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Offline Shutter

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2017, 12:28:23 AM »
This has been a tough day. I spoke with Chuck's mother and sisters. hundreds of people have flooded them with emails, and messages about Chuck. this guy was loved by half of south Florida! I'm honored to have been his friend through out the years. it's hard to explain childhood friends to people who don't have that honor. I go way back with this man. I have a lot of work ahead of me to show my respect to his family. I have more than 40 messages on my phone from people wanting to reach out and help. the family posted my photo I made in honor of Chuck on his Facebook page cover, and yet another did the same!

I don't know why I really post things here, but it makes me feel at ease for some reason? I realize this is a personal nature, but fell the need to speak out, if that makes any sense.. it is what it is...what can I say?
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2017, 11:41:17 AM »
Wow. Sorry to hear about your friend, I was hoping he would pull through. Sounds like he was one hell of a guy.
 

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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2017, 02:24:43 PM »
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Wow. Sorry to hear about your friend, I was hoping he would pull through. Sounds like he was one hell of a guy.

He was, and he was my friend...Thank you for the kind words...
 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2017, 06:29:16 PM »
My condolences Shutter. Your love for your friend ran deep and I know how sad it must be to lose him.

His passing brings to mind a Neil Young lyric: "It's better to burn out than fade away." Chuck's personal sun burned very brightly right until the end.

When you live life at Mach 2, you inevitably arrive at the end of the road before the others do.  Rest in peace Chuck.

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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2017, 07:13:06 PM »
Thanks 377, he was a Neil Young fan..same as me, and a lot of other old school bands..it's tough, but time will heal some of it..the tough part is our old neighborhood is where my mom still lives. it was fun driving the back way in for years remembering all the things we did. I would pass his old house a lot. it has a whole different feeling now driving through...it will never be the same drive anymore..

I mentioned in a previous post that he wasn't meant to ride off into the sunset..Chuck played with death on many occasions. he wasn't afraid..his lifestyle was dangerous..he was deep in to biker gangs. he had two sides, actually three, but the side I always remember is his kindness to people. now, piss him off and watch what happens..it's not pretty at all, but he was always that way. he was tough as nails, and then would turn his bike around plowing through traffic to help an old lady who fell in the street. that's the Chuck I will forever remember..
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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2017, 10:48:36 PM »
Something that I've noticed over the years. is that the people who were always tough, people you might call a bad ass... almost always had a big heart as well. Sounds like Chuck fell into this category as well.
 
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2017, 11:05:26 PM »
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Something that I've noticed over the years. is that the people who were always tough, people you might call a bad ass... almost always had a big heart as well. Sounds like Chuck fell into this category as well.

absolutely, he was just a hell of a guy..he had a very big heart when it came to brotherhood, as well as helping others if he could. I've spoken with his family, his sisters are still pretty tore up. Chuck was very close with them. they are coming to my home to pickup his belongings that I've saved for them. it's taken a toll on me as well. I am making a photo frame for the family. it's going to have a diamond plate background with black trim, and will put photo's onto a black metal plate and then cover it with Lexan glass. I will post a photo when it's complete. you will see him over the years, and include his birth certificate, and newspaper clipping I found in a wallet he left behind. the motorcycle will go to his son, so my gas tank tribute was scrapped.
 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2017, 11:20:06 PM »
Now that you mentioned the word "bad ass" the movie bad ass would be the perfect example of Chuck...even the actor Danny Trejo reminds me of him...
 

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2017, 04:15:11 AM »
I just saw this Shutter. He sounded like he was an incredible friend to you and I am sorry to read of your loss.
 
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« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2017, 10:49:05 AM »
Thanks...he will be missed..

Update: his family is on there way to pick up Chuck's belongings.....
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« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2017, 06:38:52 PM »
Chuck's sister came to my home today to pick up his belongings. she was very happy to have the items back. I had several personal items that meant a lot to her and her family. she asked about things we did together, basically wanting to here some stories. I made her laugh with most of the things we did as kids. it felt good to see that glow on her face.

Chuck is presently awaiting cremation. the family will announce when the service will take place on Monday.
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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2017, 10:22:22 PM »
Services will be on Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Davids Church in Davie. I wouldn't doubt several hundred attend. people are flying in for the funeral..lots of people I haven't seen in over 30 years. too bad it had to be this way..at least I will have old friends to help say good bye to another old friend, a brother really..

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« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2017, 11:14:34 PM »
This has been a very tough couple of weeks..we had the storm and I lost a dear friend..the funeral was nice, lots of people showed up to pay there respects. this includes the bikers who decided to wait till the end to walk in (full colors) in single file and filling up the back. they were very respectful and didn't bother anyone and had every right to be there just as the rest.

Chucks bike was taken out of the police impound today. not a whole lot of damage to the bike. the gas tank has a big dent and the back fender. he was found off the road in some grass. the family still doesn't really know what happened. I told Valerie she has the right to obtain the report but I don't think she wants to read it..I will wait till next month and pick it up myself and find out exactly what happened to my fallen friend. the back fender looks like he either clipped a car, or a car clipped him. the dent wouldn't of happened dumping the bike. that's what it looks like. the bike went down, how fast he was going is not known. anyway you look at it, it obviously wasn't good after the bike went down.

after the service we went to the American Legion and spent several hours exchanging stories of our relationship with Chuck. I seen some old friends I haven't seen in over 30 years. I just wish it was under different circumstances...I was touched by Chucks mother asking me if she could continue talking to me since I was so close with him she wanted to hear things about him to help her through these troubled times. I was honored she chose me..I'm sure she has asked others..but none the less it feels good to give comfort to someone in need...

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Re: Tragedy Strikes Again
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2017, 08:36:37 PM »
Last couple weeks have once again been very hard for me..my neighbor who had stage 4 liver cancer passed away several days ago. he was a friend and a damn good neighbor..he was like Wilson from Home Improvement. several times a week I would go outside and shoot the shit with him. he would always lend a hand, or tool when needed, and I returned the same favors.

watching someone die of cancer is a horrible thing to view as time passes. I was always there to take him to the hospital until the last time. I couldn't make it, and never seen him again. I called him several times while at Hospice. I had, still have the flu, so I didn't want to give him anymore trouble. his voice was very weak and his brother told me he was the color of a pumpkin due to his liver shutting down.

I've had a lot of death around me lately and can only hope no more comes out of the darkness..he will be missed dearly....