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Old 13.03.2008, 10:09
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Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

In Memoriam: Mark Fyvie (1972-2008)



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On 10.03.2008 Mark, the founder of Englishforum tragically died in a diving accident while on holiday in Florida, America. He was attempting to chart some unknown territories in Ginnie Springs, one of his favourite dive sites. Given Mark's profound attention to detail, we can only assume something went very wrong as he was found still 1Km from the exit.
Out of respect for his family and loved ones it has until now not been reported on the forum and has remained between his closest friends. The information surrounding his death has now entered the public domain and at the request of his fiancée are posting this message.

We can well imagine that you wish to give your condolences to his nearest and dearest, however ask you to refrain from doing so apart from as outlined later in this message. We ask simply that you respect the privacy of those closest to Mark at this most difficult time.

Mark was the driving force responsible for founding Englishforum.ch along with other websites such as zurichdivers.ch and in a very short period of time managed to nurture these into what they are today.

Mark's continual efforts on the forum established solid communities of friends spanning the full length and breadth of the country and even around the world. Mark's efforts also made Englishforum.ch the most comprehensive source of information on Switzerland for the English speaking community and some would reasonably argue overall.

For all those who had the good fortune of meeting Mark and for all those who would like to pay tribute to Mark we request that your messages be left on Mark's reputation on this thread.

We also appeal to the forum community to remember that this forum was personally funded by Mark and that he simply accepted any voluntary donations from the forum community to contribute to keeping it running. Without his substantial personal contribution both financially and in time, the Englishforum would not be here today.

We also ask for your patience and careful consideration regarding the activity on the forum as our efforts are currently focused elsewhere, at least for the meantime.

Please join us in sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts to all of Mark's loved ones and sincerest thanks for the things he brought to us in his heartbreakingly foreshortened life.
This forum was a significant part of Mark's life and we have thus modified his profile to reflect the role that he has played in many lives in Switzerland; he has touched us all.

Mark summed his ideas up perfectly here; we should all re-read this and thank Mark for the effect he has had on all of our lives.

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So the site has been launched - you now have the tools. The rest is up to all of you. Remember - it is your community, and your forum, let's build it together.
We believe that it would be a suitable gesture to enable Mark's reputation counter and I point you to this post where Mark asks you how you found the forum.

You can make a significant gesture to what Mark created by clicking on the icon and giving him some reputation. We all know that he deserves it.

Any more news will be posted here; our thoughts are with his fiancée, his family and his friends. We were all his friends.

Goodbye Mark - Rest in Peace

*Please note: replies to this thread should only be tributes to Mark*

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Old 13.03.2008, 10:10
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Mark
You really have touched everyone around you in a special way - and in such a short life.

I only have good memories of the times we've spent online, the time we've spent on Skype whilst you were installing your satellite system, the times you've turned up with Lily (the dog you were so resistant to getting but so in love with from day one!! ) for TGIF and other events. All good, mate, all good.

Your efforts for those finding living here in this wonderful country are far-reaching. You are to blame for many new friendships, for many people having a much easier time moving here than many of us ever did. And I'm barely touching the tip of the iceberg here......

I think back to a conversation we had about diving where you stated that, from now onwards, you were only going to do the dives that really interested you and you really enjoyed - and that specifically was cave diving. So, in some kind of way, I am happy for you that your final moments were spent doing what you most enjoyed.

This forum now represents a celebration of your life. You were (and in my mind still are) a great, wonderful person.

Mark, Rest in Peace mate.
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Old 13.03.2008, 10:15
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I just so regret not getting in a Taxi when the trams stopped working.

We will make sure your legacy remains and lives on and look after those things that were so important to you. Sleep well.
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Old 13.03.2008, 10:21
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Thanks Lob & the team & also for changing Mar's profile - "The Architect" is a very fitting salute.

I only met Mark on a couple of occasions, but he did impress me with his forthright attitude, innate helpfulness, attention to detail & his passion for this forum.

Condolences to Lynn in this most difficult of times.

As has already been written, he passed on whilst doing something he loved, something that I would wish for myself, only not so early in life.
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Old 13.03.2008, 10:26
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

The news has come as a shock. Even though I never met Mark his work on the forum had an enormous effect on my life here in Switzerland. For that I will be forever grateful. Its always sad to hear of a death, my condolenses to those who have been left behind.

Rest in Peace.
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Old 13.03.2008, 10:27
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

This is such sad news. I am so sorry to learn we've lost a great man and friend.

My condolences. RIP Mark
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Mark,

You were always somewhat of an enigma to me. You had so much energy and dedication that never seemed to diminish. You always found time for everything and everybody else, and still I'm not sure how you managed that.

I lost a new friend too early into my adventure here. I just want to thank you for opening your friendship to me and for giving me your time. I also want to thank you for including me in your vision. And you had vision.

I am sorry that you never got to live the new life you had new plans for, but I'm happy that you spent the last few years doing what you really wanted to do, that was a blessing from time not many of us get.

You used your time well.

A legacy remains, as we all know. There are hundreds of people here who are eternally grateful for your efforts and the community you started to build. I believe this will only grow stronger and bigger.

We'll miss you and we'll look after what you left us with. You really were the Architect.

Cheers mate, rest in peace.
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Old 13.03.2008, 10:29
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Mark, was a true inspiration to others, through his hard work my move to Switzerland has been made easy.

I was lucky to meet Mark a few times, all of them were true pleasures.

There's some people that are irreplaceable in life, Mark was one of those.

Conversations come to mind about a multitude of subjects and I always remember him being one of the first people I wanted to speak to when I saw him at EF events.

I was always greeted with a knowing smile and some friendly banter.

I cannot explain how I feel at this time about his loss, my thoughts go to his family and dearest

Mark you were a true gent.
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Old 13.03.2008, 10:29
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Only met Mark the once (bloody nice bloke!!!) and I'm sure everyone will say things better than me. He leaves a great legacy in the EF, something that has really made my move to Switzerland worthwhile cos of the people I've met through it and the advice I've gotten, exactly the kind of thing he set it up for. If it wasn't for the EF (and therefore, Mark) I wouldn't be enjoying myself so much out here and I'm sure that goes for pretty much everyone that's used the EF.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Oh no.

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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

"The Architect" indeed.

Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark, his qualities as described above shone through in how he cared for this forum and its members.

It is very likely that none of us here would have ever found each other without Mark's efforts.

Thanks for everything Mark. Rest in peace.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Unbelieveable. I had to read the announcement 3 times. I can't say anything more just now...
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

this is such sad news, my sincere condolences
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Sadly, I shall never meet Mark, and from what others say that have met him and all the work that he put into this entire site, that is a great shame. I am so shocked to hear the news. Just goes to show, one never knows what tomorrow brings in life.

Thank you for everything Mark.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Hey Mark,

Mate, you were taken from us way too early. Anyone who knows you will not help but to be touched by your loss. You gave selflessly to the family, friends, and the community, with this forum hopefully being a lasting legacy. You were passionate and dedicated in all aspects of your life. You won't be forgotten.

And simply, you were a great mate. I will miss you buddy.

To Lynn and Marks family, I am deeply sorry, as no words can describe your loss through this tragic event.



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Old 13.03.2008, 10:43
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

It is quite rare to meet someone without a hidden agenda, someone who isn't out to score points, someone who has the interests of others at heart and who genuinely wants to make a difference. Mark, you were one of those special people.

You have helped many newbies successfully integrate into Switzerland in more ways than can be listed. I just hope we can keep the forum running according to your concept and make it a living tribute to you and the work you did here.

You were a great person to know.

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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am very saddened by the news and my thoughts are with Lynn, Mark's family and his close friends.

Mark was a genuinely nice guy who always made time to speak to newcomers on EF events and make everyone feel welcome.

I am sure many of us would be lost without the forum which enabled so many friendships and without Mark would never have existed.

Thank you Mark, you will be greatly missed
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It is thanks to Mark that i have made so many new friends here, and made my life so much better. I never met Mark, but i am very grateful to him and all what he did with the E F. Thankyou Mark you will be missed.
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Sad news indeed,
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I can't believe this is real. . . . . I'm glad I had the opportunity to have a beer and a chat at an EF event as often as I did. Another reminder that people can be in and then just as suddenly out of your life without them ever knowing the affect they had on you. . . . unreal.

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