Wednesday, March 01, 2017


According to a family statement in comments at his blog, Gerard Vlemmings, the host of The Presurfer, passed away suddenly last Saturday, evidently from lung cancer.

Over the years here at PBW I frequently credited Gerard for the links I swiped from The Presurfer and his other site, The Generator Blog. I started reading his blog way back in 2003, and have visited The Presurfer almost daily ever since. He was not only hugely popular, but a terrific gentleman with a truly wry wit. Now and then I was able to contribute a lead to him for his blog to pay him back for all the interesting links he passed along to his readers.

I always counted on Gerard to be part of my morning. He never failed to deliver something interesting and thoughtful to my day. He was a genuine online treasure, and I will miss him more than I can express.

Safe journey, my friend.


  1. I am so sorry to hear that. Thank you for letting us know. I'll go give my condolences to his family on his blog as well.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this. I didn't read his blog regularly, but I did visit on occasion.

    RIP Gerard.

  3. I'm so sorry, Lynn. Sorry for your loss and for his family as well.

  4. Gerard's blog was a beacon. It never failed to entertain and sometimes amaze me. It gave me new ideas and made me a bit smarter. Gerard was an internet renaissance man and he will be missed. “Von den Sternen kommen wir, zu den Sternen gehen wir. Das Leben ist nur eine Reise in die Fremde.” Safe journey - where ever it may lead.

  5. Sad to say, but it's true. Today was his funeral. Thank You for following his weblog. And thank You for the kind words.

    Yvonne Vlemmings (a close familymember)

  6. So very sad. I read the Presurfer every morning for the past several years. He seemed to be a remarkable man. I will miss him.


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