In memoriam Chris Wiltsher

Chris Wiltsher, ESSSAT’s treasurer and membership secretary, died suddenly and unexpectedly on April 4, 2014.
Chris had served ESSSAT in these capacities since January 2000. But he was one of the very few members who have been able to attend all European Conferences on Science and Theology since their beginning in 1986. With this background he knew the spirit of ESSSAT like few others. His contributions to the work of the council and the organizing committees for conferences have been invaluable. His social and organizational skills, along with seemingly indefatigable energy, made him a key person at all conferences since he took office.
It is a rare that someone whose task is to collect money from people enjoys so much popularity. Part of the reason is that Chris had a gift of turning straight-forward announcements into small rhetorical gems. At the conclusion of several conferences, he deserved and received the warmest applause.
We have lost a dear colleague and friend who generously gave of his time and talents. His wisdom, kindness, experience and humour will be deeply missed.
Our sense of loss is great. So are our expression of sympathy for his family and our deep appreciation of his presence and work among us.