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Just read some sad news

Discussion in 'Gone But Not Forgotten' started by Welder Dave, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. Welder Dave

    Welder Dave Senior Member

    Oct 12, 2014
    I just read my high school welding teacher had passed away last year a few weeks shy of 73. What made it even sadder was reading he struggled with dementia for the last 6 years of his life. Even after graduating he was someone I could go to for advice and let me build a few projects as a former student. Just an all around great person. He also let a retired judge come in the shop and make metal ornaments. Probably the most liked teacher in the school. There are some people that really leave an impression on you and help shape your future. He was one of those people and I will always remember him fondly.
  2. kshansen

    kshansen Senior Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Retired Mechanic in Stone Quarry
    Central New York, USA
    As someone who is just a few years short of that age I can have strong feelings about his situation.

    Know a couple who we used to ride motorcycles with for many years the wife has totally lost all memory of of who her husband is and even gets mad at him for talking with the young girl who stops over now and then, that his her daughter and mother of her two grandsons who are both in college!

    I'm hoping I never get to that stage! Guess we have been "lucky?" in our family as I can't recall anyone suffering that way at least as far as my grandparents on mom or dads side.
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  3. Vetech63

    Vetech63 Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2016
    My father is in stage 4 of Alzheimer's as we speak. Its really a sad situation, even worse for my poor mother. We have a lot of history in my family with these type of brain diseases.
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  4. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

    Dec 8, 2015
    fry cook
    SE Washington St
    Alzheimer's is a tough thing to witness. My mom just turned 96 this last Nov 3rd.
  5. Nige

    Nige Senior Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    I can relate. I'm the nearest relative to a 93 year-old aunt who is slowly retreating from the World. It's difficult to witness it when you remember what she was like only a couple of years ago when she had all her marbles.
    Having said that, up until very recently she smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish. She's bipolar, and many years ago had about half of her stomach removed to treat an ulcer long before the modern miracle drugs came on the scene. TBH we're amazed she's made it this far .........!!
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  6. NobudyInParticular

    NobudyInParticular Member

    May 10, 2020
    Don't rightly know, or, Ain't Figured It out yet!
    To all who have aging loved ones, I feel for you, Through the years I've lost family members and friends. It seems to be a sad part of living, we're all going to die!
    How do you view death? With the sadness of losing someone, or celebration for the existence of a person's lifetime on earth?
    It makes me wonder, Why are we here? In this body, on this planet we call earth. Forgive me, I don't want to offend anyone (on this subject) loosing a loved one is very emotional and filled with (for me) sadness and questions about our very existence. Why are we here?
    I just don't believe we crawled out of the oceans and evolved from monkeys to caveman to human beings! I'm not a subscriber to the belief. So why, or how are we here?
    I toss this out to the community searching for answers . . .
    Why are we here?
    To Learn? To Teach?
    Must we "learn" whatever it is we must, in order to pass to the next level of existence? The next "grade"?
    I feel we're here for a reason . . . I just don't know what.
    I'm 62 (May 2020) Lifes end grows closer by the second. My best years are behind me. I am blessed and thankful to enjoy every day I have on this planet. Thinking of dying is emotional! It makes me tear up thinking of my life ... no more.
    why are we here?
    Your thoughts, please.
    (save any witty or grade school remarks for the appropriate forum)
    Last edited: May 11, 2020
  7. DB2

    DB2 Senior Member

    Jan 4, 2015
    Winnipeg MB Canada
    Watched my dad succumb to it as well. Terrible to see someone waste away. Thankful for all he did to make me who I am today.
  8. Steve Frazier

    Steve Frazier Founder

    Oct 31, 2003
    LaGrangeville, N.Y.
    I lost my Dad to Alzheimer's in '97, I watched him deteriorate for 7 years, he reverted to a child. It was God awful. I remember praying during his last week for God to call him home and end his suffering, that was a real tough thing to do. I still tear up every time I think about it.