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Thread: We Lost a Great Man

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    We Lost a Great Man

    I posted this on Facebook earlier, but figured I'd share it with my friends here...

    At 12:12 this morning, the world lost a great man. He left an impressive mark on the world and leaves behind a remarkable legacy. He died peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by love. We mourn his passing but rejoice that he did it on his own terms. Be at peace now, Dad.
    I could fill pages describing my dad and the richness of his life, but suffice to say he was highly respected and admired by his peers and all who learned from him. He had no enemies. He left the lives of those he touched richer for having known him. One of his biggest fears was that he's spend months or years dying in a nursing home. All of us, including him, were glad to see those fears were not realized. My sister and I were both able to be with him, holding his hands, when he passed. His final decline was pretty rapid, and he left this life comfortable in his faith in what was next.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Sounds like a great man. So sorry for you, but it seems like it all happened in a dignified and well thought out manner.

    Peace be with you Vaughn.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash

  3. #3
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Sorry to hear this. From the stories I've heard you tell, he really enjoyed being with family and making them happy. Sounds like he's left a great legacy behind. Thoughts are with all of you.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    How great to have a great Dad. You are a blessed man, my friend. As you well know. Prayers for peace for you and your sister. So glad you were able to be there and to have closure together. I suspect your Dad would have fit in here very well, if he would have been able to put up with us!

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  5. #5
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    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    my deepest sympathy Vaughn, we are only given one Dad and i know it's tough when he has moved on.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    condolences to you and yours from us vaughn.
    benedictione omnes bene

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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Such sad news. I always enjoyed hearing your stories about your dad.
    So sorry for your loss Vaughn.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    My thoughts are with you Vaughn. It is wonderful that you had such a relationship with your dad. He sounds like a great guy.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Vaughn, in one sense I am so sorry for your loss, in another sense, glory to your dad he is at peace. I always enjoy hearing about your dad and hope that continues when you have reached the time to feel to share more. He sounds like a heck of a man/dad. The earth could use more of this type of men. Even though we have not met face to face, I am confident he raised you to be that type of man. Remember all the good times and laughs.
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

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    Mar 2015
    Parker County, Texas
    Sorry to hear about your Dad, Vaughn. But he is at peace with his Maker and that should be celebrated as well as his life should be. May all thoughts and prayers be with you.

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