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Old 10-06-2012, 16:29   #1
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A real loss for me.

My wife and I Have just returned from the funeral of the man that introduced/taught me to reload back in 1985. He was a father type mentor and we remained close friends until his death on Wednesday. Through experiences with him, I believe I learned at least as much about external ballistics, load development, pressure and lead than everything I've read since.

Rest in Peace Paul Reed - you have earned your reward but I'll still miss you.
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Old 10-06-2012, 16:33   #2
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I'm sorry you lost your friend.
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Old 10-06-2012, 17:12   #3
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Very sorry for your loss.
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Old 10-06-2012, 17:28   #4
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Sorry for your loss Uncle Don.
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Old 10-06-2012, 18:14   #5
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Thoughts and prayers to you and Paul's family.
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Old 10-06-2012, 18:15   #6
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Hi,

Sorry to hear it Uncle Don, it sounds like Paul was an exceptional person.

Take care,

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Old 10-06-2012, 18:17   #7
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Sorry for you loss. Now pay it forward , pass the knowledge on to someone else, and tell them to do the same thing . He lives forever that way .
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Old 10-06-2012, 18:20   #8
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Sorry for your loss and prayers for his family! That type of person is what keeps the shooting community growing and learning. More of us shooters and reloaders should be like your friend and mentor and teach the fun and safety of shooting and reloading to anyone that is interested. It'll keep the sport growing and protect our 2nd amendment rights to have more participants.
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Old 10-06-2012, 20:02   #9
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Condolences to you and Paul's family. As was mentioned, be sure to share just as Paul did!
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Old 10-06-2012, 20:22   #10
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Sorry for your loss Uncle Don.
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Old 10-06-2012, 20:55   #11
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I am very sorry to hear that. The loss of a loved one is always a painfull thing.
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Old 10-06-2012, 20:57   #12
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RIP Mr. Reed.
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Old 10-06-2012, 21:25   #13
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Sorry to hear of your loss, I hope your friend wasn't in pain at the end.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:32   #14
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I had someone like that too. I worked at a gun store when I was 16-18, Gene was about 60. I learned more about life from him than maybe anyone. He was a master BSer. My favorite quote from him was in reference to the Vietnamese. "Bobert it's a F&$@ed up world 20 years ago I was paid to kill them, today I'm paid to wait on them." I kept in touch with gene for the next 20 years. I miss him a lot and think about him often when shooting or when I see one of his old guns in the safe.

I'm sorry for your loss.

May Gene and Paul both rest in peace.
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Old 10-07-2012, 18:20   #15
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My sincere condolences, Uncle Don.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:48   #16
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Sorry to hear of your friends passing and your loss sir, may the memories stay with you and be shared.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:34   #17
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Thank you for the thoughts - I'll do my best to move the hobby forward as suggested. I think Paul would like that.

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Old 10-09-2012, 19:39   #18
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:35   #19
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I am sorry for your loss, I'm glad you had such a good friend and mentor, but sorry you lost him. When I started to read this thread, I had the same thought several expressed.
His legacy is the knowledge, kindness, and friendship he passed on to you, which you can now mentor and pass on to someone else.
I had a similar experience just a couple of years back.

My friend of 35 years taught me a lot about guns and shooting, he also was very instrumental in helping me become a Mason.
We didn't see each other or talk as often after he retired, but
he always told me to come on by and do some shooting if I were in the area. He was about 25 miles away and had 60 or so acres and a 200 yard outdoor range.

I thought about him and his wife many times over the years and always did mean to make the trip down and visit and shoot some. We did see each other from time to time and I told him I would be down, and he always said,"Any Time".

A work buddy passed away, and we ran into each other at the visitation, I was arriving and he was just leaving. We talked for a few minutes, and I told him that I had been meaning to come down, and as always he said any time and that he would be glad to see me. I was honestly, going to
go very soon.

Three weeks later, after we talked, my friend was killed at his home, in a tractor accident. I never made the visit.
At his funeral, I kept thinking of a saying that I had heard
years before,
"I would cherish one flower and a kind word while I am
here, more than a truckload of flowers after I am gone."

Never put off contacting those who are special to you,
friends or family, because we never know when that bond
will be broken. Always remember those who are gone and
who we loved and held special, the joy they brought us, and the things they taught us. I again am sorry for you loss,
but remember and pass on the things he taught you.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:37   #20
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Don,

I'm glad Paul got you going. You've certainly taught a lot of others along the way, including me. Thank you.

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Don,

I'm glad Paul got you going. You've certainly taught a lot of others along the way, including me. Thank you.

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Sorry about your loss and I'm sure he was proud of you as his student & friend. Have enjoyed following you on the reloading forum. Prayer sent. RIP. JIM
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:31   #22
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Sorry for your loss Uncle Don. Prayers to his Family being sent.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:30   #23
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Sorry for your loss Don..

My thoughts and prayers to his friends and family as they deal with their grief.
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Old 01-11-2013, 15:26   #24
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Don, you've many memories to carry forward and he'll be in your thoughts for the rest of your life.

As others have said, pass the knowledge forward. I met a younger man (most of them are younger nowadays) two weeks at the local range, asked him if he wanted his 45acp brass. He said no, and he and is girlfriend helped me pick it up. I again asked him if he wanted it, if he had ever considered reloading. "No, not really"....

Last Sunday, he came to me on the line and said he had bought a 650 and dies for reloading 308. I congratulated him and offered any assistance I could give. Fifteen minutes later, in the RO's office, he came to me and asked if he could have my phone number so we could get together. I obviously complied and am still waiting on his call.

They're out there, many who if introduced would take up the hobby and further our sport. All we have to do is be outgoing and courteous so that they know we're here to help.
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When a man gives of himself to help another, he not only stregnthens the person he helps, but also stregnthens his own soul. RIP Paul

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