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March 1st, 2006


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02:02 pm - Death
A guy died at work on Friday. I wasn't in the office, but I heard about it as they sent out an announcement. He had a severe aneurysm and dropped at his desk. Some coworkers gave him CPR, and the paramedics got here within just a few minutes, but he died. He left a wife and a two year old son.

The name sounded vaguely familiar, but I didn't think I knew him. A few minutes ago someone asked me if I knew him as he was big in the local Star Wars community, and he showed me a picture of the guy on the Georgia Garrison 501st page -
http://www.ga501st.com/Members/RitKuykendall/RitKuykendall.htm
And I saw the web site and realized why the name sounded familiar - it was koinegeek. I knew Koinegeek through his LJ and I knew he worked at ISS, but ... I'd totally forgotten his REAL name. So I was kinda shocked to find this out.

Poor guy. And I really feel bad for his wife and kid...something about having a kid makes thinking about his kid that much harder.

By the way, just to be clear - I didn't know him that well, just through his LJ and from cross-commenting, etc.

I see his last post was five hours before he died. Damn.

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From:kalischild
Date:March 1st, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
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This post dovetails strangely with my last.
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From:evanthx
Date:March 2nd, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
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You said it better than I would have. :-) Which is why I like reading your LJ.
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From:mercymarie3
Date:March 1st, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
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omg, that hits home for you when you're that close to a death, even if it's not a close friend....
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From:evanthx
Date:March 2nd, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
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That was kinda it...I didn't like thinking about it, and I didn't like thinking about his wife and son.
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From:puskunk
Date:March 1st, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Damn. Makes you think about your own mortality.
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From:evanthx
Date:March 2nd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I don't WANNA think about my own mortality!
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From:walkinlikecain
Date:March 2nd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Kinda second nature where I work...guess I am used to that kinda thing now. Still sorry to hear that about your co-worker though.
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From:lilia2000
Date:March 3rd, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Do you have any more news on this? Rit was a good LJ friend of mine even though we only met a couple times. I'm just devestated to find this out and wondered if you had any more info. Thanks.
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From:evanthx
Date:March 3rd, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, I don't know much frankly. This was sent around the company (Internet Security Systems) - everything else I know is also inside this message so I'll just pass it along.

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It is with deep regret that I have to inform you about the passing of one of our own ISS Engineers last Friday. Late Friday afternoon, Rit Kuykendall, a software engineer on the Enterprise Scanner team, suffered a collapse at work due to a severe aneurysm. Members of his team immediately rushed to his aid, administered CPR, and contacted paramedics, who arrived within only a few minutes. The paramedics continued CPR and transported him to nearby Northside Hospital. Rit could not be revived, as the aneurysm was inoperable and damage so severe. He passed away Friday evening at the hospital.

Rit was with ISS since late 2003, and was first part of the Proventia Desktop team. He later moved to the Enterprise Scanner team last year after Proventia Desktop was released. Rit is survived by his wife, Kim, and his two-year old son Caleb. ISS is definitely a better company because of Rit's efforts over the past several years.

ISS is also setting up a Memorial Fund for Rit, which will go entirely to Rit's wife and son. If you are interested in contributing, please make out a check to ISS and indicate "Rit Kuykendall Memorial Fund" on your checks. Please send your donations to Farrah McGuffie in the HR Dept. here in Atlanta. Farrah will collect the funds and get them to Rit's family on your behalf.
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From:lilia2000
Date:March 3rd, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much. Can you tell me where I could send funds for the Memorial Fund?
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From:lilia2000
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Never mind! I got the info.
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From:evanthx
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Cool...sorry to be the bearer of bad news, for whatever that's worth. Rit should have had a lot more time on this earth.
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From:lilia2000
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Some has to do it, right? I've actually had to tell a lot of people here on LJ. I know a lot of people who knew him pretty well. Thats been the hardest, but I'm very greatful that you had this information. It has been really helpful. Bev sent me the link here or else I wouldn't have known.
Yes, Rit should have had more time here on Earth. I take comfort in knowing that he had a strong faith in Christ and is in heaven.
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From:l8nitewriter
Date:March 3rd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Hey:

I don't know you, but I knew Rit pretty well. I'm wondering if you could get his wife's address for me so that I can send a card. If this is possible, please do so.

Thank you.
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From:evanthx
Date:March 4th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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lilia2000 has it I think. I don't and I'm not sure ISS would give it to me, but ... I think she can help you.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 13th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
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Death is the great equalizer. It can strike ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, and at Any Age. Things like this seem to never make sense when they do happen; I remember how stunned and shocked I was to learn that tuesday in september 1991
that my uncle had been killed in a mountain climbing accident that sunday. Looking back now it seems like it was destined to happen. All I can really say is that I guess it takes events like this to really bring it home to us that life should never be taken for granted......its so scary and difficult yet so precious.................................
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 23rd, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)

Hello

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I'm new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.

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