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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.
  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.
  4. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

    Dec 8, 2015
    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 .........!!