Mourning Glen Wightman d. Jan 15, 2011

From In:File "Historical Information Products Newsletter" Reuters Internal Newsletter Issue no 3 December 1989 I still hear Glen’s voice in my head every single time I pack for a trip to any of the world’s financial centres.  You see, Glen was the guy who sent me on my first solo trip to London, UK to negotiate a data feed from Reuters Dockland’s data centre to Toronto sometime in the early 1990’s.

Take all your common sense with you,  you’re going to need it.

And then he laughed.

The laugh! Glen’s laugh can be described as a perfect mixture of glee and compassion accented with a touch the devil threw in for fun.

He had hired me fresh out of Art School as a programmer/analyst for the Reuters’ Master Reference Database, formerly owned by IP Sharp.  At the time, this database was analogous to a giant world wide directory for all public companies.  Yes.  All the public companies in the world.  In other words, Glen gave me a huge break.  And then he patiently tended to my rough edges for years as I struggled to find my place on his team.   You gotta love that guy.

Everyone loved that guy.

In the context of this blog, IP Sharp, a Canadian APL shop through and through, left several key legacies, including the data it housed and collected for years.  I expect this data now silently brings in millions and millions of dollars for its current owners. Glen was one of the guys who built this data.

And what makes us unique as an APL Array Language Community is that we’re still in touch.  And there are hundreds of us mourning this week, all over the world, as we face the challenges of everyday life, and say goodbye to a very special everyday guy.

My deep, deep sympathies go out to Glen’s family, especially to Juilette, Jacqueline, Melanie and Rosalind.  I’m so sorry.

Glen’s obit can be found here.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by making memorial donations to The Canadian Cancer Society or The Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Photo From In:File “Historical Information Products Newsletter” Reuters Internal Newsletter Issue no 3 December 1989.

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