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Title: Jan Švancara
Post by: Ken S on July 22, 2020, 10:50:07 pm
I have very sad news to post. Our longtime friend and forum member, Jan Švancara (“Jan") has passed away. Jan was seventy years old. Jan joined our forum in November of 2014 and was active up until July 18.

Jan was an amazing person of many talents. I felt a kinship with him from the start. His earliest posts were about restoring an old mortise chisel that had belonged to his grandfather. It was a labor of love and a memory I cherish.

He tutored his granddaughter in physics, which included having her follow the forum.

Jan was a highly educated engineer. His frequent posts displayed both a very high command of mathematics and a down to earth love sharpening and sharpening tools. I felt flattered when he understood and realized the value of my kenjig.

I will miss Jan. He was a good friend and a most valuable forum member.

Ken Schroeder
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: cbwx34 on July 22, 2020, 10:55:53 pm
Sad news.

I’ll miss him... he was a great help and inspiration to me.

😢
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: jeffs55 on July 22, 2020, 11:38:17 pm
I am sorry to hear that, I was always in awe of his math skills. How did you find out?
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: van on July 22, 2020, 11:49:40 pm
Learning certain news saddens the hearts of all of us.
His teachings will remain indelible.
That the earth is mild to you.
R. I. P. :'(
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: chino on July 23, 2020, 11:25:03 am
Rest In Peace...
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: Sharpco on July 23, 2020, 03:11:43 pm
Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: john.jcb on July 23, 2020, 03:22:46 pm
I am sorry to hear of Jan's passing.
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: RickKrung on July 23, 2020, 03:59:17 pm
Truly saddens my heart.  We are going to miss Jan.  A lot. 

Rick
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: Elden on July 24, 2020, 04:56:20 pm
I appreciated Jan's cheerfully given logical and level headed posts. They will be missed.

Life is the dressing room for eternity. How am I using it?
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: jvh on July 24, 2020, 11:40:43 pm
I just got back from vacation and found this. Really sad news.

I wouldn't be here without you, I'll miss you, Jan.

Rest in Peace...
Title: Re: Jan Švancara
Post by: Ken S on July 27, 2020, 02:50:39 am
I contacted JVH, another one of our Czech members. He, also named Jan, kindly sent me an English translation of Jen's obituary. Here it is:

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with my whole heart;
And I will glorify thy name for evermore.
Psalm 86:12

On Sunday, July 19, 2020, before noon prayer, our dear RNDr. Jan Švancara, CSc. arrived in the arms of God in the 70th year of his life.

The last farewell will take place on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Church of St. Vavřince in Brno - Komín.

He will be buried in the grave in the local cemetery after the Holy Mass.

On behalf of the family

Marie (wife)
Monika and Judita (daughters)
Pavel, Vít, Jiří and Marie (sibling)
Brno, Haasova 21

JVH also kindly explained the letters with Jan's name. Here is the explanation:

Hello Ken,

RNDr. = Doctor rerum naturalium, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._rer._nat.
CSc. = Candidatus scientiarum, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidate_of_Sciences

Jan Švancara was scientist, very educated and IMHO very modest. He worked and taught at the Masaryk university for a long time.


jvh

Jan certainly was very modest. I knew Jan was very intelligent and educated.  I had no idea he was so distinguished.
He will be very missed.

Ken