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For Emru

Last night, Emru Townsend passed away.
I wouldn't say we were close friends (we didn't have drinks every fridays and such) but we always had friendly meetings and I certainly thought of him as a friend. We kept meeting at every events involving animation in and around Montreal. He was very active in the animation world, had created FPS, an animation based magazine, and so much more...I can't even name, at the top of my head, everything he has achieved.
When he was diagnosed with leukemia, he didn't just quietly lay down in the shadows to fade away. With the help of his friend and family, he started a website that helped bring awareness of bone marrow donation. A website that has helped many many other people's lives.
Emru had found a donor. Unfortunately, his leukemia proved to be of a very nasty sort that wouldn't let go.
If you've met Emru, online or in person (and if you've been interested in animation or siggraph, you may very well have crossed his path), he was one of the brightest, most enthusiastic, generous, fun person to have around you.
He will be missed. many other people around are leaving much better, well thought out tribute than I ever could. But I had to at least add my voice to them.
Heartfelt sympathies, and much love to the Townsend family (especially to Tamu).


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Nov. 12th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard... :(

I'll always remember his infectious smile and passion for his work.

Sad, indeed, to have that voice silenced...
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
The sad news has just started to spread.
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
As a fan of animation since I was a child, I am saddened to hear another loss of an artist to this world. I'm sure now that his skills will used to animate the clouds in Heaven.

My best wishes to his friends, family and to all those he helped though his charitable acts of kindness and awareness.
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't know Emru, but in reading his blog it's clear that he faced his cancer with strength and dignity.

My deepest sympathies to all his friends and family.
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I share similar sentiments of condolences.
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's really sad news. I never met him in person, though I have spoken to his family members on several occasions and have drawn in sketchbooks that were sent to him.
Nov. 13th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Whether it was in Ottawa or at an anime convention. He saw and cherished every sketch. Thank you.
Nov. 13th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'll add my sympathy. IU can't add an eulogy of any sort, because I did not know him.
Nov. 14th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Even tho' I didn't know him, I wish him well and his family and his friends and any other person he knew. I hope they do okay. He really sounds like an awesome guy, I wish I got to meet him =(
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