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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 09:18


That is so sad. I still use his Nitric Acid synthesis post for my method for making it. May he rest in peace.
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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 11:52


I briefly spoke to his son last night. I will be attending Magpie's funeral, probably some time next week. If you would like to share any condolences or fond memories with his family, email me (gfxlist at yahoo.com). I would appreciate it if people share some coarse grained details about their location, like their country (or state, if living in the US) so that it's clear just how broadly Magpie was appreciated. I will print out what I receive and bring it with me to the funeral.

[Edited on 12-13-2019 by Polverone]




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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 15:31


My condolences to his family- There are few people in this community that have made the impact that he did- He was an inspiration to all of us.



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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 16:23


Legend...... Gone but not forgotten.


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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 17:38


Terrible loss to the global community of backyarders. Few have his talent for exquisite use of OTC technology. May his cupboard be forever stocked, his fumehood running and his mind forever challenged.
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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 17:53


This is very sad to hear. May he Rest In Peace.



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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 19:31


Quote: Originally posted by Polverone  
I briefly spoke to his son last night. I will be attending Magpie's funeral, probably some time next week. If you would like to share any condolences or fond memories with his family, email me (gfxlist at yahoo.com). I would appreciate it if people share some coarse grained details about their location, like their country (or state, if living in the US) so that it's clear just how broadly Magpie was appreciated. I will print out what I receive and bring it with me to the funeral.

[Edited on 12-13-2019 by Polverone]

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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 19:34


A real chemistry enthusiast. Not sure that defines him, surely there's more. No one's dead until they're forgotten.

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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 21:19


Quote: Originally posted by Ubya  
i'm really sad. prepublications is full of his work, i always admired what he did, in my opinion he should be the definition of home chemist.


That's a great thing. Sad is that there will be no more.




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[*] posted on 14-12-2019 at 00:33


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[*] posted on 14-12-2019 at 04:59


Quote: Originally posted by Polverone  

Magpie was one of our most long-established members and brightest lights. He will be sorely missed.

Indeed Polverone. I had thought from his posts that Magpie was a youngish man, younger than me, at least.

And I, too, am saddened to hear of his passing ─ we can take some hope, though, that a theory of life being something that can neither be created nor destroyed might have a grain of truth to it...

It's true for mass and perhaps for this thing we call life, too.

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[*] posted on 14-12-2019 at 05:49


He had a mixture of intellect, generosity, and openness. Magpie reminded me of the best of twentieth century science, of the individual collaborator who reached out across the vast distances to commune with like minds, as an equal and a peer, for the humble and open desire to uncover truths, before the institutions became so commercialised. His great contribution to Prepublications is noted. Prepublications is neither career enhancing nor of commercial value, it is just like a lit path along which fellow curious souls can wander. Magpies generosity will be missed, as will his lucid contribution. More like Athena's raven than magpie, yet as Magpie he will always be remembered to us. RIP
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[*] posted on 14-12-2019 at 07:16


He will be missed. Reading his posts was always a joy.
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[*] posted on 14-12-2019 at 12:01


Rest in peace.
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[*] posted on 14-12-2019 at 21:04


What a great loss to this community. He was a brillant experimenter and I very much enjoyed reading his work, particularly because we frequently had the same ideas and interests with slightly varying approaches.
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[*] posted on 15-12-2019 at 15:29


I replied earlier in this thread, but I need to state that when I see the thread title that I have a heavy feeling of sadness. I just needed to state that.
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[*] posted on 15-12-2019 at 15:33


Sad news indeed. Rest In Peace, Magpie, you will be missed, and were an inspiration to me.

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[*] posted on 15-12-2019 at 15:43


Yet Magpie will live on as long as his contributions inspire and strengthen this community.

Death is but a transition back into the great sea of consciousness that we're all a part of.

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[*] posted on 16-12-2019 at 08:27


RIP Magpie.

You were an inspiration and I loved discussing things with you, roughly 10 years ago now.

You will be missed.
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[*] posted on 16-12-2019 at 09:51


I haven’t checked the form in a while until today. It’s a great loss to the science madness forum to lose someone like magpie. His Pre publications have been an inspiration to me personally. May God rest his soul.
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[*] posted on 16-12-2019 at 14:36


Engineer, Chemist, yet with a broad grounding in philosophy and the classics.

A well- rounded fellow who obviously put a whole lot into whatever he did.

I didn't know him, but some things are obvious if you red enough posts.






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[*] posted on 17-12-2019 at 05:11


Someone today sent me this thread online, completely out of this context, and I was reminded once again of Magpie's excellence here on the forums. One of his standout threads, some impressive results!
http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=14927

It seems strange to be hit with loss for someone i've never met or really spoken with, but I always keenly checked whatever contribution he made to the forum, and read a lot of his work. A true pillar of the community.

Finally, just wanted to mention that it is lovely of the family to have communicated his passing onto someone who could let the forum know. Its too easy for a member, however significant, to disappear from the forum, with the worst assumptions made, but only ever assumptions. If the worst happens, it is nice to know, as sad as this time is. Does that make any sense? I hope everyone's family knows how much your online friends are real friends too!
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[*] posted on 17-12-2019 at 07:09


Wow, I am in shock. I cannot believe this. I thought he was younger than that.

My prayers are with him and his family. He will be greatly missed here.




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[*] posted on 17-12-2019 at 08:00


This saddens me greatly to hear. As many others have said, Magpie set a great example of what an amateur chemist should be. He was a true role model for myself and many other forum members. In addition to providing fantastic write-ups and insightful replies, he was also very generous. Five years ago, when I was still quite new to the forum and had just started dabbling in organic chemistry, Magpie sent me three nice textbooks entirely free of charge. One day, I hope to repay his generosity to the next generation of amateur chemists. He will be missed.



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[*] posted on 18-12-2019 at 13:14
His obituary




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As you can see, his funeral is this coming Saturday. Please email (gfxlist at yahoo dot com) or U2U me any messages you would like to pass on to his family.

[Edited on 12-18-2019 by Polverone]




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