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Offline Shutter

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Tragedy Strikes Again
« on: August 10, 2017, 11:40:12 PM »
I just received news that my friend of 30 years is on life support. he was in a bad motorcycle accident this morning. I must of just missed this. I was on the highway where he was hit. the passenger did not survive. I don't have too much to go on, but he will be in my prayers this evening...he's a tough son of bitch, but I don't know if he can dodge this one...
 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 11:39:45 AM »
Just got the. News on my friend. Broken neck, fractured skull, punctured lung, broken ribs with Internal bleeding, and Missing half his skin.....doctors stopped the bleeding  but are concerned about brain damage if he survives...,

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 02:11:06 PM »
Here's hoping positive vibes from the Cooper vortex will have great healing powers.  Best wishes to your friend.
 
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 03:50:25 PM »
I don't know, need a pretty big miracle for this one....the family has blocked visitors, so I thought I would try and get the police report, but you have to wait 5 days...I have inside help working on it. she is a dispatcher and is looking into it for me....nobody really knows what happen...

he's a crazy S.O.B. which tells me unfortunately he had something to do with what happened. speed is his favorite thing to do on that damn bike..where ever he goes, poof, he's gone in a blink of the eye..they just think they are InVinceable
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2017, 01:12:35 AM »
This photo brings back so many memories. this was around 1980, I believe. Chuck bought that hat when we went to the Seminole reservation. we were still in our teens....how time just slips away.....

My buddy next door is also a Harley rider. he has a new bike, well 2015. Chucks is a lot older, but my friend next door has stage 4 liver cancer, and he told me Chuck made a comment just a week ago about Ray. he said if you die I'm taking your bike, he laughed and told Chuck he would do the same....kind of a Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings story...hopefully that part will turn out to be false...
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 10:26:25 AM »
Wow! Just logged on for the first time in a couple of days. Sorry to see this. Hope your friend gets that miracle that he needs. Will certainly pray for him.
 
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2017, 12:02:10 AM »
Just got some bad news...the family spoke with the guy who has the bike Chuck rides registered to him due to Chuck not having a DL...anyway, apparently he doesn't have much brain activity and the insurance will only cover life support for a certain amount of time. The family asked Herb not to say anything publicly as of yet. they had to operate again and found the previous operation failed to stop the bleeding internally, so that had to be repaired again. his life is literally in limbo.

Chuck was a rebel by all means. he was the toughest son of bitch I ever met. this never stopped him from giving you the shirt off his back. he was kind when he needed to be, and tough as nails when he had to be. he saved my butt many times growing up and I owe a lot to this man. not to say he never got me in any trouble, but that's a different story in itself. I only recently connected with Chuck. he went a different path 10 years or so back. we found each other again in 2015. he loved to tell people about some of our adventures as kids (15-16 years old) the best one was about us taking fire Extinguishers from an apartment complex to go and spray the hookers on Federal Highway. anyway, we did it one too many times, and when I broke the glass on the last one, a guy was waiting with a gun. I turned and headed for the stairs and fell down them on my ass like a sled. just before that happened the guy fired the gun thinking I was hit due to the pain of hitting the stairs, anyway there was 6 to 8 of us, so needless to say they had a rather good laugh at my expense. where ever we go that damn story was sure to follow. Chuck was also involved in the big golf cart caper we did that turned out to be the golf cart used in Caddyshack. some of you should remember me telling that story.. :rofl: we got 40 hours community service for "grand theft" of the golf cart. this turned into a lot more hours. we did most of the service at the police station..we had to clean the police cars in which we would turn on the siren. this would get us more hours. then Chuck did the worse thing you could do. we were on garbage detail throwing away the garbage in the station, Chuck decides to take some shotgun shells out of the chiefs office! we didn't get but half way down the hall before he was caught. I got 10 more hours just for being with him...they wanted to arrest Chuck...didn't though..

Chuck stayed with me over a year ago, but it didn't workout very well. he had a monkey on his back that he couldn't shake, so I had to ask him to leave. I still have some of his things here that remind me of him. not sure what to do with them now.

I have tears rolling down my face while typing this because I think it's time to realize he's no longer with us, but he will be forever in my memories. that's something nobody can take from me about one Chuck Bonfiglio....my friend..
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2017, 12:27:51 AM »
here is a picture of Chucks bike. he loved this thing. it's a 1994 Harley Davidson that he has changed and fixed a million times, but it was his bike. I remember helping him paint the pipes on it. we taped the whole damn bike up vs taking the pipes off. I think the bolts were stripped, can't remember.

This is the bike he was riding. the police have a hold on it, so nobody could even get it out for him. probably due to no license, and pending tickets etc. etc. the local police only hold reports for 5 days, but the highway patrol holds them for 60 days? nobody is going to ask the family. we know they know what happened but it's not the right time. I'm not sure how I will react once I find out, but I have a feeling he was doing what he always does (his way, or no way)

I guess some people are not meant to ride off into the sunset living happily ever after...

 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2017, 01:10:11 AM »
While Chuck was at my house I made a bunch of photo's that he really loved about his bike. he posted them on his Facebook page. even one about using his minivan to get a job done after my truck blew a motor..the one he really loved is one of them I will post here. it's a magazine cover, boy did he love that pic..he showed off his bike like you would a first born..that damn bike!

Chuck called himself "the trouble maker" he had this tattooed on himself and a chosen few guys he was close with. it's also on his bike. needless to say, the ladies wanted the tattoo more than the guys..

Chuck knew a lot of people, I mean a lot...his Facebook page is going wild..the family had to make another page so they could have some control. I'm very honored to be on that page. it's hard knowing what I now know and not able to tell anyone. I guess that's why I'm here spilling out my emotions. this will be another tough hurdle to get over once again...
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2017, 12:39:56 PM »
Really sorry about you friend Shutter.
I know more skydivers who have died in motorcycle accidents than have died jumping.
Chuck is lucky to have a friend who cares as much about him as you obviously do.
He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2017, 04:29:31 PM »
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Really sorry about you friend Shutter.
I know more skydivers who have died in motorcycle accidents than have died jumping.
Chuck is lucky to have a friend who cares as much about him as you obviously do.
He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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Thanks 377, it's all about respect...I've known the man for over 30 years...that's a real friend in my opinion...I will show my respect for him till the day I leave this world....

I just found something very touching that I have to give to his family...I found his birth certificate the other day, and now I found the newspaper clipping of his birth. he had it laminated and was in his Harley wallet he left behind at my house. I told them that everything was safe and zero trouble holding on to the items until they get a chance to stop by....
 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2017, 10:50:44 PM »
Chuck's sister posted this yesterday...no mention of brain activity...they stopped the medication for the induced coma...if anyone can pull the off, it's Chuck...





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I spent the eclipse with Chuckie/ Noodles trying to get him to open his eyes, no such luck.
He is still in ICU. He is no longer on sedation, and pain medication only as needed. No swelling on the brain, no active bleeding. We're just waiting for him to wake up and become more responsive. There are still many unknowns, and it will take time. His Doctor is hopeful, as are we!

We all know he's a fighter. This is truly the fight of his life.

 Your prayers, love and support mean the world to us. Please continue to pray.
 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2017, 06:43:52 PM »
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From the very first day after his accident, his nurse told us he will have both good and not so good days. To expect one step forward and two steps back. It's been two weeks today, and he certainly has had his share of hurdles to jump. He is still in ICU, fighting an infection with antibiotics. He still withdraws from pain. Good sign. Yesterday the nurse and I both saw his eyes flutter for the first time. They opened just a bit while she was adjusting his trach. We would like to see more wakefulness in the coming days. We would like him to become responsive to our commands. His doctors and nurses continue to tell us that head injuries take a very long time to heal. And that its still too soon to know the extent of his injury.

So if you are specific when you pray, maybe keep these details in mind. We are so grateful for your concern, your prayers and well wishes
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2017, 10:49:13 PM »
I've lost my friend of 38 years moments ago..I'm speechless at the moment, so I will let the family tell the story...

It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, son, father, Uncle Chuck Bonfiglio. Let there be no doubt about the fighter he was. We bore witness to his incredible fight these past few weeks. Chuckie fought until the very end. He was surrounded by love.
We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless.
We cannot begin to thank all of you for the endless love, and support you showed him and our family. Please continue to pray for his soul to go in peace.


R.I.P. my brother, you are in a special place that will take care of you until I arrive...
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2017, 12:50:22 AM »
I guess my next move is to try and get his motorcycle back from the cops. they impounded it..I doubt they want it now. I don't know the extent of damage but I would like to remove the gas take and make a memorial piece. if not, I will get the same tank, either way one will be made.

I will powder coat it, airbrush (not me) his face onto the tank with some words and dates,gold plate the cap etc. etc. place it on a diamond plate, box/platform that will rotate as a center piece. there is a bar at the truck stop out on the edge of the everglades where dozens of bikers go (chuck as well) and possibly place it there...I don't know yet...

I have a special bond, an obligation to honor someone I've known for so long. he has always been there for me, a message away, no matter what he was doing he would find the time to help me if I ever needed it. I was the same in return. he was suppose to bring his computer over so I could get it running back up to speed again.

these last couple weeks have been hard for me. I was just a mile away from him today. I could see the hospital again from the job we started last week. the event last Friday was wild, hundreds of people showed up and all the proceeds went to his family. 54 years young Chuck was..this has shaken me up pretty bad, so I thought I would vent here if ya don't mind..