On Monday, we received some terrible news at Guardian Unlimited – one of our colleagues, Noll Scott, had died in a car accident in Brazil, along with his daughter, Tania.
Noll worked in the Editorial Systems Development team at the Guardian, and was an absolutely vital link between Guardian Unlimited and the newspaper systems. In coding terms, he was as close to being a genius as anyone I’ve ever worked with. What made him all the more remarkable was that his original career had been as a journalist, working as a stringer and later as an editor in South America. He was passionate about his politics, about his family, and about the Guardian. A remarkable man.
So it’s appropriately remarkable what’s happening on the website today. We posted a memorial message on our Newsblog, with comments open, and the comments that have come in make this one of the most amazing web artefacts I’ve come across. Colleagues have posted alongside people who’ve never heard of Noll but have experienced his work via the website. And in there is a post from his son Nick, who has worked at Guardian Unlimited and is well known here, which I defy you to read and not be moved by.
It’s an admirable epitaph for an admirable man. I’m going to miss him like crazy.