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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our fellow moderator and founder of this forum, John Mallinson.  John passed away on Friday after a short illness.  To say he will be missed is an understatement.

 

Not only was John a moderator for the forum, but as the administrator he set up all the systems that allow the forum to function technically on a day to day basis.  He was our liaison between the people running the server and us, and often managed to save us some money by proving that their stats were incorrect.  He was also one of our terrific triumvirate, with Ian and Janet, who so diligently provide the worldwide links every day.

 

John wore his moderator hat very subtly and behind the scenes.  His was always the voice of calm, of gentle reason, when all around us (including us) was going mad.  We could ask his advice on anything, and if we disagreed he would do his best to talk us round, in his calm and sensible way.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, but it was always done with his quiet good humour and intellectual approach.  He always gave good reasons for his suggestions of what to do in a given situation.  

 

We will greatly miss his wit and wisdom, his technical prowess, his patience and his gentleness.  He was an old-fashioned sort of true gentleman, the likes of which we don't much see these days.  I have known John personally for 15 years and never once in all that time have I heard him swear, or be nasty about anybody or anything, no matter how angry he was.  Somehow with John, you always ended up laughing.   

 

We will miss his dedication and commitment to this forum.  As most of you know, we all started the forum together back in 2011.  No-one has ever left our motley little crew, and we work very well together.  When John wrote us a message a month or so ago telling us that he was unwell, his first concern was for the forum.  He even apologised for letting us down.  A couple of weeks ago, from his hospital bed, he communicated with us, worried about how the admin side of the forum was going.  This is the kind of man John was, and we will miss him more than we can say.

 

I am sure that you will all join us in thanking John for all that he did to make the forum the thriving place that it is today.  His contribution cannot be underestimated.  

 

On behalf of the moderators and all forum members, we send our deepest condolences to John's wife, two daughters, grandchildren and all of his family and friends.  

 

I will end with the words of a fellow moderator:  a true gentleman who will be sorely missed by all.

 

Rest in peace, John.  We are privileged that your life touched ours, and so many others.

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I'm really very sorry to hear this condolences to his wife and family and friends.

One always got the feeling that his was a calm and steady hand behind the scenes and was greatful  for technical advice received from him when I was panicking having problems from time to time.

He will be missed by the Forum.

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Sad news. Thinking of all who knew and loved him. Although I didn’t know him personally, he once helped me out of a right mess I had made trying to sign in and, as others have said, his patience and kindness shone through his words.

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So sorry to hear this news and all our thoughts go out to his family & friends. This forum has been & continues to be invaluable to a lot of us and even a life-line when the path through ballet training sometimes becomes a difficult one !! 

Thank you John ...... RIP 

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Very sad news. 

 

My heart goes out to the friends and family who knew John personally. 

 

All those who have used Ballet.co over the years surely owe this gentleman a debt of gratitude for enabling the smooth running of this forum along with the other dedicated volunteers behind the scenes. 

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