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Old 13.03.2008, 22:59
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

This is terrible news. My thoughts are with Lynn and his family.
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Old 13.03.2008, 23:05
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Thanks so much Mark for this invaluable resource "englishforum.ch". I didn't know you personally, but how you lived your life is an inspiration to all. I was shocked and saddened to hear of your passing. Condolences to Lynn & family. I didn't realise that you were so young, your avatar made me think you were much older.

R.I.P.
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Old 13.03.2008, 23:19
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I only met Mark a few times, but on each occasion I found him to be a very warm and friendly person. Generous with his time and knowledge, easy going and relaxed, funny, and also able to listen and allow those around him to be all those things as well.

A great loss to us all.
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Old 13.03.2008, 23:25
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Probably one of the sad days I ever had in my life. Sleep well mate.
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Old 13.03.2008, 23:38
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Merry meet, for we celebrate your life.

Mate, thanks for lending me your binoculars, so I could look at the animals on your native continent. I saw lions, ground squirrels, secretary birds, vultures, elephants, black korans, marabou storks, stoney badgers, heartebeasts, ostriches, lapit faced vultures, wildebeast, oryxes, kudus and many more. That was just one great day that you were part of, at least by proxy.

Some of the books we exchanged that enabled us to discuss (by which I mean argue about) English Grammar (once you go Brit, you never quit) are still on my shelf.

Your intensity and energy was often rather scary. Some called it bloodymindedness - but only those who were too afraid to accept your admirable determination.

I remember the few times I told you to chill out and relax and you looked at me like I was speaking Japanese. I deserved it.

You'll always have tremendous respect from me for being an explorer and adventurer.

You've been an amazing influence on the lives of many people and that is more than the average person can ever achieve. You were amazing – wish you were still here.

Merry part, can't wait to see you in the next round
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Old 13.03.2008, 23:54
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

My heart goes out to Mark's family, his fiancé and his friends. I never had the chance to meet Mark in person but with this wonderful website and his energy showing through, he touched my life deeply and made a great change to everything.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Hey Mark,

You inspired a generation of people through the forum and will forever cherish and remain indebted to you for your visionary creation...
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Old 14.03.2008, 00:00
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I never had the honour of meeting Mark but I am truely saddened by this news. Thank you Mark for creating this life-line to so many foreigners in Switzerland.

This really just reinforces that we should treasure every moment we have with our loved ones.

My condolences to all.

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Old 14.03.2008, 00:03
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

May all these warm, heartfelt, affectionate and wonderful posts remind us all of what really matters in life and how important it is to tell our friends and loved ones how much we care for them. I spent my evening on the phone doing that. And some of these friends, I found through Mark and the EF.
Thank you, Mark!
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Old 14.03.2008, 00:15
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

At a moment like this, it seems to true the old saying that God calls first those whom he loves most...

I wish to offer my most sincere condolences and sympathy to Lynn and Mark's family and friends. I hope you can find some comfort at this time in your life. If there is anything i can do to help, by all means just let me know.

Rest in peace, Mark. You will be missed.

The world is a sadder place today.

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Old 14.03.2008, 00:27
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Very sad news. I regret why I used EF tonight. He was a great man with great ideas.
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Old 14.03.2008, 00:30
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

All these posts about Mark's determination reminded me of something I'd forgotten...

When I met Mark, it was because I was buying a Vespa off Lynn and we got talking about other stuff. I can't remember what it was exactly but I was saying I wanted to do something and finding many reasons why I couldn't. Despite having just met me, Mark started pulling down every reason I came up with and just wasn't standing for "I can't".

At the time it struck me as odd, bordering on rude but when I discovered more about him and all the great stuff he did, I came to realise that he really did think I shouldn't stand in my own way and was prepared to confront me over it. There aren't many people who would put that kind of thought and effort into the musings of a stranger and everything else they did. I think we could all do with more people like that, those who truly think that fear should not stand between you and your dreams, even if it can be difficult to take sometimes.

And yet I often marvelled at how balanced and calm his reactions to some of the more difficult posts were despite his obvious strong-mindedness and felt he lead by example. The effort he put into making other people's lives that little bit easier and brighter is staggering and I think that it certainly seems to inspire others to do their bit too.

So once again, you will be missed and I hope we can all contribute to carrying on in the spirit of what you intended with this forum. I also hope that Lynn, the family and friends can find strength in each other at this very difficult time.
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I regret the fact that I never met the bloke who had the decency to send a warm message of welcome (and a green blob!) to a cheeky bugger who only really joined to wind up a friend, and ended up sticking around and getting hooked.

I will always be grateful for his hard work and commitment to this forum which, I hope, will continue in the same spirit in which it was founded. So long as it exists, the English Forum will be a fine tribute to Mark: And long may it exist!

Thanks, Mark. I appreciate your effort, and really wish I'd met you.

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Old 14.03.2008, 00:38
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

How so very sad, so young, and why now, at such a point in life? I wish that I could say something that would help Lynn, his family, his friends, but it's just so difficult.

But I guess in a way he lives on in this forum - without him it would not have existed and, in a way, we, as a group, also would not exist without him. That is a living and hopefully everlasting testimonial to him through which he will never be forgotten. How many can achieve that? As has already been said umpteen times, I am so grateful to him for having been the "architect" of this forum and I wish I had let him know my thanks even if just via a message through his profile.

I can't imagine the pain and sorrow that those who knew him must be feeling though, but I hope they take comfort in the fact that they had the good fortune to have known him.

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Old 14.03.2008, 01:02
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

Mark, I can't believe you're gone. You were always there to answer or comment on whatever I put forth with immense patience and humour. It seemed that I could reach you no matter where you were in the world. You just was always .... here..

You were amazing as a dive instructor to this land mammal who was so afraid of water, which includes convincing me as to the wonders of lake Zurich and how it was worth the fright of drowning and squeezing myself raw into an already wet 7ml wet-suit. Your patience was boundless in just waiting encouragingly as I got over each panic attack in the water and your little "stop panicking" signals under water were creative in the least. I take you with me, in every dive that I do.

There are a small proportion of givers out there and you were one of the most generous, honest and committed. You saw a problem, believed in a solution and went forth and gave it all you could. EF is one of these solutions ... and a great one indeed!

I miss you heaps. I can't believe you're gone...
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Old 14.03.2008, 01:11
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am deeply shocked.
Mark, thank you for creating this community, this world of EF. You've really made a difference in the world. Its truly our loss that you were snatched away from us in such a manner. My deepest condolences.
Rest in peace.

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Old 14.03.2008, 01:11
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I never met Mark, so I don't know anything about him. Yet because of what he created here, I am happier, more comfortable and more confident of life in Switzerland than I ever would have been without this, his legacy. That's the true mark of achievement, when one can affect the lives of those they have never even met.

I hope we can all help keep that achievement going, so Mark can continue to affect the lives of hundreds or thousands more. Cheers mate.
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I am also one of the persons who never had the previlage to meet him. After discovering EF, living in switzerland became more comfortable for us. Just goes to show how Mark's creations influenced so many people.

I will always regret not being able to meet him.

RIP Mark.

Let us pay our tribute to him by keeping this forum alive and kicking
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Old 14.03.2008, 01:20
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Re: Mourning the loss of a friend, a leader, an innovator, a genuinely nice guy

I just had a few moments to read the forum, I'm just shocked.

Mark, a funny, kind and great guy who had a few go-rounds with me when I first came on here and handled them with class.

You are going to be so missed, Mark.
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Quote:
The Architect: Hello, Neo.
Neo: Who are you?
The Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.
Thank you Mark for being "The Architect".
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