|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 704 days ago||1145 views||1 time favorited||24 replies|
704 days ago
I have just about completed a little booklet for Mike’s memorial service. Basically just an introduction, a listing of the LJ condolences expressed in the forum and blog announcing his passing, and Debbie’s interview with him. Since everyone is a part of this, I did not want anyone to take offense if I overstepped my bounds in speaking for the LJ community at large. The following is the intro. Please advise if there are any portions that anyone is uncomfortable with.
For many, the concept of online community is a place where one can give updates about their lives, make some friends, and stay in contact with existing ones. Many social networking sites allow you to build your own little community, one in which you are the center and others get invited in or forever kept at a distance. Lumberjocks is an online community, but not one in which you can stay at the center. All members are free to post blogs and forums and comment as they so choose. Woodworkers from all over the world post their work, share advice, and support one another in everyone’s attempts to improve and achieve a little more in their projects each day. Very few understood the mission of the Lumberjock community as well as Michael Wurm.
Michael was one of the early members of the site and a financial contributor. He chose the moniker jockmike2 for his online handle. His first post was on October 4th 2006. His last post was on the 30th of March, 2012. Just one day before he passed away. Mike contributed 10,641 posts, most of them voicing his constant support and sharing his knowledge, as well as seeking advice, to and from woodworkers across the globe. He shared 68 projects, started 100 blogs, and opened his workshop and home, online and in the physical, to thousands of woodworkers local and abroad. To some, these accomplishments may not seem significant but in reality, Michael was America’s Ambassador of Wood.
When Michael passed away, the news was shared with the Lumberjock community. What follows is a list of responses from those that have expressed grief over his death and prayers to his family and friends. These were gleaned from a forum and blog that announced his passing. Where possible, the names and locations of those that expressed their condolences are documented as well. This helps the reader visualize the far reaching impact of Michael’s devotion to his fellow woodworking community. Mike’s profile is retained in the “In Memoriam” section of the lumberjocks.com website. The members of the Lumberjock community wish to convey their condolences to the Wurm family and all their friends -
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