Mrs Rhea Anthony, known to many as Vger, passed away at home on the 30th April 2012 at the age of 62 after a long illness with cancer. Rhea was a truly inspirational woman, never afraid to pursue her own path and always happy to help others. She will be deeply missed.
Her life story began in Wales, where she grew up in a typical small mining town. She trained as psychiatric nurse and came to Norfolk as psychiatric community nurse based at Hellesdon. Later in life she pursued her love of computers and the internet, and co-founded TerraNetwork in the early years of the new millennium.
Rhea was an active and outspoken participant in the osCommerce and Zen Cart projects. The ethos of sharing code freely and helping each other very much appealed to her old socialist roots. Whilst she had her disagreements over the years, her aim was always to make code widely accessible and to improve it.
A side of her which will be lesser known on the net is her love of music and guitars. In her younger years she played in a band which covered music by The Shadows. She could read/write sheet music and wrote her own guitar pieces for folk and classical guitar. Rhea was also an active member of the Norwich LGBT community, where she co-organised Spring Fest 1995 and later co-founded the WoW “Women on Women” charity. TerraNetwork continues to be proud sponsor of the Norwich Gay Pride website.
Rhea’s ashes will be laid to rest at a woodland burial in Norwich. It was her wish not to receive any flowers, but instead she requested donations to charities supporting children, especially Barnardo’s and GOSH (Great Ormond St Hospital). Anyone who wishes to make a donation can either do so directly on the charity websites, or until 15th June send cheques made payable to either charity to Ivan Fisher Funeral Home, The Old Bank, 2-4 Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BN (donation fund will be closed after 15th June and donations evenly split between the two charities).