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#2059997 - 04/05/13 07:11 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Diane...]
Grandpianoman Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/12/05
Posts: 2406
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Hi Diane, you're very welcome. I thought it would be appreciated, and a nice remembrance to the folks on PW that never met him in person, and to his friends here. Even though I never met Jerry personally, watching that video, I was moved as well. I had not visited his website for a long time, and was surprised and happy to see that he enjoyed one of my YouTube vids, a "White Christmas" piece.

Diane, I wanted to post that video directly to my post as you did, but did not know how. How can I do that in the future?

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#2060006 - 04/05/13 07:29 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Inlanding Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 1732
Loc: Colorado
I always enjoyed Jerry's playfulness and insights. My condolences to his family and friends.

Glen
_________________________

A Bit of YouTube
PTG Associate Member

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#2060034 - 04/05/13 08:40 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Inlanding]
Mark Purney Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 373
Loc: Mesa, AZ
My condolences and prayers go out to Jerry's family. He was a real asset to the industry, and a great guy. I thought about him often while I was tuning today, and we will certainly miss him.
_________________________
www.Pianogoods.com
RPT @ Mesa Piano Service

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#2060036 - 04/05/13 08:52 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
rysowers Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 2477
Loc: Olympia, WA
Jerry! My friend, you will be missed! I'm so glad we got to hang out in Grand Rapids a few years ago and have some cold ones! You were/are an icon of the pianoworld community. Here's to you and blessings to your kids and your family.

I can hear the laughter in heaven already!
_________________________
Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA
www.pianova.net

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#2060069 - 04/05/13 10:15 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Bob Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 3886
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
_________________________
www.PianoTunerOrlando.com






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#2060291 - 04/06/13 10:24 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Daryl Durand Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 419
Loc: Missouri USA
I met Jerry a couple of years ago at the Kansas City convention
What a nice person and he thanked me for posting funny things in the Paging Jerry Groot thread. Jerry had a great sense of humor and new a lot about pianos. I will miss him a lot.
_________________________
Daryl Durand, RPT
Durand Piano Service
http://www.durandpiano.com

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#2060758 - 04/07/13 12:25 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
David, Las Vegas Offline
Full Member

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.
_________________________
David Chadwick RPT
Las Vegas, Nevada
1923 Steinway "M"
1931 Mason Hamlin AA

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#2061523 - 04/08/13 09:39 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Sparky McBiff Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/09/10
Posts: 1112
Loc: Toronto, Ontario
It felt like I was punched in the gut when I logged in today (the first time in months) and read about Jerry's passing.

I had considered him a friend. We first started chatting when I had helped him out with a recommendation for his upcoming hernia surgery (which I had previously experienced) and since then we regularly corresponded about all sorts of subjects.

He was by far my favorite character on this forum and his always made me laugh.
I was hoping to eventually meet him in Michigan (not far away_) and hopefully do some fishing with him.
This place definitely won't be the same without him and to be honest I simply won't like it around here as much if Jerry isn't around.

Thanks for all your help Jerry and thanks for making me feel welcome here.
_________________________
Hailun 198







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#2061583 - 04/08/13 11:02 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Sparky McBiff]
DoelKees Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/01/10
Posts: 1761
Loc: Vancouver, Canada
When I first became interested in the piano tech business I had some great help from a local RPT examiner. At some point I mentioned I got so much out of the Pianoworld forum and he mentioned that many of the best technicians in the world post there. I don't remember the details of the conversation but for sure the name "Jerry Groot" came up.

A while ago I became so fed up with some ad-hominem attacks against my person that I posted I'd leave the forum. Immediately I got a PM from Jerry asking me to reconsider as he liked my posts, I shouldn't be so sensitive, people treated him like that too, don't take it personally, etc. I took his advise and reconsidered.

Thanks Jerry!

Kees

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#2063019 - 04/11/13 04:44 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Bojan Babic Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/15/09
Posts: 325
Loc: Vojvodina, Serbia
I have not visited PW forum for a while, and today, when I opened it, I have seen this terrible news. Mr. Groot was one of most active members of this forum, always having very useful and objective things to say. I remember that once he had criticized the ethical aspect of one act of mine, regarding a customer, which I presented here and asked members for their opinion. He was completely right about that. I am sure that he was highly moral and honest person. He was full of professional knowledge too, which was obviously visible from his posts. It is very sad that he passed so early. My condolences to his family and friends.
_________________________
Bojan Babic
piano technician and tuner
Sid, Vojvodina, Serbia
_____________________________
bojanbabic@yahoo.com
www.klaviri.blogspot.com

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#2064520 - 04/14/13 01:55 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
David-G Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/17/06
Posts: 1244
Loc: London
I am a somewhat occasional reader of the forums, but Jerry has always stuck me both as a wonderful person and a wonderful tech. He was particularly helpful to me with a problem that I had. I am very shocked at this news. My sincere condolences to Jerry's family and friends.

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#2069996 - 04/24/13 02:19 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
That Guy Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/07/11
Posts: 413
Loc: Lincoln, NE
I was so sad to read about Jerry today in the newsletter. He is missed already. My condolences to the family.
_________________________
Scott Kerns
"That Tuning Guy"
Lincoln, NE
www.thattuningguy.com

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#2070034 - 04/24/13 03:33 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
bellspiano Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/25/04
Posts: 516
Loc: Boston, MA
I was very sorry to learn of Jerry Groot's death today from the newsletter. (I recently retired from piano work and had not been keeping up with the boards.) He was a solid guy who cared about his work and kept things lively for all of us. I saw him in a class a few years ago at the PTG National in Grand Rapids but was too shy to say hello; now I regret that. My condolences to his family and friends.
_________________________
Dorrie Bell
retired piano technician
Boston, MA

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#2070888 - 04/25/13 07:24 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
athomik Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/04/07
Posts: 299
Loc: England
Not been on PW for a while, but I always found Jerry very entertaining and a font of information. He'll be sorely missed by many, including myself.
_________________________
Adrian Thomas
Service Engineer - Hybrid Pianos & Strings

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#2071423 - 04/26/13 11:20 AM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Anson Everitt Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 102
Loc: Utah
Never met you in person Jerry Groot, but i hope to in the next life. Thank you for the kind and informative responses.

Anson Everitt
PTG assoc
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Anson Everitt
PTG associate

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#2071649 - 04/26/13 03:47 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Jbyron Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 519
Loc: USA
I'm extremely shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Jerry was a friend, though I hadn't met him in person. A fun-loving, kind man who always brought a smile to my face. We enjoyed a few funny PM's over the years. You'll be missed Jerry, but I know you are happier and free of pain now. My condolences to the Groot family.
_________________________
Tuner-Technician



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#2072419 - 04/27/13 08:51 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
pppat Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/09/08
Posts: 1195
Loc: Jakobstad, Finland
Oh no... just returned here after some busy months, and realize that time flies faster than one would ever wish or allow for.

I met with Jer in KC, but I got to know him here on PW. "Whatever blows your hair back" is the way to go. I will always keep that advice close to heart - dealing with pianos, and with life in general.

Truly missed.
_________________________
Patrick Wingren, RPT

Senior Lecturer (jazz piano, composition, music theory, conducting) @ Novia University of Applied Sciences, Jakobstad, Finland
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Dedicated to learning the craft of tuning. Getting better.

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#2073499 - 04/29/13 02:05 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Bill Bremmer RPT Online   content
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/21/02
Posts: 3296
Loc: Madison, WI USA
Having been away for a while too and suffering a loss in my own family, I was truly shocked and saddened to hear this! I had no idea he had been ill. He was a great friend and colleague. He was instrumental in having me address a Chapter meeting a few years ago where I was privileged to tune the Horowitz Steinway. I was a guest in his home several times and a guest of his a dinners. I met his lovely wife, Coe and his two sons, Jer, Jr. and Joe.

He will be sorely missed!
_________________________
Bill Bremmer RPT
Madison WI USA
www.billbremmer.com

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#2075888 - 05/02/13 12:50 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Today would have been Jerry's 57th. birthday celebration.

I miss him so much.
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

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

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#2076066 - 05/02/13 05:29 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Cinnamonbear Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 3981
Loc: Rockford, IL
I know what you mean, Marty. I can't tell you the number of times over the last several weeks when I've thought of, or applied, something that Jer had brought to my attention through this forum or a PM, but it has been many! His legacy is a rich one.

Here's a recording I made as a joke for Jer and posted in a Lester thread about two years ago. It was introduced as what I thought life was probably like in Jer's piano shop. The title is the only thing of the song that I changed. The lyrics are straight from the book, but much more poingnant, now...

https://www.box.com/s/unjioznpaygdgmnef80k

Here's to Jer's memory!
--Andy
_________________________
I may not be fast,
but at least I'm slow.

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#2101556 - 06/12/13 03:46 PM Re: Jer Groot [Re: RPD]
Dave Stahl Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 1645
I am very late in posting this, but I feel compelled to do so now that I've become aware of the terribly sad news. I didn't realize how long it's been since I visited this forum until I opened the Journal last week and read about Jerry's passing in April. He had a tremendous impact on my life as a technician and otherwise.

I miss his presence here, as I'm sure we all do.

Dave Stahl
_________________________
Promote Harmony in the Universe...Tune your piano!

Dave Stahl, RPT
Piano Technician's Guild
San Jose, CA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAniw3m7L2I
http://dstahlpiano.net

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