I was saddened to learn last night that Shaun Downey, better known to me by his blog pseudonym Jams O’Donnell, died at the age of 50. Shaun was one of the first bloggers I ever read and we engaged in many discussions over the last few years. It was in the early days of my blog that he provided support and insight that was vital to its survival.
I sadly never met Jams in person. All of my interactions with him were through reading and responding to each others work and various comment threads around the net. I wish I could remember the first post I read from Jams or what exactly it was that brought us into contact, but I do remember thinking that this was a guy I wanted in my corner. In the cesspool that is the internet, Jams brought a responsible positivity to the debates that raged over the last 8 years. He didn’t resort the name-calling and childish abdomens that often grip this specific field of dialogue.
You will be missed comrade Jams.