Sad News, Updated

I just learned that long time Rottie EFA passed away suddenly this past Friday. I don’t have anymore information right now but I will update you all as it becomes available. In the mean time please keep his family in your prayers. Australia has lost a good man, and we have lost a great friend.

Requiest en pace Eric, your humor and wit will be sorely missed mate.

Update,

I am waiting on any funeral information from EFA’s fried Nic. When they become available I’ll pass it on. I know few, if any of us, will be able to attend in person, but if any of us want to send flowers instead.

Aggie Sith knew Eric as well, if not better, than most of us, and she has penned two very nice pieces in his memory, here and here. With her generous permission I have copied them below.

Yesterday, I received some really bad news. A friend of mine passed away. We were members of the same blog, and had chatted weekly about all and sundry. I had the great fortune of meeting him a few years back. At the time, he was 29 years old, looked 18, and had the vocabulary of a drunken sailor in Singapore. He was hilarious. And unusual, because he was a person who took living very seriously.

For him, “living” meant “squeezing out every bit of enjoyment”. He didn’t put off going some place or seeing someone for another day. He felt like doing something, he would do it. Once, he decided to go find feral hogs, because he was bored. While he was at DFW on a layover, he ordered three different Mexican meals at the restaurant, because he had the opportunity right then. Ate them all, too! When I told him about the passing of my friend, who wanted PJs at her funeral, he said, “You need to wear them for her. But you need to wear lingerie for the rest of us.”

Uh, no :D

He was rough when people were looking, and a complete gentleman when they weren’t. He loved his life, he lived it fully, and did more with it than most people do in three lifetimes. In short, he was an everyday hero.

I miss you, my friend. I weep for the loss to this world, and rejoice for the gain in Heaven. And when I see you in the future, I’ll have my comfy PJs and my llama, just so you can laugh at me again.

And from Aggie on H&B.

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of a dear friend, EFA.

Most of y’all knew him from the H&B chatroom. Some of us knew him from The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler blog, as well. A few of us had the fortune to meet him at the Florida Rott Fest a few years back. When I first saw him, I thought he looked angelic and couldn’t hurt a fly. Then he told BC to fuck off.

My faith in the Rott World was restored.

At the time he was touring the US, and collecting the quarters of every state he had visited. And the new pennies. He thought they were awesome. He made his own rum, and loved to go hunting in the brush, and was one of the few people who really enjoyed living.

So, tonight I shall hoist one in his honor. I don’t think God will mind if I break my Lent promise just this time. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if EFA wasn’t already giving Him a crash course on the finer points of rum.

God bless you for a saint, my friend. You are missed something fierce, and you’ll always be remembered and loved.

30 comments

  1. 1

    Thoughts and Prayers for the family. My condolences.

  2. 2

    It’s hard. I had just chatted briefly with him before then.

    Just when I think I’m done crying….

  3. 3
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    Eric was my friend. He was my brother.
    And because he’d get a kick out of this, here’s some Slayer.

  4. 4
    Radical Redneck growls and barks:

    Does anyone know if he had any siblings. His mom died young too. If this wasn’t bad enough I hope he didn’t die intestate (I think he was pretty well off). Then the Labor Party there would seize his assets.

    Could anything have galled him more? 😡

  5. 5
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    We kept talking about meeting up.

    Wife ill, job shit, kept trying to find a weekend when we could connect., We talked a few times, EFA hated phones.

    Despised them.

    Blinked, looked up..months later,

    Finally managed to retire to look after wife and things finally in place, was planning to fix this and go see him.

    Queensland.

    Not that far.

    Now we never will.

  6. 6
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    My condolences and prayers for EFA and is family…rest in peace, EFA

  7. 7
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    Radical Redneck @ #:
    His sister lives in Papua New Guinea, she’s replied to some of the comments on his Facebook page.

    LCBrendan @ #:
    Mate, one day we all will meet.

  8. 8
    LC Draco growls and barks:

    DAMN….just damn.

    RIP, Brother.

  9. 9
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Damn, just damn. He was a kindred soul and a great person to trade stories with. Condolences to his family and eternal peace friend EFA. This is truly sad news.

  10. 10
    L.C. Mope growls and barks:

    I am not a bit amused. Having just lost my little brother, this sort of bullshit is just not fucking funny. Every motherfucking year one of you assholes has to come up with something more and more outlandish for your April Fool’s Fucking joke and this time it ain’t fucking funny. This fucking time you fuckholes have crossed the fucking line. It ain’t funny Jagoffs.

    Any one of you pinheads check the motherfucking Cairns paper for a obit? The Aussies are kind enough to help you find an obit here.

    Only a sick fuckhead would find shit like this funny. Yeah. I’m looking at you Rad.

    Yeah, he died on St. Patrick’s Day. Har har. Fucking fuckheads, they don’t even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ober by dere.

    Fuck you. Fuck you, and Fuck you.

  11. 11
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    L.C. Mope @ #:
    I’m sorry about your brother. But this is no joke.

  12. 12
    Library Czar growls and barks:

    RIP brother.

    Prayers for his family.

    Can someone please post a link to his facebook page?

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  14. 14

    Mope, I’m so sorry to hear of your Brother’s passing. I’d give you a big bear hug if I could.

    RIP EFA. You will be missed by us all. Another gone from the pack far too soon.

  15. 15

    Mope, I am so sorry to hear about your brother 🙁

    Please, don’t let your anger take over. No one would joke about this.

  16. 16
    Radical Redneck growls and barks:

    Mope sorry to hear of your brother (was that the one I met in St Pete). I lost my mom 3 months ago and it seems to get harder with time.

    I wish to God this was a vile hoax. I’d give anything for that to be true. 😥

  17. 17
    Krondax growls and barks:

    mope.. st pats was the 17th, not the 15tgh… jus t.. have to say.

    :em08:

    that abgout sums it up, but i shaved my head

  18. 18
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Yeah, he died on St. Patrick’s Day. Har har. Fucking fuckheads, they don’t even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ober by dere.

    Yes, we do. Mope. We have for a long time. We also celebrate Halloween and other holidays / festivals.

    http://www.stpatricksday.org.au/

    It’s that time of year again and the Sydney St Patrick’s Parade and Family Day Committee would like to invite you to participate in the 2013 Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade. The 2013 Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Day celebrations will be held on Sunday 17 March 2013.

    We wish to build on past parades to make 2013 an even bigger and better success. Can you imagine the Parade leading with Ireland of the Past followed by all things Irish Australian and finishing with Ireland of the present– that is our vision. The theme for 2013 will be Sydney Celebrating Its Irishness.

    and here

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/sydney-turns-green-for-st-patricks-day/story-e6frfku9-1226599170089

    IRISH rocker and charity king Sir Bob Geldof joined tens of thousands of Australians who turned patches of the country bright green on St Patrick’s Day.

    The Live Aid supremo was in Perth to promote the upcoming reunion tour with his band The Boomtown Rats, but took some time out from promotion for celebration along with thousands of his countrymen and women on the streets of Perth

    I havent seen his FB page, it’s unavailable. But I would trust Crunchie’s word as gospel.

    I have never done this before but:

    Mope, take that grief and sit down somewhere, take a few deep breaths and settle down. It’s a shock I know, but this is no joke.

    I wish to God it were, because I am sitting here right now and I will NEVER forgive myself for not finding a way to go and see him. Every time this happens, I keep promising myself I wont let that happen again..that I will find the time to go and see the people I have called my online friends…and then say maybe tomorrow…and tomorrow…and then it’s too late.

    There’s an empty place in my heart right now for a man I never met and who called me friend.

    God knows I didnt deserve it.

    Please, for God’s sake man, walk away.

    Please.

  19. 19
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    I am truly sorry Mope……
    So many of us, so soon.
    Yet for whom the bell tolls……
    Such losses horrendous and life changing, this I learned too..
    The Rotties were there for me….
    We are here for you, too……
    None harbor any illusions….no longer………
    I include these departed souls in my evening prayers…always noting the sadness within…..

  20. 20
    lc purple raider growls and barks:

    Rest In Peace EFA!

    May God protect you in Heaven!

  21. 21
    McThag growls and barks:

    Wow. One of the few people here I knew from meatspace.

  22. 22

    Mope, I wish to God it was a hoax. I am sorry for your brother and your loss, and I can understand your feelings, but we would never hoax about the death of a friend. EFA’s friend Nic found him dead on his kitchen floor. They don’t know the cause yet, waiting for the autopsy results.

    Please Mope, for your own sake, believe me that this is not a hoax. I so wish it were, I would prefer your anger over the loss of another of our friends.

  23. 23
    maxxdog growls and barks:

    Aw damn! Many a late night on the old Bark and whatever the little widget was before then talking shit and having a time with that Ozzie. Someone toss a shot back for me in his memory.
    I hope you were in heaven a half before Obama er I mean the devil knew you was dead. :em05:
    Maxx

  24. 24
    LC Xealot growls and barks:

    My condolences… too young to go.

  25. 25
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Dammit, just…. DAMMIT!

    See you on the other side, mate. Don’t drink all the booze.

  26. 26
    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    We only seem to loose the good people anymore. I am very sorry to hear this news.

  27. 27
    LC Scott growls and barks:

    Dammit…

  28. 28
    Tango9 growls and barks:

    I have one of those coyote brown ball caps with a flag on it (yeah! I know! don’t give me shit about it just yet…) On it, over the years I’ve written initials and dates just so I don’t forget. I’m not very smart so it’s kind of a little reminder.

    Lately, I’ve found myself adding more initials and dates. It’s getting to the point I may need another hat because this one is nearly full.

    I’m not given to tears, more to smiles. I view that ball cap as how lucky I was to know them.

    What’s notable is that the like minded folks here sort of gravitate toward others of good character (even if some of us consider ourselves misfits). What I mean to say is that when we lose friends they aren’t tweakers or born-to-lose types. You associate with exceptional people and when we lose one it’s a little tougher. But the ride is worth it.

    Go easy.

  29. 29
    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    As one who is newer to this forum than most, I regret never meeting the man. Yet I miss him already.

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    dcs2244 growls and barks:

    I’ve been around for a while (don’t comment much), but I don’t recall EFA. Because you excellent folks say he’s on the square, G_D Bless and RIP, EFA. I am sorry I never had the chance to read your comments, or know you in real life…

    Respectfully,

    dcs 2244.