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Old 08.05.2008, 12:54
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Never knew Mark. But from what I have been reading a quote comes to my mind I had read a while ago:

'In the end it is not the YEARS in your LIFE that count, but the LIFE in your YEARS!'

Your legacy lives on mate! RIP.
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Old 11.05.2008, 14:15
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Have just read this incredibly sad news. I never met Mark but this forum has been such a wonderful resource for me, and I am grateful for all the work he put into it, which honestly I didn´t realise how much it was until I read through the posts. Robert and Lynn, your posts really brought tears to my eyes, and from the tributes to Mark I can see that there will be a huge gap in your lives. However, I am sure he will always be watching over you and your families and will give you the strength to overcome this difficult time. My sincere condolences to you and your families and friends.
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Old 12.05.2008, 08:26
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I just read the news, so sorry to hear and i wish to send my condolences to Mark's fiancé, family & friends.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I never had the opportunity to meet Mark but his warmth and empathy were so apparent - he will be a great loss to all and my deepest sympathy go to his fiancee and family and all the friends he made along the way.
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Old 20.05.2008, 17:49
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Ohh i'm so sorry.. dont know what to say.. Rest in peace, mate..
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Old 21.05.2008, 17:33
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Old 21.05.2008, 17:35
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Old 26.05.2008, 17:51
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I was shocked when I read the news about Mark.
In particular I was impressed by his great energy and drive, friendliness and his capabilities to do many different things so succesfully. The websites he has built and written are just one of the many evidences.
My deepest condolences go to his fiancée, his family and friends.
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Old 28.05.2008, 13:36
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I have just read the very sad news about Mark. Thanks to Mark for everything he did for the expat community in Switzerland. I hope this forum and the zurichdivers forum will carry on as this is what Mark would have wanted.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Hello English Forum,

I feel very sorry for the loss of your leader and starter of English Forum.
In particular because he is a young and active man with many oportunities for the future.
He will definitly appriate it if u associate him with the English Forum name
in future eg a small foto connected with the name of the Forum or other way.

Eric Schuller
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Old 10.06.2008, 16:57
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Old 13.06.2008, 21:59
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Rest in peace, Mark...
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Being an infrequent visitor I just read this today. Seperately I heard of the incident while on my first swiss dive last weekend, now I've just put two and two together. It's so sad to read this and my thoughts are with those he left behind, I hope their recovery goes as well as these things can. It sounds like I missed out in never meeting Mark.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I had not been to this forum for many months and today when I needed some information, I just knew exactly where to look. I am so sad and shocked by the news and I want to send my sympathies to his loved ones.

Mark, thank you, although I have never met you, you have certainly made a difference in my life in CH.

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Old 27.06.2008, 05:48
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Old 30.06.2008, 18:51
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

My return to the forum after quite an absence got a knocking on learning Mark was no longer with us. Last year, Mark helped me make sense of my personal difficult circumstances and his sagacity and empathy for a perfect stranger defined the humanity in him.

I just want to say how terribly sorry I am that such a man is lost to us forever. May he find peace where he has gone and the least we can do is to honor his memory by continuing this forum as place where ideas flow freely, knowledge is created, found and shared and diversity is celebrated.

To all you good people out there, I hope you will forgive me for writing this message this late ( March was hell for me having been consumed with watching my country of origin literary disappear down the tube- its now as good as being off the face of this good earth)
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Old 02.07.2008, 18:40
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I also had not logged in for some time (been kinda busy the last few months, changing jobs etc), and only did so today when I was recommending englishforum to a new colleague over from the UK.

Under the "In Memorium" title I was startled and saddened to see a familiar face looking back at me, albeit one that I had not seen for more than ten years.

In summer 1995 I was working for Computacenter in London, as the server designer of a new startup investment bank, Caspian Securities. The timescales for the launch of the bank were so aggressive that each of the technical leads had people brought in to help them. One day I was told "We've got a guy coming over from Australia to work with you on the server side. He's got qualifications all the way up his arm and supposed to be top-notch". That guy was Mark, and not only was he top-notch (we got the bank launched on time, against all the odds), but also was a top bloke, and many were the times that we hit the bars around London to unwind at the end of a high-pressure week.

The following year, quite independently of each other, Mark and I both got jobs in Frankfurt, Germany. Mark heard I was over, rang me up and we met up a few times, but then lost touch after I moved back to the UK and then to Amsterdam.

When I moved to Zürich in March 2007, about the first thing I was told was to register on englishforum.ch, because it was "the place to go to answer all of your questions, including the ones you don't yet know you have". I never got around to looking into the background behind the forum, otherwise I would have contacted Mark again while I still had the chance, but it doesn't surprise me at all that it is Mark Fyvie that we have to thank for it.

Mark, I'm sorry that I never knew that you were also now here in Switzerland and so never got to see you, but thank you for the fine and vibrant community that you have built. Few have such a proud legacy to leave behind them.

Rest in peace,

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Old 02.07.2008, 19:09
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I just joined today. After moving to Switzerland in Oct07, I had followed the forum with interest. Today after following Marks, excellent, post on setting up FTA Satelite channels, and enjoying great sucess (it all worked after 10mins) I thought the least I could do was join, and express my thanks. How terribly sad then, to discover the awful news of Marks untimely passing. I know I'm just a 'newbie', but I sincerly wish the deepest condolences, and sympathy to all those touched by the life & work of this dear man. thankyou Mark.
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Old 03.07.2008, 01:32
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Hello,
I just want to add my condolences, I never met Mark, but I read some of his thoughts, he seemed very intelligent and sympathetic.
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Old 06.07.2008, 16:16
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I've actually never posted anything on this thread before because it was hard to think of something to say that would sound meaningful. Words of condolence have a tendency to sound cliche, and I wanted to wait until I could properly articulate how grateful I am for all that Mark has done, and how sorry I am that we have lost him.

Last night I finally figured out what to say.

Yesterday was one of the best days I've had since I moved to Switzerland. We threw a stellar party in Lausanne with close to 100 guests that had come from as far away as Zurich, and one thing that impressed me very much was that even though most of us hadn't met in person before, there was a strong sense of community. The forum that Mark set up was what allowed this diverse group of people to connect, and I think it is fitting that all profits from the party will go towards the continued running of the forum.

And as I was sitting on the beach last night in the wee hours of the morning, next to a campfire and surrounded by friends, I was thinking that the only reason I knew any of these wonderful people is because of the forum. I spent almost a year and a half in Switzerland barely knowing a soul apart from my other half, and it was a hard and lonely existence. However, because events we've arranged through the forum, this rather eclectic group of people living the Lausanne area have had the opportunity to meet each other, get to know each other, and most importantly, become good friends. I think all of our lives are better for it.

So Mark, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The community that you set up has enriched the lives of people you never met who were living hundreds of kilometres away from you, and I'm sure that there are many other forum members in different parts of the country who share this sentiment. I was lucky enough to have met you on two occasions (the first one being somewhat memorable because I ended up being bitten by a dog!) and I am glad that I had this opportunity to get to know you.

I still can't quite find words that would express my sadness that he is gone, and my condolonces to Lynn, but I think it's because there are no appropriate words.

So Mark, thank you again for all that you have done. The world is an emptier place now that you are gone, but it is a richer place in so many ways because you were in it.

Heather

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