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R.I.P. Paweł Głowacki – you will be dearly missed, not just in the Delphi community

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/12/19

Last week, Paweł Głowacki passed away. A few words, probably incoherent, as I’m still flabbergasted by the news.

Originally from Poland he had moved to The Netherlands in 2001 (causing his son Mateusz to be far more fluent in Dutch than his dad) while starting to work for Borland, doing the full ride through CodeGear and Embarcadero to Idera as one of their enthousiastic Delphi evangelists.

Having already gone through a rough year myself, it took me some time to sit down and reflect a bit on his sudden passing away.

Most of the information around his passing has been on Facebook.

My current state of mind needs me to jot a few things down, and since Facebook keeps redacting away the information I really want to see (probably a chicken and egg problem, as it also insists showing me stuff I do NOT want to see, causing me to hardly look at Facebook any more, and likely having worsened the issue), below are some links and a screenshot.

Though we didn’t see each other much over the last few years, meeting up was always fun, especially talking about old shared activities (one project, don’t ask, many presentations on conferences and sessions) and his hobbies (for instance diving).

I found out about the latter by sheer coincidence. I’ve a mentally retarded brother for which I’m the curator ad litem. In practice this means not just legal guardian, but also coaching my brother with many events. About 15 years ago, over several years, my brother has stepped up from swimming via snorkeling to shallow water diving (always under supervision of a certified diving instructor).

About once a year, my brothers diving group goes to open water where I suddenly bumped into Paweł of which I knew he did sports (and music: he’s an excellent guitar player) but not exactly which ones.

Some of the coolest Delphi related events we did or attended together were the product launches for the BeNeLux in the early 2010s, ItDevCon conferences in Italy, SDN presentations in The Netherlands and EKON visits in Germany.

Knowing more of each others non-Delphi side, we had much more to talk about. So we mixed conversations about free time and Delphi topics enjoying an occasional drink or two.

I will remember those times. R.I.P. Paweł. All the best to his wife Barbara, son Mateusz, other family members, friends and colleagues.

This is the im memorian that Barnsten – the Benelux reseller for Embarcadero that organised a lot of the events:

This picture was taken by Danny Wind on our last event in Bussum

This picture is taken in May this year at the Accelerate Your Development event in Bussum by Danny Wind.

In Memoriam – Pawel Glowacki

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you about the sudden loss of Pawel Glowacki. He was only 47 years old. Pawel was employed by Embarcadero as Technical Lead but worked very closely with the Barnsten team because he lived in Amsterdam.

Pawel has had great influence on all the Barnsten events and webinars. He always knew flawlessly what was going on in the development tools market. Many new themes and programs have arisen from consultation with him. Most of you have been in direct or indirect contact with him at the live events or via his webinars, books, blogs, white papers etc.

His optimism, technical knowledge and positive attitude to life left a deep impression, but also a great emptiness at the loss of such a unique individual.

Pawel will be buried this Friday in his homeland Poland.

On behalf of the Barnsten team,

Raymond Horsten



  1. Since many search indexes prefer l over ł: Pawel Glowacki.
  2. Forum thread: [WayBack] Embarcadero Discussion Forums: Paweł Głowacki passed away on Dec 13th …
  3. About 3 weeks late: [ / WayBack] Farewell Paweł Głowacki – Community Blogs – Embarcadero Community

    Z głębokim żalem zawiadamiamy, że 13 grudnia 2017 odszedł nasz ukochany Paweł. Pożegnamy Go 22 grudnia w Katowicach o godzinie 13 w Bazylice Ojców Franciszkanów, ul. Panewnicka 76, Katowice-Panewniki.
    Basia, Mateusz, Ewa, Rodzice i TeściowaDeeply sad we have to inform that on December 13, 2017 our beloved Paweł passed away. We will say good bye to Him on December 22, 2017 in Katowice at 1 pm in Bazylika Ojców Franciszkanów, ul. Panewnicka 76, Katowice-Panewniki, Poland.
    Basia, Mateusz, Ewa, Parents and Mother in law
  • [] – his timeline




12 Responses to “R.I.P. Paweł Głowacki – you will be dearly missed, not just in the Delphi community”

  1. Alberto Fornés said

    Also very sad to know this, he looked very enthusiastic and I learned a lot from his many posts, videos and articles. This Monday, thanks to an offer of $ 5 packpub I bought your video about Expert Delphi. He had already bought his book before, and would buy it again on paper if the publisher packPub accepts the proposal to allocate part of the profits to his family. Rest in peace Pawel.

  2. Navid said

    Does anyone have a connection with Pack Publishing? Maybe they can release a special edition of his Expert Delphi book and we could all (re-) buy his book with some of the proceedings benefiting his immediate family?

  3. danes said


    I am so frustrated …

  4. Incredibly sad. R.I.P.

  5. Very sad day for comunity :(

  6. Aplikmuj said

    That’s sad.

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