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Very sorry to hear the sad news that Jack has passed away , i can safely say i used to chuckle at some off his posts but found him a joy .
RIP Jack from across the pond
 
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It pains me to announce that one of our most prolific and valued members has passed away today.

@Jack@European_Parts has succumbed to complications of COVID on this 11th day of April, 2021.

I have known Jack since before Ross-Tech existed. He was always character. Some people did not care for his methods, which largely involved trying to teach people to fish rather than handing out fish, but the reality is, he was always trying to help everyone in his own unique way.

Jack will be missed here.

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-Uwe-
I am probably the last person to hear this sad new today. I had recently been observing no shows from Jack as usual on the forum so I went on google looking for him and lo and behold found this thread. Sad sad sad indeed!! He was indeed a great character, death has stolen one of our great friends. May he rest in peace.
 
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Back before I stopped worrying and learned to love my CEL, he helped me make progress on troubleshooting my Phaeton W12. I had reached a point where I was ready to park it in a bad part of town and set it on fire, and he talked me down. He said something to me, over the phone, that resonated with me and I remember to this day: "You can figure it out. It's just a machine."

I don't know why that broke me out of my loop, but it did. It worked on the part of my brain that had decided I was defeated, that it was an intractable frustrating unsolvable mystery of the universe, and moved it back into the domain of things that could be analyzed, tested, potentially solved. I don't know how to explain it better than that. I have worked on other problems years later, things entirely unrelated to automobile engines at all, and sometimes heard that voice again: "You can figure it out. It's just a machine."

Don't know if you get notified of forum tags wherever you are @Jack@European_Parts, but my brother in 2006 Phaeton W12 ownership @PowerDubs needed those words you gave me tonight and he needs some JPPSG spirit. Miss you buddy, thinking of you. Point us in the right direction if you can. :cry::)
 
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I don't post on any of the forums much, including this one, and when I don't, It's because either Jack or UWE has already solved and posted the answer.

I haven't read the bulk of forums for quite a while because that help has kept me running smoothly for nearing 320,000 miles. While searching for a trouble code today, I ran across one of Jack's threads and noticed the "gone but not forgotten" tag and did some searching.

I never met you. I never talked on the phone with you, and I'd have to look, but I'm not even sure I directly asked you any questions on the forums. But the reason I'm learning about this over a year later is absolutely because of what you taught me and the unasked questions you answered-- I haven't needed to be here because you were just that good. I've never been so gutted at the news of the passing of a stranger. This has very much taken the wind from my sails, but I'm going fix this thing anyway.

It's just a machine. I'll figure it out.
 
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