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Glen Dillon (Glen Dillon)

Glen Dillon began editing Wikipedia in August 2008. He contributed mostly to subjects concerning Australia and his home state, Western Australia, and wrote on his userpage that he "builds and refines content related to Australian (esp. West Australian) topics". Glen made 751 edits to the English Wikipedia and his most significant contribution was the creation of the Petroleum industry in Western Australia article. He also contributed to a variety of articles, including the 2008 Western Australian gas crisis, ANA Skymaster Amana crash, Tasman Bridge disaster, Gorgon gas project, Ayatollah Khomeini and Arnhem Land, and created and uploaded images, graphs and maps to Commons for use in articles. Glen, 45, died with his two children in a car crash near Jarrahdale, south of Perth, on Sunday 30 August 2009.[1]

Dick Golembiewski (Nitelinger)

Dick Golembiewski died of a heart attack on 29 March 2009 while shoveling snow.[2] He edited under the alias "Nitelinger", which he also used as his radio name. A Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident and an engineer by profession, Nitelinger was involved with the Society of Automotive Engineers, and had a radio program for many years on the freeform Milwaukee radio station WMSE. He was also an avid historian of Milwaukee television history, mainly that of local horror movie programming of the past, publishing an award-winning book released only months before his death about the subject, Milwaukee Television History: The Analog Years (ISBN 978-0-87462-055-9), and had two websites ([1], [3]) on the subjects which were an invaluable resource to the community. Although his editing career was not a long one (around 250 edits from October 2006 to March 2009), he mainly contributed to articles on Milwaukee television and radio stations.

Frank Gualtieri, Jr. (Fg2)

This photograph of a lotus bud by Frank Gualtieri, Jr. was the Commons Picture of the Day on April 14, 2006.

Frank J. Gualtieri, Jr. died on 23 August 2009 in his beloved country of Japan.[4] He was a native of Canton, Massachusetts who traveled to Japan extensively and worked as an educator and translator. He shared his love with the world by contributing heavily to Japan-related topics in Wikipedia. He amassed nearly 25,000 edits on the English Wikipedia, hundreds more as 二八 on the Japanese Wikipedia, and nearly 2,000 image uploads with his account on Wikimedia Commons, including these examples. He also created the English Wikipedia's Japan Portal. In memoriam, three of Fg2's photographs were nominated to be Featured pictures on the English Wikipedia; Hall of Dreams and Morning Glory ultimately were promoted. As a further memorial, a group of editors chose Mount Fuji, one of his favorite articles, to improve collaboratively.


  1. ^ Thomson, Chris (September 2, 2009). "Car crash dad was 'mentally unstable': ex-wife". WAToday. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "The passing of Dick Golembiewski – JSOnline". Retrieved 2009-03-31.
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  4. ^ "Frank Gualtierei Death Notice". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 Oct 2009.