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RIP Baron (1 Viewer)

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Terry D

Retired Supervisor
Rob issued me my one and only ban here at WF back in the days when I was new to forums such as these and had much to learn about interacting with the community. His vision for the Green Lady very much shaped my philosophy of what digital-social interaction should be. He helped me to grow. He will be missed.


WF Veterans
Rob issued me my one and only ban here
Me too! Ha! Good times... He once thought I'd had rubber ta-tas installed... as if... you see they don't bounce (the technology's not there yet). What would be the point? Pair a bobble heads, now that would something...like crazy-eye glasses (hey fellas, check it out!...*boi-wahrrr-er* Wow, mate!) Inspirational...
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WF Veterans
From the sounds of things, he left an amazing legacy behind. These forums have been a haven and invaluable tool for many, myself included. Gone, yes, but not forgotten. Condolences to his family.


Staff member
When I first came to this site, I planned on becoming a great novelist and could already envision myself with a book series. Then it happened.

I clicked on the poetry forum and read some poems written by this guy called ‘Baron’. They were complex, beautiful, layered with meaning, and darn it, they just plain intrigued me! Who was this guy? And why did I feel like I had to dig deeper until I understood what he was talking about?

He was just that kind of man. One who caught your attention not only with his writing, but with his obvious intelligence, wit, and great compassion for those less fortunate than he. Later, after he purchased the site and I came on as staff, I learned that he also had a gentle, but wicked sense of humor. He inspired great loyalty in his staff and set the foundation and tone for this site to a higher level, one that we all -- staff and members -- aspired to. There is no doubt in my mind that we wouldn’t be what we are today, if he hadn’t come along when he did.
He was by no means a perfect man. But he was the perfect man for this site, at the right time in history.

And so, Dear Captain, for the second and final time we say goodbye. Our hearts are heavy, but we can take some small comfort in the thought that now, you have indeed found your calm seas and safe harbor.


Darkness, a hermitage or oubliette;
immersed in silence of the starless night,
naught strains the senses, easy to forget
the stresses that assault hours of daylight.
Seclusion of the mystic's holy cell
resides in stilled minds of everyman;
a place to know the height from which he fell -
to heal that ragged breach and bridge the span
of separation by negating self.
A voice, gentle and still, a light which guides,
more precious than the world and all its wealth,
a solitary space where wisdom hides.


Robert Staniford
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WF Veterans
Wow. I didn't know him, but I heard a lot about him, and I can see he was (and still is) a treasure to this Forum. Thank you chief, for making this place awesome (altogether with Cran), for a place we could call a second home. Rest in peace.

MJ Preston

WF Veterans
This is very sad to hear. Long before I finished my first book I stumbled through the doorway here at WF and was welcomed with open arms after feeling pretty beat up on a few other forums. Baron (Rob) was a welcoming figure and he encouraged me to publish that first book. I still have a copy of his book THE STARS WAR FACTOR on my bookshelf.

So long Rob, you are missed, but behind you leave many memories.

Phil Istine

Staff member
Global Moderator
I'm afraid that I never knew the guy but I thank him for the legacy that he has left. It seems that I am very lucky to have stumbled across WF when I did - the only internet writing forum that I've ever joined. It's a great format here and I'm grateful to him (and Cran) for the way it is.
Many condolences to those who knew him.


Space Lord
When I first came onto the staff at WF, Rob scared me. The big, bad Baron. The man who could crush my avatar into a million little pieces. But, we seemed to run into each other in the chat room many nights and it didn't take long for me to realize what a gentle soul he was. Rob was someone you could talk to about your writing, about life, religion, science or anything and he would never talk down or preach to you. He was a great teacher, brilliant writer and fantastic leader . . . but most of all, Rob was my friend.

I wish you fair winds and following seas, my Captain. And long may your big jib draw. Until we meet again . . . just look for the guy in the corner having a marmoset.


Senior Member
I've never had the privilege of meeting this person, but it is always sad when the world loses a person. I hope his family is doing alright and the same goes for whoever knew him on here.


Honoured/Sadly Missed
A Message From The Baron

To The Ones I Love And Who Love Me:

‘When I am gone, release me, let me go.
You and I, we both have many things to see and do.
Do not tie yourself to me in tears.
I gave to you my love and you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown,
But, for now it’s time for me to travel on – alone.

So, grieve a while, if grieve you must.
But not for me, only for yourself and
For the hole my passing has left in your life.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust,
And remember that it is only for a while that part we must.
Bless the memories within your heart,
And know that no love is ever lost.
Life is eternal – it goes on and on,
Not just for you and for me, but for us all.

You and I can now come closer than we have ever been.
I shall never be further away from you than a thought.
If you need me, call and I’ll be near.
Although you can neither see nor touch me,
Know that I am there.
And when you listen inside your own heart,
You are sure to feel my love too, soft and clear.

And then, one fine day –
When you must come this way –
Alone – I shall be there to greet you,
With a smile I shall welcome you home.’

Fr. Pat Lennon
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Dear Baron,

I look forward to meeting you in the world of light to thank you in person for sharing your gifts so generously with us and giving us WF. It will be a great privilege and pleasure. And I wish you lots of happiness in your new surroundings, the true home of all of us, which you have so richly deserved. Cj



Friends of WF
I only came across this thread and I am so saddened by the news.

After Rob's faith in my ability (more than I had) when I took the Pinocchio poems and turned them into a novel Rob published it. That publication was my first novel, it lead to the Tree Singer being published which led to Catalina and so on. Rob was always enthusiastic and encouraging. He and I did not agree on many things but that never got in the way of our shared love for poetry and all things creative. He has been an incredible influence on my artistic journey and I shall raise a red to him tonight and whisper a thanks.

To Rob!

and if someone can could they tell his family I am so sorry for their loss.


WF Veterans
"Why man, he doth bestride the [WF] like a colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves."
--William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
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