Rest in peace, dear friend.
Yesterday night, a car containing four Icrontic members on their way to a restaurant was violently rear-ended by another, larger vehicle. Everyone inside was injured, and tragically, Spencer Hayes was killed in the impact.
Spencer has been an Icrontic member for years. He has written articles about gaming and game theory, been the rallying force behind several Icrontic gaming efforts, including the Guild Wars 2 guild, Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and more. He was a consummate gamer in every sense, and derived great joy from not only participating with other Icrontians in games, but making sure everybody got the most out of the games they played.
His laugh and smile were absolutely infectious, and when he laughed, it cut above the din of the crowd and made everyone either groan and facepalm, or start laughing themselves. He was a teacher who loved kids, and was a fantastic caretaker and guide for young people.
Spencer was having fun up until the moment of his death, and for that we take some solace. He was laughing and joking the last moment I saw him alive. He was truly at home in this community and among friends. That’s the only small comfort we can take from this tragedy.
Rest in peace, dear friend. You will never be forgotten. Icrontic was a better place for having you, and now we are worse off without you.
The funeral will be Tuesday, October 30th at Lynch & Sons in Clawson, MI. Icrontic is taking a collection to help the Hayes family with funeral costs. If you want to donate, please send donations via Paypal to accounts at short-media.com.