RIP Nigel Triffitt (aka Dogster)

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#1
47 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Many of you who have frequented these boards and Azamara cruises will recall dogster's frequent and often snarky postings, including the blogs Death by Azamara and the Azamara Army. I had the pleasure of befriending Nigel on a cruise from Dubai to Singapore in December 2010 (and thankfully his blogs stopped just before we met or I may have been immortalized in one of his chapters), and over the course of the 12 days shared several bottles of wine and many wonderful conversations with him. Sadly, we only kept in touch sporadically, and while searching for his writings to share with a friend, I discovered that he passed away on July 20.

I thought that those of you who have also had the pleasure of sharing a voyage with Nigel would want to know of his passing.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts...-1226438895126
#3
Harpenden, UK
13,586 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
I met Nigel on Quest last November when he was in the middle of some b2bs. I would often see him as I passed by the smoking area with the other "lepers" as he put it. Had a good chat to him at the bar one evening and he certainly was quite a character and an interesting guy to talk to. Thanks for posting here and letting us know the sad news.

Phil
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#4
Harpenden, UK
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I just went and had a read of Azamara Army and Death by Azamara as I didn't know about them or indeed his blog and posting history here. Absolutely hilarious. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of them.

Phil
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#5
Edinburgh
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Joined Aug 2004
Originally posted by excitedofharpenden
I just went and had a read of Azamara Army and Death by Azamara as I didn't know about them or indeed his blog and posting history here. Absolutely hilarious. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of them.

Phil
I remember his priceless posts and always hoped one day he would be aboard with us, sorry to read of this sad news
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#6
Suburb of Chicago
1,846 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
I saw this on Fodors. Its very sad. . My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting him last yr. on the Connie. I could say many things but perhaps the best thing to say is he left such an impression that even after only one face to face I feel like I've lost a friend. It takes a special person to make such an impression and he truly was very special.
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#7
Harpenden, UK
13,586 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
I was really interested in reading some of the replies to the blog on the Azamara board that Nigel posted. Wish I'd known about them when I met him in person. Far from being pretentious he was extremely perceptive and not hung up on the politically correct stuff that seems to invade our lives so much now. He was also very generous in the praise of some you'd not necessarily heap praise upon. He could sniff out the stuff a mile off! No interest in telling me about his past life either except that it afforded him the ability to travel on his cruises. And the thought of sitting at the Captain's table filled him with mirth. Refreshing.

Phil
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#8
netherlands
275 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
we also met Nigel on the Quest december 2010 and we were on the Quest last July where we met people who also met him
Very very said, he was a very interesesting person
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#9
Pacific Northwest
3,622 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
I never met Dogster but I did read some of his musings here. You had to be quick as often they went poof! He wrote with a perceptive eye and a witty tongue which resulted in some hilarious stories. Death by Azamara and The Azamara Army are classics. I googled him just now and learned that his birthday would be tomorrow. He almost made it to 63 years. Too young to say farewell.
#10
Southern California
276 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Does anyone know if he was on the Quest in November 2011?
I sat at a table with a very interesting chap one morning during that sailing. He told me how he was on the way to Asia somewhere to spend 2 months in a temple with the monks. He was an interesting fellow...
I didn't catch his name, but for some reason, that encounter has remained with me, and I have thought about that guy now and again, wondering how his trip went.
He also said something about working in the "Arts".
Funny in life, how we meet so many but some just stand out.

Blessings to the departed.
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#11
Harpenden, UK
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Joined Nov 2002
Originally posted by pacaduli
Does anyone know if he was on the Quest in November 2011?
I sat at a table with a very interesting chap one morning during that sailing. He told me how he was on the way to Asia somewhere to spend 2 months in a temple with the monks. He was an interesting fellow...
I didn't catch his name, but for some reason, that encounter has remained with me, and I have thought about that guy now and again, wondering how his trip went.
He also said something about working in the "Arts".
Funny in life, how we meet so many but some just stand out.

Blessings to the departed.
Yes, that was him I'm pretty sure. I was on Quest in November 2011 and he said something to me about staying in Asia. I usually get a little bored with reading blogs because my attention span is poor, but I continued reading Death by Azamara this morning for my laugh to start the day.

Phil
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#12
Toronto, Canada
6,808 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
Farewell and fare thee well you old dog!

We had many interesting conversations both on and off the various boards.

His descriptif of Elvira on the quest really caught us all as DD had a similar run in!

Fodorites will be heartbroken.
#13
Victoria Australia
195 Posts
Joined May 2007
We had the pleasure of meeting this incisive, artistic, interesting and generous individual - and we mean 'individual' - man on Quest, December 2010. We're so sad to hear of his passing - but are pleased we can still enjoy his writings. We've just discovered 'Death by Azamara' - classic!!
Gwenn & Ian (fellow Aussies)