Sad news about Robby

12 Oct 2018 15:55 - 12 Oct 2018 16:28 #5108 by rushenb
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I got in touch with Robby first time around 4 years ago, back then he wrote to me emails about his birding trips. We later met at Victory Monument in Bangkok to have coffee and talk about national parks and wildlife. We talked passionately about his birding trips, the nice spots he has been to, and all those month long upcoming trips he was planning. That's when he mentioned to me in between that the reason he was in Bangkok that day was that he had cancer in the past, that it was gone and that he needed regular visits to hospital in Bangkok to make sure it wasn't back.

We continued to keep in touch and later met at Kaeng Krachan once or twice which after I advised him that he could post his very valuable trip summaries here at Wildlife Thailand Forum, that others would find it useful. So he did.

During last couple of years, we met few more times in Kaeng Krachan National Park, at Laem Pak Bia, and only 3-4 month ago he and his lovely wife Ying stopped by at our home here at Kaeng Krachan while returning home from a long trip south..

Couple of months ago, my wife Mai informed that that Ying told her that Robby got back cancer for the third time, but this time a more aggressive form. Roughly 3 weeks ago Robby called me, we had a bit of chat over the phone, as usual he was passionately and cheerfully talking about parks and his last trip, he gave me few advice for my next trips around Phetchabun area. I told him on the phone that we would visit him soon, when he said it may be too late we visited him same week at his home in Sing Buri.

Sadly, today, we heard that he passed away, he was 74 years old.  :(

Rest In Peace Robby. We will miss your very valuable trip summaries.

My thoughts are with his family and his loved ones!

The following user(s) said Thank You: WT admin, jack2964

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12 Oct 2018 16:00 #5109 by onflipflops
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Sad to hear! Condolences to his family & friends. 

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12 Oct 2018 17:30 - 12 Oct 2018 17:38 #5111 by Paul T
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Very very sad news indeed, we will all miss Robby Lee greatly. He inspired me so much to get out of my comfort zone and travel further afield in Thailand.

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12 Oct 2018 18:08 - 12 Oct 2018 18:15 #5112 by WT admin
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A sad day for all forum members.

Robby left us all a legacy of his fantastic road trip write ups in his refreshingly honest style. We have collated the links to some of his road trips below. Hopefully his words can inspire us to follow in his footsteps of getting out there and doing it. We will forever be in debt for the knowledge he so willingly shared with us all...............

The Far South 
Hala Bala 
The East 
The North 
The North East 
North East revisit 
Khao Yai 
North first leg 
West and South

“I hope that someday when I am gone, someone, somewhere, picks my soul up off of these pages and thinks, I would have liked to him.” 

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12 Oct 2018 18:31 #5113 by rushenb
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It is thanks to Robby's advice that I now dare plan a trip to southernmost Thailand., before nearly unthinkable to me. Will surely follow his footsteps!

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19 Oct 2018 09:51 #5116 by jack2964
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I am sorry to hear of Robby's passing. He had been an invaluable source of information through his adventures which he had unselfishly shared.
RIP Robby.

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