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

It came to me with a shock. I never met him nor talked to him, even at EF, but this forum is such a great thing that helps my life here. I believe he still enjoys his thoughts and ideas in some other way......

My thoughts go to his family and beloved ones.
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Old 16.03.2008, 22:35
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

it's a very sad news. i am sorry to hear this.
Good Bye Mark. We will for sure meet once.
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Old 16.03.2008, 22:51
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

What tragic news. This forum has been invaluable in planning our move, which will take place in just a couple of days.

All I can hope is that once we are settled and not so new, I'll be able to contribute more usefully and give back something on this great resource, which will stand as a lasting tribute to Mark's vision and generosity of spirit.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Old 16.03.2008, 23:42
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I don't know what else to say besides the fact that I'm so sad about his premature passing. He had done so much.
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Old 16.03.2008, 23:51
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am terrible at this sort of stuff. I have spent days thinking about appropriate things to say, but saying appropriate things is not my forte.

I can only draw on my personal experience, but I know that without the English Forum my life would be so much harder. It is highly likely I would conceded defeat by now.

Not only has this forum been a resource for every aspect of my life, but I have met some outstanding human beings also, many of whom I am sure will be lifelong friends.

I only hope that in this time on earth, I will get within a tenth of what Mark did.
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Old 17.03.2008, 00:35
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

It is with much sadness that I find myself posting on the forum for the first time in a while.

Like many of you, I never met Mark however I have benefitted beyond all belief from his vision. The forum has been an infinite source of amusement, knowledge and support to me. It played an important part in my decision to move to Zurich, and when i'm feeling lonely, completely confused about the latest letter or need technical help, the forum is my first port of call. It is a truly wonderful community, not only will I be making a donation but I resolve to being more active on the forum and give something back.

My thoughts are with Lynn and Mark's family and friends at this very difficult and sad time.

Thank you Mark! I wish you peace.
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Old 17.03.2008, 01:44
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I have made alot of moves in the past 10 plus years. And everywhere I go, naturally, I look for resources that can help me better function in my new place. I am not always lovin' Switzerland, but I am always lovin' this site. It is by far the most useful and user friendly site that I have utilized in my travels. I have nothing to share as far as knowing anything about this man. But I SINCERELY hope those involved in workin of this site, will be able to manage like that man did. Clearly he will be missed more so by people who knew him better. But please show your love and your respect and keep his vision alive and strong. It is apparent in the details of this site his character.
I wonder if now in heaven he has arrived and is working on his latest immigrant Forum site for new arrivals.
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Old 17.03.2008, 09:30
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Dear All
Do spare a thought for Mark today. His family and Lynn will be cremating him this afternoon (our time) and his ashes will be spread at the diving area he so enjoyed.

Dive Free, Mark.
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Old 17.03.2008, 09:34
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Do spare a thought for Mark today. His family and Lynn will be cremating him this afternoon (our time) and his ashes will be spread at the diving area he so enjoyed.

Dive Free, Mark.

To Mark!

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Old 17.03.2008, 09:40
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Thank you Lob.

Respect to Mark.
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Old 17.03.2008, 09:57
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Jede chunnt u jede geit
Kene isch für ds ga bereit
Irgendwenn chunnt jede dra
D'Zyt isch gäng ou Zyt zum ga

Jede chunnt u jede geit,
Kene isch für z'ga bereit
s'geit um ds sy ,s'geit nid um ds ha
Nid um ds feschtha,um z'la ga

I have lit a candle in Marks memory and this song from Tinu Heiniger is on loop here,it means much to me and that refrain strucks a chord within me......





engl.
everybody comes and everybody leaves
no one is ready to go
one day it's time for every one
time is always, also time to go

everybody comes and everybody leaves
no one is ready to go
it's not about being ,it's not about having
it's not to hold on, but to let go
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Old 17.03.2008, 10:16
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Some sobering stuff I was reading this morning taken from here -

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On one occasion the Buddha asked several of the monks, "How often do you contemplate death?"

One of them replied, "Lord, I contemplate death every day."
"Not good enough," the Buddha said, and asked another monk, who replied,

"Lord, I contemplate death with each mouthful that I eat during the meal."
"Better, but not good enough," said the Buddha, "What about you?"

The third monk said, "Lord, I contemplate death with each inhalation and each exhalation."

That's all it takes, the inhalation comes in, it goes out, and one day it won't come in again - and that's it. That's all there is between you and death, just that inhalation, the next inhalation.

Death is very much a part of life; it's just as much a part of life as birth. In fact, the moment of birth implies death. From the moment of conception it is only a matter of time before death must come - to everyone. No one can escape it. That which is born will die. The mind and body which arise at the time of conception develop, grow and mature. In other words, they follow the process of aging. We call it growing up at first, then growing old, but it's just a single process of maturing, developing, evolving towards the inevitable death. Everyone of you has signed a contract, just as I did. You may not remember signing that contract, but everyone has said, "I agree to die." Every living being, not only human, not only animal, but in every plane, in every realm, everywhere there is birth, there is the inevitable balance - death.
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Old 17.03.2008, 10:19
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I have also lit a candle and will be thinking of you, Lynn, on this tough day. May all the good thoughts and wishes support you.

When my mom died, a friend told me not to focus on the loss I had suffered when she went but on the gift and blessing I had enjoyed when she was still here. This became the mantra throughout the family, and when I now think of her, it is with happiness and not with sorrow. But it took years. I know you will find your way, too, but it will take time. And when you need someone to talk to - we are all here for you.

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

A sad day indeed.

I was luckier than many members to have the pleasure of meeting Mark. He came by where I worked one day and kindly introduced himself.
A very pleasant young man, that has done a great service to the English speaking community in Switzerland. Bringing together a great many people of various colour and creed, with the sole intention of providing a useful web community, for those with a shared common language.

Many others could learn by the example he has set, and I know he will be greatly missed by his fiancée, family, friends, and forum members.

My sincere condolences to his nearest and dearest.

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Old 17.03.2008, 11:10
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

RIP Mark... I never met you, but the Englishforum IS of such value to me that I can easily translate this to your qualities as a fine human being, and I hope to be able to live up to the same qualities.

Ciao,

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Old 17.03.2008, 11:11
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I didn't know you, but thank you for creating this forum which is an important tool for my survival in Switzerland.

RIP
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Old 17.03.2008, 11:51
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Never met Mark, but yes have read a lot of posts from him. He surely must have been a very nice person, who had this vision of starting EF
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Thank you for all your work Mark - guess you know now how many lives you touched without even having known half of them...
Being a diver too, I know it'd be one of my best ways to go...
Lynn, I have no words... just sincerest heart felt condolences...
RIP Mark...
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Old 17.03.2008, 12:26
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I haven't posted yet; I am so shocked and sorry that Mark is gone. The last extended conversation my husband and I had with him was about love and marriage and...in spite of everything I am so happy that he had found his "kismet" and was planning on getting married. And as others have mentioned, I am glad that he went while doing something he enjoyed. A romantic story can be written about his passing away, swallowed by the ocean. But I am so saddened still by the loss of such a young and productive life. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May he rest in peace.

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

I don't think words can ever express ones true feelings in situations like this, but I am sure that the words people are saying here are of comfort to Lynn, her family and Mark's family.
I for one owe Mark a 'huge' debt and thank you, for without him I would have never met my wife, (interesting what you can find while do a 'scuba review' in a swimming pool ) and re-discovered my loving for diving, if only in warmer climates....

I'm just sorry I never made it into Lake Zürich for a dive with you, but that’s a promise "to make a dive there this year" I intend to fulfil….

Thanks again Mark for all the work you did on EF and for the diving community here in Switzerland…..you'll be missed……

Paul and Angela
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