CubaMark, one of the first things I thought of was the PM's Gerry and I exchanged about Cuba. Let there be no doubt that Gerry was very much against the Cuban government but he loved the country and it's people. He really cared about their welfare.
I will drink a toast of rum to his memory when I return for my annual junket this fall.
Gerry truly lived his life to the max. I am sad to see him go, but I am glad he passed on doing something he loved.
I never met the man (exchanged a few PM about cars and bikes), but I can't believe how much of an effect his death has on me. Its has put me in a sombre mood to start the day.
As a tribute, I hope people will post some of the great photoshop work that was done with his picture. The "Macnutt Comes Alive" pic was great. I sure could use a smile. I was always laughing reading his over the top posts.
I'm sure you are blasting through the gates in a muscle car of some sort.
I am stunned. My fellow Scot with whom I formed a friendship here on ehMac is gone and I grieve.
Gerry and I shared an interest in collector cars and it just so happened we both owned the same model, a 1970 Monte Carlo. I once mentioned to Gerry that I had been having trouble finding two rubber inserts for the rear bumper on my Monte. Two nights later my phone rang and there was Gerry, babbling excitedly that he had come across an old Monte he was using for parts and had removed the two pieces just for me. He sent them to me prepaid and wouldn't take a dime for them.
That would be the first of many parcels I would receive from him over the past few years, many included slick videos of his sand bike nitro racing team adventures. While he narrated the videos, he was always behind the camera and never once showed his face in the videos.
His penchant for calling me at all hours of the night with another anecdote on whatever had transpired that day was legend. I never minded getting up to chat as we enjoyed "a wee dram" each while on the phone.
The last parcel to arrive contained a surprise. It was something he had never mentioned and I think it took some time to build a trust between us before he parted with it. It arrived one day with no warning and was completely unexpected.
Here are the photos of it. I apologize for the size, but it needed to be large enough to read the post it note attached to the back. Thank God I kept it right where he stuck it. Sinclair is my real last name, thus the gift. It also contained the last words I will now ever read from Gerry and I wanted to share it with all of you:
dear old Macnutt, I gave up trying to argue with the stubborn old bugger a long time ago but always enjoyed reading his comments and points of view, he really livened up this place.....he will be sorely missed.
And what a guy too for sending over those bottles of his water too.....top man