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Sad news from Arizona: confirming that Robespierre died in July (2009).

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Sad news from Arizona: confirming that Robespierre died in July (2009).

Old Sep 18th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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Sad news from Arizona: confirming that Robespierre died in July (2009).

In follow-up to a thread on the Fodorites' lounge, I did what many of you did - - and sent an e-mail message to "Tom" who was better known here as Robespierre.

As it went un-answered, I anticipated that it might be an e-mail address no longer being checked.

No longer being checked - - and unknown... to his widow.

Since Robespierre and I had shared telephone communications in 2007 regarding a common bond - - cancer - - I decided that I would make the call.

His now widowed wife confirmed to me that his illness became suddenly and unexpectedly worse in July and he died after a short decline.

I promised her that I would share the sense of loss our Fodor's community would surely feel, with his passing.

She seemed to be happy that I had called, and related that she knew well how much he felt connected to many in this cyber-corner of the world.

Best wishes to all who knew him...

...and a feeling of deep sorrow that none of us could be "there" (here) for him in his final days...

Rex Bickers, M.D.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear this, Rex. Thank you for letting us know.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Thank you for checking on this. Robespierre will be greatly missed on this forum. My condolences to his family.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Oh, how very sad! Thank you for calling to check as we have been wondering what happened.

RIP Robes.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:03 PM
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Oh dear. Very sad. I will miss his caustic wit and helpful advice. Thanks for the post, Rex.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Oh no. I'm very, very sad to hear this news. I was worried that he was not doing well. Rex, thank you for letting us know.

My condolences to his family. He's already missed.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:06 PM
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I am so very sad to hear this !
Thank you for letting us know, Rex and my condolences to his family .
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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He really will be missed

A man who told things as he saw them. Never a pointless "you'll love it". Honest, perceptive, knowledgeable, generous with his insights and a real asset here.

RIP
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:10 PM
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Thanks Rex, this is such a loss for our community here. Condolences to his friends and family.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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Damn. I liked that guy. And this place just isn't the same without him.

RIP, Robes.

Thanks for letting us know, Rex.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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What very sad news.

Thanks for letting us know, Rex.

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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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Adding my condolences. Robes was one of a kind, and I'll miss him.

Thanks, Rex, for taking the trouble to find out and let us know.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:13 PM
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Rex, thanks for making the call and thanks for posting the update. I still remember seeing the GTG photos of Robes from last year (?) and he looked happy and full of life.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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Dear rex, I am so glad you had Robes phone number and made the phone call. I have been afraid that Robes was no longer with us and sadly that is the case. I too will miss him, flanneruk described Robes personality perfectly in my opinion.

My deapest sympathies to Robes wife, two sons and all his loved ones.

I am heartbroken.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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I am really sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Here is the Paris GTG thread which Robes attended, from Sept 2008; and photo link is in that thread.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-paris-gtg.cfm
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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Robes was such a great resource for all of us non-techies. I remember how he always posted really good deals on products; thanks to him I got a great phone to unlock for European travel and he walked me through the whole process. He was very generous with his time & his considerable knowledge. He will be missed.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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Sorry to hear it. Thank you for posting this sad news, Rex.

RIP Robes.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:23 PM
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I am so sad to hear this news. Thank you Rex for passing it on.

Robespierre's distinctive voice here will be greatly missed.
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Old Sep 18th, 2009, 12:25 PM
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when i read the OP my heart sunk - seemed like losing a good friend - so so sorry - he tirelessly gave links to public transports in Paris and London, etc. He will be sorely missed.
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