Sad News

by: Kysen

Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 21:07:25 PM EST

Hey gang...I know that many of you do not visit dKos, however, I thought that some of you might want to visit to comment/give last repects to/for Translator (Doc).

Kysen :: Sad News
According to the top rec'd diary written by an old friend of Translator's, he has taken his own life.

I have seen him around dKos for years...I'm sure I'm not the only one.

His every comment ending with "Warmest regards, Doc"
His profile picture of him wearing a Dr Who (Tom Baker incarnation) scarf.
His profile stating "Too romantic for my own good. When I love, I love deeply."
His diaries...on science, music, random musings and yes, some that were sad (and now seem even sadder).

As a sad cap to a very contentious weekend on dKos (flame wars over Gun Control ran rampant) seems he used a gun to take his life.

He struck me as a kind, eccentric older man...and his presence and quirkiness on dKos will be missed.

Just thought that some of you may want to know.

I am sitting here hoping that it is somehow a hoax...but, it has the ring of truth to it. My heart goes out to his family and friends (especially to the young child he took under his wing that he has written of so often).

Just another time where I am reminded to work at always being kind, even over the internet, because you never know what the person on the receiving end is dealing with.

R.I.P. Doc
Dr. David W. Smith

/hugs to all

"One day, I'll come back. Yes, I'll come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine" -Dr. Who
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I read this a few moments ago on Kos. Didn't comment. The (2.00 / 31)
toxicity there is so profound it's a scary thing to think of commenting on the self inflicted death of a good guy.  May he RIP, eternally.  Thanks Kysen.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

So sad (2.00 / 27)
So sorry for all who knew him... it doesn't appear to be a hoax...

Yeah, I did not really think it a hoax... (2.00 / 24)
was just hoping it would somehow turn out to be one.

Thank you for the link, I will add it to the diary.


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May he rest in peace. (2.00 / 25)
Sending warm and healing thoughts to his family. This just makes me so sad.

I didn't even realize this until I looked at his profile on Dkos--he lived (2.00 / 21)
in the same town as me, right here in Richmond, KY. I wish I had known--I think I would have enjoyed meeting him.  

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I am so sorry. (2.00 / 25)
I enjoyed his diaries.

Thanks for this heads up (2.00 / 26)
RIP Translator

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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

sad indeed (2.00 / 26)
the thing i remember about him was his sad diary about his divorce.

facebook contains some info.

I'm one of those paranoid sorts... (2.00 / 20)
that eschews facebook and the like.

The diary I remember best was his diary marking the passing of Elizabeth Sladen (the actress who played the Doctor's long time Companion, Sarah Jane Smith). I was crushed by her passing (being a bit of a Dr. Who geek, myself) and it was a nice tribute from an obvious fan.

My heart breaks both for his family, his friends, and for the 'Girl' and her daughter...perhaps most especially for them.

Just plain sad.


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oh god :( (2.00 / 26)
Look at this comment from just a week and a half ago:

Something happened with his daughter? (2.00 / 20)

[ Parent ]
he had 3 sons (2.00 / 19)
they were grown up.

he had a young lady neighbor of whom he was very fond.  

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Thanks for letting me know. (2.00 / 10)

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Am so sorry for his sons. What an (2.00 / 6)
agony for them.  

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Very telling - so sad. There's a novel of human pain behind (2.00 / 11)
that comment.

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So sad. Many people who know him as Translator are deeply affected. (2.00 / 27)
There have been so many who have reached out to help him and my heart aches for them tonight, and his loved ones.
His suffering has ended, yet sadly it's just begun for many.  

I didn't know him beyond (2.00 / 26)
familiarity with the name and a vague recollection that I might recognize him from science-related diaries.

Still makes me feel ill.

I did not really know Translator, and I have not walked his path. I do not know exactly how he suffered or why or for how long. His passing brings me tremendous sorrow despite these things. Because his pain was great.

I'm sorry you hurt.


Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.

He had been depressed and in a lot of psychological pain (2.00 / 21)
for a long time. He also talked about suicide now and then in his posts, so it's not a complete surprise. A very sad case. Lots of people reached out to him, but sometimes that isn't enough.

I sincerely hope he has found the peace denied him in life.
R.I.P., Doc

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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Horrible horrible news and sadly not surprising. (2.00 / 23)
I enjoyed his take on things very much. But he clearly suffered from major depression over long periods of time. Life is not always kind.

And 55 isn't that old.

Doc's passing has hit me hard, (2.00 / 21)
His diary essays were so eclectic, yet always so well-informed, enthusiastic, and... gentle.

I will miss him.  

Hi there, nice to see you here. (2.00 / 17)
I'm sorry for your pain. It's always difficult to lose someone, especially that way.

{{{{{Free Jazz}}}}}

(translatorpro from DK here, we've had some interaction fairly recently - glad you followed the purple breadcrumbs to this place)

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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I really loved the guy, (2.00 / 17)
DKos is one of its periodic tumults (and I do NOT intend to dish here) and I thought this has passing --unrelated-- perhaps was a sign to join a smaller group. Doc always seemed to practice less heat and more light. A good road map.

Glad to be here. Cheers!

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I see my typos follow me everywhere, /eyeroll (2.00 / 14)

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There aren't any diary or grammar police here (2.00 / 19)
(that I have seen so far, anyway)

You might want to check out the daily Moose Check-In thread, which should be popping up soon, to get a quick summary of the  rules and make your presence known. There's a bit of cross-posting, but no, we try not to bring unpleasantness from other blogs or the past into the moose pasture, though sometimes a brief reference is unavoidable. There's been a big influx of new Moose lately for reasons similar to yours, I imagine. You will be surrounded by friendly moose faces soon. The pace is relaxed, the company is fine.

Welcome! Lean up against a nearby tree and stay awhile!

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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Very sad (2.00 / 17)
I commented over there, but thanks for posting this here for those who no longer go there.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

I was a somewhat distant friend of his (2.00 / 18)
Some years ago and all online, and this comes as no surprise to me. I cut off the friendship due to his drinking, and I always sensed this or something equally horrible lay right beneath the surface. I've been following him on Kos for months now because I've been very concerned about his relationship with The Girl and have been hoping my screaming instincts were wrong.

This is a tragic ending to a deeply troubled life. I just hope he's found some peace, but I wish he could have found that peace in some other way. :(

Very sad news (2.00 / 15)
I appreciate all that he shared with us and he will be missed.

Condolences to all who knew him (2.00 / 18)
I remember him he did the Pique the Geek series I loved that.  

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!

The few times I interacted with him... (2.00 / 19)
...he was unfailingly courteous. That counted for a great deal.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

I didn't know him well (2.00 / 20)
Just from reading some of his diaries, but he seemed like a sensitive but wonderful soul.

Condolences to all who knew and cared for him. Suicide can be such a painful, devastating way of losing someone, leaving those who knew the deceased always wondering "what else could I have done."


Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013

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