Announcement – Robert Phelan, WUWT moderator, has died

Robert E. Phelan [REP]
UPDATE: Details on the wake, funeral, and memorial fund are below. Given the circumstances that I’ve just now learned about, I ask WUWT denizens to help the Phelan family with funeral costs in lieu of flowers. See the update below – Anthony

I received this communications a short while ago. It is with the greatest sadness that I must announce this.

Diane Phelan

Message: Dear Anthony and the WUWT moderators:

I am the daughter of Robert Phelan and I unfortunately have some bad news to pass on.  My father passed away suddenly last night from what we believe to be a heart attack.  I know you had a party planned on the 18th.  I would hate to say it’s cancelled because knowing my father, he would want the celebration to continue, but I’m hoping we could have a conversation first.

I’m so sorry to have to bring this news to you.  He spoke of you often and with much respect and admiration.

Bob was the nicest and most helpful individual you could ever want to meet. I had met him twice, at two Heartland conferences, and we spoke over the phone often. He was tireless and dedicated to helping us all here, he was very helpful to me, and we’ve all lost a dear friend. Many of you knew him by his signature [REP]. 

I can tell you this was like a kick in the stomach for me. I loved Bob like a brother. He was always quick with a laugh and easy to talk with. He was fair, and honest, and good. My last communications with him was yesterday morning, and as usual, it was a message to help me with something about WUWT, passing along an important comment that I might otherwise have missed due to the volume.

I spoke with Diane Phelan his daughter, today, and I have conveyed my deepest sympathy to her and to the family. Details on funeral or other arrangements are obviously uncertain right now, and I will pass them along on this thread as I have them. I’ll also post a photo and official obituary when I have them.

As for the WUWT East Coaster’s picnic planned at Bob’s house on the 18th, – I don’t know at this point. One day at a time.

Bob was a lecturer at Eastern Connecticut State University in Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work. He understood people well, which is what made him such a great asset as a lead moderator at WUWT. To say he will be missed here, is an understatement.

The header of WUWT goes to a black band now, to honor and mourn his passing.

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UPDATE: A site for donations to help cover funeral costs will be made available in a day or two. I’ll announce that here when it is ready. – Anthony

UPDATE2: 8/11/12 6:30PM PST

The wake is this Wed, August 15th from 4-8p at the Cody-White Funeral Home (right off the Milford MetroNorth stop) 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.

The funeral is this Thurs., August 16th at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Gulf St. Milford, CT. The interment will be at St Mary’s Cemetery immediately following.

Full obituary here

The link to the memorial fund site set up is:

http://www.giveforward.com/therobertphelanmemorialfund

There’s lot of new pictures of Bob there. Please take a moment to look and consider helping.

The Phelan family asked me if I would ask your to donate to the memorial fund in lieu of flowers. I am happy to do so, especially after learning of this below.

I received this update from his daughter Diane Phelan, when I inquired where Bob was when he was stricken:

To answer your question, my father was found at his study desk, where we often found him asleep! He had very likely fallen asleep moderating the blog, or doing some related research.

As I probably mentioned to you, he most likely didn’t feel it and it was quick and peaceful for him, something I am grateful for and it’s what he would have wanted.

Thank you for any considerations you can offer. I have made a significant contribution myself. – Anthony

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August 10, 2012 3:53 pm

Sorry to hear this… 🙁

TomRude
August 10, 2012 3:56 pm

Condoleances.

Steve
August 10, 2012 3:57 pm

🙁 Condolences to his family and friends.

JustMEinT Musings
August 10, 2012 3:57 pm

May he rest in peace and may his family be consoled.

PaulH
August 10, 2012 3:57 pm

Oh, no. 🙁 My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

August 10, 2012 3:57 pm

This is a terrible shock. Bob Phelan was truly one of the good guys. He was fair and honest, and fun to be with. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Brian R Adams
August 10, 2012 3:58 pm

I am sorry for his family and for the loss of your friend and confidant. Life delivers little reminders.

Jenn Oates
August 10, 2012 3:59 pm

I HATE news like this. Rest in peace, Bob, and thanks for all the time you spent making this place work.

CSinKS
August 10, 2012 3:59 pm

Prayers and sympathies to the family.

August 10, 2012 3:59 pm

R.I.P
his work will be sadly missed

H.R.
August 10, 2012 4:00 pm

Sad news… very sad.
My condolences to the family.

JamesS
August 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

Atomic Hairdryer
August 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Very sad news and my condolences to his family and friends. Such a shame coming so soon after his very generours offer to host the community event. RIP, REP.

Otter
August 10, 2012 4:06 pm

He knows the Truth about All of it, now. And he’ll be watching over you.

Tony McGough
August 10, 2012 4:08 pm

May he rest in peace. Amen.
And God bless him and his grieving family.

Contrari
August 10, 2012 4:11 pm

He will be missed, but his work and his legacy will live on. Sincere condolances to his family, friends and colleagues.

davidmhoffer
August 10, 2012 4:11 pm

I have to say, I’m in a bit of shock. The blogosphere is a unique place where you start counting people you have never met as acquaintances and friends. One never knows how true that is until you lose one of them.
My sympathies to the family and friends. He made the world a better place.

jim2
August 10, 2012 4:12 pm

I’m very sorry to hear this and extend condolences to all who were close to him.

spartacusisfree
August 10, 2012 4:12 pm

Sorry to hear another of the good guys isn’t around.
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Ally E.
August 10, 2012 4:16 pm

I am so very sorry to hear this.

Andrew Newberg
August 10, 2012 4:16 pm

RIP REP

ldd
August 10, 2012 4:18 pm

Oh no!
News like this really hurts, Anthony my sympathies for your loss of such a tremendous person in your life and contributor to WUWT.
My condolences for all and especially his family and loved ones.
Robert Phelan, RIP – a loss that will be felt far and wide I’m sure.

August 10, 2012 4:18 pm

Amen to all of that, and more. To Anthony, and all who knew Bob, may they be at peace also.

Baa Humbug
August 10, 2012 4:18 pm

A sad loss for all of us. My condolences to Bobs family.

elftone
August 10, 2012 4:20 pm

My sincerest condolences to his family. I shall miss seeing his comments and signature on here, and miss his insight and wit. Rest easy, Mr. Phelan.

Carlo
August 10, 2012 4:20 pm

My condolences to the family and friends.

John F. Hultquist
August 10, 2012 4:23 pm

Diane and Family,
So very sorry. I did not know REP except via his comments on WUWT and always they showed intellect and wit — someone I would like to know. That was always unlikely as I live in the State of Washington. There are many readers here in WA and worldwide that knew your Father in this same manner. Most of us don’t know what to say at these times. But the list of comments will grow large as the community learns of and shares the loss of his passing. Peace.
John

Jeremy
August 10, 2012 4:27 pm

Very sorry to hear this.

Richard T. Fowler
August 10, 2012 4:29 pm

Robert,
I, like others, have been blessed by your contributions all this time. I did not know you were REP, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. A great big “Thank-you!!”, from this big fan.
Family and friends of Robert,
You clearly had a very special man in your midst. Thank you for the support you have given him, that he could better help so many. My great condolences to you all for your loss. You will be in my prayers.
Richard

Grant
August 10, 2012 4:31 pm

‘He was fair, and honest, and good.’ R.I.P Mr. Phelan.

Coral S.
August 10, 2012 4:35 pm

My sincere condolences to his family.

KenB
August 10, 2012 4:35 pm

I only knew him through the REP initials and his straight down the line moderation replies to the disruptive and over enthusiastic, to the point and effective. Our condolences to his family and Diane in particular for letting us know. This Australian appreciates his dedication and calming presence, you can be so pround of him.

August 10, 2012 4:36 pm

Intelligence and a sense of humour, rare combination. Sad news indeed.

John Greenfraud
August 10, 2012 4:36 pm

Rest-In-Peace

Mike A.
August 10, 2012 4:41 pm

Things like that come as a shock. To me, it feels like WUWT has become an extended family and a member’s been lost. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

cui bono
August 10, 2012 4:44 pm

All condolences to his family. He commented only where comments were due, snipped only where it was appropriate. I will miss his wit.

August 10, 2012 4:45 pm

Rest in Peace and peace to his family and friends. It’s always a shock when someone dies – even if you’re expecting it. Much worse if it’s unexpected.

kim2ooo
August 10, 2012 4:45 pm

My heart, prayers, and wishes go out to Mr Phelan, his family and friends.
He always took time to encourage and joke with me.
I am sure he will be dearly missed, by many.
I have lost a friend and true mentor.
kimmie

August 10, 2012 4:47 pm

We surrender Robert to God’s care. God bless his family.
Andrew

DJ
August 10, 2012 4:47 pm

My most sincere condolences to his family, and to those who worked so hard with him to shine a light on the truth.

Ron Richey
August 10, 2012 4:48 pm

I enjoyed every snip and comment REP made.
I’ll miss his presence. Condolences to his family and friends.

highflight56433
August 10, 2012 4:49 pm

Occasionally, there is such a soul. May your best memories of him give you strength and consolation.
My regards to family and others.

August 10, 2012 4:50 pm

Very shocking.
The best to his family

Craig Moore
August 10, 2012 4:51 pm

My deepest sympathies for his family, friends, and associates. I’ve just returned from my own mother’s funeral and deeply feel the pain of others for there family losses.

Maus
August 10, 2012 4:52 pm

Requiescat in pace.

EternalOptimist
August 10, 2012 4:52 pm

RIP Rob Phelan

August 10, 2012 4:54 pm

He will be greatly missed by the moderation team
Most sincere condolences to family and friends.
Andi

Editor
August 10, 2012 4:54 pm

Oh my. I met Bob at one of the ICCCs, I think he became a moderator soon after that. I liked the way he kept Eastern US morning under control, he did things like I wanted done, but he did it better than I could.
Perversely enough, after the picnic was set up, an elderly aunt of mine in Norwalk CT died. Her memorial service is scheduled on the 19th, so my wife and I will be in CT anyway, picnic nor not.
We have tropical rains out tonight, and I’m about to head home. I think I’ll drive a little slowly tonight.

Green Sand
August 10, 2012 4:55 pm

Why do they always take the good guys away?
If you ever saw (REP) you knew there was an opportunity to learn.
Thank you for being, condolences to all

Phil
August 10, 2012 4:55 pm

My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He enriched WUWT with his good judgement and humor.

Edohiguma
August 10, 2012 4:55 pm

R.I.P.
Thank you for your hard work Mr Phelan.

August 10, 2012 4:56 pm

REP has a place in all our memories and will live on. His Tags will live in my bookmarks. His family will know he lives on.

Ashby Manson
August 10, 2012 4:57 pm

My condolences to all.

Tom in Worc.(usa)
August 10, 2012 4:58 pm

R.I.P. All the best to his family. :- (

Eugene WR Gallun
August 10, 2012 4:59 pm

My condolences to the family
All that is given is taken
All but the promise as spoken
All that are dead will awaken
All is returned when awoken
EWRG

David B
August 10, 2012 5:00 pm

“REP” as he was known to me will be greatly missed by his virtual WUWT family as well as his real family and friends. My condolences as well.

Darren Potter
August 10, 2012 5:01 pm

Condolences to Robert Phelan’s family and friends.

John Whitman
August 10, 2012 5:02 pm

Sad to hear of his passing.
I first met Bob casually in a pub in Taipei called Ploughman’s Pub over 25 years ago although we were not introduced to each other at that time. We became reacquainted several years ago through WUWT and I saw him at this years HI conference in Chicago.
He will be remembered.
John

gregole
August 10, 2012 5:03 pm

Sad news indeed. My thoughts prayer go out to his family and I send my condolences.
REP will be missed.

Duke C.
August 10, 2012 5:05 pm

I felt compelled to grep through the recent articles, looking for
Robert’s last inline post as a moderator.-
[SNIP: Yes it is OT. Please submit to Tips and Notes or some other more appropriate thread. -REP]

Thanks, Robert, for keeping it on topic.
REPLY: thanks for doing that, Anthony

Gordon Richmond
August 10, 2012 5:06 pm

My sincerest condolences to Mr. Phelan’s family and to the crew at WUWT.
The Internet is something of a two-edged sword; it vastly expands one’s circle of friends and acquaintances, which is a good thing, but along with the good, comes the inevitable bad when members of that expanded circle shuffle off this mortal coil.

August 10, 2012 5:07 pm

Damn. I don’t know if others rate/consider the moderators much, but, I do. REP was one of my favorites. My prayers go out to his loved ones.

wsbriggs
August 10, 2012 5:15 pm

I’m very sorry that the real world has lost a really valuable contributor. I too have enjoyed his contributions, and his ability to keep the cats herded.

Babsy
August 10, 2012 5:15 pm

So very sorry to hear of this.

Editor
August 10, 2012 5:20 pm

My sincere condolences to Bob’s family and to his friends.
It saddened me to here of his passing. I will miss Bob’s fairness, patience and wit.
My thoughts are with you,
Bob Tisdale

Allan MacRae
August 10, 2012 5:21 pm

So long REP.
Thanks for all the good work.
Best, Allan

Johna Till Johnson
August 10, 2012 5:25 pm

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! I only knew him by his initials, but always appreciated his courteous, yet firm hand moderating. The world is a poorer place without him.

SteveSadlov
August 10, 2012 5:25 pm

RIP REP.

Richdo
August 10, 2012 5:25 pm

“Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole…”
God bless you [REP]. Heartfelt condolences to loved ones.

Venter
August 10, 2012 5:31 pm

It’s sad to hear of Robert’s passing. My sincere condolences to Diane, Robert’s Family and friends.
RIP, Bob

F. Ross
August 10, 2012 5:33 pm

“…
He was fair, and honest, and good.
…”

Amen to that. Condolences

Barbara Skolaut
August 10, 2012 5:36 pm

I’m so sorry, Anthony. My condolences to his family for their loss – and to you for the loss of a great friend.

August 10, 2012 5:36 pm

Like many others, I never met Bob Phelan. I knew of him only through his moderations on WUWT. His comments were a joy to read, witty, and fair. I will miss him for that.
My condolences to his family and friends.

u.k.(us)
August 10, 2012 5:39 pm

A gentleman and a scholar.
My thoughts go out to his loved ones.

Editor
August 10, 2012 5:39 pm

A sad loss to his family and WUWT, I loved and will miss the wit of REP, please accept my condolences for the

tgmccoy
August 10, 2012 5:40 pm

Got whacked by REP more than once-and deserved it. He will be missed. prayers and
condolences…

wayne
August 10, 2012 5:41 pm

All I can say is you have our condolences for your loss. Very sad to hear this.

Editor
August 10, 2012 5:43 pm

loss of a funny, but serious, very dedicated gentleman.

Ben D.
August 10, 2012 5:48 pm

My condolences to family and friends, RIP REP.

Warren in New Zealand
August 10, 2012 5:55 pm

Robert (REP) Phelan
Fair, considerate, witty
Everything a good moderator needs to be.
Sadly missed.

August 10, 2012 5:57 pm

Terrible news indeed, he will assuredly be missed.
My sincerest condolences to his family, and all his friends.
RIP

DocMartyn
August 10, 2012 5:59 pm

Upon recovering from the shock of suddenly losing her father, Diane Phelan worries about inconveniencing others. She is her fathers daughter.

August 10, 2012 6:00 pm

A great loss indeed. I always enjoyed Robert’s short and often amusing moderation comments. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family and friends. R.I.P., Robert Phelan.

David Ball
August 10, 2012 6:08 pm

Heartfelt condolences to the Phelan family. He will be missed.

Aussie Luke Warm
August 10, 2012 6:09 pm

Vale REP, thank you for your contribution towards free speech and the dissemination of truth.

August 10, 2012 6:10 pm

🙁 So sad.
Condolences to family and friends who I hope will soon learn to enjoy memories of the good times more than suffer any regrets.

August 10, 2012 6:17 pm

How awful! Though I was not able to attend the party, I was delighted to discover, via his responses in the ‘invitation’ thread, that he was once a brakeman on the old New Haven Railroad, and I was looking forward to meeting with him at some point and learning more about his railroad experiences. Now I just learned we had some anthropology in our backgrounds, as well.
Sorry as I am to have lost the chance of meeting, I am also dismayed at the loss of his talents on this blog, his always-gentle remonstrances with wayward commenters, always ready with a quip. I can only imagine how devastating this must be for his family. My deepest sympathies to them.
/Mr Lynn

Sam the First
August 10, 2012 6:19 pm

His work as a moderator here was appreciated by all, and it’s invaluable work which has made this place the one for a courteous exchange of viewpoints, that we all enjoy.
RIP Robert, condolences to your family, and may they find some comfort even in the shock of his death, in knowing how greatly valued he was, by so many

August 10, 2012 6:19 pm

Rest in Peace Robert.
My condolences to your family.
Your contribution will be missed.

Dennis Dunton
August 10, 2012 6:19 pm

My Prayers go out to his family; may they be granted “The peace that passeth all understanding”.

Videodrone
August 10, 2012 6:22 pm

Requiesce in pace REP and condolences to his family

Pat Frank
August 10, 2012 6:24 pm

Bob Phelan, as REP, was a calm steadying presence here at WUWT. Never snappish, always good-humored. An honorable guy in a heated climate. A rare breed.

Richard
August 10, 2012 6:33 pm

Sad

August 10, 2012 6:36 pm

Vale, Bob Phelan. He and his work will be very sadly missed

crosspatch
August 10, 2012 6:36 pm

This is such sad news to learn of the loss of a key member of the community that has formed here. My most sincere condolences to the Phelan family, his local community as well as to the other mods, readers who Bob has assisted, and Mr Watts. So long, REP, rest easy.

commieBob
August 10, 2012 6:40 pm

We pray that God welcomes Robert into a place of light and peace.

a dood
August 10, 2012 6:42 pm

Horrible news. I will miss his polite comments on here, always followed by [REP]. You could tell he was a fair and decent man.

g3ellis
August 10, 2012 6:45 pm

Tears are in my eyes. REP was a wonderful human being. He will be missed.

August 10, 2012 6:45 pm

Wow … a bit of a shocker! Condolences and RIP REP. _Jim

August 10, 2012 6:48 pm

Reblogged this on evilincandescentbulb and commented:
“He is a great average man; one who, to the best thinking, adds a proportion and equality in his faculties, so that men see in him their own dreams and glimpses made available and made to pass for what they are. A great common-sense is his warrant and qualification to be the world’s interpreter. He has reason, as all the philosophic and poetic class have: but he has also what they have not,- this strong solving sense to reconcile his poetry with the appearances of the world, and build a bridge from the streets of cities to the Atlantis. (Emerson)

August 10, 2012 6:53 pm

Condolences to all of the family – but believe that he lives on in the minds and hearts of us all .. his work and memories will be here forever. [REP] it is time to rest keep our spot open for we will join you over time.

JJB MKI
August 10, 2012 6:53 pm

What sad news. Judging by his contributions here, the world has lost an obviously hard working, honourable, patient and good humoured man.

JonasM
August 10, 2012 6:56 pm

The internet never forgets. Neither will we.
Peace, Anthony, Diane and family.
RIP, Bob.

Steptoe Fan
August 10, 2012 6:58 pm

A sad news day, indeed. He is with the Universe now.

Reed Coray
August 10, 2012 6:58 pm

Sad. Just so sad. RIP REP

William Sears
August 10, 2012 7:05 pm

I never knew what REP meant and thought that it was a generic label. Know I know and am sad at the loss. Condolences to family and friends.

DaveA
August 10, 2012 7:05 pm

I hope we can find out more about him. Ever present though without a face. RIP Robert and thanks for your contribution.

William Sears
August 10, 2012 7:08 pm

Now I know…. Sorry.

philincalifornia
August 10, 2012 7:10 pm

I’m so sad to hear this. I can’t add anything to the above messages, except to second them and know that they are passed unanimously.

tobyglyn
August 10, 2012 7:12 pm

Very sad news, condolences to all who loved him.

Steve Keohane
August 10, 2012 7:13 pm

My condolences to the Phelan family. I enjoyed REP’s comments and moderation.

Jeff Alberts
August 10, 2012 7:14 pm

I don’t believe in gods or an afterlife, but I believe there are good people. In my experience, REP was one of those. He’ll be sorely missed.

pat
August 10, 2012 7:17 pm

condolences to robert phelan’s family and friends, from all of us who are able to participate at WUWT due to the assistance of such an admirable man.

August 10, 2012 7:24 pm

“Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.” Bishop Hall
Condolences to the family and friends of [REP], Robert Phelan.

Nolo Contendere
August 10, 2012 7:25 pm

Sad news indeed. Even though we never met, many of us hear feel like we knew him well. He will be both missed and remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Steve from Rockwood
August 10, 2012 7:30 pm

I had heard a rumour there weren’t enough moderators in heaven. Best wishes to the family and his friends.

August 10, 2012 7:34 pm

He will be missed thoughts and condolences to his family both blood and online RIP [REP]

Myron Mesecke
August 10, 2012 7:35 pm

With as much time as he spent here with us I hope he made sure to spend time with his family. I want to thank his family for sharing him with us.

August 10, 2012 7:40 pm

My condolences to all.

Philemon
August 10, 2012 7:45 pm

He will be missed.

Joe
August 10, 2012 7:56 pm

We are poorer for his absence.
Requiescat in pacem.

Jeef
August 10, 2012 8:02 pm

Condolences. A sad loss.

August 10, 2012 8:03 pm

It is sad to see this. My heart goes out to his daughter, his family, and his friends.

Mike McMillan
August 10, 2012 8:07 pm

Condolences to his family from his other family, all of us.

Leo G
August 10, 2012 8:08 pm

So sorry to hear of this. Condolences to all who knew and love him.

August 10, 2012 8:10 pm

Forum Moderators are the unsung heroes of the internet. My sincere condolences to the WUWT community and Mr Watts, and to all those who loved Mr Phelan.

Bennett
August 10, 2012 8:16 pm

Sad news indeed. I enjoyed reading his invitation to a party at his house, but alas, Vermont was a tad too far away . Now the distance seems close enough, had I the chance again. RIP Robert.

AnonyMoose
August 10, 2012 8:18 pm

RIP, REP.
Well done with the black banner, Anthony. So few remember appropriate use of the black of mourning.

August 10, 2012 8:18 pm

My condolences to both his family and WUWT family. RIP mate.

ShrNfr
August 10, 2012 8:27 pm

From time to time a really good person appears among us for a period and then leaves. My condolences on your loss to the family. He will be missed by all.

TRBixler
August 10, 2012 8:30 pm

REP to your family Thank You. It is a sad day when a man dies who has contributed to the world community in such a positive way. Condolences.
Terry and Hyon

Kozlowski
August 10, 2012 8:35 pm

My condolences to Diane Phelan. Always sad, and more so when its sudden.

LearDog
August 10, 2012 8:37 pm

I recognized his moderation signature….and can only comment that He and his family can be proud of what he contributed to: the ‘take-down’ of the fiction of CAGW.
I’m proud to be able to just watch it in action. Contributing to it? Only in my dreams.
But Robert Phelan? He did it.

Brian D
August 10, 2012 8:52 pm

My prayer to the family from Numbers 6:24-26 from the Bible.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Amen.

Jeff Fujita
August 10, 2012 8:53 pm

Three little letters and yet they carried weight with us faceless readers. Time and effort revealed a passion for knowledge and sharing – it did not go unnoticed. Thank you REP! And my condolences to his family.

Jim Masterson
August 10, 2012 8:56 pm

I enjoyed his comments and will miss his comments even though I didn’t know him. My condolences to his family.
Jim

August 10, 2012 8:58 pm

Condolences to everyone in his family and his friends. He will be missed here as well. His sig and his moderation were something I tried to keep from happening and only got nipped once. RIP

Steamboat Jon
August 10, 2012 8:58 pm

My condolences to the Phelan family.

Don
August 10, 2012 8:59 pm

Classy moderation makes a classy blog/forum. Robert did that. We all noticed and appreciated his contribution. Like Anthony and all the moderators, a soldier for truth. We honor his memory.

Konrad
August 10, 2012 9:00 pm

This is sad news. My condolences to Roberts family. I and many others will remember Robert as one of the happy few there on St. Crispins day.

August 10, 2012 9:01 pm

I only knew him by his initials, but this moderator guarded the fort like it was his own. Fantastic. He will be missed.

RoHa
August 10, 2012 9:06 pm

What LearDog said. My condolences to his family.

John West
August 10, 2012 9:06 pm

RIP REP

August 10, 2012 9:06 pm

Oh dear, I am very sad to hear this. My best wishes got to his family, especially Diane Phelan who somehow found the strength to notify his online family of this terrible news.
Rest well Mr. Phelan.

August 10, 2012 9:07 pm

A Brilliant Light now gone from this earth. RIP REP and condolences to all his family and loved ones.

Pamela Gray
August 10, 2012 9:07 pm

Lyrics come to mind:
You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
Who abide in His shadow for life,
Say to the Lord, “My Refuge,
My Rock in Whom I trust.”
And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
And famine will bring you no fear;
Under His Wings your refuge,
His faithfulness your shield.
And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
You need not fear the terror of the night,
Nor the arrow that flies by day,
Though thousands fall about you,
Near you it shall not come.
And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
For to His angels He’s given a command,
To guard you in all of your ways,
Upon their hands they will bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
Michael Joncas

August 10, 2012 9:15 pm

RIP Mate, your work was appreciated by this Aussie and so was the help you gave me when I first started posting comments here.
Hear hear on the use of the black banner Anthony.
A fitting tribute to a very central figure to our online community.

Mike Fox
August 10, 2012 9:18 pm

Requiescat in pace.

Neo
August 10, 2012 9:19 pm

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
August 10, 2012 9:22 pm

It is always heart-breaking to lose a family member or a close virtual or real-life friend. As a frequent lurker and occasional poster, here, like so many, I have always appreciated [REP]’s judicious and witty moderation.
To Anthony and to Robert’s family – and to his friends around the world – I offer my condolences. May the lessons that he has taught us – and his memory – be a blessing that guides us and lives on in our hearts.

Fernando
August 10, 2012 9:22 pm

Warriors: do not die, just pause.

August 10, 2012 9:23 pm

REP is missed and leaves big shoes

Menth
August 10, 2012 9:30 pm

“Here’s to the hands and hearts of the men who come with the dust and are gone with the wind”
Sincerest condolences to his family and Anthony

Susan S.
August 10, 2012 9:32 pm

Condolences to family, and to friends. As a long time reader on this site, I have enjoyed REP’s moderations. He will be missed, RIP. Please pass on a word of thanks for all that he did here.

jorgekafkazar
August 10, 2012 9:35 pm

A great loss. Robert’s initials are very familiar to me from moderated comments over the years. Very sad.

August 10, 2012 9:49 pm

This is a tremendous loss to both his family and this community. You do not always get to know people as well as you would like online but my interactions with him were always professional. Moderation is an unglamorous and tedious job but without it you would have chaos here and I have a deep respect for those who volunteer their time to make a community like this successful. While he would likely want the party to continue, I would suggest it would be easier on his family to have someone else host it at a different location. BTW, Anthony do you know how old he was?

matthu
August 10, 2012 10:00 pm

REP will be missed – my thought are with all his family and friends.

August 10, 2012 10:05 pm

That’s terrible news. I’m sorry for his family.

August 10, 2012 10:06 pm

condolences

William Martin in NZ
August 10, 2012 10:17 pm

Sorry to hear this sad news.My sincere condolences to the family and his many friends.He will be deeply missed.RIP Mr Phelan.

August 10, 2012 10:19 pm

Reminds us to live each day at its fullest.

August 10, 2012 10:22 pm

May we all find ways to benefit society as REP did.

Don
August 10, 2012 10:26 pm

Phelan is a good Irish name, so here’s a tribute to departed fathers like Robert from my friends The Elders.

August 10, 2012 10:26 pm

Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
Reblogging on my site can make no statistical difference, but I can, and I will. I am sorry for this loss. My condolences to all, especially the Phelan family. Thank you Ms. Phelan for letting us know, and thanks to Anthony for posting.
When I lost my father, a short Charlie Peackock song comforted me. It still brings a tear to my eye when I hear it.
It just happened again, I wanted to call you up
I wanted your opinion about something
It’s funny how I valued it so little before
And now that I can’t have it, I value it more
Why didn’t God let me know? I could have had pleaded your case
With Christmas around the corner
He’d have seen it was bad timing and in poor taste
But He didn’t ask me and I didn’t know
It was your time to go
Couldn’t cuss, couldn’t cry, couldn’t crawl
Threw my hands up in the face of it all
So this is what it’s like to be the child
Of a man who’s dead and gone
Well, the next time I see him it will be in a different light
When we look at each other all we’ll see is what’s right
And if I am indeed my father’s crown, I will lay my body down
At the feet of my Savior and I will sing forever
With the perfection my father so desired
Every note in tune, every rhythm flawless
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
[Charlie Peacock]
RIP REP

Lance of BC
August 10, 2012 10:35 pm

My condoleances. RIP

Bobl
August 10, 2012 10:39 pm

I too, while not knowing Robert, will miss his periodic comments. It is a sad day, WUWT will feel a bit empty for a while… I am sorry for his family and wish them strength through the coming days

Paul Vaughan
August 10, 2012 10:48 pm

A fine example of Robert at his best:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/11/climate-skeptic-instructor-fired-from-oregon-state-university/#comment-1008302
“”[REPLY: Your restraint, undoubtedly in the face of intolerable provocation, is appreciated. -REP]”
This is perhaps the most impressive moderation note I’ve ever seen.
Restraint is the most important human quality.”

August 10, 2012 10:54 pm

How very sad! My sympathies to his family and friends.

James McCauley
August 10, 2012 11:14 pm

Robert Phelan – Yes, many around the world now know he has contributed greatly to the health of this world. Borrowing from that dynamo Benjamin Franklin: ‘…now it’s up to you to keep it.’. Let us continue Robert’s efforts promoting civil, yet spirited, debating and developing of revealed obvious through intricately nuanced ‘truths of nature’ so that we, and our progeny, can better appreciate our worlds. My thanks and appreciation to all connected with this WUWT interweb ‘family’ and especially, at this time, to the Phelan family. Our future has been made more hopeful through Robert Phelan.

Girma
August 10, 2012 11:26 pm

My commiseration.
Thanks Anthony for honoring him with the blank band.

Doug S
August 10, 2012 11:28 pm

Diane, in our struggle to find the truth your father was out in front helping to light the path. May we all be together someday when we achieve our final rest. Blessings to you and your family. Doug Sherman, Vallejo Ca.

August 10, 2012 11:43 pm

Thanks Bob.
We’re winning and part of the reason we are winning is that we’ve stayed out of the mud. REP helped make that happen.
REP had the gifts of wit and grace.
I will miss him.
To his family: I share your sorrow.

J. Felton (the Cowboy)
August 10, 2012 11:50 pm

My sincere condolences. WUWT is a community, and one I’ve always felt welcome at. They say in sports that the best ref is one you don’t notice, but clearly that doesn’t apply here, as Mr. Phelan was noticed and appreciated by all. WUWT is richer for having known him, and now poorer for losing him.

Steve C
August 10, 2012 11:50 pm

“Many of you knew him by his signature [REP]”
Indeed so. I marvelled often at the self-control and politeness he displayed when dealing with *some* comments. Condolences to his family and eveyone who knew him.

August 10, 2012 11:56 pm

I am so sorry to hear this.

JJ
August 10, 2012 11:59 pm

He was eloquent, so much so that it was evident in a dozen word moderation note.
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Mac the Knife
August 11, 2012 12:02 am

Sunrise, Sunset.
Sunrise, Sunset.
Swiftly flow the years…
One season following another,
Fading from happiness to tears.
Sunrise. Sunset.
Sunrise……Sunset.

My deepest sympathies to the family of [REP]. I knew him and appreciated him as the voice of reason behind many comment threads here at WUWT.

August 11, 2012 12:05 am

I and many others will miss him but we never knew him. Such was his greatness.
Sincere condolences to those who did know him, especially his family. Many care about your pain.
Richard

David Jones
August 11, 2012 12:06 am

Difficult to believe we will no longer see the initials REP moderating on this site.
I add my condolences to his family and friends.

August 11, 2012 12:09 am

Robert E Phelan was one of the most interesting commenters on sceptical blogs, often bringing his social science expertise to bear in a thought-provoking manner. I’ve started a thread at
http://bishophill.squarespace.com/discussion/post/1920076
where readers are invited to post links or quotes from his contributions, just to show that the “soft” social sciences have something useful and original to offer to the discussion. Anyone who’s more organised than I am and has kept references is invited to contribute to a memorial “best of” compilation of his contributions. Thanks WUWT readers, and thanks Robert.

GeoLurking
August 11, 2012 12:14 am

His legacy, in part, can be found in the fond memories that the people here have of him. To the ancient Egyptians, your afterlife depended on how well you were remembered. Even by their standard, [REP] will do well.
Godspeed [REP]

Eyal Porat
August 11, 2012 12:35 am

RIP.

TinyCO2
August 11, 2012 12:44 am

The warmists scratch their heads why sceptic blog sites go from strength to strength and the answer is here. When the death of someone you’ve never met, never really exchanged words with makes you cry, you know that that person was someone special. Moderating is a very hard, under appreciated job and Bob was firm, fair and witty. If the World was led by people like that, we’d have few problems. Sceptics are revolutionaries and Bob was a big part of what makes this the gentlest, most reasonable revolution ever. A special thank you to his family for lending him to us. We will remember.

tonyb
August 11, 2012 12:45 am

Paul Vaughan gives a fine example of Roberts work. He was a fair minded man and will be much missed.Sympathies goes to his family for whom this has been a great shock
tonyb

August 11, 2012 12:47 am

My condoleances to the family for this loss. It is a sad day for the blog to loose one of its finest moderators…

Rob Dekker
August 11, 2012 12:47 am

My condolences to Robert’s family.
Being at the ‘alarmist’ side of many climate change issues, I often disagree with many of WUWT commenters. Still, I have found moderators to be fair, balanced and reasonable. May this long list of supporting posts give some strength to his family, and let me express my gratitude for the important work that WUWT moderators are doing day-in, day-out.
Robert will be missed dearly.

Bob MacLean
August 11, 2012 12:50 am

As someone else commented, REP had the rare ability to keep the cats herded without raising any hackles. Condolences to his family.

August 11, 2012 12:51 am

“They are not yet dead, who live on in people’s hearts.” RIP Bob. Condolences to Bob’s family and friends.

Tom Lynn
August 11, 2012 12:53 am

Didnt actually know him but I could tell by his replies and comments that he was one of the good ones .With a mind I could have really gotten to know. RIP REP

August 11, 2012 12:54 am

Condolences to his family and friends.

August 11, 2012 1:02 am


Pointman

Editor
Reply to  Pointman
August 11, 2012 1:19 am

I am shocked. I always appreciated Bob’s frequent and fair moderation notes. I was sorry not to have any possibility to get over the pond for the WUWT picnic he had planned for the 18th – it would have been a great pleasure to finally meet him. He will be sorely missed by the moderation team.

Alan Bates
August 11, 2012 1:04 am

People have already said just about everything I would like to have said.
I can only add that I wish I had known him as a man and not just by his initials.

Lodger from Oz
August 11, 2012 1:13 am

This is so sad. I lurk here regularly and post rarely but [REP]’s moderation was always fair and witty and his remarks usually spot on. My condolences to his family and friends.

August 11, 2012 1:16 am

What incredibly sad news.

tonyb
August 11, 2012 1:17 am

Two further thoughts cross my mind.
Firstly, will Robert’s family be made aware of this page which might provide some small comfort to them, knowing that he was held in such great respect and admiration?.
Second, is that we don’t show our appreciation enough of people that peform sterling service on our behalf. Yesterday was my Birthday. We spent it going for a long walk on Dartmoor, then had a delicious cream tea at the most delightful country house hotel. I said to the owner how delightful the experience had been and she was visibly pleased. We need to tell people like Robert, like DB Stealey and all those we come into regular contact with in all walks of life, how much their efforts are appreciated
tonyb

Jimbo
August 11, 2012 1:18 am

May I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends, students and colleagues. He will be missed here. 🙁

Disko Troop
August 11, 2012 1:35 am

Gone, but never to be forgotten. You can’t stop the signal.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Ivor Ward

StigerDen
August 11, 2012 1:55 am

Sad day, I would join the long list of people here offering condolences to Mr Phelan’s Family and Friends.

Mark.R
August 11, 2012 1:59 am

My condolences to the family.

Steve Smith
August 11, 2012 2:01 am

United we stand, divided we fall
A fallen trouper who will be greatly missed
R.I.P. Robert Phelan

Matzx
August 11, 2012 2:10 am

A sad day !

Lars P.
August 11, 2012 2:11 am

Very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. We will miss him here at WUWT too in this on line family.

AndyG55
August 11, 2012 2:26 am

Condolences to this family and friend..
and all those touched by his presence.
A fair and true soul.

A. Scott
August 11, 2012 2:27 am

The testament to his skill and professionalism is that he did what is too often a thankless task, while largely remaining invisible to the masses … which is even more true with a topic with many partisan positions and opinions.
A community such as WUWT cannot survive, let alone thrive, without a steady, reasoned, hand on the tiller – and it is clear Robert was such a man.
I would hope the many comments here offer some comfort to his friends and family – that he was one who made a difference – a positive influence – in this world.

Meyer
August 11, 2012 2:41 am

Gosh, I didn’t even realize “REP” was one individual’s initials. I am glad he was able to contribute so much to a good cause, and thankful as well. I wish the best to everyone who knew him personally. He no doubt had a positive effect on many lives if he was even a fraction as fair and dedicated “out there” as he was here.

Admin
August 11, 2012 2:41 am

I had not met Robert in person but have spoken to him on the phone many times. His concern for doing the right thing and making sure he was meticulous was unending.
We live in an unusual time of friendships forged via online forums.
It was the catalyst of online personalities that caused me to take the leap and meet Steve McIntyre, Anthony Watts, Steven Mosher, Willis Eschenbach, and others in person. I have been to South America with people I have met online (not dating services), at other boards. It has definitely been a privilege to have engaged and worked with Robert. I wish I could have added him to the list of those online personas that eventually came to my real life.

Gene Selkov
August 11, 2012 3:02 am

Unmoderated shock and sorrow, even though we all die at some point. At least, he died an accomplished man, leaving behind a stunningly beautiful afterlife — a transition not all of us will be lucky to make. Diane, be good to yourself.

James Bull
August 11, 2012 3:06 am

We will all miss him.
I pray for Gods arms to uphold and surround his family and friends at this time.
Jams Bull

Editor
August 11, 2012 3:23 am

Very sad. Condolences and blessings to his family.

beesaman
August 11, 2012 3:31 am

Condolences, like many I hadn’t had an identity to ‘REP’ as only one person till now, he will be missed…

redc1c4
August 11, 2012 3:33 am

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. – George S, Patton.
and, imho, totally appropriate here. the world is a better place for him having been here, and we were all lucky to have interacted with him.
may his family and friends find solace in the knowledge that his life made a difference,

Julian Braggins
August 11, 2012 3:44 am

My wife passed similarly less than three weeks ago, she left copies of the following poem for her wake,
“Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
Canon Henry Scott-Holland ”
The family celebrated her life at the Wake and until 5am. There was more laughter than tears.
That has supported me, I am sure he is still with you Diane, God Bless.

anarchist hate machine
August 11, 2012 3:51 am

RIP [REP] ;(

michael hart
August 11, 2012 3:59 am

Not many years ago the word Blog had not entered the English language. The concept of an internet moderator did not exist. It is a new profession, [even though it is often performed for free], with a role similar to that of editors or sub-editors in the printed press. REP was one of those who set the standard for this new profession, a standard that should be aspired to and held up as an example.
What does a moderator do? He moderates. It is at once a simple word, yet also a skill that does not come easily to many. Moderation is an attribute, a state of mind which speaks to the quality of the [often anonymous] human behind the initials. A human who is not seeking public recognition, reward, or congratulation for their efforts, and has the temper to not become inflamed by the opinions of others. When compared to REP, many moderators across the web appear to not even understand the word, and often appear to know virtually nothing about the subject content of the matter being discussed. They are merely censors, often with the mind of a village provost, destined for the greater obscurity awaiting them.
Because he worked on Watts Up With That, one of the most frequented web-sites, REP leaves behind a world wide legacy and reputation. Indeed, he was one of those partly responsible for the popularity of WUWT, and the world is better place for having people like him.

pokerguy
August 11, 2012 4:06 am

“IN the midst of life, we are in death”. My condolences to all.

Eimear Dwyer
August 11, 2012 4:11 am

My condolences to the friends and family of Robert.

Jessie
August 11, 2012 4:23 am

Dear Dianne,
Thank you for writing and sharing the pleasure of knowing your father, a true friend and colleague to many dotted over this globe. It is so sad to hear this news of your father.
I never knew Bob, other than REP. Now I know know him to be a father, a great brother, scholar and friend cherished by many of the WUWT bloggers. And what teasing we tried of him as we type from all corners of the globe, and admiration for his never ending and always kindly admonishing to our cheekiness as we tried to slip through with a comment or two. REP (Bob) will be greatly missed.
Vale and the very best wishes to you, your family and friends.
Jessie, Australia

DirkH
August 11, 2012 4:28 am

At
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/11/climate-skeptic-instructor-fired-from-oregon-state-university/#comment-1007669

izen says:
June 12, 2012 at 11:22 am
@- Jud says:
“Whatever way this plays out I have learned one thing.
You are a truly nasty piece of work.”
[SNIP: If you want to use language like this, comment under your real name. -REP].

How very nice and effective!
Ruhe in Frieden, Robert!

starzmom
August 11, 2012 4:36 am

My heartfelt sympathy to the Phelan family, and to all here who will miss Bob’s witty comments and snips.

Eric J. Brooks
August 11, 2012 4:48 am

Robert,
Where ever you are now, please accept our appreciation for all you did in getting the word out. With what you and Anthony Watts did, you opened up many of our eyes. We are forever grateful and indebted to you. We thank you for all you have done and hope you are reading this from a better place.

Eric Webb
August 11, 2012 4:53 am

My condolences are with Robert and his family. God Bless Him.

Jimmy Haigh
August 11, 2012 5:09 am

Sad news. The WUWT team has lost a valued member. Deepest condolences to family and friends.

J.Hansford
August 11, 2012 5:10 am

Very sad to hear. My condolences to his family and to those who knew him well. For the rest of us, the reasoned wisdom behind the moderation signed REP…. will be missed.

Steve in SC
August 11, 2012 5:13 am

Sincere condolences. He will be missed.

August 11, 2012 5:13 am

Thank You REP.
You’ve gone to the secret world.
Which way is it?
You broke the cage and flew.
You heard the drum that calls you home.
You left this humiliating shelf,
This disorienting desert
Where we’re given wrong directions.
What use now a crown?
You’ve become the sun.
No need for a belt: You’ve slipped out of your waist!
I have heard that near the end
You were eyes looking at soul.
No looking now. You live inside the soul.
You’re the strange autumn rose
That led the winter wind in by withering.
You’re rain soaking everywhere
From cloud to ground. No bother of talking.
Flowing silence and sweet sleep beside the friend.
(Rumi)
Mitakuye Oyasin
Volker

Paul Coppin
August 11, 2012 5:18 am

Robert’s untimely passing reminds us all, and especially those of us who are past, long past, the invulnerability of youth, that every day is a blessing and a wonder, to be embraced with all of the enthusiasm and magnanimity that one can muster; there may not be another.
We live most of our lives planning for later, often forgetting that life is now, not tonight, not tomorrow, not next week or next year. For those who have not yet reached the age of seniority, this is a life lesson best learned young, options limit as you get to the age where you understand you face the Gates.
But what distinguishes Robert Phelan from so many, is that he voluntarily surrendered much of his now to a greater service, a service on behalf of others, and most poignantly, to the service of those he would never meet, for which his only satisfaction could be that of a gentleman, responding to a need, without recompense, or even notoriety. Blessed be those who simply give of themselves. Blessed be Robert E Phelan, and blessed be Diane and the family in knowing the measure of her father. May they all find comfort in the magnanimity of his life.

Tom in Florida
August 11, 2012 5:33 am

My condolences to the friends and family.
I would like you all to know that, as a former resident of Connecticut, I always enjoyed Robert’s replies to my comments about Pepe’s and Sally’s pizza wars. It was a minor thing and even though I know all other readers really didn’t care, he understood and was gracious enough to take the time to comment. It says so much about the man, that he was able to bring a little joy to someone he did not know just by doing that. Thanks Robert, may you rest in peace.

beng
August 11, 2012 5:34 am

So sorry. Just recently I had mentally remarked on his calm & fair moderations.
Ben

vigilantfish
August 11, 2012 5:41 am

Robert Phalen was a terrific moderator. I enjoyed his comments and his occasional private e-mails, and he made me feel like a friend. What a wonderful guy, and what a terrible loss. My condolences to his family, to you, Anthony, and fellow moderators.

Kaboom
August 11, 2012 5:52 am

The good always die too young, no matter their age. RIP Robert.

Heggs
August 11, 2012 6:08 am

My condolences to his family and friends. To me the [REP] tag meant ‘good bloke’ and I never even blinked when he snipped a post.

Frank Kotler
August 11, 2012 6:18 am

Condolences to all who loved him. May Peace and Strength find you.
While I still have a chance to say it to all remaining contributors to this blog: Thank you!

Viv Evans
August 11, 2012 6:26 am

My deepest sympathy to [REP]’s family.
I hope they can read this page, and see from the many comments that friendship in the virtual community is as real as that in ‘real life’.
As so many have said before, I shall miss seeing [REP] …

Mike the Plumber
August 11, 2012 6:30 am

“A human life is a story told by God.”
~Hans Christian Andersen
He told a fine one here… We all feel this tremendous loss… My condolences to family and friends.

dave ward
August 11, 2012 6:33 am

He clearly had infinitely greater abilities as a moderator than my past efforts at a very different site. I wouldn’t have the patience to deal with some of the more “trying” contributors here. I don’t think he ever had to give me a ticking off, but if there was an occasion I can’t recall, it would doubtless have put me in my place, without leaving me feeling angry.
My thoughts are with his family, and the rest of the team behind this blog, at a sad loss.

Bloke down the pub
August 11, 2012 6:37 am

We all owe a debt to REP as we do to all the Mods. He’ll be missed.

Vince Causey
August 11, 2012 6:42 am

I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. He was a terrific moderator, and even though he was known to many only as “Rep”, his sudden passing is no less poignant for that.

Dario from Turin
August 11, 2012 6:48 am

my deepest condolences…. R.I.P. ….

August 11, 2012 6:54 am

Robert Phelan’s distinguished contributions to moderating the always interesting discussions on this excellent website were outstanding. Many prayers for him and his family.
REP: RIP. – M of B

Annie
August 11, 2012 7:08 am

REP was a fine moderator on this blog…I will miss his fair comments. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

Kendra
August 11, 2012 7:22 am

I, too, am shocked and saddened by this news. I knew Robert Phelan as a commenter at Bishop Hill, who attracted my attention through the wisdom and humor that I perceived from his comments. Like Mr. Lynn, I also noted his mention of anthropology and especially looked forward to his take on things – all too seldom – I also have an anthropological background. I never knew he was REP here!
geoffchambers, before I saw your comment, I had done a search for him at Bishop Hill to go back to when I’d finished reading this thread, thanks for opening a discussion thread.
I will miss him.

Stephen Richards
August 11, 2012 7:38 am

This brought tears to my eyes this morning. I had leave my response this afternoon. I couldn’t do it this morning.
My heartfelt wishes go to his family because it is the living who suffer at event like this. REP, you WILL be gretly missed. à votre Dieu.

August 11, 2012 7:48 am

May God bless Robert Phelan’s family and his legacy of advocating truth.

August 11, 2012 7:51 am

Condolence, sad to hear this.

Brian Davis
August 11, 2012 7:52 am

So sorry to hear the news about Bob…condolences to his family. He won’t be forgotten.

August 11, 2012 8:04 am

R.I.P. [REP]
Best wishes and condolences to your family.
We will miss you.

August 11, 2012 8:13 am

This is indeed sad news.

TheGoodLocust
August 11, 2012 8:13 am

My condolences to his loved ones.

johanna
August 11, 2012 8:30 am

A sad loss. It is telling that one of his last acts was organising a festivity – clearly a man who lived life to the full. REP’s steady hand on even the most rumbuctuous debates here will be sorely missed, along with his wit and style.
Condolences to his family and friends.

August 11, 2012 8:35 am

RIP Robert Phelan – A gentleman moderator

IAmDigitap
August 11, 2012 8:46 am

Aw man I feel so bad to have to say these words belatedly, I am a man who was around before the internet had pictures, and have known moderators almost endless.
VERY FEW did I admire for even handedness.
I never knew who [REP] was but figured I’d find out, some day. I’ve found out, and now I see the picture associated with who [REP] is and feel like I maybe could have slipped in a thanks for such a decent fellow to be helping out here.
God bless [REP]s family and may they always, ALWAYS, be on the RIGHT SIDE, of right & wrong.
God bless, again. Thank you Robert for contributing such flawless tact.
Digitap

AlexS
August 11, 2012 9:01 am

RIP Mr.Phelan and thanks.

William Astley
August 11, 2012 9:19 am

My condolences to Robert Phelan’s family and friends.
William

Connolly
August 11, 2012 9:28 am

So sad. Condolences to Robert’s family.

Richard deSousa
August 11, 2012 9:32 am

RIP, Robert! We will miss you!

ericgrimsrud
August 11, 2012 9:51 am

While participating in a sequence of comments recently at WUWT – the one and only time I have ever done that – the aspect of those exchanges that impressed me the most was the moderation done by someone who called himself REP. [snip] His reasoned and stabilizing influence made me look forward to reading more treads at WUWT. He will not be easily replaced, I suspect. Wish I had gotten to know him better. Regrets to his family.

Man Bearpig
August 11, 2012 9:53 am

Sorry to hear such sad news. My sympathies to all that knew him.

Sean Foley
August 11, 2012 9:56 am

Condolences to his family and friends.

Laurie
August 11, 2012 10:00 am

All of you speak for me, too. Thankyou – Oh, See you later, Robert.

August 11, 2012 10:03 am

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
My last joke with Mr Phelan:
Jul 25, 2012 – [SNIP: Yeah, funny, but this is a family blog and I wouldn’t want Kimmie to get start getting the wrong ideas. -REP]. *perk* ha ha ha ha …
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/25/dr-michael-mann-compares-inconvenient-visitors-to-his-facebook-page-to-beetle-larvae/
Missed 🙁

August 11, 2012 10:04 am

REP was a good man, an exemplary man.
We are poorer now for the loss.
Dammit.

August 11, 2012 10:05 am

Thank you for adding the photograph. Sometimes a photograph tells a great deal about a person. This photograph reflects the hundreds of comments and a great deal about the man … just looking at the twinkle in his eyes and his smile will cause me to remember him whenever I look back on bookmarked pages and see his initials – REP

eyesonu
August 11, 2012 10:13 am

Mr Phelan will sadly be missed by many of whom he never met but knew their views. He was certainly engaged with WUWT and worked to maintain the civil discourse exhibited here. He will rest in peace as his legacy will live on.

Neil
August 11, 2012 10:14 am

We are experiencing “unprecedented” warmth!
I add my small contribution to the warmth generated by those hundreds of people of all faiths (and none) who, with me, mourn [REP].
I never met him. I never even suffered his moderatory lash. But I saw what he did on WUWT to promote free and peaceful discourse. He was a good man, an honest man. A “Feyn” man, if I may be excused the pun.
Robert’s fellows in the sociological world would do well to look at this phenomenon. How the Internet has drawn together people who have values in common, such as honest science, and is making us into extended families.
But back to the present. Let’s celebrate his life and his achievements!
Neil

kbray in california
August 11, 2012 10:16 am

A sudden shock. : ((((( very sad. My Condolences.

Adriane
August 11, 2012 10:18 am

May his family find strength and be comforted …

SunderlandSteve
August 11, 2012 10:26 am

A sad day indeed. RIP

Nick de Cusa
August 11, 2012 10:34 am

An unsung hero of the 21st century has passed. WUWT moderator is noble mission. RIP.

August 11, 2012 11:05 am

Anthony you should add his name as “moderator emeritus” on the right bar with a link to this article.
REPLY: Good idea -A

August 11, 2012 11:51 am

REP, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

donald penman
August 11, 2012 12:06 pm

A sad day and I agree with the sentiments of so many here who have valued his contribution to wuwt.

Paul Hanlon
August 11, 2012 12:07 pm

A wonderful moderator. Sometimes his comments were the most interesting part of a comment. My sincere condolences to his family and those that knew him.

JinOH
August 11, 2012 12:11 pm

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Jon

Sparkey
August 11, 2012 12:24 pm

Most sincere condolences.

Michael Jennings
August 11, 2012 12:31 pm

Puts things into perspective for both skeptics and AGWers. Hoping God wraps his arms around Bob and says “well done, thy good and faithful servant”

Daryl M
August 11, 2012 12:37 pm

To Bob’s family, I offer my condolences and sympathies.
To Bob, I offer my thanks for your contribution. RIP.

Richard M
August 11, 2012 12:39 pm

REP, thank you. I only wish I had said it sooner. Condolences to family and friends.

Skiphil
August 11, 2012 12:42 pm

Such a loss…. I only knew Robert as “REP” here on WUWT, but his learned, rational, steady hand at moderation here was so much appreciated. I could tell from his comments there was a wise soul behind those initials. RIP sir and condolences to all of your family and friends. You will be missed, indeed.

krischel
August 11, 2012 12:50 pm

RIP REP
Condolences and thanks where appropriate.

MJ
August 11, 2012 12:51 pm

My sincerest condolences to him and his family and the WUWT family. He will be missed.

August 11, 2012 1:00 pm

Wow what a surprise I get when I come to your blog to read of sad news of a nice person sudden death. It is a sobering realization that life is a precious thing to have and when it goes away suddenly the shock comes afterwards.
Anthony tells of his feeling being kicked in the stomach at the shocking news. Similar for me when I arrive at John Daly’s blog in January 2004 and find a sad message posted that stated that he died suddenly. I was in shock for a time and still even to this day have these momentary feelings of missing him deeply. Yes even after 8 years have passed,I still feel the shock of that day.
Rest in Peace Robert and may your many positive contributions in your life be remembered.

August 11, 2012 1:04 pm

Whoever here said (I don’t remember his name) :
I don’t believe in gods or an afterlife
Henry says
what a horrible depressing thought;
indeed it is sad to note that life on earth has come to a point of which Jesus asked: when I come back (= when the world ends), will I still find faith? Faith is also the belief in truth and the belief in truth as a final destination: Jesus is the Truth
Henry@REP
don’t RIP!!! live and carry on living, in those that admired you, in a dimension that not too many people know much about, yet, ……..we will meet up with you soon …..

mycroft
August 11, 2012 1:08 pm

Sad news indeed Condolences to his family and to you Anthony on the loss of a friend and colleague.

Darkinbad the Brightdayler
August 11, 2012 1:14 pm

Let the continuing quest of this site be a testament and memorial to his integrity and vision.

Babsy
August 11, 2012 1:36 pm

Michael Jennings says:
August 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Puts things into perspective for both skeptics and AGWers. Hoping God wraps his arms around Bob and says “well done, thy good and faithful servant”
With all the sincere condolences and well wishing for his family that’s been expressed here, that is a given.

David A. Evans
August 11, 2012 2:06 pm

My condolences to Diane and the rest of Roberts family and friends.
I think he was a bit severe in his moderating sometimes but that may just mean I was a bit lax in my moderating of a family IRC channel.
Very sad to hear of this. 🙁
Definitely one of the good guys.
DaveE.

Neil Jordan
August 11, 2012 2:19 pm

My condolences to REP’s family. Let me offer the following that we used for my father’s memorial many years ago:
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”
“Gone where?”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”
And that is dying.
Anonymous.

A Lovell
August 11, 2012 2:33 pm

“michael hart says:
August 11, 2012 at 3:59 am
Because he worked on Watts Up With That, one of the most frequented web-sites, REP leaves behind a world wide legacy and reputation. Indeed, he was one of those partly responsible for the popularity of WUWT, and the world is better place for having people like him.”
Hear, hear, Michael.
So very sad. All condolences to Robert’s family.

Arfur Bryant
August 11, 2012 2:36 pm

Anthony,
My condolences to you for the loss of your friend and to Robert’s family for the loss of their loved one.

David A. Evans
August 11, 2012 3:04 pm

As an addendum to my condolences, Posting as Robert E. Phelan, I always thought his posts considered and generally well thought out. Robert will be sorely missed.
DaveE.

Nozza
August 11, 2012 3:05 pm

Oh how sad. May Robert’s family find some sense of peace knowing how much he will be missed

Marian
August 11, 2012 3:09 pm

In My view Mr Phelan you have not died and never will

mfo
August 11, 2012 3:20 pm

I’m truly shocked. His comments and moderation showed him to be a gracious and fair man. The WUWT comments are very important and his absence is a great loss to us all. I’m so sorry for his family.

Luther Wu
August 11, 2012 4:07 pm

Condolences to Mr. Phelan’s family and friends. Bob did a great job as moderator and provided a valuable service to the entire scientific community with his efforts here at WUWT.

August 11, 2012 4:15 pm

One could tell from his skill as a moderator that he was a good and fair man. May he rest among the giants.

CodeTech
August 11, 2012 4:42 pm

Did anyone else notice this?
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?n=robert-phelan&pid=159080734&fhid=4787#fbLoggedOut
Rest in Peace, Robert, you will be missed.

Gail Combs
August 11, 2012 4:46 pm

OH NO.
The world has lost one of the good ones. May he rest and peace. My heart goes out to his family, biological and world wide.

bluegrue
August 11, 2012 5:06 pm

My condolences to family and friends.

eyesonu
August 11, 2012 5:18 pm

As time is a relative reference within an era perhaps a reference to his time here at WUWT could be expressed in blog views and total comments moderated throughout his moderation efforts and would express his commitment to the ideals set forth at/of WUWT. At his passing the blog view count was in excess of 122 million and an uncertain (to me) number of posts that were moderated which required reading and evaluating. This is no small feat regardless of the number of moderators that have been working 24/7.
Mr Phelan was a valuable gift to all of us who read and engage here at WUWT. I’m sure that he gained from his time here at WUWT as we have all gained from his example that has carried into our personal and private lives.

Gunga Din
August 11, 2012 5:36 pm

I don’t know if Robert’s family value prayers to the God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. But they’ve got some anyway.
To his family: Do what you need to handle this sudden loss. (Been there. Done that.) If you can and want to have the get together he’d plan, in honor of him, then do it. But you have enough pressures to deal with at the moment. You may think he’d have wanted it to go on, but do you think he’d have wanted to add the extra burden to you at this particular time? Don’t decide from shock and emotion.
You do what it takes to heal your family.
If you cancel or postpone, well, those who were coming may be disappointed but if they don’t understand, what kind of guest would they have been anyway?
Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
Shawn Kelly

Editor
August 11, 2012 6:16 pm

My deepest condolences to Anthony and to Bob’s family, I was looking forward to meeting everyone on the 18th.

Dan in California
August 11, 2012 6:24 pm

I never know what to say at times like this. Condolences.
Dan

Michael Tremblay
August 11, 2012 6:39 pm

Deepest condolences to his family and friends – RIP Robert Phelan.

mem
August 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Someone who gives their time to pursue the truth for a better world walks with the greats. REP will be amongst good company – “The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth…” Albert Einstein.
From an Australian who sends condolences to REP’s family and friends.

James from Arding
August 11, 2012 6:57 pm

One of the attributes that keep bringing me back to WUWT is the fair and thoughtful moderation of the comments. I knew that there were a group helping Anthony with this momentous task but did not know who the initials belonged to in most cases. It is really sad for me to learn more about this helpful fair minded person having passed away. I am thankful that he contributed as he did. I am sure that history will applaud the contribution that this blog has had to rational debate on the internet – long may it continue!
Robert Phelan will be listed up there with those that made it possible.

David Falkner
August 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Just sent my donation. On June 13th, I lost my father to lung cancer, which metastasized to his bones and eventually his brain. It was incredibly difficult to go through. I fondly remember the kindness of others in that time of my life, so it is the least I can do to donate. I wish I could help more.

David Falkner
August 11, 2012 7:07 pm

May I suggest a time of silence on the blog in REP’s memory?

Gunga Din
August 11, 2012 7:13 pm

Anthony Watts says:
August 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm
I notice none of the prominent warmist denizens have offered anything on this thread. On another thread, “LazyTeenager” just called us all “schizophrenic” so I’ve given him a week time out to think about his humanity. If the situation were reversed, I think Bob would do the same, but maybe not have been so curt. I’m pretty upset right now, so let this be a warning to anyone who wants to act like children and hurl insults this week. My tolerance level for this sort of stuff is subzero right now.
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A good example is never bad to follow.

Mike G
August 11, 2012 7:14 pm

Wherever we go when we go, none of us will be the first to get there. I’m sure he’s in good company. Meanwhile here in the physical realm, REPs interactions have definitely influenced me and he will echo through me to others and through all of us to the end of time. Rest in piece Robert Phelan and thank you for each and every instance of your contributions to our universe.

Power Grab
August 11, 2012 7:17 pm

@ Diane Phelan: I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for notifying us at WUWT.
It is said that the best legacy a man can leave his children is a good name. You are blessed. 🙂

zefal
August 11, 2012 7:27 pm

Add me to the list of people who didn’t realize REP was a single entity. My condolences to his family and friends.

David Ball
August 11, 2012 7:40 pm

In my view there is no greater honour than to die in battle!! This is what I feel Robert Phelan was doing. We must be vigilante for the truth as corruption is always at the ready.

David Ball
August 11, 2012 7:42 pm

“I will see you again, but not yet, …….not yet,….” – Gladiator

Luther Wu
August 11, 2012 8:12 pm

REP chided me once- oh, so gently and with a dash of good humor- because I was being rough on trolls. With those knowing words of his, I became less of a flamethrower, (usually) remembering that REP was setting a very high standard and was a living example of a true gentleman, even in anonymity.

climatetruthinitiative
August 11, 2012 8:34 pm

Very sad news. Condolences to his family.
I hope it’s not out of place to note that it is “interment”, not “internment”.
IanM

August 11, 2012 8:50 pm

A truly sad occasion. My condolences to the family, who are sadly left to deal with the loss.

anna v