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

I don’t know how to best put my thoughts in writing here but these sad news serve as a reminder to not to put off doing things, telling your loved ones how much they mean to you, calling that friend who you often think about but have not called in months, trying to be openminded and not to prejudice people – be goodwilling and ignore the silly little things that quite often seem to get blown out of proportion in everyday life.

Mark passing away makes you realise how precious life is and how much we have in our lives to value.

Mark's example of how to use his time is a great one. It has been wonderful to read about his Achievements, the forum being one of them. Many thanks to him and everyone involved, may the community carry on in his memory.

Here is a poem by J. Fuchs that may sum up some of the feelings we have:


If we could bring you back again,

For one more hour or day,
We’d express all our unspoken love;
We’d have countless things to say.






If we could bring you back again,

We’d say we treasured you,
And that your presence in our lives
Meant more than we ever knew.






If we could bring you back again,

To tell you what we should,
You’d know how much we miss you now,
And if we could, we would.







My hearteflt condolences to those nearest to Mark, particularly his girlfriend/fiancee/soulmate Lynn.
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Old 14.03.2008, 11:47
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark, but by all accounts he was a great guy. Certainly I - like many, many other people who never had the chance to meet him have benefited from his generosity in starting this forum.

As someone else said - maybe a lot of other people, perhaps the best way to honor his memory is to keep the forum alive and vital.

Lynn, his family and those close to him are in my thoughts.

Best

Elaine
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Old 14.03.2008, 11:59
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Thank you Mark. Your creation of the EnglishForum reminds us all everyday that we are not alone here. May your spirit soar.
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Old 14.03.2008, 12:01
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am gob smacked! The eternal dance of death continues on this planet I don't believe in after life or prayers so I will just say that Mark's body might have ceased to function but he will always live through this forum and in the heart of people he loved and touched.

"THE MOMENT" - Every time I have an awesome time with my wife (which is every day). I tell her that this moment that we just shared will live forever even if one of us dies. The love that you share with someone cannot die. If my wife dies I would be completely broken and shattered but deep inside "THE MOMENT" will bring a big smile to my face. The funny things that she does are engraved permanently in my head and in my heart. No one can take that away from me, not even death. Live each day as if it's you last day. Every time your loved one walks out of the door could be the last time you see them so make the most of every MOMENT you spend with them

I hope Mark's loved ones can find the strength to cope with this tragedy based on the good times they spent with him. No one can take Mark away from his loved ones. Mark lives in their heart and thoughts.

RIP Mark my Internet friend.

The Impartial Friend: Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all--the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.
- Mark Twain, last written statement; Moments with Mark Twain, Paine

Edit- Mods I think this thread should be made a sticky.
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Old 14.03.2008, 12:06
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

This is terrible news. I have not taken part in the forum for some months owing to an illness which left me unable to type but, I cannot miss the opportunity to make the effort to say a big THANK YOU to Mark for creating the forum and keeping it under control which has given so much pleasure, and help, to so many.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Mark

It is so sad, that our best dive teacher in Zürich is not any longer amongst us.
I will remember you as a very good friend for ever!

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

I was one of the first people to read the post yesterday. I was so overwhelmed with sadness that I could not even reply.

I do want to say thanks to Mark for all his hard work, dedication, and more importantly his vision. He will be dearly missed.

I have never met Mark, yet his actions have greatly affected my life. The english forum has been a place where:

I turn to when I am lost;
I have laughed;
I am intellectually stimulated:
When I feel lonely I find comfort; and
I find hope and inspiration.

The English Forum has been key to my survival and adjustment to Switzerland.

Thank you for being a unique soul whose pebbles casted into the waters have affected so many. I am one of the forutnate souls who was touched by the ripples.
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Old 14.03.2008, 13:00
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Stunned.... Shocked.... Truly.

I can't believe it.

What a terrible tragedy.

My thoughts go out to his family and closest friends.

He wrote to me recently thanking me for a donation and I never got back to him to thank him for the best forum I've ever found on the net.

I only met him once, briefly, at the EF Christmas party in Zurich but feel like I know him more than that thanks to his posts/pms etc.

I would just like to reitterate what Uncle Max said. We have to make sure that this forum continues in the way he intended it to.

Mark, you will be sorely missed.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I´m so sorry... Lynn, my thoughts are with you.
You and Mark visited me and David here in Stockholm few years ago and I do remember that visit! I remember us sitting late in the night and talking about everything! It's so seldom to get that kind of connection right away. I was so amazed of meeting a person like Mark who had such a honest opinions, who didn't feel the need of just trying to impress. And his willingness to share his mind and life experiences with us. And his belief in David and JAlbum when everyone else was thinking it as a hobby project!

It's hard to find words Lynn, my heart and thoughts are with you.

So sad...

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Old 14.03.2008, 14:05
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

My deepest and sincerest condolences to Mark's fiancee and family on their tragic, heartbreaking loss.

I feel remiss that I never had the chance to meet Mark (I've always enjoyed his posts here), but I will be eternally grateful to him for putting together this forum for us to exchange information and ideas. It has certainly been an invaluable resource for me.

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

I wish I had met Mark. I wish I had been able to say "Thank you."

My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
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Old 14.03.2008, 15:08
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of such a great person, i never knew mark myself but reading all your posts i have got to know a person with a very large heart and love for life, it is so sad to hear that his life was so short.

My thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time...

R.I.P Mark and thanks for such a great forum....
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Old 14.03.2008, 16:12
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am more of a lurker than a poster, and only met Mark once, but I have to say that the outpouring of love on this forum is a testament to Mark, founder and architect.

Anything I could try to say has been said often and better.

I will say that selfless people are hard to come by and real treasures. This forum has helped so many people... and I don't know that many of us can make that same claim. So, thank you Mark for being the person who has strangers and friends lauding your life and accomplishments.

My heartfelt prayers are with Lynn, Mark's family and friends.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Never occurred to me that Mark was not the middle aged man with white hair and beard but a young man in the prime of life.

Did not know him or never met him but often read his comments and after reading his home page, realise he was full of wisdom and had so much experience of life of into which he had crammed so much, that another person never achieves in 80 years. It was as if he had fulfilled his life mission by bringing people closer together over this Forum and then he had to go.

In tears and with true respect and sympathy to his girlfriend and family and thanks for the only Forum Ive ever bothered joining.
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Old 14.03.2008, 18:05
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Being able to see some interesting things about this thread, I can tell you that Mark had Polish friends. Sadly, I can only understand the smiley in the post by dunka. But kudos to our Polish friends for also caring He has reached far in this internet world we inhabit
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

As a relative newcomer to the site, I cannot add more than has already been said by all of you who knew Mark. The responses here clearly show that he was a well respected and much loved person.

I hope that Lynn, his family and friends can take some support and comfort from the messages here and the many friends that he made from establishing this forum.

The least that we can do is to keep the forum going in his memory. I have added a donation towards the forum running costs and guess that many others have from the comments in earlier messages. From the short time that I have been a member I have seen many messages that have shown that the forum is far more than just a social network.

With Best Wishes to you all.
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Page nine of today's Heute has a small mention of Mark:

"Schweizer Expat-Community trauert um Gründer

Zürich • Mark Fyvie, Gründer von englishforum.ch, starb am Montag bei einem Tauchunfall in Florida. Der 35-Jährige brachte mit seiner Homepage für Englischsprachige in der Schweiz über 13 000 Menschen näher zusammen. Sein Forum war Anlaufstelle für alle Expats, die neu in die Schweiz zogen. Mark Fyvie wollte im September heiraten. Im Forum löste sein Tod grosse Bestürzung aus."
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A sad sad loss.
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Page nine of today's Heute has a small mention of Mark:

"Schweizer Expat-Community trauert um Gründer

Zürich • Mark Fyvie, Gründer von englishforum.ch, starb am Montag bei einem Tauchunfall in Florida. Der 35-Jährige brachte mit seiner Homepage für Englischsprachige in der Schweiz über 13 000 Menschen näher zusammen. Sein Forum war Anlaufstelle für alle Expats, die neu in die Schweiz zogen. Mark Fyvie wollte im September heiraten. Im Forum löste sein Tod grosse Bestürzung aus."
Page 9 and not hidden - nice spot, UM. That's a nice, short but quite public tribute
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

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"Swiss expatriate community mourns the death of founder

Zurich • Mark Fyvie, founder of englishforum.ch, died on Monday in a diving accident in Florida. The 35-year-old launched its homepage for the English in Switzerland about 13000 people closer together. His forum was the meeting place for all expats, the newly moved to Switzerland. Mark Fyvie wanted to marry in September. In the Forum, his death sparked great consternation. "
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