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 Post subject: Alain van Acker (Doos)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:38 pm 
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It is with profound sadness and shock that I pass along tragic news.
Alain passed away yesterday morning in the Netherlands. He had not been well for some years and opted for suicide.

The selfless contributions he made, not only to our forum, but to the fields of gemology and jewelry history generally are immense.

We will miss him terribly.


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rust zacht lieve Alain... We zullen je missen.


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OMG! I'm in shock!

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I'm shocked as well - it seems so unreal and unfair.

Rest in peace, Alain.

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God bless you, Alain - you will be missed. :smt010


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Alain will be missed, his passing is tragic.


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I don't know what to say. Alain has been one of my online buddies for years, and an occasional companion to go and see some of the more interesting expositions in Paris when schedules and travel days lined up. He gave me a rather amusing practical lesson in how to read a spectroscope in a little bar off the Champs Elysees, the bartender thought we were doing lines of something and kept giving us dirty looks. :)

I'm deeply upset and sad that he got to the point that life was not worth living for him anymore. He deserved much more than that.


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He gave me a rather amusing practical lesson in how to read a spectroscope in a little bar off the Champs Elysees, the bartender thought we were doing lines of something and kept giving us dirty looks.


sounds like a great memory Nuck, hold that thought...

I will be attending his funeral on saturday and will drop a big bunch of flowers at his grave from the whole of GO.


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Thanks for that Tim. I've sent a note along to Gem-A as well.
We can all take support from each other and carry on our battle for truth in gemology.

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What an absolute tragedy.

I am shocked and saddened.

He will be greatly missed.


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God rest his soul.

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He seemed so vital and feisty, how could this happen? While I didn't always agree with him, his passing truly saddens me. May he find peace.


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I've been struggling for something to say. Alain I will miss you. You made me laugh. You infuriated me. You were one of a kind. May you find the peace you so longed for. :cry:

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