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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 03:35 AM   #21
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Wow, I just thought I'd check in before I went to bed and this. I couldn't believe it. I'm in shock.

When I first joined ehMac in 2004, I posted a question about video cards and Gerry was there, within an hour, firing off a PM to offer any help he could.

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Subject: Private Message from: macnutt - Hello from SaltSpring.
Date: February 2, 2004 11:21:37 PM PST (CA)

Welcome to ehmac! I have a G4 400 AGP Sawtooth and I recently added a second VGA monitor by buying an older ATI video card from a local Apple reseller. I just had to have dual monitors for Photoshop work. I paid about 90 bucks for the card and just over 100$ for a used professional graphics workstation monitor (21 inch CRT).

Let me know if I can be of any help.

BTW...there are about a half dozen Gulf Island residents here at ehmac.

Gerry and I didn't agree on much politically and sometimes he made me really mad. I think sometimes I made him really mad too. But I could tell that he was a decent guy with a good sense of humour under the right wing bravado. I always figured he'd be a fun guy to have a beer with and he had enough of a self-deprecating sense of humour that it took a lot of the sting out of some of his commentary.

It's funny that in the last half year or so he wasn't posting much, but when I would see that he had posted something, I kind of got a lift, even though I knew I would likely hate what he had to say.

It was clear that Gerry loved motorcycle racing and he died doing something he loved. I think I'll miss him. Trust me on this.

Some of us had an awful lot of fun at his expense and he didn't seem to mind all the jabs. Remember this? ...

The price of apathy toward public affairs, is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 04:01 AM   #22
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Dear Mayor,

I propose we hereby retire Gerry MacNutt's avatar, in fond memory of a very colourful and enjoyable (if irascible) friend.

I'm deeply saddened by this loss... I always planned/hoped that I'd be able to drop in on him someday and introduce myself. Despite (because of?) our disagreements, I always enjoyed his contributions to EhMac.

Please pass on my condolences and best wishes to his family. He was truly one of a kind, and we'll miss him.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 04:20 AM   #23
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An article on the accident from Salt Spring's Driftwood newspaper:

Local photographer killed at race

... In addition to his interests in photography and motorcycles, Gerry MacNutt liked to draw and had a talent with high-tech equipment. “He didn’t have a wife or kids. He pretty much kept to himself and just ran the business when he was over here.”

But even though Gerry MacNutt lived a simple life, he made an impression on the community. “He knew a lot of people on the island. A lot of people have called.” Now Bruce MacNutt will take over the water business. “We’re going to pick up the pieces where they fell and carry on with it.” And he feels compelled to make closer connections to the rest of his family.

“This will make me want me want to touch bases with my other brother and get together and spend a day with him doing things. No matter how busy people get, it’s good to get a hold of family because they are not going to be around forever.”
Edit: oops just realized that Posterboy put this link in his original post. I was so stunned that I guess I missed it.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 05:41 AM   #24
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This is shocking. Truly shocking. Dammit, the guy had many more lively years, decades, left in him.

Words that sprang to my mind have already been posted here:

He was often difficult, but he was honest and he had a hilarious writing style. : Beej.

… a self-deprecating sense of humour … : GratuitousApplesauce.

Couldn't agree more. One of a kind.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 06:18 AM   #25
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This has really knocked me for a loop. I really grew to like the man, and I learned to not take him too seriously long time ago. His sarcasm often had me laughing out loud.
I hope he didn't suffer too much.

So long Gerry, you were quite the character, things won't be the same without you.

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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 06:28 AM   #26
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Well, this is unfortunate news. MacNutt was a character all right and he will be missed but at least he went doing what he loved. How many of us will be able to say that when we go? HIs passing will make this a less interesting place.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 07:48 AM   #27
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I had no idea his name was actually MacNutt.

He will indeed be missed.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 08:04 AM   #28
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Wow, I can't believe it
Really a shame to lose a real good human being.
I am shocked. I thought he would be around a few more years to pester everyone.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 08:10 AM   #29
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Sad to see him go, had many interesting discussions with the man in the wee hours of the morning. Glad he left us doing what he loved-

Still waiting on my case of water

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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 08:11 AM   #30
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I'm in shock. He was one person I'd hoped to meet someday. He seemed so genuine. I'll miss him and his posts.
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