CCIE Pursuit Blog

July 6, 2008

Gut Punched

Filed under: Cisco — cciepursuit @ 7:09 am

While I was getting caffeinated this morning I surfed over to Lessaid’s excellent netvibe CCIE blog page.  I saw a post on Jonathan Kintner’s blog titled “To Whom It May Concern” from a month ago.  I thought that maybe he was giving up on his quest for the CCNP (and later the CCIE).  I was not prepared for what I found when I clicked the link.

Jonathan Kintner suffered a terminal brain aneurysm yesterday morning, shortly after he woke up.  He was pronounced brain dead at 3:45 pacific time, and donated his organs shortly afterwards. He is survived by his wife, Maria, their two daughters: Weslee and Aurora, and numerous family and friends. He was 27.

Jonathan Kintner
September 5, 1980 – May 10, 2008

27 years old.  I wish nothing but the best for his wife and children.  I can’t even imagine how terrible this is for them.  Words escape me.



  1. It is indeed a very sad story. I wrote about my thoughts on his untimely demise back in May.

    For some reason, I felt a connection to his endeavors and felt that we are all connected by the same goals that we are fighting towards. We share the same resources and share the same thoughts when it comes to our careers. We read the same books, probably go to the same classes. Some of us might even meet face to face at a convention or a bootcamp. It’s not a real big world when you look at it that way. And the least we can do, I guess, is to recognize that fact. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Aragoen Celtdra — July 6, 2008 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  2. I just want you to know that Jon read your blog every day. He was impressed by your studies and it was encouraging to him in his own pursuit of his IE and beyond.

    Thank you for mentioning this. He would have been humbled.

    Comment by Maria Kintner — July 6, 2008 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  3. […] across CCIE Pursuit’s post today and was shocked at what I read. You can read his whole post here. Sometimes I sit and wonder if all this time I take away from my family really worth it? Today I […]

    Pingback by CCIE Journey » Blog Archive » Persepective… — July 6, 2008 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  4. @Maria – I am so sorry for your loss. It is clear from Jon’s blog that he was an extremely intelligent and talented man with a great sense of humor. Thank you for your kind words about my blog. If anyone is humbled, it is I.

    Comment by cciepursuit — July 7, 2008 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

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