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  1. Page Of Remembrance

    Yes I heard Harry's daughter Debbie was studying in NZ . She must be a grown up young lady now and nice to see shes following in her father's footsteps to be well educated. How time flies.............
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    Lyle Brys from Denver USA died at Ram Hospital 24th August 2017 of cancer. I met Lyle back in the days of the Escape & --Brian Hubbards Old Black Cat bar Cheers on Johns Corner of MoonMuang. Lyle kicked around with Ron Steven a Canadian IT tech guy who fixed PCs at the time until he ran out of doleros & left Dodge? Lyle was an inventor of air conditioning ducting systems in B train truck/ trailers in USA & lived on his royalties. He spent time around Chiangmai at the Escape –from Eddie to Bill Masters & Aussie cafe & John Newchoks GH PunPun. He married Suda & went back to USA to run his business. He tried to find nirvana in Asia but found it hard to settle [without roosters & noise which was & is practically an impossibility] & Chiangmai by then was losing its flavour to more cars, pollution & less old school expats. He finally came back to Chiangmai 2017 & found a home in Doi Saket as it was here he had his best moments in life & here he wanted to depart. In April I met Lyle in Chiangmai at Nicks Maddog & he told me the sad news of his cancer after Ram visits. August 2017 I flew back to Chiangmai to assist him in his last days. Indeed a sad time as missed seeing Gino and Harry in the process & another GI mate in Bangkok who had passed away in May? Such is life we are only here temporarily but I must say I have met some of the nicest people in places I never dreamt of ---Chiangmai being one of them. Ironic how one’s life turns. I no longer drink or go near bars but still come back to Thailand for RnR / biz & still run my original Thai business from afar which in Thailand is not easy--- ??? but thats life.
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    Sad to see so many I knew succumbing to life upstairs!!!!!!!!!!. By the way Eddie Greer was an excellent host & always made one welcome. Ian [ Blinkey Bill ] actually ended up making money when he sold his share in the Escape to the next partner. So good things do abound except when he tragically parted. August saw a few other Chiangmai expats passed away. Dr Harry Gair a PHD Kiwi Geologist from Cromwell NZ, passed away in early August at his home in Chiangmai. Harry never went near bars & was I think 92 when he passed away suddenly. Harry worked for the Rhodesia Geological Survey Dept [GSD] & re-discovered a famous archeological site in the Former Rhodesia that David Livingstone came across & has a meso named after him in Antarctica. He also worked for some of the biggest mining companies in the USA. Harry discovered fossil woods in Zambia at mid-Zambezi valley during coal exploration mid-Zambezi Valley. known today as the Chirundu Fossil Forest. He was a man of knowledge in his field yet he was fit as a fiddle even up to the time he passed away. Always immaculate, kind & a gentleman he had many good Thai & foreign friends & helped me when I first arrived in Chiangmai – very sad as I missed seeing him on this round by a week. Yet another amazing man to be remembered. RIP. Gino Wernikoff was a US Hollywood film effects specialist who lived in Chiangmai and was a member of the famed Chiangmai Golfers Club, passed away August 2017. Gino was an amazing character and a great entertainer at birthday parties and gatherings during the “late 90s & early 2000” era when Lennart Olsens --River Deli & Max’s Moon River Bar-- ran. [ The best days in Chiangmai as lots of parties then with some of Chiangmai’s finest expats from worldwide ]. I remember Gino doing a photo shoot of jewelry for a catalogue using a cardboard box lined with silver foil & how he could obtain certain reflections out of a beer bottle & cig packet with lights zooming into diamonds etc? Gino supplied the “clinging” swords for the Conan series of movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger made in Chiangmai & the old vehicles for the 1990 movie Air America which had 26 Thai military planes on hire. His Hollywood collection of paraphenalia included items of Clark Gable & a scaled replica yacht gifted to him from a movie. He had a Thai son? One of the nicest guys I ever met and again missed him also by 1 week. His funeral was a private affair & he donated his body to science I was told?
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    Sad to hear about Dennis Brown. Dennis was certainly a character; a good friend & honest to boot. He did many trips in his tiny Mazda Familia ute to Malaysia to see his wife & son then drive back loaded with merchandise for Kasems Store and others. He supplied the best baked beans & HP at that time amongst other things to many of us. That Mazda did over 450,000 kms when he finally decided time to retire it. Can’t remember but think it might have been confiscated on his last tour??? I told Dennis buy an Isuzu pickup which he did & was happy to have a bigger wagon for his walking stick runs up North with John Ball. His last trip the authorities threw the book at him on the border so his smuggling days ended yet it was a proud end of a chapter. I remember him telling me he was the only “Smuggler who got away with so much & lived to tell the tale”. Typical English style he was indeed a modern day smuggler who actually won the day----- true to his word. His last load was confiscated as by then the border customs finally woke up but by then he knew time to stop. He sold his nut crackers/squeezers etc with his UK daughter on his website named teaklimey.com [inactive] & had a small workshop with Thai workers making all sorts. He made some decorative boxes for me as a trial & was a perfectionist in whatever he set out to create with wood? Sadly missed I wondered how he was as never answered recent emails I sent? His favourite drink was soda from memory but guess due to his diabetes? Indeed a great guy.RIP-Dennis As for Eddie Greer he certainly had style to boot. So many partners in the Escape yet he could draw a crowd as small as it was. I was amazed when [Blinkey Bill] Ian got caught up in the web of partnerships & told me he got ripped off when running it but Eddie had a habit of getting partners with his bar talk; they doing most of the work & he still getting a sizeable cut until the partner woke up, had enough & left a little short!! But he was always up to his old tricks & offered me a partnership in Chiangmai which I politely turned down. Yes the spare ribs with corn? were the best back then on Thursday nights. He ended up running a Havana style resort in Pattaya for some characters which had bungalows/swimming pool last time I saw him & selling Tshirts back to NZ where he had a daughter in Hamilton? He never did change anywhere he went?????? so not surprising he headed back to Belfast? Been a few others pass away including Gino in August......... back again soon!!!
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