RIP Azzey aka John Looker, one of the biggest contributors to Salsa Forums

#22
Please forgive the posting of non-salsa related information on this page mods. I am writing to pass on very sad news about a member of this forum who was extremely active and who will be very well known to many dancers in the UK and especially to salseros from Scotland.

John Looker, or Azzey as he was known on this forum, passed away around a week ago. This seems to have come out of the blue and we do not yet know the details of what happened. His family only found out today.

He was a popular both personally and on the dance floor and will be sorely missed.

Anyone wishing to know details of any arrangements please feel free to get in touch and I will try to forward them once they are confirmed.

http://www.salsaforums.com/members/azzey.82/

My thoughts are with John's family and friends at this sad time.


PS- Lastly mods - whilst i don't know the policy here, I would ask that we consider keeping John's posts on the site as I'm sure that's what he would have wanted, and because they are likely to be a good resource for others.

I haven't logged in for several weeks. This is extremely shocking and upsetting. Most of us knew him through our discussions here. He was probably amongst top three most valuable contributor and also most helpful to questions from newcomers. His contribution and knowledge are immense. So is his YouTube channel.

This is very very sad. I will need some time to process this.

My condolences to his family and friends.
 
#23
To moderators:

1. Can we please make this thread a sticky (perhaps with a changed title that is a tribute to him). Many long time members only occasionally visit the site. Most of them have known him. If the thread gets buried they will never know we lost a very valuable member of the community. I won't be alone in saying that with all the discussions it feels like we had a personal connection with him.

2. I had been thinking about this for a while but this may be the time to bring up this subject. SF posts have an immense wealth of knowledge. Given the temporal nature of Internet, I hope all the posts here have been properly archived in case accidentally or otherwise something happens to the website registration or hosting privileges. I think this is the single biggest repository of documented knowledge regarding the salsa dancing and music anywhere in the world. Since it has contributions from knowledgeable people with passion for salsa, like John (Azzey).

3. Perhaps we can curate some of the best posts from Azzey as a tribute to his memory and copy their contents in a standalone section or thread. That would be a small way to hniur hi so legacy on this forum. I am willing to contribute towards that effort.

Thanks.
 
#24
I am so sad to hear this!! He was a very active member when I was too and one of tbe top contributors if this forum!

My condolences!
RIP Azzey
 

MacMoto

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#26
To moderators:

1. Can we please make this thread a sticky (perhaps with a changed title that is a tribute to him). Many long time members only occasionally visit the site. Most of them have known him. If the thread gets buried they will never know we lost a very valuable member of the community. I won't be alone in saying that with all the discussions it feels like we had a personal connection with him.
Okay, I've made this thread a sticky.

3. Perhaps we can curate some of the best posts from Azzey as a tribute to his memory and copy their contents in a standalone section or thread. That would be a small way to hniur hi so legacy on this forum. I am willing to contribute towards that effort.
Great idea. I'll create a new thread so members can contribute to it.
 
#28
Wow, that's sad news! I met him a couple of times in Edinburgh - he was a young guy with a lot of passion for dancing, and (as we all know) for patiently sharing his knowledge online.
Condolences to his family - may he rest in peace.
 
#31
Oh gosh. So sorry to see this sad news. Thank you for stickying MacMoto or I would have missed it, as I don't come here often any longer either. RIP azzey, your broad knowledge and passion for the dance were an enormous asset to the salsa community.
 

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