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Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« on: August 30, 2007, 10:04:41 PM »
Well, there's no fancy way to say this so I'll just say it - Darkfox was admitted to hospital last week following a seizure. His condition has deteriorated and tonight his life support machines are being turned off.

I know Steve wouldn't want me dressing a post like this up in all sorts of lovey-dovey sentiment - that's never been his way, so there are the simple facts for you.

That doesn't mean it's not hard to type though...Steven aka Darkfox has been part of my life for almost eight years now. An extremely bright and colourful part, always witty, always imaginative, truly one of a kind. And that's even before I think of the fact that it's a miracle he was here at all. It's something he's touched on in his posts here at the Unwashed Village from time to time, but being Steve, it's not something he chose to keep going on and on about - for him life is what it is, and you just get on with it.

When he was born, the doctors were certain he wouldn't last the day. He spent the following 27 years of his life proving them wrong. I'm not going to go into his long list of ailments because he wouldn't want me to, and besides, that's not really him. The Steve I know is all about spirit, about determination and overcoming obstacles, and laughing in the face of Fate.

And this spirit is reflected in the shape of the irrepressible and free-wheeling Darkfox, Steve's long time online personality, and the perfect embodiment of his amazing creativity and razor-sharp mind.

It's a stupidly obvious thing to say, but I'm really going to miss the little guy. It's hard to even write those words because they're so damned final...but that's what this is all about really - finality.

That's all I can bring myself to say right now. I already feel like Steve's going to give me a hefty kick up the arse for being oversentimental, so I'll leave it at that. But I am going to miss him.


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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 10:05:01 PM »
Like Paul, I've known what's been happening with Steven since he was taken into hospital - we've just been waiting since to see what was going to happen and sadly the outcome is one we didn't want to hear, but knew was a strong possibility from the outset. The sad truth that we've been told is that he will not survive his latest setback.

Steve's not one for formality and being all flowerly about things. I think his directness was one of the many reasons I was so fond of him when I first met him back in 2000. Yes, there was times he's been a cheeky so and so, but he never did it out of malice or hate, and was simply his way. His character was very colourful, and at times you had to stop and smile when you realised Steve was every bit as much as Darkfox as Darkfox was Steve. We all have our online characters, but with him, the 2 are one and the same. Truely the definition of unique.

Some of us know him as Fox, some of us as Steve. He's had a hard life and taken many knocks since he first arrived, but he's surprised everyone over the years with his spirit and true grit. He never wanted anyone to feel to sorry for him or feel pity, he simply picked himself up, carried on and reminded us all of his wit, charm and intelligence. He just wanted to be treated as anyone else, and we all did that for him.

I am going to miss Steve. Anything I say just seems so... inadequate and doesn't really do justice to the friendship I had with him, but when the time comes, he'll still be here, in my heart and mind, and we will have everything he gave us, safely stored away.

That's as much as I'll say for now, as the journey is still continuing. He won't want me being all gushy or anything, so Steven, I've been proud to call you friend and I'll miss you.

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 10:12:27 PM »
Thank you Turjan for letting us know what's been happening with the little guy.  His absense around here will certainly be noticed.  He was, well - a part of the UV.

I don't have to say anything here. He knows how I feel about him and that's enough. 

I do wish well thoughts, and strenght to his family. And hope in some small way that any well wishes to them from my side of the world reach them.

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 10:13:10 PM »
Sad News, even sadder I didn't get to know him as well as I do most others here on the board. My only words are that you DarkFox,Fox or Steve leave your pain and suffering here in this realm and enjoy what great adventure you will be going on too with God speed.............
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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 10:39:04 PM »
Sad news indeed. Fox was always a character here and usually in a cute/funny way. I'm sorry I didn't get to know him better. He will be missed.  :'(
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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007, 10:55:59 PM »
He's going to be sadly missed, I've not been active in the community for a long time but when I was he was one of the characters that defined the UV.  Not only is a great guy passing but a large part of what has made the UV what it is for more than a few of us will be lost too.  I feel for his family but I know how blessed everyone he touched has been to have him in thier lives.

Here's hoping the folk where he's off to next like furry jokes.

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2007, 11:06:30 PM »
I don't remember when I first met Darkfox but I mean that in a good way. It always seems like he's always been here. To me, he's that person you always see as you walk. They're on their lawn and they give you a smile as you pass by. Someone who makes you smile when you see him.

He's one of the old members and he certainly can lay claim to building this village. His posts, humor and just general persona makes this village a great place to visit.

I suspect a good deal of us don't know the real fox. He had his persona that he played up because that was expected of him. Anything a tad risque was tied to him and he always took it in stride. People thought of furries and it was Darkfox. To his credit he always did it with a smile.

I can't think of a time where he's acted or behaved poorly. He's cheeky but never someone you wouldn't want as a friend.

I keep a casual relationship with many people here but that's my way. Yet, I wish there were more times where we could have chatted more. I’m at work and it seems like the emotion is just building. Trying not to cry (there are watery eyes though).

I’ll miss him. If anyone was like a little brother to me it was him.

We're getting old I suppose. Another Villager will be leaving.

Thank you for all the good times Fox. You will be missed greatly.
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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2007, 11:13:33 PM »
Sad; I will miss him.

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2007, 11:20:43 PM »
:(

Great guy. I always loved his sense of humour.
I'll always feel something's missing now, whenever I see a great setup for a dirty joke :T
I had also hoped to meet him one day when I had enough money to jump over and have a look around. A shame, really. I think I would have gotten along well with him.
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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2007, 12:36:17 AM »
Unfortunately, the journey has come to an end. News just reached us that sadly, Steve has passed away this evening in hospital.

Goodbye Steve, I'll miss you and the world is a lesser place without you. I'm sorry that we didn't get to meet up.

Steven "Darkfox" Lomax
May 23rd 1980 - August 30th 2007
R.I.P

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2007, 12:41:35 AM »
 :(

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2007, 12:53:21 AM »
Thanks for the updates Petrarch and Turjan.

I'm sorry I'll never get a chance to meet him. I figured that my planned backpacking vacation across Europe in the not-too-distant future would have been a good opportunity for it.

I'm not surprised he defied all odds and predictions and made it to 27 years. He always was a stubborn son-of-a-bitch. (And I mean that in an endearing way.)

The world is a bit darker with his passing.
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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2007, 01:09:29 AM »
I figured that my planned backpacking vacation across Europe in the not-too-distant future would have been a good opportunity for it.

Same here. I thought I would be able to see him on my trip to England. I so wanted to go but I haven't been able to make it happen. In my mind's eye all the Villagers in the area were there. Now if it ever happens... they'll be one less person.

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2007, 01:21:10 AM »
Sad news indeed. I can't say that I am surprised, but I am at a loss for words. I don't think I can say it better than it has already been said: Steve brought a tremendous spirit to this community, and I will surely miss him. What I perhaps will remember best about him was his sheer determination not to let his bad health affect his mood. And while it naturally did at times, I am amazed at how little.

You will be missed, rest well friend.

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Re: Sad news: Steven 'Darkfox' Lomax
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2007, 02:08:02 AM »
Am now pouring a toast to the little bastard (said in a most affectionate UV way, of course)

Here's to ya, Fox!