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Subject: [Leica] Sad news
From: gregj_lorenzo at (Greg Lorenzo)
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 16:20:22 -0600
References: <9F07836ED74F1C42AA69DFBAF8A1E2F13662D702B0@MBX1.asc.local> <>

I met Martin a fews years back at a cafe over lunch near Tom and Tuulikki's 
place. This news just makes it worse.


Presume you meant to send off-list?


Greg Lorenzo

Calgary, Canada
> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 12:55:00 -0700
> To: lug at
> From: henningw at
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Sad news
> Hi Nathan,
> Here is the obituary I received shortly after his death written by his 
> father.
> 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.
> Regards,
> Henning
> >SHIT!
> >
> >I have had the pleasure of meeting Martin and can't believe that he is 
> >gone.
> >
> >I will dig in my archives for pics.
> >
> >And have a single malt.
> >
> >And reflect on the fragility of it all.
> >
> >Nathan
> >
> >Nathan Wajsman
> >Alicante, Spain
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >Books:
> >Blog:
> >
> >
> >
> >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 
> >>gatherings.
> >>
> >> 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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