It is with incredible sadness that El Reg must report that Lester Haines, one of our finest story-tellers and an all-round good bloke, passed away on Monday. We have published his obituary, The Life and Times of Lester Haines. Lester, who was 55, died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He will be cremated on Friday 17 …
One of the finest contributors to El Reg, and the man who kept me coming back here even on those rare occasions when El Reg wasn’t performing at its best. He never missed the mark, and I will miss reading what he has to say and his views on food, science, drink and the world.
My condolences to his family and friends at this awful time.
I've been away and I've only just seen this.
Thoughts to his family, Kararina, the Junior Boffin, and nephew Matt, the bearded coated one, and all the others.
I always enjoyed his articles, his enthusiasm, his love of life.
My coronary artery will probably never forgive him, but I loved his recipes.
Very deeply sad
How many stupid discussions have we had in the comments over Lester's articles? It's much more fun reading about how to make the perfect cuppa and bacon sarnie if you can then go on and call some other innocent commentard a heathen afterwards. With Lester usually joining in the fun too.
But of course we were all joining in the fun that he, and El Reg, created. And it's a pretty good epitaph to have made lots of peoples' lives more fun. Which should not be a minor part of anyone's life achievements. As well as the more "real" stuff of raising a family and all the relationships with friends and colleagues.
I'm genuinely sad at the death of someone I didn't even know. And I feel for all you guys at El Reg towers who did. I hope you have a drink in his honour and a bloody good laugh about him.
RIP Lester. You'll be missed.
...although the person that admitted to drinking the abomination that is cofftea genuinely is a heathen...
I too will be 55 this year. Suddenly I feel mortal.
RIP Lester, you made many people smile.
Currently, and coincidently, drinking a pint from my LOHAN tankard and eating a kebab meat pizza. You sounded impressed by that pizza when I mentioned it a long while ago Lester, I hope you got to taste one,
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