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Old 22 May 2016, 23:35
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He was a big man and immensely influential on my beliefs, though I knew him only virtually, and not personally. I also experienced his kind heart over PM.

RIP, Andy.

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Old 23 May 2016, 01:07
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I was sorry to hear about the passing of Andy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as all here who knew and worked with him.
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Old 23 May 2016, 03:27
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I'd been away from this site for a while, and coincidentally I had just returned from a get-together to mourn the losses of my 32Bn bothers during the Angolan war, and got a bit of a jolt when logging in and seeing that SOTB had succumbed. So much so that it's taken me two days to mull it over before posting my condolences.

It's remarkable the impact SOTB made on members here. Many characters on this site but he stood out.

When I first arrived here I soon felt his wrath and thought "well every forum has one" and put him down as the resident big mouth.
Next to dawn on me was his apparent dislike of anything South African.

I obviously don't know him from a bar of soap, like most people here, but after a while it occurred to me that he spoke a lot of sense. And he didn't take prisoners.
It also sunk in that we had remarkably similar backgrounds, both military and civilian albeit it in opposite ends of the world, similar ages, similar curmudgeonly outlook, similar atheism, similar dislike of a lot of things South African, and a similar cancer issue for that matter. My brother from another mother so to speak. If this forum was my home turf I'd be mouthing off exactly like him. How could I possibly hold a grudge?

So I sat in my corner and began increasingly to enjoy the chirps and confrontations, as well as his technical knowledge, and I always made a point of reading his posts. In fact I harboured a secret fantasy of possibly meeting up with him in a professional environment one day. Seems that day will have to wait till I also kick the bucket.

If we consider the vacuum he leaves here on SOCNET then we can just imagine the vacuum he leaves among his family and colleagues. It's those left behind that suffer. So my positive thoughts and energies go out to them.
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Old 23 May 2016, 14:06
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Back in 2013 I noticed, like a few others here, that Andy's posts were getting 'abnormal' and asked him if everything was okay. His response:
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All is good. I hope no one is taking anything I write too seriously. Its just the internet.

Cool to hear about your dog. I'm going to have to get another dog within the next year....

Andy
To those that signed up and got their pee pees whacked quickly by Andy, remember his pm to me above. He was good at seperating the internet and real life. More than most. I also know he had a big heart off screen and is a hell of a person that would go way out of his way to help a brother in need.(Yes, he's past, but to all of us that remember him, he is still here.. All you have to do is go back and read here... As long as this site is around, so will be Andy, and his awesome humor.)
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Old 24 May 2016, 19:11
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Old 24 May 2016, 21:47
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RIP SOTB.

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Old 25 May 2016, 01:25
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God Bless you SOTB.

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Old 25 May 2016, 03:45
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Met Andy once, and hoped to get together again. He had insightful posts about a wide range of subjects. Regards to his family. R.I.P.
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Old 25 May 2016, 14:37
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RIP, SOTB.

I was saddened to hear of your passing.
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Old 25 May 2016, 16:34
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RIP Andy, your wisdom and insight will be missed.

We'll have that drink in Valhalla.
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Old 25 May 2016, 17:26
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I had posted in the 75th forum when my uncle (former 1/75) had passed. He posted words that meant a lot to me then.

As a long time lurker on this board, he was one of my favorite people to read. Very funny, very smart and i learned a lot about the kind of attitude one should have if they're going to serve. I'd like to think some of his perspective rubbed off on me and helped me become a better soldier.

I'm gonna miss reading his posts on here for sure.

Rest in peace, Marine.
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Old 27 May 2016, 00:46
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I met Andy in 2003 on BIAP when he came to work for us on a contract. Ran into him again in Kabul a few years after that. For some reason I woke up this morning, and decided to contact him here. Quiet a shock to see his name on this thread.

RIP. Blue skies above.
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Old 27 May 2016, 09:49
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RIP and Semper Fi...I learned a lot from you on here Sir! Till Valhalla!
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Old 27 May 2016, 23:55
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I click on Socnet because it has always gone well with that morning cup of coffee.
Check in, read, go to work.

I admit I check in now to see who contributed to this thread and how they remembered SOTB.
Is that weird?

Why am I still sad remembering SOTB, and getting choked up?

There are so many people on this board that make this board great. This site means a LOT to me.

I just don't understand how the loss of SOTB preoccupies my time away from here. As someone else has already mentioned, my condolences to all those who knew SOTB.

I miss him.
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Old 28 May 2016, 02:21
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Old 28 May 2016, 07:10
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I click on Socnet because it has always gone well with that morning cup of coffee.
Check in, read, go to work.

I admit I check in now to see who contributed to this thread and how they remembered SOTB.
Is that weird?

Why am I still sad remembering SOTB, and getting choked up?

There are so many people on this board that make this board great. This site means a LOT to me.

I just don't understand how the loss of SOTB preoccupies my time away from here. As someone else has already mentioned, my condolences to all those who knew SOTB.

I miss him.
For me it's because he was such a prolific poster and figure here. He always had a strong opinion on whatever he was replying to...so now when I read a thread that would likely have elicited an Andy post...it's glaringly quiet or toned down. An empty space.
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Old 28 May 2016, 09:49
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My sorrow is slowly turning into a great respect, pure fucking admiration and pride that I "knew" such a man as 'South'.

I'm proud to be here amongst you all.
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Old 28 May 2016, 11:06
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I click on Socnet because it has always gone well with that morning cup of coffee.
Check in, read, go to work.

I miss him.
X2 - for around to 10 years since he signed up, he's been an integral part of my morning reading too. It's not the same.

I loved watching the way he handled people, what an intellect! I wish I could've met him.
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Old 28 May 2016, 13:23
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I loved watching the way he handled people, what an intellect! I wish I could've met him.
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Old 28 May 2016, 14:30
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There are those whose light burns so bright that one can't help but be burned when in their presence -- physically or via the Internet -- to where the scar they leave is a permanent reminder of the encounter.

He was one of those rare people! I sorely miss him and our talks via PM's already.
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