It's with great personal sadness that I learned this evening of the death of Louis Awerbuck, soldier, fighter, firearms instructor, and a remarkable human being.
Louis was a soldier in South Africa, and a good one. That's where I met him for the first time. Most Americans who've benefited from his firearms and tactical instruction never learned much about what he did there, but it was 'good work'. He came to the USA with the assistance of the late Jeff Cooper, who considered Louis one of the top half-dozen firearms instructors in the world.
If you had the pleasure of knowing Louis, there's not much I can tell you about him. If you didn't, you'll learn a lot from these interviews with and/or articles about him.
Louis Awerbuck: Gunning Through Gunsite
Louis Awerbuck: The Exception to the Rule
In that last interview, in 2008, Louis said:
LA: I really don’t care about my death. I’ve had a hundred years packed into sixty. Why would I? I’ve got nothing to live for. I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve got no Achilles heel. I’m not the average person. I’m an exception to the rule. The average person— wife and kids, lineage, wants to see their grandchildren play football or through college or whatever. Fine. I’m the end of the line. I’m the end of the blood line, completely.
Q: Most adults wrestle with some sort of fear or anxiety. It can be their financial well-being, their health, or their personal safety. What do you fear most in life?
LA: Probably physical incapacitation, if I were cognizant of it. Dependency, physical dependency, and being cognizant of it. Having Alzheimer’s and knowing I’ve got Alzheimer’s and not being able to [pauses] end it. That’s it. I don’t fear anything else because … Mr. Roosevelt said, “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” I don’t want to be dependent on anybody else. There is nothing else.
You can also read a very powerful post by Louis here. He didn't mince his words about the things that matter. He also wrote or co-authored a number of books that are still available.
Louis had been in poor health for some time. He will no longer have to fear becoming dependent. I'm glad for his sake his sufferings are now over . . . but he'll be sorely missed.
Rus in vrede, ou maat. Jy't dit verdien.