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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 02:30 PM
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Yesterday would have been an old friends birthday. He died this summer.
He died in July. We grew up together and whenever I went back home I would look up Ernie. He had the best sense of humor of anyone I know.
And he'd give you the shirt off his back. I was a pallbearer.
He died like a real man. One of our friends was in the emergency room with Ernie's wife. He had a bleeding esophagus and the doctors couldn't stop the bleeding. They used up all his blood type in the city and they asked him what to do. He told them "It's over". Every time they unhooked a unit of blood they made sure he knew what they where doing. He held his wife's hand and said "It's over now." And he died.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 02:39 PM
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1. How old was he?
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 02:43 PM
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2. He was 45 years old when he died.
We were born in 1957.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 02:45 PM
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3. I have a sister born in 1957! That is entirely
too young to die.

My condolences to you and your friend's family.

Thanks for sharing the story of his passing. Please tell more about him because he sounds like a mensch.

May his memory be for a blessing.

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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 03:23 PM
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6. He has three daughters,the oldest is 8 years old.
The two older ones look like their mother,and the youngest,at 2, looks like Ernie.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 02:47 PM
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4. that's just too damn young
December 21st will be ten years since one of my best friends died at the age of 30. And I still can't believe he's gone.
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Abe Linkman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-03 03:01 PM
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5. Passing note...for the living
"Life is short, and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those traveling the dark journey with us. Be swift to love; make haste to be kind."
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Norbert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 03:21 AM
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7. I"m sorry to hear about that.
I know what you are going through.

I lost a lifelong friend last year at 46. He had inoperable brain cancer and probably had about six weeks from his diagnosis to his death. I was gratefull for the short duration but it hurt like hell to see him gone.

Hang on to those wonderful memories as long as you can.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 03:30 AM
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8. *sniff*
so sorry, Swede.

For the record, I'm a '57 model too. We are tough birds.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 11:01 AM
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9. Swede, I am so sorry.
How difficult this must be for you and your friends. My thoughts go out to you.

Hugs, Laura
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 11:46 AM
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10. Thanks for the shoulder to lean on.
I'm one of those idiots that can't cry in front of people,so this is a nice spot for some relief.
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hussar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-03 11:48 AM
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11. 1957 model here too
That's a shame he died at that age, I lost one of my best friends when he was just 28 (cancer)
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