<d...@dsPaMmEjnOtmoore.fsnet.co.uk> wrote: >"Charani" <SGBNOS...@mail2genes.invalid> wrote in message >news:firstname.lastname@example.org... >>I have just learned that Hugh WATKINS, who was well known to many >> here, passed away on 29 December 2009.
> Though Hugh and I sometimes had public disagreements, especially in > our respective > views about Ancestry and online genealogy generally, I am sure we > respected one > another and I know he made genuine efforts to help many people.
> He will be missed.
> -- > Roy Stockdill > Professional genealogical researcher, writer & lecturer > Newbies' Guide to Genealogy & Family History: > www.genuki.org.uk/gs/Newbie.html
On Jan 9, 4:06 am, Ian Singer <iansin...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
> What does "Beloved Father/Far and Grandfather/Morfar." mean in the obituary?
Hugh was heavily involved in Danish genealogy.
The Scandinavian languages use specific names for paternal and maternal grandparents, using different combinations of far (father) and mor (mother). Thus, paternal grandfather is farfar, maternal grandfather morfar; paternal grandmother is farmor, maternal grandmother is mormor. As a genealogist I like this genealogical preciseness!
> Thanks for letting us know. He drove me nuts sometimes, but he was one
> of the helpful and colourful characters of the group and will be > greatly missed. Lesley Robertson
Yes indeed. He had a blind spot about Ancestry, but he did weigh in with useful advice for many people - and he must have been active to the last, an example to all of us. I remember that when I was off list for a couple of days after an eye operation, he actually rang up to check that all was well, and seemed a very caring person. I never met him as planned - which is a reminder to DO IT NOW> Goodbye Hugh!
On Sat, 09 Jan 2010 07:52:17 +0200, Steve Hayes wrote: > I could never work out whether he was in Denmark or in Birmingham.
He divided his time between the two. He always spent the summer in Denmark but came back to England in time for the Bunfight in the Bristol/North Somerset area at the end of September.
I was surprised he was in England at Christmas because he normally spent the time until after the New Year with his family in Denmark. I guess he was feeling too ill to travel, a supposition supported by his last message on his blog.
I'm a bit late to the wake, having been out of the country since the start of the year. This is sad news. I met Hugh at the WDYTYA 09 fair, where he was on the "Ask the Experts" panel - just dropped by to introduce myself, as we'd not met in person before. I found him very genteel and friendly.
Hugh's humour didn't desert him even at the last. Anyone who's met him will understand the wry smile behind "freighted to heartlands hospital" in his final blog entry.
Farewell, Hugh, you'll be missed. You've now become an ancestor for future generations to research - and in your researches, and the public trail you've created online and elsewhere, you've left a rich seam of material for them to mine. For a genealogist, that's as good as it gets.