I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but our favourite bull headed scotsman, Gerry MacNutt, died in a freak accident this past weekend. I'dve posted something sooner, but I literally just found out when my mother phoned me from Salt Spring asking if I knew a guy named MacNutt.
Apparently he was photographing a motorcycle drag race (as he often talked about doing) and one of the bikes flew out of control and struck him.
Here is the story on the local Salt Spring newspaper:
A high-powered motorcycle flew out of control and claimed the life of 50-year-old islander Gerry MacNutt while he was photographing a sand-drag race in Lake Cowichan on Sunday.
“He was a photographer and he liked to get the picture,” said MacNutt’s friend Marve Brimacombe, who witnessed the incident. MacNutt was standing on the edge of a 100-metre sand track near the finish line and taking pictures of the race when a rider lost control of his motorcycle, Brimacombe said. “The bike was veering and instead of jumping one way, he jumped the wrong way.”
According to a press release from the Lake Cowichan RCMP, MacNutt received immediate medical attention from first-aid attendants for numerous injuries after emergency services were called to Meades Creek Sand Drag Track at 12:38 p.m., but he succumbed at the scene. Both MacNutt and the motorcycle rider were members of Brimacombe’s Mental Racing Team that participated in the sport of sand-drag racing with 350 horsepower-plus, nitro-methane fuelled Harley Davidson motorcycles. “Gerry loved being around the nitro bikes and the filming of everything,” Brimacombe said.
I almost didn't look at this thread thinking it would be another slap-fest...
I've had some great debates with MacNutt, particularly during election runs...
I hope he enjoyed them as much as I did. I too, rarely agreed with him, but I
did not question his integrety. This a loss to this community.
I hope this becomes a poinient thread and a copy is forwarded to his family.
The most amazing thing I took away from my fathers funeral was the scope of how far his influence went, illustrated by how far people came to be at the service. MacNutt's family should know how far his presence was felt....
Intel Core 2 Duo Aluminum iMac 2.4ghz OS X 10.6.8
i'll buy a bottle of lagavulin and raise a glass or two to ya Gerry
perhaps some of us could share a story or two about macnutt in an informal sort of ehmac wake
he onced emailed me about his water and promised to send me a case at nor charge
sure enough a week or so later the water arrived as promised
Gerry was very enthusiastic about racing, and would sometimes email me to talk about "Mental Racing." He would send me a video he made of the event... sent down the video on his dime.
He also sent me on his dime, a long sleeved Mental Racing shirt which I affectionately wore... especially when I would go out Mountain Biking. A very cool black shirt with flames down the sleeves. I wore it until it had rips and tears all over it from my mishaps into trees.
I remember when I did the move to the new software over a year ago and some people were having problems logging in. I must of gotten 20 emails from Macnutt with his frustrations of not being able to log in. But not nasty emails... they were peppered with humour.
It's the way I feel. Honest. This is the best place
and has the most interesting people I've never met!
(actually, I've met Stewart Wood and Brenda. I almost
met Lotus.But that's about it.)
Update time. I just tried to log in. Same old same
old. It accepted my log in and welcomed me, until I
tried to post. Then it insisted that I "must log in to
perform this function". Which I did. Again. Then I got
the vBulletin telling me that I must log in....and on
and on and on...
Say, you don't suppose that this software is SO
sophisticated that it actually has good taste...and
wants to weed out **** disturbers in order to maintain
If so, I'm sunk.
Notice the time too. Macnutt was always posting and emailing at these crazy hours.