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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_S View Post
    And why is Steve so quiet?
    Sorry, I have tried to contact Chris without success. One thing to note is that many people have constantly complained about Chris - both to me privately and on the forums publicly. In fact, he's been the subject of some people's constant disrespect and ridicule. Perhaps that has something to do with this. I have had a hard time balancing all these conflicting views, but nonetheless I feel that Chis has been a positive contributor to OptiBoard and the larger eyecare community.


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    I've been one of his critics, but I still appreciate his knowledge and experience, and I know he means well. It was never personal, but there is a happy medium between spamming and disappearing completely. I really hope he is ok. Thanks for replying, Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    Christopher Ryser
    14 Chateau Way
    Naples, FL

    239-775-4524
    239-775-8657
    I just called both numbers... neither are in active service.

    I have always appreciated Chris's OptiBoard input, especially when he railed early against the coming effect of internet sales and North American corporate domination of our optical industry. Many of his naysayers were ultimately proven wrong.

    I too hope everything is fine with him.

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    I would imagine the Naples numbers would be inactive when he migrates back to Canada.

    Some of his opponents, may not have been transparent in their motives.

    I think Steve has done a terrific job balancing fairness.

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    Luddite and overall hater of all things social media related (THEY"RE ALL SPIES!!!) is anyone on Linked-in to try this link?

    I'd assume he's the distinguished elderly gentleman pictured on the first page.


    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Chris/Ryser

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    Went on there and couldn't discern anything.

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    I know I'm new to Optiboard but I have spent a lot of time reading up on old threads and feel like I know some of you already lol. That being said I sensed and understand the genuine concern for Chris so at the risk of sounding morbid I searched obits in Naples and Quebec and found nothing thank goodness. Hopefully he's just taking a break from the forums and enjoying retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgirl View Post
    I know I'm new to Optiboard but I have spent a lot of time reading up on old threads and feel like I know some of you already lol. That being said I sensed and understand the genuine concern for Chris so at the risk of sounding morbid I searched obits in Naples and Quebec and found nothing thank goodness. Hopefully he's just taking a break from the forums and enjoying retirement.
    Not morbid at all. Good thinking. Thank you for doing this. This takes a little bit off my mind.

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    I did business with Chris' company for a number of years. I didn't buy much from him, and didn't always speak with him when I ordered stuff, but we had several conversations. After he sold the rights to his formulas to McCray Optical, we had a lengthy conversation when I was trying to buy one of his products.

    He is a bright guy and full of useful information, and I enjoyed talking to him. I wish him well.

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    No word yet I take it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uilleann View Post
    No word yet I take it?
    Sadly, no.


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    I miss him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    Christopher Ryser
    14 Chateau Way
    Naples, FL

    239-775-4524
    239-775-8657
    Christopher Ryser
    1410 Ch Du Bord Du Lac Lakeshore, Dorval, QC H9S 2E6
    514-631-5501

    I would call him but, as Oscar said, I am also an internet stranger and my spoken english is not that fluent.

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    While we've had our disagreements in the past and all - it may not be wise posting this much of his personal information on a publicly viewed forum?

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    I am sad to announce that Chris died on April 18th, 2019.

    I spoke with a relative who gave me permission to post this.

    I conveyed condolences on behalf of Optiboard, and I was sure to let her know that Chris was a giant in the optical field, and friend to many, and that his absence will be felt.

    Here's to you, Chris!

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    From Fester's link:
    Chris Ryser

    President at OMS Opto Chemicals

    Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada

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    Born into the Optical trade in Switzerland and went through optical schooling from apprenticeship to best training school in England.

    Started OMS Opto Chemicals in late 1981 as a research company and later also producing
    developed products.

    The well known inventions were started as the one step Blue-Blocker dye on optical lenses
    in1983.
    The first hydrophobic treatment for AR coatings on eyeglass lenses was invented in 1984 and took over a year to get into use by the first lens coaters.
    The following version of the same product with anti static and anti fog addition, introduced in 1987
    is still available and used 29 years later.

    Many more products that are now standard in the optical trade were introduced as the latest money and time saving inventions for the retail optical trade, are now re-introduced as the latest inventions in lens manufacturing by the largest lens manufacturers on their newest products.
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    God bless you Chris. You’ll not soon be forgot...

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    Oh no. I can't really believe it. He will be missed.

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    Very sad news - rest easy Chris. Warm and genuinely heartfelt condolences to your family.

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    Chris kept a pulse on the optical industry, both in the USA and Canada. His many predications and industry forecasts about future optical developments ultimately proved to be true, despite many naysayers. I too will miss him.

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    That is sad news. I always enjoyed what he had to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    I am sad to announce that Chris died on April 18th, 2019.

    I spoke with a relative who gave me permission to post this.

    I conveyed condolences on behalf of Optiboard, and I was sure to let her know that Chris was a giant in the optical field, and friend to many, and that his absence will be felt.

    Here's to you, Chris!
    How very sad. I'm really at a loss for words. But thanks drk for letting us know.


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    I'd like to recognize Fabian who somehow found Chris' actual phone number. I only placed the call. Thank you Fabian.
    Last edited by drk; 05-24-2019 at 07:42 AM.

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    Deeply saddened.

    May you sail into the eternal sunset, Chris. You have been, and will be missed.
    I bend light. That is what I do.

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