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Norbert Bernard (Treanna)
Norbert Bernard, also known by his username Treanna, died on September 19, 2005. With over 30,000 edits, of which about 25,000 were in article space in just two years, Treanna was the most active contributor of the French Wikipedia. Aged 31, he had just started to contribute again after a coronary incident which had landed him in the hospital in July. The French-speaking community was informed of his condition thanks to one of his sisters, Anne, by email and on this page, throughout the summer. Treanna will be remembered as a great contributor in all domains, but especially in the domains of history, archeology, genealogy, palaeography and related topics. The French Wikipedia community has decided to honour him in working together on a WikiReader about the Middle Ages, a part of Wikipédia to which he has greatly contributed. According to Myriam, his youngest sister, the WikiReader could "help us, his family, to better realise the extent of what he knew and loved to share... the knowledge he did not have time to teach us". Many contributors expressed their condolences to the family here.
Hume Cottnam Llewellyn Smith (username Kwantus) died suddenly on July 21, 2005, at age 38 in the New Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born December 18, 1966 in Lunenburg, he attended Chester Elementary schools and was a graduate of Parkview Education Centre, Bridgewater. Hume held an honours degree in science and was the recipient of the Gold Medal for the highest academic standing in sciences and the Silver Medal for the second highest academic standing in his graduating class at Acadia University, Wolfville. He was a computer programmer and a member and assistant organist at Chester United Baptist Church and died of a massive heart attack within hours of completing a restoration project on his church's chime, which he had worked on for over a decade. He had over 2,000 edits to the English Wikipedia and created such articles as Conway chained arrow and Single bullet theory. Hume is survived by his mother, Gail Ida Hume Smith, and maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Hume, Chester. He is buried in Pinehill Cemetery, Chester, Nova Scotia.
- ^ Discussion Utilisateur:Treanna/hospitalisation, French Wikipedia, accessed January 23, 2007.
- ^ French contributor dies, October 10, 2005, By Ral315, Anthere and Notafish. Accessed January 23, 2007.
- ^ LifeLines Genealogical System info on Hume Smith, accessed January 23, 2007.
- ^ The Halifax Herald Limited, Hume Smith obituary on July 23, 2005, with additional confirmation by User:RobHutten archived here.