Hopefully he is not leaving the Star Wars community for good, which I don't think he is. A man who put so much time, efford and work into making a book like he did, simply can't leave his hbby behind.
On a side note, every collector should order a copy of his book. I don't collect cared figures only loose (specializing on variations), but I still bought it along with three other danish collectors. It was send to me, and it was I who ordered them from his aplication page, so I comunicated at bit with him back then, he seems to be a very nice guy.