Today, Saturday the 24th of April, marks the first anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, Pasha Phares. We first met Pasha through 12seconds, a micro-vlogging site, shortly after launching Ringorang. It didn't take long before Pasha became a devoted player and contributor of the game and someone we all knew and loved.
Pasha was kindhearted, funny, nerdy and incredibly smart, a wonderful husband and father, and passionate about Ringorang. He won so many times back in the day that he jokingly called himself "The Kingorang." The title was especially fitting because Pasha means "King" in Kurdish. Pasha was so good with trivia, he eventually went on to write Qs for us. In fact, most of the Star Wars questions in our game were written by Pasha, an ardent fan of the films.
It's so hard to believe its been a year since he's passed. It feels like just yesterday I was joking around with him on Twitter. I can't help but think of Pasha every time I see a video with a kitten or a puppy or while typing and accidently hitting 'return' when I meant to press the apostrophe key. (One of his biggest pet peeves was that the two keys are so close together.) I know I can speak for the whole crew here when I say that although we never got to meet Pasha in person, our interactions through 12seconds, Twitter and Facebook made us feel as if we had known him our whole lives.
For those of you who never had the pleasure of meeting Pasha, we'd like to share with you the tribute video we made last year. While assembling it, Pasha's friends and family in Seattle told us how much he loved singing with them the song from the commercial "I Love the World." I think you will agree it is the perfect soundtrack and makes for a very touching memorial. Gotta admit I still get choked up every time I watch it.
Pasha is survived by his wife, Debbie, and two daughters, Sierra and Maddie. Sierra now runs his blog and Twitter account. You can also visit Pasha's Facebook page.
When you have a chance, we ask that you please leave a message for our dear friend and his loved ones. The Kingorang may be gone, but his legacy will forever live on.
We love you, Pasha.
Mike Dotta & Team Ringorang