The MVP Newsletter that Went Out to All MVPs Today About Victor

From: Kim S.
Sent on: Saturday, April 7, 2012 1:10 AM


Remembering Victor

Expression Blend MVP Victor Gaudioso was an energetic, enthusiastic developer known for his tireless hard work, devotion to teaching developers and designers to work together and passion for the community.

Victor died on Tuesday, April 3rd in Northridge, California.  Victor is survived by his wife, Shay, and their three kids, Brianna, Tristan, and Luke.

Victor co-founded and ran the first Los Angeles Silverlight User Group (LASLUG) in 2009, it is created so that interaction designers and developers can come together to learn about Silverlight, Expression and creating rich Internet application.  Under Victor’s leadership, SLUG has grew bigger everyday with more sponsors. 

Everyone in the community remembers Victor for his dedication, high-energy and generous in sharing his knowledge with any developer he came in touch with as MVP Michael Washington states, “Victor personally helped dozens of people who contacted him requesting help with their WPF and Silverlight projects.  He always had an incredible enthusiasm to emphasize with and help others”. 

“If you met Victor, you’d never forget him.  He was known for being the most enthusiastic Silverlight supporter out there.  He was ALWAYS jazzed.” – Scott Hanselman, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft.

MVP Teresa Burger remembers Victor for the love he has for others and always wanted to help.  “Victor’s light was in teaching others.  He was a constant mentor, always encouraging others.  If you were afraid to do anything and needed a cheerleading squad Victor was there.”

“….he was absolutely high-energy, pumped up, and full of zeal for the technology.  He was continually laughing, and making those around him laugh as well.” – MVP Dave Campbell.

For have had worked on things from the Silverlight 1 launch and various other projects, pulling all nighters , going to conferences, reviewing books, etc. together,  MVP David Kelley and Victor became friends.  David, along with many good friends of Victor, mourns the loss of someone that brought so much energy to what he did. “Even when everyone on a project was depressed and worn out, Victor kept our spirits up and kept us going.  He was always read for a good party,” said David. 

“I remember him as one of the most enthusiastic passionate evangelists for Sliverlight around - he pushed forward and tried to share as much knowledge as he good in spite of any obstacles.” – MVP Jeremy Likness.

“...he was energetic and passionate; he just filled the room with excitement in seconds.  You could observe the same excitement during his video tutorials, blog posts, tweets and whenever he interacted with the developer community.” – MVP Cigdem Patlak

“Victor was one of those people who always gave to people – he really cared.  He always would be the first to step up and be there for anyone for any reason.  He was a true friend,” said Kim Schmidt, who helps Victor run the LASLUG, have been friends with Victor for years.  Kim remembers him for his devotion to teaching develops and designer to work together truly inspired many designers to move to Expression Blend and love it.  “His energy was contagious and his enthusiasm for the Microsoft technologies he would talk about kept people wanting more…and he always came through with more.”

Funeral arrangements for Victor are as follows:

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 - 12pm SHARP
St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
17431 Roscoe Blvd
Northridge, CA 91325

Immediately following the Church ceremony, everyone will drive over to the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth for a 1pm burial ceremony.
22601 Lassen St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

The family has set up a memorial fund for those who would like to help Victor’s wife and children.


LASLUG and the community are also planning other activities for Victor, please follow SLUG page for details/updates.

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