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.
read more here: http://gulfislands.net/news.asp?ID=1603
I really don't know what to say. I didn't always agree with the guy, but I got along with him pretty well. I'm just kind of in shock.
I hereby invite everyone to raise a glass for Gerry MacNutt; 1956 - 2006. RIP.
Sorry to hear the bad news. Very sad.
I'll definately miss his posts here on ehMac.
Oh deal Lord... :(
Our friend Gerry.... :-(
I'm at a loss for words right now and in shock. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
I will miss not having him around on ehMac.ca. He would push buttons, and get on people's nerves... but in a way that would always make me laugh and he would always be friendly.
I'll always remember the phrase..."Trust me."
Never mind politics... he did seem like a guy you *could* trust.
I will miss you buddy. :-( :-(
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
I'm so sorry to hear this. Our posting paths only crossed for a very short time, but I very much enjoyed meeting him.
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....
I'll try to make it to the memorial when i find out about it. If I do, I'll give everyone's regards to the family. I'll probably call them in the next few days either way.
I'm still just in a state of shock. I mean, really, I just don't know what to say.
life is short
we should cherish all the moments
what about a tartan motif for ehmac in macnutt's honour?
I'm very sad to hear this.
I've enjoyed reading MacNutt's posts in the short time I've been coming here, and he will be missed.
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.
Here's one he sent:
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