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Old 09-25-2007, 07:28 AM   #1
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Goodbye My Friend

Where do I begin, we shared so many great times together. Cuttyhunk, Block Island, Montauk, Cape Cod, and every inch of RI's Coastline. It's all a blur looking back trying to remember all the cookouts, birthday parties, get togethers, nights of fishing, beer drinking, and people we met.

My son will remember how you taught him to stomp on ants in the driveway on the mornings you stopped by and brought him a donut.
My wife will remember the joy you brought to our son's face, dinner with the families, and how you were always full of life.
I will remember how important your wife and son was to you, your words of encouragement, your determination, your zest for life, and your friendship.

John, you were a great person, friend, and mentor. I will miss you deeply, rest in peace my friend.
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:24 AM   #2
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Mike I know you guys were very close, and he meant alot to you. My deepest sympathies to you and yours.

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Old 09-25-2007, 09:24 AM   #3
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Condolences to you and your family for your loss Mike. That was a nice tribute.

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Old 09-25-2007, 09:31 AM   #4
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Stay strong Mike. Lets make Habs proud on BI this year.
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:34 AM   #5
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Mike,
I feel for you buddy.I know you guys were very close and this is a tough thing to swallow for everyone..
I still can't believe it,John has been on my mind constantly since I heard what had happen...

Take Care,,,

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Old 09-25-2007, 12:24 PM   #6
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My deepest sympathys Mike -

You're the first person I thought of after reading the shocking news -

If you need to ....you got the digits


...agian, my condolences during these very difficult times -


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Old 09-25-2007, 12:36 PM   #7
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Very well put Mike
not much I can add
my thoughts and prayers go out to John , his family and friends.
he touched so many lives
he'll be remembered always
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:19 PM   #8
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Thanks Mike - In a lot of ways he was a like a big brother to you...

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Old 09-25-2007, 02:59 PM   #9
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Here’s a bittersweet look back at the past through a few old picture/posts.

I hope some of the following pictures bring back some fond memories of John, on the web, by the water and at the watering hole.

Mike, I know how much he ment to you and he will always be with you in spirit.

I remember when your wife was first pregnant and you returned from the doctors office and couldn't wait to post the picture/sonogram of your first child. A little work in Photoshop, another quick post and a follow up call to John that went something like this, "John, you better take a closer look at that sonogram from Tattoo, I think you have some explaining to do. Who's your daddy?" Well it took a minute or two and then I heard a roar from the other side of the phone. John was on the floor laughing over that one.

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Old 09-25-2007, 03:04 PM   #10
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The trips to Coddington Brewing Co.

The trips to Coddington Brewing Co. were always memorable...in fact they will live on in the pages of Dave DiBenedetto's book, "On The Run"
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:08 PM   #11
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Who can forget the infamous hat...

John enjoyed wearing this hat because he loved to watch people's reactions when they realized that Santa's little helpers were up to no good.
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:11 PM   #12
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It just won't be the same.

You'll never be forgotten old friend.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:17 PM   #13
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:57 PM   #14
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very nice mike.

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Old 09-25-2007, 05:58 PM   #15
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Mike, you forgot one of Habs favorites

I will see you tomorrow.
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:51 PM   #16
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Wow, I really missed out never meeting John. The stories and pics you are all sharing are great. That sonogram is hilarious. Such a sad loss. Way to young to have gone so soon.
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:11 PM   #17
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Surfpirate,

Now you've gone and done it. I left that one off the board for fear the Hab's would meet me a the pearly gates and lock me out. I'm not sure that the Habs/Simmons compilation was one of his favorites...although it always got a good laugh from everyone else.

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