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lorax 06-17-2009 07:22 PM

In Memoriam: Tog Tan
Tog Tan, known to many members of the IBS as an indespensable font of banana and tropical knowledge, passed away on 16 June 2009 of a heart attack, while driving home with a new load of bananas and other plants. He died doing what he loved.

He is survived by his daughter Stefanie and all of his friends here at the International Banana Society. We will all rembember him for his great sense of humour, his patience, his amazing breadth of knowledge, and his willingness to help anybody with a question.

Tog, you will be sorely missed.

CValentine 06-17-2009 07:38 PM

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Just got to start knowing you...
Thanks for all your help...
God Bless your Family...
We will miss you...
Rest In Peace...

~ Cheryl

island cassie 06-17-2009 07:39 PM

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Amen!! Tog you will be sorely missed by us all. Goodbye friend!


MediaHound 06-17-2009 07:47 PM

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Oh my. We will miss you Tog. What an amazingly spirited man.
You will be dearly missed Tog.

MediaHound 06-17-2009 07:54 PM

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MediaHound 06-17-2009 07:57 PM

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Simply Bananas 06-17-2009 07:58 PM

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What a shock!
Tog added so much to all of this. His posts were a delight and his adventurous spirit envied. We'll miss him a lot. Prayers for his family and friends.

Bob 06-17-2009 08:01 PM

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See ya in the after life Old Man.

MediaHound 06-17-2009 08:07 PM

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Tog Tan (1956 - 2009)

Rmplmnz 06-17-2009 08:07 PM

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Wow...shockingly so very sad.....

Patty in Wisc 06-17-2009 08:09 PM

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I am shocked. Tog was the funniest, most informative all-in-one person on here. I'm glad to have had him for a friend. A very sad loss.
Good bye to you my friend. Tears here & prayers to your family.

MediaHound 06-17-2009 08:17 PM

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Stay strong Stefanie. Your dad was a wonderful person, we will really miss him here as we're sure you will there.

alexizhere19 06-17-2009 08:21 PM

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We will miss you tog, you were a great person who was one of the best people to grow plants, especially bananas. I know I and everyone else who knew you will miss the joy you brought and will continue to bring.

May you now sow your seeds of joy in heaven,


Heres to you Tog


bigdog 06-17-2009 08:54 PM

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I'm at a loss for words.

I'll miss you, Tog. I'm glad I got to know you, and that we were friends (as much of a friend as one can have without ever actually meeting him in person). Rest in Peace, my friend.

Dear us all through this shock and sadness...Amen.


Patty in Wisc 06-17-2009 08:55 PM

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Only 1 week before your 53rd birthday. I wish we could all have you back - it just won't be the same without you Tog.

Michael_Andrew 06-17-2009 09:01 PM

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Well darn. My deepest condolences to Tog's family and acquaintances. He added so much to the forum. He will be sorely missed.


Bananaman88 06-17-2009 09:03 PM

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Man, what a blow. And we only knew him through our time with him here at the org. I must say that I always enjoyed the back and forth with Tog because he could dish it out and he could take it just as well. We'll definitely miss you, buddy! Thanks for brightening our lives, if only for a while.

Patty in Wisc 06-17-2009 09:15 PM

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He was a member here for exactly 11 months & sure did make a lot of friends.

Randy4ut 06-17-2009 09:50 PM

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I was just informed of this sad event. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Tog in person, I felt like I knew him pretty well through his wonderful insights and witty responses to all of our posts. What a wonderful human being Tog was and will always be in each of our hearts. Tog will be sorely missed but we MUST remember how much he helped inspire us and uplifted us through his comments. God bless his family and give them, as well as us, comfort in this sad time...

hammer 06-17-2009 09:54 PM

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He made a big diffrence on this website and I am sure he made a big diffrence in the lives of everyone he met. He was always there if there was a question that he could answer and I won't forget any of the jokes that he told. At such a young age he made a big diffrence and he will not be forgotten.

CookieCows 06-17-2009 10:05 PM

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I don't know what to say, this is such a shock. I so loved reading his posts and he never knew because I have been so quiet over the last year.

I'm honored to have been able to benefit from his knowledge and humor. My prayers are for his family. May they be comforted now in their time of grief.


saltydad 06-17-2009 10:08 PM

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Tog- I was blessed to briefly know you. You were a source of knowledge, humor and collegiality. My prayers for you to find peace, and for your daughter to find solace and growth in your memory. Farewell old new friend. May your trails all be downhill, and without obstruction.

And all the members of the International Banana Society will raise a glass to absent friends.

austinl01 06-17-2009 10:19 PM

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I am shocked, and I cannot believe this! Tog, you were a very funny guy, and your posts always brought a smile to my face with your great sense of humor. You were an awesome dude, that's for sure. We will certainly miss you!

conejov 06-17-2009 10:23 PM

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Godspeed Tog! I was enjoyed reading his posts.

Gabe15 06-17-2009 10:54 PM

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I haven't read a single condolence I don't whole-heartedly agree with...Tog is surely missed, and in his memory lets all keep planting and sharing more bananas, just as Tog would have kept on doing!

harveyc 06-17-2009 11:16 PM

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Just got home from a scout meeting and this is a big shock. Tog has been a great friend and I was just thinking yesterday I'd love to go visit the guy some day. On his recent plant trip when he didn't post for a week I grew worried that something had happened to him and it was a great relief when he let me know he was okay and just very busy. So this is hard to understand. I'm a year behind him age wise but I greatly admired his energy and often pictured him losing me in the jungles (10 miles behind!). He took the time to give me the wonderful black bean advice for my son, Michael and we chatted about many other things.

Many of you saw that Tog recently said his favorite movie was Bang Rajan. Well, I bought a copy on eBay last week but that seller refunded my money and said it was out of stock but I found another seller and a copy was mailed on Monday. Needless to say, I'll soon be watching this movie and it will have some very special significance.

Tog, my dear friend, may His face shine upon you!

Love you pal,


stumpy4700 06-17-2009 11:55 PM

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I know I can not say anything that will stop the sadness in your hearts, but It might be reassuring to know that Tog was extremely well respected here. Not only was he a wealth of knowledge, but he was a true friend to anyone who would talk to him. The world is a less place without him and I believe that he is in a truely greater place right now. Thank you Tog for making this site so great..................................................Go rest high on that mountain lil buddy!!!!!!!!!!!

Tog Tan 06-17-2009 11:58 PM

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Hi peeps..

Stefanie here, Tog's daughter. Not sure if it's appropriate to post with his account, but heck, if I created a new one, you guys would probably be confused.

I'm truly touched by this thread and how my dad has inspired you guys in some way or other, be it his knowledge in the reptile n plants industry or his weird/dirty sense of humor or his cigar craze..

Here's a classic picture of me n him

Us in his nursery

My dad - The camwhore king!

He may or may not know it, but I love him to bits though I've haven't been the best daughter around.. n I sure miss him a whole lot!

Thanks again for the thread guys!!

stumpy4700 06-18-2009 12:01 AM

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Stefanie feel free to post here anytime...Sorry for your loss.

scottdurand 06-18-2009 12:07 AM

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Sorry for the family's loss. He was a great asset to the entire world of Banana's! He will be missed greatly here.

Patty in Wisc 06-18-2009 12:40 AM

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I must say I was almost in shock again when I saw a new post by Tog!! I wish!
Stefanie, thank you for posting & showing those fun pics. He was a wonderful man.
May I ask what time it was there when he had his attack? His last post here was Tuesday at 1 pm central which was 2 a.m. your time? He always said he is 13 hours difference (ahead).
You must be very proud of him knowing how many friends he made here who loved him.
Be strong, & another prayer is coming your way for you.

Magilla Gorilla 06-18-2009 01:03 AM

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Stephanie, Andrew here. Thank you for contacting me earlier today. I hope it was o.k. as I contacted several members with the news. Your dad was an awesome man! I was shocked when I opened your e-mail. When I got home this evening the Banana book that Tog mailed me last week was in my mail box. As it sits next to my computer as I write this, I am very saddened. Your dad was very generous and would not take any money from me when we spoke about the book last week. I feel privileged to have known him for the short time. He was full of energy and extremely knowledgeable. He also had a sense of humor. His life was cut way too short! My family is thinking of you and wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.

With Heartfelt Sympathy

He will be missed by all!

momoese 06-18-2009 01:27 AM

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I'm speechless. I would have never thought the bright light known as Tog Tan would leave us. I will most certainly partake in a fine cigar in his honor. I'm so sad now....

RIP in Tog, you are the man!

Mark Hall 06-18-2009 03:18 AM

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My Inbox wont be the same now without my weekly PMs from Tog.
I never got the chance to meet you but from your posts and PMs to me I feel I knew you. I will miss you loads as will the forum. Rest in peace mate.

jasmine2005 06-18-2009 03:45 AM

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im so sorry to hear about tog,ive not been a member for long,but tog came to me first helping me through the forum,making me very welcome,it was like i had known the man for years,a true gentleman,with so much knowledge,my heart goes out to all the family,tog you will be missed by all of us on the bananas org,a truely remarkable man who i shall never forget,god bless you,my thoughts are with you and your family. jazz x

kentgardener 06-18-2009 03:53 AM

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I have just read this very sad news on another forum that Tog and I belong to. I am deeply shocked. His posts were always knowlegeable and often very amusing.

My thoughts and prayers are with Tog's daughter and family at this very sad time.

Rest in peace Tog.

Jack Daw 06-18-2009 05:10 AM

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Although I knew Tog only shortly, I believe it's safe to say that he was one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the pleasure of talking to. I'll surely miss him, not only for the loads of work he had been doing in the tropics, his articles, but also his funny and always joyful humour with which he brought happiness and laughter to many threads and a few PMs I exchanged with him. You'll live forever in our minds, pal.

Bananaman88 06-18-2009 06:31 AM

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You are certainly welcome here amongst us anytime you wish. You father was greatly admired here and will truly be missed. God bless you and your family.

Dalmatiansoap 06-18-2009 06:39 AM

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Well I have to confess that Im still shocked with this sad news. Whan I checked mail beafore going to work this morning, wow, like thunder in my head, Tog has gone.
What to say, I still cannot find words, but I lost a teacher and FRIEND.
Nobody offered me more help here than him. In fact I can thank him for turning my life in plant growing and as he used to say "opening my eys to green" :).
We ll grow naners toghedher up there once, old mate.
Regards from Croatia
Ante Grbavac
aka Dalmatiansoap

justjoan 06-18-2009 07:28 AM

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My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, such a loss of a young man. I am too new here, but I have read his posts and seen his photo's and his personality certainly shined through. God speed Tog

mskitty38583 06-18-2009 08:05 AM

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wow this is a shock. i loved reading his post. he will be missed.

Christian 06-18-2009 08:16 AM

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Tog asked me to get involved in Ladang Musacea - one of his current dreams, one which he was starting to realise. I was never quite sure what I could contribute, apart from the occasional seeds, but it was nice to be involved from far away. Like many others I was playing with the idea of visiting him in the not too distant future. I love traveling in East Asia, and I have never been to Malaysia. I have been to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and I am going with Phil to Taiwan this year. So I hoped that it would not have been too long before Malaysia would have become reality. I have in person already met two other members of this forum, and I was determined to also meet Tog.

It is very different meeting somebody in reality as to just talking to him by e-mail or on the forum. Maybe we would not have got on..., but Tog: I would have certainly given it a try!!!! :-)

I don't know how many people know that every month Tog was travelling to Thailand to pray to the Four Faced Buddha, something he promised to do till the end of his live.

Without him knowing, the deepest impression he left on me was not anything to do with plants, but about the value of giving. He gave freely, as some of us will have experienced. Of course he was delighted to also 'receive' ('greeding for stuff' as he called it in a funny way), but receiving was not what it seemed all about. Many people including myself are very focused on 'getting' things, but it is little compared with the inner peace one gets from giving. For this I will remember him.

I loved his 'Rocker' T-Shirt. I will keep that picture somewhere, so I will be reminded of him.


jmoore 06-18-2009 08:45 AM

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Wow, what a shock! It's difficult to know what to write at a time like this. I think it's fair to say he has touched everyone's lives here on the forum, I know he has mine. As Christian said he was such a generous man and was always thinking of other people. On top of that he was a bloody good laugh. I'm truely going to miss him.


tony palmer 06-18-2009 08:47 AM

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I feel so saddened and shocked at this terrible news…
We will all miss you Tog.

God bless
My heartfelt condolences to your family

Caloosamusa 06-18-2009 08:59 AM

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I am sorry for your loss and ours. Tog was a wonderful blessing to all of us for his knowledge, experience and service by sharing his unique place in the world. He will be missed.

You are welcome and encouraged to post here anytime. May God's face shine upon him and you, and give us all peace.

frog7994 06-18-2009 09:53 AM

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yes we will all miss him I'm sure of that. I guess if i had my choice I would rather go quickly too, than dragee it out and be a burden to my family. So he was in god good graces. I ask that knowledge and memories live on with all that were touched by him.

momoese 06-18-2009 11:09 AM

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Mark Hall 06-18-2009 11:33 AM

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Looking at some pictures on the web today and seeing a Lasiocarpa in flower reminded me of Tog. So every time I see one now he will pop into my thoughts.

Still can't get my head round the fact that he is gone.

saltydad 06-18-2009 12:02 PM

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Mark- Tog was telling me that, as he was having difficulty receiving e-mails from me, that he also experienced the same thing with you. Hence the high number of PMs. We really lost a friend. As Harvey has mentioned, when we didn't hear from him for a while recently, we were concerned and promised to let each other know as soon as we heard. I wish there would be another good news post from our friend. Stephanie, we may all be a bunch of nutty banana plant fanatics, but we would be honored to have you post here with us in the future. My prayers for you always.....Howard

bigdog 06-18-2009 12:05 PM

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Thanks for those great pictures of you and your father! I wonder if you had any idea of the impact that he made in all of our lives, despite never having actually met any of us. Well, you do now! A father to be proud of, for sure! I echo Christian's thoughts when he mentions what a giving man he was. I didn't quite grasp the true nature of it until now. He apparently had many, many friends on this forum! What wasn't to like about the man though? He had one of the best attitudes of anyone I've ever run across.

Like some others have also said, please feel free to join the forum. We won't mind you posting under his name!

Best wishes, and my condolences, to you and your family,

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