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Member "Oldhoopster" has died due to cancer

CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,603 ✭✭✭✭✭

I felt it is important to share news about a forum member who is no longer with us. When I periodically look up old threads, I often wonder what happened to those members who no longer post.

Over the course of his time here since 2001, @Oldhoopster (Jim) wasn't a prolific poster given his 2900 comments and 67 discussions, but nonetheless, as many realize, the quantity of posts doesn't equal quality.

Jim described his collection as follows:

My collection is very eclectic. I have full sets of the basic indians, Buffs, barbers (Inc all the key quarters) SL quarters (no 16 or overdates) but they are in typical G-F. But I have lots of stuff like 1000+ German notgeld notes, a German date set from 1873-1945 1pf-5M date set about 75% complete, a few hundred German notgeld metal and porcelain coins. A Canadian date set just missing a few, civil war tokens, about 40% of a seated half dime through half set, lots of low end ancients, Byzantine , and medieval and about 8-10 2x2 boxes filled with pre-1850 European minors, Canadian Pre confederation tokens, just to name a few. Oh, and about 200 good reference books not including auction catalogs.

Unfortunately, very little are in high grades. I know I would have done much better monetarily if I would bought bought nice gem material, but these were my study coins. I attributed hundreds (thousands?) of them ,and got good at looking up everything from early large cents and ancients. By doing that, I learned so much about numismatics and history and that knowledge is priceless to me, so I'm not too disappointed.

After I noted his reference to a health issue in a post, I reached out to him last October and we shared our private battles with cancer and our love of family. He went into hospice soon after since the chemo treatments were awful and he died last December. Since I had sent many PMs since then that weren't returned, I figured the worst.

His obituary is here:


If you'd like to share a thought about Jim, you might consider doing so at the above link. He said his family had no interest in coins so I doubt his family will see any comments made here should you wish to offer your condolences.

"Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"


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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,603 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 1, 2023 4:19PM

    Jim died of colon cancer. He said he'd regretfully ignored the importance of getting regular colonoscopies. He learned that he had a rare genetic resistance to relevant cancer therapies. He was 59.

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
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    FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m sorry to hear of his passing. While I didn’t know Jim personally, I always enjoyed our interactions in threads and valued his input greatly. He will be missed.

    Rest In peace!

    Young Numismatist, Coin Photographer.

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    AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,538 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Vaguely remember his posts. Never communicated directly, but its with a sad heart that we find he's gone. RIP Jim.

    Registry: CC lowballs (boblindstrom), bobinvegas1989@yahoo.com
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    AdamLAdamL Posts: 165 ✭✭✭

    Very saddened to hear this. Rest in peace Jim.

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    bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I only knew him also thru posts over the years. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,730 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is very saddening news. I recall his user name and avatar quite well and have nothing but good memories of his contributions on the site. Condolences to his friends and loved ones.

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

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    ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 1,632 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As a hoopster, myself, his handle always caught my eye. I would have guessed his post count to be higher because of that. Saddened to hear of his passing.

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    cameonut2011cameonut2011 Posts: 10,061 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP. He was much too young. It’s always sad to see the loss of a valued forum member.

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    JBKJBK Posts: 14,762 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 1, 2023 4:44PM

    Thanks for posting. I also noticed his reference to the disease in a thread a few months ago.

    I remember his participation very well, and he'll be missed.

    That is a great tribute you linked to.

    And as he suggested, make sure you get your ButtCam when you reach the age where they're recommended. The first one is a truly horrendous experience, but they get easier after that, or so I am told. ;)

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    Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,294 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oh my God, so sorry to hear that. I always liked reading his responses! Prayers go out to his family and friends........

    "When they can't find anything wrong with you, they create it!"

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,303 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am so, so sorry. God Bless his family and friends. He will be missed.

    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,973 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear this.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

    RIP Jim :'(

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

    My Full Walker Registry Set (1916-1947)


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    Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He was as described above a wonderful person who,as noted, was indeed thoughtful and informative.
    So sad he was young from my 70 year old perspective. I too had noticed him not posting.
    Sincere condolences to family and friends. May his collection find a loving home with others in his circle. James and family.

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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,537 ✭✭✭✭✭

    While I also didn’t know Jim personally, I always appreciated his comments on my discussions and I feel that he made a positive impact on the forum. This is much too sad, and 59 is way too young. My deepest condolences to family and friends, Jim will be missed 😢 Rest in peace brother

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    divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,527 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 1, 2023 6:40PM

    I did not know Jim personally, but always liked his posts. He was always helpful to the newbies with the parking lot finds. He would always direct them to the appropriate websites like www.doubleddie.com or www.varietyvista. com so they could learn more about what to look for. He will be missed.

    My condolences to Jim's family and friends.


    Hobbyist & Collector (not an investor).
    Donato's Complete US Type Set ---- Donato's Dansco 7070 Modified Type Set ---- Donato's Basic U.S. Coin Design Set

    Successful transactions: Shrub68 (Jim), MWallace (Mike)
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    BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,339 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hate to hear that, RIP Hoop.

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    gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,428 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Alway sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.

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    Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,359 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP Jim. Condolences to your beautiful family. We’ll all miss the Hoopster. 😢


    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
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    pointfivezeropointfivezero Posts: 1,635 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From one old hoopster to another, see you in the locker room in the sky, Jim.


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    JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,818 ✭✭✭✭✭


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    ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 3,008 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear about him and condolences to his friends and family. I did like his posts.

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    telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 1, 2023 5:56PM

    Sad to hear. I recall many of his posts. We're the same age, born about a month apart. And to my shame, I haven't done any colon screening. No reason for it except apathy. I think I'll look into scheduling one soon. RIP

    RIP Mom- 1932-2012
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    cheezhedcheezhed Posts: 5,688 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad when a member passes.

    Many happy BST transactions
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    DCWDCW Posts: 6,973 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's so sad. His last comment was an apology:
    "Time to stick to coins and keep my mouth shut on other things."
    8 days before his death.
    You just never know.
    Thanks for posting this and may Jim's memory be kept alive here in the forums he loved.

    Dead Cat Waltz Exonumia
    "Coin collecting for outcasts..."

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    joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,869 ✭✭✭✭✭


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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To all his friends and family, I hope Jim rests in peace. He sure seemed to be a good man.

    I didn't know him personally, except a little through here, but I did appreciate his posts and his candor. 59 is far too young to go.

    On a side note; do it! @telephoto1 It's not as much a pain in the a** as the alternative.

    “We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”

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    coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,767 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is truly sad news, Jim was a very passionate collector who enjoyed answering questions and helping people that are new to the hobby. He was a very well respected member on the NGC forum, sadly back in November he could no longer take the trolls and nonsense that is all too common on that forum and said "I'm outta here!". I shared some PM's with Jim ats and knew that he was battling cancer, gone too soon.

    Jim was also very proud of his son who plays basketball and I believe he used his son's photo for his avatar ats. Rest in peace, here is his avatar from ats.

    My Lincoln Registry
    My Collection of Old Holders

    Never a slave to one plastic brand will I ever be.
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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad news. Like losing a friend you never met.

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,931 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's very sad news. He will be missed.

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,828 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So sorry to hear... Although I didn't know him personally, I enjoyed reading his posts.

    Collecting: Dansco 7070; Middle Date Large Cents (VF-AU); Box of 20;

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    cladkingcladking Posts: 28,335 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed his posts.

    Tempus fugit.
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    lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the post information. Rest easy.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=2YNufnS_kf4 - Mama I'm coming home ...................................................................................................................................................................... RLJ 1958 - 2023

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    TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,739 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am saddened to hear this. I IM'd him 6 or 7 months ago about one of his informative posts and we exchanged several emails, mostly about our very similar backgrounds with basketball, engineering, and the big C. He told me that his cancer was not responding well to treatment and so, I'm guessing that this was not unexpected. He was very gracious. RIP, Jim.


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    kazkaz Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sad news. His message about getting screened was important. RIP, Jim

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    messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,701 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Condolences to his friends and family. RIP, Jim.

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    Downtown1974Downtown1974 Posts: 6,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So sorry to hear about this. Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family he left behind.

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    NysotoNysoto Posts: 3,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I enjoyed his posts. RIP Oldhoopster.

    Robert Scot: Engraving Liberty - biography of US Mint's first chief engraver
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    ShamikaShamika Posts: 18,760 ✭✭✭✭

    Life is a fragile thing. Never take friends and family for granted.

    Buyer and seller of vintage coin boards!
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    lkeigwinlkeigwin Posts: 16,887 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you, Dan, for letting us know. I am sad to hear this. Oldhoopster will be missed.

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    Coin FinderCoin Finder Posts: 6,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm sorry to hear this, we also exchanged PM's about coins. He was a true gentleman and loved coins. This is sad news.. Condolences to his family.

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    ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sad news! :'(

    I noticed he was missing here and hadn't posted on CT either.
    I sent him a PM several days ago hoping to hear from him.
    He was a great member here!

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    coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,783 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad- I had no idea he was battling cancer. He added value through his contributions to make the forum a better place

    Experience the World through Numismatics...it's more than you can imagine.

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    zippcityzippcity Posts: 888 ✭✭✭✭

    Condolences to Family and Friends, RIP

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    nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sad to read this, I recall the tenor and thoughtful tone of his posts and appreciated his steady hand.
    My sympathies to his family and many friends.
    RIP Jim

    Happy, humble, honored and proud recipient of the “You Suck” award 10/22/2014

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is very sad news.... His posts were informative and useful. I always enjoyed his inputs. Condolences to family and friends. Cheers, RickO

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    thebeavthebeav Posts: 3,753 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm sorry to hear about this. Fifty-nine is just too young.
    Rest in peace Jim......

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    marcmoishmarcmoish Posts: 6,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Jim was a good guy, such a pleasure to communicate with, so sad indeed.

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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,672 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lost a good guy, thanks for the memorial link. Easy to use and worth the effort. Peace Roy

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