Tribute to Marc Orchant

There are people who are just good. You meet them and you become instant friends. You know you can turn to them if you need anything and they will be there for you. You can chat with them for hours and feel like you've known them forever. They support you and motivate you to be a better person... and even if you've met them only once, you know you'll never ever forget them. Marc Orchant (1957-2007) was like this and I still miss him, so I decided to dedicate the Productive!Magazine to him. If he hadn't died, he would have co-founded this project with me. Productive!Magazine is dedicated to the memory of Marc Orchant. I'd come to know Marc by reading one of his blogs. We shared the same passions: gadgetry and computers (both had Toshiba M200 TabletPCs) and Getting Things Done methodology. When I launched Nozbe in February 2007 he wrote a great review of my new web app on his ZDnet blog "Office Evolution" and supported me as one of the first users (ID #101). We kept in touch and when in Summer 2007 I was invited by Ismael Ghalmi to be a panelist/speaker at the Office2.0 Conference he encouraged me to go and we met there. We had a great time and on the last day of the conference Marc and his wife Sue, along with their friend Oliver Starr invited me and my wife for a dinner at their favorite San Francisco restaurant: "House of Nanking". This is a photo I took of Marc and his wife Sue when we were all waiting in line for the restaurant: We promised to stay in touch and see each other again but he suddenly died of heart attack on 9th December the same year. Read Oliver Starr's "In Memorium" Marc was a great blogger, he wrote for: You can still check out his Twitter channel He left his lovely wife Sue and his two children: Rebecca and Jason. If you knew Marc, please consider donating to help his family (Oliver Starr handles the donations)

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2008 (magazine)

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Rebecca Orchant
Nov 21, 2008 17:55
Thank you so much, Michael. What a beautiful and fitting tribute. My dad would have been (to use his words) totally psyched.
Glenda Orchant
Nov 22, 2008 14:23
We, Marc's mom and dad thank you for your beautiful tribute to our wonderful son. Glenda and Norm Orchant
Ellen, Jeff and Aly Birch
Nov 23, 2008 22:48
Michael, Thank you for this beautiful tribute. Our brother-in-law Marc was this and so much more. A spark for anyone who wanted or needed to be ignited by his great spirit. Best wishes with this wonderful project!
Ron Green
Nov 25, 2008 03:12
How sad. I had no idea Marc had passed away. I use to be a devoted follower of one of his blogs but lost touch when I suffered a massive stroke two years ago (I am the same age as Marc). He will be missed.