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.

29-12-2016 - Meijel, Netherlands

Gecondoleerd met het verlies van een veel te jonge collega,mijn hart gaat uit naar de familie,waaronder jullie ook toe behoren,gisteren nog het concert gezien van maastricht 2016,met tranen in mijn ogen toch met een dubbel gevoel genoten alweer van jullie muziek en zang.
Gr Marleen.

Brigitte Mazé
29-12-2016 - Renescure, France

Sorry, I was abroad and just learned the terrible news. My thoughts and prayers go to the Ruud family and to you all. Sincerely sorry

Dan Studybaker, CA USA
29-12-2016 - Sacramento, United States

As a relatively new JSO fan I have been totally absorbed by the entire orchestra and have gone to great lengths to learn about each member. It is obvious the JSO is one very large family. I can imagine how every member has been affected. Yes, Ruud will be missed but fondly remembered by all. Wonder if he will play with Gabriel now.

Lindsay Graves
28-12-2016 - Coldbrook , Canada

Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to see you in concert. I would watch your concerts, and being myself a classically trained flutist; would dream of playing in an orchestra and wearing a beautiful dress. I have wanted to see you for so long, and I am so happy I finally got to. I live in Canada where there has never been any shows to my knowledge; so when I was visiting my uncle in Perth I was beyond excited that I was able to get a ticket to your show. I realized sitting watching you and your orchestra how lucky I was to be seeing the orchestra I had idolized all my life during a trip I never thought I would be able to make. It was a magical time listening to your orchestra and I still can not believe I got to see you in Australia when I just happened to be visiting.

Denise Korkoza
28-12-2016 - Halifax, United Kingdom

Dear Andre, you show the world how much a family you and the JSO are. It is a very sad time for everyone including dear Ruud's family and all of our feelings, not just from the UK, but from all over the world have been shown here on your pages. I too have lost a loved one and I know the pain and sorrow is terrible. May God bless you all. Denise Korkoza

Beste Andre, je de wereld laten zien hoeveel een familie die u en de JSO zijn. Het is een zeer treurige aangelegenheid voor iedereen met inbegrip van beste Ruud familie en al onze gevoelens, niet alleen uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk, maar uit heel de wereld is gebleken dat hier op uw pagina's. Heb ik ook een dierbare verloren en ik weet dat de pijn en verdriet is verschrikkelijk. God zegene u allen. Denise Korkoza

Joan Curzon
28-12-2016 - Macclesfield , United Kingdom

We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and Ruud's family at this most difficult, sad time. Rudd was such a vibrant part of the orchestra. It will never be the same without him.
Condolences to you all

Enid Y Russell
28-12-2016 - Buderim, Australia

Dear Andre and JSO
As the new Year unfolds and you all start on more adventures to make millions more happy with beautiful music in this troubled world, may God be with you all and comfort you all after the sad time you have all experienced over Christmas in losing Ruud, who brought so manly smiles to faces everywhere, just as you all do
We hold on to our memories and look forward to future concerts 'down under'
Loving thoughts and safe travelling always
Enid Y Russell, Buderim, Qld, Australia

sandra joy cooper st74pe
28-12-2016 - Stoke-on-trent staffs, United Kingdom

I have just looked at the pictures of Ruud, I remember so many shows that he did all those things it makes me cry,
I wish Lin, Oscar & Lisa, all the love in the world, I know all the world feel the same God Bless you all Ande' family and jso

Janet Lee Taylor
28-12-2016 - Victoria, Australia

All my prayers Andre, Pierre, the entire JSO family,and To you especially Lin and your children. Blessings to Ruud~a man who through his music, and always through his spirit will be close and forever felt by so many. May his radiant spirit bring you comfort and strength during this time. I have placed more notes and condolences on the fan site and slipped disc link from the UK. R.I.P. Ruud, Adieu. Janet Lee Taylor X

28-12-2016 - Peterhead, United Kingdom

My deepest sympathy goes to Lin and family and of course everyone in the orchestra. This is a very hard time of year to lose someone dear. My heart goes out to you all. It is going to be strange not seeing Ruud in the orchestra, but he won't be forgotten.
He'll always be looking down on you all from heaven.
Bless you all.

Zee-Caroline PITT (nee Walters), Johannesburg SA
28-12-2016 - Boksburg, South-Africa

Thank you for posting the photos of Ruud Merx. Although we are far away we will be there in spirit at the
Memorial Service. Our Love surrounds Lin and her family, and she will remain the pretty lady sitting infront making us happy with her contribution in the orchestra. We Salute Andre and his family for the amazing Leadership
style he has displayed in this tragic event. This goes down as a case study in being a Maestro in Leadership management. the definition of a mensch. We have recorded the entire process since the 17th and will use it to encourage students in our classes. God bless each and everyone of you.

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