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Just Over a Year Ago We Lost One of the Bright Young Lights in Numismatics

TomBTomB Posts: 20,277 ✭✭✭✭✭
I apologize to Chad for not having this thread up on the one year anniversary of his passing, but I must have allowed day-to-day life to get in the way of posting this thread for him.

Chadler Alan Williford, better known to us as Chad, SilverEagles92 or munkeyman95, passed away April 30, 2010 at the age of seventeen years. Chad had joined us on the NGC and PCGS boards several years previous to his death and grew not only as a numismatist, but also as a young man in that time. I was fortunate to have an early interaction with Chad that led us to send messages to one another fairly frequently and allowed me to watch as he became more logical, analytical and passionate about numismatics and from afar to see him grow. Chad liked to play around on the boards and some might have interpreted that as lacking discipline or a serious nature, but he was able to apply himself to many subjects and would have been spectacular at near anything he could have chosen if given the chance.

When I read that Chad had passed away I could not believe it; could not believe that someone so young and talented and vibrant with such passion and potential could be gone without recourse. Unfortunately, this was the case. I bookmarked his obituaries at Apex Funeral Home and the News & Observer. I never met Chad in person and his life in North Carolina was a bit removed from mine in New England, but I do visit his obituary on occasion to have a short moment of silence. Sometimes I even speak to him briefly.

Early in Chad’s online numismatic journey he purchased an exquisitely original Capped Bust quarter from me. The coin was raw and I had only shortly before that time obtained it from a show in MA. He loved the coin and surprised me by not only having it sent to PCGS for certification, but also by paying to get TrueView images taken. The coin was graded by me as a G6 and by PCGS as a VG8, but that didn’t matter to either of us because we both thought it was a simply gorgeous piece of American history. He was concerned about the planchet flaws near the edge, but I told him PCGS would grade the coin. Later, he needed to raise some quick cash and so the coin was sold, but he regretted selling it and posted on the boards that he missed the coin and that it might have been his favorite piece. Opportunity knocked on his door and he purchased the coin again, only to be forced a short while later to again list it for sale. I purchased the coin from him, but told him to keep the coin as a gift from me to him; he was quite touched by the gesture. Later, in another financial pinch, he was again forced to sell the coin. The last time he sold the coin was shortly before he passed away. I posted a thread on the boards asking for assistance in obtaining this particular piece and was finally able to reacquire this favorite coin.

Today I bring this coin to shows with me and whenever I have a table it is displayed in the middle of a case with “NFS” (Not For Sale) listed under the slab. Invariably, this causes multiple show patrons to ask about the coin wondering if it is a difficult variety or what the story attached to the coin might be. I then tell them about this young man whom I knew, who had so much to live for and was so well equipped to handle a variety of challenges, but who never had the opportunity to explore the world and find his niche. It has brought tears to the eyes of strangers, has led to handshakes and to quite moments. Chad might be gone, but he is not forgotten and I hope he is on a greater journey. Good bye, my friend, and take care.



Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

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



  • MoldnutMoldnut Posts: 3,080 ✭✭✭✭
    Nice post Tom.

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  • llafoellafoe Posts: 7,220 ✭✭
    Great tribute! Thanks for keeping his memory alive!
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  • STONESTONE Posts: 15,275
    I still miss the guy image
  • coinlieutenantcoinlieutenant Posts: 9,304 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hard to believe it has been over a year. Thanks for the post to remember. Our daily lives do so often get in the way of the important things.

  • 123cents123cents Posts: 7,178 ✭✭✭
    What a great tribute to a great young man that left us much to soon. To me, he always kept the PCGS & NGC forum fun with his joking comments. I too have a keepsake from Chad that is not for sale. Before he passed he sold me a 1875-CC Seated Half Dollar graded VG-8 by NGC. Every time I look at this nice but well worn coin I think of Chad and all the good things he bought to this old man's life and to the countless others on these boards.

  • melvin289melvin289 Posts: 3,019
    I did not know Chad either but to those that did and posted tributes to him, very well done.

    I once read that as long as someone is remembered they are never really gone.

    Think of him often and kindly and he continues to exist.


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  • mkman123mkman123 Posts: 6,849 ✭✭✭✭
    I knew Chad from the forums and he was one of the nicest guys ever. I got to know him very well and kept in touch nearly daily via phone txting or pms on the forum. We need more YNs like him, he was so willing to help and enthusiastic.

    Miss ya buddy!!!
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  • PCcoinsPCcoins Posts: 3,345 ✭✭✭
    Thank you Tom for taking the time to create this thread. I remembered him when you posted his forum names, but never had personal chats with him.
    He sounded like a stand up guy and very bright. Extremely sad news, as it always is when life is taken away so shortly... really makes you think and appreciate the little things in life.

    My heart goes out to the family and loved ones. 17 is just way, way to early to leave this beautiful planet. image

    TomB is top notch in my book and after reading this I had to add another notch in my book. Thank you
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  • PutTogetherPutTogether Posts: 2,141 ✭✭✭
    I've been away from the boards for a while and had no idea. I remember PMing with him a bunch back and forth while he was waiting for the UHR double eagles to come out. He was super excited to see the coin. I had ordered one and decided to back out, and he was going to take my order if his didn't get pushed through. I remember another time I had put up a post about a diamond ring, and the best way to sell it, and he was PM ing me right away about some people he know that knew about such things. I bought a few things from him on the BST too - but can't seem to remember what.

    He was a super nice kid, I'm really sorry to hear this.

    He even jumped to my defense in a BST thread once - setting someone straight for misinterpreting an attempt at a joke I made.

  • TomB thanks for sharing Chad's story, I never had the pleasure of meeting him. The story is very moving, life is so short, unfair and unpredictable...
  • I had done several trades with him and immediately remembered the username.

    I'm glad you are honoring his memory.
  • SaorAlbaSaorAlba Posts: 7,425 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What a nice post to read this morning - thank you very much for touching the life of a YN and sharing your experience.
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  • krankykranky Posts: 8,709 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for a great post, Tom. And for a great tribute to Chad.

    New collectors, please educate yourself before spending money on coins; there are people who believe that using numismatic knowledge to rip the naïve is what this hobby is all about.

  • WingsruleWingsrule Posts: 2,969 ✭✭✭✭
    With all of the recent activity here on the boards, I vote POTD!
  • speetyspeety Posts: 5,424

    << <i>I still miss the guy image >>

    Me too image

    Good post Tom
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  • greghansengreghansen Posts: 4,301 ✭✭✭
    Wow. Thanks for sharing.

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  • guitarwesguitarwes Posts: 9,231 ✭✭✭

    Although I didn't know Chad as well as some on here, I feel like I was an intimate part of this story now because I have owned this coin and purchased it directly from Chad. Something about the coin has a pull to it because I, too, wish I had never sold it. But in the end it was meant to be for larger things than me.

    RIP Chad.
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  • lunytune2lunytune2 Posts: 1,077 ✭✭✭
    Wow .. from reading his posts I thought he was older than 17 .. sad image
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Very nice tribute Tom, for a nice guy.... Cheers, RickO
  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,466 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nice post, nice story. Thanks for keeping the memory alive.
  • DorkGirlDorkGirl Posts: 9,994 ✭✭✭
    Nice thing to do for him, thanks.
  • relicsncoinsrelicsncoins Posts: 7,751 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Very thoughtful Tom. I can't believe a year has come and gone since that tragic day.
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  • AuroraBorealisAuroraBorealis Posts: 3,591 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Tom this is one of the finest threads i have read on here...Great story for a very unfortunate thing...
    Great gesture by you to have purchased the coin and let him keep it and very cool that you eventually ended up with it and are keeping it...
    Thanks for bringing this memory back...

  • lcoopielcoopie Posts: 8,563 ✭✭✭✭
    I posted my reply ATS but it's worth repeating here:

    I don't speak Yiddish, but there is a word for a man like you,

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    Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש mentsh; from German: Mensch, for "human being") means "a person of integrity and honor".[1] The opposite of a mensch is an Unmensch (meaning: an utterly cruel or evil person). According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, mensch is "someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being 'a real mensch' is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous."[2]

    In Yiddish (from which the word has migrated as a loanword into American English), mensch roughly means "a good person." A mensch is a particularly good person, like "a stand-up guy," a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague. Mentschlekhkeyt (Yiddish: מענטשלעכקייט, German: Menschlichkeit) are the properties which make one a mensch.

    During the Age of Enlightenment in Germany the term "Humanität", in the philosophical sense of compassion, was used to describe what characterizes a "better human being" in Humanism. The concept goes back to Cicero's Humanitas and was literally translated into the German word Menschlichkeit and then adapted into "mentsh" in Yiddish language use.

    In Modern Israeli Hebrew, the phrase Ben Adam (בן אד&#1501image is used as an exact translation of Mensch. Though it usually means simply "a person" (literally, "son of Adam") in general, it is used to mean "a nice guy" in the same way as mensch. This usage may have developed by analogy with Yiddish or by adaptation from Arabic (from which colloquial Israeli Hebrew takes much vocabulary), in which the cognate construction Bani Adam (بني آد&#1605image has the same meaning
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  • BaseballAbsBaseballAbs Posts: 2,621
    I'm curious Tom, what is the significance of the grove of trees? I do remember Chad. I too enjoyed reading his posts. I also thought he was much older in years by reading what he had to say.
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  • BaseballAbsBaseballAbs Posts: 2,621
    Sorry for the double post, But I wanted to add this. A while back I offered you Tom a nice 1818 PCGS VG8 and could not figure for the life of me why he had to have the one he was looking for. I now see clear why. image
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  • coinkid855coinkid855 Posts: 5,012 ✭✭✭

    << <i>Tom this is one of the finest threads i have read on here...Great story for a very unfortunate thing...
    Great gesture by you to have purchased the coin and let him keep it and very cool that you eventually ended up with it and are keeping it...
    Thanks for bringing this memory back...

    ABimage >>

    Seconded! Great post!

  • ElKevvoElKevvo Posts: 3,983 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great post Tom...

    ANA LM
  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,766 ✭✭✭
    Great tribute and post. The young man would be proud.

  • CommemDudeCommemDude Posts: 2,172 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's a terrible tragedy when any young person's life is cut short before he has had the chance to explore and enjoy it fully.

    TomB : you are a class act.
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  • claychaserclaychaser Posts: 4,405 ✭✭✭✭
    Tom B - thanks for maing this post and remembering Chad. I only communicated with him a few times by PM, but he was always very polite. I wish that my YN and I would have been able to meet him in person.

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    I agree one of the best posts I've ever read on here. Thanks Tom.
  • MidLifeCrisisMidLifeCrisis Posts: 10,503 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's one of the nicest, most thoughtful posts I've read on here. Thank you TomB.
  • SonorandesertratSonorandesertrat Posts: 5,695 ✭✭✭✭✭

    << <i>It's a terrible tragedy when any young person's life is cut short before he has had the chance to explore and enjoy it fully.

    TomB : you are a class act. >>

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  • That was just beautiful; thank you for posting all that. image
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  • orevilleoreville Posts: 11,718 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks Tom!
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  • kazkaz Posts: 9,011 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well done, Tom!
  • I agree, wonderful post that made me sad that we lose good people at such a young age, and happy that people like you remember them. You should send a link to this thread to his parents, I am sure it they would enjoy it. Thanks Tom
  • bidaskbidask Posts: 13,707 ✭✭✭✭✭
    thanks for the memorial tribute
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  • robkoolrobkool Posts: 5,934 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I sure miss Chad's numismatic knowledge... image
  • MarkMark Posts: 3,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very moving post. I wish Chad's family would see your post and the out pouring of good thoughts and rememberences of Chad.

  • I dont know you Tom but I wish i did. Great post and very sorry that Chad was taken from you ( and us)
  • astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks, Tom. Chad was a good guy and I enjoyed talking Bust halves with him. I never knew he was "just a kid" until his untimely death. What a great idea you have with your NFS coin - a terrific way to honor Chad's memory.
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  • dogwooddogwood Posts: 1,935 ✭✭✭✭
    Very nice tribute.
    I can recall being young and having to sell coins I wish I hadn't, and I was reliving that in your story. Sad that he couldn't grow older and have the means to hold on to the collected treasures of his life.
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  • JRoccoJRocco Posts: 14,277 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks Tom
    That was nice.
    Some coins are just plain "Interesting"
  • savoyspecialsavoyspecial Posts: 7,255 ✭✭✭✭
    very nice post Tom

    this coin was from Chad:




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    Great post Tom. It brings to light the reality of what should be most important to all of us.
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