From: La Salle, Colorado
Sad news indeed. His place here on Earth will be missed by many of us from all places around the globe. His local friends and family probably don't have a perspective on the global reach through the forum here. Unknown to them his passing will be felt by many people. Our community is the poorer without him.
They know. I'm sure Chickenboy told them. I told his wife today via email, that people from Singapore to South Korea, England to Sweden to the Czech Republic, France and many of the states and some of the provinces, all knew Joseph. That we knew him as a gentleman. That we are a tightknit group who share a love for history and a complex game. That we'd known Joseph for years. That he was a meticulous player who prepared thoroughly and who grumbled good-naturedly when an opponent pulled some tricky calamity on him, just like we all do, and that we will all miss him, especially his former opponents, who are quite hurt at his passing.
An hour later, I received the most beautiful reply from her. She must be quite a lady.
If Andre thinks its fitting, perhaps he can share her email address (at least via PM) so that others of you can write condolences. If you wonder if your words could be meaningful at a time like this, this was how she ended her email:
"Your words warmed my heart... He loved history so much and enjoyed playing very much... Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I will print out your email and treasure it forever..."
Thanks for the follow up, Dan. Sending a nice letter before we get 'busy' with the rest of our lives and move on is definitely the way to go. I've done so this morning as well.
Yes, if anyone wants his widow's email, please PM me.
Thank You Dan. I think all of us are becoming more and more aware of our mortality.