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Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09

JWB 03 Mar 09 - 02:32 PM
The Sandman 03 Mar 09 - 02:38 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 03 Mar 09 - 02:58 PM
Alan Day 03 Mar 09 - 05:44 PM
MikeofNorthumbria 03 Mar 09 - 06:42 PM
Tootler 03 Mar 09 - 07:39 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 04 Mar 09 - 03:26 PM
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Desert Dancer 06 Mar 09 - 12:28 AM
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GUEST,Woody 06 Mar 09 - 02:55 AM
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The Sandman 06 Mar 09 - 09:31 AM
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Subject: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker
From: JWB
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 02:32 PM

I just received this email from the folks at The Button Box, the company Rich started in Amherst, Massachusetts, over 20 years ago that makes and sells the Morse Concertinas he designed.

"As many of you know, 14 years ago Rich Morse was diagnosed with melanoma. In the years that he successfully avoided the progression of the disease, he accomplished many of the things he wanted. Sadly, the melanoma recently returned and spread rapidly; treatments couldn't keep up, and last night, Rich passed away. The end was quiet and peaceful, for which we are all grateful.

Our last printed catalogue gave Rich's job description as "Guiding Light," and so he was. We will carry on, but we will miss him very much."

It took passion, vision and stick-to-itivness for Rich to succeed with a business that is so far removed from the mainstream. I've yet to meet a squeezebox player in the US who hasn't heard of The Button Box, thanks to the tireless efforts of Rich and his dedicated crew.

Comprimere in aeternum, Rich.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 02:38 PM

sad news .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 02:58 PM

Another person gone that I would dearly liked to have met.
There are many who know of him and respect his work who will be dismayed at this news, I suspect many more than he would have imagined himself.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Alan Day
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 05:44 PM

Very sad news and a big shock and loss to the Concertina World.
Al


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 06:42 PM

'Our last printed catalogue gave Rich's job description as "Guiding Light," and so he was. We will carry on, but we will miss him very much'

And so say all of us.

Mr Morse designed and built superb concertinas - mine has given me many hours of pleasure.

His postings on concertina.net were full of technical information, yet clear enough for novices to get the point - they taught me a lot.

And so, though we never met, his passing feels like a personal loss - my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Tootler
Date: 03 Mar 09 - 07:39 PM

I shall miss his thoughtful posts on concertina.net

I have a Morse anglo and it is an excellent instrument.

He will be missed, that's sure.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 03:26 PM

Rich was a fine man, an excellent musician, and fun to be with. I enjoyed his presence at many concertina workshops as well as the Northeast Squeeze-In. He will certainly be missed. Go well, Rich.

Allison


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: ConcertinaChap
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 04:26 PM

Coming so soon after Rosie this is very upsetting. There is a long thread on the forums at concertina.net of people offering their reactions.

Simply, Rich was a really nice bloke, both in person and by email, and his legacy to the concertina community is huge.

I'm going off now to play my Morse anglo and think of him.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: miikae
Date: 05 Mar 09 - 08:10 PM

I was shocked and truly saddened to hear that Rich Morse has passed away , although I had never met him we had exchanged emails recently and he was more than helpful, his enthusiasm certainly inspired me , a great fellow who will be missed greatly by many .

My thoughts and condolences go out to all his family and friends who knew him.


Mike


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 12:28 AM

What a sad loss. I was just cruising the Button Box site yesterday...

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 12:33 AM

History of the Button Box
Morse Concertinas
Thread on concertina.net


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 02:55 AM

Lots of us only knew him through online communications yet his passing still seems the loss of a friend. A testament to how highly he was regarded and what a nice bloke he was. With the Morse range of Concertinas he was also very important to the Concertina world - making quality instruments more available and affordable. His knowledge and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

Really sad news. My sympathies to his family & friends.

W


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 08:05 AM

Sad news indeed.

My condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 09:31 AM

I never met him personally,but found as a businessman he was honest and very straightforward,always paying any money he owed me promptly .
the Morse concertina,an affordable quality instrument,that has given a lot of people pleasure.
in short one of natures gentlemen,who will be missed,but who will not be forgotten.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: GUEST,Stewart Dean
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 02:09 PM

I am stunned: Rich was so vibrant, so alive, so very much engaged in so much, like some Shiva Nataraja. It seems incomprehensible, inconceivable that he could be gone. As one gets older, life increasingly becomes a sort of shooting gallery, and there are fewer and fewer targets in one's cohort.
Damn.
He was a man of talents, of sparkling engagement, of broad, lively experience. He not only broadened the lives of those he touched, he gave them much that enabled them to broaden their lives themselves: he enabled, he potentiated.

A full life: Ave atque Vale.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Mar 09 - 09:14 PM

I'm pleased that Richard had another 15 years to do what he really wanted to do.

I am very pleased with the two concertinas he created for me, one a F/C which he had never tried to produce before.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: Richard Morse, concertina maker 3-2-09
From: Rowan
Date: 07 Mar 09 - 02:35 AM

Sad news!
He'll certainly be missed.


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