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JD10367 06-17-2008 10:28 AM

The Remembrance Thread
 
Mods can Sticky if they want.

Just thought it would be nice to have a place for us to memorialize a few people in our lives.

Rock on, people.

Muse 06-17-2008 10:29 AM

Thanks JD for starting this thread

JD10367 06-17-2008 10:46 AM

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I'll step up to the plate first.

My uncle died on Memorial Day after a bout with colon cancer. He was around 66 IIRC.

A lot of people say stuff like, "When he was born, they broke the mold". In this case, it's utterly true. When he was born, they didn't just break the mold, they stomped on it and scattered the pieces so another would never be made again, LOL.

My uncle was like a teenager trapped in an adult body. He spent most of his life as a painter and paperhanger, also doing pizza delivery and Chinese food delivery. Late in life he worked at Suffolk Downs on security. His main hobbies were fishing, playing cards, and when he was younger he liked firearms quite a bit. If anyone lived in the East Boston area from the late 70s to the early 00s, chances are he delivered you a pizza or some Chinese food. If anyone has a house in East Boston or the northern suburbs (e.g. Revere, Medford, Everett, etc.,.), chances are he painted or wallpapered a house on your street.

His name was John, but everyone knew him as "Junior". His other nicknames were "Muttonhead", "Goonior", and my personal favorite was "Fugly". ROFL His typical outfit was a pair of cutoff jeans and a tank top, and an ugly ballcap.

He wasn't a mean person, just a bit clueless. Childlike, childish... debatable. But, like my cat--who is always getting herself into trouble because she doesn't know any better--I don't think he was purposefully malicious. He might have been occasionally selfish or self-serving, but IMO it was simply because he didn't know any better. But he was a good guy. Long before we Sox fans heard of "Manny being Manny", most of his friends knew it was "Junior being Junior". ROFL

I have a lot of great childhood memories with my uncle. Delivering pizzas (I'd ride shotgun in the car, grabbing the doorframe and fearing for my life). Fishing (getting picked up at 5 in the morning to hit an all-night Dunkie's before setting up shop at Crystal Cove in Winthrop, or on the Cape Cod Canal or the beaches of Mashpee, or the rocks at the edge of one of the cities around Logan Airport where the planes would fly so close overhead you could wave to the people in the windows). Playing cards (we had a weekly Whist ritual in the late 80s to mid 90s... me, my dad, my uncle, and either my dad's friend or my uncle's friend... some nights we spent more nights laughing so hard we cried, or throwing the cards at each other in anger, LOL). We took some road trips to Disney a couple of times. He was sort of like a big brother, if you had a big brother who was kind of irresponsible, LOL. He was a hard guy not to like because of his easygoing, goofy personality.

When I visited him in the hospital, I didn't even recognize him. He was always a heavy guy, but the cancer had turned him into a swizzle stick. He looked like a concentration camp victim, couldn't have weighed 75 pounds; he looked like Frank Perdue on a starvation diet. I brought him a few home-printed pictures of East Boston, and some other of his favorite places (Disney World, Foxwoods, John's Pass near St. Pete). I also brought him some pr0n mags and scratchies. He was very happy to see those. Most people want flowers, or something like that; but I knew he'd want a pr0n mag and some scratchies. That pretty much sums him up.

I walked in, and he whispered, "Boy, are YOU ugly." I said, "Yeah, we'll you're Fugly... and now you're REALLY fugly." He shrugged and said, "Well... Some people go easy, some people go hard."

My aunt--his wife--died of lung cancer a few years back. RIP, John Rindone Jr. If there's a Heaven, you went there. On the other hand, if there's a Heaven, and my aunt is there, then you went someplace else, LOL.

Muse 06-17-2008 10:48 AM

Wow this made me tear up, excellent dedication JD excellent

sleepyjean 06-17-2008 05:12 PM

I will forever miss my Dad who passed away in 1970.

Muse 06-17-2008 05:12 PM

I lost my dad when I was 5, never forgotten :(

Muse 06-17-2008 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by mikiemo83 (Post 780474)
my parents divorced and my older brother's became Dad, my brother John moreso.

he was a redneck, country music loving house of a man, strong like bull. meanest nice guy you ever met, but a kid in his heart and actions. Santa to all he knew.

john or shotgun, as his friends called him after he shotgun 14 beers in a /2 hour the last one coming up cold, actually taught me more about life in dying than I ever knew. Never hold a grudge, live today as if tomorrow may never come and tell people you love them - no matter how tough you think you are say it.

I could go on and on but it was the day I found out he had Pancreatic cancer that I was searching for something to distract me and stumbled on his place, blame him, he would get a kick out of it


RIP Johnny, 46 was too young to go

Yes way to young, glad you got some great memories Mikiemo

Whaler53 06-17-2008 09:26 PM

Rest in Peace Kiddo. We love you and miss you, and hope that you're there to greet us on the other side. You were supposed to be my sister-in-law, but we didn't need titles. You were my sister and I love you.

1986-2008

At least you didn't suffer, knowing that makes our suffering alittle easier.




I am home in Heaven dear ones; Oh, so happy and bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever. Safely home in Heaven at last. There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand, Do it now, while life remaineth. You shall rest in Jesusʼ land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh the joy to see you come!

cka203 06-18-2008 06:45 AM

I just saw this thread.

Nice idea, JD.

And to everyone who has lost someone special, please know we feel your pain, and are here for you.

May the memories of lost loved ones live on in those they left behind. They will never be forgotten. And God willing, we will see them again one day.

TBrownslady 06-20-2008 10:14 AM

My thoughts n prayers are always with you all! It's not easy losing someone so close to you. :heart:

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JD10367 06-20-2008 11:08 AM

Anniversary RIPs, Jan and Jay.

Whaler53 06-21-2008 08:29 PM

Today was the funeral. A tough, tough day overall, but its the first step of a long journey.

RIP Kiddo, I love you and miss you, and you will always be in my heart. Thank you for making my life that much better in the time we had together. I hope to see you on the other side when it's my time.

There hasn't been a day since I've known you that we haven't spoken about you, or just thought about you. And I can tell you right now, there never will be day when I don't think of you.

We love you so much, and while we have to move on, you will always be a big part of our lives.

Afterall, it may not have been by blood, or even official...but you were...no, you are my sister. And I love you.

Hope to see you again Baby Girl,

Love,

Your Brother

TBrownslady 07-01-2008 09:01 AM

Well, my grandma passed away last night. I am just glad that she is no longer in any pain. I will always remember her stories that she told me. She was the strongest person I have ever known and am so happy to have had her in my life and sharing her name. She will be missed

Sagapo yiayia :heart:

RavenZ 07-01-2008 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by TBrownslady (Post 797477)
Well, my grandma passed away last night. I am just glad that she is no longer in any pain. I will always remember her stories that she told me. She was the strongest person I have ever known and am so happy to have had her in my life and sharing her name. She will be missed

Sagapo yiayia :heart:

Condolences on the loss of your grandma, you were close to her, weren't you?

:(

mikiemo83 07-01-2008 11:00 AM

TBL my condolences to you, it is tough to lose the ones we love..my thoughts and prayers for you and your family

JD10367 07-01-2008 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by TBrownslady (Post 797477)
Well, my grandma passed away last night. I am just glad that she is no longer in any pain. I will always remember her stories that she told me. She was the strongest person I have ever known and am so happy to have had her in my life and sharing her name. She will be missed

Sagapo yiayia :heart:

:(

xpatriotpatsfan 07-01-2008 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by TBrownslady (Post 797477)
Well, my grandma passed away last night. I am just glad that she is no longer in any pain. I will always remember her stories that she told me. She was the strongest person I have ever known and am so happy to have had her in my life and sharing her name. She will be missed

Sagapo yiayia :heart:


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Whaler53 07-01-2008 07:41 PM

I'm sorry to hear that TBL. My heart goes out to you

patsin°° 07-01-2008 10:03 PM

My neighbor, school guidance counselor, and friend was brutally murdered in December of 05. I was in eight grade. She helped me with a few things. We were in school. SHe was an avid jogger, and she went out for a jog and after it got way to late, her husband went and drove her route. He never found her. He alerted police, and they did their thing. The next day at school, her body was found. They announced it to us all what happened. They brought us all into a room and had people to talk to us. Turns out she was hit by a guy, he picked up her body, brought it to Carol Spinney's house, the guy who plays bigbird, who lives in my town, and did things I cannot begin to describe without starting to get awful memories. She was found bound in a shed, the guy who did it was later arrested and is in jail for life. The town, which is so small and tight has not recovered. I see her house daily and her husband and kids and it's awful. He is deeply depressed. There is now an annual marathon in her honor. Her name was Judy Nilan, and she was a great women.

some guy wrote a story on it
http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/n...y/1_index.html
I never have cried that much, but I have been fortunate not to lose any family members yet. She is the closest person I have lost, and it was such a bad way to lose someone. It makes me sick in my stomach to talk about this. It is something I try to block. But she would want me to talk it out. She was a rare angel.

Muse 07-02-2008 06:32 AM

Heart goes out to your town and you Patsin :(

tommysgirl 07-03-2008 06:04 AM

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Originally Posted by TBrownslady (Post 797477)
Well, my grandma passed away last night. I am just glad that she is no longer in any pain. I will always remember her stories that she told me. She was the strongest person I have ever known and am so happy to have had her in my life and sharing her name. She will be missed

Sagapo yiayia :heart:


So sorry to hear of your loss TBL. Grandma's are always very special, aren't they? Big hugs to you. May all your memories bring you comfort.

No.1jag 07-03-2008 10:26 AM

TBL sorry it took me to today to see that your grandmother had past. I'm am sorry to hear and prayers for you and your family. Cherish that ring.

Whaler53 12-01-2008 11:33 PM

It's funny, as time goes on I find myself thinking about you more and more. I almost forgot that you were gone today while I was at the mall, I found something that I thought you'd love, picked it up and was going to get it for you for Christmas, but then it hit me.

Like I said, I think about you all the time, your sister and I somehow mention you every single day in one way or another. It's kinda like when you were still here.

This holiday season has already been kind of strange with you gone, and I know it's only gonna get worse.

We miss you kid, part of me still can't believe that you're gone. If I could I'd trade places with you in a heart beat. Because what happened wasn't right, and it wasn't fair. You were much too young, and you'd already been through so much.

I love you, and miss you more and more every single day.

Take care Kiddo.

~Me

johnlocke 12-01-2008 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Whaler53 (Post 992963)
It's funny, as time goes on I find myself thinking about you more and more. I almost forgot that you were gone today while I was at the mall, I found something that I thought you'd love, picked it up and was going to get it for you for Christmas, but then it hit me.

Like I said, I think about you all the time, your sister and I somehow mention you every single day in one way or another. It's kinda like when you were still here.

This holiday season has already been kind of strange with you gone, and I know it's only gonna get worse.

We miss you kid, part of me still can't believe that you're gone. If I could I'd trade places with you in a heart beat. Because what happened wasn't right, and it wasn't fair. You were much too young, and you'd already been through so much.

I love you, and miss you more and more every single day.

Take care Kiddo.

~Me

+1

johnlocke 12-01-2008 11:56 PM

I lost my dad a few years ago. Greatest man I've ever known.

Muse 12-02-2008 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Whaler53 (Post 992963)
It's funny, as time goes on I find myself thinking about you more and more. I almost forgot that you were gone today while I was at the mall, I found something that I thought you'd love, picked it up and was going to get it for you for Christmas, but then it hit me.

Like I said, I think about you all the time, your sister and I somehow mention you every single day in one way or another. It's kinda like when you were still here.

This holiday season has already been kind of strange with you gone, and I know it's only gonna get worse.

We miss you kid, part of me still can't believe that you're gone. If I could I'd trade places with you in a heart beat. Because what happened wasn't right, and it wasn't fair. You were much too young, and you'd already been through so much.

I love you, and miss you more and more every single day.

Take care Kiddo.

~Me

:hug:

Whaler53 02-19-2009 02:38 PM

Hey Kiddo,

Thanks for the message last night. I'm glad to know that you're okay, and that you're happy where you are.

We still miss you though, still think about you everyday.

~Me

Whaler53 05-21-2009 09:39 PM

What can I say? It's been almost a year and the wounds are still fresh.

Your birthday has come and gone, and sentences have been handed down.

18 months just doesn't seem right.

Not for what he did to you.

Your light forever extinguished, our hearts forever broken.

I love you, and miss you. And I hope that you can help us through the upcoming anniversery and all the pain that will come with it.

Always thinking of you,

~Me

mikiemo83 07-15-2009 08:34 AM

my dad's passed yesterday afternoon at 3:30 pm. He had been struggling with long term ailments that were exacerbated by a fall in mid April. My father fought long and hard against these afflictions, getting to the point of a rehabilitation hospital where during his first few days, he managed to walk again, even if for a few short steps. My dad was a fighter, who never backed down from a challenge.
In a strange twist of fate, he passed on in a nursing home. Earlier in life, my dad had remodelled a couple nursing homes and I often saw him bringing things to the residents there, standing for them, and helping them in any way he could, financially and emotionally. It was normal for him to take a Saturday and go to their home to build a ramp for access, re-work a few doors so the chair would fit. This helping out was rewarded in a way as the woman who admitted him remembered this stuff from when she was a nurse and it was her patients he helped out.


now Dad was not flawless, actually far from it but it is funny how you tend to forget that stuff, or choose not to remember, when a person passes


so right now he is waiting for Peter to let him in and on the otherside of the gate is Mom, cast iron frying pan in hand ready to keep the old bastard in line

RavenZ 07-15-2009 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by mikiemo83 (Post 1198172)
now Dad was not flawless, actually far from it but it is funny how you tend to forget that stuff, or choose not to remember, when a person passes


so right now he is waiting for Peter to let him in and on the otherside of the gate is Mom, cast iron frying pan in hand ready to keep the old bastard in line

Probably because none of us are flawless :). I remember you talking about him at one of the tailgates, how stubborn he was!

Condolences Mike :hug:

TBrownslady 07-15-2009 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by mikiemo83 (Post 1198172)
my dad's passed yesterday afternoon at 3:30 pm. He had been struggling with long term ailments that were exacerbated by a fall in mid April. My father fought long and hard against these afflictions, getting to the point of a rehabilitation hospital where during his first few days, he managed to walk again, even if for a few short steps. My dad was a fighter, who never backed down from a challenge.
In a strange twist of fate, he passed on in a nursing home. Earlier in life, my dad had remodelled a couple nursing homes and I often saw him bringing things to the residents there, standing for them, and helping them in any way he could, financially and emotionally. It was normal for him to take a Saturday and go to their home to build a ramp for access, re-work a few doors so the chair would fit. This helping out was rewarded in a way as the woman who admitted him remembered this stuff from when she was a nurse and it was her patients he helped out.


now Dad was not flawless, actually far from it but it is funny how you tend to forget that stuff, or choose not to remember, when a person passes


so right now he is waiting for Peter to let him in and on the otherside of the gate is Mom, cast iron frying pan in hand ready to keep the old bastard in line

Mikie I am sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you and your family. *big hugs* to you :heart:

Whaler53 07-15-2009 07:50 PM

Sorry to hear that Mike. My condolences.

Number Cruncher 07-16-2009 03:42 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss Mike.

Pats Pink Teddy 07-24-2009 03:01 PM

It was with great sadness that I lost my 32 year old brother a few years back from leukemia. It is such a hard thing...Now we just try to celebrate his life rather than our loss. It takes time to heal. I never thought there would be days that I wouldn't think of him, but now a few go by. It is very powerful though when I do remember him. We will pray for you and that you can take solace in the loving memories you have.

No.1jag 07-26-2009 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikiemo83 (Post 1198172)
my dad's passed yesterday afternoon at 3:30 pm. He had been struggling with long term ailments that were exacerbated by a fall in mid April. My father fought long and hard against these afflictions, getting to the point of a rehabilitation hospital where during his first few days, he managed to walk again, even if for a few short steps. My dad was a fighter, who never backed down from a challenge.
In a strange twist of fate, he passed on in a nursing home. Earlier in life, my dad had remodelled a couple nursing homes and I often saw him bringing things to the residents there, standing for them, and helping them in any way he could, financially and emotionally. It was normal for him to take a Saturday and go to their home to build a ramp for access, re-work a few doors so the chair would fit. This helping out was rewarded in a way as the woman who admitted him remembered this stuff from when she was a nurse and it was her patients he helped out.


now Dad was not flawless, actually far from it but it is funny how you tend to forget that stuff, or choose not to remember, when a person passes


so right now he is waiting for Peter to let him in and on the otherside of the gate is Mom, cast iron frying pan in hand ready to keep the old bastard in line

Mikie I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I know there are no words right now.

No.1jag 07-26-2009 10:06 AM

I know it's taken me a bit to post in here to remember my dad. The hurt and disbelief that this had happened wouldn't even allow me to click the reply button in this thread. With that being said.

RIP and in memory of my dad who passed on May 11, 2009. A loving husband and father to three and gradfather to 8. You will be missed dearly. I thank him for what I am today.

My dad not only made men out of me and my brother but my uncles also. You see my mothers dad passed when as the oldest of 6 was only 27 years old. My father started a business that put all of her brothers and brother in laws to work at a young age for all of them. None of them had any idea what they would do in life much less have a steady trade to work in. He gave an entire family a trade and to this day everyone of them are still in the same field. So he took an entire family on his shoulders back in 1982 and carried that burden for 27 years. I can only hope to be the man he was, whit every person that I meet in my lifetime.

Muse 08-19-2009 10:18 AM

to all the young children who did not wake up this morning for whatever reasons

hug your kids

Whaler53 12-02-2010 10:39 PM

Still miss you. Still think about you. Still love you. Still can't believe you're gone.

PumpDee 12-03-2010 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Whaler53 (Post 1613554)
Still miss you. Still think about you. Still love you. Still can't believe you're gone.


I may not know the story, but from this thread I can tell that this is a tough time of year for you.


Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. :toast:

CarrollsMine99 09-16-2012 12:26 PM

This is an emotional thread, but a great one.
I'm glad it's available ... terrific idea for remembrances. :angel:

CarrollsMine99.

CarrollsMine99 09-16-2012 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Muse (Post 1223686)
to all the young children who did not wake up this morning for whatever reasons

hug your kids

Amen. :wuv:

CarrollsMine99.

Darth Despot 10-13-2012 09:50 AM

You're still in my thoughts every day, hundreds of times. You should still be with us, but we have no choice but to go on.

The pain never goes completely away, but the love is stronger.

Hope I can make you as proud as you made me.

mikiemo83 12-28-2012 10:38 PM

12 years, can it really be that long? Man what I wouldn't give for a few hours of time, just to listen to you, pay attention to every word if advice.

Darth Despot 10-10-2013 06:45 AM

It shocks me that another year has slipped by.

Somewhere along the line I found the will to move on, I imagine you had something to do with that from wherever you are.

I know the day will come when I will see you again, and that will be a joyous day...

But not yet.

Bob R 10-10-2013 11:35 AM

For my beloved wife, who passed on Oct 28, 2010 of Breast Cancer.

This Oct 6th would have been our 45th anniversary.

I miss you Cheryl.

:frown:

Muse 10-10-2013 03:42 PM

I would say my dad who died when I was five.

Someone onec asked me how can it still effect me after all these years she did not believe I would still get emotional but I do

The very first sentence of this post I say aloud and I tear up. I miss him and wish I had more time with him. Need to stop now. :(

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imapig 10-12-2013 06:22 PM

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Interested for Overseas Jobs we are here to help you to make your dreams come true.If you have capability and you are ambitious than we will you to get Jobs in abroad.

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Joolz 10-13-2013 08:56 AM

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Yes I want a job. Ive always wanted to be a Super Model. Do you have any openings?

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you need to work out at that new gym to get rid of your moobs first. Rofl



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imapig 10-15-2013 01:23 PM

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Gamegents 08-21-2015 02:38 AM

RIP Grandma June 23rd 1934 - July 6th 1997

Darth Despot 09-22-2015 09:34 AM

Happy Birthday Bud,

I can't really wrap my arms around five years. I guess I feel it in the morning that I'm getting older. Keep watching over us and keep us safe, especially your brother and sister. Hug everyone on that side of the veil for me. See you soon, in the scheme of things.

Love you forever

Darth Despot 09-22-2015 09:34 AM

Happy Birthday Bud,

I can't really wrap my arms around five years. I guess I feel it in the morning that I'm getting older. Keep watching over us and keep us safe, especially your brother and sister. Hug everyone on that side of the veil for me. See you soon, in the scheme of things.

Love you forever

Baron Samedi 11-18-2016 11:13 AM

My family has suffered the loss of a true American hero recently, one that spent many holidays with growing up, a Bronze Star soldier. I knew him as "Uncle Sandy".

In the end, he was suffereing terribly, so his passing is a blessing, but has left a hole in the family that will remain.

I will post his obit here, in honor of his memory, and all those who serve the armed forces today.

Theodore Frederick Sands Obituary
January 13, 1941 – November 8, 2016

Ted Sands, formerly of Winchester, New Hampshire, was born into the Sac and Fox Tribe in Des Moines Iowa on the 13th of January in 1941, and passed away in Gulf Breeze, Florida, at the age of 75, on November 8, 2016.

His life was led by an iron will and strength of character, yet he had a gentle caring nature that is hard to match. To those who served with him during his military career he was a hero, having served two tours in Vietnam, and retired as a 1st Sergeant, having earned a Bronze Star medal. He didn’t want to go back for the second tour, but felt it was his obligation to help save at least some of the young soldiers who fought in that terrible war. We recognize his honorable service to our country and thank him for being a father who taught his children how to be strong. We will miss him and look forward to seeing him again when the Lord calls us home. His body which endured much pain and suffering from Agent Orange poisoning can now find rest. We love you Dad and are blessed to have spent our lives with you!

Ted is survived by Irene, his devoted and loving wife of 37 years; his children, Michelle, Debbie, and Jason; daughter in-law, Caryn, sons-in-law, Ed and Mark; seven grandchildren; his many nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children; June Simmons. A special thank you to Irene DelBono (niece), who has been a true blessing to our family through this time.

http://obittree.com/obituary/us/flor...sands/2769094/

Incidentally, my Uncle Sandy was from the same tribe as Jim Thorpe.

bideau 11-21-2016 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Baron Samedi (Post 2392743)
My family has suffered the loss of a true American hero recently, one that spent many holidays with growing up, a Bronze Star soldier. I knew him as "Uncle Sandy".

In the end, he was suffereing terribly, so his passing is a blessing, but has left a hole in the family that will remain.

I will post his obit here, in honor of his memory, and all those who serve the armed forces today.

Theodore Frederick Sands Obituary
January 13, 1941 – November 8, 2016

Ted Sands, formerly of Winchester, New Hampshire, was born into the Sac and Fox Tribe in Des Moines Iowa on the 13th of January in 1941, and passed away in Gulf Breeze, Florida, at the age of 75, on November 8, 2016.

His life was led by an iron will and strength of character, yet he had a gentle caring nature that is hard to match. To those who served with him during his military career he was a hero, having served two tours in Vietnam, and retired as a 1st Sergeant, having earned a Bronze Star medal. He didn’t want to go back for the second tour, but felt it was his obligation to help save at least some of the young soldiers who fought in that terrible war. We recognize his honorable service to our country and thank him for being a father who taught his children how to be strong. We will miss him and look forward to seeing him again when the Lord calls us home. His body which endured much pain and suffering from Agent Orange poisoning can now find rest. We love you Dad and are blessed to have spent our lives with you!

Ted is survived by Irene, his devoted and loving wife of 37 years; his children, Michelle, Debbie, and Jason; daughter in-law, Caryn, sons-in-law, Ed and Mark; seven grandchildren; his many nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children; June Simmons. A special thank you to Irene DelBono (niece), who has been a true blessing to our family through this time.

http://obittree.com/obituary/us/flor...sands/2769094/

Incidentally, my Uncle Sandy was from the same tribe as Jim Thorpe.

I just saw this. I'm sorry for your loss. Yes, he was a true American hero.

mikiemo83 11-22-2016 04:56 PM

My condolences, amazing man.

AnOldTroll 12-01-2016 08:55 PM

I miss you Charlie, I miss you Little John. Both of you left way to soon. Thankful I am here to remember you.

BostonTim 01-10-2017 05:59 PM

Just six months since lost our sister Kathy. A wonderful sister. An amazing. gifted, loving woman. I, we, miss her so.

BostonTim

Whaler53 01-14-2017 06:34 PM

It's been a rough month and a half. A friend of mine from school was killed in the Oakland warehouse fire in December and I've struggled with the loss. She was an amazing woman who had the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room...while making everyone else in the room feel the same way. She had a real zest for life and could brighten anyone's day with that amazing smile of hers. RIP Amanda, always in our hearts.

jetstream1066 06-28-2017 05:20 AM

1 month ago, my brother and I lost our dad. Feel free to raise a glass in his honor.......even if he was a Jet fan.

Beaglebay 06-28-2017 05:54 AM

Sincere condolences on your loss.

mikiemo83 06-28-2017 12:05 PM

Sorry for your loss.

Baron Samedi 09-16-2017 11:31 AM

Came close to losing a coupe of people int he last two months, but fortunately, it all worked out well enough. Still, I'd like to mention a little something.

Every year in August, a group of guys and I go to the remotest areas of Maine for a weekend and enjoy the wilderness, the company, the food, and the campfires together. it's an absolute blast and the one weekend we all look forward to every year.

Every night, weather permitting, after dinner we have a campfire and sit around it, have a few drinks, and just chat and laugh the evening away while watching for shooting stars.

I always, always take a moment to pause and appreciate it. I disengage myself from the conversation for a couple of minutes, and look at everyone around the campfire one at a time, trying to burn the memory into my mind, to remember it. I don't say anything, I just do it.

Why?

You just never know who won't be around next year, next campfire gathering.

The next time you are with friends and family, in those moments when there is no TV or distractions, where it's just you and them. Take a moment to take it all in, and appreciate it. Take a moment to create a mental home movie, something to remember them by, something that can make you smile later in life.

Campfires, cookouts, tailgating, or just sitting on the deck or in the backyard and enjoying the day is a good time to just realize how great that moment is and take it in, seer it into your memory.

It helps appreciate what we have, and those we have that make our lives worthwhile. Acknowledge it to yourself. Someday, someone there won't be there any more. It's a good time to appreciate them now, when you are having a good time, doing nothing but being there with them, rather than wait for someone to be gone.

I've got a lot of good memories doing this. I'm not sure if they would have stuck in my mind or not, but I don't think it hurts to actively focus on remembering a moment from time to time, when you have them.

Baron Samedi 02-16-2018 01:08 PM

I am very pleased to report that some family members of mine have just been notified that they will be awarded the Inaugural Cotton Fite Award this summer!

It is fitting, because Rev. Cotton was a very good friend of ours. He passed away last summer, but his memory remains with us, and I know my family members truly deserve to be the first recipients of the award in his memory.

So, with that...here's to Cotton. :toast: This will be a great summer memory in your honor.



https://i0.wp.com/israelpalestinenew...eg?w=395&ssl=1

The Rev. Dr. Robert Cotton Fite died on August 15, 2017 from a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall at home. In life, Cotton was a beloved Episcopal priest, clinical psychologist and peace activist, as well as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great uncle, and dear friend to many around the world. He died painlessly and peacefully, surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Cotton was a remarkable person, known for his tireless and passionate dedication to peace, justice and service, as manifest through his preaching, his counseling work, and most recently, his advocacy in support of the Palestinian cause. He was a gifted preacher who inspired others with insight, candor and soulful inquiry. His leadership, both within the communities he served and on behalf of matters in the larger world, provoked healing and change, and his legacy will continue to inspire others who work toward those goals. Cotton will be greatly missed for his thoughtful perspective on myriad issues, for his unfailing kindness and good humor, and above all, his capacity for hope.

At the time of his death, Cotton was Priest Associate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL, where he had been serving for almost 40 years. He was also serving his eighth year as board chair of Seraj Library Project, an organization created to build children’s libraries in rural Palestinian villages. During his tenure at Seraj, Cotton was gratified to watch these libraries become vibrant centers of refuge and community renewal.

Cotton’s voice was valued across the ecumenical and interfaith spectrum. Working faithfully and persistently within the Episcopal denomination, he was the first convener of the Palestine Israel Network (PIN) of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and was a longtime member of the Chicago Faith Coalition. Cotton longed for a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Since 2003 when he made his first trip to Israel-Palestine, he devoted himself to active engagement in the Palestinian struggle for justice, educating, leading workshops and speaking to congregations and groups both locally and nationally on this issue. He was among the founding members of Kairos USA and supported many other initiatives in this cause, returning many times to lsrael-Palestine, where he had developed deep friendships and connections.

https://israelpalestinenews.org/rev-...tinian-rights/

Life is short,
and we do not have much time
to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.
So be swift with love.
Make haste to be kind.
And as we go, may the blessing, the peace and the joy
of the Holy One,
who is in the midst of us
be among us and in our hearts this day and always.
AMEN.

—based on the words of Henri-Frédéric Amiel

BostonTim 07-03-2018 09:30 AM

Jd's Remembrance thread always comes to mind on the 4th as well as on memorial Day. When we think of the Birth of this nation and the ongoing fight to preserve it we think of all those who died for that cause. We must remember them. We must honor them. We must swear to continue to support the Amercan dream.

Darth Despot 09-21-2018 09:24 PM

Another birthday kiddo,

Life keeps on rolling. I guess I am getting old because each year that rolls by I find more and more of the people I love are on your side of the vial, but I guess there are still people here who need me, so our reunion will have to wait.

But it's one year closer.

johnlocke 09-21-2018 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BostonTim (Post 2527007)
Jd's Remembrance thread always comes to mind on the 4th as well as on memorial Day. When we think of the Birth of this nation and the ongoing fight to preserve it we think of all those who died for that cause. We must remember them. We must honor them. We must swear to continue to support the Amercan dream.

You got it right.

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johnlocke 09-21-2018 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darth Despot (Post 2539975)
Another birthday kiddo,

Life keeps on rolling. I guess I am getting old because each year that rolls by I find more and more of the people I love are on your side of the vial, but I guess there are still people here who need me, so our reunion will have to wait.

But it's one year closer.

I can only guess what this is about. But if I'm right i am so sorry for your loss and yes people need you here now.

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AnOldTroll 10-01-2018 11:11 AM

One year ago this evening, jarred from slumber by a frantic phone call from my daughter.
Bullets were buzzbing by her head and people were down and bleeding around her.
It was by far the most helpless and terrifying 10 minutes of my life. I am so grateful she and her cousin escaped from that nightmare physically unscathed. I am so sorry for those less fortunate and I remember them and their loved ones today probably more than most.

Daughter is visiting today. we are going to go out and walk, hug, love and do things together and I will be there for her in anyway I can.

AnOldTroll 10-01-2018 05:48 PM

I will never forget the rat-tat-tat-tat-tat and her screams.

AnOldTroll 01-17-2019 09:28 AM

I woke up this morning, looked at the digital phone clock and it said 4:31 AM.

I come into my office and listen to the local radio via iheart and am reminded that was the exact time of the Northridge quake I went through 25 years ago. Probably just coincidence but...

Baron Samedi 11-25-2019 12:46 PM

My grandmother was given her last rites this morning. I have, all my life, been very close to my grandparents. They were practically foster parents to me.

She has lived a long and full life, outlived all of her siblings, and her husband.

I can honestly say that everyone who knew her, loved her. She adored poetry, had many, many poems memorized and could recite them on demand. She was also an amateur poet herself, so I will share one of hers here;

A LEARNER

I learned so much from you.
It should have been the other way around,
But I’m not surprised that the student became the teacher.

You taught me that success is measured by small
accomplishments,
not in great leaps and bountiful gains.

You showed me the truth of each new day – a living
symphony of sounds and sights and the joy
of being part of it.

For me, you opened doors to new ideas and experiences
and taught me that we are created equal in
our ability to grab onto life and stake a claim, finding
our own little niche, for better or for worse.

You taught me the joy of receiving and the thrill of giving,
accepting good fortune graciously and in return giving back to
the best of your potential – as you have done.

I learned that beneath the camouflage of everyday faces,
we all share the same desires and goals, and that the
camouflage is worn as protection
against the cynics and the judgmental.

You proved that there is pride in doing a job and doing it well.
You have taught me that even the wingless can fly.
That all it takes is the courage to try and the willingness
to take the flight.

You are teaching me that there is a time to cling
and a time to let go. It’s a hard lesson and one I’m still struggling
with, hoping to master it in the time remaining.

Thank you for taking a few moments of your life to pay her some respect. It is appreciated.

johnlocke 11-25-2019 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baron Samedi (Post 2622434)
My grandmother was given her last rites this morning. I have, all my life, been very close to my grandparents. They were practically foster parents to me.

She has lived a long and full life, outlived all of her siblings, and her husband.

I can honestly say that everyone who knew her, loved her. She adored poetry, had many, many poems memorized and could recite them on demand. She was also an amateur poet herself, so I will share one of hers here;

A LEARNER

I learned so much from you.
It should have been the other way around,
But I’m not surprised that the student became the teacher.

You taught me that success is measured by small
accomplishments,
not in great leaps and bountiful gains.

You showed me the truth of each new day – a living
symphony of sounds and sights and the joy
of being part of it.

For me, you opened doors to new ideas and experiences
and taught me that we are created equal in
our ability to grab onto life and stake a claim, finding
our own little niche, for better or for worse.

You taught me the joy of receiving and the thrill of giving,
accepting good fortune graciously and in return giving back to
the best of your potential – as you have done.

I learned that beneath the camouflage of everyday faces,
we all share the same desires and goals, and that the
camouflage is worn as protection
against the cynics and the judgmental.

You proved that there is pride in doing a job and doing it well.
You have taught me that even the wingless can fly.
That all it takes is the courage to try and the willingness
to take the flight.

You are teaching me that there is a time to cling
and a time to let go. It’s a hard lesson and one I’m still struggling
with, hoping to master it in the time remaining.

Thank you for taking a few moments of your life to pay her some respect. It is appreciated.

wuv

mikiemo83 11-26-2019 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baron Samedi (Post 2622434)
My grandmother was given her last rites this morning. I have, all my life, been very close to my grandparents. They were practically foster parents to me.

She has lived a long and full life, outlived all of her siblings, and her husband.

I can honestly say that everyone who knew her, loved her. She adored poetry, had many, many poems memorized and could recite them on demand. She was also an amateur poet herself, so I will share one of hers here;

A LEARNER

I learned so much from you.
It should have been the other way around,
But I’m not surprised that the student became the teacher.

You taught me that success is measured by small
accomplishments,
not in great leaps and bountiful gains.

You showed me the truth of each new day – a living
symphony of sounds and sights and the joy
of being part of it.

For me, you opened doors to new ideas and experiences
and taught me that we are created equal in
our ability to grab onto life and stake a claim, finding
our own little niche, for better or for worse.

You taught me the joy of receiving and the thrill of giving,
accepting good fortune graciously and in return giving back to
the best of your potential – as you have done.

I learned that beneath the camouflage of everyday faces,
we all share the same desires and goals, and that the
camouflage is worn as protection
against the cynics and the judgmental.

You proved that there is pride in doing a job and doing it well.
You have taught me that even the wingless can fly.
That all it takes is the courage to try and the willingness
to take the flight.

You are teaching me that there is a time to cling
and a time to let go. It’s a hard lesson and one I’m still struggling
with, hoping to master it in the time remaining.

Thank you for taking a few moments of your life to pay her some respect. It is appreciated.

Actually thank you for sharing this, thanks for the reminder that Grandparents are a blessing.

BostonTim 11-26-2019 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikiemo83 (Post 2622624)
Actually thank you for sharing this, thanks for the reminder that Grandparents are a blessing.

Won't rehash it, but I've talked about my summers on my grandparents' farm in Northern VT. Had to work. Learned about the demanding, unyielding requirements of a small Vermont Dairy farmer. Learned skills, responsibility, especially to those depending on you, teamwork. So much absorbed. Two of the hardest working people I've ever known. Bless them.

Cheers, to Gram and Gramp, :toast:

Flexderec 11-30-2019 03:22 AM

I'll step up to the plate first.

Big/Sky/Fly 11-30-2019 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BostonTim (Post 2622650)
Won't rehash it, but I've talked about my summers on my grandparents' farm in Northern VT. Had to work. Learned about the demanding, unyielding requirements of a small Vermont Dairy farmer. Learned skills, responsibility, especially to those depending on you, teamwork. So much absorbed. Two of the hardest working people I've ever known. Bless them.

Cheers, to Gram and Gramp, :toast:

That isn't an udder that you're milking Tim... :coffee:

Baron Samedi 12-06-2019 10:09 AM

Not a personal connection, but one of the Baron's idols has passed away. He was a household name in the bushcraft and survival community, and I have his books in the library at my cabin. I peruse them on rainy days often.

RIP Mors Kochansky

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Some of his more well known quotes;

The more you know, the less you carry - By far the most famous

The knife is the balance point for survival in the bush. Without it, you have to stay on the move. With it, you create the opportunity to rest.

Next to knowing how to dress well, fire is one of the most important bush skills there are, because it is one of the few means available to make up most great deficiencies.


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