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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #281
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being a vancouverite i was always proud to have heard that a rangefinder legend at rff called the good ol' 604 his home.

may the force be with you Tom, and good shooting wherever you are.
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #282
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What a sad news-my condolences to his family and friends.
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #283
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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #284
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Bon Voyage Tom; you were the sort of person that makes RFF a great place to hang out. I'll miss your posts.
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Old 1 Week Ago   #285
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My condolences to Tuulikki and all family and friends. Although I didn't have the pleasure of personally meeting Tom, my interactions with him on the forum showed that he was truly a gentleman of the finest class. The world is a slightly less wonderful less place for his passing.

Rest in peace Tom.
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My deepest condolences to his family and closer friends.

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Old 1 Week Ago   #287
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What sad news. RIP Tom

I had hoped to visit Vancouver this Spring and finally meet Tom face to face, sadly too late. I'm same age and have my own health problems so this comes as a wake up call to make the most of remaining time.
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Old 1 Week Ago   #288
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Terrible news Really sad to hear this.
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Oh no, that's terrible news! I didn't know Tom personally, but seeing this post gave me a real pang of loss and sadness. I guess he meant more to the RFF and photography community at large than meets the eye....
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Yes, I didn't know him directly but I read him a lot... really sad news.

Peace for him and his family...
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Old 1 Week Ago   #293
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Rest in Peace, Tom. So much of what I learned about rangefinders and film cameras came from him. Condolences to his family.
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I am so sad to see such a wonderful member of the community passing. It's very sad, and I hope the best for his family during this time.

Rapidwinder is going to continue, it seems, so if you want to help support the family at this time, while getting yourself something nice, go buy yourself a couple softies!
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Very sad news. I only had the pleasure of meeting Tom a few times at LHSA events, but he was always a pleasure to be around.
We always ended up sharing a beer and maybe a pipe.

I shot this image with his Zeiss Planar on my M6TTL. That's my 35 Summilux he's inspecting.
This was shortly before he field stripped my rapid winder to make sure it was still in good working order.


Here's a box of Tri-X he jokingly autographed for me. TX Forever indeed!
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The first post has been edited,

now with many Tom links added.
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Thanks for adding those links, Stephen. Reading them gives us 'noobies' a better idea of who he was and how he lived his life.
While I didn't know him, I felt a certain kinship being an ex-machinist myself. I really admired that he had the discipline to make the products he did.
I hope his wife can take some comfort in these heartfelt messages as it is quite evident that Tom touched a lot of people in a very positive way.
RIP Tom.
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So long Tom - only met once, but your knowledge and personality lit up the occasion.



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I am generally just a browser on this site, but I have long understood that Mr. Abrahamsson was an icon of the community. When I search the RFF archives for opinions or information, it has always been a treat to uncover a relevant post from him, with that mix of wit, wisdom, and enthusiasm, delivered in a generous spirit. My condolences to those close to him.
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Oh man, just saw this post and my heart literally stopped for a second.
I always had immense respect for Tom, not only for his knowledge, but mostly for the kind and friendly persona he showed in these forums.
He'll truly be missed and my condolences to all his family in friends.
May he rest in peace.
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Condolences, Tuulikki. We have all lost a kind, generous honourable man, but you have lost most of all.

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RFF comments are a fine tribute to a fine man. Always helpful, always cheerful. Thanks, Tom, you'll be missed.
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Never met you, Tom, but learnt a lot from your RFF posts : not least to admire your photography and, in equal measure your humanity

You'll be truly missed by many

My condolence to Tuulikki

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Very sad to loose a man that was a friend to everyone. My deepest sympathy. The world is at a loss.

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wow...i hadnt seen this until now.. =( ..

my condolences to his family and friends..

I have learned so much from so many searches online when getting into the Leica brand that came up with articles or comments from Tom A. Such a nice guy and so greatful for his contribution to the photography world.

He will be surely missed.
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Ran through all the shutter speeds on my M2 in his honour. Roll of Tri-X is next.
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Old 1 Week Ago   #308
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I just saw the news and really shocked. The previous latest new I read months ago was his reply in some thread that he was recovering from a back injury.

It's a really sad news. Tom has replied my questions in this forum with very detailed and helpful information.
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I too am sad to read this bit of news.
We will miss his kind spirit and encouragement.
All my best to his wife and family.
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Just learned the sad news now. I haven't found an obituary, but did find this autobiographical sketch. He appears to have been 73 at his death. http://www.leicashooters.fi/profile/ttandmrb/
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Old 1 Week Ago   #311
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Sad news. He seemed to be always so upbeat and supportive.

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I'm an avid follower of Tom's posts here and pictures at Flickr. Very sad news, my condolences to his wife, family and friends.
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Sad news of the passing of a true MASTER.
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I loved the guy. He took the time to reply to questions and he was always a true gentleman.
We could all learn something from his example.

I'll think of him every time I use my Rapidwinder.

RIP Mr Tom.
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We have lost a Cornerstone of the Rangefinder Community. Sad news, indeed. I may have not known him well, but I certainly knew of him very well and looked up to him.

My thoughts to all of his Family and Friends.
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Damn, this is devastating news. I never met Tom in person but I was connected to him via Flickr and other social media platforms. Every time I posted something on Flickr he would like it. It's a big regret not meeting the man in person. My condolences to his family and friends.
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So sorry to hear this. He was a real enthusiast, with good energy. Best wishes to all his friends and family.
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Just saw this. Condolences to Tuulikki. And to Tom's many friends, acquaintances, admirers, acolytes, converts and others. What a great contribution he made to this site, and all the many other realms, photographic and otherwise, that he touched. A life well lived and a spirit that will be missed. More than once, even though I never met him personally, he offered help (and encouragement. Truly a sweet, sweet soul.
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Tom Abrahamsson was a dear friend. He was a brilliant designer and a kind and generous soul. Though he is gone all too soon his presence in the Leica and Nikon RF worlds will be forever felt.

My deepest condolences to Tuulikki Abrahamsson, whose own genius added Tom's work.
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