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#694858 - 05/12/17 12:48 am Sad News Ben Strain RIP  
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Our friend Ben Strain died today. Apparently a medical emergency of some type while driving. His son Dave asked me to notify his many motorcycle buddies. I have no other details yet.

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#694859 - 05/12/17 12:59 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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HOLY [censored]! SAY IT AINT SO!

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In shock, I called the farm. A nice lady I did not know answered in a quiet voice that said it all. frown
Terrible news. Condolences and love to Miss Peggy and the Strain family on this dark day.

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#694861 - 05/12/17 1:18 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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A true gentleman.

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#694862 - 05/12/17 1:33 am Re: Sad News [Re: royaloilfield]  
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My heart is filled with sadness

and secret tears will flow

What it means to lose you

No one will ever know

Since you'll never be forgotten

I pledge to you today

A hallowed place within my heart is where you'll always stay

In memory of my friend and hero

May you rest in peace


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#694864 - 05/12/17 1:58 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Thanks for letting us know, Bill. Thoughts go out to Peggy and the rest of his family.
A real gentleman, so reminds me of my grandfather. Don't know his age, but must have been pushing 8 decades, and still loved to ride the old bikes and hang around with the young uns. He will leave a mark on all that knew him.

#694865 - 05/12/17 2:01 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I really wish this was not true..... As many great memories as I have, I was looking forward to many many more. I enjoyed every conversation I ever had with Ben. He was a wise and great man .....


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#694867 - 05/12/17 2:07 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I died as mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was human,

Why should I fear?
When was I less by dying?

Yet once more I shall die human,
To soar with angels blessed above.
And when I sacrifice my angel soul
I shall become what no mind ever conceived.
As a human, I will die once more.
Reborn, I will with the angels soar.

And when I let my angel body go,
I shall be more than mortal mind can know.

Rumi

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#694868 - 05/12/17 2:12 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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#694869 - 05/12/17 2:13 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I have so many memories of Ben and Peggy, he was one of the first bb.c's I met in 2003 and even had the honor of being a guest in their house.

The highest praise we can give some one like him is to say "He was one of the good ones."


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#694871 - 05/12/17 2:15 am Re: Sad News [Re: Mike Baker]  
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this is bad news. he was one of the finest i have met. all ways up beat and not a bad word from him. my thoughts go out to peggy and family.


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#694872 - 05/12/17 2:18 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Ben was one of the best, a gentleman, a friend, a mentor .... I think he would have been 80 this year, but he was doing everything he wanted to do, on his terms, right up to the last minute.

Hard to believe the number of things he had done and the amount of work, and play, that he accomplished in his life. Soldier, dairy farmer, horseman, vintage bike and car enthusiast, caregiver, friend to everyone, it's a huge list.

I'll think of him every time I throw a leg over one of my Britbikes ....

Lannis


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#694873 - 05/12/17 2:22 am Re: Sad News [Re: bill50cal]  
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#694875 - 05/12/17 2:30 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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#694876 - 05/12/17 2:41 am Re: Sad News [Re: royaloilfield]  
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#694877 - 05/12/17 2:45 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Don't have words for this. One of the first I met at the OVBSA club. He encouraged me to join this great web site of Morgan's. Glad I did. I will miss him.


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#694880 - 05/12/17 3:39 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Of the many dear friends I have made on Britbike, Ben was the one I was closest to. He was like an uncle to me.

I will miss our meals together at Mid Ohio and the Three State.

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I will miss riding in his truck listening to his stories of being a dairy farmer, dealing with his elderly father, how to drive a Model T Ford, and his road trips when he was in the army. All told with a bluegrass CD being played in the background and dear Peggy sitting in the back seat.

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I will miss his singing and guitar playing - we would play at Mid Ohio every year in the evening and at the Three State when I could attend. He would bring his old banjo for me to play. He loved traditional bluegrass and had a wonderful voice.

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RIP Ben, you were the best.







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#694881 - 05/12/17 3:41 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Thanks for posting this sad and difficult news, Bill.

Met him at my first TSMR and he was a kind and generous man to a fault (not to mention a helluva musician!). Just reading these comments and looking at the photos tells the story.

My deepest sympathies to Peggy and the rest of the family. My condolences to all of you who have lost a close friend.

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Keep the good memories close,

Steve

#694884 - 05/12/17 4:10 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Sad news indeed. Another empty seat at Mid Ohio. Tarvin, Bonzo, now Ben. We must remember to cherish the times we can get together. There are so many wonderful people we have met through Britbike. Sadly, we and the hobby in general, are not getting younger. I hope when I go I can go like Ben. Godspeed Ben.


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#694885 - 05/12/17 4:13 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Oh NO...Not Ben.... frown

Not one of the best, Ben was THE best, first met him at Brimfield MA. And we were friends from the get go, me and him were always the first up of a morning. Always remember chatting with him in the Lannis homestead over coffee, never did ask how he lost that finger...?

God speed old friend, thank you for the great times... bigt

Me and Janette are thinking about Peggy & family at this sad time... frown


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#694888 - 05/12/17 5:12 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Only meet Ben once at the Inter Rally in Petaluma in 2014. When I mentioned on here that I thought it would be fun to try to come out to the York Meet one year he invited me to meet him and Bill and ride along with them to the show. I barely knew him but feel a great loss. My heartfelt feelings go out to his wife, family and friends. Tip a cow hiya.


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#694896 - 05/12/17 7:40 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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we got the call just a few minutes before midnight. Neither of us slept much afterwards
Right now I am finding it difficult to put words together, tragic is the only one that comes to mind

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#694900 - 05/12/17 8:08 am Re: Sad News [Re: BeezaBryan]  
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...it is a shock for all of us...

had the big pleasure to meet him in 2014 on our way through the states and at the three state mountain ride after the International BSA Rally in California.

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checking the route somewhere in Texas to come away from some twisters

i must say that i was impressed by his strenght and power to do this crosscountry trip.
will remember him as a straightforward man with a clear mind.
condolences to Peggy and his family
Dieter

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We are all better people for having known him.


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#694906 - 05/12/17 9:03 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I did n't know this bloke at all, but in Lannis' tribute he listed Soldier. That says it for me. Vale, Old Bloke (Ben Strain )

#694913 - 05/12/17 11:35 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Has anyone told Melissa?


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