Farewell My Friend......

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Joel Russo, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    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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  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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

    Jon
     

  3. biggrizz408

    biggrizz408 Well-Known Member

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    Condolances from the Ward family for the loss of a true freind. I know he will be missed.
     
  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear your loss. God bless Phil's family circle.
     
  5. nddodd

    nddodd Well-Known Member

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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.


    Nathan Dodd
     
  6. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  7. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  8. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Joel.

    A terrific loss of a rare, true friend...
     
  9. ss7mm

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    Sorry to hear about that Joel. It's good that you got to spend time with him at the end but it sad that you lost a great hunting partner. We'll all miss him around here.
     
  10. SLOAN

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    Prays from the Lasher family..rip
     
  11. HUAINAMACHERO

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    Our prayers go for him and his family and friends.
    Rest in peace.
     
  12. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Joel, I am very saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends.

    Jeff & Diane
     
  13. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    Prayers of comfort for the family and friends.
     
  14. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Very sad to hear Joel. My prayers for you and his loved ones. It looks like you and he had a great relationship and many good times and memories.

    Mark