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Sorry to see you go. Violist joins our other dear departed friends

Sorry to see you go. Violist joins our other dear departed friends

Old Feb 23, 2021, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner
Many of us who have met Michael aka violist at DOs throughout the world will miss him.
RIP.

Sorry to see you go. Violist joins our other dear departed friends
Rest in paradise to the very first Flyertalker I met and to my friend
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 8:00 am
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Very sad news indeed. A gentleman, an artist and a treat on FT wine tastings as he had a great palate. RIP Violist, we will miss you.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 8:04 am
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Sad news to hear but happy to have met and wined & dined with Michael at a few NYC Wine Do's in years past. RIP.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 9:04 am
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I always dread getting notifications for this thread. This one is even sadder . RIP *violist*. I always enjoyed chatting with him at the various DOs we attended throughout the years.

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Old Feb 23, 2021, 9:22 am
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R.I.P. Violist. You will be missed. These are the earliest photos I could find of Michael from szg's Rolleyes Do in HNL October 2009. I think this was the first time I met wijomas in the flesh too.


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Old Feb 23, 2021, 9:26 am
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He was one of the people I always looked forward to seeing at SIN DO every year. Such a very nice guy.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 9:47 am
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Michael was a good friend to me. We always had a great time, whatever and wherever we were. He taught me a lot about good wine and great food. He will be missed. He and Pat introduced me to many dishes during our travels. I especially remember going to a restaurant in Berlin where they taught me about Schweinshaxe (German Pork Knuckle). Delicious!!!!
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 10:10 am
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Franny and I are grieving over the loss of a good friend. As I wrote to lili on Saturday as he was failing, we will miss him and his calm wisdom. He knew so much about food, wine, music, and life but only made simple, matter of fact comments, never trying to show off his vast store of knowledge.

Two unique occasions spring to mind when I think of him, one typical and one revealing. The first was at lunch in Singapore when we learned from him the art of the soup dumpling. The other was when, on the road between Teller and Nome, he was on his back under the van along with BOB W, attempting to put a wheel on the hub hat did not seem to fit (it did not). As that was happening, I kept wondering what his cardiologist would have said if he had seen Michael hefting that spare wheel into position. But it was something that needed to be fixed and he was darn well going to pitch in and help.

There are many other memories too numerous to detail but we can only repeat that he will be sorely missed. RIP Michael.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 11:12 am
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Michael was one of my earliest FT acquaintances, via WineDOs, SMD2, BerlinDO, and one or two Nurenburg DOs. He was always a font of knowledge on food/wine/travel/etc. One of my favorite quotes from him was (paraphrased, as I don't remember the exact words) "If you can survive transiting at FRA, you can survive anything".

RIP Michael - you will be missed. I will be opening a bottle of FMA tonight in your honor.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 11:26 am
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As I told Michael over the weekend, he was among the most fascinating and eccentric (in the best way possible) people I have ever known. I dont remember how I met Michael, he was one of those people who transcended FT and became a dear friend. I got to know him better when my son went to college in MA. Id go back frequently and, if Michael was in town, wed get together for wine or dinner and his engaging stories and conversations.

He and my son shared some specific music interests - subjects that I couldnt participate in or even much understand, but I loved listening to their conversations, and my son loved Michaels knowledge. Michael was so sharp, and with a great sense of humor (I found myself chuckling as I reread some of his more recent emails.) . Michael designed his own major at Harvard. 13th Century lit, as I recall. Id be surprised if he wasnt alone in that. Might sound pretentious, but Michael more laughed about the obscurity.

Squeakr mentioned Michael saying he cared not so much about dying or living, but about continuing to do what he enjoyed. I looked back over his recent emails and that comment made more sense to me. The latest health intervention was something to deal with so he could get out and travel, wine and dine.

As others note, Michael was a truly good guy. I could always count on his smile, kindness and easy-going temperament.
My family and I valued our time with Michael and his friendship. He greatly enriched our lives, and we will miss him. My sympathies to Pat.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 11:58 am
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Rest in peace Michael. I have very fond memories of time spent with you.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner
Many of us who have met Michael aka violist at DOs throughout the world will miss him.
RIP.

Sorry to see you go. Violist joins our other dear departed friends
We met Michael at a Do and subsequently bumped into him twice at airports at home and abroad.

He was a kind man with a great sense of humor and we will miss him.
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 12:33 pm
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Always enjoyed his friendly company and conversation at WineDo and SoupDo every June. RIP Michael
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Old Feb 23, 2021, 1:03 pm
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I have a lot of FT photos on my old computer, though I found this one of Michael from the Dutch Harbor DO in 2015 on my SmugMug. One of the best DO's I've attended and it was such a joy to have him on the trip with us. No matter if it was a month or a year since I last saw him, Michael was so much fun to chat with and to hear of his adventures around the world. I will miss being able to connect with him at BRT (I think BRT '19 was the last time I saw him) and other DOs around the world.


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Old Feb 23, 2021, 1:21 pm
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This is an absolute blow. He was without a doubt one of the nicest and most genuinely kind people I've ever met in my life. It was a delight to show up in New York for a DO and find him there. I will truly miss him.
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