Anne Henry
31-12-2016 - Gwynedd, United Kingdom

Dear Andre, Thank you and all your family, Lin and Family and the JSO for the most beautiful tributes and photos of Ruud. You have all experienced that dreadful Christmas and now we approach the New Year. I send you all my love and wish you every blessing and strong health to enable you to go forward with your wonderful concerts. I have no doubt you will feel Ruud's strength and presence as you perform those melodies which his talent enhanced.
My love to you all.

Stewart Lilly - Harwell - UK
30-12-2016 - ,

Very sad at the recent loss. Prayers for the family

Sue Black. Warwickshire. UK
30-12-2016 - Rugby, United Kingdom

We were at the concert in Leeds 19th Dec.- it was fantastic- one of the best. Was really upset to hear the news about Ruud the following day- unbelievable. André and the JSO must be distraught. My thoughts go out to Lin and the children.
He will be very much missed.
God bless you all.

Margaret Jones, Cheshire, England.
30-12-2016 - CW11 1RW, United Kingdom

Good Morning Dearest Andre from cold but sunny Lisbon. Slowly you'll be coming to terms with the tragedy that befell you an your Orkest just before Christmas, the loss of that giant of a man an musician Ruud. I read with tears your words on the news page i agree with everyone but one thing sings in my heart, that this wonderful man will NEVER be forgotten, there are so many memories of his brilliance an his happy smiling face, all the live Concerts I attended when he gave such joy an pleasure to the audience an his talent on the trombone beyond words. I asked an this evening the ships small Orkest will play The Second Waltz as a tribute to him,a piece he played to perfection an a flower of respect will be eaten. God love him an bless him, rest in peace dear Ruud. Lots of Love Lady Margaret

Vivienne Pratt
30-12-2016 - CO12 4RJ, United Kingdom

Dearest Andre,
Watching Ruud’s beautiful Service of Remembrance I was completely overtaken by grief. The setting, the lovely floral tributes and lonely catafalque in beautiful pristine White, the colour of the Angels, near broke my heart yet at the same time I felt such pride for you all that you had made a sad event a lovely collection of memories Andre. Dear Pierre looking so smart in his simple, but elegant, Grey Suit and Purple Tie struggled to give his Oration, but of course the sadness of the occasion was more than anyone could bear and his lovely voice wavered sometimes as he fought to control his grief. You and your beloved Marjorie must be very proud indeed of your young Son Andre. Thank you so much for allowing me to share it with you all. With love and respect always Viv xx

Janet Lee Taylor
30-12-2016 - Victoria, Australia


by Janet Lee Taylor, Melbourne AUST

You will never be forgotten,
Could never ever be lost

Home is where you'll always be, safe and sound and free~

Our souls will whisper always ~
to each other every night

For our souls, they live forever~
In the warm sounds of your light

Janet lee Taylor
30-12-2016 - Victoria, Australia

Big Blessings and Deeply felt Prayers, direct from Melbourne, Australia to Lin and children, the JSO family, & Andre and immediate family. Without the love of you all and the musical gifts you all grant us, life in times such as Ruud's departure would have been unquestionably unbearable!!! Magically and miraculously, one day we come to adjust to the world as we know it without our loved ones. But until then your music and love is the greatest healing power on earth. Thank you Andre XX To Ruud ~ thank you~ Adieu but keep shining!!!!

Doreen & Wally McRoberts Brampton Ontario, Canada
30-12-2016 - Brampton ,Ontario , Canada

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and Ruud's family at this distressing time.
Although we have only watched your videos and the performance at the show, we love your orchestra and the music that they all play.
We are hoping to see you in person when you come to Canada again.
Best wishes for the New Year to you and your family and your JSO family.

Nicholas Flynn
29-12-2016 - Waterford, Ireland

It is with a heavy heart i write these words expressing my sadness at Ruud's untimely death. To Lin and his family may God comfort you at this time of overwhelming sorrow. people from all around the world will remember Ruud and mourn with you. May the Lord grant Ruud eternal rest until you meet again. Like many others I feel helpless in the face of this tragedy. We offer you our love and support and the gratitude of every person he brought joy to. God bless you and the children.

Ann Marie Smith, Glasgow
29-12-2016 - ML3 8UA, United Kingdom

Rest in peace Ruud. Heaven will enjoy your beautiful music as we did on earth. My thoughts are with your dear wife and children, Andre and your JSO family an. You will be sorely missed by all. ????????

conchita villamore
29-12-2016 - Barcelona, Spain

Mi mas sentido pésame y todo mi afecto hacia la familia
de Ruud. Una gran perdida para todos los seguidores de la orquesta

29-12-2016 - West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Dear Andre
Not in my wildest imaginings did I think I would be reading that one of your wonderful orchestra members had so sadly passed away.
I send you all, and especially to Ruud's wife and young family, my sincere condolences.
When the time feels right, the tremendous power of your music will bring you all together again because this is what Ruud would wish for. I am sure he will be amongst you bringing strength back to the orchestra and a renewed energy to play it loud and play it long.
With much love as always.

Anne x

Steffens Gertrud - Mannheim - Germany
29-12-2016 - Mannheim , Germany

Liebes André Team ,
die Trauer ist sehr gross .
Ich möchte der familie und JSO meine tiefe Trauer bekunden.
Ruud war ein toller Musiker und ich liebte seine vielen Spässchen die er immer machte .

Er wird uns fehlen , aber im Herzen wird er immer da sein .

Bei jedem Konzert !

Gott sei immer bei Euch !

29-12-2016 - DIJON, France

Les discours , ne servent à rien! ! courage à LIN et ses enfants .


RUUD repose en paix , peut être étais-ce son choix? il va vous manquer énormément, nous pensons beaucoup à votre chagrin, et à ce grand vide, de là ou il est il va avec l'aide de DIEU, vous aider vous aussi, la très grande FAMILLE que vous va nous manquer . respect et condoléences à sa famille, et à la votre tout le j s o, et bien d'autres dans cette grande maison, que vous avez fait grandir .
vos deux très très fidèles DIJONNAIS . M; JO et J. MICHEL.

an van roosmalen
29-12-2016 - Leiden, Netherlands

sterkte met het verlies van Ruud Merx !

Karin Eenschoten
29-12-2016 - Raalte, Netherlands

We hebben gisteren weer genoten, van het concert op het vrijthof, gisteren uitgezonden door avro/tros, heel mooi concert, en gecondoleerd met het overlijden van ruud merx. We zullen hem gaan missen met zijn grappen en grollen, sterkte ook voor zijn familie.

groot fan van andre rieu en mirusia louwerse

Vivienne Pratt
29-12-2016 - CO12 4RJ, United Kingdom

Dearest Andre,
From messages from Friends and media reports I’ve seen I know that your Memorial to dear Ruud yesterday was truly beautiful. I have always found that in every family gathering, where a beautiful life is remembered, inevitably thoughts and memories turn to the ‘comedy’ in a loved one’s life and I was so happy to see that this was the case for you all. Ruud’s beloved Lin and children; you, Ruud’s Orchestra family; and his friends celebrated his life and remembered the funny and loving man that he was, sharing your own little stories of how he enchanted and captured your hearts. Speaking for myself he made me laugh till tears flowed with his funny antics on stage and I will miss him too Andre. Thinking of you Andre. With love and respect always Viv xx

Jos Holterhues Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel
29-12-2016 - Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, Netherlands

Beste Lin, gecondoleerd met het verlies van Ruud. Ruud was iemand al kende je hem niet persoonlijk die meteen je sympathie had. Een bijzonder iemand binnen het orkest. Velen onder ons liefhebbers van het orkest zullen zijn vrolijke inbreng enorm missen. Ook André en de orkestleden wil ik heel veel sterkte toewensen. Maar vooral Lin en familie wens ik heel veel sterkte toe!

bliquy danielle
29-12-2016 - Saint saulve, France

quel bel hommage en admirant ces belles photos, le coeur serré j'ai toujours du mal à réaliser qu'un tel musicien rempli de si bonne humeur sera absent désormais, dans le coeur de toutes vos fans RUDD restera toujours un musicien d'exception bisous à toutes et tous pour cette fin d'année votre cht'ite Danielle

29-12-2016 - EASTBOURNE Sussex, United Kingdom

Unfortunately we didn't get to see Ruud but watched him many times on recording, loving family man and a special member of the orchestra he will be sadly missed but never forgotten, our love thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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