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    I've been asked by my good friend, Mattisse, to inform the Wikipedia community of Philcha's death on June 4, 2012. I really didn't know Philcha well, he was one of those editors who was always there, always helping, with very little drama. I've just spent the last few minutes looking over Philcha's talk page. His interests were broad, from science fiction to zoology. While our loss is not as great as that of the wife he leaves behind him, it is still considerable.

    While Mattisse is not able to edit directly, I think I can do no better than quoting what she says in her email to me.

    Philcha struggled for three years with his aggressive brain tumor, always continuing to try to edit wikipedia. Others knew of his struggles and were kind about his obviously failing abilities. He kept in regular contact with me. I can't write this without becoming overwhelmed with a painful sorrow. He was so upbeat and special and above all, kind. He had just written me that he had already lived two years beyond the one year he was given after diagnosis, but his deterioration was evident. He never complained.

    --Wehwalt (talk) 21:23, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

    Philip Chalmers, called Philcha at Wikipedia, was taken ill on 3 December 2009 and diagnosed as having a brain tumour – a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme. Following a debulking operation in Kings College Hospital, London, on 31 December 2009 (cutting out the inside of the tumour), Philip has received radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Maidstone Hospital from mid-February to the end of March 2010, and courses of chemotherapy at times later.

    The average life expectancy for patients with grade 4 primary brain cancers is 1 year. To date Philip has survived for 2¼ years and is hoping to have several more productive years.

    Please mention no names!

    Things I've done

    I don't do Featured Articles, as I reckon I can do at least 2 Good Articles in the same time, which is better for readers. This and the first paragraph of this are good examples of the extra work required for FAs.

    Improved and got passed as GA

    Arts and literature
    Dragon's EggHarry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneJames White (author)Robert RossenSector General
    Alexander AlekhineAdolf AnderssenEmanuel LaskerHoward StauntonWilhelm Steinitz
    Video games
    4X (with Randomran)Master of Orion II: Battle at AntaresWarcraft: Orcs & Humans
    Evolutionary history of lifeFossils of the Burgess Shale (with Smith609)Kimberella (with Smith609)OpabiniaPaleontology (with Smith609)Small shelly fauna
    Jim BaxterMaster of Orion II: Battle at AntaresWarcraft: Orcs & Humans
    AnnelidArthropodBrachiopodBryozoaChelicerataCnidariaCtenophora (phylum)EntoproctaFlatwormMaevia inclemensMolluscaNemerteaPhaeaciusPhoronidPortia fimbriataPortia labiataPortia schultziSpider (GA reassessment)Sponge

    DYKs that appeared on the Main Page

    Agronomic revolutionJim BaxterHalofolliculina corallasiaMaevia inclemensMicrobial matPhaeaciusPhidippus clarusPortia fimbriataPortia labiataPhylactolaemataPrecambrian rabbitTurbellaria

    New articles

    Culture series — Mambo (film)
    Natural sciences
    Ausktribosphenidae — Carrier's constraint — Chancelloriidae — Coracoid — Crurotarsal — Dead Clade Walking — Debate about Cambrian Lophotrochozoans if not merged later — Epipubic bone — Evolution of mammals — End-Botomian mass extinction — Epidermis (zoology) — Follicle (anatomy) — Gut (zoology) — Interclavicle — Kuehneotheriidae — Meckelian groove — Microbial mat — Operculum (animal) — Pedicel (spider) — Portia schultzi — Sinotubulites — Suture (anatomical)
    Everyday life
    Alan Emrich — Development of the World Chess Championship if not merged later — Staunton–Morphy controversy
    Engineering and technology
    History of IBM mainframe operating systems — OS/360 and successors
    Social sciences and society
    Memory confusion protocol

    GAs I've reviewed and passed

    Arts & entertainment
    Homer the MoePhineas and FerbThe RejectedRocket Science (film)
    Botany and mycology
    Amanita abruptaAugustin Pyramus de Candolle
    Battle of Carillon
    His Band and the Street ChoirMr. Tambourine Man
    Society and business
    Great Southern Group
    Ashot NadanianField lacrosseLisa MorettiMilo of CrotonYork Park
    American White Ibis - Blotchy swell sharkGolden White-eyeNorthern Bald IbisPotcake dogRufous-crowned SparrowSperm WhaleVaranus salvadorii

    DYKs I've reviewed

    Ashot NadanianCalifornia On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles RegulationRussell and Sigurd VarianSpelling of Shakespeare's name

    Contributed to FAs


    Contributed to FA reviews

    Fertilisation of OrchidsCorn Crake


    Awards I have given

    Nice things people have said to me

    GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
    Thanks Philcha for helping to promote Portia schultzi to Good Article status. Please accept this little sign of appreciation and goodwill from me, because you deserve it. Keep it up, and give some a pat on the back today. --Sp33dyphil ©© 04:49, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
    Spiders web.svg Congratulations!
    Thanks for all the work you did in making Portia fimbriata a certified "Good Article"! That really is a very detailed and thorough article! (And that was certainly a detailed and thorough review.) Your work is much appreciated.

    Thanks also for your reviews. Featured article candidates and Good Article nominees always need more reviewers! All the best, – Quadell (talk) 19:14, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

    Team Barnstar Hires.png The Teamwork Barnstar
    I hope that you get better and in the future find time to contribute once again to this great project. Jezhotwells (talk) 01:37, 6 July 2011 (UTC)
    Wildlife Barnstar (V5) Alt.png The Fauna Barnstar
    For your awesome expansion of Portia labiata AshLin (talk) 13:03, 2 July 2011 (UTC)
    Wildlife Barnstar (V5) Alt.png The Fauna Barnstar
    To Philcha, for writing several articles about arthropods and molluscs. Axl ¤ [Talk] 17:13, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
    Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
    Philcha, a thank for your endlessly good contributions to chess articles of WikiProjects Chess. Regards, SunCreator (talk) 13:32, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
    Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
    Thanks for taking up the His Band and the Street Choir review and going through the article thoroughly, showing me in great detail what was needed to improve it, suggesting techniques, links and language style. This will not only help the article in question, but any other I choose to take to GA in the future. You deserve this! Kitchen roll (talk) 21:30, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
    Antiflame-barnstar.png The Anti-Flame Barnstar
    To Philcha for valiant efforts, above and beyond the call of duty, to mediate in the case of D51 vs MF. When writing your sage words and your appeals for calm you must have felt like a lone voice, but I noticed and I was grateful. Your voice is the sort of voice that makes Wikipedia worthwhile for many. Dolphin51 (talk) 07:45, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
    SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
    Philcha, for being who you are - totally irreplacable!
    from —mattisse (Talk) 22:25, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
    Music barnstar.png The Music Barnstar
    For the excellent and thorough job you did reviewing the complicated but important Mr. Tambourine Man article, I award you this barnstar. Rlendog (talk) 21:35, 1 December 2009 (UTC)
    Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
    I would like to thank you and Cliff smith talk for your help even though I didn't get around to your suggestions... i feel bad now :( But your small contributions helped, becuase it's the small contribs that add up in the end :P... have a good one Bugboy52.4 | =-= 02:31, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
    Bio barnstar2.png The Bio-star
    To Philcha, for attempting to address the bias that our invertebrate second-cousins are up against in being ignored in mainspace (and the image is of an invertebrate too) cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 13:02, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
    Fertilisation of Orchids figure 4c.jpg The Fertilisation of Orchids Award
    Thanks for asking all those awkward questions and pointing the way to bring a whimsical sketch up to FA standard.
    Much appreciated! dave souza, talk 12:03, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
    Working Wikimedian's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
    Thankyou for all your hard work in reviewing York Park. Also for your tireless work in reviewing other GANs. Aaroncrick (talk) 13:26, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
    Barney the Bishapod.png The Origins Award
    Thanks for all the fish, Philcha, and for doing so much to improve On the Origin of Species. . . dave souza, talk 11:09, 22 June 2009 (UTC)
    Socratic Barnstar.gif The Socratic Barnstar
    For the pointed, lengthy, interactive and incredibly helpful GA review of On the Origin of Species Rusty Cashman (talk) 20:41, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
    Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
    For your thorough work on making Wikipedia a better encyclopædia, I award you this barnstar. Arsenikk (talk) 20:43, 8 February 2009 (UTC)
    File:Mammal barnstar.png The Mammal Barnstar
    For the extensive work and excellent guidance in reviewing the Sperm Whale article, so that this important article could regain its GA status, I hereby award you the Mammal Barnstar Rlendog (talk) 17:16, 10 November 2008 (UTC) Danilot (talk) 19:06, 30 December 2007 (UTC)
    Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
    Either you have an army of impersonators, or you've completely taken over the Biology section at GAN! You've been doing amazing work, both contributing lots of content and giving impressively thorough GA reviews. delldot ∇. 06:12, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
    Halfstar.png The Half Barnstar
    For the great work Philcha (a British) and Krakatoa (an American) were able to produce together in order to reach a neutral point-of-view in the article Howard Staunton so that it reached GA-class, I award to each of them half of this barnstar. SyG (talk) 08:30, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
    Content Creativity Barnstar.png The Content Creativity Barnstar
    For the tremendous work and material you put in the article Alexander Alekhine during the GA-review, I award you this barnstar. SyG (talk) 21:44, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
    Working Wikimedian's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
    For excellent work on Chess topics:Staunton, Blackburn, Zukertort‎ , Steinitz and Anderssen. I am very happy to award you this barnstar. SunCreator (talk) 18:15, 10 May 2008 (UTC)