Raph R.I.P.

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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby Still Baron » 07 Oct 2019, 14:48

Like Charlie and Harvey, I never met him in person, but everything out there pointed to a great guy. I’m sorry I never met him and I’m sorry to see him go.

If you’re in touch with him on FB, Doctor Jimmy wrote something that was probably extra poignant after being translated imprecisely by FB, as these things can be.
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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby trans-chigley express » 07 Oct 2019, 14:57

So very sad to learn of this.

RIP Raph

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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby The Slider » 07 Oct 2019, 16:36

Walk In My Shadow wrote:I was at his wedding, he was at mine.


and Sam and I were at both

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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby toomanyhatz » 07 Oct 2019, 19:58

Damn. Another one gone.

Likewise never met him, but seems like a good guy. And, as Baron stated, Dr. Jimmy's tribute was lovely.
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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby Diamond Dog » 07 Oct 2019, 19:59

Bit lost for words. I knew it was coming but, even so....

Terribly kind, beautiful and funny.

RIP Raph, you lovely, handsome man.
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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby Six String » 08 Oct 2019, 00:23

Another good man is gone. R.I.P. Raph.

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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby T. Berry Shuffle » 09 Oct 2019, 18:42

Mssr. Baron passed this somber news along to me this morning, how truly sad. I am very fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting Raph many years ago. What a supremely fucking lovely soul he was. Words seem rather absurdly incapable of fully describing the man, but if you’ve ever felt completely comfortable and at peace in the presence of another human being ever in your life that is what it felt like to share a space with Raph, even upon first meeting him. He radiated something completely unique, welcoming, and beautiful.

I’m fairly sure that I was among a gaggle, perhaps the one that Rorschach mentioned, who collected Raph from the train station for a jolly up. There was a great group of us all outfitted in dark colored overcoats; Slider, Rorschach, Teabag, myself, and I’m thinking maybe Nikki Gradual, Yomp and a few others even – possibly Diamond Dog. This would have been around 2002 I believe. We looked like a portly strain of the cast of Reservoir Dogs.

Raph on the other hand was positively regal, wild haired and bearded, in a suit jacket and possessed of some mysterious saintly aura. People in the street kept looking at him as if they were trying to figure out who he was. He walked between Neil Teabag and myself and commented to me of feeling like Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits, surrounded by an entourage of body guards as we made our way to the King’s Arms. (We may have been going to a pub to watch footy – much drink was had and it’s hard to be sure, this memory has been filed for a while)

However, many other things I am quite certain of, he positively radiated joy and everyone who encountered him during our revelry was instantly swept up in it. He was absolutely at peace in his skin the way all awakened beings are. He was memorable in a way that few people can match. He was likely to break into song at any moment, at one point he regaled us with a spontaneous French and English version of “The Piano Has Been Drinking” that I can hear even as I type this through misty eyes. What a tremendously lovely man, sincerely.

I recall that Nikki Gradual graciously provided about four of us with a place to stay that long weekend and Raph was among that otherwise dreadful lot of lodgers. He and I stayed up late drinking Mr. Gradual’s gin, after a day full of drinking. He was profusely knowledgeable of a panacea of topics. What struck me most was his great generosity of spirit, his fearlessness of deep conversational waters, and the complete openness with which he shared every detail during conversation. He spoke to me about his brother’s recent passing, the mystery of love, music, art, and essentially the sheer joy of getting to wake up every day and be a part of the dance. I learned a lot sitting there with Raph.

There’s a quote that has been attributed to a few different individuals that reads: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

That’s definitely true of Raphaël Schraepen. There is no forgetting the way he could make you feel. I only enjoyed his company for a few days and didn’t know him as well as some here did, Slider specifically. Though we sent PMs and emails to each other occasionally we didn’t keep in close contact. But I sure as hell loved the man and was thoroughly pleased with the awareness that he was out there in the world moving through the throng with that beatific light of the ones who know. And now, sadly, he is gone from the physical realm to live only in our hearts.

Sail on Raph, we are all better off having known you.
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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby Six String » 09 Oct 2019, 21:54

Lovely post Jamie. Thanks for that as I'm not on Facebook and can't read Dr. Jimmy's homage.

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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby The Slider » 10 Oct 2019, 08:41

That is beautiful, young Shovel
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Re: Raph R.I.P.

Postby Kid P » 10 Oct 2019, 09:21

Only ever met the bloke the once, at the Ghent JU

Seemed a decent cove, to say the least

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