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Words from some people he worked with

Posted May 27th, 2010 in Memories of Horst and tagged by neil

I’ve received a couple of messages from people that once worked with my dad. I thought it’d be nice to share them…

From Mare

I knew Horst from working at Lightolier. What a great person he was. He delighted our days at work. Horst will be remembered.

From Tony

I am the friend of Horst’s in Taiwan since he worked for Lightolier, then become a friend at Flickr. Horst told me a little bit about you, and his talent on photography was inspired from you. He is very proud of that.

We have done a lot of great things when we worked together and I personally learned a lot from him also. We normally communicated thru Flickr, but lost since last month.

I suddenly heard from his collegue yesterday that he was passed away few days ago and shocked. I was very sad to hear that and please express my condolence to your family. If anything I can do, please feel free to let me know.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Joan Esposito says:

    I was so saddened to learn of Horst’s passing. I worked with him for many years and he truly was an inspiration. One of the kindest, gentlest souls I have ever met. He was also one of the hardest working and productive people I ever worked with. He could find solutions to problems that other people would have given up on.
    He will always remain in my heart and memory. My condolences to the family and thank you for sharing this with me.

  2. Colleen Pastore says:

    Just as everyone, I was shocked and terribly saddened to learn of Horst’s untimely passing. He seemed to be so healthy and full of life. I also worked with Horst at Lightolier, and was always impressed with his many talents, including creativity, technical expertise, and a diligence in his work that made every aspect of his designs completely thought through. He came up with a design for the de Young Museum for a fixture that had many requirements that were extremely challenging. Both his innovative design and the thoroughness of the presentation of his concept helped us win the project. He always said how proud of that achievement he was, and I am also proud to have been a part of it. There was a special bond among all those involved in that project, and Horst made it possible.

    On top of these talents, Horst was a true gentleman, kind, thoughtful, and sincere. We have lost a great human being, and I will always remember him with admiration and fondness. My heart also goes out to his family. My prayers are with you and with Horst. I hope you find some comfort in our memories and yours in this very difficult time.

  3. Christopher J. Lajoie says:

    I had the great fortune of working for Horst for many years while at Lightolier. Horst was a wonderful leader and a great mentor. He possessed an extraordinary ability to see the good in people and to gently guide them to be the best they could be. He was very instrumental in my career development. He always provided exceptional insights and personal experience. Although it has been years since I have reported to him, and I am now with another company, there are not many days when I do not say to myself “What would Horst have done”. He was an inspirational man of a magnitude that is rarely seen today. I will miss Horst greatly, but will often think of him with the highest of regard. I wish you the family and friends the strength to carry on as Horst would have wanted. I am just grateful for having had met him, worked with him, and have had the pleasure of calling him a friend.
    Abschied mein Freund, bis wir uns wieder treffen!
    (Translation: Farewell my friend until we meet again)

  4. Scott Dupre says:

    I didn’t know Horst as deeply as many of the people that I still work with at Lightolier did, but I did have the pleasure of knowing him and working on a few projects under his guidance. He always struck me as a pleasant, soft-spoken, gentleman. Horst had a certain way of guiding you towards the right path without neccesarily pointing the way…it’s difficult to describe, but I suppose anyone who knows him likely understands. He was definitely one of those rare people that command your immediate respect, because as modest as he was, you just kinda knew that this guy was brilliant. He also had a great sense of humor. So I really enjoyed the times I spent in his company, even though it was all around work. I was a bit sad to hear that he was going to retire several years ago, but at the same time very happy for him. We chatted a bit with each other briefly a few times since he retired, and that was pretty much the extent of my relationship with Horst.

    Well, of course we were all shocked and saddened by the seemingly sudden loss of him. Unfortunately, I never realized the depth and breadth of Horst’s talents and humanity until I had the opportunity (another of Horst’s favorite words) to browse through this web page and explore some of the links to Flickr, and see his photos, and realize how many lives he touched in a wonderfully positive way.

    Horst is the kind of guy you didn’t have to know too well in order to shed a tear over his loss. By all accounts, he was a good man and will be missed by many…myself included.