R passed away.....

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Re: R passed away.....

Post by Stan » Mon May 08, 2017 6:09 pm

Really gut wrenchingly sad news this. RIP Big John :(
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by Giorgio » Mon May 08, 2017 6:40 pm

Very sad news....and looking young...RIP....
and I remember sending one of my scarves to San Francisco when I made them....pretty sure he was the one asking.....

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Re: R passed away.....

Post by Andy_N19 » Mon May 08, 2017 8:06 pm

Really very sad news, I remember his posts well.
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by old pauline » Mon May 08, 2017 9:15 pm

Sad to lose one of the dot.org community and one who was evidently a nice guy in real life too. May he rest in peace.
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by 1 Bobby Hazell » Mon May 08, 2017 10:45 pm

That is very sad to hear. I never met him personally but very much enjoyed his posts on all matters, he was a big contributor back in the day.

Love and peace r in frisco

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Re: R passed away.....

Post by DAVEf » Tue May 09, 2017 1:19 am

His first trip over was in 1996 (made possible by some money his recently deceased mum had left him so it meant extra to him) and I was his unofficial guide. He only saw one game (a home defeat to Blackburn) but the sun shone and he loved LR. He then bought half the club shop followed by half a kebab shop. He was that sort of person.

We did the tourist things (including getting lost looking for Abbey Road --- but he did eventually got the prized pics of him on the Zebra crossing) and he got to meet a good few Rs in circumstances where alcohol was consumed immoderately. He was that kind of person. He also got to have a "proper" curry in Westbourne Grove. He ordered enough for three people then asked me what I was having. He insisted on paying and then tipped the waiters more than any tip they had ever seen. Yup, that kind of person.

Because of my mostly nocturnal lifestyle and the time difference between here and San Francisco we spent a good bit of time on line discussing Life and QPR. He was a true Yank --- but also a definite Anglophile and also a Football fan. He was big, brash, loud, funny, kind and just one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, ever. It's a loss for the world and a loss for all the people over there who will never replace what he brought to their lives.

Sorry to ramble on but RIP John, you were one very special person.
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by 222gers » Tue May 09, 2017 7:20 am

DAVEf wrote:
Tue May 09, 2017 1:19 am
His first trip over was in 1996 (made possible by some money his recently deceased mum had left him so it meant extra to him) and I was his unofficial guide. He only saw one game (a home defeat to Blackburn) but the sun shone and he loved LR. He then bought half the club shop followed by half a kebab shop. He was that sort of person.

We did the tourist things (including getting lost looking for Abbey Road --- but he did eventually got the prized pics of him on the Zebra crossing) and he got to meet a good few Rs in circumstances where alcohol was consumed immoderately. He was that kind of person. He also got to have a "proper" curry in Westbourne Grove. He ordered enough for three people then asked me what I was having. He insisted on paying and then tipped the waiters more than any tip they had ever seen. Yup, that kind of person.

Because of my mostly nocturnal lifestyle and the time difference between here and San Francisco we spent a good bit of time on line discussing Life and QPR. He was a true Yank --- but also a definite Anglophile and also a Football fan. He was big, brash, loud, funny, kind and just one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, ever. It's a loss for the world and a loss for all the people over there who will never replace what he brought to their lives.

Sorry to ramble on but RIP John, you were one very special person.
That's a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it with us.

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Re: R passed away.....

Post by UxbridgeR » Tue May 09, 2017 8:00 am

222gers wrote:
Tue May 09, 2017 7:20 am
DAVEf wrote:
Tue May 09, 2017 1:19 am
His first trip over was in 1996 (made possible by some money his recently deceased mum had left him so it meant extra to him) and I was his unofficial guide. He only saw one game (a home defeat to Blackburn) but the sun shone and he loved LR. He then bought half the club shop followed by half a kebab shop. He was that sort of person.

We did the tourist things (including getting lost looking for Abbey Road --- but he did eventually got the prized pics of him on the Zebra crossing) and he got to meet a good few Rs in circumstances where alcohol was consumed immoderately. He was that kind of person. He also got to have a "proper" curry in Westbourne Grove. He ordered enough for three people then asked me what I was having. He insisted on paying and then tipped the waiters more than any tip they had ever seen. Yup, that kind of person.

Because of my mostly nocturnal lifestyle and the time difference between here and San Francisco we spent a good bit of time on line discussing Life and QPR. He was a true Yank --- but also a definite Anglophile and also a Football fan. He was big, brash, loud, funny, kind and just one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, ever. It's a loss for the world and a loss for all the people over there who will never replace what he brought to their lives.

Sorry to ramble on but RIP John, you were one very special person.
That's a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it with us.
Agreed. Sounds like a lovely bloke. Fair play to you for looking after him too.
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by dm » Tue May 09, 2017 8:06 am

DAVEf wrote:
Tue May 09, 2017 1:19 am
His first trip over was in 1996 (made possible by some money his recently deceased mum had left him so it meant extra to him) and I was his unofficial guide. He only saw one game (a home defeat to Blackburn) but the sun shone and he loved LR. He then bought half the club shop followed by half a kebab shop. He was that sort of person.

We did the tourist things (including getting lost looking for Abbey Road --- but he did eventually got the prized pics of him on the Zebra crossing) and he got to meet a good few Rs in circumstances where alcohol was consumed immoderately. He was that kind of person. He also got to have a "proper" curry in Westbourne Grove. He ordered enough for three people then asked me what I was having. He insisted on paying and then tipped the waiters more than any tip they had ever seen. Yup, that kind of person.

Because of my mostly nocturnal lifestyle and the time difference between here and San Francisco we spent a good bit of time on line discussing Life and QPR. He was a true Yank --- but also a definite Anglophile and also a Football fan. He was big, brash, loud, funny, kind and just one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, ever. It's a loss for the world and a loss for all the people over there who will never replace what he brought to their lives.

Sorry to ramble on but RIP John, you were one very special person.
That's lovely to read. Thanks for posting that Dave.

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Re: R passed away.....

Post by Hoop'83 » Tue May 09, 2017 10:42 am

Back in 2006 I had a world trip planned and asked on here whether it would be easy to find somewhere to watch the World Cup in the US. John replied with an insistence that he show me around San Fransisco when I was there. We arranged to meet and a beautiful classic old American car pulled up outside my hostel with a rather large gentleman inside with a beaming grin! ""Daaaaaaaave so good to see you man" he exclaimed as if we'd been buddies for years. He proceeded to drive me around the city showing me its tourism and culinary highlights. As Davef says, the man could eat! A trip to Mexican quarter "the mission" culminated in a steak and cheese quesadilla feast that would leave most people on the floor!

After the grub he took me down to a live music venue to watch a band all dressed as medieval British Knights, followed by the headliner "arnocorps", who were all dressed as Arnie (governator, not bizarre old Qpr mascot) who proceeded to sing songs only about his films, in his accent. Lots of beer accompanied the night and it just struck me how out of his way this fella was going to make me feel welcome in his city when really he had no reason to.

We met up once more while I was there, and I'm happy to say I was able to hang out with him and return the favour on his trip over for the 2011 promotion party. His happiness at being able to share that with us reached new levels when one of his all time heroes Mick Jones walked into the defectors weld. Definitely a trip to remember.

I'm genuinely gutted to hear of his passing. An absolutely top bloke who clearly always put others before himself. His Facebook page is currently in meltdown so clearly this was not just a trait shared with me. My thoughts are with all those who knew him better than me.

RIP big man
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by thebigfatchef » Tue May 09, 2017 1:02 pm

Condolences to all the family

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Re: R passed away.....

Post by White Duck » Tue May 09, 2017 5:14 pm

Some great and moving tributes on here. R.I.P.
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by Montag » Tue May 09, 2017 11:02 pm

Very sad news. Always a balanced and interesting poster. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Post by WA Hoop » Wed May 10, 2017 5:26 am

Touching tributes to a larger than life character at a time of great sadness for his family. RIP r in frisco.
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Re: R passed away.....

Post by BiscuitRanger » Thu May 11, 2017 7:56 pm

Gutted by this.

Really appreciate post by all and those who know him and shared their experiences.
Always wondered if he was an ex-pat. Now I wonder how a full on "yank" could be so enamoured with the club. Top bloke. I'm sure he influenced people around him
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