It was mentioned in the off topic forum that a regular here, Sonny (Sonny Ryder) has not posted in about two months, nor has he turned in any UD results. I sent an e-mail to his Earthlink address and it came back saying that the mailbox was full. This is kind of ominous. I have no other way to contact him.
He lives in Greensboro, NC, if anyone lives nearby to him or knows him up there it would be appreciated if they could try to contact him and let us know if everything is alright.
no relax it was a mistake. For christs sake erase it man. it is the internet an wide area of bs. deal with it and delete the message if you have a problem. If you keep up you need to get off the computer a get a darned life and stop your hatred. I'm sorry for this man who is missing but people end up missing everyday. stop your whining
Im glad it was a mistake, but Sonny was special to me and to so many others. He wasn't just a stranger to me nor to many others who frequent this forum. He will always be missed by the many here who he unselfishly and graciously helped. His outstanding personality came through his posts and we miss him greatly and still mourn his loss. This forum is populated by many very caring and competent regulars ... a real rarity on the internet. -Tootie
#92. "RE: Data Recovery in New York City - (888)-275-2684" In response to nydr (Reply # 90)
yea, but the regulars know where to post, anyone who bothered to review the forum would plainly see this was a tribute post to a friend who passed. It's you who lack the sensativity, posted lower noone would have bothered you, but intruding on a tribute post is rude and lacks respect for our members much less the man we lost.
>I had checked online earlier via http://www.ussearch.com and >came up two Samuel B. Ryders, one 79 and one 59. Could be a >typo. I figured Sonny to be in his 50's or 60's. > >But his not posting and a full mailbox has me concerned.
That late 50's or early 60's age is about right. Sonny and I were both from the D.C. area originally. We often traded war stories about the Redskins. I believe he did have some health problems.
I'm new to this board and I'm an admin of another board. One of your members PM'd me in ref to a member of our board with the same name(handle). I check and his first name is Samuel. He also has not been heard from since Oct 1, on our board. I feel the information may be correct.
I do hope this will not be the case , from the bottom of my heart . Sonny helped me many times as he did many others . I remember him not feeling very well at one time . And posting very sporadically .
Sonny was always so helpful to the people on this forum, I always learned from his post's. I felt like I knew him personally as I do with all the members on this forum. Im like the others here, hoping he will show up.
This thread pleases me in some ways because it shows what kind of people we have here who not only miss other Forum members, but they also go to the trouble to try and find out what happened. It's unfortunate that things don't look good right now, but we can still hope.
Wow, this thread is really sad. I had been wondering where all the posts from Sonny had disaapeared to, but since I do not check into the forum as often as many here I thought that he was probably on vacation and everybody new it....
but wow.. He might have passed on, that is sad, but it happens.
Would be nice if we could somehow know for sure.
Well Sonny if you are still around make a post man!
#42. "Good Man Missing: Sonny Ryder" In response to Shelly (Reply # 0) Sat Dec-04-04 03:05 PM by Allyn
I have found from what I consider a reliable source in Greensboro, that Samuel B. Ryder, III, who passed away during early October, 2004, was indeed our forum's Sonny.
I can only tell you that the person I spoke with was clearly affected by my short story about our forum and the UD project. I provided links to the forum and my name and phone number in case they wish to call back. I did not want to risk further upsetting anyone, including me. When we finished our phone conversation, I was misty-eyed.
Sonny was one of the reasons I became so interested in PC911 and PCQ&A, which have proven to be great sources of learning for many. Sonny's desire to educate and assist others truly helped this forum grow.
I have missed his helpful posts and enthusiasm for the forum, support for United Devices, and those great animations in his sigs. I think my favorite animation was "dancing Snoopy." I'll never again see Snoopy without thinking of Sonny and the positive outlook he projected.
Thanks Allyn for your efforts toward checking into things. Its good to know the truth one way or the other. Sonny was a good guy for sure. He will be missed. I think its pretty clear that he did in fact pass on at this point after all that is posted here.
I never met Sonny in person but from his posts he seemed like a kind soul, a careng person eager to help others.
I will miss his posts. And I am sad that I never got the chance to meet him in person.
Sonny and I chatted occasionally by e-mail, he was a knowledgeable person and enjoyed the forum. We are all poorer for his loss. Sonny will, of course, be added soon to our In Memoriam page, which has seen far too many additions of late. We will all miss him. How suddenly and unexpectedly we can lose those we care about.
Although I am only an infrequent poster (usually when I am in it up to my nose), I would like to add my sorrow at the passing of Sonny.
People of his calibre, who help others in times of need and are 'just there', are harder to find these days. People just seem to have gotten so insular.
PCQandQ has helped many, including myself, solve their issues. But is so much more than a collective of bright minds. May Sonny's spirit of helpfulness continue to grow amongst everyone who frequents this forum.
Sonny was on my short list of good guys. Probably because I disagreed with most of his OT views, but admired his efforts to state them with reason. I've been missing him for months, hard to comprehend that it's now permanent.
SAD!When I first found PC911,Sonny impressed and helped me and was one of the reasons this became the home of MY SECOND FAMILY!No one ever said life was fair and a loss like this shows how unfair it can sometimes be.RIP Sonny!
Sonny helped me with my first ever problem here and it was his approach and friendliness that kept me linked to the PCQ&A site.
Is there any way that all our thoughts and appreciation can be relayed to his family (albeit a bit belatedly) to show how much he will be missed?----------- in fact missed all around the world I guess as some of us are outside the USA?
Putting water in an empty gin bottle, doesn't make it gin.
Though it's corny to write, Sonny will live on in the memory of those he helped and those who read his postings. This is not as good as having him around, however, and everyone is obviously feeling the loss.
When I ventured for the first time to built my first PC about 2 and half years ago, everything I knew about computers was from the outside, not from the inside. I still have a fresh memory of my initial questions which I posted on this forum and Sonny was of the first to reply. I asked what I must assemble before I begin. He recited some items and then added something like don't forget to get an extra bag of screws. And if you run into problem, post again and we will guide you through.
Those words--pure, simple and free of condescension--lifted my morale and sustained me throughout the ideal--for an ordeal it was. The PC won't boot! Sonny, along with a few other memembers of this Forum, stayed with me until the project was successfully completed. Sonny's presence was comforting beyond belief.
Sonny, you were like a father to me, holding my hand as I struggled to learn how to stand. I owe you an eternal and lasting debt of gratitude which I can never repay. The like of you I may not see again for some time to come.
If perchance you can still hear and understand me, let me then bid you farewell in words borrowed from the immortal bard:
Now cracks a noble heart, Good night, sweet prince And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Like many others on this Forum, I will miss your wisdom and kindness.
I have been away for a week with no access to a PC,or I would have immediately posted/tried his phone number.I had it from over a year ago when he was nice enough to guide me through my first encounter with Partition Magic over the phone.
We had several common interests...the Redskins for one,and the fact I live/have lived in parts of Richmond,Va. which he had also.
To all, I did not mean to imply that "Sonny" was anything less than an excellent man and a worthwhile contributor to this forum.
Reflecting on all the posts (and there were quite a few) and my own relation to the "pcqanda" forum, I am still amazed (literally) at the response to "Sonny's" passing. I think the matter is that I (and perhaps others) have never developed a strong PERSONAL connection to pcqanda. I support the work and have made some minor contributions from time to time but my relation is more of a formal/technical relation. I would like to develop a more personal relationship if some of the reigning gurus would care to enlighten this Electrical Engineer who has spent his life and career in the academic/corporate technical trenches which I understand from talking to people who have traveled to the "outside" can grow to be quite isolated from the "real world".
Aelarson (I think this is an appropriate occasion to dispense with my usual inebriated smiley.)
Hi Arnold,I seldom post without using the "clown" no matter what the subject.It reminds me not to take my or other comments in anything but a positive or humerous (if they sound a little raw)light.By now you should realize that this place is SPECIAL.The moderators and members are a second family to me.As a Newbie I have recieved more help than I ever imagined on all phases of my computer education and about the world around me.I learn as much by reading answers to others computer questions as by those I ask and have never failed to get a fix.What ever it takes to type stay in touch with this site.You are a member of the PCQandA family and THAT makes YOU special,Sincerely,John
I too am very sad to hear of this. I myself have been away from this board for long while with all kinds of things going on in life. As many others have stated, Sonny helped me with some of my first problems and questions in quite a patient manner. Sonny, Shelly and Grogan are some of the main reasons this board kept me coming back for more all the time, and still does. I was looking forward, this trip back to seeing what was posted recently, but feel an empty spot where there should be replies from Sonny.
Rest In Peace I'm sure your still helping people out wherever you are.
Shelly, I've been gone a good while, and on my return to PC911, your post about Sonny was the first post I saw. I would like to extend my personal condolences to Sonny's family (if they should happen to visit this site) and to all of his PC911 Family whom I am positive miss him greatly.
I personally had the privilege of working with him on some issues with my PC some time back, and I found him to be a "...gentleman and a scholar...". I told him that in a post and we joked about it.
And that was when I learned that he was a REAL Southern Gentleman.
He also, as others have noted, was so willing to help those of us who are minimally knowledgeable about computers, and never made fun of us.
He became my friend.
Best Wishes to you for the Season and have a wonderful 2005!