Fan Marty Gear (b.1940) died on July 18. Gear began attending Worldcons in 1953. Gear became a costumer and helped build up the Masquerade at Balticon and chaired CostumeCon 3. He also chaired Balticon 21 and was a Guest of Honor at Genericon 2, Arisia 9, and Balticon 30. Gear sat on the BSFS Board of Directors. He founded what would become the first International Costumers’ Guild chapter and in 1991, Gear received the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fan George Inzer (b.1948) died on July 12. Inzer was active in the Southern Fandom Press Alliance in the 70s and 80s, publishing the APAzine Heavy as well as several one-offs with various other fans. He was often referred to as GInzer and served as OE for SFPA.
Los Angeles fan Patrick Fahey (b.1956) died on June 18. Fahey was an active member of LASFS, helping the organization acquire a propane grill to replace its charcoal one. He also helped run Loscon and has served as Production Assistant for Hour 25 at a variety of conventions. Earlier this year, Fahey underwent surgery for cancer.
Louisiana fan Dennis Dolbear died on June 17 from pneumonia and septicemia. Dolbear and Peter Bezbek took over as editors of NOSFAn after Guy Lillian stepped down as editor. Active in convention running, Dolbear was on the NOLAcon II staff in 1988. When not participating in fanac, Dolbear worked as an attorney.
Bill Wright won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Clare McDonald-Sims. In a close race, Wright received 66 votes to McDonald-Sims’s 64. A total of 133 votes were cast, with the remaining split between “No Preference” and “Hold Over.” Wright will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon.
New Zealand Fan and bibliographer Thomas George Cockcroft (b.1926) died on April 12. Cockcroft published an index to the Weird Fiction Magazines in 1962 under the name T. G. L. Cockcroft. Cockcroft also wrote for fanzines and other magazines and corresponded with fans of weird fiction from around the world.
Fan Eileen Tuuri (b.1959) died on April 30. Tuuri was active in Arizona and Canadian fandom and a frequent attendee at Westercon. She had a love of Star Wars, which drew her to fandom, and costuming. She also used her creative streak to knit and make dollhouse furniture.
Fan Hugh Daniel died on June 3 of an apparent heart attack. Daniel had a strong interest in spaceflight and working in computers, trying to bring the future closer to the present. He worked on Project Xanadu, the first hypertext and helped set up the WELL. His interest in spaceflight led him to briefly work for Starstruck, which built three rockets and successfully launched one suborbitally. He was the fan guest of honor at Windycon 38 in 2011.
Tucson fan Gary Hayes died on May 29 following an heart attack. Hayes was active in the Arizona convention scene, creating several covers and badges for TusCon, the local convention. He also worked security for the convention. Hayes was a fan of steampunk, and one of his hobbies was creating steampunk artifacts and weapons.
British fan Howard Rosenblum died on May 26 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Rosenblum, the soon of Mike Rosenblum, is credited with being Britain’s first second-generation fan. he published the fanzine Son of New Futurian beginning in 1968 and running until 1977. Rosenblum was also an avid con attendee.