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Old 05-26-2018, 08:57 PM   #1
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Festus2, farewell my dear friend

It is with a heavy heart that I find I must post this on the Forum. A dear friend of mine, who was also one of the long time moderators of this Forum, passed away a few days ago. I well remember the day some five years ago that Festus2 informed me he had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. That horrible condition took a dear friend and excellent moderator from us. If after you read this post, if you feel like I do, may I encourage you to make a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/.

Please allow me a paragraph or two to honor Festus2. As you can see on his Forum bio, Festus2 was Canadian and lived in British Columbia. He was a retired elementary school principal. One interesting point of his life - as Canada is part of the Commonwealth - Festus2 and his wife (also an educator) traded positions and homes with a pair of Australian educators for five years. Festus2 also enjoyed a glass of wine. My wife and I spent a wonderful week with Festus2 and his wife in the Okanogan Valley of British Columbia, wandering around only a few of the some 900 wineries and tasting rooms plus taking a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway. Festus2 never heard of some Southern edibles such as hominy and blackeyed peas. We were able to introduce Festus2 to the elegant taste of blackeyed peas, but never got the chance to introduce him to yellow hominy. I always wondered what he would have thought of grits.

Festus2 loved curling. I used to kid him about the time his senior team beat Bernie Sparks' team at the local curling rink. Sparks was a Canadian Olympic Curling Team leader some years ago. I was always proud that Festus2 was the skip when his team beat Bernie!

Festus2 was the person who you would meet and within five minutes, it was like you had known him all your life. He was kind, insightful, and had a very dry sense of humor. He loved to curl, fish, camp, and share stories (over wine, of course). If we could all just follow the example that Festus2 set for us, the World would be a better place.

Thank all of you for granting me this chance to pay a tribute, as insignificant as it is, to a dear departed friend.


P.S. - May I request a moderator to put a sticky on this post to keep it at the top for at least a time period?

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Old 05-27-2018, 02:12 AM   #2
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Geo, truly a fine tribute to an extraordinary man. You did him proud...

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Old 05-27-2018, 04:33 AM   #3
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Thank you for the sad news. Festus2 (Richard) was a good friend to many on the forum. His wit, insight, ability to look at the bright side of almost any situation (probably from his training dealing with elementary age children and their parents) were strong attributes he shared with this forum.

Not long before he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, he came up with the hairbrained idea to change his profile name to something "more fitting".... Many made suggestions, some thought the change wasn't a good idea.

In the end, Richard decided to not change his profile name. For any of the "old timers" on the forum, Festus2 had become a part of the foundation for what this forum had become. He will be missed, as a friend, as a great guy to ask for advice, as someone who found a way to share good feelings in situations that seemed so bleak.

He is truly a "cornerstone" for this forum and he will be missed by many who consider him a friend and by many new members who may never have known him, but benefit from the forum he helped to create for all of us.

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Old 05-27-2018, 04:35 AM   #4
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I would like to add my condolences to his family. Festus2 was a very knowledgeable and informative member on this forum. He was one of the first to welcome me on here and answered a lot of my questions. May he rest in peace.

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Old 05-27-2018, 05:07 AM   #5
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Richard was the one that sent me a PM asking if I would consider becoming a moderator here. It was an honor to accept and I remember a few phone conversations with him, He truly was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was an educator and Iím sure everyone here can agree he taught us a lot more than just RV knowledge. Richard if your watching over us (as Iím sure you are) Iím staying OFF the blue page like you asked.

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Old 05-27-2018, 05:10 AM   #6
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Festus2, grace and peace. Your legacy here on this forum is legendary and your touches are evident everywhere. Thank you for setting the bar of excellence high. You will be missed, but not forgotten.

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Old 05-27-2018, 05:25 AM   #7
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So long Festus2 - the Forum you helped moderate will be poorer for the loss of your wit, your knowledge - and your patience dealing with the many personalities embodied here. I have missed your regular posts and responses here of late. The DW and I had wondered if you had been ill. Your passing is sad news. So, a belated thank you for your advice and wise council and, of course, condolences to your family.
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Old 05-27-2018, 05:36 AM   #8
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GEO, Howdy;

Thanks for the tribute to Festus2, fitting it comes on Memorial Day, known as
Remembrance Day in a lot of the former British Empire.

He will be missed.

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Old 05-27-2018, 10:05 AM   #9
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I remember asking Richard why the Festus2 handle. Evidently, in the early days of this Forum, there was an early user using Festus. That is why he was "Festus2". OK, but how did someone from BC settle on Festus or even Festus2? The story goes back to a faculty skit at his school. The skit was an adaptation of "Gunsmoke" (for you young ones, that was a very popular TV show back in the 1950s-60s). No, the principal didn't get to play Marshall Dillon, he got to play Festus. For some reason, this skit came to Richard's mind when he joined the Keystone Forum, but because of an earlier user, he became "Festus2". I will also note that Richard did not like his name used on the Forum and insisted on being addressed as "Festus2". However, I think he would approve now.

Another story, as the moderators probably know, Richard loved curling. He played in the senior leagues including this past winter. However, in these past two seasons (one winter), Richard was forced to use the stick to deliver the stone. He still played the skip position but could not do the usual yelling at the sweepers and the stone.

As some of the older members know, my background is in geology and geophysics. I remember having a weeklong email discussion with Richard on the subject of curling stones and how the cooling of the magma and formation of the mineral crystal could in fact affect the reaction of the stone to dimples on the ice. It was a great discussion that we both enjoyed. During one of our visits, he actually borrowed a stone from the curling rink and we turned it over in the dining room and looked at it with a rock loupe! Hmm, maybe TMI?

Oh, and JRTJH, Richard remembered our "gray poopon" series of posts! He would always chuckle and shake his head at adding olive oil to the black tank. BTW, even with our new fiver, I still add Wash Soda (sodium carbonate) or Olive Oil to the black tank regularly.

Hankaye - Thank you. It is great to hear from you!

Chuckster57 - I remember when Richard recruited you as a moderator. From your early posts, I agreed with him that you would be a fine moderator.

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Old 05-27-2018, 12:41 PM   #10
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There is a time when we'll all have to pull into that RV park in the in the sky. Let's consider it a trip with no worries about flat tires, running out of fuel, and the campfire is always burning brightly, and it sounds like most importantly, the wine is always good!
Farewell Festus2

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