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    I received a message from Merlin1047's wife, Rita, this evening.
    Ben passed away 9/11.
    Tho't all of you would want to know.
    He will be sorely missed.
     
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    And thus, one of the better voices of USMB is stilled....

    A life cut short.... there is nothing more tragic....

    My heart and prayers go out to his family...
     
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    This is a very sad day. Ben was a great member, moderator, friend & person in general. He will be missed much here and I'm confident by all of his friends, family and colleagues. My prayers go out to all of them, specifically his family.

    You're in a better place now, Ben, enjoy.
     
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    Until we meet again fellow Aviator!


    High Flight

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


    — John Gillespie Magee, Jr​
     
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    Rest in Peace and Comfort......

    I will miss you, Merlin.
     
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    We were priveledged to have known him...

    As we said in the Navy, "He is still on Patrol!"
     
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    I'm so sorry, Mrs. Merlin. I'm assuming Joz will pass on our condolences. I can't believe I won't read his wicked wit anymore. Farewell my friend!
     
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    A sad day for so many reasons.

    R.I.P - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
     
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    I'll see yours, and raise you one better: :)

    <center><i>IMPRESSIONS OF A PILOT

    Flight is freedom in its purest form,
    To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;

    To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
    To feel the joy that swells within;

    To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
    And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;

    Then back to earth at the end of a day,
    Released from the tensions which melted away.

    Should my end come while I am in flight,
    Whether brightest day or darkest night;

    Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
    Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;

    For each of us is created to die,
    And within me I know,
    I was born to fly.

    — Gary Claud Stokor</i></center>
     
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    ugh... :(

    This hits hard; Somebody let Ben's wife know she and her family are in our prayers and hearts.

    :(
     

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