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#1 Dave the Cook

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:47 AM

It is impossible to believe, and impossible to believe that i am typing this: Steven Shaw died yesterday morning. His passing was so sudden, and his years so few, that we -- people accustomed to the quick-fire pace of the internet -- are having trouble processing it.


So we'll have more to say in a bit. For now, it seems sufficient to point out that, though he had help (and he'd be the first to say that), without Steven, none of us would be here. 


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:53 AM

I am so very saddened by the news.  It seems like the end of an era.  I have so many happy memories of meeting great people here, many of whom I am still in touch with today.  Fat Guy created more than a forum--he created an empire of friends.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:58 AM



How terrible.  I am proud I was a part of what he created and feel fortunate to have met him and even cooked with him.  

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

The suddenness and his age make this pretty shocking. I spoke with him only briefly, when I first joined eGullet, and he was very kind and welcoming, and I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet him. My thoughts are with his wife and son, and all those who were close to him.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:02 AM

I owe so much to Steven. We all owe so much to Steven. He will be missed.
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:06 AM

Most of the friends I made in the past 10 years are through Steven and Jason's creation Egullet. I had the pleasure of enjoying a few meals and rides around Cleveland with him during the Heartland Gathering, he will be missed.




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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:11 AM

I just can't even process it. Gone far too soon. His smile, his wit and his kindness and leadership will not be here. But the memories of them will be forever precious. Godspeed FatGuy. We're all better for having known you.
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:11 AM

So sad to hear about this. Steven was one of those people who, even though we never met, I felt that I knew well. His passion and curiosity were always breathtaking to behold. 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:12 AM

I am so sorry to be visiting the eGForums for this reason, but felt compelled to express my shock and sadness in finding out about losing Steven, and more importantly my sympathy to his family and friends, loved ones, all those he touched.  Rest in Peace.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:12 AM

My handle -- Varmint -- came from Steven. My expanded love of food came from Steven. My blog and food writing came from Steven. My position on the board of the Southern Foodways Alliance came from Steven. He gave me so much, but most of all, he gave me his time and wonderful friendship. He was, and always will be, one of my very best friends. I miss him dearly already. 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:19 AM

A mentor to many, an innovator, and one swell guy. It's not sunk in yet. My heart goes out to Ellen, PJ and his family and friends.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:21 AM

I've been unable to function properly since I got the call yesterday from his brother-in-law. Many meals, many more conversations, and thousands of hours of working side-by-side contributing to the projects, people, and communities he created, nutured, and loved: they all keep flooding my brain. I simply can't accept it. 


As everyone here has said, and as dozens more will no doubt say, we all owe Steven an unpayable debt. I certainly cannot begin to account for it, or even comprehend it. 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:24 AM

Too young.  RIP Steven and prayers for Ellen, PJ and the family.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:34 AM

I never had the opportunity to meet Steven in person, but he still touched my life in many ways. As others have said, and no doubt many more will say, I felt like I knew him even though our only interactions were online. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this terrible time. This is such a tremendous loss.
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:45 AM

This is such tragic and shocking news.  My heart goes out to PJ, Ellen and his entire family.  I cannot even begin to imagine what they're going through right now.


Steven was an exceptionally generous and talented person.  He had a profound and lasting influence on my life.  He taught me, he mentored me and he was always kind to me, even when it would have been completely reasonable for him not to have been.  To say he will be missed is a huge understatement but I'm really at a loss for words.


Rest in peace, my friend.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:45 AM

Thank you, Steven. May you rest in piece.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:53 AM

I was at a loss for words when I heard the news yesterday: I guess I still am. I've shared meals with Steven and worked with him on a number of eG projects: the enthusiasm and vitality he brought was contagious. The world was a better place for his presence in it, and we'll miss him. My heart goes out to Ellen, PJ, and the rest of his family.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:57 AM

I haven't posted here on this board in many years, but feel I must convey my sadness about his untimely passing.  If it hadn't been for this site, I would not have the friends that I have now. Through this site a small community of like-minded food lovers was created and they will remain lifetime friends,  so thank you Steven for introducing me to my best friends. He was far too young. Many condolences to his family and friends. 

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:58 AM

I was deeply saddened to hear about Steven Shaw this morning. I made a number of friends and met many great folks through the egullet community. I am grateful to have enjoyed the experience here and can only hope that I am able to contribute to the online food community (and beyond) in a such a positive way. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:00 PM

What can one say? Tragic and so premature. Prayers for all concerned. ..
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:01 PM

It is very sad to hear a familiar face, though I never met him and joined this community after he moved on to Quirky, disappearing for good. 


I am lucky and grateful to be dialy enjoying this great community he created, of course my thoughts go to his family and close ones.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

Climbing out of the woodwork after many years to express my condolences to his friends and family. I owe eGullet and Steven a great deal for the things he enabled me to learn and the people he enabled me to meet. Rest in peace.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:07 PM

He was the reason I found my way to this wonderful place.  I will always be in his debt  for that.  May his family take comfort in all the kind

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

Shock, numbness and disbelief!

I am so very sorry.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:11 PM

My condolences to his family and huge circle of friends, associates and mentees.  I know he will be greatly missed.  

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:15 PM

My heart goes out to Ellen and PJ. This is so shocking and unexpected.  We worked together for a long time and he was a dynamic and driving force behind eG.  So very sad.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:17 PM

The only brilliant words that come out of my mouth or keyboard since I heard the sad news are "damn, crap, and no". When I first poked my nose into this site Steven made it feel comfortable and accessible and at the same time full of passion. It changed my life in a positive way and he was a great part of that. When my son first went to Manhattan I showed him a picture of Steven in his infamous fish pants and told him to be sure and say hello should he spot him. He didn't catch him, but I know that Steven would have been kind to him. Words fail in expressing condolences to his wife and son.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:18 PM

Like Peppyre and others, I haven't posted here in ages. 


But I have many and fond memories of Steve reaching out to me at the onset of eGullet and the friendships that came out of the genesis of this site. 


His and Jason's vision brought many of us together and it was a privilege to have known him, at least virtually. 


May he enjoy his Greater Feast with gusto.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:25 PM

Condolences to family and friends. Sincere gratitude for the priveledge of knowing him. Godspeed.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:26 PM

It's been years since eG was a part of my life but because of the board that FG created I have created many important friendships, fallen in love, and had countless experiences that make me who I am today.  I know I am not the only one.  


We should all leave such a legacy.

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