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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat May 09, 2020 12:24 am

My father was born. He passed on Wed early morning. I left home on Tues I got there as fast as I could from Oklahoma to Kitchener Ontario Canada. I was too late. Border crossing was hard due to Covid. I was told he would be around for another 24hrs.

It was not to be. I slept for an hour when my sister woke me and said he had passed. No funeral because of Covid no gatherings beyond 10 people. I am still reeling and having a rough time so I am sorry that I haven’t been doing my moderator duties.

Hug your fathers for me.

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Post  GallopingGhostler on Sat May 09, 2020 12:50 am

Sorry to hear of your father's passing and your inability to say your good byes to him because of circumstances. I am reminded of the following passage from the Bible:

Romans 8:28 wrote:And God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Regarding moderator duties, I would not worry about that. May be there is more happening in this forum than my eyes see, but so far doesn't seem to be anyone abusing the system with their posts. And, I don't know how many people are applying for membership that need approval. Given the current circumstances we are in, if it takes an extra day or two, or three, I don't think it is that big of a deal. Plus, I'm sure that Jacob has got things under control.

And if your father personally knew the Lord, then we are promised that one day we will see him again yet future:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 [WEB] wrote:For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.

Take care Ron, and encourage those in your family, I'm sure they will deeply appreciate that as well as the Lord does.
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Post  Jason_WI on Sat May 09, 2020 1:14 am

So sorry for your loss of your father. My sympathies to you and your family.
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Post  smooth_bill on Sat May 09, 2020 2:20 am

Ron,

So sorry to hear of your fathers passing.

My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

Take care of yourself and take your time going home.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Sat May 09, 2020 2:50 am

I echo others' sentiments Ron. "All strength to your arm", as the saying goes. That's really tough that you didn't make it in time, but you know, maybe that's the way your dad wanted it, to save you some pain & bad memories. My mum died a few years back and she just hung around longer than we thought, until my sister said to go home and get some sleep. I told mum I loved her and I'd be back later, but pretty much as soon as I left the room she gave in and passed. I'm sure she hung on until I left to keep me from witnessing her passing.
We all cope differently, I'm sure you have plenty of happy memories of your dad- they're the things to hang on to, not regrets. You did what you could to get there. That's all anyone can do.

Blessings,
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Post  Davenz13 on Sat May 09, 2020 4:18 am


My deepest sympathy to you and your family Ron.
I lost my father some years back now to a road accident. The error was his and no one else was harmed.
Take small solace that it is as it should be.
Sons bury their Fathers and not the other way round.
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Post  David S on Sat May 09, 2020 4:24 am

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Take care my friend.

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Post  akjgardner on Sat May 09, 2020 4:33 am

Sorry for your loss Ron
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat May 09, 2020 7:17 am

Words cannot describe Ron, but let me try.

Had I known your Dad we would have been best friends. From his obituary:

Ron loved trains, planes and automobiles. His passion was restoring British sports cars, talking about British sports cars but most of all he loved driving British sports cars. Ron was an avid reader, and loved watching Formula 1 while reading the car and driver magazine.

Two peas in a pod. Describes us right down to Formula 1, I can't abide NASCAR. Only difference is - your Dad was a good looking guy and ten years younger than me.

I lost my father in 1977 when he was just 69. Got a phone call from my Mom - "Your Dad has had a massive heart attack (turned out to be a stroke) come right away." Hopped a flight and was in Florida within hours. My brother showed up the next day. Dad lingered for another two days. I got to see him before he passed, not a pretty sight.

Ironically he predicted his own death not thirty days before. Audrey, the kids and I stopped by on our way back from Norman Oklahoma where I was attending school on our way to a new assignment in Virginia Beach. As we were leaving Dad took me aside and said - This is the last time I will see you. I knew he wasn't feeling well but I offered words of encouragement downplaying his situation. I should have done better.

I respected my Mother, but I loved my Dad. He was the one that pulled me out from under that car and cradled me on his knees on the way to the hospital. He encouraged me to participate in the Soap Box Derby and helped me build my racer. He was the one that checked me back into high school after suspensions for some infraction or another. He arranged the purchase of my first car, and in 1953 bought me that tool box for Christmas and tagged it with a plaque. Never said a word when on the way home at 3am I put a tree limb right through the radiator of his new Nash Rambler. Then later helped me pull my snowbound 1952 Ford out of an old country road where I had got stuck parking with my future wife.

Despite me being a major PITA he never disciplined me. Later in life I like to think him being quite proud of his faith in me.

I'm sure these things ring a bell with you Ron. You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. Not something that you ever get over.

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Post  fredvon4 on Sat May 09, 2020 7:20 am

Deep sadness today as I read your father's obituary.

Payers and sincere condolences to you and your family

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Post  Dave P. on Sat May 09, 2020 8:39 am

So sorry Ron. Prayers and condolences my friend.
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Post  getback on Sat May 09, 2020 8:55 am

O man i am sorry to hear this and that you couldn't get there to be beside him in his last moments, i am sure there are plenty of Good memories to cherrish . My condolance to you and your family Ron.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat May 09, 2020 3:01 pm

Thanks everyone. I wish I had the words to thank you individually, but I don’t. I can say that I consider you all my good friends.

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Post  Marleysky on Sat May 09, 2020 3:38 pm

Ron, I also am sorry to hear this and that you couldn't get there to be beside him in his last moments, I am sure you have many Good memories to hold onto.  I was with my Dad when he past, peacefully, into eternal rest. I like to remember the good times, camping, fishing, life lessons, and family time we had, rather than his last days. One more hug, one more “I love you” to every one in your family, from ours.
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Post  66 Malibu on Sat May 09, 2020 6:13 pm

Ron,
I am terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
I know how bad it hurts !!!
My father had stroke 35 years ago while we lived 750 miles away.
I ran thru airports and speed in a rental car to get there only to find the only thing left to do was to order the ventilator to be turned off !!!!
I had to do that for my best friend in the entire world and it still hurts today.
May the Good Lord bless and keep your Father !!!
God Speed to you man !!!!!
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Post  dckrsn on Sat May 09, 2020 6:51 pm

Having met you Ron, I know your dad must
have been a good man and a great father.
My heartfelt condolences to you, and your
family.
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Post  roddie on Sat May 09, 2020 7:21 pm

Ron, I am very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Saying prayers for you and your family.
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Post  Kim on Sat May 09, 2020 8:51 pm

Very sorry to hear, Ron. Thinking of you and your family.
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Post  RknRusty on Sat May 09, 2020 10:01 pm

Ron, I read where you mentioned your Dad's passing earlier in the Covid thread. I feel badly for you that you tried so hard to get there and couldn't quite make it in time. One of those times when life and death both just SUCK!... So, tomorrow is Sunday, and you're a long way from home. If you need to talk to someone, be-it to possibly lift your spirits a bit, or to vent, or just decompress your mind, please call me on the phone and I'll try and help you out.
Be safe and careful out there, buddy.
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Post  Levent Suberk on Sun May 10, 2020 1:18 am

I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I send sincerest condolences.
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Post  Admin on Sun May 10, 2020 3:14 am

Ron, I'm so sorry to hear about this. My condolences to you and your family. Please, take all the time you need, don't worry about the forum. I'm sorry this COVID-19 stuff added an extra delay. Don't let it bother you that you didn't make it there in time, he knows you tried, sometimes its better that your last memories with him was when he was more himself.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun May 31, 2020 2:06 am

I am still having moments here and there. Dad and I led very separate lives, but we always always had a common ground when it came to cars, engines, motorcycles, trucks etc. As I take time away from the day to day I watch videos online of some cool car or some neat engine modifications. I reach for the phone to call Dad, but then it hits me that he is not there.

Here is a photo of a photo taken sometime in the 70’s judging by my age and Dad’s jet black hair that eventually went white. I wish I could go back in time and tell him to stop smoking. He eventually did quit in his 50’s but the damage was done.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Sun May 31, 2020 4:01 am

Ron. That's a natural reaction. It took me probably two years to stop thinking about calling in to see my Mum after she passed. I'd be driving past her street and almost indicate to turn in. These feelings do pass, but I will admit to still occasionally wishing I could ask Dad's advice on stuff, and he's been gone 27 years.
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Post  getback on Sun May 31, 2020 6:13 am

Yes the Advice from Dad , i do miss most of that lol We were quite different but still the same , and he was the one to ask even if it was not what you wanted to hear . See I was a problem child it seemed if there was trouble i was in the middle of it and worst thing was i got caught often! O and now i am paying for it with my son and his antics But i want go there for the sake of humanity Very Happy Stay safe /Busy / Happy /Ron
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