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[*] posted on 18-12-2019 at 14:09


Always sad to lose a great mind! Rest in peace.



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[*] posted on 18-12-2019 at 17:18


I saw this notice a couple of days ago and I had the same feelings I have when I discover that an author that I love is dead and that there won't be any more books :( I loved his approach and the clarity of his posts.
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[*] posted on 21-12-2019 at 06:24


I send my condolences to his family... I am truly sorry to hear that.
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[*] posted on 21-12-2019 at 07:06


It is all ways sad to hear of ones passing, but I like to look on things as such, He shall be immortal on the internet, his wisdom shared to millions and more importantly his family, Non of us escape life alive, I hope the transition was swift and painless for him and he will be deeply missed by all.

I hope good fortune to his family during these hard times, celebrate his life, and do not dwell on the past but never forget it.
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[*] posted on 22-12-2019 at 10:57


I attended his funeral yesterday afternoon. There were many people there. I brought a letter that I wrote along with printouts of this thread, email that members sent me, and U2Us that members sent me. I was able to give all these writings to one of his sons. I met both of his sons and his wife and tried to briefly say how Don -- Magpie -- had inspired us.

I also spoke briefly in remembrance to say how he had touched lives around the world as well as the many people he was close to by geography or geneology.

The church bulletin contained the same obituary that was in the earlier newspaper scan so I haven't scanned it, but there was a clearer picture of him which I am attaching here.

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[*] posted on 22-12-2019 at 11:03


It is even sadder if you have a good picture, not even mentioning the condolences in the newspaper which alone are enough to make one sad.
Despite never having spoken to him directly, I read many of his experiments and he was a great addition to our community.
Rest in peace Don!
It was good to have you here :)
I hope it is much better where you are now :)

Thank you Polverone for being such a good guy and attending the funeral, I am sure you made his family happy with the things you could report to them :)

I just noticed he was born at almost the same day as me, how touching, for being such an almost irrelevant coincidence!


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[*] posted on 22-12-2019 at 23:37


Quote: Originally posted by Polverone  
I met both of his sons and his wife and tried to briefly say how Don -- Magpie -- had inspired us.
So you did mention his SM username to his family?



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[*] posted on 23-12-2019 at 11:56


Quote: Originally posted by fusso  
Quote: Originally posted by Polverone  
I met both of his sons and his wife and tried to briefly say how Don -- Magpie -- had inspired us.
So you did mention his SM username to his family?


His family already knew. His son initially contacted me and woelen when they found his account and extensive post history here. Most of the messages I delivered from members also referred to him as Magpie.




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[*] posted on 25-12-2019 at 20:36


Rest In Peace brother. I will alway think fondly of our conversations on alternate fume hood fan designs, 10+ years ago. His demeanor and clarity in posts are the benchmark the rest of us should strive for. I can only hope to be as inspired in my retirement, years from now, as he was to chemistry.



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[*] posted on 26-12-2019 at 19:38


rest in peace.
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[*] posted on 2-1-2020 at 13:01


Just now saw this.

RIP Don, you were an example to us all. I will miss our talk of autoclaves and all the knowledge and great stories you shared on and off forum.





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[*] posted on 2-1-2020 at 16:21


Oh dear.

It's tragic to hear of his passage and know that this corner of a tiny world will glow less brightly. He was a voice of patience and reason (often when severely tested), and a mentor to members new and old alike (apparently in-keeping with his off-line life, which is a great thing reflecting real character). He had my respect, and now my condolences. I sincerely hope that his family can get something out of the fact that he meant so much to so many, here.

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[*] posted on 3-1-2020 at 12:03


My respect to his family for the loss, he will be missed my only contact with him was obtaining studies for him....he will be missed and his posts will continue to be with us guiding us through what he did best.....solo



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[*] posted on 6-1-2020 at 16:27


That's very sad news, this forum, and the excellence of some of the contributors on here were what made me interested in amateur chemistry. He was one of the best, a real scientific man. I never had contact with him but his posts and syntheses were always excellent and reliable.

May he rest in peace.
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[*] posted on 7-1-2020 at 15:57



Another asset gone.
One sometimes does not appreciate what is there until it is gone.

RIP.

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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 01:33


Magpie was a Huge Inspiration.

Seeing what he did was like adding fuel to an inquisitive mind on fire.

His contributions will be deeply missed.

To my shame i have not yet repeated his Congo Red preparation, which i promised him i would do

http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=66391
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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 02:00


Well, good to see you aga.
I share your feelings on Magpie. A couple of weeks after the event and I am still stunned when I think about it.
Maybe doing the congo red will be just the thing...
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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 10:28


Thank you Magpie for your contributions here (and elsewhere).

You were always kind, helpful, and encouraging, and I am grateful that we chatted even a little bit!

Thank you Polverone as well, for bringing it to our attention, and posting the obit., etc...

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[*] posted on 9-1-2020 at 14:56


I never met Magpie. In fact I did not know of his existence until today, having joined this form after his passing.

However, just from reading what has been said about him here I am saddened by his death. It would have been an honor to know him and to work with him in these intellectual pursuits. We should all strive to be more like Magpie, and I know I will.
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[*] posted on 16-3-2020 at 14:16


This is so sad.. he was a friend.
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[*] posted on 2-5-2020 at 12:07


I received an email from Rosco, intended for Magpie. I think that it is appropriate to place this into this thread.
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For Magpie from Rosco:

Song of Divine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47sVoCPDDyM


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[*] posted on 8-5-2020 at 06:46


So sorry to hear that. We lost a true alchemist.
Rest in peace Magpie. Your memory live on forever. :(
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[*] posted on 8-5-2020 at 22:32


I am saddened to hear Magpie has leveled up... His input was fantastic. The care in responses was most appreciated. I feel I learned from him, not just chem.

When I saw the news here, one of our interactions on SM came to mind. It was his copper boiling flask thread. I was so keen to chime in as I loved working with copper and it was nice to feel shared ground with an accomplished and respected member. At least in that I'm familiar with working copper and could shop talk a bit. Got all into the discussion and threw up an illustrated drawing of my take on drillbits, complete with incorrect assumptions I later realized, which led to some embarrassment. I, just a couple posts later, went so far as to ask a dumb question about price and was kindly referred to the opening post link... My battleship was sunk...

I thought of this from time to time, when feeling compelled to throw in a few words just to be a part of the conversation. A good lesson.

I also was reminded that just because you take a couple things to be so b/c of some minor observations, sans actually looking into it... You can be wrong, and it can be embarrassing

And lastly, I was nice to know that I'd been a chatty pest, been wrong and short sighted... But was only met with a kind reminder of where the information was located... WHAT A CLASS ACT!? I can only hope to aspire to that level of understanding one day.

You will be missed Magpie, RIP




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