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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Fritz101 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:56 pm

Jono was one of the nicest guys anyone could ever meet. I had the fortune of traveling with him in SE Asia three times back in the day and still have great memories of that experience. I knew he had problems but really figured he had worked them out and as such couldn't believe it when I read about him on Facebook yesterday morning.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby misanthrope » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:58 pm

What a terrible loss.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby section8 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:58 pm

I thought he was doing better, too. I wish I had talked to him more often.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Bluedoglover » Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:21 am

I've let Patrik know about Jono and he was devastated like we all are. He can't post here, because he is still banned, but he asked me to post this message in his name:

i have been chatting with jonno for over ten years. i met him once in real life. he was exactly the same as he was online, a genuine, caring, kind, intelligent and gentle person. i wish i could be more like jonno in many ways. im really devastated and shocked to learn of his passing.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby DianaHaddad » Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:07 am

I learned this sad news from a friend of a friend. Jono was a friendly and kind person, who will be missed by so many people. I doubt he would remember me because it's been so long since my days of posting here on the Stew, but I've thought about him a lot over the years.

One time back on Talk Politics, he posted something that was misunderstood and he received some criticism (only within the particular thread) for it. I'm sorry to say that I jumped up on the bandwagon, out of boredom more than anything else. I don't like that I ganged up on someone when my point was already being made by others, and I don't like that I did it because I was bored and not because of conviction. At any rate, handled the situation in true Jono form and his clarification of what he had meant showed that he just hadn't been understood correctly. He wouldn't have been wrong for holding a bit of a grudge, but that just wasn't in his vocabulary. I think about this a lot.

He had a rare knack for getting along with everyone, without becoming somewhat bland in the process. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby korgy » Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:02 am

not sure if there is a graceful way to say this-- but i'm sure i'm not the only one wondering what it would have been like for him to see all these posts and to hear what people have to say about him.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby NorthernLight » Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:32 am

"Allan" sent me an email linking this thread, I suspected some bad news and I'm really sorry to hear this.

Jono was a great guy. RIP.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby equus » Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:24 am

So very sorry to hear this. Wishing comfort to all his friends and family.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby fishface » Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:57 am

korgy wrote:not sure if there is a graceful way to say this-- but i'm sure i'm not the only one wondering what it would have been like for him to see all these posts and to hear what people have to say about him.


You're not the only one. I thought the same. I know it leads to a whole lot of 'what if's' and it isn't even necessarily logical. But I thought the same.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Lost Soul » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:18 am

This really, really sucks.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Lost Soul » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:22 am

And it's sad that this is what it takes to see Northern Light, Fritz, Nick, equus, Dallan and Beach Lover again.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Lost Soul » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:31 am

But at least understand Section8's avatar now. Well done.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby wombatrois » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:49 am

Sorry to hear this news. Condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby quailia » Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:07 pm

So sorry to hear this.

My heart goes out to his family, in this difficult time.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby auntie_social » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:51 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNvJx0XhvVA

For Jono, I am not a religious person myself, but Jonathon was such a gentle person, and full of so many thoughts that all of us enjoyed hearing, reading, he will be missed. I hope his family finds some comfort in how much he was loved. And this lovely song is as close as I get to religion and afterlife. If anyone deserves afterlife, it is Jono.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby aero » Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:31 am

I have been away so I have only just seen this. I am so sorry to hear such sad news, Jono was one of the best. My condolences to his family.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Butterfingers » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:01 am

I didn't happen to interact with him much but my deepest condolences for his friends and family. Tragic circumstances.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Bill Barilko » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:15 am

Butterfingers wrote:I didn't happen to interact with him much but my deepest condolences for his friends and family. Tragic circumstances.

Yes me too but his contributions here meant a lot to many people-a very sad ending to a singular life.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby allender » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:26 am

My sympathies to everyone here.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby stringer_bell » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:56 am

Bugger bugger bugger..

So sorry to hear about this. We didn't always see eye to eye, but he was a nice man, all the way from back in the day on the tree. I nearly met him a few times, but we didn't manage it, and I regret that now. He is missed.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Son Of Spooner » Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:18 pm

Sad news indeed.

He seemed to be such a sweet, pleasant guy.

RIP jono.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Purps » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:15 pm

I'm on my way back to Adelaide now, so depending on what I have on my own plate to deal with at the time of the funeral, I'd like to attend for the Stewbie presence. Not sure when it is though, or what I'm coming home to myself.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby snowgirl » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:28 pm

That's a lovely thought but don't make yourself go purps, or feel that you "should". You have your own broken heart to deal with. I've been thinking of you, btw. I'd hug you if you were here.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby incognita » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:48 pm

What Snow said, X2.

Maybe we can raise funds and make a donation to a charity that Jono supported, in his name, as a Stew gesture?
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Iolar » Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:00 pm

Very sad news. He seemed like a genuine guy who didn't resort to name-calling like so many of us do. I had been wondering where he had been last month. I hope his family and friends take solace from the fact that his torment and anguish are now over.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby thoughtpolice » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:48 pm

I'm not a person who cries often, but receipt of this awful news has some big wet ones rolling down my cheeks.
For quite a while Jono and I PMed quite a bit, and he was as advertised- both a gentle man and a gentleman. He was loved, liked and respected by all.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby snowgirl » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:17 pm

Good to see you again, TP.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby anotherjen » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:14 pm

Justinian let me know about Jono's death this morning, just thought I'd chime in and add my voice to the chorus of sadness and support. I'm gutted. Depression sucks, as I know from personal experience. Hope ya'll have the support that you need, it's been a long time since I've been here, but I know you fine people come through when the chips are down. Take care.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby auntie_social » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:24 pm

Yes, as SG said, that is the only silver lining, "seeing" so many old faces. I just wish that Jono would have known what a positive impact he had on so many, how respected he was. Still, depression knows no boundaries and who knows if it would have made a difference.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Wilster » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:06 am

thoughtpolice wrote:I wish (sic) I had told him that.


I'd like to think that you just did.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby andybox » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:30 am

There's a memorial service in Darwin tomorrow evening for Jono's friends who can't make it to his funeral. I fly to Darwin for work tonight, then i'm supposed to fly to work tomorrow on a charter. Depending if I can get aother charter, I might postphone my work flight by 24 hrs and go have a gin and a wine with Jono's friends. I'm sure they'll be thrilled to hear Jono has dozens upon dozens of online friends who also miss him very much.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby avalon_ » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:38 am

That would be great if you could make it, Andy.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Purps » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:30 pm

Thanks Snow. *hugs*

Being back is a mixed bag for me. I'd like to go to the funeral for Jono. He was always very kind to me, and particularly when J died, and I had been looking forward to seeing him at a barbeque when he was back in Adelaide. Depends when it is of course as I'm having an Aussie spreading of the ashes and wake for J soon too.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Scott_Baio » Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:45 pm

There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. Jono was a gentleman and a genuinely nice person. Those attributes shined through on this forum and you could see why so many people respected him.

He was a good man.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Lulu » Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:11 pm

This type of news is so difficult to accept, feels like a punch in the gut. I'm devastated to learn that this good man lived in so much pain.

The tributes here are very moving, a fitting testament to Jono's decency.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends, and may he rest in peace.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Collateral Knowledge » Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:00 pm

This is very sad. Jono was always nice - polite and laid-back and unruffled, which is quite an achievement on a 'lively' place like this. I never saw him be mean to anyone here, nor anyone be mean to him in return; I think everyone respected him. Condolences to his family, and rest in peace now, Jono.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Rubyrain » Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:16 pm

Heartbreaking news, I echo what everyone else has already said, he really was a nice, respectful, and all around good guy/poster, I only had 1 beef with him , and it was over the flu shot, hahah. What a great tribute to him and may he be in peace for ever.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby guruwil » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:41 am

Equus just let me know.

I am devastated. Although I never met Jono in person we communicated publicly and privately for more than a decade. Jono was one of the most genuine, decent and generous people I have ever "met" I feel I know him pretty well although we hadn't communicated for several months. I feel this as a personal loss and am absolutely devastated.

Equus also told me about Purplegemini's husband. Purps I am so sorry to hear this I can't imagine how tough this must have been and I am thinking of you. I hope you are looking after yourself and doing ok.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby nettie » Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:43 am

Guru! Hi!

This is a weird thread. Like an online funeral- sad, with the load lightened a little bit by seeing people you wish you saw more often.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Rubyrain » Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:47 am

nettie wrote:Guru! Hi!

This is a weird thread. Like an online funeral- sad, with the load lightened a little bit by seeing people you wish you saw more often.


Best post- saying what I was thinking. And yes - Hi guru.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby temporaryhandle2 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:46 am

Oh I wish I came on here more often. Jono and I had been PMing for a while about the things I was dealing with, but I had stopped coming on here. I wish I'd known. I might have been able to help him as he helped me. He was so wonderful.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby shifty1 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:25 pm

Please pass on condolences to loved ones from an old online friend from way back to the Lonely Planet days. Justinian told me, and it affected me more than I expected, considering it's been years since I've been on here. He must have made a good impression and memories on me.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby thoughtpolice » Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:43 pm

Oh my.... Shifty! (The Other White Meat)
Hello my old friend, your family must be getting tall now!

I got a welcoming PM yesterday from an old friend here, and I haven't been around here for a year. When I went to PMs to read the new one I discovered my last three PMs received before I left were all from Jono. I don't think I'll be able to reread them for a while

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Ryan » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:56 pm

I reckon Jono would be pleased to see old friends and adversaries touching base.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby avalon_ » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:54 pm

nettie wrote:Guru! Hi!

This is a weird thread. Like an online funeral- sad, with the load lightened a little bit by seeing people you wish you saw more often.

So true. It's great seeing so many of you pop in. Thoughtpolice you have been missed! Guru, E, you too! And of course so many others. Stop by more often if you can.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby birdlite » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:42 am

This breaks my heart so. It's all been said.
We've lost someone so sweet, so good.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby Scaramouche » Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:26 pm

I wondered where Jono was, hadn't seen him around for ages. He was always kind, and polite with everyone. I liked him and had great respect for him. So sad to hear he took his life. That poor man, how very sad.
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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby CatScanMan » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:26 pm

Gutted reading this. He was one of the nicest on here as others have said. We exchanged PMs on a couple of occasions, never met him, but I knew him as far as it's possible on here. It's a real shame that (presumably) he succumbed to his demons.

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Re: Jono In Adelaide

Postby polardude1 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:29 pm

It would be nice to have all these comments passed on to Jono's family. It's all very heart felt.
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