It was with great sadness that we recently learned about the passing of Gintaras, a valuable and key contributor to the LingQ Community and friend to many of us here. Here is a message from LingQ founder Steve Kaufmann from our Forum:
With the greatest respect, our condolences to the family of Gintaras Akulevičius
I have received news that Gintaras Akulevičius, one of the best friends of the LingQ community anywhere in the world, has passed away, in the prime of his life. Those of us here at LingQ would like to express our sadness and sympathy to Gintaras’ family and many friends in Lithuania and elsewhere.
We have long watched with admiration as Gintaras devoted himself enthusiastically, and with kindness, to helping people in Lithuania learn English. He was a great friend of LingQ, through his blogging and other activities. He never hesitated to share his knowledge and experience with us, whenever we had a question about search engine optimization, the use of blogs to promote LingQ, or any other subject.
I had the opportunity of speaking with Gintaras in both Russian and English via skype. I was impressed by his interest in learning, his generosity, his gentle nature, his energy and his intelligence. I felt he was a truly outstanding human being, with a genuine interest in languages, particularly English and Russian.
Mark made a point of meeting with Gintaras in Lithuania, during a recent business trip to the Baltics. Mark formed the same impression as I had.
The span of our lives is short. People who make the greatest impression on me are the givers. Gintaras was truly a giver. His untimely passing is a great loss. Once again we offer our deepest sympathy to the family.
From all of us at LingQ.
Co-founder and CEO, LingQ.com
In Honour of Gintaras – The Amber Shield
To honour Gintaras and his contribution to the LingQ Community, we have replaced the activity apple on his avatar with an Amber Shield. Gintaras means amber in Lithuanian and is one of the things that his native Lithuania is known for. We are also going to begin recognizing other members who make significant contributions to the LingQ Community by awarding them the Amber Shield. This shield will be displayed beside their activity apple acknowledging their valuable contributions while at the same time serving as a tribute to Gintaras.