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George Horn

Discussion in 'Passings' started by Trace Malinowski, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Contributor

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    Location: Alexandria Bay, NY
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    I learned that George R. Horn, owner of Scuba Devine, in Brooklyn, NY had passed away at 8 PM yesterday after battling with cancer and heart issues. I first met George online. The Internet forums were something new and rec.scuba paved the way for social media sites like SB. Faceless people sharing their passion for diving and connecting over the miles. George was most famous for leading a seahorse dive in New York City. Yes! There are an abundance of seahorses in New York. I first learned about the lined seahorses found around NYC harbor and the Hudson River from George. George and I later served on the board of directors of Hydronautics - Diving for Science & Adventure, Inc. H-DSA introduced me to GUE and DIR diving and changed my life. George, a giant of a man with a heart 10 times bigger than he was, helped keep me sane during our time at H-DSA. George served our country in the US Army in Vietnam and was a true friend to many and one of the best ambassadors for the sport of scuba diving. He was the quintessential New Yorker. Tough guy exterior, Brooklyn accent, kind, generous, and always smiling. There is a hell of a diver in heaven. George's passing will leave a hole in the lives of those who knew him.
     
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  2. chris kippax

    chris kippax Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
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    Sounds like it would of been an honour to know George. RIP
     
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Rec.scuba gang had at least one organized trip with George. I didn't make it.
     
  4. nadwidny

    nadwidny Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cranbrook, BC
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    Never met George but I knew him from rec.scuba and I well remember the kerfuffle over the rumoured seahorses in NYC and the resulting seahorse dive that he put together. Sad to hear he is gone.
     
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  5. nadwidny

    nadwidny Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cranbrook, BC
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    Just heard that Scott Koplin has also passed away. Popeye said that Scott was ill and left us on August 15.
     
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  6. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Alexandria Bay, NY
    2,325
    2,527
    Sad. That was my best friend's birthday.
     
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm still having trouble absorbing it.
     
  8. nadwidny

    nadwidny Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cranbrook, BC
    1,922
    558
    The backplate I've been using almost exclusively since around 2000 is a Koplin. It's on my rebreather now.

    I mostly miss rec.scuba and the gang of idiots we had there. My god, that was fun.
     
  9. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It certainly had its minutes.
     
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  10. Bob Evans

    Bob Evans Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Santa Barbara, California USA
    2,209
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    George was a big fan of Force Fins. Will miss that big bear hug,,,,
     
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