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    Adrian, I've been meaning to ask this almost since I joined SFI but never had the nerve to intrude - when did Don pass and can we have a 'proper' anniversary celebration for him?

    It seems I missed an outstanding prescence in the on-line world and would like to do 'my bit' to honour that man.
    Nuki .. OUCH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. A. Beardmore View Post
    Adrian, I've been meaning to ask this almost since I joined SFI but never had the nerve to intrude - when did Don pass and can we have a 'proper' anniversary celebration for him?

    It seems I missed an outstanding prescence in the on-line world and would like to do 'my bit' to honour that man.
    June 7th 2004 was when we received the news, I think he actually passed on the 6th..

    A proper drink to him would be a Diet Coke.

    (looking again, he passed on the 6th, it's in the description for the pub)
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    Ah, so it is Jeff.

    Thank you for directing my dimly sighted eyes to where they should've looked. It goes to show that sometimes you truly do not see what is in fromt of your face :blush:.
    Nuki .. OUCH!

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    well, looks like my Anniversary Celebration(wrong word but it's more proper than a funeral type word, i didn't mourn his death i celebrated what sounds like a life well and happily lived) was off by three months, i shall drink a few twelve packs of diet coke(blech) on june 6 then, anyone care to join me?
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    Celebrating someones life is a fitting way to remember someone who has passed :tup:.

    I'll raise a glass with you at the appropriate time, if I may (fortunately I don't mind Diet Coke but I might have a glass of Laphroaig on hand as well ).
    Nuki .. OUCH!

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    As of today, June 6th, Don has been gone 3 years.

    I raise my coffee cup to you, Don. I sure wish you were still here, setting the tone for these forums, making it a more interesting and friendly place for everyone.

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    Raises glass...To Don and all other warriors who have fallen on this date (D-Day)!

    You all are missed and thought of.

    Jeff
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    I raise my glass to a good friend.
    I'm lost---- I've gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.

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    Although I did not know you, Don, the memories of others keep your influence flowing through the veins of SFI :rei:.

    I raise my coffee in your good name.
    Nuki .. OUCH!

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    I was thinking the same thing,

    Here is to you Captain, and for all the others who have served and given all

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    And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
    From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.
    "Day is done, gone the sun,
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    All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
    "Then good night, peaceful night,
    Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
    God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

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    I just got off the phone with Nancy, his wife, I miss you Don.

    /cheers my friend. You Are Not Forgoten.
    Josh

    "Integrity, justice, courage, and action - without these, a person is of no consequence." Don Nelson my friend, gone from us on 06/06/04.

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    Life goes on?

    OK, I've held off posting in this thread for 3 years.

    I registered almost to the day of the passing of Don.
    I did not know him at the time. I don't like to comment on a person's life, personality, that I never knew, but...

    Since, I have had several searches and Don's posts came up a few times.

    Sorry, but not really a fair trade for SFI, (me for Don).

    A little long winded, but a gentleman from the "old school', at least compared to my generation.

    I actually have a flute of my fave domestic champagne in my hand. *raises glass after 3 years*

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Hemingway View Post
    I just got off the phone with Nancy, his wife, I miss you Don.
    How is his family doing? Please let them know that Don is missed very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by M. A. Beardmore View Post
    Adrian, I've been meaning to ask this almost since I joined SFI but never had the nerve to intrude - when did Don pass and can we have a 'proper' anniversary celebration for him?

    It seems I missed an outstanding prescence in the on-line world and would like to do 'my bit' to honour that man.
    Don was full of good practical wisdom for everyday life. Whether you agreed or disagreed with him you were confident he would give you a fair deal and an honest word.

    <sigh> I miss you, Don. *raises glass*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith K. View Post
    How is his family doing? Please let them know that Don is missed very much.

    Don was full of good practical wisdom for everyday life. Whether you agreed or disagreed with him you were confident he would give you a fair deal and an honest word.

    <sigh> I miss you, Don. *raises glass*
    a month late, but still as sincere. Don was a very neat guy, he inspired a few of us, and as stated above, was always a good guy to go to for sensible, down to earth, advice if you needed it.

    He is missed, and it is obvious. There were a lot of things he pet the peace with here, and after he was gone, things fell apart for a while, but lately, they seem to be reconnecting as they were.

    We can make this an even greater community, Don wanted that.

    Let us not let his hope fall apart, ever.

    If you want to honor the man with a drink, crack a Diet Coke

    I've given up soda and fruit juice, or I would do it myself.
    Last edited by Jeff Ellis; 07-06-2007 at 01:50 AM.
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    for all life is precious, not one can be replaced.

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    I haven't posted on SFI in a very long time but I feel there is no better reason to come out of the woodwork than to celebrate the life of a great guy like Don. He was always there for anyone that needed him. In the relatively short time he was on this forum he gained everyone's respect (even from those who disagreed with him). Yes, you are missed much, Don. I raise my glass to you. Cheers.
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    Wow. Don sounds like he was a really good person. I'm sorry I never had the chance to know him.

    Cheers.
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    The Pub that bears your name

    Don,
    With the pub that bears your name being saved by those members who courageously stepped up and became "brewmasters" I'd like to raise my cup in memory of you and the spirit you always represented !

    May your attitude be a guidance to all members to help the pub to become a place that deserves your name.

    To you and the brewmasters !

    Andreas
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    and from that day forward, he was financially doomed.

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    here is to Don Nelson and Don Rice

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    Today is the anniversary of Don's death. They keep coming around. I don't have anything to say that I didn't say last year or the year before, except I sure wish you were still here with us, Don

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    Don

    It's been four years and still tears come to my eyes when I think of you.

    I remember you my friend.

    I always will.

    Josh


    /Diet Coke
    Josh

    "Integrity, justice, courage, and action - without these, a person is of no consequence." Don Nelson my friend, gone from us on 06/06/04.

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    i had a test today in Russian, when i wrote down the date i realized what day it was, D-Day and Don's day. Funny how a man i never met inspires

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    I don't frequent this forum that often anymore. But I will put my comfort aside to pay homage to Don Nelson.

    You are truly missed, Don.

    -raises glass-
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    His sage words are missed here. I wish I'd gotten the chance to meet him.

    --raises glass--
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    I looked at the date today and said "4 years."

    At the time, I didn't know 4 years for what, but now I remember.

    Don, I'll go take a drink for you as soon as I finish typing this.
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    If you want to climb a mountain, begin at the top.

    "Integrity, justice, courage, and action - without these, a person is of no consequence." - Don Nelson

    learn the way to preserve rather than destroy.
    avoid rather than check, check rather than hurt, hurt rather than maim, maim rather than kill.
    for all life is precious, not one can be replaced.

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    I wasn't going to but I sent his Wife an e-mail a few days ago, asking if it was ok to call.

    She sent me a reply saying she looked forward to it.

    She and I talked not long but it reaferm that she is well, and happy.

    My short talk with her made me happy, I can not say why but I know she and Don's daughter are well.

    Don, you LIVE in us, and in your Family.

    God speed my friend, I remember and am watching over them as best I can.

    Josh
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    "Integrity, justice, courage, and action - without these, a person is of no consequence." Don Nelson my friend, gone from us on 06/06/04.

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