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Old 05-30-2016, 06:55 PM   #1
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RIP Ron

Thought I'd pass this sad news on to a broader audience...

"just a short note to let those on trawler forum, know that my very good friend, 'ron, of windmist' fame, passed on, tuesday, may the 25th..he will truly be missed!...his friend, clyde"
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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I'm too new here to have known Windmist but I feel for you!
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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Condolences. Fair winds Ron...

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Old 05-30-2016, 07:37 PM   #4
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Oh no! I'm truly sorry to learn this. Ron and I had formed a friendship through the years. A road trip to Port Orchard several years ago ended with me riding along with Ron in his former boat, the Helmsman 38PH, on a local one hour fuel run.

We enjoyed each other's company and shared many emails and phone calls through the years. We had a couple of friendly bets on his favorite Seahawks vs. our SF 49ers. I won't get the chance to pay him his winnings...a dinner cruise on FlyWright.

I'll miss Ron's weekly emails filled with great nostalgia, one liners and political humor. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

It's a sad day.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:19 AM   #5
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Wow- sorry to hear this.
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Old 05-31-2016, 10:14 AM   #6
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Terrible news. Sincerest condolences to those close to Ron.
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:42 AM   #7
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Ron has been very helpful and friendly to me as a newbie. Sorry to hear of his passing.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:11 PM   #8
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Ron's TF signature: "The five stages of life: Sailboats, Motorboats, Motor Homes, Nursing Home, Funeral Home."

Seems like he missed a stage or two.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:55 PM   #9
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Sorry, and a bit frightened, to hear this about a TF regular.

Over the past 4 years I've lost a number of family, friends and acquaintances. Last summer I had my own cancer scare and surgery and may be facing radiation treatment this summer. Life's too short. I am seriously re-evaluating my life and options for going forward. This was a major reason for selling Moon Dance, I just couldn't find time to use her. But I'm getting the itch for another boat - maybe a 23'-27' walkaround style boat will do the trick.

My enthusiasm for my job is rapidly declining, I really don't want to be found dead, face down on my keyboard.
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Would you prefer to be found sitting on the toilet instead?
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No, I definitely don't want to be found Elvis style either!
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:33 PM   #12
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This took the wind outta my sails too. Didn't know him as well as others but Keith last year and now Ron makes you notice. The big C has brought a lot of choices into pretty sharp focus for me too Darryl. Recently fire sold Bliss and a bunch of other crap that was cluttering up my life.

Thinking about a small Boston Whaler next year and a motor home. Driving to Alaska is more attainable at this point in my life anyway.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:34 PM   #13
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So sorry to hear about Ron-my condolences to his family and those who knew him. He will be missed here.

BL-work does lose some of its luster in these times. I am not opposed to being found on the toilet, as long as it is a Vacuflush, but I would prefer in the helm chair with hands on the wheel.

Mark-I recall that in his signature. Skipping the nursing home stage I would consider a blessing!
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FWIW, I will need to have cancer surgery in the next couple of years. Cancer won't kill me however. Even so, the diagnosis did prompt me to start looking ahead and making plans instead of just cruising on autopilot.

My Dad was working 3 days/week when he wasn't out sailing when he died. My wife was bothered that he never fully retired before he died, but it didn't bother me. He really enjoyed work and he really enjoyed having time to sail. The best of both worlds.

Likely, his only regret would have been that he had he died at the beginning of his last cruise to BC rather than at the end. He was also fortunate that he died quickly. He was dead 2 days after having a stroke on his boat anchored in Telegraph Harbor. Fortunately, he had to good sense to not actually die until after he was airlifted to Harborview in Seattle. The paperwork would have been troublesome otherwise.
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Godspeed Ron.
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WOW, that's quite a shock. I was unaware that Ron was in ill health. I, too, have shared some e-mails with Ron. He will be missed.

I hope Ron is riding fair seas with following winds.
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I didn't know Ron, but my condolences to his family.
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I am so very sorry. He was a worthy OTDE adversary. I will miss his acid wit. Very sad, as am I.
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This took the wind outta my sails too. Didn't know him as well as others but Keith last year and now Ron makes you notice. The big C has brought a lot of choices into pretty sharp focus for me too Darryl. Recently fire sold Bliss and a bunch of other crap that was cluttering up my life.
Craig, you're too young to think like that.
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Dang, that is sad news.

Condolences to his family and friends.
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