Obituary: George Brickner

Chicago fan George Brickner (b.1952) died November 5. Brickner, who also went by the name Dupa T. Parrot, was a beta tester for the CompuServe Forums in 1979 and went on to have a long on-line presence on the science fiction section of the forums once they went live. Brickner was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.


  1. Dri C. — November 9, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    He will definitely be missed!

  2. George Stachnik — November 9, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    Does anybody know if there will be any kind of service for George?

  3. Dri C. — November 11, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    No idea if there will be a service. I don’t know if the police have been able to locate next-of-kin yet, or if he had any family. (Neighbors noticed a grocery delivery untouched outside George’s home, and notified police who discovered his body.)

  4. Shel Evans — November 30, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    I have just learned today of the death of my Son … what a shock it is.
    We have a lot to find out to get him taken care of, and will be making a trip to his home soon.
    I am not sure when a service will be happening, there are papers to locate yet. Hopefully soon ..
    I will keep information here, as long as they will keep the page up.
    Thank you everyone …
    Shel Evans

  5. Dri C. — December 8, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    My sincere condolences on your loss. His passing was a shock to all of us.

  6. Rebecca P. — December 9, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Whoever this “Shel Evans” is, he or she is not George’s parent. Both George’s parents preceded him in death. And, as far as I know, he had no siblings.

  7. Shel Evans — December 9, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    George is my son, and the parents that preceeded him were grandparents. Now if you don’t know what you are talking about, it is best to say nothing.
    He is being cremated, and will be buried in Pekin, Illinois.
    Will keep you posted on when …

  8. Shel Evans — December 9, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    Dri C;
    He had a heart attack … apparently was very ill, the bathroom was a mess. They called it Hypertropia Cardiomyopathy. Heart thickens, causes problems with the valve and other stuff. I think he knew, there are meds for the heart, in the house. I didn’t know .. He possibly was born with it. Thank you ..

  9. Michael L. Hoenig — December 19, 2010 @ 8:49 pm


    I and the rest of George’s friends would be grateful if you’d join us on Facebook.

    George’s profile is still active as of today…

  10. Rebecca P. — December 21, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    I guess I was wrong; Shelby, I sincerely apologize, and I offer my deepest condolences in your loss.

  11. Yasmine Galenorn — December 22, 2010 @ 12:09 am

    Geo, we will miss you. I met you through another site, but what matters is that you and Molly were a part of my life and I got to meet you, if only through the realms of cyberspace. May you rest in the deep dark of the ages…and condolences to the family–your son had a lot of friends who liked him a whole lot. He will be missed.

  12. Karen A — December 22, 2010 @ 2:10 am

    George was a popular contributor to and will be much missed there. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is what I have also and can cause atrial fibrillations, stroke and obviously death. I’m sorry George died so young.

  13. Cassy B — December 22, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    Shel, I’m sorry for your loss. George was a valued friend and we all miss him. He made the world a happier place.

  14. GailS — December 22, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    We’ll miss you George. I hear Molly is okay so you can rest in peace knowing she is taken care of. xx

  15. Janice Fielder — December 22, 2010 @ 9:24 am


    We will miss you but I know you are at the Bridge with Basil and Baldric and they are very happy to see you. You were a great addition to our little community and you will be so missed.


  16. Marte — December 22, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    George and I were online friends for almost as long as I’ve been online (since 1983). Last year, he kindly gave me his old Mac Mini, which led directly to my finally finishing the manuscript for my first book and getting it published (and in it, I included a thank-you to George for his generosity). I got to meet him in person circa 1990. I was so sorry to hear of his untimely passing. He was a wonderful man, with a great wit. I miss him.

  17. Shel — December 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Thank all of you that have written here, and in cards.
    He is here with me, right now. With the Holidays, I was asked to place him sometime this week. He will be close to the family. He loved his cats and his friends, I know he is with the cats .. wish I could take Molly, but mine would not allow it. He is onery with other cats. Will keep all posted ..

    Thank you all ..

  18. beverly loevy — December 30, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    My husband Roger Loevy worked with George at Sears for 30 years, and we were very very good friends of Georges, we moved in August of this year to Virginia Beach and with all the hectic of moving and getting new doctors we have been negligent in our corresponding with anyone. While we were still in Chicago Roger and I would see George on a regular bases. He spent many Christmas’s and other holidays with us. Our son and daughter thought that George was a uncle. George does have a brother and the last we know he lived in California as well as George Stachnic a very good friend of Georges. God Bless George and may he rest in total piece.

  19. Tyler Loevy — December 31, 2010 @ 2:31 am

    I am Bev and Roger’s daughter. I will always love George dearly. He was a wonderful uncle figure to me. RIP George. I pray that his friends and family can find peace with his passing.

  20. Alan Bard Newcomer — December 31, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    about six months ago I ran across George listed as a friend of friend. I immediatily sent off a friend request, as he was an oft mentioned legendary best friend of the Loevys…
    Enjoyed a few exchanges with him as one mac nerd to another and regret that he is gone before we could have exchanged more..

  21. Shel .. — January 7, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Dear Friends of George ..

    He is being buried today at 2 pm. In Pekin, at Glendale Cemetary.
    I had to threaten to go elsewhere, to get that done. I appreciate all the comments about George, he was a very special son. The ‘son in CA’ unfortunately is adopted, and is a Johnson, not a Brickner. But he is already searching for value on what George had. *shakes head* Some people .. you do not hear from them in years, and then this.

    Thanks to all of you .. I know he is watching all of you, he loved his friends.

  22. Yasmine Galenorn — February 4, 2011 @ 1:03 am

    Does anybody know if Molly found a good home? I’ve been so worried about her–hoping she has a new loving person to take care of her. George loved her so much and I keep thinking how scared she must have been.


  23. Shel — February 14, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Roger Loevy;

    I wonder if you can get in touch with me?

    Shel Evans

  24. Wilma Meier — February 14, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Shel –

    Just found this site. George was one of my dearest friends and led to my husband and I adopting five parrots. He was one of my first online friends and when I took on the CompuServe Science Fiction forums he was one of the first people I grabbed to help me run it. He was always there for us electronically and getting together with him at science fiction conventions was always a treat.

    Know that your son made a difference in this world and that he will be greatly missed.

    Wilma & Wes Meier

  25. Shel — February 15, 2011 @ 5:29 am


    Thank you so much for that … he apparently wore many hats, I did not know about.

    He is so missed ..

    Still trying to solve his many assets, and arguing with one arrogant Chief Inspector of Cook County. He mentioned an Insurance policy from Sears to me, he removed from George’s safe … now there isn’t one?

    I wish he were here …

  26. Lisa Blanc — February 16, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about George. I had just reconnected with him after many years. He will be missed.

  27. beverly loevy — February 20, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Hi Shel, Roger and I are both very very heart broken over the lose of a GREAT FRIEND.
    Roger has ask that I write this message to you and of course he would like to talk to you. I will send you his e-mail and when you e-mail him he will send you our telephone number.
    we are truly sorry for your lose. Bev Loevy

  28. Barb Galler-Smith — March 12, 2011 @ 1:21 am

    We were so sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was a rock of jolly support in his dealings with all us writers in Compuserve’s Writing Science Fiction and IMPs forum. His contributions to us are legion. He is missed and will never be forgotten. You and your family are all in our prayers. So many former IMPs have sent their deepest regrets-and I didn’t know where to send them until now.

  29. Phil Friel — June 29, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    This is terrible, terrible news, and I’m sitting here in total shock. George has been dead for months, and I knew nothing about it (I haven’t chatted to him since sometime last year). I’ve only just found out, and come direct from his Facebook page, where I dropped in to wish him a Happy Birthday. Instead I find he’s gone, and his page is filled with the discussions about his passing and tributes left to him after his death.

    I’m one of the large group of people who first became friends with George on Compuserve, where he was an absolute stalwart on the SFLIT forum. Compuserve is where I first went online, back in 1995, and where I hung out until AOL started taking CIS apart, and most of us (myself included) drifted off into the internet-at-large in the early-2000’s. My memories of the times I had on Compuserve are my fondest online recollections, and George was a huge part of that. To me, and to many others, he’ll always be “Dupa T. Parrot”.

    This is the second time in the past two or three months that I’ve been stunned by the passing of an old CIS friend – the other being Allan P. Lappin, of the COMICS & ANIMATION Forum, a couple of months back. Like George, he also was only in his 50s, far, far too young for this to happen. Life is so unfair.

    The Compuserve/SFLIT community without George is totally unthinkable. And the world without George is definitely a much, much poorer place. He was one of the Good Guys. Our planet needs far more people like him, not fewer. My deepest condolences to all of George’s family and friends on his passing. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

    RIP George. Dupa T. Parrot is soaring high with the angels, the stars only a wing-tip away.

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