Yesterday, 25/04/2020, Geek Pride lost one of it’s Editors, to Cancer.
Her name was Hani Fearon and she was only 30.
Hani was one of the original group who helped start Geek Pride and despite the tumult inherent in sites like ours, she was always there, always helping, always positive and every time I saw her.. always smiling. In fact, thinking about what I could say about her last night , I closed my eyes and the first image to enter my head was her smile.
It wasn’t toothy and wide, like some, more a warm, gentle, and affirmative one, framed wonderfully by her wide and beautiful bright eyes. Both bathed you in a welcoming warmth that couldn’t help but make you smile in turn when you saw her.
I have a lot of fond memories of Hani; her starting Geek Pride, the life bar tattoo on her wrist, her wonderful cakes and crafts, our first time meeting at Wales Comic Con, our charity events, and her round-ups of the Oscars and E3. But for some reason, and I don’t know why, my favourite one was a time she randomly appeared at Play Expo.
I was running around like a blue arse fly trying to sort things for our booth and was feeling slightly stressed. Hani, I had no idea was going to be there, but suddenly, in my tiz, I got a tap on the shoulder and there she was. Smiling, slightly shy, and waving. We spoke briefly, I gave her a big hug and said it was great to see her. We talked briefly and then she smiled, waved again, and went off to play some games.
It was a brief moment, a brief exchange but it was honestly great seeing her. I was stressed and in that moment her warm smile and shy demeanour made it all go a way and gave me clarity. I remember going back to the booth and telling them “I just saw Hani.” Only to realise that the reason I was off in the first place had been completely forgotten… I don’t even remember what I was stressing about now, just that I saw Hani.
She was a wonderful person and I, and everyone in Geek Pride who had the honour of meeting her, will miss her deeply. We lost one of the good people, too soon, but in our short time as friends, she was able to enrich my life and will have no doubt done the same to countless others of friends and family.
Thank you for everything Hani, thank you for you time, your passion, your reassuring smile. I’m lucky to have called you a friend and I will cherish the memory of you and your smile until my dying day.