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    Unhappy John Stovall Has Passed

    I just received this email from a friend of mine who knew John. I had been net friends with John for many years. We lived close to each other, although I never had the chance to meet John in person. He was a great supporter of my street photography and always talked about meeting me and buying me a cup of coffee. I cannot begin to tell you of the absolute sadness and emptiness I am feeling right now.

    John, was a righteous dude. The best of the best. A true Texas gentleman and a legend in our rugged, but gentle land.

    I will miss you, my friend.

    Here is a copy of the email I received with the details about John's passing.

    "John Stovall was found dead earlier today (people don't know when over the last couple days that he passed), I don't know cause of death-funeral is Monday Morning in a small town outside of Dublin.
    Graveside service will be held at 10am on Monday, 21 June at the Burkett Cemetary in Coleman. Harrell's Funeral home in Dublin is handling the arrangements.

    Thought that you would want to know."

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    That is sad. John was a regular here and always had a way of finding interesting articles or stories to share. Although I never met him, he seemed to be a very nice and helpful person. I will miss his interaction here.

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    Very sad. He will be remembered and missed here at GetDPI, for sure.

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    He will be greatly missed by his friends here on the forum. John had such a passion for photography ..he brought a lot to the party.

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    Really sad.
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    Oh this is so sad. John was such a huge part of this forum and a great friend of everyone here. I am deeply saddened by this news.
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    Wow, that is sad. He had gone through a rough period with his wive's illness and death and it seemed like he was really now having a lot of fun with his photography.

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    Heartbreaking News...
    just when he seemed to be Adjusting to Life without his dear Wife

    May he Find Peace and arrive safely in Leica Heaven

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    How awful. I will miss the interestingness he always found and shared here.

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    Terribly sad. Only knew John for his contributions to this board. His referrals to articles of interest elsewhere were always worthwhile reads.

    We'll miss you, John. RIP.
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    Very sad. Still young.

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    I am stunned... I never met John in person, but we shared many PM's and did several gear purchases between each other. He was a true gentleman and I will miss him very much.
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    On Human Fragility

    "Sometimes it comes to my mind, not death, but I tell myself, you are here today and tomorrow you will be gone."

    Jose Saramago, who also died today.

    May they both rest in peace.

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    Sorry to read this.

    Very sad.

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    I'm shocked and saddened. John will really be missed.

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    Very sad; just shows how frail we all are.
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    RIP John...

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    I was just reading his post momets ago regarding the iPad and Photo Mechanics when I came accros this unfortunate and sad news. I've enjoyed his reading his thoughts and postings here on GetDPi ever since I first joined and hearing such news, is always a sad. I'm sure he will be missed.

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    Very sad news. John was an educated man and loved to share his thoughts and great findings on this board.
    A lot of them were left unadressed... today i'm a bit ashamed to be among those who so often followed the links without taking the proper time to leave a note or a thanks. John, your contributions were much appreciated . Sometimes fun, sometimes educative, often inspiring, always instructive. You'll be dearly missed.

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    He will certainly be missed by many, including me. I enjoyed his many links and his spikey remarks. I hope he had a grand life and an easy death.

    Just this guy you know

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    Johns many positive contributions will stay a part of the special forum atmosphere that has been built up here. I'm glad to have known John through this internet community, despite living in different parts of the world.

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    really sad... he will be missed

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    my heart is breaking.

    John was always thinking about chucking it all and coming over to europe on a freighter to visit. we even discussed what cheeses and wines we would have...

    John, if you can hear me, you're still invited. travel will be so much easier for you now... and even though my cameras and lenses aren't quite as nice as yours, you are welcome to use anything i have so you don't have to worry about lugging your gear.

    tonight i will have some Patron in your honour, as you did for your wife a little over two years ago. it didn't make the loss any less keen, but we had fun discussing the merits of certain tequilas over others. and you had been so touched when your friend had brought it over, not knowing what other comfort he could bring...

    nasdrovia!

    may you be reunited your beloved forever.

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    John will be missed here. I've enjoyed his comments and links over the years and they added to the special vibe of this group.

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    I will hold him in the light.
    Yes, tonight it will be Patron, John my friend.
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    Such sad news, but I hope John finds good light. Forever.

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    How sad! He was so generous with his knowledge. I will miss him.
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    among the others, sadness at his passing. also proud that the forum can offer such a heartfelt rememberance

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    I found his Photo.Net gallery if you are interested in seeing some of his work:

    http://photo.net/photos/Stovall
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    Thanks Jack. Was actually looking for his "Golden" series without finding them.
    A lot of true gems in John's gallery.

    ...

    Patron tonight, then.

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    My biggest regret is that I never took John up on meeting him at a local coffee shop. Over the years, we had exchanged literally hundreds of emails. John was a very complicated person. Although liberal in nature, like me, he had a very independent streak and we clashed many times politically. But, I loved him dearly because I respected his intellect and wit. And, he is probably the most well-read person I ever encountered. John once told me that he had a personal library of almost ten thousand books, many of them rare first editions.

    John was never the same after the passing of his beloved Jeanne. I know it took a lot out of him.

    What a strange time we live in. When I opened that email and saw those first words, I was completely stunned and the tears just started to flow, and this for a man that I never met in person, but I felt as though I had just lost a best friend.

    I remember fondly the frist time he emailed me one of his "road kill" shots and told me that he was starting a new project and he asked for my opinion on it. I told him that he was a crazy old bastard. He emailed me back and said that he was fully aware of that fact but could I please keep it to myself.

    I will never forget him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Waldroup View Post
    I told him that he was a crazy old bastard. He emailed me back and said that he was fully aware of that fact but could I please keep it to myself.

    That just sounds so "John." Thanks for sharing that bit.
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    Stunned.

    Here is some info I found in a similar thread at the Texas Photo Forum, where he was obviously quite active and well known.

    Graveside service will be held at 10am on Monday, 21 June at the Burkett Cemetary in Coleman

    There were no instructions on flowers, but when his wife passed the instructions were in lieu of flowers donations should be made to the Dublin Public Library or to the Dublin Historical Society.

    Dublin Historical Museum
    116 W Blackjack
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    (254)445-4550

    Dublin Public Library
    206 W Blackjack
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    (254)445-4141

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    Maybe Jack would organize some kind of arrangement in name of GetDPI?
    Just a thought -i apologize if not appropiate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    Maybe Jack would organize some kind of arrangement in name of GetDPI?
    Just a thought -i apologize if not appropiate.
    I'd be happy to arrange a donation on behalf of GetDPI. Probably best to to his Historical Society?

    For those interested in participating, you can send a paypal (please use the personal payment option so there are no fees) to [email protected] and put John Stovall as the subject. I will collect all donations up through next Thursday (the 24th) and forward a single check from us to the society in his name on Friday morning the 25th.

    Sound okay?
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    Perfect and great idea folks. Please donate what you can. At least we can do something with this sad loss of a dear friend of our forum.
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    Sounds great, Jack.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    I'd be happy to arrange a donation on behalf of GetDPI. Probably best to to his Historical Society?
    I suggest splitting it with the library.

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    Very sorry to hear this. R.I.P. J.S.

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    I'm stunned. Reading John's posts made my life better and I am grateful that he shared his wit and his eye and his heart with us. I miss him already.

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    Like others have said, I'm stunned. What a saddening loss. John will truly be missed. He contributed so much here. I have enjoyed following his many links to interesting articles that I would have otherwise missed.

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    Very sad. He's now with his wife, may they find peace together...
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    I'm saddened to hear of John's passing. I, like many others here, appreciated his posts, and his links. I hope he and Jeanne have a wonderful reunion.

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    I too am saddened to hear of John's passing. I didn't know John. But I can
    imagine John's personality and character by those that knew him and have posted their comments here.

    May John rest in peace.

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    John always reminded me of a Texan with true grit! We will all miss what he brought to this forum.

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    A friend of John's got in touch to let me know that for folks who plan on attending the graveside service, they plan on meeting after the service here:

    Tiffany's Restaurant
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    Though I'm a newcomer here and never had the chance of meeting John in person, I am deeply saddened by his loss, or our loss for that matter. May he rest in peace.

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    Jonn was very informative with links to interesting articles and always busy with some sort of project.
    I found him honest and open, but also a bit controversial at times.
    Do you recall the days at DPR ? The Dead Cat and the Faux-LIECAs ?
    His passing makes me not only feeling sad but smiling too.
    He'll be missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Jonn was very informative with links to interesting articles and always busy with some sort of project.
    I found him honest and open, but also a bit controversial at times.
    Do you recall the days at DPR ? The Dead Cat and the Faux-LIECAs ?
    His passing makes me not only feeling sad but smiling too.
    He'll be missed.
    LOL. I do remember those. Like you, I'm smiling at some of those times and thats a good thing IMO. He's left us with lots of reasons to remember him and it's not many people in forums that leave that legacy. I suspect that people that knew him personally will have lots of memories also and he'll be missed by a lot of people as some knew him personally and like most of here and at other forums, virtually. Wouldn't we all like to feel we affect and touch so many people.

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