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Remembering Aussie
May 24th, 2013 at 3:54pm
 
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Aussie - Aussieslinger passed away suddenly on the 30th of march 2013.

Ludek to his friends, Ludwik siedlecki AKA Aussie was one of the longest and steadiest members of this forum and probably the most generous man I've ever known.  
Almost the last thing he ever did was to log on to the forum and prepare to send some aussie slings out to members around the world.  

A long time employee of the Australian postal service, Aussie developed his aussie-pouch using material from discarded conveyor belts.  
From january 2007 to the day he died, over six years later, Aussie was still making and sending pouches to anyone, anywhere in the world who wanted one.  
Completely free of charge.  
I'm not sure if we'll ever get a full count, as the first ones were unnumbered, but over the years, with only a few short pauses, he sent out many hundreds of pouches and complete slings, never once asking for anything in return.  

As well as being a long serving moderator and the forum expert on David and Goliath, Aussie's posts were always intelligent and he was never shy of taking a stand on something he felt strongly about.  

As well as giving to the forum, he also got something back in return. His estranged half-brother - whom Aussie had never met, tracked him down through his article on david and goliath, joined the forum to email aussie and they were eventually reunited.  

He always kept his family life seperate from his online 'life' - which is one reason we didn't find out about his death untill almost two months after - but he felt strongly enough to share the story of meeting his brother with us.  

One of my strongest regrets is that I never got the chance to meet him in the 'real' world.  
But that must be tempered with the undoubtable fact that the 'virtual' world allowed me to know a man half a world away, who I respected and whom I will never forget.  

Godspeed mate, go teach those angels to sling.

You will be remembered.



Please add your own memories and words about Aussie to this thread.
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Reply #1 - May 24th, 2013 at 5:32pm
 
I am very sad and shocked to hear that Aussie passed away.

There is little I can add to C_A's words. One of the kindest hearts I have known on this forum is no more.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people he left behind.

Rest in peace, my friend.
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Reply #2 - May 24th, 2013 at 5:36pm
 
Oh man, Aussie passed away two months ago and this is the first time we heard anything about it. I donīt know what to say, the news just hit me like a brick wall.

Aussie, even though I never personally met you, I could tell you were one of the kindest men Iīve heard of, you gave six years of your life to help slingers around the globe and asked for nothing in return, other than the friendship of forum members. I for one, will always have in my memories with the greatest regards and respect.

I will honor you by making a 21 sling crack salute.

Goodbye Aussie, may you find the peace all of us seek so desperately.      
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Reply #3 - May 24th, 2013 at 5:43pm
 
That is really terrible news, my friends  Embarrassed

Honor of his memory.
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Reply #4 - May 24th, 2013 at 6:26pm
 
I'm sorry to hear the news; Aussie was one of the most generous members of the forum.

My prayers are with his family.


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Reply #5 - May 24th, 2013 at 7:44pm
 
Being a relatively new member I never got a chance to converse with Aussie, or know him in any way, but the death of someone who happily gave his time and effort to others is always a great shame.
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Reply #6 - May 25th, 2013 at 6:07am
 
It's sad to hear that a member passed away who joined up more or less simultaneously with me. My memory of him is, as already said by others, his constant stream of sent away slings. He certainly leaves a big gap in this community.

I wish his family all the best especially in such hard times. If you look up into the sky at night and see a shooting star, you will know that it is a sling stone from him, sent as a greeting to you.
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Reply #7 - May 25th, 2013 at 12:20pm
 
This is so sad.Ludwik,old pal,I'll miss your weather reports by P.M.,the packages in the mail,your understanding and guiding voice of resaon and so much more.

  Godspeed buddy! Cry
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Reply #8 - May 25th, 2013 at 12:24pm
 
I an sad hearing this.  He did, and knew, so much.
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Reply #9 - May 25th, 2013 at 12:59pm
 
I'm praying for his family.

He did a lot of work on here, especially in the way of the physics of the sling. He wrote a great chapter on said physics for TSG so his work will live on.

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Reply #10 - May 25th, 2013 at 9:38pm
 
I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Aussie. He was truly one of the good ones and his presence will be sorely missed.My prayers go out to this family and those close to him. His generosity will live on in all the wonderful slings he sent out. (I have one, thankfully). Cry
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Reply #11 - May 25th, 2013 at 10:26pm
 
That was a very nice memorial from all of you guys. Well done : )
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Reply #12 - May 25th, 2013 at 10:59pm
 
I'm sorry to learn of Aussie's passing. We never interacted, but I learned to respect his reasoned tones where contentious issues cropped up. He'll be missed, here and wherever he was known.
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Reply #13 - May 26th, 2013 at 8:41am
 
Is there anything we can do to let his family know that we feel for their loss, and to let them
know what he did for this little community of ours?
Or would be an intrusion on their grief?
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Reply #14 - May 26th, 2013 at 9:55am
 
I'm very shocked and sad Aussie passed away this year. He undoubtedly contributed the most towards slinging as anyone ever has. The selflessness of sending out hundreds and hundreds of slings will never be forgotten in this community as well as the Aussie sling design which will be celebrated long into the future in this community. Every time we use our Aussie slings he sent to us we will remember his kindness and impact on the community.

Rest in peace Aussie. We shall pray for your family.

Ps. Please ask David what sling he used and what slinging style he favored the most for us all
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