Gonzo the Face

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The fellow Eric, who had that broken neck and a serious concussion. Rode around NW Chiang Mai on a beat up motorcycle, head twisted to the side, woke up somewhere in Ko Samui and didn't remember much. Intelligent from Connecticut with a huge vocabulary, but no money, we had to buy him beers but we tired of doing it. Then they found him in his condo passed for three days or so near the convention center.  A few months ago.

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Andrew Forbes, who lived in Chiang Mai for over 20 years, passed away suddenly in Luang Prabang, Laos aged 67, on March 5, 2017.  He was in Luang Prabang to lead a tour of Indochina for Wilderness Travel.  Hearing of his illness, his best friend and business partner David Henley rushed to LPB and was with him in his final moments.  His wife Phet arranged a cremation there and his ashes were returned to Chiang Mai and spread on the Ping River, after a ceremony at his home in Nong Khwai, Hang Dong, attended by his daughter Isabel, who lives in London, and his many friends in Chiang Mai.


Andrew, full appellation, Dr. Andrew Donald Wilson Rashid Forbes, led a life rich of travel and experience.  He was a scholar, whose PhD thesis “Muslim and Warlords in Chinese Central Asia: A Political History of Republican Sinkiang 1911–1949 “ was published by Cambridge University Press, and  a historian of great knowledge, particularly on East Asia and the Middle East.  His series of books “Ancient Chiang Mai” give valuable insights into many esoteric corners of Northern Thai history and culture.


I had the good fortune to work with Andrew and David some time ago, producing illustrated large format books to form a series called “Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia”. I was impressed not only with his powerful intellect and incredible knowledge, but also his sense of humor and appreciation of life’s absurdities and vagaries.  His generosity of spirit gave me valuable encouragement in my aspiration to write, and always kept me laughing.


We’ll miss you, Doctor Forbes!
 

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Regarding my post above on Andrew Forbes, please note that Andrew passed away on February 5, not March 5.  My apologies for the error.

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It is with the greatest regret that I must report the death of long term CM resident and US citizen Richard Bonine. His daughter Catherine has just informed me that he passed away this morning.

 

For those of you who knew him he had been suffering recurring respiratory problems in recent years and was only able to visit his favourite haunts when the smog and temperatures allowed.

 

Richard was a fine man who I have had the privilege of being able to call a friend for many years. We would meet, in his healthier days, in a variety of watering holes and ‘put the world to rights’, we would not always agree with the outcome of those ‘discussions’ but all always parted friends and agreed to disagree.

 

Recently, as bad health caught up with him, he was only able to go out to the city for an early morning coffee and pick up some western food and a discussion! Despite his failing health he kept a cheery but cynical outlook on life which I and all his friends will certainly miss.

 

Richard’s funeral will be held at Wat Ko Klang on Monday. I will post more details as I get them.

RIP Richard and my condolences to all of your family and friends.

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Rip: Dew Kosurat (Cutler Barber Shop)


This is just a quick message to let people know that the young barber Diew (Dew) of the Cutler Barber Shop has died. The reason for my post here is that Cutler's is a popular vintage barbers with foreigners in Chiang Mai. Therefore, there will be some of you here who knew this lovely guy. Sorry, I don't know the circumstances of his demise.


There's a bit more English info on their FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/THECUTLERBARBER/?fref=nf&pnref=story


Best regards,


Stubby
 

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One many of you may know, Mark Tartano passed away last night, 9th April, with a blood infection.

 

Mark ran the Pirate's Cove for several years and more recently was managing Tawan's Bar and Bistro off Chan Klan Road. I don't know any details regarding the funeral yet.

 

One of the nicest guys I've met here, rest in peace big man.

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A very polite large fellow that has been running Taiwan's for several years? A very pleasant man and a good cook too. RIP Mark.

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13 hours ago, Ulysses G. said:

A very polite large fellow that has been running Taiwan's for several years?

That's him. Far too young to go.

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10 hours ago, naboo said:

That's him. Far too young to go.

Yes indeed. He seemed like he had a lot going for him. 

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Reading through this thread I'm struck by how relatively young most of these people were. Much much younger than the average life expectancies of their home nations. Hmmm

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