Sadly, we’ve heard news that Joe Kohn of Shareware Solutions II has passed away. Joe Kohn was a long time Apple II user and advocate for the Apple II Community. Through his efforts, several software packages and niche Apple II publications were saved from oblivion and remained commercially available through his site.
We are reposting Howard Katz’s announcement of Joe’s passing here in it’s entirety.
It is with heavy heart that I report this–one of the Apple II’s notable personalities has passed away.
Joe Kohn of Shareware Solutions II, died on Jan. 6th, 2010 following a battle with metastatic cancer. He was 62 years old and lived in Marin County, California.
Joe got to know many Apple II people when he was a Sysop on the Source, and his interest in the Apple started to grow. He became interested in writing about the II and was a regular contributor to the Apple IIGS Buyer’s Guide and then wrote for inCider/A+, most notably writing about shareware programs. He then started ShareWare Solutions II from 1993 thru 1999, while running an online store for Apple shareware and freeware titles. He was active on several of the online services when they were still supporting the A2, including Compuserve, AOL and Delphi.
An avid Apple II fan, Joe owned numerous Apple II computers including the rare Mark Twain IIGS, and used his GS for all of his work, including online work as his preferred machine.
In his later years he was was president of the Marin Chapter of the Californian Native Plant Society, and became an expert on native wildflowers and other California plants.
Burial will be in Marin County on Jan. 8th, and a memorial service will be held on Saturday.
There is no contact information for the family at this time, we will update this in the future should a memorial book be posted online.
We will be posting additional relevant information and links as we get them.
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