Once again, there are few times in our lives when we find a true friend we've actually not met face to face. And, once again, they will come to us under the most unusual circumstances and from some of the more unusual places. This particular friend resided in Trigg, Western Australia. He was Anthony - aka wotthefiqh. He left us suddenly on March 6, 2011, though Travellerspoint were not notified of his passing until much later.
Anthony was a passionate traveller, and a unique and interesting man. Those of you who have visited the Off Topic forum regularly know he could be quite controversial at times. He definitely was passionate in his beliefs and opinions. But, he also understood when lines had been crossed and accepted the consequences of those actions with grace.
What was not as well-known, and has been coming into the light over the past few weeks, are the relationships Anthony had built with TP members. Between forum posts, post cards, PMs, e-mails and phone calls - he earned his 'Respected Member' status. He was a man with a kind heart and a crusty exterior. Not always an easy thing to break through but it seems many of you were allowed to see a softer side of Anthony. Because of that, we know his absence on the site will be deeply felt.
Regardless of how we may perceive someone in the beginning, they usually prove us to be wrong in the end. We don't always have to see 'eye to eye' with everyone and that's okay. But, if they have touched our lives in a positive way, they deserve recognition.
So please join us in raising a glass to 'wotthefiqh' as he had a great sense of humor if for nothing else than for his choice of usernames. We will miss you, Anthony. Cheers!
*Upon request of his family, Anthony's account will be inactivated shortly.
It really is a sad time for TP at the moment.
Yes, Anthony could be controversial but he was quick witted, good fun in a banter and in general a good guy. If you could explain why you thought differently to him , he was gracious enough to listen and even sometimes bend his own thinking. I really appreciated his strong character.....
He will be missed.. RIP Anthony ....
I really was unpleasantly surprised by him passing away and hadn't expected it at all of course. I wish his wife, kids and family all the best during this rough time.
Yep, controversial, and we had our issues, but when I asked in a PM about Western Australia, he replied and other issues were not important. In my opinion, that is what a true sincere person is all about, to let things go.
You certainly will be missed and personally I remember you as the guy in the fast convertible in Florida, which is/was his profile photo. I hope we can keep that one here, enjoying life!
I will miss updates on your travels, life at home and the awesome MUSE concerts you made sure to attend.
I am sorry we never had a chance to meet. It would have been fun sharing stories, enlightening discussions and just good 'taking the piss' over a few beers or cocktails. A walk on the beach would have been nice too.
So, I offer up a bit of Tom Petty in your memory:
You and I will meet again
When we're least expecting it
Somewhere in some far off place
I will recognize your face
I won't say good-bye my friend
For you and I will meet again
Cheers from 'Isabeer'
Wow - lm really in shock- life really is but a blink.
Every time l play Muse - the live album l think of Anthony and the album he sent to Beerman and Isa as l was at their home when they received it and it spurred me into buying the album myself.
Said what he thought and a spade was a spade, a scholar and a gentleman.
It really is a truely sad time for TP at the moment. Raise a glass to you Anthony.xx
Very sad to read that Anthony has left the TP family I've seen his posts around TP a lot and know that he was very well-travelled and a very nice person overall.
"raises a glass to Anthony"
Cheers, and thanks for the memories!
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Apr-2011, at 14:09 by summer910 ]
This is really awful reading about this.
Whatever our opinions, whatever we disagree about on TP...really... it doesn't matter. It's nothing.
We all are, essentially, a good bunch of people here. We're all just getting on with our lives and trying to have a good time.
God I feel sick.
I echo James--TPers may differ on opinions, points of view and travel recommendations, but everyone here is so good at heart and so warm and respectful, in the end. I've ever seen a site where people always come to agree to disagree and then happily help one another.
You added your own blend of spice to TP, Anthony, and there was never a dull moment when you put your two cents' out there and spurred others to respond. I remember all your fire and energy, and your zingers. TP has lost two very special members this year. It's very sad, but we really do remember you guys. How can we not?
He and I had our differences, but I respected the man....and will miss him.
My apologies for being cryptic in my FB post. Though, now you understand why it had to be that way and I thank you all for making the journey from there to here. Tina, your words are so true - TPers are good at heart, warm and respectful. We also miss those who are no longer with us.