Location: San Antonio, Texas Gender: Male Total Likes: 7 likes
I have my moments.
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 100 on 8/24/2005 5:18 PM > | Reply with Quote
Sometime in the late 80's I stumbled on the article in the Details magazine. It profiled several Urban explorers from US and Canada. Ninj was one of them. His exuberant attitude towards conquering a building was amazing. Suddenly I knew that in a sense I was doing the same thing for years, except I did not know that there was a name for it..or that anyone else was doing things like that.I never knew that he was sick and I never knew the man, but I one thing is for sure: He was the reason that UE became more than a hobby for me. He will be missed. RIP
Location: Clare, Michigan Gender: Male Total Likes: 0 likes
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 101 on 8/24/2005 5:28 PM > | Reply with Quote
Ninj's last post:
"Ninjalicious 8/1/2005 2:44 PM Canada: Quebec > Re: OPEX '95 I wish I could have made it to more events but I really enjoyed the ones I attended. I saw lots of really happy people and it seemed like a huge success. Much thanks to the organizers.
Now I'm really kicking myself for not trying harder to get to Opex 95. Like many, I never met him, but feel his influence in everything that has to do with UE. It's a great loss, he and his loved ones in are my thoughts and prayers. Also hard to believe he was two years younger than me..
edit: I must've misread the year Ninj was born. It's sad seeing people my age leave before me.
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 102 on 8/24/2005 5:33 PM > | Reply with Quote
I've seen Ninj's name all over the internet, when it comes to UE. I don't think it's possible to have an interest in the hobby without knowing that Ninj's exploits and knowledge have sculpted so much of the community, just by seeing his name attributed to so many different things.
A sad day for urban exploration, but a proud one as well, I think.
Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 104 on 8/24/2005 5:42 PM > | Reply with Quote
Ninj's site got me hooked onto UE, and through the few conversations we've had, I came to realise he was a mad cool guy. I know I'm going to miss him (as well as his one-line replies to posts, which seem to sum up pages upon pages of debate).
Location: Buffalo Gender: Female Total Likes: 0 likes
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 106 on 8/24/2005 5:55 PM > | Reply with Quote
RIP Ninj, we will miss you. Thank you for making me discovery the wonderful buffalo central terminal that is in my own town and I never knew it. It was wonderful meeting you and Liz there. Happy exploring in the next world.
Location: Gaud Corners, Ontario, Canada Gender: Male Total Likes: 7 likes
you blight up my life™®
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 111 on 8/24/2005 6:58 PM > | Reply with Quote
In the past 9 months 3 friends and 1 family member have died as as result of cancer or a similar killer, 1 just shortly before Ninj. It really shocks one to hear news like this, especially since all the above people were barely into their adult lives. I never met Ninj in person but we shared a few thoughtful emails. The guy was a true original and he'll be missed greatly.
Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 112 on 8/24/2005 7:35 PM > | Reply with Quote
Thank you to everyone who has made such a wonderful outpouring of love and support for Ninj in these forums. I'm sure if he were here today he'd be much, much too humble to even wrap his head around such admiration and love -- but I do think that on whatever level he allowed himself to admit it, he knew how great you guys all thought he was. Everyone thought he was great. It didn't take long to figure out.
To give the official word, Ninj, who would have been 32 in a little less than a month, had a long history with medical problems -- but not any that he let slow him down if he could help it. When I met him -- because I was a fan of Infiltration -- in 1999, he told me he was expecting to need a liver transplant in fifteen or so years. The doctors quickly revised their plans, and listed him for a transplant soon after we met. Together we waited just over two long years, and in January 2002 he received the gift of a donated liver that enabled him to be healthier than I had ever known him to be. We had wonderful times throughout his healthy periods and even his sick periods, but to see him thrive for those three or so years was a gift to me and his family.
About this time last year, Ninj -- Jeff -- began to show symptoms of liver disease again. I worried and called his doctors. They began a series of tests on his liver and determined that his original liver disease, a rare condition called Primary Schlerosing Cholangitis, was probably recurring. He was relisted for a second transplant, but before they got him an organ, a tumor was accidentally (!) discovered on his liver's bile ducts. He was removed from the waiting list in December, told the cancer was incurable even by transplant, and that he would probably only have a couple of months to live.
He lived more than eight months from his poor prognosis, amazing and stunning all the doctors who had expected him to simply fade away. Always a person who grabbed the most out of life, Jeff's last eight months included (among so much else) getting married (though not at the BCT as we had dreamed), travelling out of town more than half a dozen times, writing his book and seeing it printed, going to OPEX 95, and spending two honeymoon nights with me at his beloved Royal York Hotel.
We do not plan a formal service for him, as he would have hated that sort of thing. I think Av and some people hope to organize some kind of get-together for the UE community -- he'll keep you posted and I and his family will attend so long as it doesn't involve going up *too* many rope ladders to get there.
As regards the book, Access All Areas is printed and ready -- I'll physically have the rest of our copies by the end of the week, I hope. I will be throwing myself into marketing the book and planning a book launch, probably for late September, to make sure as many people as possible get to read Jeff's wonderful book. Feel free to order using the website if you want one, and I'll try to get them into your hands as soon as I can. Wide release in the US is scheduled for Oct 15 at which point bookstores and Amazon should have it -- though it's better for us if you order it direct from Infiltration.
Some have asked for information on where to make charitable donations. We are requesting that people who wish to donate consider giving to the amazing Transplantation program at the Toronto General Hospital. There is a handy online form here, and you can specify the Transplant program on the second or third page of the form:
But most of all, Jeff would have wanted people to take a new knowledge and understanding of the importance of organ donation from his incredible experiences. Without a transplant, we would have lost him years ago. Organ donation is an incredible gift that saves lives -- in North America, countless people waiting on transplants die every day because the amount of organ donors is just so embarrassingly small. For people who are not already registered as organ donors wherever they live, they can find some information here:
Please note that even if you carry a card or sign up on your driver's license, your family can override your wishes unless you have made your desire to be a donor explicitly clear. Please carry a donor card and talk with your loved ones. It could save the life of someone amazing, like Jeff.
Thanks again everyone that has written with love and support. I'm reading these, and so are his parents, and it means a lot to everybody. We miss him so much.
Location: South Central Texas Total Likes: 34 likes
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 114 on 8/24/2005 7:59 PM > | Reply with Quote
Though I never had the opportunity to meet Ninj I just want to thank him for the inspiration and for giving me the balls to seek out and explore these places that so few others notice in their day to day lives. His site influenced my decision to create my own site and share with others what I've seen as well. Thanks Ninj.
Location: Kay-Dub Gender: Male Total Likes: 5 likes
Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years.
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 115 on 8/24/2005 8:12 PM > | Reply with Quote
Posted by liz Thanks again everyone that has written with love and support. I'm reading these, and so are his parents, and it means a lot to everybody. We miss him so much.
Thanks so much, Liz. Your strength through your ordeal is inspirational to those of us who are going through our own problems. Everyone should heed your words about organ donation - if this is a decision we want to make, we should all make our wishes exceedingly clear to our families!
Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 118 on 8/24/2005 9:21 PM > | Reply with Quote
Like so many, Ninj was the reason I got into Urbex, but more than that, he encouraged me to get into the field that has changed my life, photography. I can't imagine what my life what would be like (dull) if not for his subtle influences and encouraging words! The people I've met, the places I've gone, the shots I've come away with... all came from Ninj and this site. I met Jeff and Liz several times over the years, and I'm so grateful for that. I'll never forget the smile on his face when we saw me selling prints inside the BCT, of photo's taken exploring inside the BCT, the irony was too much for him heheh.
Location: U.S.A. Gender: Male Total Likes: 0 likes
Resident UER pain in the ass
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Re: Ninjalicious has passed away < Reply # 119 on 8/24/2005 10:04 PM > | Reply with Quote
Posted by liz Thank you to everyone who has made such a wonderful outpouring of love and support for Ninj in these forums.
You will be in my thoughts, and prayers Liz, you, and your family, friends, and everyone else that knew Ninja. It was because of his site that i found UER, and all the acquaintances, and friends that i have made during the year i have been here. I wish i could say something to comfort those close to him, but all i can do is offer this:
23rd Psalm ----------
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (or through the darkest valley), I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
-- Life Application Bible - NIV
I hope this brings all of you some comfort. God bless. Jobe (greywolf45)