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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695107
05/13/17 6:49 pm
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I run into so many people who think it is all about the motorcycles, but we know differently. The people I have met through motorcycles mean more to me than any motorcycle. I only met Ben in passing. Not a friend in a Worldly sense, but I still consider his passing a loss to my greater family that I share mutual interests. Ben truly touched his many friends in a very special way...God Speed


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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695112
05/13/17 7:16 pm
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Originally Posted by No Name Man
Mike. I hope you're coming down anyway. We'll get through it together.

I'll be there Bill.


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Re: Sad News [Re: MikeG] #695127
05/13/17 9:54 pm
05/13/17 9:54 pm
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Darn the Angels have gathered another friend.

Best to brush them off so as to not spoil the fun too soon.

But if they must.

Handle with care.
Gently lift him thus.
Many miles and friends
where that one came from
who have nothing
but fondest memories
and tears.
Handle with care.


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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695129
05/13/17 10:18 pm
05/13/17 10:18 pm
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Northern KY
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I can't really add anything that hasn't been said. I am truly shaken to my core. Ben did things for so many of us without hesitation or expectation. He endeared himself in our lives in a way we can only hope that we have to others ourselves. But I fear I will never approach being the gentleman, the giver or friend he was. I regret I can never tell him that.


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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695134
05/13/17 10:49 pm
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Charleston SC
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I'll be about 100 miles away from Blowing Rock this weekend, damned schedule conflicts, but I will raise a glass.
I did so enjoy the pickin' under the gazebo at my one time at the TSMR.


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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695176
05/14/17 1:36 pm
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Ben was a big fan of bluegrass great Don Stover.

This song is for Ben:


[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/Mxbiu2AuX0Y[/video]

Things in Life

Look up, look down this lonesome road
Hang down your head and cry
For we often lose some things in life
That makes us wonder why

Oh the fairest love I ever had
Now sleeps beneath the clay
I live in hopes and dreams of her
That we’ll meet again someday

I often sit and wonder why
Life has to be this way
But after all is said and done
I’m sure God has his say

I’d like to be a small part of life
With some few things to achieve
Just to know I’ve been a fruitless cause
Would give my poor heart grief

Now when they lower my casket down
In some lonesome grave to rest
And you take your last look at my face
You can say I done my best

Last edited by David in Atlanta; 05/14/17 3:55 pm.

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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695225
05/14/17 10:28 pm
05/14/17 10:28 pm
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Ride safe today!
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Oh, this is so sad to hear. Ben was such a great person and he will be missed so much.
Our thoughts goes to his family. Rest in peace Ben!
I'm enclosing a few photos from 2003 the first year we met in person.
God speed!

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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695240
05/15/17 1:25 am
05/15/17 1:25 am
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Central Virginia
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Wow, Morgan, that picture under the banner is probably unique - I don't know of another event, place, or time when Bonzo, Tarvin, Ben, and BritBodger would have all been in the same picture.

Lots of memories there.

Lannis


You can ignore reality but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695270
05/15/17 8:23 am
05/15/17 8:23 am
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I agree with Lannis. That one gives those of us included goose bumps.


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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Alan_nc] #695279
05/15/17 11:30 am
05/15/17 11:30 am
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North Carolina
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Alan wrote " That one gives those of us included goose bumps"

I own the photo under the banner and I consider it one of my treasures. In one of the other photos you can just make out my dad........the only time he made the trip to Mid Ohio with me....he's another empty chair now too.

I'm headed out this afternoon and will bring a bike......PLEASE if you can........come ride with us in Ben's Honor. I can't think of a more appropriate way for us to honor this wonderful man. He gave us something to remember.....lets show his other family how much that meant to us.

Mr Healy's post is so spot on......and I thank him for it.

Consider it........please.


Last edited by John Blue; 05/15/17 12:05 pm.
Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #695281
05/15/17 11:37 am
05/15/17 11:37 am
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Stone Creek OH USA
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I will be there this evening for calling hours. Will back in the AM on the bike to ride for Ben


Life is too short to drink cheap, bad beer.
Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695282
05/15/17 11:48 am
05/15/17 11:48 am
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SE Ohio
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I don't know what happened but somehow the post about the procession got "un-edited". I mistakenly had typed Monday. 3 minutes or so later I noticed and edited it to Tuesday. before I did that though, Lannis had noticed and posted a question. I replied saying I screwed up. the next day those two replies were gone and I didn't see that the error had returned! Not important, just weird. As long as everyone knows the procession is Tuesday following the luncheon. Sorry for the confusion.

Bill E


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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695283
05/15/17 12:31 pm
05/15/17 12:31 pm
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Kensington, New Hampshire, USA
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A true treasure to have known Ben. I admired his spirit and only hoped I can be as active as he was. Godspeed Ben. May Peace be with all the friends and family left behind.

[Linked Image]

I ain't afraid of no fog..... let's get to it!
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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Howard Inough] #695288
05/15/17 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Howard Inough
A true treasure to have known Ben. I admired his spirit and only hoped I can be as active as he was. Godspeed Ben. May Peace be with all the friends and family left behind.


I know you'd be there if you could brother.

Folks, it's sorta short notice but if there is ANYWAY you can come ride with us PLEASE do. You didn't have to personally know Ben to be welcomed into this family. Come introduce yourself, you'll not regret it. For those of you that know this group.......you know where this is coming from and please do what you can to add a bike to the honor line. It won't matter what you're riding, just ride.

This is much harder than I expected.....I'm not sure how I'll hold up once I see all your faces again....we've been through a lot together and Ben was there through most of it. It was tough enough talking to Mike Baker this weekend about it. Having you guys together is going to be wonderful but tough too.

Come join us......please. If there is anything I can do to help make that happen just contact me at 336-977-3658 or dad1150@aol.com. We could probably come up with a bike or two if need be.


Last edited by John Blue; 05/15/17 1:22 pm.
Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695295
05/15/17 2:16 pm
05/15/17 2:16 pm
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Netherlands
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I never knew the man, and never communicated with him via this forum, but from all these reactions I uderstand that he was a very special person, whom will be sadly missed.
Sorry to hear of his passing.


Peter.
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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695299
05/15/17 3:03 pm
05/15/17 3:03 pm
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Thanks to all who have expressed the emotions, sense of loss and appreciation for having know Ben much more eloquently than I ever could. Heading out soon for Burgettstown and bringing a BSA for the procession. Can't say I've ever gone off for a gathering with as heavy a heart as this one. God speed Ben.
Don R,


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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695349
05/15/17 8:42 pm
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Northern KY
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I regret I can't make the trip to be in the Procession, it hurts that I can't. But for those that do I envy that you are there to Honor Ben the way we should. Please know I am with you in spirit and support.

My best to Peggy and Ben's children, your loss is shared by many...


If you don't like change, you're going to hate extinction...
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71' BSA Firebird
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97' Buell S3T
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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695358
05/15/17 9:31 pm
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Though sadly we cannot be there tomorrow to remember and celebrate the life of one of nature's gentlemen me & Marie will be with you all in spirit


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

It's not the destination, it's the journey.

Bryan
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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695401
05/16/17 2:25 am
05/16/17 2:25 am
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I wish I would have considered this a day earlier, I would be there. but right now I'm north of lexington in a motel. Thought about Ben alot today,


Rich (member ThreeMustGetBeers)
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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695402
05/16/17 2:34 am
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Back on the mainland!
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I regret that I can't be there in body, but I will be there in spirit......

Godspeed, Ben.

Steve

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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Morgan aka Admin] #695410
05/16/17 4:17 am
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I just wanted to thank everyone for the kind comments about my brother Ben. He will be sorely missed.


Ken Strain

Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695413
05/16/17 5:42 am
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Like others who knew Ben... I am not finding the words, but what I can easily say is that Ben was a true, genuine, and kind hearted gentleman.

He will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, and those who didn't will no doubt wish they had the pleasure of knowing Ben..

Ben was just that kind of person.

Wish I could make the service... my heart will be in SW PA tomorrow.

Jim.


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Re: Sad News [Re: No Name Man] #695441
05/16/17 1:20 pm
05/16/17 1:20 pm
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Altoona, Florida
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Man what a loss I will miss Ben..so sorry for Pegg and his family
RIP Ben

Re: Sad News [Re: Mike Carter R.I.P.] #695453
05/16/17 4:01 pm
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Been thinking about Ben all day today, hope y'all gave him a good send off. Boy am I going to miss that lad, sat there early this morning with a coffee, just like we used too every time I was in the USA.....

Just can't think of Ben not being about anymore... frown


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Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man] #695511
05/17/17 1:26 am
05/17/17 1:26 am
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Shaun...
Today is a sad day. Between all the elements of the event this afternoon .... and from what I gather concerning the turn out this weekend... well let's just say that there's a whole lot of real nice folks who feel the same about our friend Mr Ben as we do.

I turn, once again to Rumi, who is rumored to have written:
"Goodbyes are for those who love only with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation."

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