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Title: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on July 14, 2011, 11:43:14 AM
Unless I'm mistaken, we lost m-gro 6 years ago today.  I think we all still miss the hell out of her.

Edited by Rick, to add:
http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Peter D. on July 14, 2011, 11:50:00 AM
I'll never forget reading about it on the front page and how my heart sank. 

It feels like so long ago, yet it also feels like yesterday.

We miss you Sakura. :(
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: CarltonTheBear on July 14, 2011, 11:53:27 AM
RIP m-gro. I wasn't really a regular poster before she passed, but I still remember how devastated the boards were when the news came. I was brought to tears reading everyone's messages to her. She was clearly an incredible person who is still missed today.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Damian on July 14, 2011, 11:58:41 AM
She gets a revamped spot right here.... stickied of course
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: cw on July 14, 2011, 12:06:13 PM
stickied of course

Done

Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: cw on July 14, 2011, 12:06:40 PM
I think we all still miss the hell out of her.

Yep
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Britishbulldog on July 14, 2011, 06:03:57 PM
Crazy her impact on us all.

We miss you Sakura...still as much as  6 years ago.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Darryl on July 14, 2011, 08:56:52 PM
Big heart, good friend and always missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Tigger on July 14, 2011, 10:04:56 PM
I joined the site just after her passing, it was obvious then that her life had made a profound impact on many of the members here. It's a beautiful thing to see people here embracing her spirit.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: TheMightyOdin on July 14, 2011, 10:21:29 PM
One of the first things I thought of when the bare bones site came back up was not seeing that m-gro handle on the complaint thread.

She's still here in spirit and memory.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: J-Ho Fan on July 14, 2011, 11:13:59 PM
I too still remember the day I logged on here to find out. I remember opening the thread expecting it to be about her big move to the US :( She is still missed by many that is for sure :(
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on July 15, 2011, 04:08:04 AM
I always think about her on the 15th of July, it was the day I found out, I'll remember her every year on that date.

Miss you Sakura. :)
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Sarge on July 15, 2011, 06:15:27 AM
I joined the site just after her passing, it was obvious then that her life had made a profound impact on many of the members here. It's a beautiful thing to see people here embracing her spirit.

I'm in the same boat... My thoughts exactly.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Guilt Trip on July 15, 2011, 05:26:43 PM
I remember her. Very thoughtful person from what I could gather. I didn't know her as well as some others here, but she was special....found this pic...there's a happy Leafs Fan!

(http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/mgro_acc.jpg)
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 16, 2011, 05:45:24 AM
It's heart-warming to know how the human spirit lives on in the lives of others who never even knew or had ever met Sakura Handa, which would include me.  Wish I could have bantered with her online, because from what I've read, she is described a someone warm, encompassing, and compassionate.  The world needs more Sakura Handas.

Rest in peace, gentle soul.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on July 18, 2011, 09:10:53 PM
I remember her. Very thoughtful person from what I could gather. I didn't know her as well as some others here, but she was special....found this pic...there's a happy Leafs Fan!

(http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/mgro_acc.jpg)

 :'( Thank you for posting this.

She was a truly amazing and wonderful person and I miss her terribly.  She is always in my thoughts and I'm a better person for having known her.  Wishing you were with us still Sakura.  We miss you friend!
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: RobDM on July 19, 2011, 09:47:45 PM
What a tremendous loss of a wonderful person.

Can't believe it's been six years. I remember Darryl's devastating instant message on MSN. Then I authored the front page bulletin to tell everyone of the tragedy; phoning a few posters who knew her well, but aren't "daily" posters.  It was a day I'll never forget, for all the wrong reasons.

We've still kept her tribute page on our site:
 http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro

As for the tree that we planted in her memory in Rennie Park, thanks to donations from many of you, I last visited it in May on the day of what would have been her 43rd birthday. It seems to be doing quite well!  :)

(http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/rennieparktree2011.jpg)

Miss you lots, Sakura!

Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Wendel's Fist on July 23, 2011, 07:17:26 PM
I think everyone was blown away with the news back then.

I remember that even when I argued with Sakura, she's probably the only person that ever made me think............wait a minute, maybe I'm the idiot here. She just had a way of doing that without even trying.

From the few PM's that I had with her, she was a sweet girl with wisdom way beyond her years.

Anyway, just wanted to say that it was very classy for all involved to keep a sticky thread for her in a temporary forum.

Well done.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Mordac on August 09, 2011, 04:59:06 PM
We're so classy around here, we even let habs, sens, and flyers fans post!
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Bender on August 23, 2011, 10:41:11 AM
I joined the site after M-Gro had left, but I always felt like I really missed the chance of conversing with someone special.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Rick Couchman on September 23, 2011, 01:31:49 PM
http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Zee on September 23, 2011, 01:50:18 PM
http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/

Very nice tribute.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Peter D. on September 23, 2011, 01:52:26 PM
http://www.tmlfans.ca/mgro/

I still can't believe it's been over six years.  It still feels like yesterday I read the news on the main page with my heart just sinking and a sick feeling in my stomach.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: TheMightyOdin on November 02, 2011, 05:41:24 PM
I was going through some of her flicker photos and reading blog entries the other night. It is such an amazing archive of her persona. So positive and full of life and love.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: nutman on January 01, 2012, 09:27:28 AM
So sad when one of our crew moves on . I toasted one to her last night, and my thoughts go out today as well. miss ya kid.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Britishbulldog on July 17, 2012, 09:33:35 AM
Didn't get chance to post here on the 14th that I still miss M-Gro.  Infact I STILL can't walk through the garden section of a store without thinking of her.

In life I deal with so much BS and stress with government, broadcasters, contracts that this Leafs community gives me a place to be light hearted (as well as passionate). 

Sakura was so sensitive to others and so concerned that everyone was OK that it had a profound effect on all of us who were touched by her.

You will never be forgotten Sakura!
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on July 17, 2012, 01:20:52 PM
Didn't get chance to post here on the 14th that I still miss M-Gro.  Infact I STILL can't walk through the garden section of a store without thinking of her.

In life I deal with so much BS and stress with government, broadcasters, contracts that this Leafs community gives me a place to be light hearted (as well as passionate). 

Sakura was so sensitive to others and so concerned that everyone was OK that it had a profound effect on all of us who were touched by her.

You will never be forgotten Sakura!

I echo all your thoughts.  I posted early on the 14th, but it seems to have been wiped out with the site outage.

She was such a good person that really brought out the best in others.  The world desperately needs more people like her.  She is missed so much by so many.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Stebro on July 18, 2012, 01:50:54 PM
I still miss talking to her, she was a very special person.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: BMan on July 19, 2012, 03:43:51 AM
7 years. Where has the time went?

Maybe it's just me but it seems the world hasn't been as cheerful or as positive since her life ended.

I hope and pray her family are still well and one day we'll all get into TML debates in the sky again with Sakura.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on July 26, 2012, 10:23:19 AM
It's been a busy summer and life is as usuall "hectic" but Sakura is never far from my thoughts.  She just pops into them here and there and sometimes, it's still hard to grasp the reality that she isn't here.  7 years?  Gosh, where has the time gone.

You are never forgotten m-gro.  We miss and love you dearly and this world isn't the same without you.  Keep watching out for us hun!
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Rick Couchman on July 26, 2012, 04:05:39 PM
I never got to know her really well.  We PIM'd many, many times - but I never took the time to really get to know her.  That bothers me, 7 years later.

Our time is limited here, and learning from her - live life for today, and get to really know those around you, and enjoy life to it's fullest.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Mostar on February 01, 2013, 11:42:25 PM
The other day I was thinking about when I first started posting here and the people on the site. Can't remember, maybe 2002 or 03. It was good quality people like "m-gro" (Hannah) that kept it interesting.

I was always curious what her username represented. I never met her but she would fit right in to the crowd on here these days. The board has some good people here lately, with some pretty funny commentary to boot.

I have been on and off for a few years (life has been a bumpy ride at times) but some people just stick with you, even on an internet forum. Some peoples character just shines through.

I also remember salzy.  :o
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: TheMightyOdin on February 21, 2013, 05:32:28 PM
I am not 100% sure but I think m-gro meant Miracle Grow.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on February 21, 2013, 05:39:41 PM
Miracle Gro........yeah, she was a green thumb, among her other talents and interests (I remember her love for photography, as well as plants and flowers etc)and that's to the best of my recollection, what the m in  m-gro stood for.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on February 21, 2013, 07:10:52 PM
The other day I was thinking about when I first started posting here and the people on the site. Can't remember, maybe 2002 or 03. It was good quality people like "m-gro" (Hannah) that kept it interesting.

I was always curious what her username represented. I never met her but she would fit right in to the crowd on here these days. The board has some good people here lately, with some pretty funny commentary to boot.

I have been on and off for a few years (life has been a bumpy ride at times) but some people just stick with you, even on an internet forum. Some peoples character just shines through.

Indeed as has been mentioned, m-gro was for Miracle-Gro, from the fertilizer and her love for gardening.  She always thought the name was kind of goofy.  She was Sakura, Hana was her dog.

It's good to hear from people that she touched with her personality.  She was a really kind and really genuine person, and the world desperately needs more people like her.  She really brought goodness and light with her wherever she went, as I'm sure all the people who knew her would attest.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Rick Couchman on February 27, 2013, 08:32:45 AM
Miracle Gro........yeah, she was a green thumb, among her other talents and interests (I remember her love for photography, as well as plants and flowers etc)and that's to the best of my recollection, what the m in  m-gro stood for.

I remember going to her house with a few TMLfaners for a memorial - her gardens were awesome!
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Peter D. on February 27, 2013, 12:07:58 PM
I may sound like a broken record saying this each and every year, but I still can't believe this.  A part of me feels as if she is still around and is just taking a hiatus from the site to concentrate on her professorship. :(

I'll never forget the sinking feeling I got in my stomach reading Rob's post about her tragic death.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on March 14, 2013, 03:39:49 PM
I may sound like a broken record saying this each and every year, but I still can't believe this.  A part of me feels as if she is still around and is just taking a hiatus from the site to concentrate on her professorship. :(

I'll never forget the sinking feeling I got in my stomach reading Rob's post about her tragic death.

Me too Peter.  :'(  She was a very special person.

I still make the hamburgers that we had at her house one time at a BBQ.  They were so good and my kids still have the rocks that she let them pick out and take home.  She was a very very rare breed and still greatly missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on July 08, 2013, 09:29:24 PM
My gosh, 8 yr anniversary of her loss coming up. It still doesn't seem real. I think about her a lot during this time of the year and still miss her very much. You are always with us m-gro.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Britishbulldog on July 24, 2014, 10:03:01 PM
Hey m-gro, I tried making it through the month without posting something here since it has be 9 years now.

Couldn't make it though.  Still miss you.

Dan
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on July 25, 2014, 03:53:26 PM
I hear ya BBD. Sigh. :'( I can't believe it's been 9 years. So busy these days but this time of year is always in my mind and she's never far from my thoughts.

Miss ya m-gro.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Darryl on July 25, 2014, 05:30:26 PM
I have kept at least one plant in my apartment in her honour since her passing. Can't look at it without being reminded of her and what a wonderful person she was.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: cw on July 25, 2014, 06:02:20 PM
When the parks wouldn't let us plant a Japanese Maple tree in her honour, I got one and put it in my backyard. It's doing great.

Every time I really look at that tree to take it in, I think of her - particularly in the spring when you see the leaves developing and new growth.

A very special person whose community here that she was so integral in forming, still misses her greatly.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: TheMightyOdin on June 27, 2015, 04:27:26 AM
It's been almost a decade now.

Just seeing this thread and her name at the top of the page any time I come to this thread category has been...( I can't think of the right word to end this sentence..its a positive feeling.. I just can't express it)

What can you say really? Time and life march on.

Gone to soon Sakura but you left your mark and you are remembered.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on July 15, 2015, 09:35:43 PM
10 years. It's been so long without her but seems like it happened yesterday.  :'(. gone buy never ever forgotten.

We miss you Sakura. You will always be remembered.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on July 15, 2015, 10:41:38 PM
I think about her every year on my birthday, gone but not forgotten.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Rick Couchman on July 16, 2015, 08:51:13 AM
I still marvel at her ability to make you feel comfortable.  You could be pissed at the world, but she always made you rethink things in a friendlier way.  She did so much for this TMLfans community, all quietly behind the scenes.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: RobDM on July 21, 2015, 06:05:45 PM
I went to Rennie Park last week to take photos of the tree we planted in her name (even put a box of Miracle-gro next to our commemorative plaque, for a good photo-op)

The tree has really grown. Sakura would have loved it!

(http://www.tmlfans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/mgro_tree_tmlfans.jpg)

(http://www.tmlfans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/mgro_tree_rennie_tmlfans.jpg)
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Britishbulldog on July 21, 2015, 08:31:16 PM
Sakura was a regular poster who would calm down situations and make people feel at home rather than posting in condescending and nit picking ways.  She is missed. 

I actually could have gone to the park on the 14th to check out our tree we planted for her as I am in Mississauga with my wife right now.

Thanks for the pictures Rob.  Memories from a great time here at Penaltybox.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: RobDM on July 21, 2015, 10:34:55 PM
Cheers Dan.

You should still go if you get the chance. By the way, how long are you in town for?  :)
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Britishbulldog on July 22, 2015, 02:15:46 PM
Cheers Dan.

You should still go if you get the chance. By the way, how long are you in town for?  :)

I think Sue and I will head back on Saturday after my sons ice time in Brampton. I haven't heard when that is. He is also on the ice Friday which is the last day of the courses we have been taking. I expect to be at the Brampton rink that day as well.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on July 23, 2015, 01:12:50 PM
Thanks for the pics Rob. Wow, it has grown.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Darryl on July 23, 2015, 09:03:01 PM
Time maybe flying by but she is not forgotten.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Britishbulldog on July 25, 2016, 04:59:18 PM
Time maybe flying by but she is not forgotten.

After all these years she still is impacting us. 

I still remember where I was when I heard the news.  RIP m-gro
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: TBLeafer on July 27, 2016, 11:11:46 AM
Okay, so now I fully get it.

Sincerest apologies to any I offended through my ignorance.

Sounds like I missed out on the opportunity to get to know a truly bright light that shone too briefly.  :'(
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: AlmosGirl on June 28, 2019, 02:30:06 PM
Wow, coming up on 8 years. :'( She came to my mind this morning and thinking of her all day. Sigh.
Title: Re: Remembering Sakura
Post by: Guilt Trip on June 28, 2019, 03:45:22 PM
Wow, coming up on 8 years. :'( She came to my mind this morning and thinking of her all day. Sigh.
Not trying to be the correct police but I think it's 14 years. :'(  Either way, it's still really sad. I didn't know her personally but had a few discussions with her and she was always very pleasant.