Bruce McDonald, a blogger long seen on the progressivebloggers.ca website, has died, according to comments on his Facebook page. I’d never met Bruce, but he’d left comments on my Facebook, and probably my blog too over the last years. It’s always sad when someone you’ve met passes away, and it’s the same for online contacts whom you’ve come to expect to “see” comments from.
I wish the McDonald family healing and comfort in a difficult time for them.
It’s a strange thing when a “facebook friend”, “blog buddy”, or “chat room chum” passes on. In most cases, we never meet who is on the other side of a keyboard in an online forum, yet people can spend hours a day interacting with other people in this way. I can think of several people in my online life who have died. It’s a cross between a celebrity, coworker, acquaintance, and friend dying.
It’s especially sad that Bruce’s death appears to have been at least partially the outcome of extreme levels of bullying he experienced in his childhood.