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Old December 30th, 2002, 07:41   #31
BoraTdi
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Wow, what a shock. God bless his family; his colorful personality will indeed be missed.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 08:24   #32
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Wow what a shock. I too was just thinking about him recently and wondering why I haven't seen him post in a while. I always liked his humor. He had a way of really making you laugh. He will be missed.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 09:19   #33
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Condolances to the family from Merna and Jim.
We didn't know Gregor well, but liked what we did know. Switca was an early resourse of TDI knowledge to me. He will be missed.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 10:08   #34
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Switca will be missed around here. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] He gave me advice on more than one occassion.

Switca, Kyre Elison......

My condolensces/regards to his family.

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Old December 30th, 2002, 17:02   #35
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Damnit! [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]

Why does this always happen to the good guys?

Travel safe my friend. I'll miss your sharp wit and good advice.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 19:29   #36
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Wow, truly sad news. He will truly be missed.

Rest in peace, Switca. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

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Old December 30th, 2002, 20:09   #37
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How awfully young for him to die. I have been doing some thinking about this event lately. He sounds like he was right in the midst of the best part of his life. It's good to see he did some of the things he really wanted to.
The feeling of closeness you can get from online pals is really remarkable. I have been on a small, closed mailing list for over five years, met 20% of the people on it, and I would be devastated if I ever lost them.
I've always wondered how one's online life interfaces with the "real world" when the inevitable happens. Seems pretty normally, kind of like people talking face to face.
You're in my thoughts and prayers, Switca.
Vaya con Dios.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 20:23   #38
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This is very sad news. I met Switca at TDI Fest 2k. Driv'n EZ's pic reminds me of talking to him at the show that day [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

My Condolences to his family....he will be missed.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 20:32   #39
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I just got some more info from Dave:
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I went to your forum page on Matt, It's nice to see that so many people met and liked him. He was quite a guy and the best friend any body could ever have. We met in high school, what seems like a million years ago. We had a lot of good times together, bad times too, but, we were always there for each other. His parents died 17 years ago and he only has a few relatives left in Ct. and they are all elderly. He has one cousin he kept in touch with.

My family and him were and always will be close. We were there for him when his Mom and Dad died, and now we are there for him. What more can you do for a friend?

Matt was the best man in my wedding. I'm sorry I'll never be able to return the favor.

Reading through the tributes to Mat, I saw what The Ripster, and TDI Believer said about his hat. I am sending along a picture of "Switca of Arabia" Please post it for me. You can also post this letter if you want.

I'm glad to see that you guys miss Matt, because he is sorely missed here.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Matt was the very first person I meet at the Hotel at TDIFest this year, and we had some great conversations (including washing our cars for the Fest). I'm grateful I at least go to meet him. We won't forget you Matt.

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Old December 30th, 2002, 20:50   #40
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Sonofagun [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

Always enjoyed his wit & sarcasm here on the board, had the pleasure of meeting him @ Fest '02. Was hoping to see him again at Fest 03...
Switca of Arabia, that's funny [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] quite fitting too.

Condolences from Canada to family & close friends. A damn nice guy.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 22:48   #41
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Switca was the first guy I met at the '02 Fest. He was in a hurry helping get things setup and had to clean and wax a scratch on his Jetta, but he made the time to say hi and welcome me there. His passing saddens me as his wit was always welcome and I had hoped to meet him again one day [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

Tonight I will toast in his honor... To Switca, our friend, You will be missed [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
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Old December 31st, 2002, 01:07   #42
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Switca will be missed around here. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] He gave me advice on more than one occassion.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I arrived at TDI fest 2000 with my partner and we met Tazz and Garret and a few other people in the parking lot. One of them was Switca. He and another gentleman and myself and JP went for breakfast. Your comment on advice struck a chord with me... he told me I shouln't be eating so much fatty bacon... and that is how I learned of his health problems. He was so at ease with the hand God dealt him, he was truly inspirational. After an hour of chatting it was like we were old friends. I am sorry that I will never get to meet him again in this lifetime... sorrier still for what his family must be going through.

You'll be missed.

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Old December 31st, 2002, 01:53   #43
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News of Matt's passing struck me hard upon first reading about it in the forums. I had the pleasure to meet him at TDIFest 2002, and through our always friendly correspondences on the forums and privately by e-mail, although we had never met before until that time, we were like old acquaintances who had only forgotten what each other looked like after the years.

I am deeply saddened by his passing. My prayers and condolences to his family and loved ones mourning the loss of a really great guy.

Rest in peace.
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Old December 31st, 2002, 15:12   #44
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My condolences go out to Switca's friends and family [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
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Old January 1st, 2003, 07:56   #45
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My condolences to Matts family.
we all at the TDI club will miss him. I too met Mat at the first TDI fest. He will be always remembered.
No wonders its been raining in the great white north.

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