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post #81 of 596 (permalink) Old 07-05-2009, 10:59 PM
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O Lord, please have mercy on his soul and may he rest in peace. Let the perpetual light shine upon him.
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The mods have thrown around the idea of helping to remember Pat by putting his bike on the front cover of the calendar this year......I think it is a perfect way to remember him.


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I just can't get over this. I have come back to this thread probably 20 times today and have read and re-read the thread and article. This is tearing me up inside. I'm just downright angry! We lost such a great man, who gave many members including myself great advice on bikes and in life. More than one occasion me and Pat exchanged late night PM's about my upcoming child, bikes and life in general. Speaking with Pat on the phone put a name with a face, now I regret never being able to ride along side such an honorable man. Seeing all the posts from members shows to me what an impact this man made upon this forum and makes me wonder what impact he had in real life. Pat your initials will ride with me next to my buddy Roy's up near my handlebars. This seems unreal to me still and I am struggling to find meaning in all of this. I hope when my time comes I will have accomplished half of what you had and helped as many people out as you have.


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Pat (who always signed his PM's "Patrick") rode onto this forum Dec 2nd, 2007. With his characteristic love of talking motorcycles he racked up over 4,000 posts and served on the membership council before joining our staff where he did a great job serving our community. His last post was Tuesday evening and was a typical Gumby helping hand to a member with bike problems in the sportbike forum.

I will miss Patrick and I know the entire staff is grief-stricken. There is nothing that can be said here that can moderate the profound sadness we, his online family, must bear. My most sincere condolences go out to every member of Motorcycleforum ...all of us have suffered a great loss.
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The mods have thrown around the idea of helping to remember Pat by putting his bike on the front cover of the calendar this year......I think it is a perfect way to remember him.
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Rex, the closer we are to a person the harder it is to take when they are gone... there is no getting over it sometimes, but healing eventually takes place more often than not.

None of us are here forever; we're all pretty much on loan to each other. It's a sobering sentiment and one that the youngsters don't truly believe I suspect, but it's meant to encourage you to enjoy each other and treat each other like it was the last day, for one never knows.

To you, Rex, and to everybody having an especially tough time with the loss of Pat, although the pain is real and raw now, time really does heal, and I hope healing and peace come sooner rather than later.
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Rest in peace, best wishes to the family.
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Pegs down. Rest in peace brother.
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R.I.P. Gumby, and I will be praying for his family.

He came down to Austin for a few days, and I got to ride with him one day. He was definitely a well prepared and safe rider. It really sucks that this would have to happen.

I can't say I knew him real well, but I do know he is a stand up guy, and always enjoyed his sarcasm, and joyful banter. He will definitely be missed, and never forgotten.


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The mods have thrown around the idea of helping to remember Pat by putting his bike on the front cover of the calendar this year......I think it is a perfect way to remember him.
I think thats a great idea. I didn't know Gumby other then to see some of his post but I know he was very liked and a great guy. RIP Gumby

To Gumby's family...our thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. Just try to remember all the good times and know he is in a better place looking down on everyone.

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+1 on giving GUMBY the cover.

I also think everyone needs to get over to the Riding Companions Wanted section http://www.motorcycleforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=132 and put together a group ride this weekend in his memory.


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My prayers and condolences to his friends and family as well.
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I do not spend a great deal of time on this forum but Pat was one of several that I always found to post meaningful posts and was respectful of others. His passing is our loss and God's gain. I will miss his words.
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I belong to many different forums based on my many different interests, what really gets me is that this kind of thread is sad reality that can be found here much more than on my other forums. We should all take away from this that even the most safety conscience, mature, and experienced rider can fall victim to the hobby we all love.

Honor his memory by acknowledging this fact and be extra careful out there.

Also, moderators, I think we should "retire" the screen names of our fallen comrades. I know it would be a long shot, but I don't want to log in and see another IAMGUMBY posting.

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NO it won't, never will be either.
did you ever ride with him. i remember someone here went a rode with him.

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Tdubb did.


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I got to ride with him once. We hit the hill country for about an hour, and then hung out in a bank parking lot, talking politics, for another 30 minutes or so.

He was a great guy. He was one of those great out spoken people, that will always tell you like it is, and do it in the nicest coolest, and usually comical way.

We started talking politics, because the next day I was going to an Austin Counsel meeting to help keep Balcones Woods baseball park open. It's a ball park thats been around for more than 40 years now, and it's where my boys play. They have been getting a tax break on there utilities, and they wanted to stop that, which would have doubled there bills. That would have caused there registration fees to almost double, which could have ended up closing down an Austin Landmark thats been around since the early 60's.

Well just so you know brother, they left everything alone, and Balcones lives to see another season.


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IAMGUMBY will be missed. I always enjoyed his sense of humor.
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Like many of you, I knew Pat thru his abundance of posts and helpful advice. We have lost a true comrade and passionate motorcycle enthusiast, as well as a cornerstone of this forum. My condolences to his family and friends. We'll miss you, Gumby......
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rest in peace dude....

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Wasn't a cage boss. The report said he tried to avoid a deer.

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I think he actually hit the deer.


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Wow, this is terribly sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.
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I just can't get over this. I have come back to this thread probably 20 times today and have read and re-read the thread and article. This is tearing me up inside. I'm just downright angry! We lost such a great man, who gave many members including myself great advice on bikes and in life. More than one occasion me and Pat exchanged late night PM's about my upcoming child, bikes and life in general. Speaking with Pat on the phone put a name with a face, now I regret never being able to ride along side such an honorable man. Seeing all the posts from members shows to me what an impact this man made upon this forum and makes me wonder what impact he had in real life. Pat your initials will ride with me next to my buddy Roy's up near my handlebars. This seems unreal to me still and I am struggling to find meaning in all of this. I hope when my time comes I will have accomplished half of what you had and helped as many people out as you have.
Rex, you too are a good man. And somehow I think Pat knows that.

In fact, there's a lot of good people here. I'm old, and I've been doing Internet discussion groups since they were EBB's (yeah, I know, you don't know what that is ). In a couple of cases, the group started having regular get-togethers, and I made some great friends that way. Some of them I still stay in touch with many years later. I think we should do something like that. Maybe in honor of Pat, for the first one. Doesn't have to be a solemn afair, he wouldn't want that. But a minute of silent reflection in his honor, and the mere fact that he inspired such a thing, would be a great tribute.

What say you? May have to be regional, I don't know. I would help organize, if needed.

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**** man, this is terrible news.

RIP GUMBY, we'll miss ya.

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Our thoughts and prayer go out to Pat's family. He will be missed.
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Horrible news... Not the type of info I like to hear about. He'll be missed.

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very sobering indeed. didn't know him but i recognize the picture and remember seeing him post. i ride almost every night and deer are always my biggest worry.

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Rex, you too are a good man. And somehow I think Pat knows that.

In fact, there's a lot of good people here. I'm old, and I've been doing Internet discussion groups since they were EBB's (yeah, I know, you don't know what that is ). In a couple of cases, the group started having regular get-togethers, and I made some great friends that way. Some of them I still stay in touch with many years later. I think we should do something like that. Maybe in honor of Pat, for the first one. Doesn't have to be a solemn afair, he wouldn't want that. But a minute of silent reflection in his honor, and the mere fact that he inspired such a thing, would be a great tribute.

What say you? May have to be regional, I don't know. I would help organize, if needed.

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This definitely hits me as a shocker. Although I didn't know him personally nor by first name, I do recognize his ever interesting posts in this forum.
When I saw this via the frontpage, I didn't believe it... it goes to show that nobody is impervious to danger.

Ride safe everyone.

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Rest In Peace brother Patrick/IAMGUMBY!
may God bless his family and all affected by this passing.
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Im relatively new to the forum, so i didn't know GUMBY as well as most of you did, but regardless it is tragic whenever a fellow rider goes down and doesn't make it. I just read all of the posts in this thread and it is heartwarming to know how much everyone here cares for one another. Im glad to be a part of it and just like everyone else my prayers and condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

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