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Erik Cassel

by Hong from Xiamen

Erik Cassel, speaking at Roblox Rally (blog.roblox.com (The Roblox Team))
Erik Cassel, speaking at Roblox Rally (blog.roblox.com (The Roblox Team))

Dear ROBLOX Community,
Yesterday morning, Erik Cassel, my co-founder at ROBLOX, passed away. Erik had been battling cancer for the past three years and his passing is a deep loss. I have worked with Erik for over 20 years, first at a company called Knowledge Revolution, then since the start of ROBLOX. I would like to tell you about Erik, and how his incredible talents continue to shine through in ROBLOX. I first met Erik right after he had graduated from Cornell University. At the time I had just founded a company called Knowledge Revolution. We were developing educational software for teaching physics. Erik read about our product in MacUser magazine, and flew out to interview. During the interview Erik showed me an awesome piece of software he wrote for the physics department of Cornell. It was elegant, fast, and hinted at Erik's incredible talents.
------David Buszucki

Even tough I have never actually met Erik Cassel at a Roblox Game Convention, but I still deeply miss for the big amount of effort he put to the game Roblox, in which I met hundreds of friends online. The Roblox community will miss Erik, he had made the game so successful.

Here are quotes from his friends:

"Though Erik had a profound impact on my career, I will always remember him first and foremost as a friend. We watched a ton of movies together, mostly really bad ones, but that was good. He helped my wife and I move into our first house. He shared in my daughter's arrival, and we celebrated birthdays together. We shared many a beer, and lots of good food. We shared laughter most of all, and I am comforted to know that I put more than a few smiles on his already smiling face." -Keith Lucas

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I'm proud to have worked together with Erik at ROBLOX and honored to have been his friend. The grief over losing him is great, but the inspiration that comes from having known him is greater still. Thank you, Erik. I miss you already" -Matt Dusek

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I was a little intimidated with the change of scenery and my new responsibilities. These concerns were soon assuaged working with Erik, as I was instantly struck by what a kind, helpful, brilliant and humble person he was." -Tim Lodula

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Before coming to work at ROBLOX, I thought I was a hotshot developer - but really I was just a stone mason. Erik was an architect. He could think about deep problems with a mental discipline that most people will never possess. Finally, he was as kind, tolerant, and passionate a person as I have ever known. He will be sorely missed." - John Shedletsky

This shows that he was a kind man, he should be honored, his friends all deeply miss him. I wish i had met him in person. Imagine how hard it would be for him to design a game, and help others when he had brain cancer. Also even tough he had brain cancer he was still kind and patient. He answers other questions without being annoyed. His children even built him a memorial at his game. I deeply miss him.

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