I am terribly saddened to share the news that Charlotte (Charlie) Gilbert passed away. Charlie recently underwent a double organ transplant at Duke University after battling Pulmonary Hypertension for quite some time, and she suffered some serious complications following her operation.
With Brian firmly by her side supporting her every day, Charlie bravely persevered through her diagnosis and was a fighter until the end.
Charlie was an awesome, caring, funny, fun, loving, human being. I will always remember her sense of humor and wit when I think about her, and I am heartbroken that I won’t be able to be in her company again.
Throughout her battle, Brian has been sharing regular updates about her progress. His Facebook page was pretty much the first website I visited each morning to check on Charlie’s progress. I know there are hundreds of other people who had the same morning routine since even before Charlie’s surgery. The huge outpouring of support and camaraderie from Charlie and Brian’s network is a tribute to their kindness.
In lieu of a funeral, I understand there will be a celebration of Charlie’s life at some point in the future.
If you want to honor the beautiful life of Charlie, I am sure her family would encourage all of us to register as an organ donor to possibly save the life of someone else in the future. If you want to share a story about Charlie or share your condolences with her family and friends, Brian shared a public update on Facebook and you can post there. You are also welcome to share any sentiments in the comment section here.
Rest in peace, Charlie. You are already missed.
Charlie was one of my dearest friends. Although I shared her journey from diagnosis until the end, I am still in shock. I could go on and on about how wonderful it was to have Brian and Charlie as friends, but everyone whose lives they touched knows that! What I really want to do is remind you all to be organ, tissue and body donors. Love each other and be kinder than you need to be.
A terrible loss indeed! She helped me with my website years ago and I’ve come to learn how much of a wonderful a person she was. My deepest sympathies to Brian and you as well Donna!
So many great memories with Brian and Charlie. She was taken way too early!
Truly a loss. She will certainly be missed.
Anyone that would like to donate in Charlies memory can do so by supporting Mike Robertsons PHight against Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), this Saturday 2nd February.
Charlie you will be missed 🙁 RIP
I’m so sorry to hear that Charlie has passed away, I’m just learning of this now. Charlie’s had a pretty big impact on my life, but I doubt that her and Brian are even aware of it. Charlie and Brian, I only got to meet with them in person once. My take away was just how much fun and positivity they brought to the domain industry. Both so friendly and outgoing, just great fun people to be around, as well as work with.
A few years after meeting them at a conference, I ended up acquiring a .net domain from Charlie that she purchased on drop, for $79. She turned that into a five figure sale to me, which I was very happy with, as was she. That .net domain ended up turning out to be pretty important to my main business. While it was just one cog in what is a very complex business with a lot of moving parts, it was critical for us, especially early on. Without it, we would likely not have been as successful as we were. I sold my entire business this year to a public company, which myself and the rest of the team now remain at. So in context of what our industry seems to care a lot about, end user sales, my family’s life is forever positively changed by that transaction. Charlie wasn’t just someone who was incredibly fun and funny, but she was incredibly professional and fair. I really regret not making an effort to attend industry events and meet up with her and Brian again in person.
I want to extend my condolences to Brian, as well as Charlottes family and friends.