Post by Kristopher Crook, RAI on Mar 17, 2012 22:38:17 GMT
Though I never met him in person, he and I had a longtime online friendship dating to the Project Freeware days of the late 1990s. We stayed in touch via this forum, ours at RAI, , and Facebook. Although the news story said a campaign to locate him was started on Facebook, I had no idea he's gone MIA, as I was pretty ill around that time and not online as much ... I figured he just wasn't posting because he was busy, and posts from him I now know were from a 'bot were showing up regularly He and I had even made tentative plans to get together when he was next in the US to tour the many historic aviation sites here in Kansas.. While I do not know anything about Mongolian law, I hope the person the police have in custody that confessed sees swift and strong justice. I'm assuming so since of all the US government pressure to find John.
Wow, I'd heard John had gone "missing", but being that he was in Mongolia, I wasn't initially worried as internet and phone can be spotty in that part of the world. Very sad to hear of such a tragic ending to the story. He will certainly be missed around the FS world.
I knew John not only for his love of and dedication to the flightsim community, but also of his love of Naval history. The last discussion we had was over Japanese Cruiser models. It's a sad day for all.
Rest peacefully, John. May you always have a fair wind, and following seas.
Post by thomas32 - HJG on Mar 18, 2012 22:46:32 GMT
No words to say how much I'm shocked by this sad news! On the 25th of December, 2011 I recieved a very kind PM from John about a Northwest Orient repaint, and he told me about the business plans he had in Mongolia. And now I read this sad news.... May our friend John rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Mar 19, 2012 1:31:55 GMT
Having just returned home after flying 3 consecutive international and transcontinental sectors .... over some 21 hours flying time .... and over some 30 hours total trvelling time also .... AND .... as John KEANE and myself had, over the past several years, cultivated a very fine friendship between us .... he being 1 of a number of HJG team members whom I've, personally, represented "HERE" throughout the duration of his association with us .... this "IS NOT" the kind of news I welcome nor ever expected to return home to.
John and myself shared many a thing in common .... ranging from our airline interests to our enjoyment of ship modelling in particular.
I always respected John as being a "PERFECTIONIST" in everything he set out to achieve .... be it his FS texture work or his ship model detailing in particular. I remember, sharing many a pleasant discussion with John (whom would occasionally called me from Taiwan) in regard to new release kits and improvements of the detailing associated with existing kits to further perfect large ship models like the BISMARCK, TIRPITZ, SCHARNHORST, GNEISENAU, PRINZ EUGEN, HIPPER, LUTZOW, GRAF SPEE, LUSITANIA, MAURETANIA, OLYMPIC, TITANIC, and BRITANNIC .... all of which I remembered discussing with him over time. Even in regard to his modellig John was never a person to just sit back and complain about something/anything that wasn't quite right, but rather (and also rather like myself too), he'd always research, reconstruct if necessary, and then apply the necessary solutions in order to improve/resolve whatever appeared to be physically/proportionately incorrect in any ship model. John was a true master craftsmen in this respect.
John was also a person full of great energy and enthusiasm in regard to his FS texture work .... his ship modelling ..... his teaching of English in Taiwan .... his family "in particular" .... his breeding of tropical fish .... and his enjoyment of good glass of G&T too .... AND .... virtually every other imaginable project (including his interests within the hotel/tourism/hospitality industry) also .... all of which he undertook with a great sense of personal pride, compassion, enjoyment, along with a tremendous sense of commitment toward.
I always appreciated John's great and apparently endless sense of wit/humour too .... and which was something that even became evident within his HJG avatar as well .... particularly in regard to the movie "MISTER ROBERTS" (which was one of his old favourates) and the classic "WHO DID IT - WHO DID IT" line within that movie .... which was a reference to a particular piece of script/scene within which Mr ROBERTS, in a moment of absolute exuberance, uplifted his unpopular, eccentric, and anti-social masters prized palm tree and then hurled it off the ships bridge/over the side and into the sea .... then later, calmly but confidently, confessing .... "CAPTAIN .... I JUST THREW YA STINKING PALM TREE OVER HE SIDE". Stuff like that really amused old John .... in as much as it also really amused myself too.
John may now be gone now .... and there's absolutely nothing any of us can do to change that regardless of the fact that we'd like be able to do so for his and everyone elses benefit .... BUT.... as long as this FS group continues survive then so will a part of John survive "HERE" with us also .... both within the many fond memories, respect, and appreciation that each one of us (those whom knew him personally in particular) all felt toward him, and also in regard to everything else he contributed toward HJG in the form each one of the beautiful FS textures he so cleverly, and proudly, undertook for us .... each of which we are proud to be able offer "HERE" on his behalf and as follows ....