We’re All Stories In The End. Just Make It A Good One.
Over the years on Doctor Who: Podshock we often in our news segments had the unfortunate duty of relaying to our listeners the passing of people connected to Doctor Who. It's unavoidable being the long history of the series, now well over a half a century old and going. What is not common is having to announce the passing of one us. A fellow fan. A listener. A contributor. Today is one of those times.
It is with much sadness that I inform our listeners of a passing of a regular guest host on our show, Taras Hnatyshyn. Earlier this week we lost Taras after a long illness. Before becoming a regular guest host and a moderator here on our site, Taras was a long time listener and contributor to our show. His enthusiasm and excitement for all things Doctor Who was unparalleled and often contagious
Taras knew his stuff. He had an encyclopedia knowledge of Doctor Who. He could tell you which episode a character was last seen in and when they first appeared and probably how episodes they were showed up in between. He was a great resource any time we had the delight and privilege of having him record with us.
His enthusiasm and excitement was not limited to just Doctor Who. He was an avid astronomer and photographer (check out his Flickr page for some of his photos). I could always count on him to inform me what I could see in the night sky on a given day. I also knew if there was an astronomical event taking place that could be seen from our location, he would be out with a telescope taking it in.
I must say as a person, Taras was a welcoming and generous soul. I never heard him speak harshly of anyone. He had an inviting nature. In the world we live in today it seems to be a trait that is becoming uncommon.
Taras was also a fellow fan of technology. As I recall meeting up with him shortly after the first original Apple iPad came out. We were comparing notes about it and its features. Then to my surprise, he pulled out his iPad from his coat pocket. Mind you, this was long before the iPad mini. This was a full size original iPad. I wasn't expecting him to have it in his pocket! What came next was even more impressive. He started playing classic episodes of Doctor Who which he had loaded on the device. Sweet! It may not seem like a big deal today, but back then, being able to watch DW on a big 9.7" screen that you can fit in your pocket and bring with you wherever you go was quite impressive.
We could go on and on with stories about Taras. He will be missed. He will continue to inspire us as his memory will live on through everyone he had touched. I know my sentiments are also echoed by my fellow cohosts (Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, Ian Bisset, and Kyle Jones). Our thoughts go out to his surviving loving wife, Gina. His story will continue. To quote one of his favorite television shows, "We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?" — The Eleventh Doctor. Taras was a good one.
For anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Taras, please give to:
United Spinal Association