RIP Jack Williams

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RIP Jack Williams

Postby Coelacanth » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:11 am

Jack Williams aka Murray Dick passed away suddenly early last week. A true character and unique individual, I know Murray drew a great deal of inspiration from all on this site. Glad he found your community. I have no doubt he will be making his final voyage in one of his custom numbers, a skirt man to the end.

RIP my old mate. Godspeed.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby crfriend » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:45 am

Oh, my, that was sudden -- and entirely unexpected. Thanks for the news, albeit sad.

My heart goes out to his family and mates.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby pleated » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:51 am

Sad that Jack has passed on. He lived life to the full and was a shining example to us all.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby pleated » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:58 am

"a skirt man to the end"
Probably more accurate to say he was "a dress man to the end". He made dresses that were clearly male items of clothing.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby pleated » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:39 am

http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituarie ... =171791773
DICK, Murray James Suddenly on 15th July 2014 at home. Dearly loved son of the late Tom and Edna. Brother and brother in law of Graham and Margaret. Ecofan Sound Designer. A celebration of Murray's life will be held at the Central Park Chapel of Davis Funerals, 150 Central Park Drive, Henderson on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 at 1.30pm
Currently, the Guest Book for Murray James DICK is available for viewing, but not accepting entries until Tuesday, 22 July 2014.

Published in The New Zealand Herald on July 21, 2014
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby melsav » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:22 pm

I have only been on Skirtcafe a short time, but from what Say he was a man that lived life to the fullest he will be missed.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby Grok » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:33 pm

This is a shock :(
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby Uncle Al » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:06 pm

Thank you, Coelacanth, for letting us know about Jack.

He was one of the first men on this forum that promoted dresses for men.
His technical knowledge and background was quite extensive. His creations
will last for many years as a tribute to his expertise.

He loved music and thoroughly enjoyed the WOMAD festivals.

He will be missed :cry:

R.I.P. my friend :( :blue: :(


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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby Big and Bashful » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:33 pm

Jack was somebody I would have loved to meet in person, he certainly seemed to live life to the full. He will certainly be missed, not least here in the cafe. Commiserations to all his family and friends.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby STEVIE » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:42 pm

Sincerest commiserations to his family.
So unexpected, the world will be a duller place without him.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby Coelacanth » Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:42 pm

pleated wrote:"a skirt man to the end"
Probably more accurate to say he was "a dress man to the end". He made dresses that were clearly male items of clothing.


Indeed you are correct, and my lack of even basic understanding of sartorial nomenclature is rendered evident to all :-)

In his later years, it became increasingly difficult to engage Murray on anything other than his passion for the aquisition, modification and sporting of dressware. Such was his enthusiasm, that it was impossible for even the staunchly conservative to ignore what amounted to a sales pitch for "letting it swing". Who knows? There may come a time for even I to learn more...

For now, my connection to such things will be farwelled tomorrow, and sadly I will not make the date.

Again, Godspeed to you Murray - Beatnik, traveller, mad scientist, music man, deep thinker, questioner, bourbon lover and chillum smoker. We'll go no more a-roving, so late into the night....
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby Kirbstone » Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:44 pm

Very sad news indeed. I find it difficult to believe that Jack is gone and his column 'Jack Track' will be no more. An eccentric loner, for sure, but a great contributor to this forum.

His lively comments on practically everything and his very fine photos were always entertaining. I certainly would love to have met him in person, but that will never be, now. Having actively posted right up to the end, like 'Skip' Frazer, I expect he had no notion that the Grim Reaper was waiting in the wings.

May he rest in peace.

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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby skirtyscot » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:59 pm

His passing is a big loss to this forum and, no doubt, to all who knew him. Here was a man who enjoyed life. May we all be able to do the same.

As for not knowing when death is coming, isn't that for the best?

RIP Jack / Murray.
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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby Tor » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:09 pm

Sad to hear Jack / Murray has passed. I always enjoyed his contributions to the forum.

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Re: RIP Jack Williams

Postby crfriend » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:25 pm

I've been trying to deal with this for most of the day, which unfortunately was interrupted by work.

"Jack" was one of those rare folks with a keen grasp of not just the technical side of things but also the aesthetic side; he worked that not just into his electronic designs but also into the very fabric of his being. It's hard to think he's gone now as he had such a joie-de-vivre to him -- this was a bloke who loved life and was after everything out of it right to the very last.

As SkirtyScot mentions, sometimes it's best that we not know when the reaper is waiting in the wings. I can't imagine that Murray saw him, and if he did I hope he flipped him the bird just before the end.

Go peacefully, Murray, you are remembered; let that be known. We'll keep the filaments warm for you.
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