Forgive me for starting my own thread, but I've had all day at work to sit here and think of everything and I'm still really shook up over this. So bear with me while I do this. Remembering Shaun Charles Christopher, or as we knew him, Shaun_C. Why are the best always taken first? The sudden passing of Shaun has hit me very, very hard. It's hard to describe. Like most of you, the only time I was fortunate enough to spend with Shaun was during past conventions. He was such a character. But I am so very proud and so very honored that like many of you, I was able to call Shaun a friend. The time I did spend with him is something I know I will always hold dear to me. Shaun was the kind of guy that got a reaction out of everyone - whether it was good or bad makes no difference, everyone who knew him and spoke with him walked away with an impression. He was the kind of guy that got picked on, but bless his heart, he always took it on the chin and in good fun. Very rarely did he ever take something personal, and if he thought you took something he said personal, he made it a point to talk to you one-on-one to make sure that you weren't really mad at him. The thing I will always remember Shaun for the most is his innocence. And perhaps that was part of his charisma - he was such an innocent person, he held all his friendships very close to his heart and was always willing to help others in whatever way was possible. I admit fully to not taking enough time to get to know him better, to not taking the opportunity like I should have to enjoy him for what he was -- someone who was passionate about his hobbies and passionate about his friends. What breaks my heart the most is that I know for a fact that each year, BotCon was the one thing he looked forward to the most. His heart was set on going to the upcoming Transformers movie time and time again, and there was no one more passionate and more enthusiastic about this hobby of ours, whether it was good or bad. And here we are, less than two weeks away, and Shaun will never get a chance to see this movie he so badly wanted to see, never get a chance to see all of his friends again. And we'll never get a chance to say thank you for being you, for being such a pure hearted individual. You were such a fighter Shaun. You fought so many medical conditions for so long. You allowed us to see in to the struggles you faced from such an early age. I only hope that if I ever have to go through any of the things you did, that I'll be as strong as you. Thank you so much for the memories you gave me. You don't know it, but you were the kind of person that left such an impression on everyone around you that I know that I, and many of the people I talked to today, brought you up time and time again to our friends who had no idea who you were, who never got a chance to meet you. You have left us way too early Shaun. You may not have been a staff member here at TFW2005 or the message boards, but you were part of the TFW2005 Family, and you always will be buddy. I know that I and many others are dedicating our time at this year's show in remembering you, remembering all the passion that you brought to this hobby and to this community. The world needs more people like you Shaun. I'm not a religious person, but I'd like to believe in Heaven. And if it does exist, I know that you're there Shaun. Look down on us from time to time, away from all those beautiful girls you're with, away from the massive collection that's up there with you, and know that you are SORELY missed. Rest in peace, Shaun Charles Christopher. Please feel free to leave your memories of Shaun in your posts. We'd like to gather a collection of them, if possible.