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Old 01-26-2018, 04:46 AM   #1
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Post Sad news - Francis Cole

Unfortunately I have some bad news to share.

Francis Cole, the initial developer of our football game project, has passed away yesterday.

Francis was an awesome human being who had a positive influence on everyone who met him. He was always positive despite his health struggles throughout his life and helped others in his community who suffered with similar conditions.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family and firends.

Francis, you will always be on our mind, we will miss you. You will always be part of our team, no matter where you are. Rest in peace.

The entire OOTP Developments family.

Francis (second on the left, next to Sebastian) at the company summer meeting in June 2014.

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Old 01-26-2018, 06:04 AM   #2
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Man, this sucks. Thanks Markus. Really tough news. Prayers and best wishes to his family.

RIP Francis.

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Such sad news. Thoughts and prayers to his family!
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Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers to both the Cole family and the OOTP family as well...
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I remember when I first saw the development for this game announced, with Francis answering several questions. He seemed so excited and ready for the project and his enthusiasm just permeated through the forum. His passing really is too soon and I'm sorry for his family and friends who I'm sure we're impacted in the same way by his presence.

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Heartbreaking news.

Let's hope OOTP can carry on Francis's vision of a Football sim as a tribute to him. In fact, if it does come out, maybe it could be dedicated to him.
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Very sad news indeed and the Sports Interactive team have been sharing some funny stories and pictures from the time Fran spent working in our London Studio. I've attached a pic of Fran with one of the team from around 2005 - some fond memories.

A great guy, incredibly positive given his health issues. RIP Franny
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Geez, what a bummer! I remember how friendly he was and how openly he shared the status of the game and answered questions. I have missed him.
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Terrible news, in my interactions with him he was always do upbeat and warm. A big loss for the OOTP community RIP Francis
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There's only one good way to honor his memory: to make a football game better than anything that's been done before.
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Terrible news. It was amazing how positive he was on the forums during the whole ordeal. RIP.

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There's only one good way to honor his memory: to make a football game better than anything that's been done before.
Agreed. Not that it is that important right now but I do think that when the game comes out it should keep the name BTS or something paying homage to Francis, considering it is something he cared a lot about.
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Old 01-27-2018, 10:12 AM   #12
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RIP, Francis. We will miss you!
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Terrible news. My condolences to family and friends.


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Rip Francis. Prayers to his family and friends.
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RIP Mr. Cole. I hope his dreams can be realized someday.
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Absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. My heart goes out to Francis' family and friends.
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Very sad news indeed.
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Terrible news! RIP
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Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with Francis's family
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RIP Francis. Best wishes to his friends, family and all those who interacted with him here. Sad news.
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