Sadness yet again..

I got the word today, one of the best of the best who ever called themselves a “Clicker” has been tragically killed.  Steve Wolkoff, who started in support, became one of the best rich media folks ever at DoubleClick, then moved to product management.  He left DoubleClick to head to Adobe and most recently was a product manager, alongside many other ex-clickers at Freewheel. 

Steve and his girlfriend, Cindy were in a car accident, hit head-on by a drunk driver.  Steve was killed and Cindy is in critical condition.

Steve was one of the first few folks who worked on my team when I joined DoubleClick, alongside folks like Ed Chen, Eric Kirtcheff, Jason Hodge, and others.. Steve went to Albany, I went to Binghamton.  He was a nice Jewish kid, something that I liked to think we had in common.  Steve and I enjoyed many basketball sessions on the roof at 450, he had a decent jumper,  but I still remember his savvy going to left or right to the basket.. I remember him telling me he wanted to go to SF and helped facilitate that.  I thought it would be good for him, good for us, and just good for rich media.  And I don’t mind saying, his wardrobe was memorable for sure..

I can’t begin to think of the sadness his family and parents must be going through, a memorial site is underway, I’ll post a link to that once I get it.  I was unable to find any news clippings on the accident, but will post them here too.

Steve was a nice guy, a smart guy, a funny guy, a hard working guy, and just a guy you wanted on your team.. I don’t mean this as a eulogy, but I think he’d appreciate being remembered for the way he carried himself and how everyone around him just enjoyed the time they had with him.

We’ll miss you Steve.. I already do.


Update: 6/23/2008: Doug, from Freewheel, was kind enough to send over a link to the news story.. not much detail, but I expect those will be forthcoming

One of the complications with losing people these days is the sudden brakes applied to their online lives, diaries, blogs, and profiles.  I keep coming back to Steve’s facebook profile, it’s hardly the measure of a person, but there’s a somber reality that it will never be updated again, I can’t jot a little remark, or send a link to some cool new web site for him..

News stories starting to include some details: