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A Word About Phoenix ...

06 Dec 2016 00:09 #31 by nestbedding

We spoke on the phone a few weeks ago, but I have held off writing this out of simple grief. Onno was a dear, dear friend, colleague, confidante and adviser. We logged hours and hours on the phone talking about the industry, bouncing ideas off each other, and he gave me such good advice. We also had our disagreements too! Onno had his opinions and was not swayed off of them easily. He was a bright light and a fire for me and countless people who have no idea the level of time and passion he committed to this endeavor. I know he was so happy to get settled in the new place and had great plans going forward, but I am happy and find solace in the fact that you are keeping the site and the passion alive. He will be so sorely missed. Whenever I saw that number pop up on my phone, no matter where I was or what I was doing, I would settle in for a long conversation. Thank you for picking up the mantle and you have my continued support.

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08 Dec 2016 04:58 #32 by Baristagrl
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Laura, I'm very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. What you both have created with this site and continue to do so is a godsend. Even though I created my account today I've been coming here since August. I've been learning a lot along the way. Who would have thought that stumbling upon a mattress site would spark my interest to want to learn more about what I sleep on. You and your family are in my prayers.

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08 Dec 2016 10:27 #33 by amnj
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I'm very sorry for your loss. The amazing work that has been done here to help educate consumers will always be a legacy.

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11 Dec 2016 22:04 #34 by SleepyAl
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Laura, I just stumbled upon this post and wanted to pass along my condolences. I've been a long-time reader of this site and, as with many of the members here, have benefited from all the invaluable information and insight that the both of you have been able to offer. I have always appreciated his willingness to offer up his advice and share his experiences. Although he will be missed, we'll continue to benefit through the community that the two of you have created, which provides us all with a forum to learn from each others experiences and make informed decisions in the mattress industry.

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12 Dec 2016 10:07 #35 by NoMoreSprings
I am so sorry for your loss. This website was instrumental in finding the right mattress for myself. His passing is a loss for all of us. Bless you.

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13 Dec 2016 00:17 - 13 Dec 2016 00:19 #36 by Mattresses247

Onno was a special man that I had such admiration for. Easy to talk to, thoughtful with his comments and oh so dedicated to seeking and sharing knowledge that he shared with others to a degree that certainly made him the "Michael Jordan" of the mattress industry for online answers to the public's questions.

You both deserve such gratitude for creating and building this site. That you will continue on here honors Onno's memory.

My heart is so heavy at the loss of Onno and particularly heavy for your loss. He will be missed by so many.

I wish you strength, peace and God's comfort for all your coming days..

My Deepest Sympathy,

Valerie Austin
Mattresses 247
Last edit: 13 Dec 2016 00:19 by Mattresses247.

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19 Dec 2016 14:22 #37 by GrandMasterJ
I am very sorry to hear about this and offer my condolences.

Phoenix has helped me multiple times and built a great community in The Mattress Underground and I applaud your strength in keeping it running.

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21 Dec 2016 12:52 #38 by abbygrant
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I am very sorry for your loss. This site is a wealth of information for consumers. Thank you for keeping it going,

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21 Jun 2017 07:06 #39 by Pamelmac
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Dear Laura,
I am so sorry for your loss. I found this site only recently and I have learned so much. You and your husband are in my head a lot of the time! Thank you and your husband for your wisdom and patience. You are in my heart every time I read anything on this site. Wishing you comfort and loving support in this time of transition. What a legacy he has left behind for the benefit of so many of us. much love to you....

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