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30-05-2013, 02:29 PM
So, my uncle's death made the local news
First off, I'm not all that broken up that my 87 year old uncle who lives on the other side of the continent died when a tree fell on him yesterday. I've probably seen him a dozen time in my life, and not at all in about 10 years. But he was my dad's older brother, and the last survivor of 6 boys who grew up on a farm in upstate New York. Gorgeous farmland that was "improved" upon by a garish looking Indian Casino. So it's the end of a generation and that does give me pause to stop and think, and miss my dad and the people he loved.

My favorite memory of the man was when I was ordained (which is sort of a big deal in Christee circles). My uncle and aunt travelled from NY to Cali to surprise me on the day of my ordination. They thought it was important to represent my dad's side of the family on my special day. (My dad was a minister who died in '89). It will always mean something to me that they made such a huge effort on my behalf.

So without further ado, I give you Elderly man killed in severe thunderstorm

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30-05-2013, 02:39 PM
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Sorry to hear that - I hope it was quick.

Yes, it's always sad for some reason when a family line dies out...

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30-05-2013, 02:50 PM
RE: So, my uncle's death made the local news
My condolences.

Any thought on attending the funeral?

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30-05-2013, 02:52 PM
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Sorry Erx. 87 is a good innings though.
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30-05-2013, 02:54 PM
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My Dad & his brothers are gone also - it's a bummer knowing all one's Dad's family is gone. Sorry for your loss.

I'm sure it was quick for him. It's actually kind of cool that he was still active and out in his own yard when it happened, instead of suffering in a hospital bed somewhere. Not to sound weird but I'd rather go out involved in some surprising life experience; wind racing all around, earth sounds - much nicer than waiting for it. Shy

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30-05-2013, 03:23 PM
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(30-05-2013 02:54 PM)kim Wrote:  I'd rather go out involved in some surprising life experience; wind racing all around, earth sounds - much nicer than waiting for it. Shy
Like death by Ent? Big Grin

And what the fuck was he doing outside during a severe thunderstorm?

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30-05-2013, 03:51 PM
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(30-05-2013 03:23 PM)Tartarus Sauce Wrote:  
(30-05-2013 02:54 PM)kim Wrote:  I'd rather go out involved in some surprising life experience; wind racing all around, earth sounds - much nicer than waiting for it. Shy
Like death by Ent? Big Grin

And what the fuck was he doing outside during a severe thunderstorm?

I asked that question too. Apparently it was a 10 minute storm that came up while he was gardening, which he loved.

I hope it was quick, but the article says he was found and freed by neighbors and pronounced dead at the hospital. That hints at too much pain and misery to think about. Blink

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30-05-2013, 03:53 PM
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(30-05-2013 02:50 PM)cheapthrillseaker Wrote:  My condolences.

Any thought on attending the funeral?

No, I don't have the ducats to make that kind of trip. My brother is considering it, but he doesn't have much extra money either.

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30-05-2013, 03:55 PM
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In other news, why the F does my shit keep double posting? Consider

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30-05-2013, 04:24 PM
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(30-05-2013 03:23 PM)Tartarus Sauce Wrote:  
(30-05-2013 02:54 PM)kim Wrote:  I'd rather go out involved in some surprising life experience; wind racing all around, earth sounds - much nicer than waiting for it. Shy
Like death by Ent? Big Grin

And what the fuck was he doing outside during a severe thunderstorm?

Thanks for asking the question that was playing on in my mind! Which one? Well... :considers:

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