his heart shut down.
Chuck was a good man, and one I considered a friend. He will be missed.

5 responses to “Goodbye Chuck, You Will Be Missed”

  1. Erwin Verdonk Avatar
    Erwin Verdonk

    I feel really sorry for you man. It’s always sad to read a person like Chuck has to die this early.

  2. Cal Romaneschi Avatar
    Cal Romaneschi

    I only met him a few times but my first impression was that he was a good and honest person one that I would like as a friend.

  3. Victor Koman Avatar
    Victor Koman

    I worked next to Chuck every day for the past 5 years. He was a genuinely funny and likeable guy, with strong loyalty and a very outspoken sense of justice — the sort that rocks the boat when he thinks someone’s been wronged. He was my ColdFusion guru when I first started working in IT, and we had a great time in Chicago last year learning how to use TeamSite for the Boeing website. We visited Second City and Harry Carey’s and the Federal Reserve Bank. I tried to keep up with him on a twelve block round-trip to the Hard Rock Cafe so that he could buy a special pin to surprise his wife. He cheerfully put up with taking a Bob Newhart photo of me in front of the Marina Towers and another of me being speared by the Calder sculpture. He was a great guy and a good friend. Work will seem a lot more like work now that he’s gone.

  4. Tim Buntel Avatar
    Tim Buntel

    Chuck was also a longtime member of the ColdFusion Customer Advisory Board. His efforts in that capacity helped shape the releases and he participated with dedication, insight, and humor. I am honored to have been able to work with him. He will be missed.

  5. Ed Sullivan Avatar
    Ed Sullivan

    Chuck was my Boeing Corporate Champion CFUG manager and I had the pleasure of working with him closely for 3+ years. Chuck attended every DevCon/MAX for the past 3 years and was at many other community conferences. He will be sorely missed. You will not come across a nicer, more down to earth guy. It was an honor to work with him and I will always remember him fondly.

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