Goodbye Joe Loomis

I’ve been struggling for the last month with whether or not to write this post; I generally try to keep this blog relevant and professional, but I need to put that aside for a moment share some sad personal news.

A little over a month ago, my father passed away. It was unexpected, and a shock to have the man who has always been there for me my whole life suddenly disappear. That has rocked my world and left my siblings and I struggling with how to deal with it. I know it will take a long time.

I owe a lot of who and where I am to my dad, which is why I ultimately decided to post this. He was curious, technically minded, artistic (in his own way), selfless, and a hard worker; traits which have been an inspiration to me. He has always supported whatever I decided to do in my life, and indeed has made a point of taking an interest in the things that I was interested in. Somewhere between humoring me and genuine curiosity, he became casually fascinated with the business and technology of movie making. I don’t know if he ever fully understood what exactly I do every day, but we enjoyed talking about it together, and I know he was proud of me. So he deserves a place on this blog as much as anything.

Before I go, just a few bits of information I’d like to pass along to some people who might be looking for it:

I wrote a eulogy, which I read at his memorial. A few people have asked about it, so it can be foundĀ here.

He was still in the process of building his house when he died (and I think I will need to dedicate another post to that eclectic work of art in the future). My siblings and I are now the caretakers of this, but we can’t yet afford to finish it. My cousin set up a fund to help us out, should anyone care to contribute.

If you knew Joe but weren’t able to attend the memorial, we’ve planted some of his ashes under a sycamore tree in front of his house. He had a bit of an obsession with water, and so we encourage friends to come by and give the tree a drink if you feel the need to pay your respects.

To friend and colleagues who never knew him, I wish you could have met. You would have liked him.

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4 Responses to Goodbye Joe Loomis

  1. Antonio says:

    Hi Morgan… I just read your eulogy.
    Dude it’s powerful and very emotional. I hope is all going well for you and please give Pearl and Jessica a hug from me.

    Take care.

    Antonio

  2. Duncan Rudd says:

    Hi Morgan – you don’t know me but I’ve seen you around on the rigging dojo forums quite a bit – I just finished up a rigging 101 session.

    I’m really sorry to hear about your Dad. My wife’s father also passed away quite suddenly last month so I’ve seen first hand some of what you are going through. Your blog has been a constant source of information and inspiration to me and I just wanted to offer what little comfort there is in knowing that people out here in the community wish you well.

    Dunc

  3. Thank you Duncan, and condolences to your family as well.

  4. And thank you as well Antonio of course, it was great seeing you guys.

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