Monday, March 22, 2010

Scott Spadafore

I am quite saddened to say that our friend, team mate and long time contributor to Oracle Application Express, Scott Spadafore, died last night of a heart attack.

Scott has made extraordinary contributions to Oracle Application Express since he joined our team in 2001. Scott also worked tirelessly for many years on the Application Express discussion forum on OTN, where he helped (literally) thousands of customers to become successful with Application Express. His patience and precision were to be admired.

I ask that you pray for Scott's wife, Gail, and their two daughters, at this difficult time.

53 comments:

Dimitri Gielis said...

It's hard to read a message like that. Unbelievable sad news. Scott was such a great person. I remember him as a person who always laughed and helped so many people with APEX on the forum. I also liked to call him Mr. Security.

My deepest condolences to his family and everybody who worked closely with him, especially the AEPX Development team.

Words are not enough to describe the emotion this brings...

Francis said...

I am very sad to read that. Scott was one of the first team member of the APEX development team that I had the chance to meet.

My condolences to his family and colleages.

Stew said...

This saddens me greatly. Scott was always terrific at helping so many people in the Apex forum, including me.

My condolences to those who knew him more-completely. As much as I'll miss him, they must miss him so much more.

Justin Patterson said...

I never had the chance to meet Scott, but he personally helped me several times through the years. There was always a solution to the problem and he was there to fix it. When he responded it was the gospel, you knew it was guaranteed to work.
My prayers go to his family through this terribly trying time…

Surachart said...

I never had the chance to meet Scott. but I'm very sad to read message.

My prayers are with His Family.

kar said...

I am very sad to read this news. I never met Scott, but he helped me on the forum many times.

My condolences to his family and colleagues.

kar said...

I am very sad to read this news. I never met Scott, but he helped me on the forum many times.

My condolences to his family and colleagues.

Regards,
Surya

Iloon said...

I am very shocked to read this sad news!

My deepest condoleances to his family

Iloon Ellen-Wolff

Learco Brizzi said...

It's hard to see such a sad message. He is, like Joel said , one of the guys who made APEX what it is today.

My condolences to his family and everyone who knew him.

Learco

Patrick Wolf said...

Scott you will be missed!

APEX Developer In Texas said...

DAMN....

I never met Scott, but was helped MANY times by him in the forum.. Just makes you realize how short of a time we get here....

Thank you,

Tony Miller
Webster, TX

Byte64 said...

I can't believe that another great guy like Scott is no longer with us.

I am flattened by this news.

Flavio

Doug said...

Scott was brilliant in so many ways and shared his knowledge and enthusiasm without hesitation. It is truly a great loss for the APEX community. Our thoughts are with his family.

dknoxxx said...

I worked with Scott several times on security architectures and implementations. He was always very professional, very thorough and very smart. He had absolutely no ego and for a guy as smart as he, that says a lot. He was always very generous with his time and patient. Prayers to his family. He'll be deeply missed. -david

dmcghan said...

I never had a chance to meet Scott - it's a shame I'll never get the opportunity. He worked so hard sharing his knowledge with the rest of us!

My condolences to his family.

Tjedlin said...

This news is indeed sad and Scott will be dearly missed.

My condolences to Scott's family and extended family (the APEX community).

Marco Gralike said...

My condolences. A sad day for the community.

Vetriselvan said...

He will be missed by all of us for sure.

My condolences to his family and Oracle community.
My prayers are with His Family.

Arave said...

Scott has had such an influence on many. He will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Bill Holtzman said...

Scott was a phenomenal presence on the ApEx forum. He was instrumental in helping me learn ApEx and was so patient and persistent. This is a shock and so very tragic. Rest in peace, Scott.

Brian said...

I consider myself lucky to have met and learned from this very humble and extremely helpful person.

My prayers to his family and friends.

Brian

Karen said...

Scott's amazing dedication, technical contributions, and perhaps more so the class he exhitbited at every response along the way, will be sorely missed by us all.

My deepest condolences to Scott's family, home and APEX.

Ittichai Chammavanijakul said...

My condolences and prayers to his family.

Saad Nayef said...
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Saad Nayef said...

I knew Scott from his right answers in Apex forum ... his death is a loss for all Apex developers.
My condolences to his family.

Farid Ghori said...

Scott was an asset for APEX community, we cannot forget his contribution to develop APEX community by his ideas & solutions.

My condolences to those who knew him directly or indirectly. We'll really miss him.

Johannes said...

Scott never helped me directly, but I benefited a lot from his assistance to others in the Apex Apex forum. Thanks for that.

My condolences to his family and his team mates. I feel for your loss.

Konrad said...

Such a terrible news :/ Scott helped me and us (whole APEX community) so many times..Rest in peace...My condolences to his family and colleages.

Gussay said...

It's so sad to hear that Scott has passed away.
His self-less attitude to helping others on the forum was an inspiration.

My condolences go to his family and the Apex team.

Sekhar said...

It's Very Sad and hard to digest that One of the Pillars of oracle team is no more...

Scott said...

Such a tragic loss. Scott was one of the smartest developers that I have ever met in my career. His knowledge was only exceeded by his willingness to help total strangers, as evidenced by his track record on the OTN Forums.

My thought are with the APEX team and his friend & family.

- Scott -

daust_de said...

This is so hard to believe - I am shocked!

Scott and me have met several times and I always enjoyed his company and his special kind of dry humor.

You will be missed my friend!

~Dietmar.

Tobias Arnhold said...

My condolences and prayers to his family.

Denes Kubicek said...

He was a great person, so helpful and so knowledgeable. I will miss him. My condolences to his family and to the APEX team.

Denes Kubicek

Louis-Guillaume Carrier-B├ędard said...

My condolences to Scott Spadafore's family and friends.

Stew said...

Anton Nielsen suggested remembering Scott in the form of a hiaku on his blog and I wanted to offer another, from his OTN Discussion forum profile.

Scott Spadafore an
Oracle Employee ACE
to us all so long

HelloItsMe said...

Boo :(

Leo said...

It's very sad, even though I never met scott but read his many contributions in the Apex forum.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Stacey said...

I never knew what Scott did for a living as I only knew him as my neighbor and fearless leader here at the community we live in. Scott was a great man. He did so much for our community and helped me in so many ways. He enjoyed correcting my spelling in my e-mails :). I will truly miss seeing Scott riding around the neighborhood on his bike with his dog Hazel. Hazel was his baby and she had just learned new tricks that Scott has taught her. He always contributed to my daughters school fund raisers and would buy Girl Scout cookies from us each year. I just spoke with him on Friday so this is such a sad day for us here in our little community. We will all miss Scott greatly. I don't know what we will do now without him as I can't imagine him not being at our Board meetings now. He had such a caring heart for our community. He was a great cook too!! Rest in Peace Scott. God bless his wife and family. Your friend and neighbor Stacey Smith-Dominguez

duncanmein2 said...

This is very sad news and I am deeply sorry for his wife and children. My thoughts are with them through this very difficult time.

I never got the chance to meet Scott but his efforts and commitment to the APEX community was an inspiration to all.

Duncan

Stirl said...

:(

VM said...

Sincere condolences to Scott's family and friends. He was one of the very best people I met in Oracle.

Chaitu_Apex said...

Scott, We miss you !!

I am new to APEX and if I have learned anything, its only from the community and people like Scott's posts. My condolences are with the family and hope the soul rests in peace.

carolrealini said...

I was Scott's close friend, girlfriend, before he married Gail. He was a great person and made a big difference in my life. Although we both married other people - our true loves (mine Joe, his Gail) - we always respected each other and we were part of each other's growing up. Although I haven't seen Scott in many years, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Carol

Dr. Feelgood said...

Hi Carol R, it's Steve H. I spoke with Gail on Saturday and she seems to be doing well considering. The girls are 22 and she says they're 'Scott's daughters.' Which I take to mean they'll get thru it. Scott was one of my best buddies for almost 40 years. Never will you find a better, smarter, more decent man.

Skip the Dog said...

I knew Scott most of my life, from Leigh High School, working at Amdahl, on our blog and whenever we were able to get together over the year. I am devastated by this. All of these dedications show how wonderful he truly was.

Scott: I will miss you forever.

Joel Grocock said...

This is incredibly sad news and my thoughts are with his family. Scott was one of the most willing and helpful members of the APEX community.
He will be sadly missed.

jws said...

I met Scott at Amdahl, and was very close to him for several years. His subtle but blatant sense of humor always kept me guessing, and was a continuous source of joy. Our children never really knew each other (except one afternoon in our play structure in boulder creek) but they are about the same age, and my heart goes out to his daughters and to Gail - He had to be an amazing father...

Cary Millsap said...

I just found out today... What heartbreaking news. Scott and I knew each other long before we met just a couple of years ago in an Oracle ACE program event. Thank God for that event.

Rest in peace, Scott; I'll miss you.

To Scott's family: I hope you will take comfort and pride in knowing that your husband and father's life meant a great deal to a great many people all over the world. I am sure you're already aware.

Shijesh said...

I never met Scott but he has helped me a lot to learn APEX through OTN Forum.


My condolences to his family.

Sampath said...

Scott, you will be missed. My condolences to his family and everyone who knew him.
May god rest his soul in peace.

Sam

Shravan V said...

I was out of touch with Apex community in general due to the loss of my father around the same time in March...I cannot imagine how one's family and friends feel with the loss of a loved one...My deepest condolences to a great professional.

We surely miss you dearly Scott...A great friend and contributor to Apex Community.

Shravan
Apexor Inc.

david_f_knight said...

Very sad news. I haven't seen Scott in over 20 years, but I haven't forgotten him. Scott hired me, in 1981, when he was a manager at Amdahl Corporation in the Design Automation Department. If memory serves me right, he was employee number 79 at Amdahl (i.e., one of the earliest employees). I've never worked for a better manager... in fact, no other manager I've ever known has even come close.