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My partner (72 years young) died yesterday and I didn't really know where to post this but

it is business and current events in my life. Yesterday I lost my business partner, mentor and very best friend. He left for a bike trip to Labrador last Thursday with a stop in Knoxville for business. His friends of 30+ years met up with him on Sunday and they continued on their trip.

I got word from his son yesterday around 5-6 that he went off the road and died at the scene in Newfoundland. This places great sadness on me for he was the most amazing businessman I have ever met. He taught me there was such a thing as morals and ethics in business. I will miss him greatly.

His Son and Daughter will continue his work and I am greatly relieved about that for I would want NO other partner for at least they are just like him. If they decide to sell their portion I will give up mine. I would only want to be in business with him or his family.

Sorry guys but I just needed to get this off my chest. Monday I will be ready to continue on but, tonight I'll just have a bottle or two of wine and remember the graciousness of Andy's offer of partnership and education to me. He gave me a dream. I hope to make him proud. I know he died doing what we love. I hope I am as lucky.


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Sorry for your loss. Sounds

Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you were lucky to have known him and have him as your friend.


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Jim, I really want to thank you for sharing that with me

And most especially, us.

I know it must be so painful to go through that. We never think anything like that is going to happen -- least of all, to us.

And yet it does. Routinely. Everyday, someone suffers a tragic loss, just as you did yesterday.

It is a reminder to me to cherish every moment, for any moment could be our last. The Sword of Damocles hangs above all of our heads.

I'm glad that things will work out with the business, but I caution you on this statement:

His Son and Daughter will continue his work and I am greatly relieved about that for I would want NO other partner for at least they are just like him.

Jim, I don't mean to be harsh in this time of turbulence, but just to offer a friendly, and hopefully useful reminder that we are all individuals. No one is "just like" their Dad.

Come on, is Rand Paul "just like" his dad?

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I'm really sorry for your loss.

For me to lose my business partner would be to lose Samantha. AND I would lose a whole lot more. Everything, basically.

There is always something to be thankful for, Jim.

And yet, in the end, we all share the same fate. Rich and poor; powerful and weak. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. No one gets out of here alive.

My love to you, and to the family of your partner.


All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

I will not invoke words & pretend would soothe the woes of the

heart, mind, memories, and the soul.

A great mentor and friend, is irreplaceable.

May we all be so lucky to experience sublime kinship of one another, be it genetic, friendship, romantic love, business, or mentorship.

If what some of us here on earth choose to believe is true, his soul and his spirit will live on in the Cosmos, energy transferred, but never lost or forgotten, for a man leaves one plane, shall live on in another. But, in the corporeal one, may I posit that perhaps his real legacy is the great memory of him that will live on heartedly in you, his surviving family & other loved ones, and may you and they move forth with equal passion and honor.

a great send off to the stars...

thank you for sharing, Jim. Be well.D

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Sorry for your great loss.

I lost great wisdom old friend that pass away in Dec 2013. Its very hard to find a spiritual and someone that loves the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Rest In Peace my friend Dennis R. Syverson. You'll be greatly miss.

He will remain in his children and your memory.

Keep his memory and he will remain. Keep a stiff upper lip and try to be happy for his memory's.


The unexpected sadness....

of this loss will dissipate, but only with time. Thanks for telling the story of a 30 year partnership that went so very well.

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Rider down right, rider off track, rider down.


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Thanks for sharing that.

Peace & Hugs

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Your partner

lives on in an unfettered dimension now and in this dimension through his family, you and others he made a difference with. He sounds like a very classy guy. And so do you. The thing you said about morals and ethics in business touched me as well. Thank you.

Love and Light to you, your family,

and your partner's family. May you all find comfort in the arms of the Creator.

Your friend reminded me of this

Sorry for your loss.

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Thank you.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

So sorry for your loss, a great friend is a great gift

Give yourself time to grieve, many of us are too hard on ourselves, and push too hard. My next piece of advice may seem strange, but you might identify with the Disney movie UP or if you don't watch children's movies, Shadowlands. I pray for peace for you, and for your friend's family.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

so sorry for your loss.


I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

My sympathies ...........

go out to you and his family

Don't be sorry

You posted to the right place. We are sorry for your loss. We are here to bear each others burdens. God bless and good luck with the future.

Heartfelt sympathy for your great loss, BMWJIM.

I know he will be watching over you. Whether or not you realize it, he will be with you from time to time, guiding you.

This may sound trite but, I really think it will help you during these next few rough days. Get a dvd of Secondhand Lions (or use this link to watch online: http://youtu.be/O6BF2Q86PhY) and sip your wine while you watch it. You will appreciate that your dear friend "really lived" and will feel a sense of peace.

My husband loved that film, so I donated a copy of it to our local library in his memory. Your friend sound's a lot like "Hub" (played by Robert Duval in the film).

Here's the trailer, if you want to check it out before deciding to take my advice. http://youtu.be/hzElnBgsr0s

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Lol! Nonna, This is a great movie. I have

watched it a few times. I thank you so much for giving me this gift. I remember the end but I will watch it all the way through for fond memories of my good friend.

You are the best! thank you so much!


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

So glad I could be of some help to you at this time.

Did you only see this film on television? If that's the case, and you already know the end, here's the original ending that was cut and replaced with a shorter ending:


So happy I brought a smile to your face!

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Oh! This is what

I want to see. All I saw was the TV part. I am going to watch the REAL Thing Now!

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Sorry for you loss.

I shall toast one for you and your friend myself tonight.

May this good man rest in peace.

Carry on his traditions and know that he loved and respected you as you did and continue to do now because it sounds like you are similar type human beings--both good men. My condolences to you and all that loved him.

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Thank You

so very much!


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

You are honoring his memory

You are honoring his memory in a very noble way. It is a wonderful thing when we align with people who show us how to be better individuals.

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Thank you for I hope

to do as well as he! I hope I can give as he did!


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

So sorry for your loss, Jim...

Like me, you've had a rough few years now...glad your wife's health is OK now...something to be thankful for.
You're right about Andy...he died doing what he loved! I'm sorry for the emptiness you feel right now and I hope that his family will do a good job of filling the void and your business remains successful!
Hang in there, Jim.

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

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Thank you BC, Susan is

doing quite well. We are watching Miss Hadley this weekend while my daughter, son-in-law, son and future daughter-in-law are in Grand Isle fishing and hopefully relaxing.

This grand daughter is really something special. Nothing but smiles and full of love. I tell her that she just needs to tell them all that Paw Paw is the greatest! Lol!

Can't wait until this child can talk and walk. We will plant and grow what God gave us and I will teach her to share in the bounty.

Thank you so much for caring. This is a better community than where we all live.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.