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I hope you all celebrated and had a happy father's day today with your loved ones. I'd love to tell you all about my weekend ride, but that can wait for now. I'm usually a pretty private person, but I write this tonight with a heavy heart. I just learned that a high school friend of mine has passed due to health complications at the too young age of 39. Connie was always so sweet...and that smile of hers could pick your spirits up as well as light up a room. Losing her is now the 4th person taken too young from my life in just the past few months. Yes, I have a heavy heart to say the least.

She leaves behind a young daughter. If you Godly folk here would include my friend Connie, her daughter and family in your prayers, it would be much appreciated.

The logical side in me wonders and hopes that she had life insurance. People, if you have children or other family that depends on you for their well being, please fulfill your responsibility as a parent or adult to provide for your loved ones should you be taken early, God forbid. Life is precious and often taken for granted, and it can be over in the blink of an eye.
 

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You never know.

I went into the Navy older than most; but there were a lot of mixed-age types in there. The economy around about 1990 was no great shakes...a stubborn-if-mild recession; and the Gulf War looming (which was probably partly the reason for the recession hanging on - emotion plays a big part in economics).

Anyway. I was thirty going in; there were a lot of boots who were in their mid-twenties. One guy on my second command was such...he was 26 when I knew him; we did a WestPac and tour of the Persian Gulf together. Then eight months in-port in Alameda. He from Baltimore and I from Cleveland, we were two older babes in a California woods.

He bought a car - I helped him shop. What surprised me was that he was all ears to practical suggestions. Myself and a first-class petty officer we were friends with, we settled on a type - either a Honda Civic, which were spendy cars, or a Geo Metro or Suzuki Swift (same car, different nameplates). The Metro was a throwaway car; but the smart plan would be to dump it when he got out. Don't even think of taking it with him.

He bought a Geo. And loved it.

And, funny thing...the women loved it, too. He was short and stumpy - borderline dwarfism. Just barely made the Navy's height standard. But he's a little guy with this tiny car, and a great-big sense of humor...and women couldn't get enough of him. In a world of BMWs and Porsches and jacked-up Ford trucks...he was DIFFERENT, refreshingly so.

Not only that, it cost him only two months' pay and he got 55 miles a gallon out of it.

I lost track of him after I got out, but the Internet is a marvelous thing. Sometimes news bits hit you. I knew he bought a restaurant in his hometown; married a woman he met in Australia; and was active in local politics - a business fixture.

I was looking for something else in Baltimore, and came across his obituary. He'd died six months earlier - younger than me; and so full of life; and a business success...and cancer got him.
 

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I hope you all celebrated and had a happy father's day today with your loved ones. I'd love to tell you all about my weekend ride, but that can wait for now. I'm usually a pretty private person, but I write this tonight with a heavy heart. I just learned that a high school friend of mine has passed due to health complications at the too young age of 39. Connie was always so sweet...and that smile of hers could pick your spirits up as well as light up a room. Losing her is now the 4th person taken too young from my life in just the past few months. Yes, I have a heavy heart to say the least.

She leaves behind a young daughter. If you Godly folk here would include my friend Connie, her daughter and family in your prayers, it would be much appreciated.

The logical side in me wonders and hopes that she had life insurance. People, if you have children or other family that depends on you for their well being, please fulfill your responsibility as a parent or adult to provide for your loved ones should you be taken early, God forbid. Life is precious and often taken for granted, and it can be over in the blink of an eye.
Prayer's sent. I am sorry for all that you have had to go through as well. We are always here to give and, in this case, get advice. Take care.


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Always sad when a younger one passes, but even when those a bit older pass, it still leaves you empty....I lost my only brother last month, he was 69....cancer, then this past week, just 6 weeks after our Vietnam Sky Cop Reunion group got together in Dayton, at Wright Patterson AFB....my old Tan Son Nhut buddy, Bob, passed from several types of stage 4 cancer...Bob was 75 but full of life, until he was diagnosed in March while I was riding in Texas...Bob was the heart and soul of our group and did the foot work for our reunion, while I had the easy job of sending out e-mails ... now I will be lost without him...

Sadly, to make things more difficult, he was his wife's caregiver as she has had dementia for several years...the family will have to deal with that task...

Services are tonight near Dayton, then his body will be escorted home for a Wednesday Burial in his boyhood home in the Hills of West Virginia:

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RIP Bob Griffith

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Good that you could share your message of grief with us Larry, as well as the accompanying message of fragility of our time here on earth. Prayers and sympathy sent your way to Connie's family and loved ones.
 

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Sorry for the loss of your friend Larry.
Strong Texas vibes & prayers to the family & friends...
 

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I am sorry for your loss and her daughters as well!
This has been a tough year for the wife and I,
Several family members passed including her 37 year old brother,
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This is what I learned,
Go and live your life,
While I had already gotten back into bikes after 20 years without, I bought the TW and it feels like hanging out with my friends nearly 40 years ago on the woods just screwing off on our BMX bikes,
Go travel, Have fun and be kind to the ones you love ! ! !
Make people happy if you can,
If we could only learn from each person we know who passed, We would all be better off,
I feel for your loss !
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Thank you all. I do feel better today. I always appreciate the support given by the members here, and I am sorry for your losses as well.
 
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