R.I.P. Woof

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R.I.P WOOF

It is my sad duty to report that Woof died January 19. He had been ill for some time. During his four years of membership in AW he was an active and highly entertaining member of this Whimsy subforum, spending most of his time right here and providing us with an unforgettable legacy of smiles and laughs. His name was Joseph Lipson. He was a bright, creative and very good-hearted person. He was the owner of a historic artists' cafe, a poet, a part-time actor--he appeared in several movies--and was a seminal fixture in Toronto's gay community. He was 61.

Joseph and I began an email correspondence several years ago, discussing everything from art to politics and beyond. I knew he was seriously ill, but I kept hoping for the best.

I feel a great personal loss, and I am sure many other members of this forum--usually so ready to laugh--will also regret the passing of our friend. He will be missed by many who never met him.

Look to the left, and you will find many threads Woof started.

Here are a couple of links:

Obituary: http://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Joseph_Lipson-11438.aspx

Facebook Tribute Page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.187067818002370.37858.100000974605586&type=3
 

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I'm sorry for Woof and his family and friends.
 

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A good person. He is missed already.
 

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Sad news. I now wish to quote from a PM Joseph sent me on Jan. 15th 2012:

"For me, the best satire is bitingly witty.
These are just a few of my favourite satirical quotes:

I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
--Mark Twain

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin
--H.L. Mencken"
 

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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!He was too nice of a guy.
 

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That's sad. He was a regular fixture here and an all-around funny guy. I sent a lot of reppies his way. We miss you, Woof!
 

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I'm so very sorry to hear about this - and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
 

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Oh, no! Thanks for letting us know. May he and his loved ones be at peace.

Maryn, saddened
 

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I never knew him, though I saw a great many of his posts. I wish I'd said hi.

My thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.
 

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Very sad news. I'm beginning to realize how I need to branch out, to meet as many as possible. His family will be in my prayers.
 

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I never knew him personally, but I played many a word game with him in these forums.

He shall be missed.

:(
 

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Thank you for letting us know, though it makes me very, very sad to hear the news.

eta: I wish I could have met him in real life.
 
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There once was a poet called "Woof"
Who was never stuck up or aloof.
He knew limerick rules
And left us some jewels.
Woof's spoofs will be missed 'neath this roof.

RIP Joseph.
 

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He made me laugh more than once; he will be missed.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear of Woof's passing. He was funny and witty and put a lot of effort into the AW community. He is very much missed. I send my best wishes to his family and friends.
 

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Woof made me laugh a great deal with his posts here.

I'll really miss seeing him around.

RIP, dawg.