Dad BoatA number of comments have popped up in various stories this week wondering where the TA Plays videos have been, with a few concerned readers tweeting and IM'ing me as they've noticed my absence on the site lately. Unfortunately, my father, Jeff Hodapp, recently passed away and I've withdrawn a bit from my daily duties at TouchArcade to spend time with my family.

He would've been 61 yesterday, and memorial services are being held tomorrow. My Dad was a hell of a guy, and fought a battle with cancer that spanned over a decade. He never was much for computers or video games, but oddly enough, turned into an avid iOS gamer when I bought my parents their first iPad in early 2011. He was about as casual of a gamer as you could get, dividing his time equally between the Angry Birds series, the various iterations of Temple Run, and anything to do with his favorite hobby, fishing. In fact, he liked Angry Birds enough that Angry Birds swag slowly started to infiltrate his wardrobe, with a green pig beanie replacing his hair as chemotherapy claimed it.

It's not at all hyperbole to say my Dad has been instrumental in me being where I am today in life, taking chances, following dreams, and finally ending up running TouchArcade. Everything I do is influenced by him in some way or another, as my parents provided me one of the most unconventional childhoods imaginable. If you've enjoyed the direction TouchArcade has gone over the years, you've got my Dad to thank for it. He was the one who drilled it in to my head that it's OK to try even the craziest thing, fail, and iterate until you've got something awesome… Regardless of whether or not you even have the slightest clue of what you're doing when you start, which most certainly was the case for me when I got onboard with TouchArcade in early 2009 and when I recently started getting into public speaking at various iOS-relevant conventions.

For the first time in two and a half years we're not releasing a podcast this Friday. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week, and I promise an extra long episode to make up for this one. Also, remember the iTunes freeze occurs on the 21st, so we'll slowly work through our backlog of TA Plays videos throughout the week where there won't be any new game releases.

Thanks for everything, Dad. I love you.

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  • drlemon

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

    • Game.PN

      Them feels* :(

    • heresandypandy

      Y'know, the amount of likes on that comment (and also the amount of nice comments in here with no trolling to be seen) has increased my faith in the human race a bit. Also speaks volumes about how well-liked Eli is :)

  • shadax

    My condolences to you and your family, Eli; he sounds like he was an awesome guy.

  • Amenbrother

    Sorry for your loss thats very sad. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • SumoSplash

    Sorry for your loss. May he be playing an iPad in Heaven, with a version of iOS7 that works as intended.

    • MkRwilliams

      And if IOS7 doesent work, may you update peacefully

    • postmodernpilot

      I'd hope they at least have iOS 10 in heaven.

      • MkRwilliams

        IOSHEAVEN
        In heaven, you get adsl over 9000
        There is no waiting time in heaven
        Because we are already waiting right now

  • Louis Ace

    Rest in peace Jeff Hodapp

  • shieldser99

    Rip, sorry to hear the news. My aunt passed today too. Hope your family push though it

  • WonderingIf

    Thanks for sharing with us. My condolences to you and your family.

  • MkRwilliams

    R.I.P Jeff <3 A birthday in heaven...

    One of the best presents in the universe
    We're glad you could spend your life up there
    You will always be in our hearts

  • ColeDaddy

    Eli,
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Hang in there, man.

  • SkyrimMaster

    I hope you and your family are doing well, Losing a loved one is never fun. I never could live without my dad, I understand your absence. Hope all goes well at the memorial service,
    Love SkyrimMaster.

  • symmetrian

    My condolences to you and yours.

  • dude

    R.I.P Jeff

    I'm very sad to so see this article... I know this is a very rough time for you and your family. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of cancer did he have?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Colon cancer, was stage 4 when they found it, and he managed to live another decade. Sort of crazy, really.

      • dude

        sorry did not mean to post twice... But that is kind of crazy... Your dad must have really been a fighter...
        R.I.P

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Amazing. Fighter, indeed. It's never easy and it sounds like you will miss him dearly. Often a final gift someone gives when they leave is a gathering together of family and friends. I hope you've been able to share some love in this difficult time.

      • Kubaton

        My wife was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 29, that was 6 years ago. It was tough watching her go through radiation and chemotherapy. Amazingly, she pulled through it and is now cancer free. My condolences to you and your family. Cancer doesn't only affect the diagnosed person. As others have said, take your time and be with your family. We'll all be here when you're ready to come back.

      • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

        My dad died of colon cancer at age 57. My thoughts are with you, Eli.

      • iamheffe

        Sorry for your loss Eli. I also lost my father to cancer in a similar manner, he died 10 years after they found it and was too young.

  • CHEESEYZOMBIE

    So sorry
    My friend had cancer and died really young
    I know how you feel
    so sorry
    My dad also died
    You're dad is pretty cool too
    I'm so sorry

  • Sean Magnoni

    I'm sorry for your loss. My father died 6 years ago, this week. I'm sure he was very proud of you.

  • Zerol3onheart

    I'm sorry for your loss. It's great that your dad had such an amazing effect on your life.

  • dude

    R.I.P Jeff

    I'm very sad to see this article... I can't even imagine what you and your family must be going through... If you dont mind me asking, what kind of cancer did he have?

  • Gamer1st

    Sorry to read this news.
    Condolences.

  • dango1

    God bless you and your family.

  • Lumlca

    RIP Jeff.

    My thoughts are with you and your family Eli. I wish you all the best.

  • RPG Geek

    Sorry for your loss, Eli... take the time you need to grieve.

  • HelperMonkey

    Even when you know it's coming, you're never really ready.
    My condolences.

  • Andy C83

    R.I.P. Hodapp Senior.

  • kungfutofu

    My condolences.

  • JCman7

    So sorry Eli. Condolences to you and your family. May Jeff rest in peace.

  • 1337brian

    Sorry for your loss Eli. Sounds like he was a most excellent father.

  • jonposey

    Awesome eulogy! Godspeed to you and your Dad!

  • Ramaz1234

    R.I.P to your dad

  • NOEN

    Thanks for sharing with us. It was a great read about a not so great issue. I'm sure a lot if us members know what your going through. I know I do unfortunately. I know all of us members are thinking of you and you family.

  • l1chen87

    im so sorry for your loss.. my sincere condolence...

  • Prab

    My condolences Eli. May he rest in peace

  • HansKaosu

    I want to offer my deepest condolences. Sorry for your loss :(Well written

  • YourAverageDude

    So sorry Eli! Pass all our love on to your family as well!

  • robbiehitpiggy

    Condolences to you and your family. It sounds like he was a great guy

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    Thanks for sharing, Eli. Your Dad sounds like the coolest guy. Cancer sucks.

    RIP Jeff.

  • sugimulm

    My condolences to you and your family. You are a reflection of your father and the TA community has him to thank for that. The TA site reflects your dedication and hard work, your father is an awesome guy and your work reflects that. Thank you Mr. Hodapp, rest in peace.

  • Whippet

    Eli, I'm really sad to hear this. Like others have said, my condolences. You are a great dude and you've created a wonderful community here and I'm sure he's very proud of you. Thanks for all the podcast entertainment and hard work on the site.

  • Coldchain

    I Feel for you man R.I.P to your Dad

  • TV's Brendan Davis

    My sincere condolences. Please take your time grieving. Your audience will be here when you come back.

  • ElPumo

    Sorry for your loss, Eli. Glad you have some great memories of him.

  • B4rl3y

    I lost my mum to cancer, the worst time of my life.
    It was things like podcasts (including touch arcade) that I would escape into.
    Listening to podcasts helped me to forget about my worries and have some peace.

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family, I'm sure i speak for many when I say we appreciate the work you put in for us.

  • stormyspop1

    Sorry to hear about your loss. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • Bloodangel

    So sorry for your loss... send my deepest condolences to you and your family. I lost a good friend who was also an ex partner this week too.. She was 48.
    You don't need to do an extra long one next week to make up for your absence m8, we all understand and are with you at this sad time... Family and spending time with them is more important than keeping us upto date with releases. We all understand are happy to wait till you are feeling good enough to continue, no matter how long this is

  • JetLinerSaw

    Sounds like one awesome dude! RIP Jeff.

  • Trickoy

    Condolences, Eli. Hailing from the Philippines. TA is awesome. Keep it up.

  • repapermunky

    Sincerely sorry for your loss, Eli. Stay strong man. Thank you for being so open with us all.

  • Dixon Koontz

    Thank you for sharing, Eli. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure he was very proud of you and massively appreciated seeing the baby boy he raised become such a successful and (I hope) happy man. Your family is in my thoughts.

  • 39clover

    Dear Eli,
    A loss is is a loss when you forget.
    A loss is only half a loss when you remember.
    Reading your words, your father must have been a great person and having a son like you must have made him a proud person, too. Thank you for sharing this. Your sincerity just made the Toucharcade experience something I will always remember.

  • q8719

    Stay strong and take your time, sorry for your loss.

  • Vira1969

    Cancer has taken so many relatives away from me;I know how it is.Even if you try to understand that the person has a very very very low chance to survive,it is a shock when you find out about the death.Anyway,my condolences and good wishes to all your family.

  • bigjack66

    This is sad to hear. My thoughts are with you especially since my dad is going through this as well being given a few months to live so I know how you're feeling.

  • CzechCongo

    Sorry man.

  • moshgra

    I'm sorry for your loss Eli. My condolences to you and your family. Please take as much time as you need!

  • witedahlia

    My condolences to you and your family. He sounds like a great Dad.

  • chamillion205

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family Eli. He's in a better place

  • Agarash

    My condolences, Eli. Take care and be strong!

  • InkyTheGhost

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I've spent so much time reading/listening to you, that it was shocking and truly saddening to read this.

    It's admirable of you to share it with the community, Eli.
    Thank you, and take care.

  • rewyan

    I'm sorry for your loss, he sounds like a great guy. Its amazing that you were able to

    • rewyan

      ...to continue writing a couple articles through this tough time. I'll keep him in my prayers.

  • Benste

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  • natapol1

    Hey sorry to hear about your loss man.

  • dixie

    I am sorry for your loss

  • mindseyes

    Wow sounded like and and amazing guy and he made a great son who grew up to do well and help other people make good gaming decisions. Peace to your father!

  • tinostre

    Sorry for your loss.

  • BluMoon31

    Your Dad sounds like a great man. :) I know that feeling, and what it's like to lose the father you've known all your life who you look up to. Our thoughts are with you gaming brother, and I hope you know how much we appreciate Touch Arcade. RIP TA Pops

  • deepblueocean84

    Cheers to your father!!!!

  • Cesar Ramirez

    Sorry for your loss...

  • Cdawg

    Wow. Very sorry to hear that. Take as much time as you need!

  • the fish

    Even though I don't know you or your father I'm thankful he raised you to be the person who brings joy to my day every once in a while when I read one of your articles or watch one of your videos. I'm sorry for your loss. I believe our loved ones live on in the stories we tell about them.

  • Jsami

    I'm sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Zephram

    Eloquently written tribute to your father, Eli. My sincerest condolences.

  • Nemmox ®

    Mi más sentido pésame. Soy de los muchos latinoamericanos que visitamos constantemente este sitio y en verdad lamentó tu pérdida, espero puedas encontrar la misma fuerza que tu padre encontró para luchar contra el cáncer y al mismo tiempo vivir en paz y dar lo mejor de el a su familia.

    Saludos cordiales, que descansé en paz.

  • http://www.kizijogos.co/ Kizi jogos

    My sincere condolences to you

  • Onikage725

    My deepest condolences, Eli

  • Hirusan

    My condolences.

  • IUbball22

    Very sorry to hear. As hard as it is, he's in a better place now.

  • iarepan

    I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure you make him very proud.

  • Jazzpha

    Condolences, Eli. Take as much time as you need, and don't push yourself. If you don't have the energy to record a longer episode next week, take it easy. You don't owe us anything, and your time for remembering your dad is far more important.

    Best wishes in such a difficult time, to you and yours.

  • Coldchain

    I feel for you man R.I.P To your Dad

  • carlosaguilera

    Thank you so much for share your life with us, I'm sure that your father is... and will be forever proud of you!

    Saludos y mi sentido pésame desde Guadalajara Jalisco, México.

  • pausiopao

    RIP!

  • bruab

    What a wonderful tribute. So sorry for your loss.

  • Holcman

    I hope you feel better soon, and I'm sorry for your loss. I've never experienced anything like this, so I can' treacly relate. However, I am quite a sensitive person; reading this article almost made me cry. I don't know what I'd do without my dad (who is also over 60 years old), and I hope you and your family can push through this hard time!

    • Holcman

      Can't really* I guess autocorrect is the least of our worries...

  • chuckdoom

    Reading that hit me right in the soft spot.

  • speedyph

    Sad story man be strong ur dad WUZ a good man live everything h do at touch arcade sorry bout ur great loss u can't replace a parent

  • ScotDamn

    Eli, I'm sorry for your loss. I really wish you and your loved ones the very best.

  • tormod

    So sorry for your loss. It's sad when lived ones pass.

    I'm newer to your site and service but glad you offer it and your dad inspired you pursue the venture.

  • Mekklesack

    You have my condolences. Sorry for your loss.

  • Rip73

    Sorry for you and your families loss and may Mr. J. Hodapp rest in peace.
    All the best to you and yours in a difficult time.

  • christopherrocs

    Really sorry man, I hope for the best for you and your fam, he seemed like a really good guy (just from what I read) and I can only hope for the best and pray for you. So sorry.

  • bobish

    Eli. 52 yr old gamer here and it's people like you that have kept me fired up to continue to explore gaming. Your Dad is proud of you. Sorry about your loss. He was way too young but lived a full life.

  • DahakaJR

    Brought a tear to my eye. So sorry. Losing a loved one is the worse, even more when a parent.

    Condolences.

  • LeiWu7

    Truly touched Eli. I'm sorry about your dad... he sounds utterly unforgettable. My dad passed away very suddenly in 2006... I never had the chance to tell him how much loved him when he died, but it helped a lot remembering all the great moments we shared, and remembering how much he loved me when he was here. Stay strong man, and thanks for all you do to shape my joy and love for great gaming.

  • Indiania

    So sorry to read about your loss. Your father sounds like a great man and a terrific father.

  • armilla

    My heart goes out to you Eli - I really appreciate you and love TA, and since you're dad certainly shaped the person you are today I'm grateful for him too. I'm sorry for your loss and hope you're as okay as you can be.

  • Louisac

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Brag-Art

    Sorry for your loss. That was a truly moving remembrance you wrote, I'm sure he would have love it. My condolences.

  • johnpc121

    My condolences I am sorry for your loss, and I pray that you can recover from it. God Bless.

  • demod1

    God bless!

  • Sharksfan

    Sorry for your loss

  • Vendince

    My condolences.

    And really, you don't need to do anything extra to make up for your absence.

  • toxiczebra

    My condolences Eli. All the best to you and your family. Here's to Jeff.

  • Shifaan

    R.I.P Jeff. Thank you so much for TouchArcade. I'm sure we will all remember you for what great you've done.

  • denisvjcr

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Reydn

    Must've been a great man

  • defunct32

    I'm sorry for your loss, Eli, my sister died because of cancer as well, it has been half a year already and we're still pushing through it still hurts but not as bad anymore, time will heal.

  • VirtualBoyFreak

    I'm really sorry for the loss Eli. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Kour

    My condolences to you and your loved ones.

  • Kirs

    Takecare El

  • DtheGOPkiller

    My deepest sympathies. Lost my dad last Nov day after Thanksgiving. Cancer as well he was 64 years old. So I get the feelings your going through right now. I wish your family well. I bet your pop was a great guy. Bet he was very proud of his son.

  • Sojourn

    A beautiful tribute, Eli. Thanks for sharing this piece of personal news with us, and know that we'll be here for you when you get back. In the meantime, take care of yourself and your family -- the gaming news can wait until you're ready!

  • bobaferret

    Very sorry for your loss, Eli. Your dad sounds like he was a great guy, and 61 is far too young to go. :(

  • aMc

    RIP

  • Alan Newman

    Sorry for your loss, Eli.

  • Blamlesshook

    R.i.p I am very sorry for your lost

  • chaos_envoys

    R.I.P. Jeff Hodapp.. I hope the family he left is given strenght to face all things in life..

  • CkX82

    Just wanted to join my fellow TA'ers in saying I'm so very sorry for your loss.

  • lazrhog

    Damn, 61 is no age to go these days. So sorry Eli. He sounded like a great guy

  • sinistabanana

    I'm very sorry for your loss.
    I bet they have a fishing area in heaven...
    And a giant ipad
    And some angry birds swag.
    Condolences to you and your family, Eli.
    RIP

  • Sekelani

    I'm sorry for your loss man

  • TrencH

    I am very sorry for your loss. Take as much time as you need. I will pray for your family.

  • xx99

    That was a lovely article. My sincerest condolences.

  • mudd

    Sorry for your loss, Eli.

  • Eoghann

    So sorry for your loss Eli. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Hang in there mate.

  • Mr. Grizzly

    Eli, sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a parent is tough. Remember the good times and the love he had for you.

  • Zeillusion

    Lost my mother to cancer a few months back. She would have been 60 last month. Your father is on my prayers, it's a terrible disease that takes those we love.

  • KevinS

    Cancer touches everyone. I know in my heart that your father is in a better place. :)

  • Zendorphin

    Aw :-/ Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • rangent

    Eli, my condolences. I've been following you and the others' posts for years, have met you guys once in SF, have listened to most of your pod casts, and feel a remote attachment to you and your guys lives. Warm wishes to you and your family. Cheers mate.

  • Craig Tygart

    Awesome tribute! What an incredible way to honor your father's life and the impact he has on yours...I'm certain he is smiling as he looks upon you all the days of your life. Thoughts and Prayers, my friend.

  • timmis6010

    I, as many others have done, would like to offer my condolences as well. You bring many a person who frequent this site quite a lot of joy Eli! The fact that your father was a source of encouragement for you to do what you do is proof that he was a wonderful person.

  • cchidoyan

    My sincere condoleance, i have also lost my dad this year and can "easily" feel what you feel.

  • Nekku

    In this sorrowful time, may the love of family and strength from friends comfort you, Eli.

    R.I.P Jeff Hodapp

  • smiffee666

    am so sorry for your loss eli, i cannot begin to understand what you must be going through right now, take care bud, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • SherlockEB

    Sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need to get better.

  • heresandypandy

    Sorry for your loss Eli, take as long as you need to look after yourself and the rest of your family, these things are far more important than worrying about updating toucharcade. Take care dude :)

  • Back2funk

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My mum has just won the first battle against cancer! We know how hard a battle it is so winning for 10 years is no mean feat. Sounds like your dad was a fighter. May he rest in peace.

  • IMNS

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Eli. May he RIP.

  • JJE McManus

    "He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
    My thoughts go out to you and your family.

  • Electrolite82

    So,so sorry for your loss!!:-(,I hope you and your family will be ok during this difficult time!!

  • B30

    It's always sad to hear such news, I'm sorry Eli.

  • vicsark

    Sincere condolences Eli. Very touching eulogy. Been there. Take all the time you need for your family, we won't go away.

  • Mess

    RIP Mr Hodapp.

    Eli, take all the time that is needed. At the end of the day, family is the most important thing.

  • mr_wexer

    Sorry for your loss

  • slamraman

    Always tough no matter how or when, but what a great and very moving tribute.

  • reweblind

    Condolences sir Hodapp

  • MichaelJS

    Deepest sympathies & condolences to you & your family x

  • MadWraith

    sorry for your loss m8 ...

  • PinkUnicorn

    So sorry for your loss.

  • PallaZ

    Best of luck for you.

  • tarek

    Sorry for you loss.

  • Dtale

    I wish you and your family the strength to get to these tough times.
    Sorry for your loss

  • superhands85

    I'm very sorry to hear that my man, he sounds like a nice bloke. i had a terrible farther. whys it always the good people that have to leave us early ;( take care and keep up the good work, peace. Superhands SO. UK

  • GaZ-OiD

    Sad sad news :( RIP J H

  • jarland

    Very sorry to hear the news brother. Take care of your family, take the time you need, this all waits just fine on it's own. Thanks for sharing the memory of your father with us. Sounds like one hell of a guy indeed.

  • saucybag

    Best wishes to you and your family through this difficult time Eli.

  • thundercato

    Thoughts with you and your family mate.

  • maddi

    Sorry to hear that I really appreciate the work you put into TA and I hope to see more of it and I wish you the best grant you my sincerest condolences towards your loss

  • Kbom

    I'm sorry for your loss, it is a painful experience, followed by a difficult time and mending process, loss and redefinition of once identity and trying once best to fill the voice that went silent, My condolences.

  • ooooh

    Take as much time as you need off, this is very heart felt especially with Christmas around the corner. All the best and hope to hear back from in the New Year (or when a kick ass ios game hits)

  • Doctr

    Eli, My deepest condolences to you and your family, I know what you go through, I lost my dad suddenly last nigh and it feels so unreal. Eli Be strong and continue to make your dad so proud of you as he is of you! God Bless all of you.

    Love and regards, Christian

  • DuendeArkano

    Heroes never dies...

  • Haanden

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Дядя Антон

    My condolences.

  • Buzzit

    Condolences and best wishes

  • oooooomonkey

    R.i.P. Mr Hodapp

  • Kenan2000

    Condolences and best wishes,RIP,he was a very good man,I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Kane

    Sorry of your loss Eli, R.I.P. Jeff.

  • nailoso

    Sorry for your loss

  • Uberhamster

    Sorry for your loss, Eli. :(

  • bobehm

    I lost my own father around that age. It's too young.

  • EricPlunk

    Condolences. My dad is only about 2 years younger, makes me want to cherish any moments I get with him.

  • ROGER-NL

    I am a big fan of TA, it's my favourite website, I wish you lots of strenght with your big lost.

  • DBrown519

    I'm sorry for your loss Eli! I'll be praying for you!

  • Fireball926

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Don't let these times of sadness overcome you though. Think of the the good times. I honestly don't know what I would do without my dad, like you said in your lovely write up, he's influenced almost every one of my decisions.

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  • mschmeh

    I'm sorry about your father I understand the feeling of losing a parent. You have a great company that ur running, you make people happy when they hear your voice, I'm sure your dad is as proud as ever watching over you. thanks for all the tA plays and podcasts etc keep up the good work Eli

  • SwordBytes

    I never knew this was run by one guy, or that one guy started it all.

    Either way, I'm sure your Dad was very proud of what you achieved. He lives on, through you.

    All the best.

  • Peter Bohanna

    sorry for you loss Eli. I know feeling. My dad died this week aged 52 so its hard to deal with.

  • lilneo

    Im so sorry Eli.

  • northstar

    So sorry for your loss :(

  • jamarohn

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Sending you and your family prayers of comfort and courage as you navigate through the grieving process.

  • demoboy02

    I'm sorry for your lost. He's in Gods hands now R.I.P.

  • JohnnyJ301

    I'm sorry for your loss, Eli. All the best and future success to Touch Arcade.

  • curtisrshideler

    Thanks for sharing, Eli. Sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  • StealthDawg

    Praying for you and your family Eli. So sorry for your loss. Thanks for everything you do for TouchArcade. It's as special place. God Bless.

  • saansilt

    Sorry for your loss.

  • TreeHouse

    My condolences for your loss. I lost my mom earlier this year and it was very hard to deal with. Just let yourself grieve appropriately ( don't bottle it up) and know he is always with you.

  • Phoen1x1

    You father did a good job my friend, and may he rest in peace. 61 years old, that is very sad.

  • arr4ws

    So young. I feel your loss. Godspeed dad!

  • spankz1208

    Prayers for you and your family. Be Gavin Strong!

  • Earth Vs. Me

    Taking time away from work to be with your family and remember your dad is the right thing to do. We can wait for the podcast and TA plays videos as long as it takes, as family is what's important.

  • dexterdavis

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad seemed like one amazing angel, he's fishing in heaven now.....

  • tex32

    My prayers go out to you, your family, and his friends. So sorry for your loss Eli.

  • midgettosschamp

    We are all saddened by your loss and wish the very best for your family. No worries about the absence of any content, we are all just happy a forum/site exists like this. I am sure your father is very proud of what you have created: a structure that brings humans together to share in a common interest and gives the feeling that we are a part of community. You have supported our community greatly, it is time for the community to support you. We look forward to your return.

  • bwort110

    My best wishes
    for u and ur family

  • moofer

    I lost my father to cancer when I was 18; my father was 43. You have my deepest sympathies. It sounds like he fought an amazing fight. Your dad is a hero in my book. All the best to you.

  • matchstick

    My condolence to you and your family...

  • chief78

    My condolences

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Your dad looks like my dad's twin! Oh that's too weird.

  • B-Rabbit

    In my thoughts and prayers! I've been where you are. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  • marc0313

    This is why I like Touch Arcade. It's more of a personal experience. IGN wouldn't post something like this. I appreciate this.

  • Goggles789

    His battle is over, his peace begins. Bless you and your family.

  • cgmorton

    Truly sorry for your loss, and reminded me to appreciate the family I have. Thanks for the site and the post.

  • Yondas Eso

    Our hearts and minds are with you and your family. Thank you for all your positive work.

  • derek4real

    Great letter, much like my story. I miss my dad everyday. All the best

  • rickpumphrey

    Extraordinarily well written! Thank you for sharing such a really personal thing. It was courageous.

    Be well!

    Rick

  • GtotheV

    Thanks to your dad for producing the sperm that contained a great ios game reviewer. Sorry for your loss!

  • phizban

    your dad gave us all a great gift in you
    thoughts and prayers

  • gquiller

    My condolences to you and yours Eli. You wrote a very poignant piece about your dad, so thank you. Remember he'll never leave you as you venture on in life. Thanks for sharing with us & again I'm sorry for your loss!

  • tre8or

    Sorry for your loss Eli.

  • Rothgarr

    Thanks for sharing. My condolences to you and your family.

  • dariusjr98

    I'm so sorry to hear that Eli, your father sounds like a great guy, and a strong one too. Surviving cancer for a year is no joke. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • McCREE

    Sorry for your loss.

  • GiHubb

    My condolences to you and the rest of your family. Losing a father at such an early stage is very hard.

  • dalglir

    Condolences. Your dad sounds like an awesome guy. Sorry for your loss.

  • tpianca

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Bliquid

    Thank you for sharing.
    My sincerest condolensces.

  • duke-a-luke

    Just lost my dad @ age 58 this past August. It wasn't to disease, but to a disastrous vehicle crash.
    My mother was with him, so we're luck to still have her. All I can say is focus on the good things, & the things you still have.
    Sounds like your pops would have wanted you to continue on in your career & life.

    Take Care,

  • Bluangl27

    My mom died of cancer two days before her 61st birthday seven years ago. I still feel the sadness of her loss. I'm so sorry about your father. Condolences to you and your family. <3

  • bobbstermang

    Sorry about your loss.

  • FuZion

    My condolences to you & your family. May you all live in happiness of his memories.

  • @DE_Clements

    My deepest condolences to you and your family, Eli. As some people say, time heals all wounds. Yet, from my own experiences with loss, it nonetheless dampens them; at the very least. Hang in there with your family as we expect you will. On a lighter note, the dedication story about your father Jeff was not only touching, but very inspirational. He, like you, shine on as two people who know how to live life. From him and through you, we are all the better for it. Thanks for sharing that with us, your readers.

  • Angry Gary

    Sorry for the loss. Hang in there.

  • JKbruno99

    Sorry

  • erikdsn

    Sorry for your loss. That was a very touching letter. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Joe Welke

    My deepest condolences. Hang in there.

  • Capronissimo71

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Bernzwong

    Condolences, Eli. Though I know you not, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • vane

    I know what it's like Eli. Life kind of stops for a moment as everyone does a lot of reflecting but eventually everyone usually moves on and learns to live with the loss. RIP!

  • thermalsatsuma

    My sympathies are with you Eli - your dad sounds like an inspiring man.

  • JohnnyPark

    I'm very sorry.

  • futuresgreen

    He must be one proud Dad. A reminder to all of us to make it count everyday. With sympathy to you and your family/friends.

  • speedlie

    Thanks for sharing ! This is the reason i play games and read things Like touch arcade ! Life is hard And playing games with endless possibillitys and always have a save game is making my and Many other gamers feel Better , in real life you do not have always a save game ! Thanks eli for al the good years ! Take your time and do wath you do so good ! (Sorry for my bad englisch )

  • Anpro

    My condolences to both you and your family Eli.

  • botomatic

    Sorry for your loss...

  • blundman

    Sorry for your loss...

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Rest In Everlasting Loving Paradise

  • http://www.tap-start.com/ Mirkwood

    Best wishes to you and your family Eli.

  • Bool Zero

    Much love to you and your family Eli. It is never easy to lose the ones we love, but we can always revel in their memories and cherish those sweet times. The best you can do is to never forget... Never forget anything! The good, the bad, the happy or sad times; they are all so precious moments we should revisit. That's the best way to honor him!

  • rewindx

    I'm sorry. I'll keep him in my prayers

  • Salt Abdullah

    I'm sorry for you loss, Eli. Death is experienced by family and friends, not by those who die. Be with your family and take all the time off you need. I'll enjoy your podcasts again when you come back. It's very hard to lose a father. I'm sorry.

  • gamergirl2785

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Chris Brady

    You have condolences and sympathy.

  • bobcorrigan

    Eli, I can only express how sorry I am for your loss. Take the time you need to be with your family.

  • DoctaMario

    Condolences to you Eli. I know I've made some life long friends here on TA and if your dad is one to thank for the site even existing, then I'm very grateful. In a way, he's had a positive effect on my life via influencing your decisions. So big thanks to you both and keep up the great work.

  • Ecko7123

    My condolences to you and your family Eli. I hope you and your family can find solace in these sad times.

  • redkins54

    Sorry for your lose Eli! I lost my Dad two years ago to throat cancer. He would've been 49 this year. Take care of your family, it's all we really have in this world. And especially take care of your mother, trust me, she will need it the most.

  • docguzman23@gmail.com

    I'm sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Haanden

    My condolences to you and your family

  • precision01

    My condolences to you and your family. Be sure god will reunite you again in heavens, and you will understand everything!!!

  • Xandrak

    I am very sorry to hear the news and wish you and your family the best as you honor his memory.

  • Allanon

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family

  • Retero

    I'll keep him in my prayers. God makes everything happen for a reason so you just have to look for that every day. Good luck and I hope he and all of us will meet in heaven.

  • gamerz.kris

    My sincerest condolences for your loss. There have been a lot of strong figures that have recently past that made an impact on this world in the past little while. So I'm positive your father is in good company, whether he be cruising the clouds with Paul Walker in a brand new Porsche, or listening to some of Nelson Mandela's infinite wisdom... Either way, I'm sure he has his hands full. Btw, this goes without saying as I'm sure you know this, but I love what you have been doing with this app! I appreciate all you have been doing to contribute to your fellow iOS gamers! Cheers!

  • Empfmil

    I know what its like to lose a family member. You have my deepest sympathies, Eli.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ramos96 Evaristo Ramos, Jr.

    :( my condolences

  • clompah

    Now I feel bad because I was like the first person to ask about the touch atcade plays..

    • clompah

      *touch arcade plays. Sorry my iPads getting tiresome holding it all night.

  • Drewskii

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you I this troubling time.

  • McGannahann

    Sorry for your loss

  • zigzagame

    Very sorry for your loss Eli. He got to see his son succeed. That's a lot of joy for any father. He must have been a damn good one cause that's not easy to accomplish.

  • timb

    i m truelie sory 4 you're lots :'(((((((

    • timb

      my thotts n prairs r wit the chilren who lots there fatter

  • laniparis

    <3

  • ckwildcat

    Peace to your family during this difficult time.

  • quasiChaos

    It sounds like your dad left a great legacy. Thank you for sharing the great things about your father with us. We appreciate everything you do, and it sounds like a lot of it can be attributed to your father's encouragement so we thank him as well. Enjoy being with your family. You will be in our prayers.

  • CravingChainS

    I am sorry for your loss. Don't worry about us this time is for you and your family. You guys are the greatest. I will be praying for your family.

  • EscortGamer

    The moment when you are so speechless you can't say "RIP."

  • mclifford82

    I'm very sorry for your loss Eli. I don't know how much longer I'll have with my own father, something I think about constantly. I dread inevitably having to go through what you are, and I hope you're alright. Take care.

  • GaussEX

    RIP. Best wishes to you.

  • daftman

    Sorry for your loss, Eli. 61 is much too young to go :(

  • eventide

    So sorry for your loss, really. God bless you and your family during this time.

  • Eiio

    My condolences to you and your family, may he rest in peace

  • el boogie

    I am so sad to hear your about your loss. I have looked to your site for news on new games but never knew I would be a person to write a post on any site. But I came across the news of your dad. I lost my mom to cancer 3 years ago and can't seem to get back from it. I am an only child and I have no idea of how I can cope or deal with the situation yet. Reading your story helps me realize that I am not alone. I don't know you but I feel your pain. My mom was everything to me and helped me become the person I am. I wish you the best and hope that one day I can get to meet someone to help me through this, someone who truly understands our loss. Thanks for taking the time to write this. It helped someone. Keep your head up my friend.

  • usagisan

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Richard Coffman

    i know how you feel, i lost my father six weeks ago, and i still miss him, my most heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones.

  • vkt57

    Never forget who he is, what he taught you and how proud he must have being of you!!!
    My sincere condolences to u and your family.

  • tien71700

    Sorry to hear. Great article about your dad.

  • Fletchi18

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • Richy23

    Thoughts and lots of love with you Eli & family. All the best from the UK

  • zackw

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Madhav

    Rip. So sorry. This is really bad.

  • profhuggybear

    My condolences. I've lost a family member and I know how much it hurts.

  • josiath21

    Its great to hear this from you Eli. While losing someone important sucks to say the least, I won't shower you with condolences but reflect on the positivity your dad gave you in his time with you. Good luck to you and your fam-fam.

  • pankajbhag

    My condolences to your entire family!!!

  • Quazonk

    Terribly sorry to hear of your loss, Eli. Thoughts are with you and yours.

  • araczynski

    My condolences, sounds like a great dad. Remember, he's not gone, just not here.

  • LORE

    300 comments! A new record!

  • lairs_

    My condolences to you Eli! Your father sounds like an amazing man. I feel I can sympathize as I recently lost my mother who was a great inspiration to me as well. I think that it isn't until they are gone do we realize that we really are our parents' legacies, and can truly credit them for their immense love and support that helped make us who we are and what we bring to the world! I wish you and your family all the best, and take all the time you need. We'll be here! :)

  • worldcitizen1919

    Very sorry to hear of your loss but to be a source of joy and happiness to others is a life well spent. You are very, very blest to have had such a dad.

  • pajman sarafzadeh

    My condolences for your loss

  • jonnyb086

    Just remember that no matter how hard it is to carry on right now or how empty you feel, you will emerge stronger. I'm sure you have been left with some amazing memories that you will never forget. That is the greatest gift he could have ever given you. Hang in there man.

  • dyscode

    my honest condolences.

  • Out5poken

    Condolences to you and the family.

  • http://www.frunning.eu/ Marc (Frunning)

    Sorry for your loss, I hope, after all the grief, thankfulness for having such a good dad will eventually take over. All the best!

  • milinks

    I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I know how hard it is to loose someone close, losing my mum through cancer was the loss of my best friend. Regardless of age, we want to be there for our children, and as children we always look to our parents for solace and support, when they leave us through such an illness we feel robbed of their love. I'm currently battling Hodgkins Lymphoma, and can see it through the eyes of those fighting illness, I often say it is so difficult for those around the one fighting, as they have to live with unknowns, living with the constant thought of when, or if, something is going to happen, whereas those fighting make peace with the fact of their illness. it doesn't alter the pain, when you do loose someone close, and I know you must be feeling so upset at losing your father, but hoping that your memories and closeness will bring you smiles in the future.

  • darksidedanger

    So much love to you brother! He surely lives on in you. You don't know me but I've known you since 2009.