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Farewell My Friend......

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Unread 03-20-2011, 09:30 PM
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Farewell My Friend......

My dear friend, hunting partner, and LRH forum member Philny1, passed away on friday.

His wife of 43 years, sister and brother-in-law, and I were at his side when he took his last breath.

I was fortunate to have been able to spend time with him while he was in the last week of his life. I told him how much his friendship meant to me, and when he couldn't speak, he would nod his head and smile.. Grown men do cry...

Phil was my close friend, and hunting partner. Few people have touched my life like he has.
Those of you on the forum who remember his posts, would remember our constant banter back and forth..

Our last hunting trip together was in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska where we hunted Moose, Dall Sheep and Grizzly. Being the accomplished long range shooter, Phil connected on a nice Dall at 613 yards.

When not hunting big game, Phil and I would long range hunt woodchucks through the summer months.

Three weeks ago, we made plans to hunt Elk in CO this fall....

"Phil, you will be with me on all my future hunts. You will be calling my shots, laying next to me when we figure out the dope for the shot, and you will forever be in my heart. I will miss you dearly my special friend until we meet again..."

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Unread 03-20-2011, 09:35 PM
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Re: Farewell My Friend......

Sorry about your buddy Joel remember the good times for him.

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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:19 PM
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Condolances from the Ward family for the loss of a true freind. I know he will be missed.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:24 PM
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Sorry to hear your loss. God bless Phil's family circle.

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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:35 PM
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Hey Joel, I am so sorry to hear about Phil. I know when I bought that edge off of him three years ago he was sick then. He was certainly a very strong man and a very blessed man to have all the hunting adventures and family and friends he had.

I know you all will miss him, and I'll miss seeing yalls funny banter back and forth about trading or buying guns.

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Unread 03-20-2011, 11:12 PM
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What a shame. He was a great guy.

I had the pleasure of buying a rifle from him as well, back when he went by the handle "Bearless".

He was my go-to guy for LH rifles.
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Unread 03-20-2011, 11:12 PM
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Joel, My prayers go out to Phils wife, familly, and friends.
God rest his soul, and bring peace to those whom he loved here on Earth.
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