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#694915 - 05/12/17 11:38 am Re: Sad News [Re: Triless]  
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God speed Ben. You were a gentlemen and all around great person to be around. Always looked forward to spending time around Ben.

Condolences to Peggy and family.

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#694916 - 05/12/17 11:41 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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damn

i was looking forward to lunch again


Into the distance a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast how
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?
#694917 - 05/12/17 11:51 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Ben Strain was one of the good guys
and it was my privilege to have known him as my friend
my deepest condolence to his family and all of his friends

Godspeed Ben


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#694930 - 05/12/17 1:32 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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#694931 - 05/12/17 1:43 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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#694933 - 05/12/17 1:56 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I didn't know the man, but he seems to have affected many of you fellows in a very positive manner, and that pretty much sums it how he's referred to as "one of the good guys".

What was his bb.com username?

Sorry to hear the sad news.


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#694936 - 05/12/17 2:13 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I will miss him dearly.
what a man....
I have to stop writing now.
goodbye ben

#694937 - 05/12/17 2:13 pm Re: Sad News [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Originally Posted by GrandPaul
I didn't know the man, but he seems to have affected many of you fellows in a very positive manner, and that pretty much sums it how he's referred to as "one of the good guys".

What was his bb.com username?

Sorry to hear the sad news.



He was "Greenspring Farm", and "affected ... in a positive manner" was the story of his life. He was ALWAYS a positive influence.

No Name Man and Ben and I were hanging out in our motel room at York this past January, just talking about stuff. We got into a heavy political and sociological discussion, in which it soon became obvious that Ben and I had diametrically opposite beliefs. We talked it all out, both said everything we wanted to say, shook hands, and went on to talk about something else. He was just that kind of guy. Wise about SO many things about life! I'm really going to miss him; he never missed a gathering of Britbikers ...

Lannis


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#694942 - 05/12/17 2:33 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Ben, AKA GreenSpringFarm, is the purest, nicest, sweetest person I may have ever known. And I mean that straight from the heart for all time and not just in the emotional moment glow of this current state of shock. He's genuine in the deepest, realest sense that the word conjures.

I'm just looking thru my photos- what an emotional ride this is... Weird but so far I can't find all that many photos of him! I mean to put that in context, I have a few thousand pics to sort thru in photo albums at photo bucket and at zenfolio. And more in my external hard drive!

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#694943 - 05/12/17 2:37 pm Re: Sad News [Re: ricochetrider]  
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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Ben is the purest, nicest, sweetest person I may have even known. .


Amen to that!


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#694945 - 05/12/17 2:59 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Very sad to hear of his passing. Enjoyed talking bikes and music with him in Ohio.

#694958 - 05/12/17 5:32 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Alas I can never find the right words at times such as this.

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There are acquaintances and there are friends, there are good friends and to quote Mistress Peggy there are friends for life and Ben is one.


In his own quiet, unassuming way Ben was the friend who encouraged us to do things we never dreamt of, helped us along in many ways and ……… and ..….
It is just eleven years that Ben and Peggy have been a part of our lives.
The last thing we ever expected was for our friendship with Ben to end in such a way

Our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy, sons Dave & Rob, daughter Beth and their children


Ben old friend may your roads be smooth, the byways twisty and the sun always shine on you

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#694962 - 05/12/17 5:52 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I've only gotten to know Ben through you gents' touching posts. I'm all the more saddened by not having the opportunity to have met him. To each of you and family, prayers for you all, Godspeed to Ben.

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#694976 - 05/12/17 7:47 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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when/where is the funeral.
I WILL attend.

#694977 - 05/12/17 7:54 pm Re: Sad News [Re: mac]  
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The obit will probably be in the paper tomorrow .... too soon for today's .....


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#694994 - 05/12/17 11:07 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Lannis is correct. Obit in the Observer Reporter after 4 AM.
Viewing hours Sunday from 4-8 and Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 at Lee and Martin Funeral Home. 73 Highland Ave, Burgettstown PA.
Funeral Tuesday 11 AM at Paris Presbyterian Church. Same town. Luncheon following.

Ben's son Dave would like to know if any of us could ride bikes in the procession to the cemetery. I would be willing. Anyone else? That would be (correction) Tuesday after the luncheon. About 1/2 hour away.

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#695003 - 05/13/17 1:43 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Man, first time I log in for weeks and this is what greets me! Sad news indeed, I always liked being around him. My condolences!


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#695010 - 05/13/17 3:25 am Re: Sad News [Re: JD]  
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Rest in peace, God speed.

#695011 - 05/13/17 3:58 am Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I've only met Ben twice - the two times I attended the TSMR - and had the privilege of a half an hour alone with him at the 2015 gathering. I came away thinking: now here is one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life - I hope he considers me as one of his friends as that is certainly what I consider him. I was thinking that one of the worst parts about missing this year's ride is losing the chance of chatting with him again. Now I will miss that chance forever and it is very saddening. Can't imagine how his family feels. My most heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.


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#695062 - 05/13/17 2:47 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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#695091 - 05/13/17 5:07 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I don't quite know how to say what I'm thinking. In the last two months I've had to deal with so much of this kind of thing. Ben was a hero to me.I'm just numb


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#695099 - 05/13/17 6:03 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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I'm devastated to hear this, Ben was such a sweet and caring person. My heart goes out to Peggy and their family. After 17 years of the Three State Ride you guys are like family to us and losing any of you is like losing a part of our own family. This coming weekend won't be the same without Ben and Peggy. I'll miss seeing Peggy taking photos throughout the weekend and hearing Ben playing music in the gazebo.

#695102 - 05/13/17 6:18 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Thanks Melissa...we all will.

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#695103 - 05/13/17 6:20 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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Mike. I hope you're coming down anyway. We'll get through it together.


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#695106 - 05/13/17 6:40 pm Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man]  
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we will have to raise a glass for ben saturday night in honer of one of the good guys.


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