That is a shock. Kerry had been writing less frequently in the past
couple of years, but his posts were always thoughtful and literate --
and quite often deliberately provocative. I met him at the Toronto
Bouchercon at the same time I met Kevin and a bunch of other Rara
Avians. I can't count him as a friend, but I will definitely miss his
contributions; in fact, I had been missing them already.
On 22/09/2010 9:18 PM, Kevin Burton Smith wrote:
> It's not been a good month. I just heard from Peter Sellers, the Canadian crime writer and editor, that our good friend Kerry Schooley is dead, apparently of a heart attack.
> I'll try to find out more as soon as I can, but I'm not at home right now. And not very good company, I'm afraid.
> Kerry was of the brightest lights of this list, an intelligent and well-read man whose opinions carried not just weight but grace and wit and generosity of spirit -- things we're too often too of. He was also, under the pen name of John Swan, one of the best noir writers and editors in Canada, sadly under-appreciated. He actually bought my first published fiction. But more than that, he was a good friend. A very good friend.
> Somehow we lost touch over the last few years, and now we'll never be able to catch up. Fuck. I'm really hurting.
> Crank up the Otis Redding, boys. We're just lost one of the good ones.
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