RiP Chip Pearson

I’ve just learned that Chip Pearson sadly passed away on 19th April.

A true legend, and a really good guy in my interactions with him, he will be massively missed for his invaluable contributions to the world of Excel. He was my first introduction to the real power of VBA and I owe him a huge debt.

My deepest sympathies to his parents.

Update: thanks to Chip’s parents, and Bill and Greg at MrExcel, Chip’s website is now back up and running again. There is a thread at MrExcel here where you can add a message, which we hope to pass to Chip’s parents, to give them some idea of what a huge influence their son has been to so many people. Please do take the time.

13 thoughts on “RiP Chip Pearson

  1. Jamil says:

    Very sad to hear this. He was a legend. Rory, do you happen to know what was the cause of death? he was a young guy.

  2. Roger Govier says:

    That is truly sad.
    Chip had a huge intellect and fantastic knowledge which he shared with all of us.
    I am so glad that I had the opportunity of meeting up with him at several Summits. He will be sadly missed.

  3. David Braden says:

    The Chip I knew, since 1998, was a wonderfully irreverent guy with a sharp wit and whacky sense of humor. At a number of MVP summits, he would bend my ear for HOURS about this or that, staying on topic, then suddenly shifting to another. It worked well with my hypomania, as he could also stay on top of my at-times disjointed threads.
    I tried, for years, to get Chip to move to California, obviously to no avail. He chose to stay in Kansas for his family, especially his sister. And SHEESH, what he had to say about Kansas politics; those who knew Chip know that he wasn’t one to, um, hold back on asserting his opinion. What I so enjoyed was his ability to listen, and consider, others.
    And his laugh? Impossible to forget. I wish he had run for political office there – he would have been great.
    Thank you for this chance to write about one heck of a guy.

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  5. Al Feyerabend says:

    I just learned of this today when one of my always open browser tabs said “site not available”, and I had to find out why it was down, hoping it was a temporary glitch. I hadn’t been there in a while, but it was a site I always kept open just in case.

    Very sad news; my condolences to his family.

  6. Michael Jones says:

    Gain much knowledge from Mr. Pearson’s website. i always wanted to ride up to Kansas City and meet him in person for coffee, but never took the time.

    My loss.

    Condolences to his family at this time.

  7. Ron says:

    His site was one of the very 1st I found, back in the early 2000’s I believe, that helped me to manage some truly difficult tasks. And one that I’ve returned to more time than I could ever count. He was one of the first to show me, a very new user at the time, the kind heartedness of so many who share willingly with others. I owe him and so many others like him for my ability to put food on the table. I’m so very sorry to hear of his passing.

  8. Kjeld Jønsson says:

    Today, I learned that the biggest excel guro is not among us anymore.
    For many years I have used chip’s codes, always well documented, and explained in an elegant way.
    My greatest admiration is all the time and energy chip used to help others, as an excel expert and not least chip’s many websites.
    For me it has been unimaginable and served as a great inspiration.

    A true legend has fallen

  9. Ludo Soete says:

    Chips Excel website was one of the first ones I discovered on the internet, and is still one of my favorite sites to gain information on Excel VBA.
    This is a great loss for the community and he will be missed.

    My condolences to his family.

    Best regards from Belgium.

  10. Les says:

    A Legend who helped the other legends! A hugely sad loss. His work remains for world, though! What a gift he has left for us all. Before the internet became a reliable resource, for VBA help, he was there! RIP. 🙁

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