I checked around but couldnt find this mentioned already. I was very saddened to find out today that long time Doom player and compet-n contributor, and more importantly my good friend, Joe "DOOMMANN" Abene very recently passed away after a battle with cancer.
I did not know that Joe was sick. Last time I spoke to him (a couple of months ago, after he added me on facebook) he seemed fine, and happy about his life, and looked to be in awesome shape for a 50 year old.
Joe was one of the good guys, anyone who ever exchanged mail or dialogue with the man could testify to this. I first befriended him through my compet-n contributions. He took the time to mail me a very friendly, lengthy mail back in 1999 when I "wiped out" most of his compet-n records in one upload, as he put it. Most of the guys playing at the time would not be too thrilled about that, but Joe instead complimented me in abundance, asked for advice and continiued to be so complimentary of my work through the years, that I felt all these hours invested in the game ment something.
Years later, when I reached a low point in my life, he mailed me some good advice and wanted to help. Thats just how he was I suppose, the kinda guy who took care of his friends. We lost touch for some years until he popped up on facebook, and I got to follow his life there for a while - and he had alot going on!
For those of you who weren't fortunate enough to befriend him, or those looking for a trip down memory lane, you can look up his profile at the compet-n website:
or at the doom wiki:
Joe was a reptile keeper at the Bronx Zoo for 15 years, and a real expert on venomous snakes among alot of other stuff. He was also a competitive bodybuilder at some point. A man of many talents, but most of all just genuine, nice, friendly and caring towards everyone.
Joe with one of his friends:
Rest in peace buddy, its is true what they say, the best do go first. It was an honour to befriend you.
Last edited by Andy Johnsen on 07-07-12 at 05:21