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    Cyburbian natski's avatar
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    I went to bed last night praying for a miracle for Bear and woke up to the sad news this morning

    I am now at work trying to explain to my collegues (while wiping away a few tears) how someone i never had the opportunity to meet has had a impact on mine, and everyones lifes here on cyburbia.

    My sincere condolences to his family, especially his Katie.
    "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" Zoolander

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    Sad news

    Very sorry to hear of Bear's passing. He will be sorely missed.

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    I am deeply saddened by the news. My sincere condolences.
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    As a surprise, a few years ago Bear called me on my birthday. We enjoyed a friendly and, of course, humorous conversation. A true gentleman.
    We'll never get to play that one-on-one basketball game. I'll miss him and our good-natured ribbing of each other.



    EDIT: From a PM he sent me years ago:
    And even at (in August) age 60, your ass is grass on the roundball court.
    Last edited by Richmond Jake; 18 Oct 2012 at 6:06 PM.

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    Changed my avatar again. Irritated Bear.

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    This is sad news.

    RIP Bear. Thank you so much for all your awesome posts and especially for the good advice while my wife was going through a bone marrow transplant much like you had done. Cyburbia will never be the same and hearing of his passing makes all my other problems right now seem so trivial.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    OMG.... This is so, so sad. Never met the man but I liked him so much and will miss him here.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    This is just terrible news. I hoped to meet him when he traveled to Oregon to see his son, but that never happened. It is amazing how deeply one can be affected by losing someone you've never met. I will miss his wisdom and humor.

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    Tranplanner emailed me.

    I'll never look at urinal cakes and screens the same and will appreciate logistics.

    Another person who provided me a ray of joy when I was in a dark place that I wish I'd met in real life.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Multi-national grief for a man most of us never met; does that say something about Bear or what?

    I can't be the only one who really didn't think this would happen.

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    I've never met Bear nor have had any interactions with him on the forums, yet seeing this outpouring of condolences and support for his family I also feel saddened. He must have been a really good man. also wanted to say to consider donating to the American Cancer Society and similar charitable organizations
    The content contrarian

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    Fat Cat

    R.I. P. Bear
    My condolences to his family

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    For Bear.

    I'll leave a seat open for you at the tailgate at the Big House this Saturday... and a seat at the World Series (if I happen to get tickets) so you can watch your favorite Mud Hens.

    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Address

    If you can rd ths msg, you cn snd Katie a card.

    http://www.whitepages.com/name/Michael-Raczko/Ohio

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    TOFB Tribute

    Posted a tune on our facebook page. This was Bear's kind of music, if you are so inclined. . . .

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-To...nd/78205041120

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    A Toast!

    To a man many of us have come to know if person and/or this forum.

    To a man who made our lives more rich with his wisdom and humor.

    To a man who loved his Tigers, Mud Hens, Wolverines, and Rolling Rock.

    To the BEAR UP NORTH

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    A major loss for us. He will certainly be missed. We had a good connection - his love of northern Michigan/UP and I grewup in northern Michigan. He actually knew my small hometown well.

    He is our heart and soul, and not even a planner, which makes it even better.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    and may you always have your duck plunger!
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    Quote Originally posted by OfficialPlanner View post
    I've never met Bear nor have had any interactions with him on the forums, yet seeing this outpouring of condolences and support for his family I also feel saddened. He must have been a really good man. also wanted to say to consider donating to the American Cancer Society and similar charitable organizations
    Has Bear's family named any specific organizations to which we can send memorial contributions? I haven't been able to find an obituary online.

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    Last night as I was thinking about BUN, it occurred to me that the Internet is an odd place. Some of our favorite people are people we've never met.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Bear, if you can read/see this, RJ thinks he has a chance against you on the b-ball court now.




    Dan, nice touch on the banner at the top. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    Has Bear's family named any specific organizations to which we can send memorial contributions? I haven't been able to find an obituary online.
    Stuff takes a while, even for the pro-active types who have a draft obit prepared months in advance. Unless it's a celeb, it can take a couple days to finish figuring out arrangements and details.

    Bear has a number of interests listed on his FB wall.

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    From another thread...here's the obit. (Thanks, DetroitPlanner.)

    http://www.tributes.com/show/Michael-Raczko-94600539

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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    Last night as I was thinking about BUN, it occurred to me that the Internet is an odd place. Some of our favorite people are people we've never met.
    RJ and I were talking about this tonite. It's like "immediate pen pals".

    I can't stop tearing up.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    RJ and I were talking about this tonite. It's like "immediate pen pals".
    Agreed. Although I never met BUN in person, he seemed like such a nice, genuine human being. Really sad to hear this news
    Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

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