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#193751 - Wed Sep 17 2003 01:01 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
izzi Offline
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Such very sad news. Gun will always be remembered as firm but fair, a highly respected gentleman. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with those he loved at this very sad time.


Edited by izzi (Wed Sep 17 2003 02:23 AM)
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#193752 - Wed Sep 17 2003 02:34 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Bruyere Offline
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Posts: 18338
Loc: California
I'm still shocked over this as Gun was always a friend, a gentleman and a colleague whom I admired a great deal. I'd always seen him as a big brotherly type. He always cracked up over my tizzies and yet, didn't really tease me that badly.

Perhaps the best example of him supporting me was when I lost my job and was feeling very very low, I mean, I normally can get through things with laughter but this time it wasn't working real well despite all the friends on here supporting me.
Happened to see him online and we had a chat. He told me about the ups and downs of some of the workplaces he'd been in and then I said how being a long way from home made it worse, he said, "Come on Heather, you've got your FT family."
He was right of course.

Yesterday came as a particular shock as, I'd seen his name on my screen and was going to send him birthday greetings ahead of time so I wouldn't miss it before I have to travel soon. I know that our birthdays were close so, didn't want to miss his.
Though you might not be inclined to astrology, the LIbran fairness always shone through with Gun, though whether it's the stars or not, who knows?
Kelly, he mentioned that he wasn't into the esoteric side of things but that you were, shortly after I joined as an editor.

Many condolences to his family.

Heather


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#193753 - Wed Sep 17 2003 03:40 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
halfbakedangi Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 11 2003
Posts: 1576
Loc: Kolkata India                 
Is this true ? I have never expected this . I never met Gunslinger, but while I was exploring the back pages of the various forums, I saw his messages and realised the sort of man he was. He was a kind, inselfish, but firm man.

I will miss him. I cannot express words for what he has done, but I am rounding off this post by hoping that Gunslinger is happy wherever he is. May his soul always rest in peace.

Thank You,

Angi


Edited by halfbakedangi (Wed Sep 17 2003 03:41 AM)

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#193754 - Wed Sep 17 2003 03:46 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Beatka Offline
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Registered: Tue Oct 08 2002
Posts: 455
Loc: Luxembourg
I was very sorry to learn about Gun's death. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

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#193755 - Wed Sep 17 2003 05:02 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
superferd Offline
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Loc: Boca Raton
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My thoughts and prayers are out to you Kelly. Gun is in a better place now and I firmly believe that.
Mike
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#193756 - Wed Sep 17 2003 05:26 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Tryst Offline
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Registered: Thu Jan 23 2003
Posts: 7911
Loc: Mu Mu Land
"To wipe away the tears
No more pain, no fear
No sorrow or dying
No waiting or crying
These former things have passed away
Another life begins today"

PSB 1989



Edited by Tryst (Wed Sep 17 2003 05:46 AM)
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#193757 - Wed Sep 17 2003 06:03 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
ren33 Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 11107
Loc: Fanling
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That's lovely Tryst.
I didn't write this one , but I love it and find it apt really.

DEATH IS NOTHING AT ALL
.........
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,
in this easy way you always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes,
we always enjoyed together,
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effort,
without the ghost of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was,

There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
What is death but a negligent accident.
Why should I be out of mind,
because I am out of sight.

I am just waiting for you,
somewhere very near...
Just around the corner...
All is well."

.Henry Scott Holland..................



Edited by ren33 (Wed Sep 17 2003 06:11 AM)
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#193758 - Wed Sep 17 2003 06:32 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Gatsby722 Offline
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Registered: Fri May 18 2001
Posts: 123698
Loc: Canton Ohio USA              
Kelly, you're Dad helped build a city here and he did a terrific job. I hope the next few days are not too difficult for you and your family.
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#193759 - Wed Sep 17 2003 06:32 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
gillyharold Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 5607
Loc: Davison Michigan USA          
A lot of you might not know this but through conversations with Gun we discovered that we were both members of the Masonic Fraternity in fact both of us were Worshipful Masters of our respective Lodges in 1980. When a brother passes on if the family requests the brothers lodge will conduct a Masonic service, the following is from that service:

Soft and safe to, my Brother, be your earthly bed. Bright and glorious be your rising from it. Fragrant be the acacia's bloom which there shall flourish. May the earliest buds of spring unfold their beauties o'er your resting place, and there may the fragrance of summer's latest rose linger longest. Through the cold blasts of autumn may lay them in dust, and, for a time, destroy the loveliness of their existence, yet the destruction is not final and in spring time, they shall surely bloom again. So, in the morning of the world's resurrection, your mortal frame, now laid low in the dust by the chilling blasts of death, shall spring again into newness of life and unfold in immortal beauties in realms beyond the skies. Until then dear brother, fare thee well.

Gilly

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#193760 - Wed Sep 17 2003 06:38 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Gatsby722 Offline
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Yikes, Gilly! That was beautiful!
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#193761 - Wed Sep 17 2003 07:01 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
justawful Offline
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Loc: Sykesville Maryland USA   
I'm so saddened to hear this news.

My deepest sympathies to Gunslinger's family.
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#193762 - Wed Sep 17 2003 07:34 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
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We never met but I respected him greatly. I would like to echo the sentiments of all that has been said here. Very sad news.
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#193763 - Wed Sep 17 2003 07:42 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
JuniorTheJaws Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 09 2001
Posts: 5400
Loc: South Philadelphia PA USA    
I was totally shocked and beyond words when I heard about Gun. Although I had never had the opportunity to meet him, he was an outstanding man and a person of great influence on many people, he will be missed greatly. My sympathies to his family and friends. We have lost a great man.


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#193764 - Wed Sep 17 2003 07:43 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
makoto Offline
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Posts: 5663
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Gunslinger was always a very helpful and polite man

My condolences to his family
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#193765 - Wed Sep 17 2003 07:58 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
wez Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 30 2001
Posts: 2521
Loc: Norwich
England UK        
My sincere condolences to Larrys family and friends.

Kelly, you can be proud of the legacy your Dad left here at FT.

Sleep well Gunslinger.

wez
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#193766 - Wed Sep 17 2003 08:23 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
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Registered: Sun Nov 07 1999
Posts: 3821
Loc: Morrisville North Carolina USA
My dad was a pilot, and a bona-fide hero. I did not know this before yesterday. I was cleaning out his closet and found all his service medals. Most of you may not know what there were, or what they were for, but they are a very impressive array.

Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with a V for Valor
Purple Heart
Air Medal - 4 Awards
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Good Conduct Medal

He was a US Army Master Aviator
Jump Qualified with 1 combat jump

This was my dad's favorite poem. We are printing up prayer cards to give out at the service. I wanted to post it here to share with all of you.

High Flight


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high unsurpassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
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#193767 - Wed Sep 17 2003 08:41 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Linda1 Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 30 1999
Posts: 11250
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We always knew he was something truly special, Silver, but what you've told us proves it all that much more. He was such an incredible person in so many ways.

You are so sweet to share your discovery with us. He really was a remarkable man.

And, that poem is beautiful. It's not often that you get to read all of it. Thanks for sharing it with us. I think it's wonderful that you're putting that on the cards.

I'm so glad to see you here, Silver. Thank you for coming here to help us in our grief and for allowing us to help you with yours.

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#193768 - Wed Sep 17 2003 09:12 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
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Kelly, it is obvious from the outpouring of emotion that your dad was a well liked and respected man. And I think the discovery in your closet goes to prove that even more. Like Ren said in her poem (and hats off to Tryst, Gatsby, and everyone else that took the time to write such beautiful things) that death is not an ending, but a beginning much like when a catepillar turns into a butterfly. He has now speard his wings like the ones he enjoyed in that poem and is flying high!
May he rest in peace and enjoy the wonderful afterlife!
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#193769 - Wed Sep 17 2003 09:14 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Gatsby722 Offline
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Loc: Canton Ohio USA              
I'm crying now, Silver! Awesome poem. This has not been the greatest day, has it?
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#193770 - Wed Sep 17 2003 09:35 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
justawful Offline
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Posts: 571
Loc: Sykesville Maryland USA   
Thank you Silver for sharing that. Your dad was a very special man indeed. Far better than most it appears. I wish there were more I could say or do.
You have my deepest sympathies.

Jim
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#193771 - Wed Sep 17 2003 09:48 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
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Registered: Sun Sep 09 2001
Posts: 5400
Loc: South Philadelphia PA USA    
Kelly,

The only thing that I can add is that that poem is just like your dad was...truly remarkable. Have no doubt that the poem brings us that much closer to knowing exactly the type of man he was..warm, loving, gentle and kind.

Rest in peace, Gun...I have no doubt that you will have the largest pair of wings ever to bee seen.


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#193772 - Wed Sep 17 2003 09:52 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
fjohn Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 06 1999
Posts: 2742
Loc: Wyoming USA Way Out West
I was stunned to hear of Larry's death. He sent me an e-mail Sunday and I thought that the old Gunslinger was back after his hospital stay.

I had never met him face to face and I don't know what he looked like, but I gained respect for him over the years of posting here. We shared a lot of thoughts and exchanged e-mail addresses for off-line bantering.

His "tag line" on his posts was, for awhile, a quote from the High Flight poem. I asked him if he could send me the author's name; he sent the full poem, by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., with a short history of Magee's life.

Gun lived in Somerville, New Jersey. In 1961 my daughter was born in Somerville when I was stationed at an Air Force radar station. I might have spoken to him in town and never knew that we would 'meet' again.

Gunslinger used a screen image of an F-100 fighter aircraft flying away from the camera, into a beautiful sunset. This is how I'll remember him, flying into a sunset.

God bless and keep you, Larry. My condolences to his family.
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#193773 - Wed Sep 17 2003 11:06 AM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
Cahyay Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 09 2002
Posts: 83
Loc: Missouri USA 
Gunslinger was very nice to me back in the day. We very rarely agreed on anything, but he had my respect. I am truly sadden by this. His family and all of his friends, online and otherwise, are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Callie (originalcallie)


Edited by Cahyay (Thu Sep 18 2003 07:44 PM)
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#193774 - Wed Sep 17 2003 03:39 PM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
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Loc: Victoria BC Canada      
Just want to add my sincerest condolences to Silver Moonsong and the rest of Gunslinger's family and friends. From reading these posts I see that he was a very special man.
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#193775 - Wed Sep 17 2003 04:22 PM Re: Sad News - Gunslinger
splatt1234 Offline
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On behalf on myself and several former members of this site, we would like to express our condolences and extend our sympathies during this difficult time. We hope you find comfort in the memories that you have of him and know that he will always be in your hearts.

Keeping you in our thoughts,
anniedt, Fort, Haxson, JoJo, Leprechaun, Phellan, Sand, Scibug, splatt123, Tangledrose, Val9000, and Wooldog

Edited to add additional names to the list.


Edited by splatt1234 (Fri Sep 19 2003 03:12 PM)

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