I am terribly saddened to have learned about the sudden passing of Lonnie Borck. Lonnie was just 47 years old, and he leaves behind his wife and 5 children, who he cared for and loved dearly.
For as well regarded as Lonnie is in the domain investing community, he will be remembered more for being a caring husband, father, son, and friend. As I wrote when I interviewed Lonnie in 2007, he was a true “mentsch.”
Lonnie was very active in his local Baltimore Hatzolah (volunteer Emergency Medical Service), and he saved many lives. Lonnie was always doing what he could to help others in his community. One of the last emails I received from Lonnie was a fundraising plea to help the family of a friend who had recently died of cancer. Lonnie was always looking out for others.
I have known Lonnie for nearly ten years. There was a time before I had kids when we talked several times a day. I will always remember his great sense of humor, but more importantly, he was a kind, sweet-hearted guy who was always happy to help others in need.
I learned a great deal about the business of domain investing from Lonnie. In fact, if it wasn’t for Lonnie, I would not own DomainInvesting.com. Lonnie was one of the main reasons I attended domain conferences. I spent more time with Lonnie at various TRAFFIC, DomainFest, NamesCon and other events than I spent with anyone else. Whether it was going out for a kosher meal, sharing stories about domain deals, or just sitting around and talking about our families, Lonnie and I shared some really good times together.
I want to share one fun Lonnie story with you. Several years ago, Lonnie invited me to Baltimore for an Orioles game against the Red Sox. He had two great seats a few rows off the third base dugout. For nearly the entire game, Lonnie was working on his laptop, peaking up every once in awhile to see what was happening. It was the 7th inning of a close game with Baltimore at bat. Lonnie looked up and said something like “this guy is going to hit a home run,” and he immediately turned back to his laptop. Sure enough, the guy hit a home run and everyone in earshot looked at Lonnie because they couldn’t believe that the guy who was working on a laptop for an entire baseball game called it. There are many more stories I hope to share with friends in the coming days and months.
This tragic news is heartbreaking to me, and I feel so very sad for his family and friends who lost a great human being far too soon. If you haven’t already read Scott Ross’ tribute or Ron Jackson’s tribute, I recommend doing so. Lonnie’s passing is going to leave a lasting mark on all who knew him. To honor Lonnie’s memory, I will strive to be more compassionate to those in need while devoting more time to my family and friends. I am a better person for knowing Lonnie.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Neu