Passing of A. J. Ross - Ituajr
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I regret to inform the community of the passing of ituajr, affectionately known amongst the Waze Australia community as AJ, at the age of 73 in hospital.
AJ started editing with Waze in 2011. AJ was an incredibly active member of the Waze Australia community, collecting 2,600,763 driving points, 667,436 edits, and 4,164 forum posts. His community-minded spirit enjoyed helping people, he was always accessible, had a passion for logic and debate, backed with a quick wit and wonderful sense of humour.
- In March 2018, his long-standing efforts helping the community were rewarded with his promotion to Country Manager.
- In Oct 2018, AJ stepped up to the plate of Australian Coordinator and promoted to level 6, with the resounding support of the active Australian editors asking for him to lead us.
- In May 2019, he was welcomed into the most elite group of Waze editors and recognised experts, becoming a Global Champ.
It has been on honour and absolute privilege to have known, and worked with him, and I offer my deepest sympathies to his wife Ursula, his daughter Lee, friends, and his fellow editors during his difficult time. He will be greatly missed.He really enjoyed his involvement in the Waze Community and while in hospital he asked me to pass on his very best wishes to all for the future.
Some of you might remember AJ teaching us about trap streets? As a valued and long-standing member of our community, the Waze community managers have agreed to memorialise AJ into our map with a trap street named after him and locked to level 7, so years from now people will know of AJ and his contributions. You can find Ituajr Place, the trap street, in a neighbourhood in his city.