Lars Rolander has passed away.

Comments about LibriVox? Suggestions to improve things? News?
LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 42462
Joined: May 26th, 2010, 8:54 am
Location: the Netherlands

Post by Carolin » June 20th, 2016, 11:55 am

I am sorry to inform you that Lars (Rowland) has passed away.

He has been an ethusiastic contributor and member of the admin team, and we will miss him.!/minnas/7563248/lars-rolander

LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 50961
Joined: June 15th, 2008, 10:30 pm
Location: Toronto, ON (but Minnesotan to age 32)

Post by TriciaG » June 20th, 2016, 12:36 pm

Excerpt of the Google translation of one web page:
Mr. Rowland (Lars Rolander) was born July 23, 1942 passed away April 26, 2016 after a brief illness.

Started with a magic box and received private tuition. But most learned Lars from technical literature - he was crazy about books. He published the magazines "The Magic Scanian Rock" and "Merlin" (number 5) and was trick editor in Swedish magic circle Journal Wizard for many years.
I think we can attest to his love for books.
By John Muir: Our National Parks
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons
New York scenes, 1897: Darkness and Daylight
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5

Posts: 3004
Joined: April 13th, 2012, 2:29 pm
Location: Narnia! No wait...That's not PD...

Post by catrose » June 20th, 2016, 1:32 pm

Such tragic news. God bless his family at such a difficult time. Whenever I came into contact with him, Lars was such a lovely gentleman and he will be greatly missed around the forum. In particular, I remember his remarkable performance as Peer Gynt (which I will link below for anyone who has not listened to it because it is certainly more than worth the time!) and I recall his voice from throughout the Shakespeare Histories. Although he is no longer with us, his voice, and thus his memory, shall stay with us forever. Thank you for everything you have done, Lars.

A Level exams from 4th May to 30th June. I am around, just not as often. If I forget or miss anything, drop me a PM and I'll be on it like a wasp on honey!

Posts: 2312
Joined: February 27th, 2007, 4:45 pm
Location: U.S.

Post by Claire » June 20th, 2016, 2:34 pm

I heard about Lars on the LibriVox Facebook page.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

He will be missed.

Lee Ann

Peter Why
Posts: 5049
Joined: November 24th, 2005, 3:54 am
Location: Chigwell (North-East London, U.K.)

Post by Peter Why » June 20th, 2016, 2:51 pm

I've only encountered Lars occasionally, through some of his readings; a fine sense of humour.

It's strange: our LibriVox creations will live on long after we're gone, in the same way as paintings, sculpture or the books that we read live on after their creators. It's one of the chances that we get to leave some immortal part of us behind.

"I think, therefore I am, I think." Solomon Cohen, in Terry Pratchett's Dodger

LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 34524
Joined: April 3rd, 2008, 3:55 am
Location: Melbourne,Australia

Post by annise » June 20th, 2016, 4:32 pm

He has such a lovely voice. When I see his name I can hear him . Strange how the internet ties you to people you have never met. A life well lived.


LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 14105
Joined: January 16th, 2007, 9:23 am

Post by chocoholic » June 20th, 2016, 5:16 pm

Such a kind, gentle, and funny voice around the LV forum. I'll certainly miss him.
Laurie Anne

LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 8330
Joined: May 14th, 2012, 5:09 am
Location: in the sun

Post by kathrinee » June 20th, 2016, 7:26 pm

I am so sorry to hear that. My deepest condolances to his family and friends. I love listening to his recordings and have done so all spring, his recordings of Selma Lagerlof are so calming and reassuring.

LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 9892
Joined: January 23rd, 2010, 4:21 pm
Location: Northern Maine

Post by alg1001 » June 20th, 2016, 7:49 pm

I will miss him! He was a wonderful priest. His kindness and comforting words helped me when I most needed it. And I think of him as a friend.
His body of work in Librivox was a great contribution.

Algy Pug
Posts: 6346
Joined: December 26th, 2009, 10:07 pm
Location: Perth, Western Australia

Post by Algy Pug » June 21st, 2016, 1:00 am

A great loss. One of the signature voices of Librivox and a true gentleman. I am sure that, where ever he is now, he is still captivating people with his magic tricks and his wonderful personal charm.
Algy Pug

My Librivox page

Let me recapitulate backwards to what happened previously.
- Rex Mossop

LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 11866
Joined: September 26th, 2005, 9:10 am
Location: Union City, California

Post by kayray » June 21st, 2016, 8:09 am

This is such sad news. Lars was a treasure, kind and gentle and friendly. He will be greatly missed. :(
"Mary wished to say something very sensible into her Zoom H2 Handy Recorder, but knew not how." -- Jane Austen (& Kara)

English Andrew
Posts: 277
Joined: June 27th, 2008, 2:11 pm
Location: Hampshire, England

Post by English Andrew » June 21st, 2016, 12:33 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. He had a beautiful voice and gave such wise, encouraging and gentle advice on the podcasts. I can only understand his recordings in English but I am sure that, whatever language readers listen to him in, his legacy will bring pleasure to many for many years to come.
Live in a Life + 70 or Life + 50 country? Record with us on too. It's like LibriVox but for those who obey different ridiculous rules on what's public domain.

Posts: 928
Joined: May 24th, 2011, 8:30 am
Location: Tampa, Florida USA

Post by bobgon55 » June 23rd, 2016, 5:04 am

So sad to hear of Lars' passing. He was such a kind, soothing soul, which came through clearly in his voice. I got the pleasure of his contributions to the LibriVox podcast and his insights and humanity always touched me. A great human being.
Bob Gonzalez
A Classic Poetry Performance Initiative
My LibriVox Recordings

Posts: 2923
Joined: February 16th, 2009, 7:19 am
Location: Bath, UK

Post by Lucy_k_p » June 24th, 2016, 6:45 am

What tragic news. My condolences to his family.

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils was a particular favourite of mine. He had a wonderful voice.
So little space, so much to say.

LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 7552
Joined: February 16th, 2009, 9:17 am
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Post by bart » June 26th, 2016, 1:48 pm

My condolences to his family and indeed to the LV-family too.
We will miss Lars.

Alle Nederlandstalige projecten op de Librivox Boekenplank

Post Reply