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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

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)
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)

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)
The Fauna Barnstar
For your awesome expansion of Portia labiata AshLin (talk) 13:03, 2 July 2011 (UTC)
The Fauna Barnstar
To Philcha, for writing several articles about arthropods and molluscs. Axl ¤ [Talk] 17:13, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
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)
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)
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)
The Special Barnstar
Philcha, for being who you are - totally irreplacable!
from —mattisse (Talk) 22:25, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)