Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/03

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Subject: [Leica] Sad news
From: jshul at (Jim Shulman)
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 12:33:25 -0400
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I remember that shot of Kyle's well--Martin and I had come over to Chez
Cassidy for a visit, and discovered that the Victorian pile next to Kyle's
house has been demolished.  We posed for pictures in the red brick rubble.

Today, the former Victorian place is now a vacant lot, which by rights
really should be Kyle's garden--complete with Morticia Addams trimming the
thorn bushes.

Jim Shulman
Wynnewood, PA

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Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 3:55 PM
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Subject: Re: [Leica] Sad news

Hi Nathan,

Here is the obituary I received shortly after his death written by his

Martin was subject to periods of severe depression which we all noticed in
his time here in Vancouver, and they finally got to him, especially after
his marriage broke up and he realized she had used him.

I was very fond of him and always enjoyed time together with him. I miss him
much more than I could have anticipated.



>I have had the pleasure of meeting Martin and can't believe that he is
>I will dig in my archives for pics.
>And have a single malt.
>And reflect on the fragility of it all.
>Nathan Wajsman
>Alicante, Spain
>On Oct 2, 2009, at 6:36 PM, Kyle Cassidy wrote:
>>  It is with great sadness and disbelief that I have learned of the 
>>passing of Lugger Martin Howard who died suddenly while on a business 
>>trip to Sau Paulo, Brazil. There are no further details on the 
>>circumstances at this time.
>>  Many of you who have been on the LUG for a while remember Martin's 
>>exquisite photo narrative of buying a gigantic mid 70's Lincoln 
>>Continental, which he dubbed "Eric The Red" (or "the longboat") and 
>>then driving across America in it visiting Leica owners. Martin, I 
>>believe, hailed from England, but lived in Sweden and, it seems, 
>>called the world his home. He was a smiling fixture at many lug 
>>  His travel diary is still on line: 
>>  I remember specifically Martin writing a "bot" (short for roBOT) for 
>>the Leica IRC chat channel where he was a frequent participant 
>>( #leica) His bot, dubbed "Leica Bob"
>>pretended to be a very obnoxious Leica owner. It would react to words 
>>that people posted ("Noctilux" and "Tilly" being two that come to 
>>mind) and retort with ... fabulous hilarity and witty insults -- 
>>leaving many an unsuspecting Leica Owner baffled as to just who "Leica 
>>Bob" was and why he hated Nikon's so much. I actually remember 
>>laughing so hard it was difficult to breathe sometimes when Leica Bob 
>>would pipe up from nowhere and join a conversation.
>>  If you have any photos of Martin, it would be nice to gather them up 
>>and send them to his family. Also, I recommend that remembrances & 
>>anecdotes be posted here and can be forwarded along at a later date. 
>>He was much loved and I'm sure it will be of some consolation to his 
>>family to know just how much.

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