Tuesday, February 28, 2017

R.I.P.Gerard

Gerard Vlemmings, known to many as The Presurfer, started blogging in September 24, 2000. I started following his blog in 2002 and it led me to wonderful things on the web that I never would have found on my own. It also inspired me to start my own blog in 2005. One of the first people to link to my little blog was Gerard and I felt so important! He was my first and most loyal follower. Since then he has referred many people to my blog and for that I am grateful. I am sorry to tell you that Gerard passed away after a short illness on Saturday at the age of 67. Although we never met I feel that I have lost a friend and I will miss him very much.

18 comments:

Blondi Blathers said...

More than once I've wept at news of the passing of an "internet" friend.
Friends are friends. Period.
It sounds like you had a lovely connection.
-Kate

Cyn X said...

i'll miss him too, already do. now looking for a blog to get my fix & yours seems similar. plus i seem to recall you being made mention of on his blog or could've been i saw you in comments. anyway, your blog seems familiar. hope its okay if i follow. my account is private & i rarely comment but do like to read interesting stuff. :)

The Nag said...

Of course I would be delighted to have you check in on my blog when you can. Any friend of Gerard's is a friend of mine.

Chris Tyrell Loranger said...

I followed Kevin's blog "Nothing To Do With Arbroath," and he recently passed away. That was just a couple of months ago. I also followed Gerard's blog and have been waiting — and dreading — update number three. I was stunned to read your post Nag, and sad like you are. It's weird: We feel to miss these people we've not met and who know zip about us, but we do — those of us with working "hearts," anyway. Thanks for letting us know.

And thanks for all your posts. I always visit you, too. I'm from Vancouver. I love your hometown.

Best wishes, Chris.

The Nag said...

Glad to meet you Chris although I wish it could be under more positive circumstances. It is so sad to lose two people who we looked in on every day.

Johan said...

Thank you for delivering this sad news and what a fine tribute. He's to be proud of the curiosity that he's inspired. We all cherish one another.

All the best - Johan

Cyn X said...

:)

jimbo said...

So very sad . I've enjoyed Kevin's site and Gerard's for several years . Life is a lot less fun without these guys around .
Thank you for the update and of course thank you for all the wonderful posts that you entertain us with !

Jim in Toronto

James said...

Thank you for sharing this sad news. I loved his blog and I will the person behind it. I just want to yell an expletive right now.

James said...

Thank you for sharing this sad news. I loved his blog and I will the person behind it. I just want to yell an expletive right now.

The Nag said...

Thanks for your kind words Jimbo. Both Gerard and Kev left a mark on so many and I believe they knew how much they meant to us.

The Nag said...

James, I really thought he would beat this thing back. He was way too young and vital to leave us so soon.

David said...

Presurfer is how I found you

The Nag said...

And I'm glad you did.

drgeo said...

Thanks for sharing this news about Gerard. I followed his blog for years before he retired and devoted even more time to it. Long live The Presurfer!

The Nag said...

The Presurfer was a part of my daily routine for so many years. I'll feel like there's something missing for the next while.

Yvonne Schellekens said...

Thank You everybody. As a close familymember it's heartwarming to see You all care about Gerard. Today was his funeral. Thank you Nag for your kind words.

Greetings, Yvonne Vlemmings (Gerards niece. My father is Gerards younger brother)

The Nag said...

Please accept my sincere condolences Yvonne. Gerard will hold a fond place in my memories.