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bugeater 20 May 2016 00:06

The only thing I understand is that this is another reminder of how fragile life is. To me, SOTB was a pillar of this place...an immovable object. Fuck cancer. Live life.

Until Valhalla Marine, I never met you but am a better man from knowing of you.

Hawk14 20 May 2016 07:05

RIP SOTB, FUCK CANCER.

GPC 20 May 2016 09:14

[QUOTE=Look. Don'tTouch.;1058564046]It's awesome to see folks posting up their favorite quotes by Andy.[/QUOTE]

SOTBism will live on for sure.

ReconB2 20 May 2016 10:14

Well, shit. WTF.
Our paths crossed in the mid-80's and I am grateful for the experience of working together. We are truly diminished.
RIP brother.

freds4 20 May 2016 11:58

I'm stunned. I don't hang out here much anymore but when I heard the news I had to check in. We all have to go sometime but it's still a shock when you hear news like this. SOCNET will not be the same without him; see you on the other side Andy.

Justaclerk 20 May 2016 12:11

[QUOTE=Rough Raven;1058564294]RIP Andy. Marine. Warrior. [B]Our world just grew a little bit darker...[/B]

Prayers for your family and friends.[/QUOTE]

...and a little, no, a lot, less interesting.

DC Photog 20 May 2016 12:20

I haven't been checking in here much lately. To log in casually and find this out is a really huge kick in the chest.

There are few people who have posted here that have made me think more or differently about things in the world or life as much as he did. Walking about my job and when certain things come up I would wonder "what would SOTB think about this?" Sure enough, when I had time I'd log on and often see just what he thought about it. I will miss that.

The world is a smaller place without you SOTB. RIP Andy.

To those of you who were much closer to him you are in my thoughts and prayers.

bobofthedesert 20 May 2016 16:36

What?? No.... :sadface:

Like others I would not have thought I could be affected like this by the loss of someone I knew only from the 'net, but he was such a giant on this board.....all here are indeed poorer for his loss. All Hail the founder of The Pinky Test!!

RIP SOTB.

kosty 20 May 2016 18:50

RIP SOTB,

He took offense to my presence - I wish there had been a way to reconcile.

Terminator2 20 May 2016 20:54

Damn.

He was such a staple here and from what SB was saying, his credentials speak for themselves. This world lost a very good man.

Didn't pull any punches with me or anyone if we said something stupid or ignorant. I learned quickly from him how to navigate this site respectfully. I know his awesome, warped (in a very good way) sense of humor will be sorely missed here.

RIP Marine, and fuck cancer.

Traveler 20 May 2016 23:22

Rest In Peace, Mr. Potts.

seabee1226 21 May 2016 07:25

RIP SOTB.

Thank you for your advice & wisdom that you've shared w/ all of us for so long.

Spork 21 May 2016 07:33

Rest In Peace, Marine. To all of his close friends and family I offer my heartfelt condolences.

What he taught me in one PM I will never forget.

Fuck Cancer

Headshot 21 May 2016 09:08

Rest in peace, Andy.

As much as he displayed his candor on here, it seemed to be equally peppered with very tactful diplomacy, a worthy trait to be gleaned by anyone.

gryan1966 21 May 2016 09:37

I dont post a lot but I enjoyed reading SOTBs posts. Very informative and his sarcasm was fun to read. RIP Marine

Kalbo 21 May 2016 13:11

Rest in Peace Marine! I didn't get a chance to meet you in person, but like others, I always looked forward to reading what you had to say. I wish condolences to your family and to all those who have an empty place in their hearts. Until Valhalla! Fuck Cancer.

Semper Fidelis,
Kalbo

btq96r 21 May 2016 23:03

I was just flipping through the Guys who cook thread, and this pic in one of his posts does a great job of showing all the glory that was SOTB.

[IMG]http://socnet.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30607&stc=1&d=1436634957[/IMG]

338winny 22 May 2016 12:40

I don't post much, but I do read a lot here and this is very sad news. I echo DC PHOTOG & BOTD, I would find myself wondering what SOTB's take would be on a particular topic that was on my mind. Never wondered what anybody else thought. Also, I am trying to come to grips as to why his passing has had such a profound affect on me. I never knew SOTB personally, and never had individual correspondence via SOCNET.

RIP SOTB.

johnnylaw 22 May 2016 17:15

I'd like to make a donation to SOTB's family, but I have not been able to locate a single shred of information on the net (just the way SOTB would have liked). In lieu of donating to SOTB's family, I will make a donation to SOCNET and I believe he would definitely get behind that. It's really strange how Andy touched so many of us here. That definitely says a lot about him.

don 22 May 2016 18:21

I never knew him as "Andy" I only knew him as SOTB....the BTDT formerly known as South of the Border. In a previous post I simply said, "What a kick in the gut." Those words don't even come close to expressing my feelings.

I've been here for 9 years...and don't post a lot. I do read...every day. I look at you guys kind of like " family". Every posting by Bubba's that struggle with their demons, went through horrible family situations, dealt with the misery of losing a dog...I read it all, and it has a definite, profound impact on me.

SOTB...Honest to God...and I know you didn't believe...I hope you are looking down at us saying "OK, you fuckers...I was wrong." I would hate to think "...that's all folks." You were one smart dude, and I hope there is something more to come.

smoked 22 May 2016 23:35

He was a big man and immensely influential on my beliefs, though I knew him only virtually, and not personally. I also experienced his kind heart over PM.

RIP, Andy.

Typhoon 23 May 2016 01:07

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Andy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as all here who knew and worked with him.

Soutpiel 23 May 2016 03:27

I'd been away from this site for a while, and coincidentally I had just returned from a get-together to mourn the losses of my 32Bn bothers during the Angolan war, and got a bit of a jolt when logging in and seeing that SOTB had succumbed. So much so that it's taken me two days to mull it over before posting my condolences.

It's remarkable the impact SOTB made on members here. Many characters on this site but he stood out.

When I first arrived here I soon felt his wrath and thought "well every forum has one" and put him down as the resident big mouth.
Next to dawn on me was his apparent dislike of anything South African.

I obviously don't know him from a bar of soap, like most people here, but after a while it occurred to me that he spoke a lot of sense. And he didn't take prisoners.
It also sunk in that we had remarkably similar backgrounds, both military and civilian albeit it in opposite ends of the world, similar ages, similar curmudgeonly outlook, similar atheism, similar dislike of a lot of things South African, and a similar cancer issue for that matter. My brother from another mother so to speak. If this forum was my home turf I'd be mouthing off exactly like him. How could I possibly hold a grudge?

So I sat in my corner and began increasingly to enjoy the chirps and confrontations, as well as his technical knowledge, and I always made a point of reading his posts. In fact I harboured a secret fantasy of possibly meeting up with him in a professional environment one day. Seems that day will have to wait till I also kick the bucket.

If we consider the vacuum he leaves here on SOCNET then we can just imagine the vacuum he leaves among his family and colleagues. It's those left behind that suffer. So my positive thoughts and energies go out to them.

grog18b 23 May 2016 14:06

Back in 2013 I noticed, like a few others here, that Andy's posts were getting 'abnormal' and asked him if everything was okay. His response:
[quote]Dude,

All is good. I hope no one is taking anything I write too seriously. Its just the internet.

Cool to hear about your dog. I'm going to have to get another dog within the next year....

Andy[/quote]

To those that signed up and got their pee pees whacked quickly by Andy, remember his pm to me above. He was good at seperating the internet and real life. More than most. I also know he had a big heart off screen and is a hell of a person that would go way out of his way to help a brother in need.(Yes, he's past, but to all of us that remember him, he is still here.. All you have to do is go back and read here... As long as this site is around, so will be Andy, and his awesome humor.)

uTTER 24 May 2016 19:11

Rest in Peace SOTB.

Tyr 24 May 2016 21:47

RIP SOTB.

Fuck cancer...

DCH 25 May 2016 01:25

God Bless you SOTB.

Rest Peaceful Marine.

Princeps Belli 25 May 2016 03:45

Met Andy once, and hoped to get together again. He had insightful posts about a wide range of subjects. Regards to his family. R.I.P.

Parajuevos 25 May 2016 14:37

RIP, SOTB.

I was saddened to hear of your passing.

Old Dog New Trick 25 May 2016 16:34

RIP Andy, your wisdom and insight will be missed.

We'll have that drink in Valhalla.

cpart84 25 May 2016 17:26

I had posted in the 75th forum when my uncle (former 1/75) had passed. He posted words that meant a lot to me then.

As a long time lurker on this board, he was one of my favorite people to read. Very funny, very smart and i learned a lot about the kind of attitude one should have if they're going to serve. I'd like to think some of his perspective rubbed off on me and helped me become a better soldier.

I'm gonna miss reading his posts on here for sure.

Rest in peace, Marine.

zdfg 27 May 2016 00:46

I met Andy in 2003 on BIAP when he came to work for us on a contract. Ran into him again in Kabul a few years after that. For some reason I woke up this morning, and decided to contact him here. Quiet a shock to see his name on this thread.

RIP. Blue skies above.

Harley Busa 27 May 2016 09:49

RIP and Semper Fi...I learned a lot from you on here Sir! Till Valhalla!

Sigi 27 May 2016 23:55

I click on Socnet because it has always gone well with that morning cup of coffee.
Check in, read, go to work.

I admit I check in now to see who contributed to this thread and how they remembered SOTB.
Is that weird?

Why am I still sad remembering SOTB, and getting choked up?

There are so many people on this board that make this board great. This site means a LOT to me.

I just don't understand how the loss of SOTB preoccupies my time away from here. As someone else has already mentioned, my condolences to all those who knew SOTB.

I miss him.

sedativecrane8 28 May 2016 02:21

RIP Marine.

Purple36 28 May 2016 07:10

[QUOTE=Sigi;1058566026]I click on Socnet because it has always gone well with that morning cup of coffee.
Check in, read, go to work.

I admit I check in now to see who contributed to this thread and how they remembered SOTB.
Is that weird?

Why am I still sad remembering SOTB, and getting choked up?

There are so many people on this board that make this board great. This site means a LOT to me.

I just don't understand how the loss of SOTB preoccupies my time away from here. As someone else has already mentioned, my condolences to all those who knew SOTB.

I miss him.[/QUOTE]

For me it's because he was such a prolific poster and figure here. He always had a strong opinion on whatever he was replying to...so now when I read a thread that would likely have elicited an Andy post...it's glaringly quiet or toned down. An empty space.

DCH 28 May 2016 09:49

My sorrow is slowly turning into a great respect, pure fucking admiration and pride that I "knew" such a man as 'South'.

I'm proud to be here amongst you all.
DCH

ralph conner 28 May 2016 11:06

RIP SOTB
 
[QUOTE=Sigi;1058566026]I click on Socnet because it has always gone well with that morning cup of coffee.
Check in, read, go to work.

I miss him.[/QUOTE]

X2 - for around to 10 years since he signed up, he's been an integral part of my morning reading too. It's not the same.

I loved watching the way he handled people, what an intellect! I wish I could've met him.

bobmueller 28 May 2016 13:23

[QUOTE=ralph conner;1058566055]I loved watching the way he handled people, what an intellect! I wish I could've met him.[/QUOTE]

In spades.

Mars 28 May 2016 14:30

There are those whose light burns so bright that one can't help but be burned when in their presence -- physically or via the Internet -- to where the scar they leave is a permanent reminder of the encounter.

He was one of those rare people! I sorely miss him and our talks via PM's already.


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