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Dave Bellis Passed Away
Brett_Tabke




msg:511150
 7:38 pm on Jul 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sad duty to report that Dave Bellis [webmasterworld.com] passed away this last week.

Dave was member #4 on WebmasterWorld in 1999 and was an admin here for many years. You could always count on Dave for an unbiased independent opinion. I will remember Dave best for is unflinching insistance that the forums remain advertising free and that a subscription model could work. Dave was the first person to donate to WebmasterWorld and signup for a subscription.

Dave was always helping people out on the boards. One of his first major deeds here was helping a fellow member get back in Google, retool her site, and go on to become very successful in her niche.Our condolences to his family He will be missed.

 

bose




msg:511180
 12:41 pm on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

You'll be missed, Dave.

Never had an opportunity to meet him, but I have read many of his helpful posts around here and I know Dave was a class act.

My prayers and thoughts go out to his friends, and family.

lorax




msg:511181
 1:28 pm on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am at a loss for words. Dave took the time to help me out on more than one occassion and given how dense I can be at times I know what an effort that must have been for him but he was kind and informative nonetheless. Thank you Dave. May you rest in peace.

jbinbpt




msg:511182
 2:42 pm on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Brett,
It is a nice tribute to Dave having one of his posts featured as a Webmasterworld Classic.

We'll all miss him.

John

HNichols




msg:511183
 8:18 pm on Jul 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dave is one of the few people who was completely and totally honest. He helped me through a very rough time. I was thinking of him the other day.

We planned to get together as he drove through town in his new car, but somehow it never happened.

He is missed.

DaveAtIFG




msg:511184
 1:46 pm on Jul 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Webmaster World group:
This is Michelle, Dave's daughter. I am going through his computer trying to sort through things. I happened upon this link by accident. I was a member of Webmaster World a few years ago. My dad and I often talked shop and had a lot in common in our occupational lives.

His death was a complete surprise. Yes, he had some health problems but those issues were controlled by medication and lifestyle changes. I am deeply, deeply saddened by the loss of my father. I will be having a memorial for him this Saturday from 6 to 9 pm at Mariposa Gardens in Mesa, Arizona. I realize most of you are from different parts of of the country. If you could think of him during that timeframe, I would really appreciate it.

Those of you that don't know, for the last 8 months or so Dad was enjoying his life to the fullest. He had sold some real estate and had a little extra change in his pocket to burn. Most of his life he never lived beyond his means and I was happy that he was finally splurging a little. He bought himself a new BMW, a Tom Tom - which he taught me how to use, a new laptop, a new desktop, took a vacation to see Liane in the Virgin Islands - said it was the best time of his life and didn't want to come home, went to a shooting match in Morro Bay California with his best friend in early June and most importantly, came to visit me in March. He was mostly a homebody so for him to get out and vacation was few and far between. I just had a baby and Dad was able to come and see my baby son, Jonah and his other grandson, three year old Landon. While here, Dad and I had a great visit with lots of "heart to heart" talks. I do feel a great sense of closure.

Brett, can you email me sometime next week? I need to discuss some business issues and I need your input.

Thank you again everyone, for all your kind words. I will be putting an online memorial together and will post the link here when it is complete. For now you can view what his buddies put together here for him. My Dad loved to shoot and regularly participated in shooting matches. [icore.org...]

Take care and thank you.

bakedjake




msg:511185
 1:51 pm on Jul 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dave was one of the first people that welcomed me to WebmasterWorld, and I was also glad to spend a lot of time with him in Orlando. He was one of the people responsible for my involvement in this community, and his encouragement was one of the primary reasons I became a mod here.

We'll miss you Dave. Thanks for everything.

Leosghost




msg:511186
 2:13 pm on Jul 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dave was a really nice guy ..he'll be missed by many of us ..

mona




msg:511187
 6:56 pm on Jul 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thank you for posting, Michelle, and I'm very sorry for your loss. Your father made this community a better place to be a part of. He generously shared his knowledge and I learned a lot from him. He will be missed:(

TheWhippinpost




msg:511188
 9:49 am on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Whoooa! I was sad-in-mourning coming into this thread but Michelle, your words sent me over the edge. Thank you so much for reaching out to us and allowing a glimpse of Dave the man, the father.

I never met him in the real world but your words certainly drew me to feel at least a bit closer to Dave, a person of flesh... as opposed to Dave, a person of text.

Rest assured, Dave lives-on through the work of the many he helped selflessly all over the world... and of course, most importantly, through you.

I will think of him with you and your family on Saturday - And thanks again for sharing; I hope it served as some form of conduit for you, as I'm sure it has, and will, for those of us that will sincerely miss his mind.

Liane




msg:511189
 12:18 pm on Jul 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Michelle, many thanks for the lovely montage of photos you sent me. Dave was a shy and modest person and wasn't exactly "camera friendly". While he was here in April, I must have tried 40 times to get photos of him, and in all (but the few I sent you), he turned his head away just as I took the shot.

I am already missing him terribly. I don't know what I will do without my "guru" ... but he taught me as well as anyone could have, so I imagine I will be able to stand on my own two feet.

Thanks for sharing Michelle and my thoughts will be with you on Saturday ... and everyday.

agerhart




msg:511190
 3:53 pm on Jul 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Dave was a class act and incredibly nice man. My thoughts go out to Michelle and the rest of his family.

Essex_boy




msg:511191
 12:36 pm on Jul 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

We'll all meet up again someplace, sometime. Till then Sleeptight.

limbo




msg:511192
 1:04 am on Jul 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

My thanks to Dave - a great person - He will be greatly missed.

Michelle - to you and your family and all that knew him, my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Ove




msg:3000378
 7:31 pm on Jul 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

He will be sorely missed.
Thanks for your time.

/Ove

grandpa




msg:3000421
 9:03 pm on Jul 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Rest in Peace, Dave.

While your work here is completed, your works will carry on to all who walk your trail.

Namaste.

oilman




msg:3020367
 6:11 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave a couple times and he was a blast to hang with. A no BS attitude with a heart of pure gold :) A great mix in my books. Best wishes to Dave's family.

edit_g




msg:3023858
 9:13 am on Jul 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wow - very sad news. Condolances and best wishes for the future for his family and friends. I've always learnt lots from his posts.

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