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#1 Noose

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:03 PM

It is with great, great sadness that I have to inform our slot racing friends that we lost one of our own today. Michael "Duffy" Heinrich passed away this morning.

Eloquent in his posts as well as in person, Duffy was a unique individual for sure. His contributions to our hobby the last couple of years were some of the best we have ever seen. A true craftsman.

RIP, my friend.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:05 PM

Crap.

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:06 PM

You got to be kidding. He just posted last week.
 
Slot racing has lost a great craftsman and an even greater guy.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:08 PM

I lost a true friend this morning. I will miss you. Rest in peace.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:12 PM

Oh, no, no, no... that's a huge shock as well as a great loss.

Am I gonna miss that guy!

RIP, Duffy. You were one of a kind in the very best way.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:14 PM

Very sad news indeed. I visited him on Monday. We enjoyed some Thai food and BS'd about slot cars. I will miss him.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:14 PM

Duffy was a true original, a craftsman, an artist. I’m stunned to hear the news.
 
RIP, Duffy.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:17 PM

What? RIP, Amigo... At a loss for words...


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:38 PM

WTH!!! I assume this was unexpected. Those shoes can not be filled. RIP.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 07:56 PM

RIP, Duffy.

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:06 PM

OMG!

 

This is such a sad way to start the New Year.

 

 I will sorely miss his craftsmanship, unique personality, and quirky intelligent posts here.

 

Farewell, Friend.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:08 PM

I cannot even begin to express the sense of loss I am feeling as I have just learned this terribly sad news. I can only offer my most humble condolences and best wishes to Robin and his family. Please excuse me, but I need to just go outside in the breeze and take this in...


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:11 PM

Whoa... That was a "jaw-dropper"!

 

I didn't know him, personally, but...  :o

 

There will be more than a moment of silence in my room... Please excuse me...


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:28 PM

Crap, RIP.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:29 PM

Wow. No words. RIP, Duffy.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:32 PM

This is hard to take in.

 

RIP, Duffy.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:37 PM

Such sorry news. Thank you for letting us know. 


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:44 PM

Wow, this is really sad and unexpected. Seems as though these sorts of reminders about our mortality come way too frequently.  

 

RIP.

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:04 PM

Crap :( :shok: Rest in Peace, Duffy.

Thank you for letting us know, Noose.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:05 PM

Totally at a loss for words on this... he will be missed.

 

RI, Duffy.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:07 PM

Duffy, you will be missed. :)


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

I didn't know him personally but enjoyed reading all his posts.

 

RIP, Duffy.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:14 PM

There are times when words cannot convey what you are feeling. So sorry to hear this.

 

He always treated me well when we had dealings online. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.           

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:22 PM

All I got was he woke up had trouble breathing. Robin called 911 but they could not revive him.

Robin will let us know more in time.
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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:22 PM

An incredible loss. Duffy was an amazing man. Speechless.

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:23 PM

Sad news, but we are all getting older, even though we don't feel it - and don't like to admit it - and some of us are catching some disturbing s****y illness on the road to old age. So we must accept that we dont life forever.  :-(

 

Therefore it's important that we enjoy every day and treat each other with kindness and respect. :-)

 

RIP, Duff.

 

And to all of you "survivors" - enjoy your days, build some cars, race them and have a ball to the end.  :-)

 

Yours,  

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:30 PM

I am in total shock, absolutely speechless. So messed up.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:34 PM

My sincere condolences to Robin and his family.

 

He was indeed a unique and wonderful individual. The slot car world and the world in general are a little duller with his passing. 


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 09:40 PM

Wow.

 

Duffy and I had many interesting conversations over the years. The last time we talked, he was starting to build guitars, after another of his passions, music, lured him away from our hobby. He told me every seven years a person's genes change, and when they do, so does their areas of interest. I think he was onto something.

 

Here's a pic he sent me. This was the early/mid-'70s. He was playing harp for the Chip Larison "Catfight" Blues Band. Duffy is on the far right:

 

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Goodbye, Michael. I hope we meet again, someday.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 10:03 PM

RIP, Duffy. I always got alot of information and ideas from his builds. A true master has left the building.


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 10:20 PM

... Another sad loss to our little world…

 

RIP, Duffy…

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 10:23 PM

Duffy, RIP.

 

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 10:58 PM

RIP, Duffy.

 

Damn if Billy Joel wasn't right. Say hello to Janice, Jimi, and SRV. After a short time, we'll all eventually get together with you again. 


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Posted 01 January 2016 - 11:01 PM

Rest in peace thoughts and prayers. A really good craftsman.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 12:14 AM

It took a while to set in when Tony told me the news earlier. 

 

Duffy was always thinking and I do not believe any thought or idea was truly ever finished. To me Duffy was a pure genius on a multitude of levels!

 

I had written a few more paragraphs, but erased them as the prior statement is Duffy to me. He was a great friend to me via Slotblog and then later as a builder and finally as a person that would call just to see what was new. 

 

Thank you, Duffy, for everything. You will never be forgotten and your name will prestigiously remain within Retro! 

 

Rest in peace without frustration and pain my friend! 


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 12:36 AM

Wow! RIP, Duffy. I had talked to him a few times on a guitar forum and here. He will be missed.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 01:00 AM

RIP, Duffy.

 

Shocked by this sad news. Will miss your intelligence, humor, and unique take on this journey we call life.

 

Godspeed, Brother.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 03:18 AM

Sad news.

 

RIP, Duffy.



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Posted 02 January 2016 - 03:40 AM

 RIP, Duffy... I never met you, but thought I knew you through the blog... 8-0.

 

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:17 AM

I remember I saw Duffy at the RetroPalooza, Port Jefferson, or maybe at the Fall Brawl, SpeedZone, my first or second experience of Retro East racing in 2012.
I was impressed by the design of his Can-Am chassis.
I regret I did not have a chance to talk with him then.
His craftsmanship was so great that I bought a set of his jig wheels for myself and spring steel guide-tongues for Kamo-san.
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May comradery prevail in the world of Retro racing.

RIP, Duffy.

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 06:49 AM

I too only knew him from this blog and I feel as though I have lost a friend.

 

My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 06:50 AM

My God... I was not on the forum yesterday... just now logged on... and saw this. I am stunned beyond belief.and I still don't want to believe what I read. I just talked to Duffy about five days ago, and he was good at that time.
 
Duffy was one of the primary guys who helped me with getting my Retro builds right. He had that witty sense of humor, but when he said something I listened intently. His way of looking at something as a machinist gave me a better perspective on chassis workings. We talked about guitars, playing, and music, too... and a lot of other things.
 
Though I never met the man in person, the messages and phone calls we had, I will always remember. My heartfelt condolences go out to Robin, I know she is devastated, and I pray she has the strength to make it through this. I pray for her and their children. God grant them strength.
 
RIP, Michael. Peace be upon your soul. You were always a gentleman, and ready to talk to anyone and help them out and I appreciate that more than you will know now. I will miss your projects and your help. I am just upset right now... I didn't expect this, and these words are hard to write. I will see you my friend, and we can continue our discussions.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 07:01 AM

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 08:04 AM

Wow! RIP, Duffy. :(


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 08:11 AM

I'm shocked.

This is unbelievable. He is a genuinely great guy. Duffy is an incredibly talented craftsman, wonderfully creative individual, and a sophisticated thinker. What a wonderful sense of humor he had. He will be sorely missed.

His posts would always add something new to the conversation. Never just a mudslinger, he always looked to move the conversation forward. He always sought the high road. He was usually right on with his insightful comments. I was sorry to see the number of his posts decline in recent years. His personal communications with me were always erudite and real.

May his approach to engaging others be emblazed in our minds as an example of how we should conduct our own lives. Long live his memory.
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Posted 02 January 2016 - 08:14 AM

Very sad news. We will all miss his keen mind and sharp wit...


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 08:37 AM

Such sad news, indeed. RIP, Mr. Duffy.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 09:48 AM

 RIP, Duffy.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 09:58 AM

Like everybody else, I am speechless.   

 

Duff was a one of a kind for sure and there will never be anyone else like him.  

 

My condolences to his family for their loss.

 

RIP, Duff.


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Posted 02 January 2016 - 10:05 AM

Very sad to get on here this morning and find out Duffy has passed... He was such a nice guy and very interesting to talk to. Great and unique sense of humor. The chassis parts he made were fantastic, he was quite the craftsman. He will be greatly missed...

 

RIP, Duffy.


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