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Greg Merryman at Carnegie Hall, June 2010

Archivist note: This post is from an older recovered archive.

((Added by Mr. Tenk on July 16, 2010))

His avatar was bald because he could not find any decent hair to match his real hair.

==Comments (Page 1)==

*Comment by Dr. Augustus Dayafter on July 16, 2010 at 10:44am
Fair winds my good friend.

*Comment by Breezy Carver on July 16, 2010 at 11:21am
tearssssssssssssssssssssss what a huge Loss !!!!!

*Comment by Rip Wirefly on July 16, 2010 at 11:48am
It still is hitting me, can’t believe it.

*Comment by Serafina Puchkina on July 16, 2010 at 11:54am
What a nice, decent, generous man. You will be missed.

*Comment by Dr. Augustus Dayafter on July 16, 2010 at 12:02pm
Words just cannot express what an awesome person and amazing friend Greg was. He was such a huge part of the lifeblood that flows through Babbage. I’m trying so hard not to cry.

*Comment by MichaelD Mannonen on July 16, 2010 at 12:03pm
"May your soul be in Heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’ve passed on."
-Traditional Irish toast.

I am in shock.

*Comment by Ceejay Writer on July 16, 2010 at 12:24pm
Greg was one of my first friends in Babbage. I will miss him greatly – in many ways, he IS Babbage to me. I am glad I got to meet him at World Steam Expo. Good travels beyond, my friend.

*Comment by Sheryl Skytower on July 16, 2010 at 12:24pm

*Comment by Stargirl Macbain on July 16, 2010 at 12:25pm
I’ll miss him.

*Comment by Victor on July 16, 2010 at 12:35pm
– :(

==Comments (Page 2)==

*Comment by Bookworm Hienrichs on July 16, 2010 at 12:40pm
No shame in tears for a friend, Gus. *hugs*

*Comment by Edward Pearse, Duke of Argylle on July 16, 2010 at 12:44pm
I’m stunned. Always a helpful guy and a great builder. He will indeed be missed.

*Comment by Jimmy Branagh on July 16, 2010 at 12:46pm
Thenks for everything Mr. Greg!

"May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

*Comment by Mr. Tenk on July 16, 2010 at 12:56pm
Greg was the King of Iron Bay, always up with the late night platform crew. He taught a lot of people here to build, and made the ones who could build better. This is a huge loss for the City.

*Comment by Zaida Marie Thibideaux Gearbox on July 16, 2010 at 12:56pm
Did Mr. Merryman die???? I really am going to cry.

*Comment by Breezy Carver on July 16, 2010 at 12:59pm
Canolli was my first friend in Babbage,only because we knew one another before
Ah then Skusting .. but the person I met was Jimmy smiles
But Greg was my first ever second life land lord and what a riot he was ..
"Well tell you what you Miss Carver we can move the building this way or how about that way ??
would you like bigger windows ??"
He always flew up to the second floor window and chatted with me .. smiles for hours sometimes . Gosh how we laughed ..
We talked about Dooms Day , music, marriages …smiles and even second life sometimes.
Somehow own conversations were wonderful always and gosh Nothing evil or twisted Just good old fashion chatting !! Oh the kind you have with the guy who owns the shop in town, The kind you have with an old dear friend .. wipes tears ..
He just was a really good friend and had a great mind and style, down to earth flair all his own .. He made me an air ship to cheer me up he called it The Breeze . He would beat himself over building and i would come visit and in no time he was playing and tweeting textures !!
Funny thing …………. He always had time to check and see how i was doing, even when he was going through some of his ruff times he took time and cared ..
Oh how he adored New Babbage his own passion for it , His own Loyalty he was an inspiration ! For some of us I do not think Babbage will be the same with out this Modest Icon and his Bright Spirit !! New Babbage Lost a Son .. but many of us lost a really really good friend and we alll a very good Guy !!
Fair Winds indeed my friend .. Mr Merryman one man ..
Breezy is very sad but in real life she is just in shock and sort of blown away and quite torn up this Man was too young to go .. He had children and Life to live and so much ahead of him .. Rest in Peace ..

*Comment by Penelope Strathearn on July 16, 2010 at 1:17pm
Greg was one of my first friends in New Babbage. He was the "nice man next door" (when I lived above Kembri’s old shop in Babbage Canals) who taught me my first build lesson, patiently helped me tweak my first build attempts so they’d look right, and taught me how to modify basic scripts so they’d do what I wanted them to do. But more than that, he was a good neighbor, willing to just sit around and chat about life, children, and pretty much anything under the sun, and to share a good laugh. For some reason, he couldn’t stand Zac, which I found absolutely hilarious. (Yes, he knew Zac was my alt; he just didn’t like him. He said he had an alt he didn’t like much either! :-D )

*Comment by Mara Razor on July 16, 2010 at 1:20pm
Wow. I’m speechless. RIP Gregg.

*Comment by Rafael Fabre on July 16, 2010 at 1:32pm
Sadly, I did not have the good fortune of meeting Gregg in SL, but am very sad to hear of his passing at such a young age. I would concur that Breezy said it best, that New Babbage has indeed lost a son – fair winds and following seas, sir.

*Comment by Dr. Augustus Dayafter on July 16, 2010 at 2:03pm
Oh how he ICly hated Gus :)
He and I went back and forth like cats and dogs on a constant basis. He loved Finley like a son though. OOCly, he and I would just stand around "building" for hours sometimes. That normally consisted of moving a few prims here or there whilst running off at the mouth about a billion different topics. I thank the Universe for the time I had with such an amazing friend. I’ve been in tears most of the day, that is no lie. Then, after a post on Plurk from Ceejay, I felt as if I had been hit upside my dome with a wrench. Indeed, I think it was Greg himself that did the hitting just now. "wake up ye silly dandy!" was the thought that came into my head. My tears still threaten to come raining down again, but instead of dwelling on grief and loss, I have turned to remembering and rejoicing. Greg is one of my best friends on this planet, and I shall not sully that with tears any longer. I will think fondly of him and his wicked sense of humor and his great talent and wonderful friendship. After all, I will see him again one day, and I do NOT want that reunion to start with yet another smack upside my head. So, Greg, I love you man. Get the sheets of iron and the smokestack going, I’ll be seeing you one day… I’ll even wear my work clothes (though they will still look supremely suave and sexy). Keep the boilers lit and the smog flowing my friend. That heaven is waaaay too clean. It needs some Gregging up mate!

==Comments (Page 3)==

*Comment by Bettye Dugan on July 16, 2010 at 2:19pm
lights a candle

*Comment by Skyler ‘Artful Dodger’ Gant on July 16, 2010 at 3:03pm
I’ve never met Greg in SL but I am sorry to hear about his passing. He is up there, no doubt, smiling down upon all of those he knew in SL and RL. Safe journeys Greg.

*Comment by Grendel Footman on July 16, 2010 at 3:33pm
likewise, only ever met him occasonally in passing, but sorry to hear he’s gone, I had heard alot of him

*Comment by Gabrielle Riel on July 16, 2010 at 3:38pm
I am still in a bit of a state of shock.

I know what an integral part of Babbage Greg is/was. I know he was a friend to many.

I am so glad I got to meet him, along with other Babbage folks in RL, at the end of May.

I am sending good vibes to all of his friends and family who are hurting right now, and to Greg on his journey forward.

I, and all of Radio Riel’s resources, am available to assist with anything that is in the works for Babbage to honor Greg. Please let me know how I can help.

*Comment by Mara Razor on July 16, 2010 at 3:49pm
Can I ask what happened? This just seems so sudden.

*Comment by Gatsby Szuster on July 16, 2010 at 3:58pm
Greg was also one on my first friends in New Babbage. I was a newbie maybe 2 weeks old and I awkwardly wandered into the Soap Factory he and Jenny had here at one time. He gave me Landmarks for the former Light House, and the underwater tubes. Then proceeded to give me a small airship he was working on. Over the years he had helped me with my building offering praise and constructive comments. I am moved to deep sadness.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli:
in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.
Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

May Angels lead you into paradise;
may the Martyrs receive you at your coming
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May a choir of Angels receive you,
and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.

*Comment by Serafina Puchkina on July 16, 2010 at 4:04pm
I have enjoyed reading Greg stories that you all have shared. Here’s my contribution:

One day in SL Greg just up and gave me the firestation, fire engine, and crew equipment that the Brigade uses. Viv, Jed, and I had been shooting at the bell in the building’s tower, and I asked him if the bell could have a chiming sound if we *cough, cough* ever decided to take pot shots at it again. He said that he wasn’t going to need the building and asked if I’d like to have it.

That generosity is a thread appearing in many of these stories.

Additionally, he and I are from the same state and have lived in many of the same places so it was so nice for this transplanted Hoosier to be able to talk with someone from home. He will be missed.

*Comment by Osric Worbridge on July 16, 2010 at 5:05pm
I miss you Greg. You taught me how to build. I can’t think straight.

*Comment by Mr Salazar Jack on July 16, 2010 at 5:17pm
The flags at the Kahruvel Steamworks will be lowered to half staff in his honor. As he makes his way onward and upward I will send this wish to him on his way…

May Thy Stove Be Always Embered.
May Thy Engine Be Always Pressured.
And May Steam and Fortune,
Always Rise Before Thee!

His spirit will remain in the steam that percolates beneath the streets and rises like myst throughout the city. God’s speed!

*Comment by Marit Static on July 16, 2010 at 5:27pm
– :((

==Comments (Page 4)==

*Comment by Mr Underby on July 16, 2010 at 5:29pm
I didn’t know Greg well, but I am deeply saddened by his passing.

*Comment by Elfod Nemeth on July 16, 2010 at 6:37pm
I only knew Greg briefly recently, but long enough to say he will be missed.

Rest in peace Greg.

*Comment by Storm Thunders on July 16, 2010 at 8:44pm
Greg was one of the first Babbagers I met, back in the soap factory days. Wildly careening airships, long geeky building how-to talks… I miss him.

*Comment by Poopdeck Halfpint on July 16, 2010 at 9:27pm
Fer misker Merrymin. He showed me whar ter plants spinnich in New baggage.

*Comment by Canolli Capalini on July 16, 2010 at 9:40pm
I’ve been trying to think for hours what to say.. and I keep having a lack of words when someone new asks me if I’ve heard. I still don’t’ know what to say. So, I’ll say what I do know.

I sold Greg one of his first pieces of property in Babbage Canals.
I’ve known Greg longer than I’ve known most people in Second Life.
He was the most agreeable and helpful conversationalist I’ve ever met.
He passed out helpful scripts like they were candy.
He loved to talk about building with anyone and was kind and patient.
He made god awful gorgeous animated engines.
He treated life’s wild careening out of our control with grace and as lessons to be learned.
He was bald in SL.
He wore suspenders.
He loved to stand on my platform and we’d try to one up each other with "oh hey.. can you guess how I did .. THIS?"
He was one of three people I trusted with scripts, ideas, textures, and building utterly.

Greg Merryman was a good egg.

*Comment by Ashiko Kuroe on July 16, 2010 at 10:53pm
A gentleman I had admired the banter of from afar, Babbage has lost a gentleman today.

*Comment by Marit Static on July 16, 2010 at 11:40pm
My Typist and there alt are deeply saddened…

*Comment by Jasper Kiergarten on July 17, 2010 at 1:39am
I have too much to say, and it wouldn’t let me post my thoughts in their entirety, so I’ll just say here that he was a great man, a great builder, and that he will be sorely missed.

If anyone is interested, you can read what I had to say in my blog.

*Comment by Wildstar Beaumont on July 17, 2010 at 6:54am
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

(John Donne)

==Comments (Page 5)==

*Comment by Skusting Dagger on July 17, 2010 at 8:47pm
A hole has been left in New Babbage that can never be truly filled.
A man of honor and integrity is lost to us.

*Comment by Moses Mureaux on July 19, 2010 at 3:05pm
I got wind of Greg’s passing while I was away at training for my corporation. I still can’t wrap my head around his being gone.

When I first arrived in New Babbage, Greg didn’t reach out to me. He outright grabbed me. He saw that I was eager to learn, and made his vast knowledge available to me, even seeking me out whenever I asked a question publicly, offering his resources to me freely, and without an ounce of hesitation. Why? My theory is because he was Greg Merryman, and that’s just what Greg was: An honest to goodness selfless gentleman.

He was my friend, and I was honored to know him. I am saddened that I won’t have the chance to know him better.

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