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Death announcement for John Birrell

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Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] Death announcement for John Birrell
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 22:04:57 +0000

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of FreeBSD
committer John Birrell <jb{@}>.

John Birrell  / jb{@}


John Birrell was a Unix developer since 1988 and a FreeBSD user since version 1.0.5.
He had a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Electrical, First Class Honours, 1981)
from Monash University in Australia.

Over the years he developed with various commercial Unix variants such as SysVR2/3,
Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, OSF/1 and SCO and several embedded operatings systems
like VxWorks, LynxOS and Microware's OS9.

In the open source world he was once a user of NetBSD and OpenBSD in addition to FreeBSD.
Afterwards, he preferred just to use FreeBSD.

In 20 years of consulting he worked in the automotive, building materials,
pharmaceutical, petrochemical, telecommunications, defence and business systems industries.

John worked on an oil rig in China, for Ford in Australia, and for other customers
in Philippines and other parts of Asia.

While on a business trip visiting his employer Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, California,
U.S.A., John suffered a stroke, and passed away on November 20, 2009.