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#1 Chuck Hards

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 07:25 AM

I just received word that longtime CN member Ziggy943 passed away in his sleep on Saturday.  Recall that he owned a 9" Clark OTA that he only recently gave to his son.  

 

I am in shock and at a loss for words.  I have known him my entire adult life, he was 75.  The Salt Lake club would not be what it is today had he not been so involved in it, for most of it's existence.  I just can't quite process that he is gone.  Going to take some time.

 

See you on the other side one day, old friend.

 

 


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 07:35 AM

Wow.  I am extremely saddened to hear of this.  I always enjoyed reading Ziggy's postings.

 

Deepest condolences to his family.

 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 07:59 AM

Very sad news indeed. May he rest in peace.

 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 08:13 AM

Sad news, may he R.I.P. and his views of the heavens be glorious on the other side.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 08:30 AM

Link to pic with him and the 9 inch Clark refractor

 

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#6 deSitter

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 08:54 AM

Sorry Chuck :(

 

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#7 Mike E.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 09:02 AM

Sad to hear. My condolences to family & friends.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 09:56 AM

Sad to hear this.   I am sorry for your loss Chuck and the loss by his family and loved ones.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:33 AM

I am so sorry to hear that Chuck. I only knew Ziggy from his posts and pictures. I loved his wry sense of humor which came across a time or two when he (rightfully) corrected me about something I said in a post. I could tell that he was a true gentleman. I am sorry for your loss. On this news, CN Classics Forum is a little bit smaller today. :(


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 12:17 PM

I did not know him personally, but have read and enjoyed many of his posts.  Rest in Peace  Ziggy! You will be missed !


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 12:31 PM

R.I.P. to an amazing amateur astronomer we all benefited from knowing, even if just here in his posts.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 01:00 PM

That is sad news.  He was a great guy; I loved the posts of his I was able to read!


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 01:35 PM

Chuck, Sorry to hear that.

I have to say, if you have to go, in your sleep is not a bad way to go.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 01:49 PM

Rest In Peace Ziggy.  Prayers of comfort & recovery to your family & friends, may they find peace in their memories of you.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 01:55 PM

He will be missed. Rest in Peace.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 01:56 PM

The world has gotten a little smaller.  Such sad news.  And so young!  Was looking forward to many more years of his wisdom here.

 

-Tim.


Edited by tim53, 08 July 2018 - 01:56 PM.

 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 02:35 PM

Oh man, I am sorry to hear this. I'll miss his posts. May he rest in peace. 

 

 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 03:33 PM

Sad news!  I hope he's a star coursing through the cosmos among the other stars now!


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 03:54 PM

I am in shock as well. I have always enjoyed Ziggy's posts, especially the ones describing how he became the custodian for a 9" Clark before he passed that instrument on to his son. We had exchanged several emails about it and I had hoped to meet some day at a remote site to share the views provided by his Clark. I am  sad that cannot happen now and hopefully will learn the lesson that doing things sooner is better than later.

 

Rest in Peace ZIGGY.

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#20 Chuck Hards

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 04:20 PM

I remember a luncheon Siegfried, myself, and several other friends attended last fall.  Of course most of the talk centered on the recent solar eclipse, and plans to see the next one in just a few years.  Ziggy turned to me and said, "Are you going to watch the one in 2045?"  The centerline for that one runs very close to our homes, maybe a 30 minute drive at most, and a short totality would be visible with just a five-minute drive.  I did some quick mental math and chuckled, replying "Well, I would be 87 by then, and you would be 102."  He looked me in the eye and said "I'm planning on it", so I agreed that I would probably have to pick him up and do the driving.  We both laughed after that.

 

My chances of reaching 87 are not good, judging by my family history, but I will do everything in my power to still be around for that eclipse, and if by God's tender mercy I'm permitted to witness it, you can bet that I will be thinking of Ziggy and wishing he were at my side.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 04:26 PM

Always hard to lose an old friend.

 

My condolences.


 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:17 PM

I am so sorry Chuck. Hard to loose such valued friends. Blessings to his loved ones and family.
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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:45 PM

His regaling about the Grand Canyon star parties and others will be missed. Meet you at the other side.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:50 AM

New information.  Ziggy was in southern Utah, to do some astronomy with friends there.  They were going to do some solar viewing but due to clouds, called-off the solar.  Ziggy decided to take a nap and be rested in anticipation of evening viewing.  It was during the nap that he passed,  a heart attack is suspected.  

 

Thanks to everyone for the sympathy.  Ziggy was a giant in local astronomy circles, his shoes can never be filled.  


 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:18 AM

The amateur astronomy community has suffered another major blow in the loss of our dear brother Ziggy. He has been a heavy hitter and great supporter in the perpetuation of this great pastime for quite a while and will be missed immensely. I pray that we all will continue his legacy and carry his spirit forward.

 

My deepest and most sincere condolences goes out to his family and everyone who has been a part of his life.

 

 

Mel


 


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