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EarlG

(21,703 posts)
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:15 PM Jun 2014

I'm sorry to report that DUer Junkdrawer has passed away

I received a DU Mail from his wife last week, unfortunately since I was on vacation I only just got around to reading it. Here is the message:

I would like to announce the death of my husband Richard (AKA "Junkdrawer&quot on 13 May 2014. Rich died ostensibly as a result of blunt force trauma to the upper body after a head-on collision. Nobody else was injured. They thought Rich was going to make it--he was able to tell them his name, address, & date of birth. Once en route to the hospital, however, he began experiencing some difficulty. When he arrived at the emergency room, they tried to revive him two or three times. He didn't make it...couldn't even hang on until I got there. This goes to prove that simply because one is driving a Subaru Forester does not mean that one will walk away unscathed.

Rich was a true progressive and a realist--almost to the point of pessimism. He joined DU in 2002 and you all have been a part of our dinnertime discussions until he died. I do not think that many of the DU members know just how smart Junkdrawer was; he was scary-smart. He had been a math/physics major as an undergrad many, many years ago and got into computers in the 1980s. He once told me, "There is no playground greater than the one in my head," but I went ahead & married him anyway!

Richard was very concerned about the direction this country is headed. The watered-down liberal pabulum that has replaced any sort of true activism was distressing to him. Increasingly he found people on DU who were merely posing as liberals (I believe you all call them "Trolls&quot . Often this would anger him. I was fond of saying, "Honey, if you're going to do intellectual battle, do intellectual battle with your equals." Very few people qualified.

So this is his goodbye to the Democratic Underground. He would want you all to remember one of his favorite quotes from Kurt Vonnegut:

"Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on."

So it goes.

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I'm sorry to report that DUer Junkdrawer has passed away (Original Post) EarlG Jun 2014 OP
. warrior1 Jun 2014 #1
Good thoughts to his wife intaglio Jun 2014 #2
I am so sorry to hear this...condolences to his family and friends... joeybee12 Jun 2014 #3
My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. Tuesday Afternoon Jun 2014 #4
Oh my. So sad! Rest in peace Junkdrawer! boston bean Jun 2014 #5
Oh damnit... tkmorris Jun 2014 #6
Such a poignant farewell. RIP. So sorry for your loss. n/t Jefferson23 Jun 2014 #7
So sorry to hear this. nclib Jun 2014 #8
RIP Rich Suziq Jun 2014 #9
RIP Junkdrawer ... Trajan Jun 2014 #10
RIP bud d_b Jun 2014 #11
R.I.P. Junkdrawer pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #12
... Arugula Latte Jun 2014 #13
Condolences to the family... Historic NY Jun 2014 #14
Aw, damn! MineralMan Jun 2014 #15
........ daleanime Jun 2014 #16
RIP Junkdrawer! stevenleser Jun 2014 #17
So very sorry.... CherokeeDem Jun 2014 #18
all the best to you . . . <sniff> DrDan Jun 2014 #19
How heartbreaking. RIP Rich. Little Star Jun 2014 #20
(((((((Junkdrawer))))))) WillyT Jun 2014 #21
R.I.P. Junkdrawer William769 Jun 2014 #22
So sad to read the news today. TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #23
Aw man.... Cal Carpenter Jun 2014 #24
A very poignant post. Thank you, Earl G for posting junkdrawer's wife's message hlthe2b Jun 2014 #25
Condolences to his wife. 840high Jun 2014 #26
If his wife reads this nadinbrzezinski Jun 2014 #27
... 1000words Jun 2014 #28
Rest In Peace riverwalker Jun 2014 #29
... Mnemosyne Jun 2014 #30
RIP Richard ... he will be so very missed redqueen Jun 2014 #31
Sleep well sir Half-Century Man Jun 2014 #32
So sad and my condolences to his wife. Cleita Jun 2014 #33
RIP Junkdrawer... SalviaBlue Jun 2014 #34
Rest in peace, Junkdrawer. In_The_Wind Jun 2014 #35
Too sad malaise Jun 2014 #36
RIP MuseRider Jun 2014 #37
RIP Junkdrawer. Kaleva Jun 2014 #38
:-( alittlelark Jun 2014 #39
I'm very sorry to hear this. DisgustipatedinCA Jun 2014 #40
I enjoyed reading his posts. I am so sorry he won't JimDandy Jun 2014 #41
RIP A Great loss to our DU family and his wife and RL family must be devastated. KittyWampus Jun 2014 #42
Oh my God. He will be sorely missed. progressoid Jun 2014 #43
RIP. Hope this country does right for you & all concerned Junkdrawer lunasun Jun 2014 #44
Rest in Peace, Junkdrawer mulsh Jun 2014 #45
I'm so sorry to hear this KT2000 Jun 2014 #46
A good DUer and another sad loss for DU. pintobean Jun 2014 #47
So sorry to hear this... virgdem Jun 2014 #48
Go with the goddess, JD. Le Taz Hot Jun 2014 #49
A very sad loss - TBF Jun 2014 #50
This is so sad. What an admirable man. I wish to send all the love and hopes for peace roguevalley Jun 2014 #51
RIP Rosa Luxemburg Jun 2014 #52
Oh geez....Junk was one of my longtime buddies here. blm Jun 2014 #53
So sorry to read that - he made the internet a better place petronius Jun 2014 #54
May he rest in peace. hrmjustin Jun 2014 #55
I'm terribly sorry to hear this.... mike_c Jun 2014 #56
Condolences to his family & friends. CrispyQ Jun 2014 #57
What a touching note. Thanks for sharing it EarlG. pinto Jun 2014 #58
My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Junkdrawer- babylonsister Jun 2014 #59
May he rest in peace Gothmog Jun 2014 #60
Sad, very sad etherealtruth Jun 2014 #61
My deepest condolences to the family. MohRokTah Jun 2014 #62
Wishing Rich and auspicious re-birth. urbuddha Jun 2014 #74
I am so, so sorry to hear this theHandpuppet Jun 2014 #63
Sorry to hear that. Condolences to his wife. Armstead Jun 2014 #64
What a moving tribute from his wife. madfloridian Jun 2014 #65
That's a kick to the gut. My condolences to his family. Autumn Jun 2014 #66
RIP dbackjon Jun 2014 #67
So sad. All my sympathies to those who dearly loved Richard. countryjake Jun 2014 #68
I've got to add this...warm hugs for Richard's wife. countryjake Jun 2014 #232
This is so sad Kelvin Mace Jun 2014 #69
Oh no! Starry Messenger Jun 2014 #70
Deepest condolences to all who loved him Happyhippychick Jun 2014 #71
RIP JaneyVee Jun 2014 #72
Thoughts and Condolences to family and friends ismnotwasm Jun 2014 #73
Peace, JD. Wilms Jun 2014 #75
how very sad bigtree Jun 2014 #76
Time to re-read the posts from a smart and wise man. grasswire Jun 2014 #77
I'm sad to here this. Renew Deal Jun 2014 #78
No! How shocking and sad. He was always a favorite of mine here. closeupready Jun 2014 #79
Condolences to JunkDrawer's friends, and most of all, his family. denbot Jun 2014 #80
Oh, no! OnyxCollie Jun 2014 #81
from Tom Yossarian Joad/Lazarus Long at Discussionist Kali Jun 2014 #82
How tragic LittleBlue Jun 2014 #83
RIP Morning Dew Jun 2014 #84
Very sorry for your lose and for ours as everyone leaves us with a big hole in our hearts. jwirr Jun 2014 #85
Very sad, indeed. Sincere condolences to the family. n/t Laelth Jun 2014 #86
Oh my, another light has gone out. Warren Stupidity Jun 2014 #87
excellent quote heaven05 Jun 2014 #88
A message from a poster on Discussionist: Laelth Jun 2014 #89
Sad for his family's loss get the red out Jun 2014 #90
I'm so sorry to hear this. Condolences to his wife, family, and friends. Rest sweetly, Junkdrawer... Hekate Jun 2014 #91
R.I.P., kind soul. And heartfelt condolences to his family. Buns_of_Fire Jun 2014 #92
The unexpected losses are the worst, I think. MADem Jun 2014 #93
So sad to hear. Tommy_Carcetti Jun 2014 #94
:( R.I.P. Junkdrawer Triana Jun 2014 #95
I am terribly shocked and sorry to hear this! LeftishBrit Jun 2014 #96
Rest in Peace Junkdrawer. My sympathy to the family and all who knew and loved him. livetohike Jun 2014 #97
... octoberlib Jun 2014 #98
So sorry to hear this btrflykng9 Jun 2014 #99
... ColesCountyDem Jun 2014 #100
R.I.P. Junkdrawer. And my sincere condolences Mrs. Junkdrawer. Hassin Bin Sober Jun 2014 #101
Oh No!! G_j Jun 2014 #102
Condolences to Mrs. Junkdrawer and her family. greatauntoftriplets Jun 2014 #103
so sorry to hear this. :( BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2014 #104
RIP --too many DUers have died lately. panader0 Jun 2014 #105
What a shock. This hit hard. My condolences. morningfog Jun 2014 #106
RIP . He was on the mark about all the DU poser-trolls & the direction they will move the USA. Sunlei Jun 2014 #107
Rest in power, Junkdrawer MrScorpio Jun 2014 #108
Hugs for Richard's family... Tikki Jun 2014 #109
Richard! Iggo Jun 2014 #110
DU will never be the same. Octafish Jun 2014 #111
Farewell friend, you will be missed berni_mccoy Jun 2014 #112
Oh no! TorchTheWitch Jun 2014 #113
Rest in peace Junkdrawer zeemike Jun 2014 #114
What a void this leaves. tosh Jun 2014 #115
... DinahMoeHum Jun 2014 #116
() Jack Rabbit Jun 2014 #117
So sorry to learn of his passing MissDeeds Jun 2014 #118
Aww, we have lost one of DU's best long time members. Zorra Jun 2014 #119
What a beautiful tribute from his wife... sorry to hear that such an incredible secondwind Jun 2014 #120
So sorry Worried senior Jun 2014 #121
Dammit, dammit, dammit villager Jun 2014 #122
Thanks Earl for sharing a beautiful message ucrdem Jun 2014 #123
So sorry to hear this... kentuck Jun 2014 #124
Love and peace to his family. mfcorey1 Jun 2014 #125
I'm so sorry to learn this. mzmolly Jun 2014 #126
Oh no! Very sad news. cyberswede Jun 2014 #127
RIP Junkdrawer CreekDog Jun 2014 #128
What terrible news. RIP Junkdrawer, you were one of my favorites. raouldukelives Jun 2014 #129
.. Liberal_in_LA Jun 2014 #130
Sorry to hear this news seaglass Jun 2014 #131
I will miss him greatly. Solly Mack Jun 2014 #132
^ DeSwiss Jun 2014 #133
Signed in to add my condolences. Old and In the Way Jun 2014 #134
Resquiat in pacem, Junkdrawer! KitSileya Jun 2014 #135
I'm stunned. hunter Jun 2014 #136
I'm so sorry DesertRat Jun 2014 #137
I'm truly sadden by this loss of a friend and ally Ichingcarpenter Jun 2014 #138
my condolences to the family noiretextatique Jun 2014 #139
Junkdrawer was an absolute treasure. I'm so sorry to hear this news. myrna minx Jun 2014 #140
RIP Ohio Joe Jun 2014 #141
I am so sorry to hear this awful news. Thank you, my dear EarlG, for telling us... CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #142
Oh no... :( whatchamacallit Jun 2014 #143
Oh, how terrible!!! Beacool Jun 2014 #144
Life sure ain't fair sometimes. Damn. Thanks Earl, for letting us know, and please pass on FailureToCommunicate Jun 2014 #145
Condolences to Junkdrawer's wife and family. gademocrat7 Jun 2014 #146
DU is the poorer for this tragic loss. Jackpine Radical Jun 2014 #147
Condolences, sad to hear this. nt bananas Jun 2014 #148
He was an asset to this place. Throd Jun 2014 #149
"And so it goes..." How apt that Junkdrawer's favorite Surya Gayatri Jun 2014 #150
Rest in Peace Richard (AKA "Junkdrawer") tenderfoot Jun 2014 #151
Very Sorry To Hear That, Sir The Magistrate Jun 2014 #152
Rest in Peace, Junkdrawer, you will be missed. Uncle Joe Jun 2014 #153
thank you for the sad notice, my condolences uppityperson Jun 2014 #154
So it goes neffernin Jun 2014 #155
That is awful. I am so sorry his families loss lostincalifornia Jun 2014 #156
may Peace be with his family and friends. nt xchrom Jun 2014 #157
Loved Junkdrawer Oilwellian Jun 2014 #158
My condolences, Mrs JD. His thoughtful presence here will be much missed. I could tell he was a bettyellen Jun 2014 #159
Wow. RIP. glinda Jun 2014 #160
. JI7 Jun 2014 #161
:( Hissyspit Jun 2014 #162
godspeed, Junkdrawer... magical thyme Jun 2014 #163
Oh, No. :( Raine1967 Jun 2014 #164
Peace, comfort and love to all who love him. PeaceNikki Jun 2014 #165
OMG, I am so sorry to hear this! LisaLynne Jun 2014 #166
.... defacto7 Jun 2014 #167
I'm so sorry to hear this. My sympathy to his family. sinkingfeeling Jun 2014 #168
Deepest sympathies brentspeak Jun 2014 #169
I'm so sorry. And I'm glad he was with us for a while. Peace. nolabear Jun 2014 #170
..... Skittles Jun 2014 #171
Wishing peace & comfort to Richard's family & loved ones me b zola Jun 2014 #172
Very sorry to hear that. westerebus Jun 2014 #173
Rest In Peace, Rich/Junkdrawer. Warren DeMontague Jun 2014 #174
Sorry to hear this. RIP. (nt) Paladin Jun 2014 #175
RIP Junkdrawer. nt valerief Jun 2014 #176
OMG, what a tragic loss. Joe Shlabotnik Jun 2014 #177
I'm so sorry to hear this. A Little Weird Jun 2014 #178
a great loss MFM008 Jun 2014 #179
RIP and goodbye. Best wishes to his family and friends. n/t Bossy Monkey Jun 2014 #180
K&R for something that really should be pinned. Brickbat Jun 2014 #181
Peace to his wife. senseandsensibility Jun 2014 #182
So sorry to hear this. cate94 Jun 2014 #183
RIP Junkdrawer...deepest condolences to the family and friends xiamiam Jun 2014 #184
My sincere condolences to his family... Cooley Hurd Jun 2014 #185
R.I.P. n/t lordsummerisle Jun 2014 #186
So very sorry. n/t broadcaster75201 Jun 2014 #187
This is a great loss and my heart goes out to his wife and family emsimon33 Jun 2014 #188
He was an interesting fellow. R.I.P. Rich. AverageJoe90 Jun 2014 #189
A name that goes way back here -- Hell Hath No Fury Jun 2014 #190
R.I.P. Junkdrawer kiva Jun 2014 #191
Very sad news, my condolences to his family and friends ... slipslidingaway Jun 2014 #192
What very sad news. RIP Richard. My condolences to his family. snagglepuss Jun 2014 #193
he will be terribly missed here..... spanone Jun 2014 #194
My condolences to his family and friends mokawanis Jun 2014 #195
So sad to hear this...and Condolences to his Family and to Friends here on DU KoKo Jun 2014 #196
.. Cha Jun 2014 #197
deepest sympathy from the rurallibs rurallib Jun 2014 #198
OMG - I loved Junkdrawer Aerows Jun 2014 #199
Very Sorry to Hear this. His posts were very informative. RIP> deathrind Jun 2014 #200
Oh no. blogslut Jun 2014 #201
Very sad news. A terrible loss to us all. The_Casual_Observer Jun 2014 #202
This is unbearably sad news... scarletwoman Jun 2014 #203
R.I.P. Junkdrawer DrewFlorida Jun 2014 #204
... sheshe2 Jun 2014 #205
So sorry to hear this..... a kennedy Jun 2014 #206
so sorry to hear this. trumad Jun 2014 #207
RIP, Rich. Sincere alsame Jun 2014 #208
Sending love to junkdrawer and his family RainDog Jun 2014 #209
RIP Junkdrawer. blackspade Jun 2014 #210
Junkdrawer will be terribly missed! pacalo Jun 2014 #211
This is gutwrenching. RIP Junkdrawer. joshcryer Jun 2014 #212
I'm so, so sorry. polly7 Jun 2014 #213
I'm so very sorry. Blue_In_AK Jun 2014 #214
... 2naSalit Jun 2014 #215
heartfelt sadness for such a loss orleans Jun 2014 #216
Ah no. I loved him! lonestarnot Jun 2014 #217
damn... Soylent Brice Jun 2014 #218
My condolences... RetroLounge Jun 2014 #219
... flying rabbit Jun 2014 #220
*sigh* bunnies Jun 2014 #221
Oh, that is so sad to hear. sabrina 1 Jun 2014 #222
Junkdrawer was one of the best. Rest in peace. Bonobo Jun 2014 #223
NO!! RobertEarl Jun 2014 #224
My best wishes to his family and friends. nm rhett o rick Jun 2014 #225
RIP Junkdrawer shanti Jun 2014 #226
How very sad, my condolences... GReedDiamond Jun 2014 #227
I always made a beeline to his posts Laughing Mirror Jun 2014 #228
travel well and peace to all left behind TheKentuckian Jun 2014 #229
He will be missed. So very sorry for your loss and ours. mountain grammy Jun 2014 #230
This place won't be the same without junkdrawer Samantha Jun 2014 #231
i hope his family can see this thread barbtries Jun 2014 #233
Such a sad loss... kag Jun 2014 #234
Rest in Peace. He will be missed. nt msanthrope Jun 2014 #235
I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. Mugu Jun 2014 #236
RIP sellitman Jun 2014 #237
R.I.P. BumRushDaShow Jun 2014 #238
Goodbye, junkdrawer, and RIP. Ferretherder Jun 2014 #239
So sorry ctsnowman Jun 2014 #240
(((Junkdrawer))) Bobbie Jo Jun 2014 #241
So sorry to hear this!! onecent Jun 2014 #242
He will be truly missed. cbayer Jun 2014 #243
Thank you for sharing Mrs. Junkdrawer lunatica Jun 2014 #244
Terrible news about a terrible loss. Coventina Jun 2014 #245
K&R. Thank you for posting. Overseas Jun 2014 #246
RIP: you will be missed :((( dionysus Jun 2014 #247
RIP Junkdrawer. NuclearDem Jun 2014 #248
Condolences to all who knew and loved Rich. cordelia Jun 2014 #249
RIP junkdrawer NewJeffCT Jun 2014 #250
Terrible news. WilliamPitt Jun 2014 #251
So saddened to hear this, I enjoyed his posts. My condolences to his family and RKP5637 Jun 2014 #252
My deepest condolences. Nika Jun 2014 #253
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. femmocrat Jun 2014 #254
Shocking discovery... TeeYiYi Aug 2014 #255

CherokeeDem

(3,709 posts)
18. So very sorry....
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:21 PM
Jun 2014

Condolences to his family and friends and those he was close to on DU.

He will be missed.

hlthe2b

(101,275 posts)
25. A very poignant post. Thank you, Earl G for posting junkdrawer's wife's message
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:28 PM
Jun 2014

Last edited Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:39 PM - Edit history (1)

May he RIP.

Definitely OUR loss, in addition to that of his friends and family.

Cleita

(75,480 posts)
33. So sad and my condolences to his wife.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:36 PM
Jun 2014

Junkdrawer was top drawer and one of the all time good DUers. It's always sad to lose a good DUer, one who contributed so much to this website.

JimDandy

(7,318 posts)
41. I enjoyed reading his posts. I am so sorry he won't
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:39 PM
Jun 2014

be writing here anymore. I hope memories of him will sustain you through the tough times without him. Peace.

 

KittyWampus

(55,894 posts)
42. RIP A Great loss to our DU family and his wife and RL family must be devastated.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:40 PM
Jun 2014

My heart goes out to his bereaved.

mulsh

(2,959 posts)
45. Rest in Peace, Junkdrawer
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:42 PM
Jun 2014

your posts certainly made a difference. you will be missed.condolences to your family and friends.

virgdem

(2,111 posts)
48. So sorry to hear this...
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:45 PM
Jun 2014

deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends. Rest in Peace Junkdrawer.

roguevalley

(40,656 posts)
51. This is so sad. What an admirable man. I wish to send all the love and hopes for peace
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:47 PM
Jun 2014

for his family I have. I hate these notices. Good people are so needed now. RIP, Junkdrawer and all the love I have to your family. Only time is your friend now.

blm

(112,759 posts)
53. Oh geez....Junk was one of my longtime buddies here.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:48 PM
Jun 2014

((Junkdrawer))

Peace to all who loved him - including me.

petronius

(26,568 posts)
54. So sorry to read that - he made the internet a better place
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:48 PM
Jun 2014

My condolences and best wishes to the family...

babylonsister

(170,853 posts)
59. My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Junkdrawer-
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:51 PM
Jun 2014

I will miss your husband and am terribly sorry to read this. Thank you for letting us know.

countryjake

(8,554 posts)
68. So sad. All my sympathies to those who dearly loved Richard.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:56 PM
Jun 2014

Our DU family will truly miss him.

Peace to Junkdrawer.






Thank you, EarlG, for bringing us this bad news.

countryjake

(8,554 posts)
232. I've got to add this...warm hugs for Richard's wife.
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 12:46 AM
Jun 2014

After a day of letting this awful news soak in, I am just shocked and so very sad to learn that Junkdrawer is gone.

My heart is breaking for Ms. Junkdrawer, I send vibes across this country to her, thoughts of comfort, strength, and peace.

We were privileged by his presence here at DU for so many years, now, tragically, he is gone too soon.

 

Kelvin Mace

(17,469 posts)
69. This is so sad
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:57 PM
Jun 2014

JD was a major contributor to the BBV discussion/efforts of a decade ago.

"Condolences" seems such an inadequate word to offer for such a agonizing loss.

I will go and re-read his posts. I will remember him.

grasswire

(50,130 posts)
77. Time to re-read the posts from a smart and wise man.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:03 PM
Jun 2014

Thank you, Mrs. Junkdrawer, for reminding us to eschew trollery and stand in solidarity with genuine liberals and progressives. May that be his legacy.

 

closeupready

(29,503 posts)
79. No! How shocking and sad. He was always a favorite of mine here.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:06 PM
Jun 2014

Why WHY is it always the good ones who pass on too young!

Kali

(54,947 posts)
82. from Tom Yossarian Joad/Lazarus Long at Discussionist
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:09 PM
Jun 2014
http://www.discussionist.com/101583042

I can't post on DU but wanted my condolences sent to those who really enjoyed Junkdrawer's posts
as I did. RIP, Junkdrawer. You died too soon and the world is lesser without you.

Tom Yossarian Joad.

Someone please pass this on to them.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
89. A message from a poster on Discussionist:
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:13 PM
Jun 2014
I can't post on DU but wanted my condolences sent to those who really enjoyed Junkdrawer's posts as I did. RIP, Junkdrawer. You died too soon and the world is lesser without you.

Tom Yossarian Joad.


Full Discussionist thread here: http://discussionist.com/101583042

-Laelth

Hekate

(89,645 posts)
91. I'm so sorry to hear this. Condolences to his wife, family, and friends. Rest sweetly, Junkdrawer...
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:15 PM
Jun 2014

...DU will miss you.

MADem

(135,425 posts)
93. The unexpected losses are the worst, I think.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:16 PM
Jun 2014

We lost a beloved family member to vehicular homicide last fall; it just is a tough row to hoe, particularly when the justice system is so slow to react. I hope those he left behind have good memories and support one another, it helps a bit, anyway.

Such a sad and untimely loss. My deepest sympathies.

 

Triana

(22,666 posts)
95. :( R.I.P. Junkdrawer
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:19 PM
Jun 2014

I'm so sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences go out to his wife and family.

livetohike

(21,998 posts)
97. Rest in Peace Junkdrawer. My sympathy to the family and all who knew and loved him.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:20 PM
Jun 2014
May all of your good memories help bring you comfort. I will really miss his posts.

btrflykng9

(287 posts)
99. So sorry to hear this
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:23 PM
Jun 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his family.

Onward to peace and better places, Richard/Junkdrawer.

G_j

(40,365 posts)
102. Oh No!!
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:24 PM
Jun 2014
That is a real shock. We shared a lot of passion about the environment. He was one of my favorite DUers. RIP Richard.

BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)
104. so sorry to hear this. :(
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:25 PM
Jun 2014

That is a chillingly realistic quote from Vonnegut.

Peace and support to you, Mrs. Junkdrawer.

Sunlei

(22,651 posts)
107. RIP . He was on the mark about all the DU poser-trolls & the direction they will move the USA.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:27 PM
Jun 2014
"Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on."

TorchTheWitch

(11,065 posts)
113. Oh no!
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:36 PM
Jun 2014

I'll surely miss Junkdrawer and so sad about his tragic death. What a beautiful tribute from his wife, and I wish only good thoughts for his family.

Thanks, EarlG, for sharing this though it is so heartbreaking.



 

MissDeeds

(7,499 posts)
118. So sorry to learn of his passing
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:38 PM
Jun 2014

We've lost an important voice and a good liberal.

Condolences to his family and friends.

RIP, Junkdrawer

secondwind

(16,903 posts)
120. What a beautiful tribute from his wife... sorry to hear that such an incredible
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:39 PM
Jun 2014

person's life was cut short... RIP, sir, you will not be forgotten.

ucrdem

(15,512 posts)
123. Thanks Earl for sharing a beautiful message
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:47 PM
Jun 2014

So sorry to hear the news

Yes, he was a very smart guy, and his contributions will be missed.



mzmolly

(50,842 posts)
126. I'm so sorry to learn this.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:51 PM
Jun 2014

RIP, Junkdrawer. Wishing all the best, to his family and close friends.

cyberswede

(26,117 posts)
127. Oh no! Very sad news.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:52 PM
Jun 2014

I always enjoyed his posts.

Great quote to remember.

Thank you for sharing the information, EarlG. I hope you're able to share the comments in this thread with his wife.

Solly Mack

(90,705 posts)
132. I will miss him greatly.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 01:59 PM
Jun 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss. It is a loss for DU as well.


Always enjoyed Junkdrawer's passion.

Old and In the Way

(37,540 posts)
134. Signed in to add my condolences.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:01 PM
Jun 2014

Junkdrawer was definitely one of my favorite DUers. I agreed with his POV on many things, the trolling issue, included. His comments here will be missed by this DUer

Ichingcarpenter

(36,988 posts)
138. I'm truly sadden by this loss of a friend and ally
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:15 PM
Jun 2014

I thank his wife for informing us and
wish her and his family my condolences

A Great Loss to DU his voice will be missed.

myrna minx

(22,772 posts)
140. Junkdrawer was an absolute treasure. I'm so sorry to hear this news.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:26 PM
Jun 2014

My deepest condolences to you and yours.

CaliforniaPeggy

(148,879 posts)
142. I am so sorry to hear this awful news. Thank you, my dear EarlG, for telling us...
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:27 PM
Jun 2014

I didn't know him, but that doesn't matter.

He contributed.

May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his wife and family and friends...

It is really tough when you don't get to say goodbye.



Beacool

(30,240 posts)
144. Oh, how terrible!!!
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:30 PM
Jun 2014

How devastating to lose a loved one in a blink of a eye. My sincerest condolences to his wife, family and friends.

May he rest in peace.



FailureToCommunicate

(13,918 posts)
145. Life sure ain't fair sometimes. Damn. Thanks Earl, for letting us know, and please pass on
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:31 PM
Jun 2014

these many condolences, as well as mine, to his wife. She sounds quite level-headed and wise, just the kind of person to join the DU community. Maybe suggest that to her? Who knows, it might help ease some of her loss...

 

Surya Gayatri

(15,445 posts)
150. "And so it goes..." How apt that Junkdrawer's favorite
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:45 PM
Jun 2014

quote would be from Vonnegut.
Perhaps they'll meet up some Blue Monday on Titan.
Strength and comfort to Ms. Junkdrawer and the rest of his family.

Uncle Joe

(57,749 posts)
153. Rest in Peace, Junkdrawer, you will be missed.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:50 PM
Jun 2014


Peace and healing to his family.


Thanks for the thread, EarlG
 

bettyellen

(47,209 posts)
159. My condolences, Mrs JD. His thoughtful presence here will be much missed. I could tell he was a
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 02:53 PM
Jun 2014

very good man. So sorry for your loss.

Joe Shlabotnik

(5,604 posts)
177. OMG, what a tragic loss.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 04:20 PM
Jun 2014

My condolences to his family. Junkdrawer was a great and respected member of this community.



senseandsensibility

(16,261 posts)
182. Peace to his wife.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 04:25 PM
Jun 2014

It breaks my heart that she had to write this. However, I would like to thank her for doing so. DU will be a lesser place without him.

xiamiam

(4,906 posts)
184. RIP Junkdrawer...deepest condolences to the family and friends
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 04:40 PM
Jun 2014

Very sad to lose another DU member from the early days. Very sad for all of us. Thank you Mrs. Junkdrawer for your very thoughtful post ...its beautiful that you could take time to not just let us know what happened, but to also share how Richard felt about Du and our country. I feel the same. Blessings to you.

 

Cooley Hurd

(26,877 posts)
185. My sincere condolences to his family...
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 04:46 PM
Jun 2014

...and to all that knew and loved him here. This is crushing news.

 

Hell Hath No Fury

(16,327 posts)
190. A name that goes way back here --
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 04:55 PM
Jun 2014

and was well respected. So incredibly sorry for your (and our) loss. He was the best of old school DU and, as himself noted, there's too little of that here these days. His contributions will be missed.

KoKo

(84,711 posts)
196. So sad to hear this...and Condolences to his Family and to Friends here on DU
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 05:12 PM
Jun 2014

I remember him well and wondered why we weren't hearing from him for a long while.

He is remembered fondly.. and, losing another long time DU'er is very sad to this whole community who have been here long enough to know and remember who he was and read his posts and commented.

Wishes to the family, friends and all those who held him dear in their hearts.

Another gone off to a place of peace who contributed to this community who will be sorely missed.

scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)
203. This is unbearably sad news...
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 06:32 PM
Jun 2014

I hope you will email Mrs. Junkdrawer back and give her our collective condolences.

I am so deeply sorry for her loss, and send my wishes that she find peace and strength.

I'm very sorry for DU's loss, too.

RainDog

(28,784 posts)
209. Sending love to junkdrawer and his family
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 07:22 PM
Jun 2014

Thank you to his family for sharing him with DU.

Hugs to you all. He will be missed.

pacalo

(24,721 posts)
211. Junkdrawer will be terribly missed!
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 07:47 PM
Jun 2014

(I always loved his user name.)

What a beautiful tribute to him by his wife, who sounds like a treasure herself. I wish her strength & comfort.

Thank you for all the wonderful posts, Richard "Junkdrawer". You were an awesome DUer.

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
214. I'm so very sorry.
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 08:47 PM
Jun 2014

I always enjoyed his posts. This is a great loss to our community.

Take care of yourself, Mrs. Junkdrawer.

GReedDiamond

(5,295 posts)
227. How very sad, my condolences...
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 11:48 PM
Jun 2014

...to his family and friends.

I remember reading his posts, he seems like a guy who really made a positive impression on the World around him...may Richard aka Junkdrawer RIP.

Laughing Mirror

(4,185 posts)
228. I always made a beeline to his posts
Wed Jun 18, 2014, 11:58 PM
Jun 2014

whenever I logged in and I saw his name. He had information nobody else was providing or wanting to look at.

It was reading one of his posts one day that inspired me to finally become a member. I even modeled my first user name after his. I will miss him very much.

barbtries

(28,631 posts)
233. i hope his family can see this thread
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 03:01 AM
Jun 2014

and to them i offer condolences and all my best wishes. so sorry to hear this news.

kag

(4,074 posts)
234. Such a sad loss...
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 03:03 AM
Jun 2014

I, too, married a "scary" smart man, and even now, after almost 25 years of marriage am awed by his intellect. I know Mrs. Junkdrawer will miss him more than words can convey, but I'll send my warmest thoughts her direction and hope that she will receive comfort and peace in time.

A sad loss for DU, and for our nation who needs smart, progressive people now more than ever.

BumRushDaShow

(125,558 posts)
238. R.I.P.
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:25 AM
Jun 2014

Sorry to see this. His user name always made me chuckle as it invoked all sorts of humorous thoughts and although I may not have agreed with all that he wrote, this is hard to fathom. R.I.P. and condolences to his family.

Ferretherder

(1,445 posts)
239. Goodbye, junkdrawer, and RIP.
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 06:17 AM
Jun 2014

You were obviously a VERY intelligent, caring person who was married to your equal.

Thank you, Ms. junkdrawer, for a very beautiful remembrance, and good thoughts are headed your way. So sorry for your loss.

Coventina

(26,734 posts)
245. Terrible news about a terrible loss.
Thu Jun 19, 2014, 09:17 AM
Jun 2014

My condolences to the entire Junkdrawer family.
We weep along with you.

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