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fullmulletjacket



Joined: 13 Oct 2008
Location: Daegu

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:53 am    Post subject: John Bersiford sick Reply with quote

This is a strange post. I had no idea where to post it so I thought here would be okay.

John Bersiford was a long time patron of Korea. He was quite well known in some circles and he has recently fell ill during a trip to China. His family is looking to offset some costs. If anyone knew John and wants to help out here is a link to where you can donate.

http://www.gofundme.com/8l2igs

Thanks.
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SeoulNate



Joined: 04 Jun 2010
Location: Hyehwa

PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the post. Knew him well a while back but fell out of touch...


any idea what happened? Google didnt help..
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kimchi_pizza



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Location: "Get back on the bus! Here it comes!"

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a strange post at all, F.M.J. and this forum is appropriate if not the
General Discussion forum.

Having had the privilege and pleasure of working with John the preceding
year, I would like to share what I know of this fine gentleman...

He is a highly intellegent man without the ego or arrogance. Like any
other expat, he had his faults and quirks, but I never saw or recognized
any of them as he performed his responsiblities to the best of his ability
and NEVER hesitated to help others out of genuine willingness TO help.
He personally helped me out a great deal and recommended fantastic teaching
aids and methods. He also seemed to have a love a baking, as odd as is may seem,
but as he would bring baked goodies to the office and share with everyone. It did lift spirits and plenty
of smiles beamed that lightened the mood (besides being pretty darn good)!
I've always seen him in high spirits with a wide-eyed spriteliness each and
every day and enjoyed being at work.

He trully IS a dedicated teacher in the EFL field and it is my belief he will
return eventually with the aid of friends, family and donors.

As for the details of this tragedy, there is word in the grapevine, but I will
only share what I personally know. We were employed at one of Korea's
more 'sought-after' universities at the same time and left at the same time
for personal/professional reasons. He went west to China, I went east to
the U.S., yet I believe both of our hearts remained in Korea which is why
I returned and I sincerely believe he would have done the same if he could.

If ever a man deserved a strangers kindness and/or generosity, John
certainly does...

Should his family read this, hang in there...all will be well~
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Speck7



Joined: 05 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, 65k needed for flight home...Hope he gets home safe.
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Died By Bear



Joined: 13 Jul 2010
Location: On the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If State is involved, then no need to donate money.
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kimchi_pizza



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Location: "Get back on the bus! Here it comes!"

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Died By Bear wrote:
If State is involved, then no need to donate money.


That's a rather...bold statement. Not that I argue against it, but it would be
best backed up with further information to inform me and other posters and
expats for future emergencies. As an educator and expat (I presume) why
not explain a little more? Educate us~!
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gypsyfish



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John is one of the good ones. I don't know what the problem is, but I hope he get home and recovers.
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kimchi_pizza



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Location: "Get back on the bus! Here it comes!"

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gypsyfish wrote:
John is one of the good ones. I don't know what the problem is, but I hope he get home and recovers.


Dude,
Quote:
but I hope he get home and recovers.
You are not
helping the cause~haha I tease! Good on ya, man~ Zeus above knows of my grammatical errors and play! Zeus, yes, I'm a Helenistisist...is....anity...
ism...um....whatever...

Keep'n it bumped~!
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gypsyfish



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kimchi_pizza, you're absolutely right. Subject/verb agreement is important. I generally proofread my emails and posts better. Forgive me if it was difficult to understand, but I was in shock that a guy I have known for ten years plus (and like very much) is seriously ill.

If people can spare a few dollars, I encourage them to donate to the above mentioned funding site. You need a credit card - I didn't see a PayPal button - and it only takes a few minutes.

John's a dedicated teacher, but, more importantly, a kind, friendly and generous man. I don't know what his illness is, but it sounds very serious. I hope he arrives home soon and recovers quickly.
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kimchi_pizza



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Location: "Get back on the bus! Here it comes!"

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As today is 석가탄신일 or Buddha's Birthday, there is a relationship to this
national holy-day and to his own personal religious beliefs from what I
learned as I knew him. A day made a national holiday if not on, then very
near to the year of his birth.

In that regard, one more unadulterated word of sympathy and a thread bump
from me.
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kimchi_pizza



Joined: 24 Jul 2006
Location: "Get back on the bus! Here it comes!"

PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am bothered... a great deal...

Eslcafe netizens, help me out...

I am a vet, I served my country as best and honorably as I could. I willingly
did so. Even afterwards I did my best to serve the public interest in one form or another. Even to this day I've personally unconvered 6 landmines,
2 artillery shells, faced 3 poisonous vipers, grenades out the yin-yang, one full remains of a soldier
and the disarticulated remains of others. I report and agencies respond. Immediately.
I am pleased for that, but here is ONE LIVING person that needs to go home and this trumps all of that.
A good man I want to see go home.
I am adverse to donating money to unfamiliar pockets, but my time, energy and efforts are endless when I see a good cause. I'm writing an
essay in this regard, but to throw my hands up and 'surrender', no.can.do.
Fortitude or foolishness, what am I to do?
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