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#2059208 - 04/04/13 10:48 AM In Memoriam: Jerry Groot
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of a dear Piano World friend. Jerry Groot has passed from us.

Let us all remember his delightful humor, cheerfulness, and incredible skill as a tuner and technician. Through the years, he has openly shared all of these with us through these forums.

With a smile, remember him always.
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

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#2059218 - 04/04/13 11:01 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
rada Offline
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Registered: 09/07/06
Posts: 1124
Loc: pagosa springs,co
Vjecnaja Pamjat...In Memory Eternal.

rada

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#2059221 - 04/04/13 11:03 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
sophial Offline
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Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 3475
Loc: US
I am shocked and so very sorry to hear this. What happened if I may ask?
My deepest condolences to his family. We've lost a good friend here on PW.


Sophia

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#2059226 - 04/04/13 11:09 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Sophia, this is what I shared in the Tuner/Tech Forum:

I'm not sure if sadness or anger is my primary emotion. Either way, it is all part of grief. Jerry was only 56 years old.

Many of you will remember that Jerry had gallbladder surgery in mid-January. Even with a month of recuperation, Jer had not strengthened as expected. Finally, on 2/21/13, he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He and Cozette were given the choice of treatment or following a natural course of events.

Jerry underwent two courses of chemotherapy at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, IL. On 3/21/13, Jerry decided to go on Hospice, rather than continue with treatment.

He was surrounded with the love of his family and friends in his final days. He and Co had sponsored a number of exchange students and one of their exchange daughters flew from Hong Kong for a final visit. Such was the love which surrounded our dear friend.

Think of Jerry with a smile as you remember his delightful humor. Jerry always loved a "good one" and was the author of many.
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

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#2059233 - 04/04/13 11:14 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Rickster Online   content


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8565
Loc: Georgia, USA
Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Jerry and I were the same age... I had no idea he was having health issues. He would complain a little about his back hurting, but he usually made a joke out of it.

He will be missed but not forgotten...

Thanks for sharing this news with us, Marty.

Rick
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Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

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#2059234 - 04/04/13 11:16 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2334
Loc: SoCal
That's awful news. My condolences to his family. He was way to young for this.
_________________________
Gary

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#2059238 - 04/04/13 11:21 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
sophial Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 3475
Loc: US
Marty, thank you for that information. This is so sad-- Jerry was far too young to leave his family and friends. He will be greatly missed here at PW.
RIP, Jerry.

Sophia

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#2059244 - 04/04/13 11:33 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Mark... Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 4380
Loc: Jersey Shore
Rest in peace...sorry to hear.

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#2059251 - 04/04/13 11:46 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
saerra Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 842
Loc: Atlanta, GA
I'm so sorry to hear about Jerry as well. frown Condolences to his family.

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#2059258 - 04/04/13 11:51 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
carey Offline
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Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6370
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Deeply saddened to hear this.
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#2059259 - 04/04/13 11:51 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9288
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Oh my,

This is very sad news. Gerry was a good technician, but a wonderful guy and a dedicated family man. I wish I had had the opportunity to spend more time with him in person.

Rest easy Gerry. You are missed.
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
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#2059263 - 04/04/13 11:56 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Pianolance Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 1192
Loc: Nashville, TN
So sorry to hear this terrible news. Gerry was a major contributor to this forum and Pianoworld is all the better for it. He had nearly 7000 posts and was one of the most respected members of the Pianoworld family. I'm in shock, I know we are not promised tomorrow, but it is always a shock when someone leaves us much too young.
_________________________
Knabe 5'2" Louis XV Walnut circa 1927
Very part time piano broker.

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#2059267 - 04/04/13 12:02 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Entheo Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 1117
Loc: chicago, il
very sorry to hear this.
_________________________
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#2059278 - 04/04/13 12:33 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
yshhq Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/01/12
Posts: 17
Very sorry to hear it. Rest in peace.

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#2059335 - 04/04/13 02:04 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
wouter79 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 3553
sorry to hear this.

Thanks Marty for the update.
That's unexpected, he was posting on PW just a few weeks ago.
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#2059369 - 04/04/13 03:20 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Rudy99golf Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 134
Loc: Guanajuato, Mexico
Bad news always come with some reflections.

Although I did not know Jerry, he was always optimistic about every topic he was involved in.

Always ready to provide help and good insight when asked.

We need more Jerrys in this forum.

My condolecences to his family.
_________________________
Rodolfo Grunberger
Piano amateur
Gebrüder Knake Grand, 7'1", circa 1895
Celaya, Mexico

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#2059382 - 04/04/13 04:00 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
ChopinAddict Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 6109
Loc: Land of the never-ending music
Sorry to hear this... frown Although I didn't know him personally, I enjoyed reading his posts. He sounded both competent and funny - the right combination for a great guy.
RIP
_________________________



Music is my best friend.


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#2059397 - 04/04/13 04:36 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Steve Cohen Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 10490
Loc: Maryland/DC/No. VA
No words....
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My postings, unless stated otherwise, are my personal opinions, not those of my clients.

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#2059415 - 04/04/13 05:14 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
lilylady Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4977
Loc: boston north
How sad.

My condolences to his family, friends, and members of this forum who were close to him.
_________________________
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

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#2059453 - 04/04/13 06:27 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Sam Rose Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 673
Loc: Los Angeles
That's so sad. I didn't know him personally, but whenever I saw posts with his name on the forum I knew something helpful and positive would be forthcoming.

When I bought my first grand piano, he left a nice comment in my thread. We'll miss him here. frown

My condolences to his family and friends.
_________________________
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#2059472 - 04/04/13 08:30 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
miscrms Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 187
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
frown
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#2059481 - 04/04/13 09:41 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
PattyP Offline
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Registered: 02/07/04
Posts: 615
Loc: Texas
I'm so sorry. My deepest condolences to his loved ones.
_________________________
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#2059482 - 04/04/13 09:43 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
j&j Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/24/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Southwest
It is extremely sad to hear of Jerry's passing at his young age. Please extend my condolences to his family. We will miss him.
_________________________
J & J
Yahama C3 PE
Casio Privia PX-330
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." Pablo Picasso

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#2059581 - 04/05/13 04:13 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: j&j]
Dara Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/18/09
Posts: 1035
Loc: west coast island, canada
Cheers to the wonderful person you are !
You've been an awesome and wonderful contributor here on PW.

I haven't ever communicated directly with you,
but i've very often read your postings and appreciated and reflected on your comments.

I took this photo earlier this week - warmth and sunshine, pure blue sky afternoon by the sea, and early evening this beautiful mist and fog rolled in.
with ♡




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#2059613 - 04/05/13 05:34 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Grandpianoman Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/12/05
Posts: 2362
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Jerry and I had many PM''s about pianos, tuning etc. He was always very helpful. Back in 2005 when I first joined PW as a newbie, he politely explained that the ETD I was using was ok, but there were better ones out there...:) I also had tons of questions etc, he was always chiming in with his expertise, and in a cheerful way, which we all came to know here on PW.

When I started the "My piano in EBVT III" thread, he was right there giving us his opinions etc. At one point, I got a PM from him after he tuned EBVT III on his piano at home, and I believe Bill Bremmer went to his home to show him EBVT III, he asked me how to post on PW, a video he made of himself playing his piano in EBVT III...I suggested it would probably be better if he linked it to a YouTube channel. Here is that video that he posted in my EBVT III thread, around 6/22/12, and his YouTube link.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.


Jerry Groot playing a short piece on his piano at his home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqsvVocZtD8
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRsWDS0JWLY

His YouTube channel

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMr-vP4VNyTSz4PTu3p8kA?feature=watch



Edited by Grandpianoman (04/05/13 06:00 AM)
Edit Reason: added content and corrected link

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#2059772 - 04/05/13 11:17 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Norbert Offline
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Registered: 07/03/01
Posts: 14139
Loc: Surrey, B.C.
Rest in peace dear Jerry, you will be dearly missed!
Norbert
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#2059783 - 04/05/13 11:40 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
KurtZ Offline
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Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 926
Loc: The Heart of Screenland
I have a SAT answer for the feeling I have:

Jerry Groot is to Piano World as Roger Ebert was to movie criticism. It just hard to imagine either of those spaces without the presence of these eminent voices. It's a loss in that it leaves a void that will not be filled; the absence will be palpable.

Kurt Z.
_________________________
I just wanted to be just "a" guy. That's enough of a life.

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#2059870 - 04/05/13 02:15 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: KurtZ]
Robert 45 Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 1259
Loc: Auckland New Zealand
My sincere condolences to Jerry Groot's family and friends. His passing is a very sad loss to Piano World and the piano industry.

Robert.

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#2059978 - 04/05/13 06:17 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
AJF Offline
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Registered: 05/18/06
Posts: 1625
Loc: Toronto
I'll miss you Jerry

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#2060009 - 04/05/13 07:30 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Piano*Dad Offline
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Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10385
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
I'm not around in months, and this is the first thing I notice today.

PW loses another regular.

My condolences to his family.
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#2060070 - 04/05/13 10:16 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Bob Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 3875
Here are the details on the visitation and service:

Visitation info:
Heritage Life Story Funeral Home,
Van Strien - Creston Chapel, 1833 Plainfield N.E.
Saturday, April 6, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m (8 p.m. a Bible vigil service).

Funeral Service:
Monday, Apr 8, 2013
11:00 AM EDT
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4351 Parnell Ave. N.E., Ada, MI, 49301

MLIVE Obituary:
http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandr...131#fbLoggedOut

Lifestory: http://www.lifestorynet.com/memories/88765

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to We Do Care, a fund helping families with hospitalized children with cancer. Donations can be sent to We Do Care, 759 Hachmuth NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
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#2060249 - 04/06/13 08:45 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
ClsscLib Offline

Platinum Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 1777
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
Very sorry to learn of this.
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-- Florence Foster Jenkins

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#2060251 - 04/06/13 08:55 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Bob Newbie Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/02/06
Posts: 1549
My condolences to the Groot family, sorry to hear of this..

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#2060505 - 04/06/13 07:45 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
BerndAB Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/17/10
Posts: 544
Loc: Germany
The Piano World will be a poorer one without Jerry G.

My condolescence to his family and friends.

Bernd B
_________________________
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#2060572 - 04/06/13 11:36 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
David, Las Vegas Offline
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Registered: 10/07/08
Posts: 211
Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada
One of Jerry's clients moved to my town in 2011 and brought their Yamaha G2 that Jerry had been servicing for many years. He PM'd me about the piano and said that it should be checked after the move and abrupt change in climate. I met with the owner and going through the piano I was amazed at the stability of the tuning. Also, very precise and clean action repairs and impeccable regulation. To know someone only by what their hand had done was truly inspiring. My new client had only wonderful words for Jerry and I felt like I had made a new acquaintance. I wish I had meet him because I can't get the picture of his avatar out of my head. For he is a Jolly good Fellow.
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#2060975 - 04/07/13 07:40 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Little_Blue_Engine Offline
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Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 1233
Loc: Ohio, US
frown
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Until then you may want to keep a safe distance.


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#2061081 - 04/08/13 12:34 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Rod Verhnjak Offline
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Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 3659
Loc: Vancouver B.C. Canada
My condolences to all in his life.
I enjoyed his posts.
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#2061514 - 04/08/13 09:26 PM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Sparky McBiff Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/09/10
Posts: 1112
Loc: Toronto, Ontario
Wow. I'm completely stunned.
I hadn't logged in to Pianoworld for months but today I decided to for some unknown reason. I think my subconscious told me to apparently.

I became friends with Jerry through Pianoworld when I first PM'ed him with advice for his hernia surgery (that I had also gone through)which he ended up following and was very thankful for. We then corresponded regularly about any and all sorts of subjects and without a doubt he was my favorite member here.

Even though I'm simply a DIY piano guy newbie he always had some good advice for me and helped me out when I installed my Dampp Chaser. He was always extremely helpful and always very cheerful in his chats. Even though we talked regularly about the details of our hernia operations, and a few other health issues, he never once mentioned a word about anything more serious.

I ended up telling him all sorts of things (mostly about my own health issues) that I hadn't told ANYBODY else simply because he was that easy of a guy to talk to.

I was actually looking forward to meeting him and maybe to do some fishing since we got along so well and he wasn't that far away.


I'm really really going to miss him around here. He was a real character here and this site simply won't be the same without him.

Thanks Jerry.
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#2063343 - 04/12/13 08:32 AM Re: In Memoriam: Jerry Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
curry Offline
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Registered: 08/17/02
Posts: 3769
Loc: Hamilton Twp, NJ
Wow! I'm shocked. Truly depressing news.
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