I'm deeply saddened to share the news that Steve Metsker passed away last Friday.
Steve Metsker was a member of and speaker for the Richmond JUG. Steve was also the author of the following books: Design Patterns in C#, Design Patterns Java Workbook, Building Parsers in Java.

Steve, his wife Alison, my husband and I enjoyed sharing our experiences about working and living in Switzerland. There was a memorial service Sunday which was overflowing with people, many from the local IT community. He will be greatly missed.

The following is from his family:
Steven John Metsker passed away on Friday, February 8, 2008 after a short illness with cancer. Aged 49, he is survived by his loving wife, Alison, and their daughters, Sarah-Jane and Emma-Kate. Having earned Engineering degrees from both the Colorado State University and the University of Massachusetts, Steve was accomplished in a profession for which he had great passion. Born in Colorado, he also lived in Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Switzerland, Kentucky, England, and Richmond. He made many friends everywhere he went. A loving and caring husband, father, brother, son, friend, and colleague, he was also a humble and wise mentor. He was a positive and loving influence on all of us, who will miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Baldrick's fund raising program for childhood cancer or to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin Ireland.