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The hardest thread I have ever posted....Rest in Peace @Thisistheshow

HallcoHallco Posts: 3,617 ✭✭✭✭✭

I hung up with his wife a short time ago and she delivered the sad news. He was my best friend although we unfortunately never got to meet in person. We shared so much life experience and parallels. We helped each other through a lot of struggles the last several years. I know he was involved with many topics in this category and thought everyone who knew him would want to know. He was a big fan of the band Megadeth and this seems appropriate. For those who are not familiar, I will post the lyrics. I love you Eric! <3

https://youtu.be/aU-dKoFZT0A?si=3ekvmo515McX60HH

Don't remember where I was
I realized life was a game
The more seriously I took things
The harder the rules became
I had no idea what it'd cost
My life passed before my eyes
I found out how little I accomplished
All my plans denied
So as you read this, know, my friends
I'd love to stay with you all
Please smile when you think of me
My body's gone, that's all
A tout le monde
A tout mes amis
Je vous aime
Je dois partir
These are the last words
I'll ever speak
And they'll set me free
If my heart was still alive
I know it would surely break
And my memories left with you
There's nothing more to say
Moving on is a simple thing
What it leaves behind is hard
You know the sleeping feel no more pain
And the living are scarred
A tout le monde
A tout mes amis
Je vous aime
Je dois partir
These are the last words
I'll ever speak
And they'll set me free
(So as you read this, know, my friends
I'd love to stay with you all
Please smile, smile when you think about me
My body's gone, that's all)
(These are the last words
I'll ever speak
And they'll set me free)

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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 7,830 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad news.

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  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oh Wow... :'(

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What...

    This is just terrible. terrible news.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    He will be missed.

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What happened? I was just talking to him the other night, we PM each other all the time, my boxing buddy. I can't handle this, this is devastating.

  • LandrysFedoraLandrysFedora Posts: 1,732 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is terrible news to hear, prayers to his family. Show was one of my favorites here on the forum. Always had great insight on things. You will be sorely missed here my friend. RIP fine sir.

    Robert

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is too much. He was one of my best friends here.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    What happened? I was just talking to him the other night, we PM each other all the time, my boxing buddy. I can't handle this, this is devastating.

    I know DD. it is just horrible news. hard to believe. We used to PM as well. Devastating is the right word.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love you brother, this place is never going to be the same without you Eric.

  • erikthredderikthredd Posts: 7,911 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2, 2023 6:13PM

    This is absolutely horrible news. Has anyone found out what was the cause? Eric & I have talked about our health problems,as recently as the previous weekend and he had was telling me about his AFib doctor wants to treat it with an electrical procedure that he was very weary about. He was also dealing with very high blood pressure too.

    Man,this really sucks, he's the only guy that I look forward to talking with about the Celtics.
    What good is the Big Toe without the Little Toe?
    RIP, Brother.

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,176 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Holy shit, it seems like he was just posting................ I'm in shock - I didn't believe it at first.
    RIP! Condolences to his family and friends...............so sad.

  • MCMLVToppsMCMLVTopps Posts: 4,566 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My sincere and deepest condolences to his family. Always a gentleman, always well thought out posts, and all enjoyable to read.

    I'll miss the purple box...RIP.

  • pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 439 ✭✭✭

    I hope he was surrounded by loved ones and did not feel pain in his passing.
    REST IN PEACE

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Back on August 10th, he was telling me how he went to Massachusetts to visit his relatives in June, and when he got back to Texas he was dealing with shortness of breath, and then he had swelling in both feet and his ankles and he was wheezing, so he went to the ER. At the ER he was diagnosed with irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fluid in his lungs, low oxygen levels, and anemia. They kept him a few days and sent him home with six medications. He was having some serious health problems.

  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In memory of Eric, I seriously thought about not posting anything tomorrow and perhaps for a few days.

    But then considering how much Eric enjoyed this forum, that might be the last thing he would want anyone to do?

    So I decided to still type a few posts, especially in the Eagles thread. However out of respect to Eric, tone down my usual glee if the Eagles win. I didn't know Eric like some here did, but i think he would be fine with that.

  • PillarDollarCollectorPillarDollarCollector Posts: 4,607 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My sincere condolences to all here!!!

    Collecting interests: Mexico & Peru early milled 1 reales + 1796-1891 US dimes

    Sports: NHL & NFL

    Thank you Lord for another beautiful day!!!

  • BrickBrick Posts: 4,913 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Horrible news. We will miss you my friend. May you rest in peace.

    Collecting 1960 Topps Baseball in PSA 8
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    Ralph

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm going to take a break for a few days, this is just too devastating.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    I'm going to take a break for a few days, this is just too devastating.

    hey man, you have to do whatever it takes. I agree. this is terrible.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @stevek said:
    In memory of Eric, I seriously thought about not posting anything tomorrow and perhaps for a few days.

    But then considering how much Eric enjoyed this forum, that might be the last thing he would want anyone to do?

    So I decided to still type a few posts, especially in the Eagles thread. However out of respect to Eric, tone down my usual glee if the Eagles win. I didn't know Eric like some here did, but i think he would be fine with that.

    I know that Eric loved football. as crappy as this is, I am sure he would want you to be happy if your team wins a big game.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:

    @doubledragon said:
    I'm going to take a break for a few days, this is just too devastating.

    hey man, you have to do whatever it takes. I agree. this is terrible.

    Thanks buddy, it's just heartbreaking.

  • erikthredderikthredd Posts: 7,911 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:

    @stevek said:
    In memory of Eric, I seriously thought about not posting anything tomorrow and perhaps for a few days.

    But then considering how much Eric enjoyed this forum, that might be the last thing he would want anyone to do?

    So I decided to still type a few posts, especially in the Eagles thread. However out of respect to Eric, tone down my usual glee if the Eagles win. I didn't know Eric like some here did, but i think he would be fine with that.

    I know that Eric loved football. as crappy as this is, I am sure he would want you to be happy if your our team wins a friggin game tomorrow.

    Fixed! Lets see Zappe win one for our fallen friend the Show.

  • dallasactuarydallasactuary Posts: 4,081 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Damn. That really sucks. We'll miss you, man. RIP

    This is for you @thisistheshow - Jim Rice was actually a pretty good player.
  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I really liked on how showtime would mess with me when I would post a pic or two without my flannel in my postings…

    Eric, You Will Be Missed Here…

    This is for You @Thisistheshow

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,225 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2, 2023 8:24PM

    OMG horrible news, absolutely horrible

    My deepest sympathy to his family , I feel awful hearing this.

    I don't know what else to say, I'm terribly sorry to hear this.

    @thisistheshow one last time 😪

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @erikthredd said:

    @craig44 said:

    @stevek said:
    In memory of Eric, I seriously thought about not posting anything tomorrow and perhaps for a few days.

    But then considering how much Eric enjoyed this forum, that might be the last thing he would want anyone to do?

    So I decided to still type a few posts, especially in the Eagles thread. However out of respect to Eric, tone down my usual glee if the Eagles win. I didn't know Eric like some here did, but i think he would be fine with that.

    I know that Eric loved football. as crappy as this is, I am sure he would want you to be happy if your our team wins a friggin game tomorrow.

    Fixed! Lets see Zappe win one for our fallen friend the Show.

    you know what, you are correct. Tomorrow I will be taking one week off from hoping for a Patriots loss so that I can root for a win for @thisistheshow

    RIP buddy.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP showtime.
    You will be missed on the forum, I really enjoyed your subtle sense of humor as well as your knowledgeable posts.
    Condolences to his family and friends. 😥

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:

    @erikthredd said:

    @craig44 said:

    @stevek said:
    In memory of Eric, I seriously thought about not posting anything tomorrow and perhaps for a few days.

    But then considering how much Eric enjoyed this forum, that might be the last thing he would want anyone to do?

    So I decided to still type a few posts, especially in the Eagles thread. However out of respect to Eric, tone down my usual glee if the Eagles win. I didn't know Eric like some here did, but i think he would be fine with that.

    I know that Eric loved football. as crappy as this is, I am sure he would want you to be happy if your our team wins a friggin game tomorrow.

    Fixed! Lets see Zappe win one for our fallen friend the Show.

    you know what, you are correct. Tomorrow I will be taking one week off from hoping for a Patriots loss so that I can root for a win for @thisistheshow

    RIP buddy.

    Almost sounds like George Gipp material. 🙂

  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @GroceryRackPack said:
    I really liked on how showtime would mess with me when I would post a pic or two without my flannel in my postings…

    Eric, You Will Be Missed Here…

    This is for You @Thisistheshow

    Eric every once in a while would chime in with some smack against the Eagles, Philly fans, etc, and I loved every post of it. To me, that's part of the fun of Sports Talk, and even card collecting itself as my favorite players who I rooted for to beat the opposing teams, are always the most fun to collect. 🙂

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,607 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP.

  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,065 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Eric was my closest friend here. we talked sports frequently, but the numerous in-depth conversations we had about life are what i will cherish most. he was a genuinely decent soul. his faith mattered greatly to him.

    i was in my car when i read hall's post tonight. i immediately exited the interstate and stopped so i could reread what i thought i had just read. then i lost it. i hadn't heard from Eric in a number of days, and that was not common. and when no response came after playfully tagging him in the Boston athletes thread, an uneasy feeling overwhelmed me. but i never saw this coming.

    he lived not far from where i grew up, and we discussed meeting a number of times. i could not be more disgusted with myself for not making that happen.

    i'm totally gutted right now

  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Man. Jarring news. He was always supportive in tough times and although our PM’s were infrequent they were always welcome. Gonna miss you buddy

    W.C.Fields
    "I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.
  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,148 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think galaxy said it best, I too am gutted. Eric PM'd me a lot, we talked about life, boxing, he would always ask how things are with me, a genuinely good man and caring soul. This is going to take some time to heal.

  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,286 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So sorry to hear this, prayers for his family and friends.

  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,846 ✭✭✭✭

    And he just made messages just a few days ago...this kind of reminds of how the day before Bob Saget died he made normal life update messages on his social media platform (forget which one; IG maybe?). Or finding the Simons Cat calendar on the day of June 8, 2021 with a few numbers written on it...not realizing it'd be my wife's last day in this mortal realm. I mean there's just something gut wretching seeing someone be (at least seemingly) fit as a fiddle and then the next day they're just gone for no(?) apparent reason. :,(

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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Estil

    I know what you are talking about. I found myself reading his posts from last week. It is so strange reading through them now, knowing what would happen in just a few days.

    so terrible.

    George Brett, Bobby Orr and Terry Bradshaw.

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,137 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP 😞

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  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:
    @Estil

    I know what you are talking about. I found myself reading his posts from last week. It is so strange reading through them now, knowing what would happen in just a few days.

    so terrible.

    Just read through some PM’s from him after I had to make a decision on my dog. So supportive and kind. I’m really going to miss him kind words.

    W.C.Fields
    "I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.
  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,846 ✭✭✭✭

    @2dueces said:

    @craig44 said:
    @Estil

    I know what you are talking about. I found myself reading his posts from last week. It is so strange reading through them now, knowing what would happen in just a few days.

    so terrible.

    Just read through some PM’s from him after I had to make a decision on my dog. So supportive and kind. I’m really going to miss him kind words.

    Um...what...kind...of..."decision"? I hope it's not the kind I'm thinking... :,(

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    Quarters: 61D, 52S, 47S, 46S, 40S, 39S, 38S, 37D+S, 36D+S, 35D, 34D, 32D+S
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  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,846 ✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:

    you know what, you are correct. Tomorrow I will be taking one week off from hoping for a Patriots loss so that I can root for a win for @thisistheshow

    RIP buddy.

    You just better hope that Patriots win won't negatively effect your team's playoff/seeding chances!

    WISHLIST
    Dimes: 54S, 53P, 50P+S, 49S, 45D+S, 44S, 43D, 41S, 40D+S, 39D+S, 38D+S, 37D+S, 36S, 35D+S, all 16-34's
    Quarters: 61D, 52S, 47S, 46S, 40S, 39S, 38S, 37D+S, 36D+S, 35D, 34D, 32D+S
    74 Topps: 37,38,46,47,48,138,151,193,210,214,223,241,256,264,268,277,289,316,435,552,570,577,592,602,610,654,655
    1997 Finest silver: 115, 135, 139, 145, 310
    1995 Ultra Gold Medallion Sets: Golden Prospects, HR Kings, On-Base Leaders, Power Plus, RBI Kings, Rising Stars
  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 3, 2023 7:22AM

    @Estil said:

    @2dueces said:

    @craig44 said:
    @Estil

    I know what you are talking about. I found myself reading his posts from last week. It is so strange reading through them now, knowing what would happen in just a few days.

    so terrible.

    Just read through some PM’s from him after I had to make a decision on my dog. So supportive and kind. I’m really going to miss him kind words.

    Um...what...kind...of..."decision"? I hope it's not the kind I'm thinking... :,(

    Yes unfortunately. It was a very rough time for me. But after a year without we found a beautiful rescue and is spoiled beyond belief. 😃

    W.C.Fields
    "I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.
  • BrickBrick Posts: 4,913 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cute puppy.

    Collecting 1960 Topps Baseball in PSA 8
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    Ralph

  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 3, 2023 9:44AM

    @Brick said:
    Cute puppy.

    Spoiled rotten puppy sleeping on my pillow and Bills blanket.

    W.C.Fields
    "I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.
  • clarke442clarke442 Posts: 599 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Condolences to all family and friends

  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,846 ✭✭✭✭

    @2dueces said:

    @Estil said:

    @2dueces said:

    @craig44 said:
    @Estil

    I know what you are talking about. I found myself reading his posts from last week. It is so strange reading through them now, knowing what would happen in just a few days.

    so terrible.

    Just read through some PM’s from him after I had to make a decision on my dog. So supportive and kind. I’m really going to miss him kind words.

    Um...what...kind...of..."decision"? I hope it's not the kind I'm thinking... :,(

    Yes unfortunately. It was a very rough time for me. But after a year without we found a beautiful rescue and is spoiled beyond belief. 😃

    My grandma lost her black poodle Cleo a few months ago :,(

    WISHLIST
    Dimes: 54S, 53P, 50P+S, 49S, 45D+S, 44S, 43D, 41S, 40D+S, 39D+S, 38D+S, 37D+S, 36S, 35D+S, all 16-34's
    Quarters: 61D, 52S, 47S, 46S, 40S, 39S, 38S, 37D+S, 36D+S, 35D, 34D, 32D+S
    74 Topps: 37,38,46,47,48,138,151,193,210,214,223,241,256,264,268,277,289,316,435,552,570,577,592,602,610,654,655
    1997 Finest silver: 115, 135, 139, 145, 310
    1995 Ultra Gold Medallion Sets: Golden Prospects, HR Kings, On-Base Leaders, Power Plus, RBI Kings, Rising Stars
  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,846 ✭✭✭✭

    @2dueces said:

    @Brick said:
    Cute puppy.

    Spoiled rotten puppy sleeping on my pillow and Bills blanket.

    Puppy?? Looks like a grown man/woman dog! Just like how my cat is not a fur "baby", he's a man!

    WISHLIST
    Dimes: 54S, 53P, 50P+S, 49S, 45D+S, 44S, 43D, 41S, 40D+S, 39D+S, 38D+S, 37D+S, 36S, 35D+S, all 16-34's
    Quarters: 61D, 52S, 47S, 46S, 40S, 39S, 38S, 37D+S, 36D+S, 35D, 34D, 32D+S
    74 Topps: 37,38,46,47,48,138,151,193,210,214,223,241,256,264,268,277,289,316,435,552,570,577,592,602,610,654,655
    1997 Finest silver: 115, 135, 139, 145, 310
    1995 Ultra Gold Medallion Sets: Golden Prospects, HR Kings, On-Base Leaders, Power Plus, RBI Kings, Rising Stars
  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Estil said:

    @2dueces said:

    @Brick said:
    Cute puppy.

    Spoiled rotten puppy sleeping on my pillow and Bills blanket.

    Puppy?? Looks like a grown man/woman dog! Just like how my cat is not a fur "baby", he's a man!

    Yes she’s 3 years old and quite a few pounds heavier since we got her. She’s a really really good dog. We couldn’t have asked for any better. We lost our 2 dogs 2 months apart. Tough time but she’s helping quite a bit

    W.C.Fields
    "I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.
  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Estil said:

    @2dueces said:

    @Estil said:

    @2dueces said:

    @craig44 said:
    @Estil

    I know what you are talking about. I found myself reading his posts from last week. It is so strange reading through them now, knowing what would happen in just a few days.

    so terrible.

    Just read through some PM’s from him after I had to make a decision on my dog. So supportive and kind. I’m really going to miss him kind words.

    Um...what...kind...of..."decision"? I hope it's not the kind I'm thinking... :,(

    Yes unfortunately. It was a very rough time for me. But after a year without we found a beautiful rescue and is spoiled beyond belief. 😃

    My grandma lost her black poodle Cleo a few months ago :,(

    They become so much part of the family

    W.C.Fields
    "I spent 50% of my money on alcohol, women, and gambling. The other half I wasted.
  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,176 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Estil said:
    Puppy?? Looks like a grown man/woman dog!

    Doesn't matter how old they are they will always be your "Puppy" :)

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,176 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @2dueces said:

    @Brick said:
    Cute puppy.

    Spoiled rotten puppy sleeping on my pillow and Bills blanket.

    I thought that's what the pillows and blankets were for! At least my Oliver thinks so - o:)

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