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Bump for our friend, and productieve member who died 10 years ago. Most of you probably don't know him.
This is by no means meant to be offensive or insensitive to the respect this man (who I did not know) and this thread deserves.
I only clicked it today, thinking it was posted in the past few days.
Then I saw "it was the guy with the qbn mugs".
Ben99 glad to see you are still alive. I want you to know, I was going to buy a magnet if it was you.
6 years ago, Harpo died. He was a very active member on QBN.
There is not many left of the gang from then, but think of him today
I hadn't spoken to Bart in 4 or 5 months. Life just got hectic. I got a new job, married, bought a house. . .
I invited him to the wedding and to stay with me for a while in Oregon. I wanted to repay his kindness from my time in Antwerp. Though he couldn't make it, I thought there would be more time and other chances. I am happy, at least, that our final words were of love and brotherhood.
He took me, a stranger, into his home and treated me as an honored guest. Introduced me to his mother and father who welcomed me with open hearts.
When I met them, I understood at once how Bart became the man he was. His mother was quiet, gentle and always smiling. She cooked witloof, clams and tiramisu for me. His father, full of boyish enthusiasm, showed me around the city, stopping at neighborhood pubs to endorse a new and delicious beer at each one. I recall trying my first "qwak" with Bart and his father in an old puppet theater. The memory makes me smile through the hurt.
I wonder how they are, half the world away... where I can't reach out to offer comfort. . . or to tell them how amazing a son they had. How many lives he touched. . .
How do you tell a grieving parent that their child changed the world?
I have no idea where I would be now without him. He befriended me and inspired me. He showed me things I never imagined... and taught me to pronounce words I never thought my thick, Alabamian tongue could pronounce. Mijn vriend en broer. Ik zal altijd je missen.
I have never felt so far away, nor as powerless to help your loved ones in their time of need. I miss you with my whole heart, brother. And I will love you always.
Thats great news!
This is horrible news. He was such a talented and nice guy...
can you post more info here?
WHAT? MY best friend????
wtf? how? what happened? he did portraits of everyone here and was a wonderful chap.
I sent you an email. God i hope Kiggen's account was hacked and they are stoned posting a really tasteless stoner joke.. (like crab and i did in the old days when together posting to QBN in my apt!!!)
Terrible news what a damn shame he was always a solid fellow on here back in the day.
Cheers to you Bart wherever you are.
That was him.
Janne, mail me...I'll give details...
christ.. so it is true?
Sorry to hear, RIP
thx for the response. let me know whenever i need to do/help things..
Sad day indeed. Was shocked when emu mentioned it earlier. RIP.
fucking hell... i don't know what to say... just was informed of this thread... :( talented / sweet / loving guy... horrible news :(
Condolences to his family and friends - way too young to go.
jesus fucking christ. i don't even know what to say.
rest in peace, bart.