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In Loving Memory of Paolo "Findan" Aceto (1976-2018)

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Foghladha
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Posted On: 02/19/2018 at 02:35 PM
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It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Paolo "Findan" Aceto, a well known and loved event leader in Guild Wars 2. He lead more than 240 events over the course of his 4 year Gaiscioch membership conquering more than 4,500 objectives. His dedication and leadership were major factors in becoming one of the first to obtain the Laoch rank in the Gaiscioch Community.

After running with Findan for the first time on June 24th 2014, Aislinne commented:

"Fin led our squad in the best tradition of GSCH with calm clear direction and an eye on team & map strategy. He welcomed allies & questions while keeping the team on focus taking our objectives - all done in a light-hearted, FUN atmosphere. This was a great run and a great team to learn from and be a part of - the essential essence of GSCH. "

Quotes like this were not uncommon. His Gaiscioch.com profile is filled with positive words, inspiring words, and a good measure of who Findan was.

His affinity towards leadership was dwarfed by his charismatic and friendly personality. Many times he took time out of his day to help players complete jumping puzzles, clear the odd dungeon or even lend a sound ear and heartfelt advice.

In November of 2014, Findan was involved in a tragic car accident caused by a stroke with pulmonary embolism in Johannesburg South Africa, which left him in a coma for several months.The embolism scarred his lungs, which caused heart failure. Last November they attempted to remove the scar tissue from the lungs but it did not go as planned and he was hospitalized again. Within a few months all seemed to be going well and he was able to return to his new home in Cape Town to live with his father.

He was able to make a brief reappearance in Guild Wars 2 and even lead a couple small events. His last visit to our community came on December 19th, 2017, and by January we began fearing the worst. On February 12th, 2018 we learned he had just passed away. His heart stopped and he passed into the peace of slumber.

Findan's loss is heartbreaking. However, nobody can say he didn't go out without a fight. For more than two years he fought for his life and even managed to make time to come say hi to the community and lead a few events. Findan was strong willed, friendly, and never bowed to a challenge. Let us remember him for his courage and helpful nature.

We encourage all players of Guild Wars 2 to leave their thoughts and memories on the official forums, we will be archiving the page and placing it in a book for his family. You can also leave comments on our YouTube video of his memorial in Guild Wars 2. Members of Gaiscioch can visit Findan's profile and leave your words on his leadership page.

Findan will not be forgotten. He has become a part of so many of our lives and has shaped our futures with his kindness. He will live on through us and be our guide as we continue his legacy. Rest well my friend, we shall meet again.

Last Edited on: 02/19/2018 at 02:36 PM
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Avohaiel
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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 07:32 AM PST
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I am sorry this is going to be short, but I wanted to get this out while I was in shock, since in a few I am not going to be able to type.

 

His father asked me to to let all his game friends know. 

 

He was a good man, who put up a hard fight..

 

the world dimmed a little bit today.

 

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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 09:56 AM PST
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So sorry for the loss.

Best wishes and prayers during this tough time!

B

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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 10:50 AM PST
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This is a tragic end to his story. He was such a friendly face and wonderful leader. He will be remembered as such and greatly missed.

"It's not the loot and accolades you walk away with, it's the memories and friendships that you cherish forever." - Foghladha
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Smitty
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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 10:57 AM PST
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I am so sorry for your loss.  Findan was one-of-a-kind.  A wonderful man, and an excellent leader.  He will be sorely missed by myself and all of Gaiscioch.

“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find." ~William Shakespeare
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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 11:11 AM PST
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I will miss him. I've actually missed him not being around like he used to be. He was a great guy and many enjoyed his time here.

Don't mess with Mama Bear, I might hug you too tight. =D
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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 12:24 PM PST
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dammit.  

I really enjoyed gaming with him.

I know you fought hard.  Rest well, my friend.

 

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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 01:11 PM PST
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Findan, I know you are not suffering now. I always enjoyed hearing your voice and following you in dungeons, map clears and WvW.  I will miss hearing that voice in comms.  But know you will always have a place in my heart and in Gaiscioch. Rest in peace my friend.

To the Family: My condolences to you. Findan was a great, kind man and thank you for sharing him with us. My prayers and hugs go out to you. 

Last Edited on: 02/12/2018 at 01:12 PM
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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 01:18 PM PST

I am saddened to hear this news.  He was a wonderful person. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends during this difficult time.

 

 

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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 01:50 PM PST

No. No, no, no. 
Hard to believe we won't get to hear his golden tones again, or run with him.  Dimmed a little? No, it has dimmed a lot.
I'm so very sorry, Moon. Believe me when I say, my heart is breaking with yours.
May the Divine hold him close.

 

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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 02:21 PM PST
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Condolences to friends, family far and wide, he will be missed. 

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Replied On: 02/12/2018 at 04:11 PM PST
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All my thoughts are with family and friends of Findan. I only had the chance and pleasure to participate in a few events with him, but I remember him as friendly, very patient and ready to help everyone, not leaving anyone behind.

He will be sorely missed, that is for sure! I find comfort in knowing that he doesn't have pain anymore.

 

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Replied On: 02/13/2018 at 06:13 AM PST
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It is a great loss. I enjoyed gaming with him. We did a lot of runs. I will miss him.

 

Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

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Replied On: 02/13/2018 at 08:47 AM PST
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Sorry to hear of his passing, he will be missed. Prayers for his family. 

Morghan

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Replied On: 02/13/2018 at 05:24 PM PST

I'm glad to have met u rest easy my friend ill see u on the other side and I will surely miss the adventures we had together u will be greatly missed by all of The Gaiscioch Family

R.I.P my friend

 

Love Bears

Last Edited on: 02/13/2018 at 06:35 PM
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Replied On: 02/13/2018 at 09:07 PM PST

There are moments in-game that just stand out sometimes.  I have one from Archeage of Findan riding up on his donkey, and sending me a message saying hello and asking if I needed help with anything.  My prayers to all of his family and friends during this difficult time.

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Replied On: 02/15/2018 at 09:20 AM PST
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Never met the fellow but based on the responses from many i respect and admire both here and in game the last few evenings, he was well loved.  To both the real family and the GSCH family, our thoughts and prayers of condolence.

Whenever you lose a friend or loved one, sometimes it helps to remember that's one more angel on your side!

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Replied On: 02/15/2018 at 04:49 PM PST

Fin was an amazing person and will forever remember him in all aspects of this world. He took my hand so many times to try things I just wanted to give up on . HE made you smile and laugh no matter what was going on. He will be missed!!! 

He will be by all our sides forever , he is our new truest angel.

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Replied On: 02/15/2018 at 05:51 PM PST

Very sad news. Fin was one of the good ones and has left us much too soon. Prayers for family, friends and loved ones... he will truly be missed. 

 

R.I.P. my friend.

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Replied On: 02/16/2018 at 04:05 AM PST
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Rest well my friend, until we meet again in the great big MMO in the sky.

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Replied On: 02/19/2018 at 02:37 PM PST
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Today I was forwarded a response from his father and sister that they wished me to share with the community.

Dear Gaiscioch family,

My name is Eliseo and I am Paolo's dad. (Findan)

I have no words to express my gratitude to everyone who partook in the memorial, and especially the messages of love and sadness expressed in the eulogies. 

As I listened to everyone open their hearts, I was reminded of the wonderful words of Kahlil Gibran, in his book The Prophet, speaking to a mother. He says:

 "Your children are not your children, 

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, they belong not to you..."

So often as parents I, and probably many like me, speak of 'my son, or my daughter', intimating somehow ownership, when in fact this could not be further from the truth. Paolo, (and indeed we all), was a 'child of the universe', he was his own man and he chose where to belong. And that was to be part of the Gaiscioch family.

You were his refuge from the vicissitudes of life, a place he could call home and family. And listening to you remembering the road you travelled with him, and the affection you shared, he was right. For that alone I will forever be grateful. And I know that his sister Giulia concurs with these feelings.

Thank you all for allowing me look into your hearts and minds.

Eliseo

 

Dear Gaiscioch family,

Thank you so much Benjamin for arranging such a beautiful memorial to honour my dearest brother, Paolo, or Findan, as you all fondly knew him as. Thank you to each and everyone of the Gaiscioch family members who were able to be there and share their most heart-felt memories.

I was moved, more than words can express, and truly touched to hear what an incredible impact Findan had on all your lives. I am filled with immense gratitude for the opportunity to share in the tribute and hear your messages of kindness, compassion and above all friendship. Paolo loved being part of your special family and he cherished each one of you. Thank you for welcoming him into your hearts and for adding so much love and happiness to his life.

May you always remember the good times, the wonderful adventures you shared, the special conversations you had, and all the laughter and giggles you shared.

My heart-felt thanks, Giulia

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I've also merged the prior post into this post to collect everything in one place.

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Thank you for your kind words Eliseo and Giulia - Paolo will be greatly missed - He will be forever in my heart with fun memories.

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Rest well my friend

Havaldan
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