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I just saw on FB that Kurt Kurtz, ASLOK regular passed away last weekend after a long battle with pneumonia. As an ASLOK regular, I am embarassed to say I cannot place the face. I remember the spider baseball hat though........ Man oh man its been a tough couple of years for us........

Rest in Peace!
A skinny, older fellow. Hadn't seen him in a while but was fairly regular for about 5 years. Sometimes his wife would tag along, and pull counters as needed. Seemed odd, but she didn't seem to mind.

RIP Kurt
 

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I remember Kurt too, think I saw him in Chicago? Think Neil played him more than once too.
 

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Kurt was one of the first Americans to regularly come to Montréal for the Montréal ASL Festival that I ran during the nineties. He was a pleasant guy and a good opponent.
 

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I found a photo from the 2001 Montréal ASL Festival that has Kurt (on left) in it. Ironically, in the background is a deceased local player named Ron Garrow, who never played outside of this locale.

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Kurt and I played several times over the years. Always a good game. He would make travelling to out of town asl tournaments a family affair.
 

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Sorry if this fellow was brought up already upstream. Thinking about this thread for a bit at work last night. Back when I was on FB, I sold a spare copy of VotG to a guy from Chicago. Real nice, genuine guy. We subsequently messaged each other quite a few times post-sale. God forbid, I cannot remember his name! He was ex-Navy (retired?) and was affianced to a nice African-American woman who fully supported his hobby. He hadn't replied to a message for some time, and I heard somewhere (FB?) that he had passed away. This was probably five years ago-ish. Another nice guy in our hobby lost, and what bugs me so much about it is not remembering his name.
 

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Sorry if this fellow was brought up already upstream. Thinking about this thread for a bit at work last night. Back when I was on FB, I sold a spare copy of VotG to a guy from Chicago. Real nice, genuine guy. We subsequently messaged each other quite a few times post-sale. God forbid, I cannot remember his name! He was ex-Navy (retired?) and was affianced to a nice African-American woman who fully supported his hobby. He hadn't replied to a message for some time, and I heard somewhere (FB?) that he had passed away. This was probably five years ago-ish. Another nice guy in our hobby lost, and what bugs me so much about it is not remembering his name.
Perhaps Gunner Scott would know him.
 

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RIP Gary Trezza

Just heard from Carl Nogueira that Gary passed away suddenly in March (3/19/22). Here is Carl's message:

Folks,
It is with profound shock and regret that I have to announce the passing of Gary Trezza. Gary apparently passed unexpectedly and suddenly back in March. We all knew Gary as a one-of-a-kind individual. I knew Gary well and regarded him as a good friend. I have no other information unfortunately. That said, there was an obituary for him on an officiating site, that left little doubt that indeed it is the Gary we know.
I sincerely wish I had better news.
Carl Nogueira

Of course we all knew Gary (aka "Chuckles") as he ran the Albany Tourney for years, and was a torch bearer for ASL.

Gary leaves us with many great fun memories. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his friends and family.

Tom21776
 

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RIP Gary Trezza

Just heard from Carl Nogueira that Gary passed away suddenly in March (3/19/22). Here is Carl's message:

Folks,
It is with profound shock and regret that I have to announce the passing of Gary Trezza. Gary apparently passed unexpectedly and suddenly back in March. We all knew Gary as a one-of-a-kind individual. I knew Gary well and regarded him as a good friend. I have no other information unfortunately. That said, there was an obituary for him on an officiating site, that left little doubt that indeed it is the Gary we know.
I sincerely wish I had better news.
Carl Nogueira

Of course we all knew Gary (aka "Chuckles") as he ran the Albany Tourney for years, and was a torch bearer for ASL.

Gary leaves us with many great fun memories. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his friends and family.

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Sad to hear -- but I have a great memory to share, and make it a 'celebration of life"

Gary and I played a few times but one from the OST pack (Veritable Giants?) at I forgot which tourney sticks out as it was a typical Trezza experience. I was the attacking Russians and declared that I was doing a human wave in conjunction with AFV platoon movement (armored assault)-- And he was like "nah, nah what is this bullshit?" Stomping off and fuming like he was about to bring a ball bat on to my noggin, looking for a rules clarification as only he could... After accepting that it was allowed he eventually sat back down and said "OK, continue-- nice move Shelling" and proceeded to stop my cyborg wave and win the scenario.

RIP (Roll in peace)
 

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My favorite Gary Trezza story (that I can post in public :)):
I always saw Gary at the NorEaster and Albany tournaments. For these tourneys, my wife would send a batch of awesome brownies to share with the guys. No funny brownies, but made with Penzey's cocoa, and a raspberry ganache. Really really good. The first time Gary had one, he told me in his best Trezza growl, "These are the best m-f'ing brownies I've had in my life."
When I got home I told my wife that story, including the colorful Gary language. And I told her, "Hon, believe me, this is the highest possible praise you could ever get."

May Gary's memory be a blessing.
-Mike
 

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My favorite Gary Trezza story (that I can post in public :)):
I always saw Gary at the NorEaster and Albany tournaments. For these tourneys, my wife would send a batch of awesome brownies to share with the guys. No funny brownies, but made with Penzey's cocoa, and a raspberry ganache. Really really good. The first time Gary had one, he told me in his best Trezza growl, "These are the best m-f'ing brownies I've had in my life."
When I got home I told my wife that story, including the colorful Gary language. And I told her, "Hon, believe me, this is the highest possible praise you could ever get."

May Gary's memory be a blessing.
-Mike
Awesome story.🥰🥰
 

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Sad to hear -- but I have a great memory to share, and make it a 'celebration of life"

Gary and I played a few times but one from the OST pack (Veritable Giants?) at I forgot which tourney sticks out as it was a typical Trezza experience. I was the attacking Russians and declared that I was doing a human wave in conjunction with AFV platoon movement (armored assault)-- And he was like "nah, nah what is this bullshit?" Stomping off and fuming like he was about to bring a ball bat on to my noggin, looking for a rules clarification as only he could... After accepting that it was allowed he eventually sat back down and said "OK, continue-- nice move Shelling" and proceeded to stop my cyborg wave and win the scenario.

RIP (Roll in peace)
My favorite Gary Trezza story (that I can post in public :)):
I always saw Gary at the NorEaster and Albany tournaments. For these tourneys, my wife would send a batch of awesome brownies to share with the guys. No funny brownies, but made with Penzey's cocoa, and a raspberry ganache. Really really good. The first time Gary had one, he told me in his best Trezza growl, "These are the best m-f'ing brownies I've had in my life."
When I got home I told my wife that story, including the colorful Gary language. And I told her, "Hon, believe me, this is the highest possible praise you could ever get."

May Gary's memory be a blessing.
-Mike
All I remember is hearing a growling & rumbling that sounded like bitching & cussing coming from the nearby table at ASLOk whenever he was nearby. I didn't know he spoke English. Sounded kinda like my dog Max when he growls at people he doesn't like. RIP Gary
 
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