Andrea Fontana 1964 – 2020

This is a post I would have never wanted to write.

As many of you know by now, our friend Andrea Fontana tragically passed away in an accident with his motorcycle last saturday, Aug 15.

I have been knowing him since the mid 90’s, when I was working in Lotus and he was working for a Business Partner. What started as a professional relationship soon turned out in a friendship and later in the 10’s when I left IBM we worked together quite a lot. He moved near Milano and we met often with the families.

In 25 years we made a lot of things together, so I could tell you lots of stories about him, but I simply can’t right now; I am still devastated by the loss of Andrea and can’t put my thoughts together. In any case I don’t think is necessary, anyone in our community that got to know him knows well the kind of person he was. He was appreciated and loved by anyone that had the opportunity of knowing him, not for his technical skills, which were excellent, but for his humanity.

This picture was taken at the Ice Bar in Stockholm, when we went to Social Connections 7; it was the first community event he spoke at and the beginning of his friendship with many members of our community.

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  1. Francie Tanner
    18th August 2020 - 14:34

    I am so sorry to hear of this and can still cannot believe it. I was just looking at a picture of something he sent me last week – oh how we take “tomorrow” for granted. Am sending hugs and peace to you and everyone affected by this tragic loss.

  2. Femke Goedhart
    19th August 2020 - 07:46

    I am so sorry to here this Roberto. Andrea was a fixture in the community. Big hug to you and all his loved ones. He will be missed

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