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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:23 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by Max
I will miss the consistency and dependability of his online character, and it's too bad I'll never have the opportunity to knock back a pint with him and witness the gleam in his eyes I always suspected was there.
Very well said. That pretty much sums up my thoughts.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:24 AM   #72
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Wow. Very shocked and sorry to hear of this. ehMac has lost a significant section of woodwork, here. He certainly gave these forums an identifiable personality.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:25 AM   #73
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Peter, I think I took it in your intended way. You were perceptive in your posting. Gerry and I chuckled online and via PM re my "The World According to MacNutt" postings. There were times I worried that he felt put down by these postings of his supposed books, but he took them in stride and actually liked many of these fictional citations. He shall be missed.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:33 AM   #74
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Maybe we could make a collective donation in his name to a cause that MacNutt was passionate about...? I wouldn't know how to set something like that up, but I would certainly chip in.

Might be a nice way to honour him...
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:45 AM   #75
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WOW!! I'm in shock and with a tear in my eye. I haven't been hanging around ehMac for some time now (a Shang alumnus), but something this morning told me to just check in and see what's going on. BANG!..first topic is this thread and I got a lump in my throat, hoping it was just another "Gerry bashing", but strangely suspecting something more dire.
I have to say that Gerry was a person, although controversial, that I always respected and he generated many chuckles for me and others who appreciated his candor, writing style, rebellious nature and tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. If the stories were all true, he experienced things that the rest of us will never encounter (or want to) and he was proud of this. He dedicated much of his sometimes limited spare time to this forum and participated in many discussions that may have otherwise gone nowhere without his relentless "pot stirring" He challenged and stood up to others having eloquent and diabolically opposed views on almost any topic...a real scrapper at times. I say these things with full admiration for him.
His unwavering views and debates generated long threads that I and many others followed, broadening our horizons of political and social issues and making us re-think (or re-enforce) our opinions. In short, he was very instrumental in readership participation and "education by discussion". For that I say, "Thank you Gerry for the thought-provoking discussions".
To say Gerry was a character would be an understatement. He was "Gerry" and made no apologies for it. He was part of the personality of ehMac and this place will never be the same without him. He was much too young to go and will be greatly missed by those who knew him (or even thought they knew him). My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
May you rest in peace, Gerry. Whenever I hear the Steppenwolf "Born To Be Wild" lyrics, I will think of you. Trust me on this.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:45 AM   #76
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He certainly loved Saltspring Island, and it's pristine water and wilderness. But I'm not sure Gerry would approve of donating to 'some tree-hugging hippies' in his name

Perhaps the EhMax can contact Gerry's brother, firstly to pass on the condolences of the EhMac community, and secondly to ask if there is a fund to which people might contribute in Gerry's name?
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 11:57 AM   #77
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Originally Posted by bryanc
Perhaps the EhMax can contact Gerry's brother, firstly to pass on the condolences of the EhMac community, and secondly to ask if there is a fund to which people might contribute in Gerry's name?
An excellent idea. It is only fitting that some form of recognition be made. He was party of the ehMac family as well, and his family should be made aware of ehMac's grieving and condolences.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 12:01 PM   #78
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God Rest His Soul. May his family overcome this tragedy and remember him as he was, and never forget, holding them deep in their hearts for all of time.
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I've been thinking all morning about how it came to be that Gerry and I started our relationship via the phone. Then it dawned on me that the first call came the evening we had this exchange in reference to Rex Murphy:

SINC Apr 26th, 2005 12:21 PM

I shared about 20 minutes with Rex over a cigarette in the smoking room of the Edmonton airport back in 2000. We had quite a chat about newspapers. Nice guy and very friendly, if not a little shy.

MacNutt Apr 26th, 2005 12:25 PM

SINC...first you share beers with Slim Pickens and now Rex Murphy too!!??!!

Next thing you know, you'll be telling us about the time you talked football with Ronnie Reagan or armwrestled Arnold. Or about that cocktail party where Maggie Thatcher pinched your bum and gave you her phone number.

(I figure you've already shared a beer with Ralph Klein. That's a no brainer)

You sir, are my new hero. I'm serious!

Gerry never really got over the fact that I had met and shared a couple of beers with one of his childhood western movie heros, Slim Pickens.

Another good memory to be savoured.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 12:15 PM   #80
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For me, not another single member in this forum contributed as much to it as MacNutt. He was not the tech-savvy, the level-headed, the all around nice member, nor even the freakiest or weirdest, but if he was involved, that thread was worth reading, was entertaining, informative and ignited reaction and reply. Bar none.
Trust me on this.

I been missing your posts for a while now, and you will be miss in here forever Gerry.
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I miss MacNutt !
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