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With a very heavy heart we announce the loss ...

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Queen Mum, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Queen Mum

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    With a heavy heart and tears on our souls, we regret that our beloved John W. Oakes Jr., known as Norman Bates of UO, and the Evil Banker for UO Radio Deal or No Deal show, passed away on October 28, 2017.

    He was a dear friend and a mentor to many in UO and in real life. Our hearts, minds, and souls will always remember him as the banana phone man and the Pacific Auction House leader.

    He designed and built a fantastic city on Siege in Umbra known as The Mother Lode, and dedicated his off time to building Ultima Online as the best game to play on.

    We love and miss you Norm!!


    *We will continue on with the in-game shows with the hope that each one will be up to the standards that he required.*

    There are two in-game memorials being planned after the holidays. One on Pacific and one on Siege. More details to come.

    There is a special page created for those who would like to leave a message in his memory.

    Norman Bates the Evil Banker
     
  2. Haidon

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    Very sad news indeed. My sympathies to his family and friends and all who knew him.
     
  3. TheDrAJ

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    A very big loss - so sad!
     
  4. MalagAste

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    Sorry to hear of the loss. Having lost a dear UO friend 3 years ago I certainly understand. Sympathy to his family and friends. May his memory live on in them.
     
  5. Keith of Sonoma

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    I am very sorry to hear this. :(
     
  6. Captn Norrington

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    He always seemed like a great person, sorry to hear about this :(
     
  7. Lady Michelle

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    So sad prayers for him and his family
     
  8. celticus

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    My condolences o his family and friends..
     
  9. Uvtha

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    Oh wow... that really sucks. :(

    Thoughts to his friends and family. :(
     
  10. Coco_Zamis_DF

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    I think he was honorable person who live his life to enjoy others.

    I don't use FB, so this is the only way i can write down my expression of condolences.
    My best wishes goes to his family and friends.
     
  11. Bluebell

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    So sad to hear this news. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
     
  12. ShriNayne

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    Sad news indeed, condolences to his family. :(
     
  13. Victim of Siege

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    A great person that will be missed. *sends Cookie hugs to Mum and Norman's family*
     
  14. MoxZinnia

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    This is a sad loss. My thoughts and condolences to his friends and family.
     
  15. Lord Nabin

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    *flips through the pages of an old tomb with the name Norman Bates lettered in gold down the side. The story and histories of The Evil Banker spread through the endless pages before him. As the light of the day fades, reaches up and sets the tomb on an old dusty shelf alongside several other names lettered the same way down the spines.*

    Norman my old friend I will miss our occasional lunches and your fun plans for the communities of Sosaria. Travel safe my friend and rest assured you made a difference for many travelers in Sosaria.

    *Lights a Candle of Love in the window and settles down a small table by the fire with two chairs and pours two glasses of Good Old Moonglow Red. With a flourishing salute to his friend in the empty chairs he raises the glass and takes a long drink draining the glass to the dregs*

    *Glancing up to the new book of the shelf he pours himself another glass and glances over reflectively at the fire*
     
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    My condolences, words are always hard at this time. I am glad that UORadio will continue on with the Deal no Deal games, they have been an enjoyable fun event on each shard. I am sad that the evil banker will not be there, may his presence live on in Misty as his evil twin sister. God bless his family may that it will help them with the sorrow of this loss in their life's. Lord above be that he was the evil banker please overlook this as it was only his way to be fun to all of us that were able to be there for these fun events. God Bless them all.
     
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    Very sad news. He will be missed.

    Said for the last time: "Red Gate for Norman Bates!"

    WildStar
     
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    He will truly be missed. What a great sport and entertainer while playing Deal or No Deal. My thoughts go out to his irl family, gaming friends and the UO Radio family.
     
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    I am so sorry to hear the news. Deal or No Deal will never be the same. RIP John Oakes aka Norman Bates. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
     
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  20. Eon Blue Apocalypse

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    This is why I love UO. It's not just a game, its a community of people that make this game great.

    I'm sure he was a great man and will be missed. Good vibes to his family and friends.
     
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    That is very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
     
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    Deal or No Deal has had a special place in my heart for some time now. I am sad to read this news :( It is a loss to his friends, family, and to Ultima Online. My heart goes out to all who knew him, for he shall be missed.
     
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    My deepest condolense to his family. - We will miss him....
     
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    Just now reading the news and join everyone in expressing my condolences to Norman's family and friends.
    Always had to chuckle when he would get into it with a contestant or someone in the audience...

    He will be missed but never forgotten ... Glad to see the show continuing.

    *drops a snowball in front of the desk and an empty chair*
     
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    I am very sad that we have lost a good man and friend. He always made sure I was supplied with deco items when he saw me running around...
    His humor and candor will be missed. My deep felt condolence to family and all his friends who will miss his very big heart and soul running around.
     
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    I remember when he first ventured onto siege many moons ago. I would not say we were more than friendly, but he added to the siege community, and he made the game world a better place to play.
    Sending prayers to his family.
    Strength and Honor
    Riz
     
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    Meez so so so sad to hear dis. Meez send big hugz to all himz family und friendz espschulee to all da UO Radio hummiez. (Meez jus gettin back fum uh trip to see meez family und jus now saw dis.) Meez glad yooz gunna keep doin da showz - meez sure himz work hard fur demz and lubed doin demz. It wuld beez uh shame iffn dey ended - meez sure himz wuldn't wantz dat.

    Meez guna beez dere fur da next show to dance, pee, und hab fun but til den meez gunna hang meez earz and crie in da korner. :( :sad2:
     
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    My condolences to his family and friends. :(
     
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    Stacy loved you! :(
     
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    R.I.P.
    Prayers for the family and Siege.
     
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    I am so sorry to see another leave this way... :(
     
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    RIP John Oakes

    *Throws snowball at Norman*
     
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    John Oakes aka Norman Bates will be deeply missed. Sis and I only knew him through the WRR Deal or No Deal. Thanks to Norman Bates I will forever have Raffi's Banana Phone on my cellphone,

    This is for Norman Bates for the last time complete with dancing bananas. . .

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    One of my earliest experiences when I'd returned to UO a couple of years back, was to attend a Deal or No Deal show! I had a blast, thank you Norman Bates, thank you evil banker, thank you Mr. Oakes; goodly gentleman behind the characters you created and shared with us lucky folk....
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    My condolences to his Family and Friends.
     
  39. Kirthag

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    Saw this on FB and got very sad...