We knew him as lilo. He was the founder of the Freenode IRC network, a place where many open source projects established a real-time meeting ground. Freenode is where we work, play, and share. It is where many a small idea has grown into a large project. It is where we are all enriched by the experience and diversity of a group of people from many cultures who all have in common a love of open source.
KDE has benefited greatly from this virtual meeting-hall. We have dozens of channels where ideas are discussed, contributors are mentored and users are supported. Many more recent KDE sub-projects had their start on Freenode and still flourish there. lilo was a common fixture in most of these channels, personally dealing with issues like harassment or spamming, making Freenode a safer environment for all.
What KDE owes to Freenode cannot be expressed easily or lightly.
Thank you Rob Levin. You will be sorely missed.