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.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.
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."