'SunSan' ( Henning Wessel) has passed away

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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby scoffer » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:14 pm

KL&fool wrote:Pass across peacefully, gentle soul. Your grace, generosity and affable personality resound throughout eternity. Many owe you a huge debt of gratitude. Those who never met you wish they had. Pass peacefully.


I'm still struggling with this news, but KL's words do ease my worries,
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby andyinasia » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:15 pm

Thanks for all the condolences. I think, if some of you could add one or two anecdotes, as KiR has done, I'll put this thread in a link when I email his sister; that way his family will have a portrait of Henning and how he was regarded by the community here.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby penguint » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:16 pm

so sad, RIP, Henning. Henning was a great guy- we will miss him and his ever helpful posts terribly. on Kh 440, and many other sites too
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby andyinasia » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:22 pm

penguint wrote:so sad, RIP, Henning. Henning was a great guy- we will miss him and his ever helpful posts terribly. on Kh 440, and many other sites too


I know he was very active and helpful on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree site - maybe someone who has an account can post something there, and any other tourism sites you know he posted on.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby LTO » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:23 pm

Knew him on a couple of other boards as well as this - TOA and LPTT.

Terrible news. Don't know what to say. At a loss for words.

RIP Henning.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby LTO » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:25 pm

andyinasia wrote:
penguint wrote:so sad, RIP, Henning. Henning was a great guy- we will miss him and his ever helpful posts terribly. on Kh 440, and many other sites too


I know he was very active and helpful on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree site - maybe someone who has an account can post something there, and any other tourism sites you know he posted on.

I'll see if I can dig up my old password for LP.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby scoffer » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:25 pm

andyinasia wrote:
penguint wrote:so sad, RIP, Henning. Henning was a great guy- we will miss him and his ever helpful posts terribly. on Kh 440, and many other sites too


I know he was very active and helpful on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree site - maybe someone who has an account can post something there, and any other tourism sites you know he posted on.


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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby Jacked Camry » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:26 pm

Dammit. Henning was a great guy. A real pleasure to know, a man who got on with anyone he met, regardless of their background. A bon vivant with a great love of food, drink and pleasant conversation. Very sad. Rest in Peace, my friend.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby violet » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:28 pm

SunSan/Henning helped me retrieve and store some things that I had left behind in Cambodia. He didn't have to help, but he did simply because he could. He was good at helping people, like with taking the effort to find an effective means of delivering aid to rural villages that weren't being helped any other way during the major flooding.

Poor Scoffer won't have anyone to abuse about food porn now.

A good man who will definitely be missed and will be remembered with affection by many. I owed him a drink and a meal... it will have to wait for another lifetime now. x
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby Chuangt2u » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:36 pm

RIP Sunsan. Youll be missed here.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby keeping_it_riel » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:40 pm

I remember when I had the idea of writing an article - 'The K440 Minimarket Challenge': the idea being that a bunch of us would descend on a well stocked minimart one Saturday afternoon and drink one each of every alcoholic drink they kept in their fridges and simultaneously, as a group, review each and every beer, lager and stout.

First name on the teamsheet was, of course, Henning and I recall that even as the event fell into total disarray as one by one we all got ridiculously drunk and slid under the table, Henning kept his head held high and took meticulous tasting notes. After drinking us under the table, he then scooped us all up off the floor, put us in his car and took us for a burger at the old Lone Star. What a trooper.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby andyinasia » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:45 pm

I have some details of his passing from his sister:

Henning is going to be cremated in Amsterdam. My family and I shall take his ashes to Cambodia eventually and strew them on the Mekong, as he wanted. I was thinking of the 18th of March, his birthday and also the time when we were going to visit him again. To answer your questions: Henning did travel to Europe alone. He took a short flight from PP to Bangkok where he had to get a medical statement saying he was fit to fly. I found it among his belongings. I think by then he was in a wheel chair. He took a long haul direct flight with China Airlines to Amsterdam, which would have taken 11 or 12 hrs. He arrived at the gate in a wheel chair, barely recognisable. I took him to the medical centre of Schiphol immediately and they advised us not to drive him to Germany but to have him taken to the University Hospital immediately by ambulance which happened. The reason why I wanted him in Germany was insurance coverage foremost and ofc to have him close by. But it was impossible. Henning travelled to Germany purely to get medical treatment. I think I asked him to come home the first time one or two months ago. He and I chatted on a daily basis via msn.. until the time he didnt come online anymore which would be mid July and got me worried after a few days. He decided to come very quickly. On Thursday I got the information that he was arriving in Amsterdam on Saturday.
Henning's company is aware that he passed away: http://vlktravel.com/ , there is an announcement already. I think my cousins in Malaysia must have informed him. but I also rang him this morning.
I found your name on Henning's mobile phone, I guessed you were the Andy who posted on the forum Henning often used and sent me links from.


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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby shizzle » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:01 pm

This is some very sad news. Henning was definitely one of the good guys and he will be missed.

I don't think this thread would be complete without a link to his touching piece, A Little Help in a Flooded Province.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby Bitteeinbit » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:05 pm

Username Taken wrote:Very sad news.

Never met him, but he was always high on my list of 'posters I'd most like to meet'.

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Same. Quite unfortunate.
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Re: SunSan has passed away

Postby charliethreezero » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:05 pm

What a loss. Henning will be missed. I knew he was ill, but not that it was serious. I planned on writing an email this week asking if he wanted (we all know his passion for fine wine an good food..) a bottle of something fom Italy to aid his recovery..

A sad day.
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