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He was not my friend. I only knew of him from the Copyediting List (Copyediting-l, or CEL). Something about him, something that I gathered from his posts to CEL, seemed good. Outstanding. Excellent. DAVID IBBETSON Some Stuff about his Life Mr. Ibbetson was born in Wallington, England in 1933 and died in Toronto, Canada in 2005. He was a statistician for most of his life. 杰 出 的 优秀 精 彩
SHORT SUMMARY OF A GOOD LIFE David Noel Isserlis Ibbetson, a resident of the Toronto Woodsworth Housing Cooperative, died on March 23, 2005, after a brief illness. He was born in Wallington, England on September 24, 1933. He received his education at the City of London School and the Imperial College, University of London, where he graduated at the top of his class. He was also an Associate of the Royal College of Science. During his college days he joined the Special Air Service Regiment and the Artists Rifle Association. He moved to Canada in the 1970s. Educated as a statistician, he worked in that profession until his retirement. He was also an active member of Mensa. These facts about David Ibbetson have been published as part of his death notice. Many people knew him because of his participation in a number of e-mail discussion lists, lists populated by word lovers and editors and technical writers and fans of Dorothy L. Sayers. David had myotonia congenita, a muscle wasting disease that greatly limited his mobility and caused him great pain. He also had diabetes and several other health problems. The Internet was very good for him. It would let him use his sharp mind and great knowledge to interact with others. Through his contributions to various e-mail discussion lists, he developed friendships that expanded beyond the business of the lists. David was a man of grace and wit. He had a base of knowledge that was broad and deep. He was very generous, warm, and caring.
A STORY ABOUT DAVID (FROM WHEN HE WAS IN THE BRITISH SAS RESERVES, contributed by Major Roy Fielder TD, Vice President, Artists Rifles Association) David was in 21 SAS Regiment (Artists) TA from 1952 to 1970. David returned to the UK to attend regimental reunions on two occasions in recent years. He had two inherited medical problems. On one occasion, "Ibbo", as we called him, was one of a group being taught how to use the Sun Compass. When at one stage David blurted out "that's not quite right sir“, the exasperated WW2 SAS Navigator invited David to complete the lecture. David did that, very competently, to roars of delight from his colleagues. On another occasion, there was an unfortunate accident on the gun range. David was taking part in a Sten Gun shoot and he had inadvertently moved the switch from single shot to automatic. Bullets were sprayed everywhere. Fortunately, no one was hurt. David excelled in his statistical work and always managed the "stats" tent at our Annual Rifle Meeting. David never let us down and everyone trusted his findings. He was in a Signals Squadron and was peerless in deciphering messages. He remained a valued member of both the SAS Regimental Association and the Artists Rifles Association for many years. David coped with his health difficulties with great dignity and courage and will be greatly missed by his former SAS comrades.
Myotonia – A Rare and Grave Genetic Disorder Myotonia Congenita is a form of Muscular Dystrophy. It is a muscle-wasting disease. More info is on these two pages http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myotoniacongenita/myotoniacongenita.htm (National Institute on Neurological Disease and Stroke, myotonia congenita page) http://www.mdausa.org/disease/mc.html (Muscular Dystrophy Association, page on myotonia congenita. Diabetes – Another Disorder Diabetes is another disorder, one of the body not being able to produce enough insulin. More info is at http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp (American Diabetes Association). http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp