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    Martin checks out - Farang Connection

    R.I.P.

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    RIP Martin

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    R.I.P Martin....
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    RIP Martin. This Doer got me and mrs a room in Surin when we turned up there impromptu during the height of the 2008 elephant round-up. No one else could've.

    This bloke battled on and ran his business, and promoted Surin while he was battling a terminal illness. The 2009 elephant round-up had the most visitors ever- how much of this was due to Martin? He had to drive around 200km to Ubon Ratchathani to get chemotherapy- I understand he did that monthly.

    A man I never really knew in life certainly won my respect, and now he has passed. RIP.
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    I have noticed that Martin Knapp has had a very mixed press on this forum, but I found him an excellent host on my occasional trips to lower Isaan. It's true that my wife wasn't keen on the Thai cusine at the FC (probably not Martin's bit of the menu), but I put that to him without falling out. I think he knew from the diagnosis he received a while ago that the cards were heavily stacked against him, and as far as I can see he struggled on with a lot of courage. The FC is a Surin landmark and Martin will be remembered with fondness by many. R.I.P.

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    Martin checks out - Farang Connection

    There is a passing reference to Martin's death in the member's forum but that seems about it and I thought more of a marker was merited given his contribution to farang life in Surin.

    As a habitual visitor, generally unwilling, to the wife's family home up country I came to view attendance at Martin's bar as a very necessary antidote to the dreadfulness that is the typical moo baan existence if only for the opportunity to speak to other farang. For that I shall always be grateful to Martin even if the farang present were occasionally, and spectacularly, of the deranged, frazzled variety.

    In establishing his business he made a decent fist of it and it became a reliable focal point for residents and visitors alike who could share some notion of camaraderie when Thai ways might seem too overwhelming.

    I shall miss him and his quirky wit even if his devotion to Chelsea FC suggested some incipient dementia.

    The place will not quite seem the same without him and in the scheme of things one probably couldn't wish for a better epitaph.
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    Thanks for posting that Gent.
    Never met him in person but he always came across as a decent sort in his postings and PM's

    RIP Martin

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    He passed in his sleep 4 January. RIP Marty. {Who inherits FC??}

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    RIP Marty. {Who inherits FC??}
    Who's had his slippers ?

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    Didn't know him either but appreciate your sentiments Gent and, R.I.P to Martin.

    Don't appreciate these types til they're gone, do we....then they're gone!

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    God rest ye merry gentleman Martin.

    In which Amphur of Surin did his bar prevail Gent? Meung District? What was the name? Would be nice to pay a visit if up that way..

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    I never met him or knew him, but I wouldn't wish cancer on any decent bloke.

    RIP.

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    I was fortunate to know him all though not well but well enough to know that he was a good man with a good heart. He helped me on my first 2 visits to Surin for which I will always remember.

    R.I.P. Martin, may you new journey fill you with happiness.

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    I only met Martin once, when I popped into Farang Connection to sample his pancake, ice-cream & custard.

    He was a nice sort & had a lot of expats frequenting his establishment.

    RIP, Martin - I'm sure Surin will miss you a great deal.

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    Sad news.
    Met him many times on visa run days, before the Korat move.
    He always was the genial host and made a special point of welcoming any new faces, even when he was suffering with his illness.
    He will be sorely missed by many.
    RIP Martin.

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    He tried his best to provide a home from home with a well stocked fridge & british produce. The logistic's involved in achieving his dream were enormous with reglar trip's to Yorkies in Jontiem and I hope his wife con keep the little oasis bythe bus station going!

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