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#2059247 - 04/04/13 11:41 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I am absolutely shocked. Jerry was something of a true friend - I met him here online first and a few months later in his home town. We talked, and exchanged ideas in emails, PMs and on the phone. I am at a loss for words to hear he no longer with us. I for one will miss him and his humor and his humanity. My sincere condolences to his entire family.

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#2059291 - 04/04/13 12:54 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Supply]  
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I'm also shocked. I appreciated his postings and also he shared a computer program with me.

I wonder -- is there a way to make sure his family could read the outpouring of responses that are appearing here and on the main forum?


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#2059302 - 04/04/13 01:13 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I will provide a link for Jerry's friends and family so that the tributes here, and in Piano Forum, can be read.



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#2059321 - 04/04/13 01:47 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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My condolences to Jerry's family and friends. I only knew him from his posts here, and from that little I thought he seemed like the kind of person you'd enjoy meeting in person.

Only 56 - how very very sad.



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#2059375 - 04/04/13 03:32 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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No no no!
Jerry was a MASTER at making people laugh! A true MASTER! I feel like this dog who just lost his best friend! It'll be so lonely around here without you my friend! Thank you for brightening my day with laugher. I will never forget it ...or you! I'm going to miss you Jerry!

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#2059383 - 04/04/13 04:00 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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Jerry was a great guy and correspondent - we had many excellent conversions via PMs. A most valuable member of PW. He most certainly will be missed.

However, let's make some lemonade here - colorectal cancers are the number 1 killer of cancers in the USA, and all of the tests except for colonoscopies are worthless. If you're 50 or older, demand your family practice doctor set you up with an exam. You want to catch it before it metastasizes. Once it does, it's over. The cure rate is zero for this type of cancer.


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#2059396 - 04/04/13 04:31 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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Very sorry to hear the news. Condolences to family and friends. I have been informed and entertained by his posts to PianoWorld, and in emails we have traded.


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#2059418 - 04/04/13 05:24 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. Some of us teased him a lot, but it was because we couldn't wait to hear what kind of a pun he would hurl as a good-natured come-back.

He will be missed.


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#2059425 - 04/04/13 05:35 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: John v.d.Brook]  
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I did not know Jerry had this type of cancer.

To echo John' v.d. Brook's advice, please get a colonoscopy if you are due for one. In my family, my mom had one done after 50, and they found several polyps. They were not cancer and were removed. However, if she had not had them removed, they most likely would have turned into cancer. 2 of her uncles died from this disease. She passed away from copd.

I had my first one done 5 years ago, mid 50's. They found 2 polyps, not cancerous, but in their words, "suspicious". Their recommendation was to have a colonoscopy every 5 years, not the usual 10.

#2059435 - 04/04/13 05:46 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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Jerry had pancreatic cancer, not colorectal.


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#2059441 - 04/04/13 05:59 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Loren D]  
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Condolances to the family and friends, and may he rest in peace.


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#2059446 - 04/04/13 06:12 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Loren D]  
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Sorry, I assumed after reading John's post, that it was colorectal cancer.

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#2059450 - 04/04/13 06:18 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Grandpianoman]  
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This is very sad. Hard to believe that such an energetic guy is suddenly taken from us. This board will not be the same without Jerry and he will not be forgotten here.

Kees

#2059454 - 04/04/13 06:29 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I often thought of posting on the Paging Jerry Groot thread just to say thank you for all the laughs. I was always too shy and never did. I hope Jerry knew how much his humor was appreciated by people who silently lurked. I loved reading about his piano tuning adventures and knowledge. I always eagerly opened his posts regardless of the topic. I am very sorry to read of his death. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may his memory be for a blessing.


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#2059460 - 04/04/13 06:41 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: PianoStudent88]  
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Originally Posted by PianoStudent88
I often thought of posting on the Paging Jerry Groot thread just to say thank you for all the laughs. I was always too shy and never did. I hope Jerry knew how much his humor was appreciated by people who silently lurked. I loved reading about his piano tuning adventures and knowledge. I always eagerly opened his posts regardless of the topic. I am very sorry to read of his death. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may his memory be for a blessing.


I could not of said better! RIP Mr. Groot.


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#2059463 - 04/04/13 07:21 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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Certainly came as a surprise to me. I read much more than I can ever post. And Jerry's were always helpful in some way. Whether informative, or humorous or both I always enjoyed what he had to say. And always learned something from him.

Only knew him through PW though, but would have enjoyed meeting him in person.

RIP sir.


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#2059467 - 04/04/13 08:01 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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How very sad this is. I will miss Jerry's humor and his take on any topic involving pianos. My condolences to his family.



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#2059499 - 04/04/13 10:38 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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This is so sad. frown Jerry brought so much to the forum... knowledge, humor, and common sense. I will miss him very much. Life is just so friggin' unfair sometimes.


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#2059503 - 04/04/13 10:48 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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What a shock. Some of my early exchanges on this site were with Jerry. I enjoyed and loved his knowledge, humor, and graciousness. And I know we'll all miss his 'grooticon': [Linked Image]

#2059507 - 04/04/13 10:52 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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How sad. Jerry will be missed!


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#2059516 - 04/04/13 11:17 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I clicked on the "Paging Jerry Groot" thread every time I was in the forum. He will be missed. R.I.P.


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#2059545 - 04/05/13 01:28 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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Live a life that matters
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant
Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

#2059554 - 04/05/13 02:03 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Dustin Spray]  
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Sad day. Jerry was a caution, that's for sure! I will miss him. Condolences to the family and all his friends...around the world.

Very sincerely,


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#2059587 - 04/05/13 04:23 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I wrote on an off in PMs to Jerry. We had a small misunderstanding sometime last fall, and I broke off talking to him. It never ever occurred to me that his life could be suddenly cut short this way. If I had had any idea, I would have written him in support.

This news has slammed me right in the gut.

He had been suffering from pain last year (and earlier). The last time I talked to him he was getting relief from treatments and was quite optimistic.

One thing I am absolutely sure about: he was a good man, an honest man, and he was an excellent tech.




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#2059607 - 04/05/13 05:09 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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So absurd, this is hard to believe and very sad, the opposite of what Jerry has been sharing in here.

I will miss your lines, mostly joyful, concrete and refreshing.

Alfredo


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#2059616 - 04/05/13 05:53 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I just posted this in the Piano Forum.....

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2059208/In%20Memoriam:%20Jerry%20Groot.html#Post2059208

Last edited by Grandpianoman; 04/05/13 05:56 AM.
#2059634 - 04/05/13 07:04 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I am sorry for his family and friends.

Deepest condolences .

Too bad to die so early.


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#2059647 - 04/05/13 07:47 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]  
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I'm shocked and saddened. Jer has contributed alot to my development as a technician. I've meet him a couple of times and viewed him as a friend. We would also chat on FB. I just can't believe it... rest in peace my friend... thank you so much for all you did for me.


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#2059757 - 04/05/13 10:42 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Grandpianoman]  
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Originally Posted by Grandpianoman
I just posted this in the Piano Forum.....
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2059208/In%20Memoriam:%20Jerry%20Groot.html#Post2059208

Thank you so much Grandpianoman for sharing this video of Jerry playing!
Just that this made me cry more! More than I already have!
Guess God created tear ducks because he knew we'd use 'em!
Here's Jerry Groot playing his piano!

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#2059842 - 04/05/13 01:03 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Piano World]  
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Jerry was a strong, ethical, funny compassionate voice and presence wherever he spent time---here, on Pianotech, in PTG, with his clients, and no doubt with this family and friends.

He gave, big time, and he got, big time.

He's the kind of man my Dad used to look at with pleasure, turn to me, and say,
"He's one of the good ones...."

He will be missed, and grieved, and celebrated...and life will go on. We don't know our destiny, so I'm going to make the most of whatever time I've got.

Just like Jerry Groot. RIP, bubba....

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