November 12, 2008

Emru took his last breath just before 10 pm tonight. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.

He taught me how to live. He taught me how you are supposed to die.

Emru's name means RESPECT.

Emru, the person, also means compassion, learning, teaching, sharing, love, integrity, honesty, and inspiration.

He taught a lot of people a lot of things, but he spent 2008 teaching people how to reach out to one another in a whole new way. If you carry some of this forward, it will be a year even better spent.

Thank you for being part of his journey.

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92 Comments:

Blogger Ward Jenkins said...

My heart is heavy. So long, Emru. You will be sorely missed.

November 12, 2008 2:32 AM  
Blogger ** SAVE MICHELLE ** said...

I am so sorry to hear about this great loss. I feel powerless... I just wish there was something I could do. My heart goes out to your family.

Love always,
Michelle Maykin

November 12, 2008 2:37 AM  
Blogger Van said...

Rest in peace Emru. You will be missed by many.

My heart goes out to Emru's family and friends.

Van

November 12, 2008 2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Emru.

November 12, 2008 2:50 AM  
Blogger Louis-Etienne Vallee said...

Thank you for everything Emu and my sincere condolences to Emrus' family.

November 12, 2008 3:38 AM  
Anonymous Samantha MacRae said...

Dear Tamu & family,

What a terrible waste. We are so sad for you all and so proud of the work you have done to raise awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor.

Much love,

Sam, Graham, Jack & Poppy xx

November 12, 2008 5:24 AM  
Blogger Mike Bass said...

I think more people, like myself, a stranger to Emru and leukemia, will read this blog and know Emru's efforts to educate himself and others about his fight, has made a difference. His energy and efforts will not go to waste. They have enlightened me and inspired me to register my bone marrow. Sadly, I can not help Emru, but perhaps make a small difference by giving the same gift of hope that Emru has given to many others.
Thank you Emru.
Mike Bass

November 12, 2008 5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emru was one of the smartest and funniest people I ever met. It was a long time ago, when he was teaching computers at ERS. I was one of his students. My 3 year old son Trevor was in the Montreal Children's Hospital, suffering from a debilitating bone infection, and Emru used to come visit him with me, or we would hang out at his place, (he lived not far at the time), or go for a bite to eat...He was compassionate, and caring, and a blast to be with. Sadly, we lost touch over the years, but I never forgot him. Never will.

November 12, 2008 7:06 AM  
Blogger Thad said...

I am truly saddened. Thanks, Emru, for truly giving it all to help make the world a better place.

November 12, 2008 7:38 AM  
Blogger Rene Ritchie said...

What a terrible loss. Condolences to the family. Peace to Emru's spirit.

November 12, 2008 7:53 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Such sad news. I never had the honor of meeting Emru in person, but our online paths have crossed many times over the last 15 years.

Emru's knowledge, generosity, and helpfulness were the hallmarks of his reputation.

No words can offer the comfort and healing that Emru's family need and deserve, but know for a fact that his life made an impact to more people than Emru himself could have imagined.

You will be missed Emru!

November 12, 2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger Luscus said...

I miss you, buddy.

November 12, 2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger Jack Ruttan said...

I'm so sorry. Deepest condolences.

November 12, 2008 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Allan O. said...

There is nothing I can say other than that all our lives are a little bit poorer now that he's gone.

November 12, 2008 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Razvan Soarec said...

I was very happy when I heard that Emru found a match. I am now very sad to hear that Emru has passed away. My deepest condolences to Emru's family. I'm glad I was fortunate enough to know him.

November 12, 2008 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Emru will be greatly missed by many. I had the great opportunity to be taught by Ermu at ERS.

To the Townsend family on the loss of a wonderful person who died too soon. May you have comfort at knowing that he is out of pain, and in the arms of our Father.

May you find the courage to face tomorrow, in the love that surrounds you today,

Christine Dawson and Family

November 12, 2008 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, Emru.

Sincere condolences to Emru's family.

November 12, 2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger Owldaughter said...

Thank you, Emru, and everyone who has worked to broaden knowledge about the registry. Your gift to the rest of the world is priceless.

Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who love him, and the friends who honour him.

We will miss you, Emru.

~ Arin, Ron, & Liam

November 12, 2008 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Audrey said...

We are so sorry about Emru's loss, he was a good friend and a wonderful man. We had great times getting together for FantAsia and other festivals, and we regret not being able to see him more often. Sleep in light, Emru.
BlueJean, Intrepid, and CatCat

November 12, 2008 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Sara Newman said...

Oh Emru. Your insight and your spirit- vibrant, kind, open and generous, will be so missed by all of us.

Tamu and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

November 12, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

*hugs*

November 12, 2008 9:12 AM  
Blogger Glyn said...

Tamu

I don't do platitude.

I've known you now since we were both in our teens, I didn't know Emru nearly as well as I know you. One thing I know is that you loved him very much.

I found it telling that the photo you chose was one of you and Emru playing. I understand that you are losing a part of your childhood. That wonderful, exciting, and magical time of your childhood is not lost, it's in your memories that you will keep.

Take as long as you need to grieve, don't let anyone rush you. If you need anything let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Respect.

November 12, 2008 9:13 AM  
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November 12, 2008 9:14 AM  
Blogger Cathy Doyle said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, I had such hopes for him to beat this thing and live a long life. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time and be assured that Emru will be remembered by everyone who knew him.

November 12, 2008 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

I think I only met you twice in real life, Emru, but you will be missed. Sorry to see you go, Bionic Coyote.

Amorph / Hrothgar

November 12, 2008 9:20 AM  
Anonymous pburns said...

Rest in peace Emru. Godspeed.

Pamela Burns

November 12, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Rosanne Lambert said...

Somehow I feel as though the 'essence' of Emru must be checking the posts as usual, no longer weighed down by a body, and very proud of all his many friends, his family, his sister.

Thank you for letting others in on a journey well-fought.

November 12, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Santo said...

My dear friend Emru,
It was a privilege to know you, to share a few moments in time with you and your family, to have that occasional drink together while sharing highlights of our lives. Your son will grow up proud of your life and his family. You all have made a difference.

November 12, 2008 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Valerie in Montreal said...

Dear hearts,

SAT NAM, and healing peace surround everyone missing an angel who's gone on ahead of us. Emru made a wonderful impact on the world and I'm always talking about stem cell donations to multi-ethnic folks. It's a way to remember your battles and continue to help! thank you for sharing this time with us, even thugh we knew it might happen, I'm still crying...
You've always got a hug from me if you need one! many blessings! Valerie

November 12, 2008 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Steve Mitchell and family said...

We kept up sporadically over the years since first meeting in BBS times - 25 years ago now? Crazy how time passes.

"Respect" - to leave, having fought the way he did and to leave such deep insight in his documented trials... wow.

Emru had my respect years ago. His writings leave a respect for the world to see, and to learn from.

I am sorry Emru has gone. Class, wit, intelligence and more - Emru made a difference.

November 12, 2008 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see you much but I truly enjoyed your company when I did. I will miss you.

November 12, 2008 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Dawn Upfold said...

this is the outcome that nobody wanted, and now the grief begins. what is important is to take inspiration from emru's life before and during his illness, and moreover, to move to action, as he and his family did, to save lives. to be a hero despite the suffering, to help somebody somewhere without expectation of further reward.

my deepest condolences to the townsend family.

November 12, 2008 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a young doctor trying to cure patients with stem cell transplants I met Emru once. Today I heard the news of his death on the radio. When I got to the hospital I had a very strange feeling, the amount of work in this struggle is huge but lessons we learn from patients are so strong, we must go on. When I met Emru his disease was relapsing but he had that teasing smile on his face. His face I will remember.

Imran

November 12, 2008 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Marc Elias and Family said...

We are heartbroken today. I never, ever believed this would happen. A naive and unhelpful attitude, but we should have grown old together, in one form or another, and it's immensely sad that we could not. Much love to Emru's family in this very painful time, and may they heal well, the way I know he would demand they do.

November 12, 2008 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Phil Damas said...

I personally never met Emru, but from what I read about him and from knowing his mother, I'm sure he was a great and unique individual. I send my sincere condolences to Emru's family and friends. God be with you!

Phil Damas

November 12, 2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger Marie-Claude Leblanc said...

He will be missed. I worked with Emru, at Softimage. He was always in a good mood and would always take the time to say 'hi'. A few months ago, he stopped by to say 'hi' to a few people and I had made a promise to him, that I kept, I am now on the bone marrow doner list. Hopefuly more people will do so... My heart goes out to his family.

mc

November 12, 2008 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have been following this story and was saddened by the news - sincerest condolences.

pax

November 12, 2008 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I hold you and your family in the light, Emru.

November 12, 2008 11:29 AM  
Blogger suebob said...

I only knew Emru as a friend of friends, but I've followed his story closely and greatly admired his efforts to make a difference for so many lives.

My deepest condolences to the family, and may he rest in peace.

Susan Daoud

November 12, 2008 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

This doesn't feel real, maybe because I never had the chance to meet Emru. I did converse with him, however, and he continually struck me as a creative, generous, brave person who didn't really believe in limits.

I think all of Emru's family is very lucky to have had him in their lives, even if it was for such a tragically short time. He was clearly a rare and special person.

November 12, 2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger Julie Barlow said...

What devastating news. I am so sorry for Emru and his family. A PWAC acquaintance, I didn't know him well but I was deeply inspired by his battle with leukemia and registered as a bone marrow donor last spring.

I hope others will register, in his memory.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,
Julie Barlow

November 12, 2008 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that was way too fast.

I was overjoyed when I heard your transplant was complete engraftment, and now, not even a month later, the jig is up. Quite a shock.

Emru, you will be missed. You made a difference in the lives of more people you can imagine. People you didn't know, people you only spoke with once or a few times. Wherever you went, people noticed. You were an inspiration to many.

Your good energy will stay with us forever.

November 12, 2008 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really sorry we lost this sweet, energetic and cheerful animation lover. He was a really lovely person.

November 12, 2008 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Marnie Dresher said...

What a terrible loss. Condolences to the family. Allan and I will always remember going to Montreal's Fantasia Fest to see the Anime Films because of you, Emru.
In our hearts forever.
Marnie and Allan
xoxo

November 12, 2008 1:08 PM  
Blogger Prateek said...

Even though we never met face to face, Emru and Tamu taught me what courage in the face of adversity looks like. My deepest condolences to Emru's family for your loss; he will be sorely missed by all.

November 12, 2008 1:13 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

peace.
we'll miss you.
-lll

November 12, 2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I've known Emru for over 25 years, since the Animation department at Concordia University. We've been like brothers, Tamu my kid sister. If I've felt a huge sorrow today it is worse for Tamu, Vicki and Max. They're really related to him; for me it's emotionally, for them biologically.

Rest in peace, brother. I'll see you again someday.

November 12, 2008 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Heather Grace Stewart said...

I will miss saying cheers with you at our pub nights, and will never forget your smile and great sense of humour. It's no surprise to me that you educated people throughout your illness. That's just you. I know your spirit will live on in so many people's hearts. You touched so many lives in a positive way, even if for just a brief while like with me.
Love ya,
Heather

November 12, 2008 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to your family during this time.

Sincerely,
Amy

November 12, 2008 2:05 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Words can't explain how I feel for the Townsend, and Vriniotis family. May Emru visit with you every chance he gets in your dreams...
To my dearest BAT... hugs, love hugs, caring, and more hugs... doesn't seem to be enough
T

November 12, 2008 3:18 PM  
Blogger SP said...

A good friend throughout my teen years: the days of BBSing, Battletech, comparing short stories, and of course Near Dark.

But most importantly the times when I dreamed the important dreams for myself and in the company of people like Emru: intelligent, encouraging, strong willed, and sure of himself.

I'll never forget those days because they led me to where I am. Those memories will always hold Emru close to my heart.

I will miss you my friend.

A loss to us all.

Tamu, Vicky & Max: You're in our hearts always.


Sandeep, Johanne & Maiya

November 12, 2008 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the best & much courage on the next leg of the journey to all those who were in Emrus' sphere. The many lessons learnt, both crazy difficult and lovely, remain...he was a good teacher.
Condolences to the family,
S.Glassey

November 12, 2008 3:22 PM  
Blogger Fay said...

Bev, Patsy, Tamu I am so deeply sadden for your loss. Last I heard Emur was doing so well...Do take comfort in the fact that he has touched so many lives

November 12, 2008 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Howard Carr said...

never had a chnce to meet this young man but spoke of his searc for a bone marrow transplant on my program at ckut and it saddened me to hear of his passing...to his family plese accept my deepest condolences and may he rest in peace.

November 12, 2008 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Tzeni said...

Emru, I have no words, we never thought that you would leave us so soon. I will miss the smell of your BBQ lingering in the backyard and that beautiful smile of yours. My heart goes out to your loved ones. We will miss you very much.

November 12, 2008 4:41 PM  
Blogger angela said...

What a powerful final entry and choice of photo! They both brought tears to my eyes.

It is no coincidence how Emru's and Carolyn's search for a compatible donor became intertwined with my own.

In media interviews I often referred to us as the triumvirate, adding that our determination was strengthened by the power of three.

I wrote Carolyn last night that the power of three remains a force to be reckoned with. Although Emru is no longer with us in body, I truly believe he is in spirit.

Tamu, you are a most wonderful, caring spirit and force.

May all good things come to you.

Strength, courage and wisdom.

November 12, 2008 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 43 and have been following Emru's story - I also have leukaemia and he was kind enough to email me back-and-forth starting earlier this year.

My leuk has now spread to my CNS and I am not going to have any more treatments; I just want to enjoy the time I have left.

I have been keeping this kind of quiet, but as long as I can post here anonymously, I want to share the poem I am going to have read at my memorial service, because I think it would also suit Emru to a "T".

All Is Well

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.

~~Attributed to Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918), Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

Go well, Emru & famille.

(Tamu if you want to know my real ID, ask and I will send it to Emru's old email addy.)

November 12, 2008 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Laura Blackwell said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew Emru only through work e-mail, but even there, he was a delightful correspondent with a quick and gentle wit. I will miss him.

You and Emru have helped others with the Heal Emru site. Thanks to your tireless and accurate education, I have been able to persuade people to help with marrow donation for another good person. I just wish it had worked for Emru, too.

November 12, 2008 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now I'm having a difficult time catching my breath because this is so unfair! He was a flame that burned so bright!

November 12, 2008 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's having a cup of tea with Helen Hill, she'll get him settled in and set up to keep an eye on us all.

. . . now i'm gonna cry when i need to use a toon boom tutorial, how silly is that?

I'll miss my festival buddy, the Ottawa fest will be a little less fun for a bit.

Very much Love to Emru's family and friends.
Carol Beecher

November 12, 2008 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts go out to Emru's family. I only met him once or twice through his sister Tamu during my bbsing days, but could tell he was really, really nice (and of course geeky smart!). "Love is strong than death" right

-Kris

November 12, 2008 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had the pleasure of meeting and caring for Emru since he first set foot in our Oncology clinic. His smile and spirit was contagious. I am often asked how I can care for people like this on a daily basis...EMRU,TAMU,VICKY,his PARENTS..they ALL gave sooo much to me(more than they will ever know). Their strength was astounding. They taught me about life and love and death and perserverance and about family about the donor registry...and I even got some good recipes too! All I can say is Thank you...THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING ME A BETTER PERSON. I am soo blessed to have crossed your paths.I will never EVER forget any one of you. Sorry does not seem to measure how I feel for your loss.

You should be very proud for how many people you have touched and helped. EMRU was an incredible person but he had all of you with your love and guidance and upbringing to thank. You,his family, helped him become the person that everyone came to love and adore.

Once again thank you, it was an honor to care for your son,husband, brother,father and friend.

MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU
JUDY

November 12, 2008 7:20 PM  
Blogger Lupater said...

Daniel Kabasele
A very sad news!

Sommum Bonum!

November 12, 2008 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Frank Falcone said...

Emru, you were the real deal man. So terrible to lose those very few that live honestly and demonstrate genuine heart and soul. You will be missed.

November 12, 2008 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Cosmix said...

Although only a customer, Emru left a lasting impression. Especially during these last few months he was a true inspiration. Emru's visits not only brought hope but they always thaught you something. If there's one thing Emru would want, it would be for us to continue spreading that same attitude. Your presence will be sorely missed, rest in peace Emru.

Our deep condolences to the family, our thoughts are with you.
From everyone at Cosmix

November 12, 2008 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Kathe Lieber said...

The PWAC list and Facebook have been buzzing all day long with reminiscences of Emru. Some of us were close friends, some (like me) more like fond acquaintances, but everyone, without exception, was touched by Emru's wonderful spirit.

Vicky, a word about Max - I was about his age when my mother died, also far too young of a galloping cancer. I came through the other side largely because of the wonderfully protective support system I had - family and friends looking out for me. I know Max will be all right for the same reason.

Hugs to all of you

November 12, 2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger Stewart Productions said...

My condolences

November 12, 2008 8:40 PM  
Blogger N@ Lauzon said...

RIP Emru. You left an amazing legacy for your family and for the world. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the importance of bone marrow donation.

N@ Lauzon

(profoundly enough, my verification word is "jewel")

November 12, 2008 9:29 PM  
Blogger Dave Mackey said...

I was a regular visitor - some say I pretty much moved in - to the BIX Animation Conference, a pre-WWW message board. Emru and Harry McCracken, the two administrators, did all they could to make me feel welcome, and it was a fun place. Emru and I didn't have much contact in the ensuing years but it was always a thrill to see what he was up to.

I'm upset he lost his leukemia fight. I've been touched by the disease, too: Robert, my twin brother, had a diagnosis in 2000, but has since been cured.

I only wish Emru could have experienced the same dumb luck that my brother did in beating leukemia.

November 12, 2008 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Jacques said...

J'ai eu le plaisir d'avoir rencontré Emru à quelques reprises il y à plusieurs années. Souriant, intelligent, plein d'idées et de projets, affable et étincelant,il m'impressionnait.
Merci Emru pour ces quelques moments que j'ai passé en ta compagnie. Merci pour tous les bons souvenirs que tu as donné au gens que tu as rencontré.
J'envoie mes sincères condoléances à sa famille et tous ses amis.

Jacques César

November 12, 2008 9:54 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

I am terribly saddened by this news. I was an early contributor to FPS and a net-friend of Emru's in the 90's but had lost touch since. Courage and strength to his family, and respect to Emru and his borderless view of animation worldwide.

November 12, 2008 10:00 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

I knew Emru through PWAC and, as Kathe put it, he was a fond acquaintance who made a lasting impression. I will remember Emru for his energy, his positive attitude, his friendliness. I'll remember him for PWAC Pub Nights, his input while I was on the Quebec chapter exec, his workshop that led me to create my first Website, his generous tech advice. It is so hard to believe that he is gone. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.

November 12, 2008 10:07 PM  
Blogger virtuallori said...

Emru touched so many people, myself included. I am so sorry for your loss.

November 12, 2008 10:19 PM  
Anonymous G-Child said...

Rest in peace Emru. Your work will not be forgotten.

My condolences to the grieving family.

November 12, 2008 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Revengeo said...

My encounters with Emru were brief and long ago. I date back to the Montreal BBS days, where Emru was a legend. This was the early days of getting to know someone by their computer postings alone, and already he stood out as someone to know and admire. I cannot recall him having an unkind word for anyone -- and we were teenagers, so unkind words were supposed to be our stock in trade.

As can be seen in the comments here, his wit and kindness continued throughout his too short life. With these talents and generosity it is plain that he has touched many, many people.

The impression I get from this blog is that he approached his end with the same dignity and wisdom he carried through his life -- the dignity and wisdom of an older soul inside a young man taken away too early.

What breaks my heart every time is seeing the photos of Emru with his family. Tamu, your post is a wonderful testament to your brother. To Vicky, Max, parents and all the family: you can be fiercely proud of him. What a man.

Peter

November 12, 2008 11:07 PM  
Blogger Shinygrape said...

Emru will continue to live on. Always.

I...I am just so sorry.

November 12, 2008 11:37 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Am so sorry to hear this, i never knew Emru but because of him I signed up for OneMatch. I lost a friend to leukemia a few years ago, Emru's passing feels like I have lost another.

My heart and prayers go out to you.
x

November 12, 2008 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Eloi said...

I met Emru in person only once, but it was enough to leave a lasting impression. What a great, genuine and unique person! I am terribly saddened by this news.

Condolences to the family...
And the rest of the world.

Eloi

November 13, 2008 12:04 AM  
Blogger Michelle Klein-Hass said...

I lost my Richie to a blood cancer in March. The task of fighting on in memory of our loved one goes to those who survive them. In a weird way it's fitting Emru went out on what you call Remembrance Day and we in the Lower 48 call Veteran's Day.

The war against blood cancers continues. We are given a task we cannot complete, but we cannot, we must not abandon the task. For Emru, for Richie, for all who are fighting these implacable beasts within...we must keep going.

Strength for the fight to all.

November 13, 2008 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Blossom said...

My sadness is profound, my hope is abundant. Thank you for everything.

November 13, 2008 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you & your family.

November 13, 2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger leopold said...

I was priviledged enough to meet Emru when he would drop off his son Max at our daycare, as I was his son's teacher there. Emru had such a nice and gentle nature about him, and you could not help but be drawn towards him. What a loss this is for all of us and his family. My sincere condolences to his parents, his family as well as to Vicky and to dear Max
Sincere Condolences
Leopold van Mourik

November 13, 2008 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Pat & Scare said...

We are deeply saddened to hear about Emru. He was clearly a light in many people’s lives. Our prayers go out to his family.

November 13, 2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Sherlgirl said...

Emru, as someone who remembers you from our rec.arts.animation days, I will miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Sherline Lee - sherlgirl, and other things from rad and other haunts.

November 14, 2008 12:21 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Oh Tamu,
I am so so sorry. I have been so busy the past few days, I just noticed this news when I got the facebook "Visitation information". I admit I came to this site because I couldn't believe it. I realise I totally expected Emru to be healed and live to be an old man. I only met Emru a couple of times in person, but was impressed by his warmth and intelligence. I have been even more impressed by your devotion to your brother, the cause of bone marrow donors, your unflagging work and presence getting out the word. I am so so sorry, dear Tamu. I can only imagine your loss... I too cherish photos of my brother and I playing... I lost him when he was 24. Your journey now will be hard and difficult. May you be surrounded by love, and be gentle on yourself.

Emru, I hardly knew you, but I see how respected, admired and loved you were and are. How lucky you are to have a sister like Tamu. I am glad if you are no longer in pain, but greatly aggrieved by the suffering of those left behind who will miss you so much. I do know that the work Tamu has put in will continue and make a huge difference in many lives for years to come.

Best wishes to the whole family. My thoughts and tears are with you. May you all be in peace.

November 14, 2008 1:09 AM  
Blogger TempleDog said...

Last time I talked to Emru was at the picnic in 2007. Dude had sunshine on his head and a smile on his face, funnin' me about my ditzy lil' digital camera as I took some footage of him laughin'. Not a damn word I can think of is gonna be of any help, so I'll just say better days and thanks for talkin' to me, Emru. You was, is, a real gent.

November 14, 2008 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will encourage people to register as a donor. I am not eligible due, but I will promote Emru's spirit of courage.

My sad heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time.

Yes, Emru was well loved, and so are you.

~Jenise
www.RidgeViewMedia.com

November 15, 2008 3:54 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Goodbye, Lord of Stealth. Rest in peace. You live on in our hearts and minds.

November 16, 2008 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really sorry and sad to learn of Emru's passing.
This is a very beautiful picture of the two of you. Thank you Emru, Tamu and your family for sharing your journeys and helping so many people.

My thoughts are with you all,

James Murray

November 17, 2008 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen Emru since our days at Riverdale High, and being an audio cassette girl living in an MP3 world (we are still using those, right...?) I had no idea of his immense career success. I did speak with him on the phone some years ago and he never mentioned it; the only bragging he did was about his beautiful wife and his beloved son. Always knew what was important, Emru did. Will always look back fondly on memories of he and Alan Yates sauntering down the hall, mocking teachers and passing cryptic comments most of us weren't intelligent enough to understand. Thank you for your friendship for and kindness to "Little Wieland".
Nicole's younger sister, Natalie Wieland Pratt

November 18, 2008 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Troy (troy.chard-at-shaw-dot-ca) said...

Hi Emru,

I happened to be surfing the net the other night and I saw your photo. Above it were the words "In memory of" and I said "no".

We've lost touch since I moved out west 15 years ago.

I can't believe all this has happened. I can't believe I didn't hear anything about this in the past year.

So now for the past day I've just been remembering. Some good times back then... you introduced me to bbs'ing and that crazy Morpheus Mountain game. It was Magnus and Bionic Coyote all the way to the top.

I'm sorry I missed all this. You were a good man Emru. I'm kicking myself for falling out of touch.

You made my life richer for having known you. Thank-you Emru.

Troy

November 24, 2008 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

November 21, 2009 2:49 AM  

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