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I thought Dave 2 was the user name for Denny brown .They have the same bushy eyebrows .

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Edward Richard Greer 

Eddie Greer aka "Fast Eddie" passed away in Belfast a few days ago, with the funeral this weekend. Eddie ran the Escape bar in Chiangmai and after having sold it to numerous people, "escaped" to Pattaya.

The the last time I saw Eddie was on a sojourn to Pattaya.. I did hear that he had returned to Ireland. He now joins the list of Chiangmai characters mentioned in the previous pages. 

 

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Eddie Greer was a real character and the Escape was a popular hangout when he was running it. He also made the best BBQ pork ribs that I have ever had in Chiang Mai and they were very inexpensive. One of his partners was Blinky Bill (Ian) - another Chiang Mai legend - who also went on to the afterlife a few years ago.

 

RIP Eddie.

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Long time ---no see.... but still have fond memories of you Eddie  from The Escape days about 20 years ago.  Wherever you have gotten to,  set all of the rest straight and rest in peace

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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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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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10 hours ago, Bee991 said:

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.

 

I went to Harry's funeral and will certainly miss him. We stayed in regular phone contact after he was home-bound with sciatica. He came to Thailand as a representative of Lang Hancock and Peter Wright and I worked on several projects with him. A brilliant geologist but very much of the old school. His daughter is studying geology in NZ.

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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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