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Tuesday, 9 August 2005


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1034 - A death in the (virtual) family

Jamie Kufrovich died Monday, 1 August 2005, of complications of neurofibromatosis. He was 35. The funeral was held last Friday.

Jamie was on here as moufette, but I knew him better as Egg, the nickname he used on IRC for years. He was, like a lot of the folks I first met online, a furry and a fan of Animaniacs. Surgery for cancer of the auditory nerves left him deaf when he was in high school, but he earned his degree in EE and did a significant amount of graduate work before leaving. He didn't let his deafness, or his subsequent health problems get in his way any more than he could help it. I met him in person a couple of times, and found that he was still enjoying life as much as he could.

I have his mother Grace's address and phone number in case anyone would like to pass along their condolences. Contact me via the info in my LJ userinfo if you'd like them. I'll also collect email and LJ replies and postings, and bundle them up for her. (She's not on the net.)

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From:michaelmink
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Good Lord. I'm sorry to hear that news.

Jamie stayed overnight once at the a-e's place (he was in town for some reason that I forget). Nice chap, very pleasant, with good manners.

I recall the drawings KT did to cheer him during a hospitalization bout a few years ago. Three funny ones, in colour. One of them featured Eggie himself, with various IRC folks.

RIP, Jamie.
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From:film2edit
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He came down to visit/fur meet.
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From:vakkotaur
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Sad news. I cannot say much more than that he was a friend.

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From:okkaywarner
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Oh my god. Wow. I never met him in person but I enjoyed chatting with him on IRC and thought he was a really neat guy. Wow...that is so sad that he's gone. I wish his family the best.

Goodbye Egg. it was good to know you.
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From:wbwolf
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That's very sad news indeed. I knew him pretty good, but we hadn't talked much over the last few years. I knew he was in lot of pain and his cancer and complications were messing him. I'm sad to see him go like that....
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From:toonygal
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I'm very sorry to hear about his passing. He was so kind and talented and young. Thanks for letting us know so we can send our thoughts to his family.
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From:kinkyturtle
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Oh, dear.
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From:vakkotaur
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I think LiveJournal eventually deletes inactive accounts. Building an archive of all of Egg's LJ posts (including the comments to them?) might be a good idea.

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From:frostyw
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It would be a good idea, yeah. I presume nobody knows the password to go in and download the posts?

(As reference, though, musewoozle departed at this earth at the end of February, but his journal still remains.)
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From:okkaywarner
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"Your journal entries are kept forever unless you choose to delete them." it says here.

and here
"INACTIVE ACCOUNTS

LiveJournal does not delete accounts for inactivity. Even though it may appear that a user is no longer updating their journal, this can be misleading. Some users also find themselves without Internet access for prolonged periods of time, but will continue with their journal at a later date."

I think they don't delete inactive journals. I remember something going around about some folks wanting them to and there was some concern over journals of folks who had died and such and they were saying they weren't going to delete old journals but I might be remembering wrong. Maybe someone else knows more on this.
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From:okkaywarner
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...but just to be safe it never hurts to back things up anyway. hopefully Egg's journal will remain preserved on LJ though.
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From:vakkotaur
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I just checked the old LJ News posts and found that what I was thinking of was the purging of dormant deleted accounts. Evidently the deleted accounts were not really purged after 30 days as claimed, at least until rather recently. Since his account is not deleted, it should remain intact.

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From:neuracnu
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I'm glad I got the chance to know him. I even met him once during a very strange layover in St. Louis. His flight was cancelled and he crashed here overnight. I spent a few hours in the ER with him for something, I never asked why. My car had a cracked muffler and was making the most atrocious noise that weekend. Everyone person and car I drove by that weekend gave me a dirty look - Jamie never noticed. That memory has always made me smile.

SNAF, my friend.
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From:icecat
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Oh, no. :(

h*g, sweetie.
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From:rdfox
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Silent post in Egg's memory

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...or not so silent, since LJ doesn't permit textless posts. I have nothing to add to this, other than to pass along my best wishes to his family.
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From:varro
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I've sent his mother a letter telling her that he had a lot of friends. I guess that's all I can say.

Obituary.
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From:shelbystripes
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Oh... wow. Just... wow.

You can pass on that I was glad to have had the chance to know him, and he will be missed...
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From:fionacat
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I never really got to speak to Egg much, but he always said hello and whilst text rarely conveys emotion always gave a warm welcome.

With so many words, why is it so hard to express how very sad I am, I will leave that up to others who knew him better and have a better way with words.
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From:melskunk
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That's the saddest news.
I was always just kinda hoping I'd see him back, healthy and happy, on the channels...
I guess that'll never be...
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From:qaianna
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Farewell ...

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I ... well, heard via..others, once the news broke, I guess..

Even though I knew him well, I..don't really have much in the way of words. I am glad that he's so well remembered, tho..

He will be missed.
From:mr_fu
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Godspeed

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I never had the privilege of meeting him in person, and that is a fact I truly regret. He always struck me as a good individual, a decent human being, and a friend worth having. I wish I could have known him as well as some of you, and my heart is with his family tonight.
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From:wakkowarner
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I only got to meet Egg once, in 2002 at the overflow hotel at Anthrocon, but he was in good spirits despite what must've been a lot of physical troubles. Also one of the most level-headed folks I've ever met online.

My thoughts are with his family; losing someone so young is difficult to imagine.

Thanks for doing this, Jay.

- A.P.
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From:film2edit
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Jay, can you please send me Egg's address? chillymouse@yahoo.com

I wish I knew about this sooner. :(
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From:_dakko
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Do pass along my condolences to his family. Having recently lost my father I can truly empathize with what it is like to lose a family member.
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From:keeper1st
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Jamie was such a fun person back in the RP days on IRC. I'd kind of lost touch in recent years, but then, I've lost touch with most of you too other than when I check your LJs once in a while.

I never met him but did have the pleasure of "speaking" to him on the phone (he spoke to me; I spoke to a TTY operator) during Animania V in late 1995.
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From:akseawolf
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My biggest (perhaps only) regret over leaving IRC 9 years ago is losing contact with old friends such as Egg. I figured that eventually I'd make it to Anthrocon sometime and hopefully run into him and finally meet in person. Of course that never happened and now its too late. I was either unaware of his handicap or its been so long since we chatted that I had forgotten about it.

Farewell Egg. My condolences to those that were close to him.

PS, I know of a person that died 3 years ago and his LJ account is still up.
From:pjustus
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Very shocking and sad. I never met him in real life, and I didn't get to know him well online, but he was always a nice person whenever he was around (which, unfortunately, happened less frequently in recent years). My condolences to his friends and family.
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From:jon_helfrich
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I'm not sure I could say much that already hasn't been said. He was a good friend and I enjoyed talking and RPing with him on IRC.

I think one of my fondest memories was that he used to post picture links in the topic, sorta a picture of the day or week thing. He was also there to cheer me up if I was depressed, which happened quite a bit during the years he was around. For that I would like to thank him.

I wish I had the chance to meet him, if he was as great a person in RL as he was online, I'm sure it would have been fun.

Farewell Jamie, I'm going to miss you..

P.S.: Please pass on my condolences to his family.
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From:zotcoon
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I got meet Egg at AC 2000 thanks to Erika. He was one of the nicest and sweetest people I've meet. I regret not getting to know him better.

Please pass on my condolences to his family.

Chris
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From:ranma_e
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He was a good person and deserved better than that which fate handed him. However he lived his life with strength and courage in spite of his condition and earned the admiration of all who knew him.

Farewell, Jamie.

~ pluck

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