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Lost a Dear Friend. RIP Drew

2Aman2Aman MemberNorth Texas/FloridaPosts: 332 Member
http://seguingazette.com/news/article_307e75ec-b5b5-11e1-9d53-0019bb2963f4.html?photo=0

Hate to post this.

Not sure if anyone knows. But ADRidge, Drew a forum member and co-worker/friend to me passed two weeks ago. I hate that I didn't put anything up sooner. The link tells how it happenned.

Thank God, Drew passed doing what he loved to do the most in life, flying in a helicopter. I remember a great guy to work and shoot with. He'll be dearly missed.

RIP Drew.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,315 Senior Member
    I am just totally stunned. Totally at a loss.


    Condolences to the family.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,761 Senior Member
    Damn, so sorry to hear this.
    Prayers for all of Drews family.

    Sako
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Near St. LouisPosts: 3,395 Senior Member
    Wow! Hard news! He was a valued member here going back a long time. Thanks for letting us know. Sorry for your loss.

    Dan
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member VirginiaPosts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Oh my God!! I can't believe it!
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Heart broken. Drew and I had good conversations. He will be sorely missed.
  • avmechavmech Senior Member Swamps of south FloridaPosts: 863 Senior Member
    Holy crap! At least he passed doing what he loved. RIP Drew

    :angel2::angel2::angel2:
    Grumpy old gearhead
  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 Senior Member
    Shocking news. RIP, Drew.
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member VirginiaPosts: 8,337 Senior Member
    I am in total shock, he was finally doing what he always wanted to do. I remember when he made the decision (which he shared with us here) to get his life together and pursue his dream of flying helicopters.

    Drew, I'm glad I had the opportunity to know you and be your friend, even if we never met. Godspeed.
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

    NRA Endowment Member
  • BullgatorBullgator Member Central FloridaPosts: 393 Member
    God, that's awful! I didn't realize he was so young - his life was cut way too short. :angel2:
  • airheadairhead Member Orlando area FLPosts: 424 Member
    sad news indeed.

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth.
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
    Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the wind swept heights with easy grace,
    Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
    And, while with silent, lifting mind i've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    Godspeed.
    This post has been made with 100% recycled electrons.

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,292 Senior Member
    Rest in Peace Drew...and Godspeed...

    Keeping your loved ones in our prayers...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member VirginiaPosts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Airhead, thank you for posting that poem. From conversations we had, it completely describes how Drew felt when he was in the air.
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

    NRA Endowment Member
  • airheadairhead Member Orlando area FLPosts: 424 Member
    LMLarsen wrote: »
    Airhead, thank you for posting that poem. From conversations we had, it completely describes how Drew felt when he was in the air.

    You're welcome. It was the first thing that came to mind when I read this thread.
    This post has been made with 100% recycled electrons.

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Olsburg KansasPosts: 1,650 Senior Member
    Sad news, RIP.
  • BufordBuford Senior Member CA. Beach citiesPosts: 6,722 Senior Member
    My sincerest condolences to the family.:angel2:
    I had the privilege of shooting with Drew and considered him a friend. He will be missed.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member VirginiaPosts: 8,337 Senior Member
    2AMan, you're in our prayers at this time too.
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

    NRA Endowment Member
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Miami, FL almost in the USA ;)Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Rest in Peace.. prayers for his family.

    Dan
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 688 Senior Member
    Sad news I had talked with Drew about the area and I know the people he was drying cherries for and when I lived there we lived just up the street from the Orchard.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    :angel2:
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  • shushshush Senior Member This Sceptical Isle.Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    Far too young, RIP.
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Sovereign SCPosts: 5,463 Senior Member
    At a complete loss of words.
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    :angel2::angel2: May he RIP and my condolences to his family.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
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  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Senior Member Posts: 3,249 Senior Member
    Way too young, prayers for his family and RIP.
    The fire service needs a "culture of extinguishment not safety" Ray McCormack FDNY
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Living in a van, down by the river.Posts: 14,041 Senior Member
    Wow. This is like a punch in the gut. Drew was a great guy, one of the first to reach out and make contact with me when I first signed up on the forum. My prayers for his family and friends.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Panama City, Fl.Posts: 8,695 Senior Member
    :angel2:Truely sad, sad news!! He almost grew up here! Prayers sent!!
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Wow. This is like a punch in the gut. Drew was a great guy, one of the first to reach out and make contact with me when I first signed up on the forum. My prayers for his family and friends.

    Even though we never really conversed, He will be missed greatly, Taken so suddenly, just as when My cousin Andre died at a young age also, Drew was one of those truly good people that everyone could appreciate and like.

    God speed Drew.... :angel2:
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member A true 'Southerner'. NZPosts: 8,403 Senior Member
    I dont have the words to express my sorrow at this news.
    :angel2: to family and friends.

    Rest in peace Drew.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Near Seligman AZPosts: 1,052 Senior Member
    I am very sad.....he was a great guy.........and will be missed by all...RIP Drew.
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Lake County, FloridaPosts: 7,927 Senior Member
    So young....extremely tragic loss. I remember him talking here about hauling the chopper to that job. My condolences to his family and friends.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • EliEli Senior Member Attalla, Alabama.Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    Drew was a really great guy, a great person to just have a conversation with. He will be sorely missed.

    My condolences to his family.
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