[HOT] Tom Taylor passed away Dec. 24th, 2015 - Goodbye Tom

Claire Halleux claire.halleux at hotosm.org
Mon Dec 28 23:40:22 UTC 2015

Tom joined the Training and LearnOSM WG at a time I needed a break.
I saw soon that the TrWG was back on and that helped me to get -in a more
relaxed way- the family time I was aspiring to, I'm really grateful for

For each object traced in Kalemie, Kindu, Kitchanga or North Kivu (amongst
many other places) and all the positive energy he brought to the working
groups, together with the the DRC OSM community, we want to warmly thank
him (and the people who were close to him). Just sorry to be doing so that

This sad news reminds us that our community is full of wonderful people,
whose we often know very little about (outside of their contributions to



Claire Halleux
+243 81 611 6998 (Kinshasa, DRC)
OpenStreetMap RDC
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team


On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 9:05 PM, Russell Deffner <russell.deffner at hotosm.org
> wrote:

> Dear HOT Community,
> I first interacted with Tom via this email list and our IRC channel around
> the beginning of April when he jumped on the chance to help as we were in
> the process of 're-launching' the Training Working Group and specifically
> expressed interest in the development of LearnOSM. When we hit a bit of a
> stumbling block in our schedules and the group was without a chair for the
> first meeting we had attempted since the break for the HOT Summit, Tom
> stepped right up to lead the group through the agenda and quickly convinced
> me that the group was probably in better hands with Tom. Ever since, he has
> been key to the continuous progress and recent accomplishments of the TWG
> as well as many other contributions Tom has made to HOT and OSM.
> As Suzan highlights, the best part of having Tom in our community was his
> personal openness; even when the topic/times were tough there was always a
> friendly and encouraging manner that I will remember most,
> In memory,
> =Russ
> Russell Deffner
> Russell.Deffner at hotosm.org
> Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Suzan Reed [mailto:suzan at suzanreed.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 28, 2015 12:02 PM
> To: hot at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: [HOT] Tom Taylor passed away Dec. 24th, 2015 - Goodbye Tom
> Dear Friends,
> Last night I learned our dear friend and tireless contributor Tom Taylor
> passed away December 24th.
> Tom was the Chair of the LearnOSM Working Group where I met him. He was a
> mentor to me as a newcomer to the group, and always so respectful. He
> shared openly about his illness and treatments, and talked about his family
> in a way that made me feel a real part of his life. He’d mentioned recently
> he was learning to cook because his wife was ill, and made some light humor
> about it that made me smile. He also said he was not well, more than
> before. Tom was always so open about his illness but it’s always heart
> wrenching when someone you care for is truly gone.
> Tom interacted with many of us in the HOT community. It would be a fitting
> tribute to him if we all shared our memories and lauded his memory with his
> many contributions to the humanitarian work we do through mapping.
> Tom caught my heart and my respect. I will miss him very much.
> Suzan Reed
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