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* Discworld Area Head, Sasquan / WorldCon 2015
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* Founder, Discworld Seamstress Guild of North America, Established 2003
* Co-Founder, North American Discworld Dark Clerks.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

North American Discworld Fans Remember Sir Terry Pratchett

Sad Oook.  Sad, sad, Oook.

I got the call early this morning.  I'm still in shock.

We knew this day was coming, and that our friends / his fans would need someplace they could go to grieve with those who understand the depth of their loss.  So some of us have spent the morning posting to the various Discworld pages on Facebook.  (1) Each time we post the same sad announcement but we put up a different photo of Himself for each guild.  It's important to us that "Terry's people" know they have a welcoming place to go to in order to share their memories.  He wasn't just Sir Terry -ing Pratchett to us.  He was pterry.  Many of us have known him years, some for decades, and we loved the man as much as we loved the work.

North American Fans are remembering Terry Pratchett today on Twitter and at the North American Discworld Connection Facebook page. You can read their comments here. 

North American Discworld Connection

Our thoughts are with Terry's family and friends today.  One of his long time friends, Bernard Pearson AKA The Cunning Artificer, has posted a lovely note on his FB page today. 

We will host a remembrance for Terry at The Great Discworld Fan Gathering at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015 which takes place in Spokane, WA, August 19th - 23rd.

Update: There will be a memorial panel to Terry at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015 and we will host many a glass in his name at the Seamstress Guild parties planned for that convention.

For those who are interested, I am posting some of the best tributes to Terry that I've found on Twitter on @ItBodes

Today, and May 25th we'll wear the lilac, and I'll be urging Discworld fans to contribute to two of his favorite charities in his honor.  These are

Orangutan Foundation

Alzheimer's Research

This loss is huge for all of us, and it will take a long time to process.  Right now, I just can't imagine a world without him in it. 

In the days and weeks that follow the rest of the world will comment on his books, his profound influence on literature and culture, his courageous activism on a wide variety of fronts, and his many kind and charitable acts.  But today we remember the man, and we're all glad that he died in peace, surrounded by friends and family, and with one of his beloved cats by his side.

Goodbye pterry.  We love you.  


It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66. Fans are welcome and to share their memories of Terry here today. 

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure. 

Our sympathies go out to Terry's family and friends and all those whose lives were touched by this fine man and his wonderful work. 

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA1 in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.

His daughter Rhianna posted these notes on his twitter page:

(1) Some of the Discworld Guilds and pages on Facebook 

North American Discworld Connection

Discworld Guild of Bakers 

Discworld Dark Clerks 

Discworld Guild of Engravers and Printers

Discworld Guild of Singers and Musicians

Discworld Seamstress Guild 

Guild of Cunning Artificers 

and our Discworld friends in the UK and all over the world are at a discussion (?) group known as  The Discworld Monthly 

Update: On a personal note: I would just like to say a heartfelt "Thank you" to Jason Anthony and the moderators at the Discworld Monthly and other FB pages. Thank you, all, for making these pages a safe place to share our feelings and memories.  And thank you, Discworld fans, for sharing. <<hugs from afar> D. 

Art - found at The Discworld Monthly