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adman
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I was informed last night that Mr. Wedge is no longer with us. I'm not on the site as much as I used to be. I wanted to personally thank him for his bravery and personal support the past 18+ months. I'm sorry we never got to play golf together, that would have been fun. I will play in Scotland one day in your honor, my friend.

My heart goes out to his family and friends that miss him dearly. I am forever thankful for him being around to always provide a supportive ear and good advice. He forgot much more than I will ever know about this disease.

Thank you also for all of you, the brave souls, fighting the fight, and helping to support me and others as we continue to try and make it each and every day.

God Bless us all!

~M

 

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keong72
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RIP

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NewDay
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Joined: May 2012

Hi Adman,

Yes, it is sad and I miss him.  We did have another thread where many of us chimed in with our feelings at learning of his passing.  I am honestly, honestly, not complaining, I just can't help but say, he would jump in and say "What are you doing starting another thread?!"  It was just one of his favorite peaves.  If you want to read others' comments, the thread is titled "TW", but I have no problem at all having this one to reiterate my sadness.  His last email reply to me said "It has been quite the journey, hasn't it?" and yes it was.  He set quite the example here and to honor his memory, we need to follow his example and continue coming here to support each other, especially the newbies.

Still missing you "TW".  RIP.

Kathy

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todd121
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I miss seeing him all the time. I still have that experience where I'm posting and wondering what he will say, then catch myself and remind myself that he won't be responding. His wit, wisdom, and caring (and sometimes sharp, unforgiving logic) are all missed.

Todd

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foxhd
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I talk to Tex almost every day.

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Alexandra
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My first encounter with TW was when I was messing with Gerry White on SP. With a few strategically placed "naive" questions I set Gerry up to lose temper and look foolish. Why? I was bored, I had zero respect for the product he sells and I don't like cult leaders.

TW laid into me big time defending his hero. But he did it in such a kind, brilliant, charming way, such an old-fashioned gentleman that I immediately fell in love with him and even deleted my Gerry-bashing posts out of respect to TW.

TW was very unique and there is a vacuum on this board without him. I am wondering what happened to the RCC database he was collecting.

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garym
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I was totally unprepared for cyber grief, it has hammered me.  I have written many posts the last couple months as I've lurked, but lacked the fortitude to hit submit, maybe this topic, maybe this time.  I have such deep feelings for so many here, I can't stand the fear of losing more, yet I can't turn away, trapped in cyber space...weird?  I have been so angry, have I told you lately how much I HATE THIS DISEASE...no I guess not...perhaps its time.

Luv you guys,

Gary

P.S. Alex, Funny Bonz 2014 is in the works

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foxhd
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guys that Gary couldn't stay away. We do need our breaks sometimes. Happy to hear from you Gary. I heard it has been tropical up in Michaigan.

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garym
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Supposed to hit double digits on the plus side today with only blowing and drifting...break out the sunblockCool

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NewDay
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Hi Gary,

So glad to see you back.  I know I took Tex's passing hard.  I just didn't realize how much the people here mean to me until that happened.  Tears come back now, but loss of anyone you love is hard.  My experience with loss is that there comes a time when you remember them with a smile instead of tears.  We will all get there.

I want to especially thank Clara for starting that thread in October titled "To TW" that resulted in 102 posts of us all expressing how much he meant to us so he got a chance to know that.

May we all hang around and do hm proud.

Kathy

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dhs1963
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Flew from Washington DC to Tampa.   The good news was it is 40 degrees warmer than when I left home.   The bad news is it is 50.

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angec
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Gary explained my thoughts and feelings very well! Who would have thought cyber grief was real! I was unprepared for TW's death. Although he warned us, i never thought it would come to pass. I feel like I failed him, the whole medical system failed him and the list goes on. I can barely get through this post and the tears are streaming down my face, i cannot even type. But i will do it, i need to post this. I lurk here, check in and then go away. The pain is too much and I feel like i have nothing to offer anyone of real value. Mom is sick with one thing or another coming up and to watch the suffering is more than i can bare.  My sister in law 47 is batteling uterine cancer too.  I love you all and wish the best for each one of you.  I also became very depressed and ill myself, adding to the problems i already had, thus I had to keep the sadness at bay.   What really added to it all is the woman who has the 9 year old with RCC.  I read her posts and the desperation and all i can add are prayers. Feeling helpless is not good for a type a personality, it adds more hurt and pain.

 

TW was a person that touched so many people's lives.. even the men are adding their warm feelings for him.  If there is a soul that I definitely cannot wait to meet, it is TW!  Love ya Tex, miss you tremendously!  

 

That is all I can lend right now, hopefully in time it will get better!

 

Love you all and keep you in my daily prayers!  <3

 

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nyisles
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I figured something was wrong when his profile no longer came up with information when I clicked on it.  TW gave me some good advice when I was first diagnosed and was an inspiration to me.  If he was still alive and battling then maybe I can stay alive and battle.  I remember in one of his posts he said that the "smart money" was to bet that he wouldn't make it to see Christmas 2013.  Wish he was wrong about that.  It is upsetting when people disappear on here because it starts to make you think "am I next".

Srashedb
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Joined: Dec 2013

unlike many of you, I came here when TW was slipping away; what impressed me and what I found so amazing was that despite his terrible prognosis and impending death, he found the strength both physical and emotional, to make sure we understood that his cancer was more aggressive than most and that his death should be viewed in that light.

after he passed, someone posted some pictures of him; putting a face to his words was a rarity; it showed a very distinguished gentleman.

it would have been good to have known him better; in addition to his knowledge and kindness, he had a biting humor, mostly at himself.

Sarah

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GSRon
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That the "Wedge A Man" is NOT gone.. his demise is overstated...  The MAN is alive and well in our minds and in our hearts... he will live on as long as we remember... and hopefully long after that...  We all have our emotions and feelings towards our pal T.W...  I miss him daily....

Ron

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Jojo61
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And this is why you have all become an important part of my life. You guys may not have a kidney, but you all have the biggest hearts! I love that. And I am sure T.W. loved that too.

 

Hugs

Jojo

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GSRon
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Oops my bad JoJo...you said hearts... Money Mouth

Ron

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Gary's words mirror my own feelings and fears and reflect the reasons behind my recent absence on the Board. Great job Gary for verbalizing the words I have been unable to get out. But even though I haven't posted recently, I lurk and think of you all so very often. And, even when I'm not lurking, John keeps me updated on each of you. You all are so close to our hearts.

It's just my words don't transition to posts as of late; I find myself staring at a lot of blank screens. And I know much is due to the grief surrounding the loss of our beloved TW and, before that, Chris Battle and the fear of losing others. But TW and Chris would be quick to scold me for freezing up here. So know I'm trying to work beyond my weakness because I know the immense strength and support represented by all of you, and I want to again be a part of that.  You all are awesome, and I hate being a wimp. . .

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NewDay
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Gary & Alice,

Thank you so much for coming back.  I honestly felt like I was not only mourning the loss of TW, but also mourning the loss of others from the board that had become important to me.  Alice, you are not a wimp.  I stayed away for awhile also because it was hard.

Thanks to all who stayed around and to those coming back.  We need you.

Kathy

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Jeff2159
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May TW birdie every hole. Very nice man for the little amount that I was able to interact with

 

Jeff

saintmont
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Joined: Feb 2013

I really do miss Texas-Wedge

Saintmont

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