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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:48 am

Very sad to hear this. Not sure what I can say that hasn't been said already... while we disagreed on many things, he was always civil and knowledgeable - I learned a lot from him.

By the way, I double-checked and confirmed it - my last PM on this site was in September, and with him (I don't use the PM function a lot). Talking about his recent visit to Portugal and discussing geology - how fitting.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):
This is such sad news.
It will lbe strange not to see his posts anymore.

Totally agree... can't remember when was the last time such an influential member of this community passed away.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:00 am

I hate these threads.

Rest in peace, Alan.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:28 am

Alan's death is a big loss for the forum. My condolences to his family and friends.
With great respect, rest in peace, friend.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:40 am

Alan and I had many discussions through the years. He was one of the people who made this site worthwhile. I'll miss talking to him about our many shared and diverse interests. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Rest well, Alan, and take comfort in knowing how many people's lives you touched.

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:43 am

Wow...

A.net just lost an deep thinking intellectual heavyweight.

I will miss this guy, one of the few who really understood me head to toe!

I had to go take a look at his last PM to me to remind me of his razor sharp mind and craftsmanship with words...a huge loss
on this plane indeed.

Alan my good man, I know in the alternative and/or parallel universe where one of Earth's identical or near twins exist, you're still posting and bringing the fire.. keep up the encouragement and support, it is always appreciated and whoever is on the receiving end, is walking away a bit wiser than he was before.

You're one of the lights that made this world a much brighter and happier place.


You are missed

Thanks so much imiakhtar for being diligent to bring us this finding and sharing what has occurred.

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:02 am

Well, that's a punch to the gut. He was a really great contributor to this site.

You'll be missed, Alan. My condolences to your family.  

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:09 am

This is a (very sad) bolt out of the blue. His posts were often cryptic and had to be read carefully (or twice) to catch the subtelties. A gentleman in the true sense of the word, and he will be sadly missed on A.net.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:13 am

Quoting BN747 (Reply 54):

You are missed

Thanks so much imiakhtar for being diligent to bring us this finding and sharing what has occurred.

You're welcome. I would have posted the details sooner only I didn't want to write him off until I'd checked a number of sources.

If people here are okay with my doing so, I will send this thread link to one of his research associates who will hopefully forward it to his family. Please let me know.

Thanks.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:19 am

Farwell old friend ... you will be missed  

He was truly one of those members who was always a close friend although you never met him  
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:26 am

Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 57):
You're welcome. I would have posted the details sooner only I didn't want to write him off until I'd checked a number of sources.

If people here are okay with my doing so, I will send this thread link to one of his research associates who will hopefully forward it to his family. Please let me know.

Thanks.

You have my support on this 100%!

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:33 am

What a punch in the gut to come home to from a hard days teaching!
While Alan had many, many interests he was a "teacher" through and through! We had many IM threads about students and the things they do to you, believe me he had many stories. (Some of which would have had his Dean/Vice-Chancellor being very uncomfortable.)

You will be very sadly missed mate!

RIP

My condolances to the family

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:45 am

Very sad news - a shock really - and may he RIP. Like many, I'd always enjoyed reading his posts on all topics aviation and non-aviation... a huge loss for the A.net community!
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:34 am

Very sad news. Baroque was a great addition to these forums, and reading his posts were always educational.

My condolences to his friends and family.

Out of interest - how old was he? It's impossible to tell when conversing with someone online.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:36 am

Quoting astuteman (Reply 13):
I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to do this, and to have the compliment returned in his local watering hole in Wally.

Alan possessed the sharpest (and zaniest) wit I've been privileged to come across, and I'm sure that A-net has lost one of its foremost members, and resources.

Professor of Geology at Wollongong. Not bad for the son of a Geordie coal miner

You'll be very sadly missed, Alan.

I'm sure we all pass our condolences on to the lovely Dian


Astuteman has said it all. I also was very fortunate to meet with him and his wife in Wollongong and enjoy all his qualities and fine character, and his very kind hospitality at the family home. I exchanged many emails and private messages with him. Too bad that this tradition will not continue anymore. This is real shock and a very sad start of my day.  
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Quoting klaus (Reply 25):
Well done, Alan. You'll be remembered.
Thank you for everything and all the best to your family!


Indeed many thanks for everything he has contributed to this forum.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 58):
He was truly one of those members who was always a close friend although you never met him


And if you would have met him, like a few of us were lucky enough to do, you would have thought of him as an even closer friend. A real friend he was, and I will always remember him as such.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:11 am

Gutted. We exchanged many PMs and shared many common views. He will be sorely missed.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:30 am

this is a huge shock, I remember reading something from him not to long ago and thinking to myself that's Allan. I always looked forward to the PM's that came my way on a variety of topics. He will be sadly missed, RIP old chap, and happy flying!
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:38 am

I'm very sorry to read about his death. I didn't know him that well, but it is tragic when any a.netter is no longer amongst us.

RIP
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:27 am

So long, Baroque mate. Enjoyed your company all these years. A big loss..........
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:28 am

RIP Alan - He lived in my home town and knew some family friends. As it turns out, I may have met him many years ago, as he was a Geology professor at my alma mater whilst I was studying physical geography.

Maybe it was the Wollongong thing ( a good working class mining/steel town years ago), but it was always great to be in a non-av with Alan cutting through the conservative BS that can go on here at times. I'll really, really miss him on a.net....
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:42 am

One of my favourite posters is gone.
A voice of intelligence and wit and tolerance and knowledge... We will feel his absence.
I'm awfully sad.
Rest in peace, Baroque, in our hearts.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:09 pm

Bugger   . Always enjoyed his posts......
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:17 pm

I've never had the honour of meeting him, but having read many of his posts, one gets the impression that he is an intelligent, quick-witted fellow. I've enjoyed my online debates with him. He was a great man and will be sadly missed by the A.net community. Rest In peace, Baroque.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:51 pm

Horrible news!   Alan, you will be missed!

Godspeed, mate!

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:16 pm

Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 57):
You're welcome. I would have posted the details sooner only I didn't want to write him off until I'd checked a number of sources.

If people here are okay with my doing so, I will send this thread link to one of his research associates who will hopefully forward it to his family. Please let me know.

Thanks.

Please do - to lose a well liked and known member who brought so much, not just to those who knew him, but all who read his posts and enjoyed his wit and knowledge is a great loss for the entire community.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:36 pm

What a punch In the gut to read about this,While in transit. Alan was a prince of a poster. I had really hoped I would meet him one day in Oz.

May he rest in peace and I hope his family finds some comfort in the fact that he was so well loved by all of us here.

Imiakhtar, thanks for the picture.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:07 pm

I always enjoyed my discussions with Alan, he knew how to make a point and listen to others. We were supposed to have a drink when I came to that part of the world, and I'm sad to see that's not going to happen.

He brought strong opinions with which I often disagreed, but he also brought civil and respectful discourse to a forum often lacking.

R.I.P.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:19 pm

Quoting astuteman (Reply 13):
Professor of Geology at Wollongong. Not bad for the son of a Geordie coal miner

You'll be very sadly missed, Alan.

I'm sure we all pass our condolences on to the lovely Dian.

Very sadly missed.

Even in just getting to know him via this forum, his character and personality shown through the blue and white letters.

My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:20 pm

Bugger.

He popped up in the South Africa vs Australia cricket thread ( SAvAus In Cape Town - Cricket? (by Baroque Nov 10 2011 in Non Aviation) = after the first test, but I've only just noticed he failed to show up after the thriller that was the second test. A shame he didn't get that one to bow out on.

RIP.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:25 pm

Very sad news.

Thank you for posting this imiakhtar so as to let the the A.net community know we have lost a forum giant and post our condolences. I will miss him enormously on these boards for his witty, courteous and intelligent posts and am greatly saddened that we will never again see Baroque post on these boards.

Condolences to his family and may you rest in peace Alan.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:29 pm

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 77):
A shame he didn't get that one to bow out on.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Thanks, Alan, and others, for trying to get the rules of cricket through this Yank's thick skull!
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:31 pm

I know he was up there in age and he did pass along some great knowledge from the WWII era and also his posts in the oil field where always a good read. While I did disagree with him on many a subject in the fields of history and geology he always dropped some good knowledge on us and made me a smarter person from reading those posts. I imagine he would of been a good man to sit and have a pint with...Good bye Alan. RIP....
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:44 pm

My condolences.

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:06 pm

Deepest condolences to his family. Baroque will be missed.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:36 pm

I am in a slight daze of shock. I am saddened by his passing.

It's funny how the virtual world can suddenly stand up and knock the wind out of your sails. We never met but I had a very strong affinity for his outlook on life. I quite enjoyed his repartees in politics.

His temperament and his worldly view will be sorely missed on a.net. It won't be the same without him.

Thanks Alan, for being a part of our lives.

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:44 pm

Very sad, indeed. A great contributor to this forum, whether you agreed with him or not. Should his family happen to stumble upon this thread: I am sorry for your loss - he seemed to be a great man.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:50 pm

My condolences to his family. I've interacted with him through both posts and private messages here for years, particularly on the topics of Asian security issues and cricket. He will be missed  
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:55 pm

He knew so much and always stayed civil.

Plus he was a Flanders and Swann fan!

He will be missed!  

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:06 pm

Really sad news. Whilst I do not post here too often anymore I knew of Alan, specifically his contributions to the cricket related threads. He seemed an extremely intelligent, dignified and well balanced chap. RIP.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:38 pm

I´m sorry to hear that. Baroque was a very noticable guy on these forums who will be missed for sure.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:41 pm

This is extremely sad and shocking news. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

May you rest in eternal peace Alan.


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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:42 pm

RIP.
Like others, I only knew him through thread interactions, however I'm not surprised to find out that he was such a well educated person, that, along with his wit, fairly flew off the screen.
Condolences to his friends and family, he will be greatly missed.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:06 pm

Condolences to his family.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:05 pm

Godspeed Dr. Cook. Often seeing his name associated with a thread was enough to make me read it, because I usually found his posts interesting and intelligent.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:56 pm

RIP Alan, your contributions will be much missed. Your posts were often funny, sometimes surreal, always interesting. And wherever you are, I am sure that you will be keeping a close eye on the next Ashes series.

Deepest sympathy to family and friends.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:27 am

Very sad, had a lot of respect for Baroque. Even working around tons of oil & gas people, I often found Alan to have particularly insightful and unique comments about energy issues. Just seemed like a very honest, polite man. My sincere condolences to his family.

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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:31 am

Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 57):
If people here are okay with my doing so, I will send this thread link to one of his research associates who will hopefully forward it to his family. Please let me know.

Go for it. I posted my condolences on line with the SMH as well.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:50 am

Quoting imiakhtar (Thread starter):
Alan Cook, username - Baroque, passed away a couple of weeks ago

Many many thanks for passing on the information, even if it is most thoroughly sad. I liked his views and usually shared them.

Sure, death is part of life, but when it comes, it always is sad and bad.

So, I am admittedly a bit shocked nevertheless, and in his honour raise my glass

        

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Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 1):
His posts will be missed and the world is sadly a darker place without his wit.

absolutely so. I when reading through the posts above was moved to tears in a way. Death, in spite of it having occurred among family and friends so often in recent years, is something I always find difficult to deal with. At age 61, you know that you may live on for four decades or only for a short while

Whatever, I wish to, in case any of them gets into this WEBsite, tell his family members and his friends, my most sincere condolences
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:58 am

A-net has certainly lost one of it's finest contributors, I'm glad that I was able to read his intelligent posts. I'm now filled with sadness upon reading this news - almost like losing a relative.
Thanks Alan for sharing your time with us.
 
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:22 am

I am sorry to hear this. Much sympathy to Baroque's family and friends.
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RE: Baroque Has Passed Away.

Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:56 am

Baroque will be missed greatly, non-aviation forum is not going to be the same without him, I was hoping this topic poster was misinformed and Baroque would have replied having a good laugh at it, but no.

Luckily I had an instant message exchange with him a month ago, normally I dont message people seeking clarifications regarding some things discussed here so it was a first for me, and I'm so glad I chose to message Baroque, he was wonderful to talk to, welcoming and polite never hesitating in answering anything, with long replies not just a few lines, even personal questions which he could have just avoided off, truly a gem of a person.

May he rest in peace.

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