My memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28th, gathering at 1:30 pm for a 2 pm service, at the Unitarian Church...Harrisburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Loves Company(an organization for children who have or have had a family member living with ALS. Ashlin has attended their weekend camp free of charge annually for the last few years) or to The Circle School (Ashlin's and soon to be Sabina's school, where I served on the school's Board of Trustees for several years). Supporting and working at democratic/Sudbury schools has been one of my passions for many years.
Generously, Aaron shared his valuable expertise in a 2013 article for OpEdNews, Hack-Proof Passwords: Easy Tips from an Expert. Even my elderly dad was able to easily figure out how to follow Aaron's instructions for algorhythmic password safety.
A technical genius, Aaron worked almost up to the last minute as a creative problem-solving web developer and consultant. He was a foundational mover and shaker at Drupal, an open-source content-management framework, and at Advomatic, a development company that specializes in Drupal hosting and related services. He fulfilled so many different roles that founders of both companies credited him with "incredible dedication" and indispensible contributions.
The Drupal Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, has created an award in his honor, The Aaron Winborn Award, honoring individuals who demonstrate personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community. They announced the new award on Facebook on Aaron's last day, in time for him to see it.
Amidst an abundant ourpouring of comfort and love on Aaron's Facebook page during the poignant week after he posted his farewell, I posted this image and comment:
I've been there, that place where you go when you aren't in your body anymore. And I wanted to stay. But I started breathing again, and I came back. It's a magical place, hard to describe in words, but peaceful, joyful, and full of love and light. I'm glad I got a peek at it, because now I know. I made this image for you and your loved ones, it comes pretty close to what the experience was. I just wanted to share it.