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    Today would have been Chuck Philllips' 72nd birthday. Last year we proposed that this would be a good day to remember Chuck and other forumites that have passed on such as Norm, Ken, Dave, Meer and many others who have passed the bar.

    As Spindrift posted last year:

    A paladin is the prototypical "knight in shining armour," a hero of sterling character and courage, who rights wrongs and defends the weak and oppressed. The word comes from the Latin word palatinus ("attached to the palace") - compare palatine. The original paladins of legend appeared as the heroes of the Chanson de Roland and of the other romances of chivalry which told of the legendary court of King Charlemagne.
    Let's take a moment to do something to remember them all by helping others. If you can, donate money to a good cause. Spend some time helping someone else. Pass along those items that to you aren't needed, but might be helpful to someone else. Introduce someone to the wonder of wooden boats.
    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."
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    Good idea, thanks for the reminder. I was just remembering Chuck the other day while touching up varnish on belaying pins he made.

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    Heres to Chuck....... It seems odd that someone I never met has made such an indelable mark on my conciousness, but then again maybe not so surprising....

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    As I posted below decks, as long as he is in our hearts, he really isn't gone. I dearly miss not having him around. A friend to all he was.

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    As a latecomer to the WBF I didn't feel I had much standing to bother Chuck. He posted a free copy of the COLOREGS, which I accepted for the price of PMing him my mailing address. I made sure to thank him.

    I am often up very early grading papers. Occasionally I would see Chuck's light on and inquire as to his health. We had several pleasant exchanges over his final year or so.

    More than anything I miss looking to see what he had just posted. It was always a treat when Chuck weighed in on a thread.

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    To Chuck!
    Await dreams, loves, life; | There is always tomorrow. | Until there is not.

    Grieving love unsaid. | Tomorrow will fail someday. | Tell them today, OK?

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    Indeed, a gentleman of the old school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Indeed, a gentleman of the old school.
    I would indeed drink to that. We exchanged a few PMs during his time with us.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    A moment to remember a GOOD MAN!

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    As a young man on this forum, every time one of our own passes on, I am reminded that I only have so much time, and not to put off what I want to do.

    On a more selfish note, I also miss the vast amount of knowledge a man like Chuck had to offer. I am thankful for the knowledgable men and women of this forum.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for posting this

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    Consider my glass raised.

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    Any time I come across a post of his in an older thread, or review a thread that he had posted on, his avatar sticks out. Never met him, hardly had much correspondence with him but his posts were always noticed as I read through things. Missed for sure.
    If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
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    You'd'a liked him, Mate. He were a Nova Scotian at heart.... he liked fish...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Any time I come across a post of his in an older thread, or review a thread that he had posted on, his avatar sticks out. Never met him, hardly had much correspondence with him but his posts were always noticed as I read through things. Missed for sure.
    +1. He lives on, and we benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Any time I come across a post of his in an older thread, or review a thread that he had posted on, his avatar sticks out. Never met him, hardly had much correspondence with him but his posts were always noticed as I read through things. Missed for sure.
    Cheers to a prince of a man

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    Good memories of a fine gentleman.

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    "When the student is ready the Teacher appears".
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    Enjoyed swapping tales with him in the Pub. He paid close attention to others, and would pick out some thread of a tale and weave his own story from it. He made me feel as if we were were both doing our part to make life interesting for others.

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    I still treasure the one time I met him. I was driving down to Norfolk to hook up with Gareth (Hwyl) to do a delivery, and stopped off in Chuck's neighborhood for coffee. He insisted on a full breakfast, paid for it, and wouldn't even let me leave the tip!
    Shortly before he passed, I PMed him, looking for advice on a potential delivery from Trinidad and Tobago across to Africa on a utility/ oil field work boat. There was the possibility of some pay, and a return flight to JFK. Chuck's advice?
    1- Get the airline ticket in hand before you leave the U.S.
    2- Get the money in your bank " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " .
    3- As soon as the delivery is done, get the he** out of there.
    Always practical, that Paladin!
    I miss him somethin' terrible.
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    I will certainly come out from under my rock to raise a glass in Paladin's memory, and to Ken, and Meer, and Norm, and to too many other contributers that made this place a shining light and whom have dimmed their running lights and sailed on to waters where we we can't yet follow. Fair winds, all.
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    Fair winds all indeed

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    Amen, brother.

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    Indeed...

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    Truly missed.
    "If a man speaks at sea where no woman can hear, is he still wrong?"

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    I miss Chuck. I haven't spent much time here since he passed. Just lost interest.

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    Damn. Missed it again.

    Salute, Paladin!
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    I started here during Chuck's waning days and always liked his posts. A glass to his memory.
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    To Chuck: A man worth remembering.


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    Cheers to the great Tom Larkin, a builder of boats.
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    I miss Chuck. And I miss Ian Wright and Dave Fleming too.
    Heute ist so ein schöne Tag...

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    I too will raise a glass to Chuck, and another for others that passed the bar ... to Chuck, an extra ordinary man and wonderful friend to many. !!!!

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    I caught his last years here, he was ALWAYS worth reading. Never even chatted with him here, but loved his attitude and sense of ironic humour. Would have loved to go for a beer with him, he was a very funny dude.

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    Had a correspondence with him regarding Rhodesia. A fine man.
    And here's a toast for Norm Messenger too................ salut.

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    A toast to Chuck and to his transition to the non-physical.
    "May he whisper words of wisdom in our ears and nudge us awake to check our position before we end up on the reef."
    This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us.
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