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Conor Kerr Ceon – RIP

The first time Conor Kerr CEON communicated with me was when I made a small donation as a token of appreciation towards his contribution in the Zen-Cart community.

Conor developed the best URI Mapping module, and offered as free module. I am using the  module and it remains as one of the most important modules I have used. When engaging a developer to help with the shopping cart upgrade, one of my pre-requisites was that the developer must guarantee that this module will continue to work after the upgrade.

Conor struck me as someone who was highly skilled in what he did, yet remained modest and polite. I was surprised that he wrote as soon as he received my tiny sized donation. He shared that I was amongst the first few who had donated, therefore he truly appreciated the gesture. I was impressed by his candor and positive outlook towards life, in spite of his health condition.

Like many others, I had the privilege to exchange some emails with Conor. You could never tell that such an enthusiastic person was suffering from brain tumor, and just had chemotherapy.

We were not friends, per se, but he was more than just an online nobody. He was somebody! We ‘saw’ one another frequently in the forum.

Instead of wallowing, Conor continued to live and work passionately. Conor passed away last night, quite unexpectedly, according to RYK, another member who has been entrusted with the heavy task to break the news. He was 34 years old.

Conor was important. Just days ago, he responded to one of my queries that I posted on the forum for support. He was always prompt and dedicated, even though the module is a free module.

I will keep him and his family in my thoughts. Rest in peace, Conor, thank you for crossing my path.

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Treat the online friends with the same respect and love as you would with your physical friends; behind a username or cartoon avatar, lives a real person with real life and real problems.

 

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18 comments for “Conor Kerr Ceon – RIP

  1. December 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Terminal illnesses are always depressing to learn about. But, I guess it is the grim situation that makes his story so inspiring to us who are healthy. The ability to stay focused on what he loved to do, despite his health issues, is something many of us can learn from him.

    • December 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Indeed. Stories like his remind us to live a passionate life. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. December 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Conor wias such a valued contributor to the Zen Cart community! He will be sorely missed!

  3. December 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I have communicated with Conor a number of times over the past couple of years, initially regarding his Advanced Shipper module for Zen Cart which, in my humble opinion, is by far the most flexible shipping module available and later regarding payment modules as I was writing one at the time and where he gave me a lot of support.

    I found Conor to be a very likable and friendly person who really took a genuine interest in both the communication and the person he was communicating with. Unusual in this day and age.

    He was a clever guy who wrote excellent code, far brighter and better at writing code than me, and someone who gave me great inspiration.

    There are many people with too little ability and too high an opinion of themselves. Conor certainly was not such a person. He was modest, polite, very helpful and pulled out all the stops to help me with extending the capability of one of his modules for one of my clients right there and then even though he was going into hospital for chemo at the time.

    He was so ‘matter of fact’ about his tumour and the treatment he endured that I never realised the seriousness of it. I am honoured to have encountered Conor in my passage through life and am deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

    Rest in peace Conor.

  4. Tom
    December 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I am very sorry to hear this news.

  5. Ana Kerr
    December 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This is Conor’s Mum And Dad, Ana and Paul. We have just come across your lovely comments …. Thank you so much. Your words bring great comfort at this time when we feel his loss so deeply. He was a lovely son and a wonderful human being and we miss him …. soooo much, but it is words and feelings such as you have all expressed here that help get us through each day. We are so proud of him and glad he touched others lives in such a positive fashion. We are working to ensure CEON continues in memory of Conor. Please feel free to let others know. Once again, thank you all.

    • December 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      My deepest condolences. I think of him frequently, even when I didn’t have the privilege to know him personally; I only knew him briefly, but I guess, it’s enough. My husband just lost his mother to complication resulted from Parkinson disease before Christmas, and his aunt to cancer just days ago. I thought about Conor and his family again.

      Please take care and know that I keep your family in my thoughts.

  6. Tom
    December 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Just wanted to say there are some very nice remembrances of Conor on the Zen Cart forum.
    http://www.zen-cart.com/showthread.php?202939
    Condolences to his family and friends.

    • December 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you, Tom, for sharing the information.

  7. Jim O'Callaghah
    January 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I did not know Connor as a friend but I know his parents as life long friends and this is a lovely tribute to a lovely personality and person RIP

  8. Carey
    February 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I just came across this post looking for the CEON website, and my heart sank – this is so sad!! I am so sorry to hear the news. I exchanged some emails with Conor in the past as he was helping me with some things for my website and was super friendly and helpful. I remember as we exchanged emails I learned about his tumor and he was in the hospital for surgery while still working on his mods and I was amazed at how much he was capable of while going through what he was dealing with in his life. He was a genuinely nice person who was great and what he did, and will be missed.

  9. Enzo
    February 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Only a couple of months ago I asked Conor support for “advanced shipper”. His response was immediate, exhaustive, and helpful. I offered him money for the help. He refused money. I wrote him back and said: “not only you are great coder, you’re also a gentleman.” I think he appreciated my comment very much.

    I meant what I said. For the first time I had met an honest true intelligent zencart expert — and like all intelligent people also kind and generous.

    Sadly, the zencart development comunity is full of mediocre people, “open source” leeches that pray on little shop owners stealing money from them. Many of them don’t even know how to write one single line of code, but they market themselves as gurus. Life is unfair: the best have to go while the worse stay and thrive; how sad….

  10. Niall
    February 14, 2013 at 12:39 am

    One of my clients purchased the Sage Pay Server module from Ceon. I only spoke to Conor once (due to the same client wanting another module) but his reply was very informative – he also apologised for the late reply as he was seriously ill. I have just realised that the Ceon URI Mapping Module update that said “R.I.P. Conor” was actually about the same Conor.

    Even though I didn’t know him or communicate with him a lot, I still feel quite sad that somebody of his talent and professional conduct has passed away.

    I was also considering another purchase from Ceon (the URI Mapping Manager), does anybody know if Ceon is still operating or if Conor ran the company himself?

    R.I.P. Conor – you will be greatly missed by the Zen-Cart community.

  11. Ana Kerr
    February 17, 2013 at 2:42 am

    Conor’s Mum and Dad here …. Thank you so much for your kind words about our darling son whom we miss soooo much, because he was, as you all say, truly wonderful and whilst we are immensely proud of him, we just wish he was still here with us! Niall, you can still purchase his modules. We want to keep Ceon going and will be grateful for advice on that. Ana and Paul

  12. Tom
    February 18, 2013 at 1:25 am

    It might be helpful to reach out to the Zen community for advice on this.

  13. February 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    So so very sorry to hear this news. I only just found out today. I corresponded with Conor many times over the last 10 years and he was always very helpful and thoroughly likeable. We chatted at length via email about his condition and it always astounded me how he could keep pressing on with such positivity despite having been through the mill medically.
    Conor, it is a shame that I did not get to meet with you in person. I hope you have settled in a far better place. All the best mate.

  14. Peter
    March 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Just found this post whilst searching for info on SagePay. What a shock – yes like others I knew about his brain tumour but Conor was so ‘matter of fact’ about it that I made the totally wrong assumption that it was all going to be OK. He was so charming to deal with and so talented. it is a (cruel) reminder to us all to be positive no matter the adversity. My condolences to his parents, family and friends.

  15. Peter
    April 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Conor. I can’t say how much of a pleasure it was working with him over the years. He was always so kind – a genuinely good person who always spent the time with you – explained things clearly. Rest in Peace Conor. You will be sadly missed.

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