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Post  Tony on Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:26 pm

Today was Steve Birthday, and tonight at 20:00 he passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Sandra read out all of Steves Birthday cards and we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and the time came for us to say goodbye. When I visited this morning I was told that he was very poorly indeed, this evening Sandra waited for me to get to the hospital so that I could say my farewell to the big guy. Steve was a fun guy to have around and I will remember him on the hill collecting trees… one of the places he loved…

Sandra has asked me to pass on her thanks to all you guys who knew him both face to face and through this forum. Sad



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Post  Nemphis on Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:30 pm

Rest in peace!

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:55 pm

Very sad news. I'm sure all of us send what comfort we can to his family.

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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:07 pm

Sad

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Post  Poink88 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:08 pm

Please extend our condolences.

Rest in peace...

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Post  fiona on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:43 pm

There are no words that can adequately express what many of us are feeling. Thoughts with Sandra and all the family at this time.


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Post  marcus watts on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:49 pm

I'm sorry, condolences to all those that knew him, a loss to all and the hobby

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Post  graham walker on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:58 pm

A sad day indeed for the Bonsai world.
Please pass on our thoughts to Sandra and his family
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Harleyrider Steve

Post  will baddeley on Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:10 pm

So sorry to hear that Steve passed away tonight. A lovely man and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

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holding for just now

Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:42 pm

That is so sad! I actually never had the luck to meet Steve in person, but still I knew that he was a realy nice guy! Because in every thing he posted, his enthusiasm and love for Bonsai showed, and not to mention his sense of humor and friendliness! So I am pretty upset with this terrible news! So I can not even try to imagine how devastated Steve's near and dear ones must feel right now. I can only wish them strength through a prayer and my heart reaches out to them! Our thoughts are with them.
RIP Steve,
I guess we will meet a bit later than was planned!
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Post  gman on Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:55 pm

Very sad news indeed…..especially for those of you here, who where close to him.
My thoughts go out to you, Steve’s family and friends.
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Post  Dave Murphy on Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:59 pm

I am so sorry. I didn't know Steve but absolutely loved his posts here at IBC, and this lead me to believe he would be a fun guy to spend some time with talking bonsai and sharing a pint or two. Based on all the friends he has across the pond and on the internet, I know I'm not wrong. RIP Steve.

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Post  Jim Doiron on Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:14 am

Terribly sad, so sorry to hear it. My thoughts are with his wife and family.

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Post  John Quinn on Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:16 am

Condolences to Steve's family and friends...

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Post  Guest on Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:19 am

Condolence to his family. Sad very sad news.

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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:40 am



We always joked that it was easy to remember each others birthday because we shared today, one year apart. I'll remember Steve fondly, especially on however many birthdays I have yet to come.

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Post  Stone Monkey on Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:44 am

I am totally gutted and just cant believe Steve has gone, a huge loss to our Bonsai community. RIP big man you will be sorely missed and thoughts at this hard time to Steve's family an friends.

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Post  Storm on Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:40 am

Condolences to his family.. Quite a shock to read right after I woke up..

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Post  handy mick on Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:31 am

Very sad, I loved to read Steve's posts for his knowledge, passion & sense of humor although I had not met this obviously wonderful person.
He has so many friends which says a lot about a person.
He will be remembered.
May Steve rest in a field of yamadori & surrounded by beautiful bonsai.

Sincerely

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Post  DangerousBry on Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:01 am

Very sad news.... Rest peacefully...

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A Tribute To Harleyrider

Post  Tony on Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:22 am

Yesterday I lost a good friend to an illness from which he never recovered, I knew him as ‘Harleyrider’ and Steve, and many called him Jacko. We met here on this forum years ago and got together because he lived so close to me in Manchester.

Like all novices in Bonsai Steve was hungry of information, wanted lots of trees and to improve his skills. On his first visit to my garden he fell in love with a lovely Chuhin Yamadori yew, he did not come with the intention of buying anything. I said “just give me the change in your pocket” and he took the tree away with him. I knew this little tree would fire him up and set him on the road to creating beautiful bonsai.

He was sarcasm personified; we became good friends as we shared the same sense of humour. Steve was blown away when I asked him to join me on a visit and to collect with our great friend Pavel Slovak in Czech Republic, a memorable trip for so many reasons… one being going out of our way to dine at a Harley themed restaurant in Slovakia.

One sunny day in my garden with a group of Bonsai friends and… as is the way of things somebody made a rude comment about me. I pointed at Steve and said “hit him for me Harleyrider” Steve’s response “why does everyone who meets me for the first time think I am aggressive?” Steve was not aggressive is the slightest, he was a gentleman in every sense of the word; with piercings and a body almost covered in tattoos he did however cut a startling figure.

In the few short years that I knew Steve we became good friends, I will miss his humour his putdowns and his warmth and humanity, Harleyrider I salute you mate… please make sure that you leave a few yamadori up there for me to collect seeing as you got on the hill way too early!


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Post  fiona on Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:23 pm

tony wrote:Yesterday I lost a good friend to an illness from which he never recovered, I knew him as ‘Harleyrider’ and Steve, and many called him Jacko. We met here on this forum years ago and got together because he lived so close to me in Manchester.

Like all novices in Bonsai Steve was hungry of information, wanted lots of trees and to improve his skills. On his first visit to my garden he fell in love with a lovely Chuhin Yamadori yew, he did not come with the intention of buying anything. I said “just give me the change in your pocket” and he took the tree away with him. I knew this little tree would fire him up and set him on the road to creating beautiful bonsai.

He was sarcasm personified; we became good friends as we shared the same sense of humour. Steve was blown away when I asked him to join me on a visit and to collect with our great friend Pavel Slovak in Czech Republic, a memorable trip for so many reasons… one being going out of our way to dine at a Harley themed restaurant in Slovakia.

One sunny day in my garden with a group of Bonsai friends and… as is the way of things somebody made a rude comment about me. I pointed at Steve and said “hit him for me Harleyrider” Steve’s response “why does everyone who meets me for the first time think I am aggressive?” Steve was not aggressive is the slightest, he was a gentleman in every sense of the word; with piercings and a body almost covered in tattoos he did however cut a startling figure.

In the few short years that I knew Steve we became good friends, I will miss his humour his putdowns and his warmth and humanity, Harleyrider I salute you mate… please make sure that you leave a few yamadori up there for me to collect seeing as you got on the hill way too early!


Beautifully said, Tony. You were a very good mate to him. It's sad just now, but remember all the good times and let them keep your own spirits up.



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Post  yamasuri on Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:30 pm

RIP Steve. You'll be missed.
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Post  The Lad on Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:17 pm

So sorry to hear Steve has gone I only knew him a little while and will miss him for his honestly, helpful advice and encouragement

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:21 pm

Very sad news. Steve was very friendly and nice person. He had many plans and wishes. I am very happy that I could personally know such a man. Memories of him will be forever. Condolences to family and friends.

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