In Memory of Tim “XMage” Tripcony

Tim Tripcony

Everyone at Red Pill Development was devastated by the news of Tim Tripcony’s untimely death. Tim was a co-founder of Red Pill Development and his unique thinking and high intellect played an important part in our formation. After moving to Best Methods in early 2013 we continued to meet once a week over pizza as part of a tradition from our days at GBS known as Lunch SCRUM. Tim will always hold a special place in the hearts of those he worked with at Red Pill Development.

I am sure the Notes community as a whole will be shocked and saddened by the news. In many ways the Notes community was Tim’s second family. He was one of those rare individuals who constantly looked to share his experience with others asking for nothing in return. He did that in as many forums as he could. Tim was an active participant in the XPages Chat, Stack Overflow, on his own blog, and attendance at many User Group conferences in both the US and Europe. Shortly before leaving GBS in 2012 Tim took it upon himself to take a personal vacation to attend UKLUG at his own expense. As he saw it, if he was going to take some personal time away from work it should be to do something he enjoyed and be with people he enjoyed hanging out with.

I believe one of Tim’s enduring legacies will be as a pioneer in the early days of XPages. At a time when many of us struggled to understand the power of the platform, Tim was out there leading the way delving into its complexities and subtle nuances and then just as quickly sharing what he had learned with everybody else. There are few that have dug deeper or worked as hard as Tim to unlock some of the many mysteries XPages holds. I have leaned on Tim a great many times for his insight. Sadly his amazing talent will not be there for me the next time I need help.

I will miss Tim greatly. I will also appreciate and be thankful for his friendship over the years and the many many ways in which he unselfishly helped me whenever I had reason to ask. Lunch SCRUMs will never be the same without you Tim.

Peter Presnell
Peter Presnell
CEO at Red Pill NOW. Strategist, technologist, blogger, presenter, and IBM Champion 2011/12. For years many companies have invested heavily in the Notes/Domino platform and I see my role as helping to find paths forward for that investment.


  1. Tammy Cook says:

    We are also devastated by the loss of Tim. We have worked with Tim over the last 18 months on the launch of our new app-garden software for education. He was so amazing and intelligent and always willing to think outside the box and provide whatever help was needed. We spent many afternoons together over the web – with his cat Wanda always nearby. He became a friend as well as our technical resource. We will miss him tremendously.

  2. Rocky Oliver, aka LotusGeek says:

    Since Tim’s first and last names start with T, I was thinking of similar words that best describes him, who he was – starting with TREMENDOUS.
    A Tremendous Talent
    A Tremendous Technician
    A Tremendous Teacher
    A Tremendous Teammate

    I consider myself extremely fortunate to have spent time with him during all of our shared years in the Yellowverse, and in our shared group of friends. The amazing thing is that, when you talk to people who barely met him they would say that he was their good friend, too. It’s just the kind of person he was. He made you feel accepted, comfortable, and important – to him. No matter who you were, if you talked to Tim you had his undivided attention. He was an active listener. And for those who approached him with a question or problem – and they were LEGION – he genuinely tried hard to help each. and. every. one.

    He was a technical genius. And I have said it repeatedly – he was (man, I still can’t believe I have to say “was” instead of “is”) the singular greatest talent and expert in XPages in our industry.


    The last two-T descriptor that comes to mind?

    A Tremendous Tragedy.

    He is loved. He will be missed.

    And we are all lesser people because of our collective loss of him.


  3. Mat Newman says:

    Peter, (HUG)!

    Rocky, awesome mate. just awesome. Thank you.

  4. Don Mottolo says:

    Probably like many, many others, I had known Tim mainly through his blog posts and had been fortunate to have bumped into him a few times at Lotusphere and IAMLUG. It was so clear that he not only had a such a brilliant, creative mind, but also was the nicest of people. He will be greatly missed by many people.

  5. Darlene Hulteen says:

    Although I only knew Tim briefly while working at GBS, he definitely was one of the nicest and approachable people that I knew there. Often people who are talented can also be arrogant. No such thing with Tim.

    I am sadden by his passing.

  6. Peter Presnell says:

    Thank you to everyone for the comments posted here and elsewhere. I am not sure I know where to start to respond to the tragedy of this week. I am not sure if knowing how big an impact Tim had on so many lives makes it easier or harder. But I am touched to know that Tim meant so much to a lot of people.

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