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    Flotsam (Neal Williams)


    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

    Hi All,

    It is with much sadness that I inform you of Neal passing away. I have been in contact with a close friend of Neal's (Peter Salo) the last few days. I will post the main part of our correspondence which contains the most detail including info on the Memorial set for feb9th:

    Neal and I were very close for 35 years, hiking, bicycling etc.
    It was photography that brought us together. He was a great resource
    for me.

    Neal had a few problems that conspired to prevent him from being more
    active. A case of gout that would make his foot and ankle hurt terribly, a
    twitchy lower back, and a knee that could have used some help.

    Yet he was always upbeat and fun to talk to. He possessed a great
    sense of humor.

    I spoke to him on Thursday night (1/17) but he had a bad case of
    laryngitis so we cut it short. During the last 6 months, Neal spent most of his time at home. After calling him all day on Saturday
    and getting no answer, (this was not unusual as he didn't always pick
    up) his brother, Brian and I were growing concerned and Brian was going to come up to Neal's in New York on Sunday anyway.

    That's when he found him. It appears to be heart related. He passed
    away in his chair with the TV on. We suspect he had a blockage that he was unaware of and all indications point to heart failure.

    It was totally unexpected.

    So, please go ahead and make the announcement, if you need any facts
    about Neal you can contact me. And please feel free to post my APUG username (peters2004) and my real email address:
    peter@itscurtainsforyou.com
    in case any of Neal's APUG friends want to contact me.

    There is going to be a Memorial for Neal on February 9 at 2PM at the
    Waterwheel Cafe on Rt 59 in Montebello, NY.
    It's about 2 miles from New York State Thruway Rt 287, exit 14B
    (Airmont Rd) in Suffern, NY.

    Thanks Sean. Neal was very proud to have known you and talked often
    about you and the improvements you were making
    to the APUG website over the years. APUG was a big part of his
    photographic life.

    Peter
    More details about Neal:
    APUG profile: http://www.apug.org/forums/members/flotsam/?do=getinfo
    forum posts: http://www.apug.org/forums/search.php?do=finduser&u=241
    gallery: http://www.apug.org/gallery/showgallery.php?ppuser=241


    Neal joined us on Oct 1st, 2002 (member 241) and had over 3,200 posts. Neal was as good as it gets when it comes to APUG participation. He was a positive, good natured, genuine and knowledgeable fella always willing to share. It only takes browsing his posts for a few minutes to realize how much we've lost. Feel free to post your condolences. Peter may want to print the thread and take it to the memorial service for family and friends to view.

    Sean

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    Thank you for posting Sean. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was one of the first to respond to my introduction when I started to post here on APUG, and I enjoyed his participation, and his photographs.

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    Neal was the 'pugger who probably lived closer to me than any other, and who I always intended to hang out with sooner or later. Sadly, that never came to pass. He was funny, smart, and a good photographer whose posts to this site were always interesting and often fun to read. Rest in peace, Neal....you'll not be forgotten here....you're sorely missed.
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    Neal was one of the regulars around here who always contributed in a positive way to the APUG atmosphere with good information and a good sense of humor. He will be missed.

    Here's an old favorite from Flotsam's APUG gallery--

    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    Neal, we will all miss you. Please let his family know how much he was loved here and how much he will be missed by us all.
    Jeanette
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    Isaiah 25:1

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    I think Neal said what I'm trying (and failing) to set in words:



    I miss him.
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    I always enjoyed reading Neal's comments.

    Rest in peace
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    Very sorry to hear of his passing. He will indeed be missed.
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    This is sad news indeed. My condolences to Neal's family and friends.

    Regards, Art.
    Visit my website at www.ArtLiem.com
    or my online portfolios at APUG and ModelMayhem

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    Very sad news. I liked Neal, he was one of the good'uns. I'll miss his presence here. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


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    Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.



 

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