I received this email this morning.
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Just so that you will recall who I am, please let me reintroduce myself.
I am Sensei Peter Urbans rep. here in Fla. I had contacted you in the past, speaking of having been in Okinawa to witness your RokuDan promotion at the Ueichi TaiKai.
I wish that I could be contacting you under better surcumstances, but unfortunately the news is grim.
I realize that you and he, where not the best of friends, but I know that you would want to know, that Joe Bass died a couple of days ago. After a long fight with cancer, he expired in his sleep. He and I shared a dojo, for a few years, he teaching Ueichi and Kendo / Iaido, and I teaching Karate and Jujitsu. We went our seperate ways, but what I know about the sword, I mostly got from him.
I hope all is well with you and yours,
Steven L. Malanoski, Kyoshi 8th Dan, USAGA