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Thoughts and Prayers

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by JShirley, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. gunut

    gunut Well-Known Member

    Rip dave

    you will be missed by many.....
  2. TreeDoc

    TreeDoc Well-Known Member

    By his shared wisdom, I took him to be a level headed, down to earth type of man. No nonsense, straight talker. Would have liked to have set down and talked to him over a cup of joe. Although he is in a better place, he will be sorely missed around here. My prayers this evening are with his family.
  3. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator


    While extending condolences let us also pledge to honor Dave by passing on his legacy of knowledge to others.

    Let us also refer to him as our Celestial moderator.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  4. swinokur

    swinokur Well-Known Member

    Very sad. RIP Mr. Dave.
  5. Tom Held

    Tom Held Well-Known Member

    a difficult day for us

    Dave, I will miss our weekend shoots at Prince Georges. I'll keep a spot in the goose pit for you this season. tom
  6. Rachel McC

    Rachel McC Member

  7. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    comment added
  8. Old Unc'

    Old Unc' Well-Known Member

    God rest his eternal soul and watch over his family. David, you will be missed, old friend...
  9. au_prospector

    au_prospector Well-Known Member

    McCracken Family

    My thoughts are with you.
  10. MacTech

    MacTech Well-Known Member

    So many others have put it far more eloquently than I, I am sorry to hear of Dave's passing, condolences to his family and freinds, THR and the world is smaller due to his passing
  11. Rachel McC

    Rachel McC Member

    Thank you for your condolence.

    Thank you for the many thoughts and prayers offered for Dave, and comfort to my children and to me at this sad time. Dave loved to share his knowledge and to be a part of this community. It was thoughtful of you to send flowers, we appreciate your reaching out to us.

    Rachel McCracken
  12. powell&hyde

    powell&hyde Well-Known Member

    My condolences and prayers sent to your family.
  13. bigalexe

    bigalexe Well-Known Member

    Just came back to this forum after some time away, saw this thread and regret I was not here when it was current. I started to type out a descriptive reply and failed miserably. All I can really leave here is... BA/UU/R.
  14. mwmjones

    mwmjones Active Member

    My condolences and prayers sent to your family.
    Best Regards

  15. 200Apples

    200Apples Well-Known Member

    My first visits here to THR were spent reading at length in Dave's thread "On Fighting Shotguns"...

    Many, many thanks to Dave for his wit, humor, knowledge and steadfastness.

    He is free of the illness that took him directly from us... but he is never gone.

    As a collector of these things, I'll have what might be considered the "shotgun" of lanterns lighted tonight when I get home... a 500 CP Coleman 237 Empire to honor B.D.McCracken's memory.
  16. 1894

    1894 Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one who's re-reading Dave's contributions? Seems like he could deliver a decade's worth of knowledge in an afternoon...
  17. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Nope- I read them regularly.

    It helps keep him "with us"

    Even though there will be no new contributions, his legacy remains ever etched in these digital stones, for all to read and remember.
  18. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    The contributions Dave left us are timeless. They predate him, and they will continue to be taught after him.

    But Dave passed on knowledge in such a way that no one else could. His abilities as a teacher are unique, and his passing brings his individual teaching style to an end.

    That happens to all teachers. Someday we will all cease being among us. But when it comes to teachers like Dave and his presence here, their daily contribution doesn't end upon death or retirement.

    With all great teachers the mentored pick up the baton and carry it forward.

    I carry forward his mantra of Buy Ammo, Use Up, Repeat.

    In fact if you don't shoot many times more in cost in ammo through your beloved rifle/shotgun/handgun than what it cost you to buy, expect me to consider your opinion not very valuable.

    I own several $2,000 firearms I've shot well over $6,000 worth of ammunition through.

    Like Dave always said. BA/UU/R

    Once you arrive, you'll understand.
  19. Superreverb

    Superreverb Well-Known Member

    I was a regular with "The Geezer Squad" at PGC for a few years. That's where I met Dave. I showed up with my Dad's old 870 TC with a 34" tube and proceeded to hold my own with a gang of guys who had more collective experience than I could fathom at the time. In my late-30s, I became an "honorary Geezer." I would head to PGC, without fail, every Friday for a few rounds of trap, a round or two of Chinese, and the great bull sessions that preceded and followed each and EVERY round (aw, Hell - they continued even DURING the round, 'specially when someone was running 'em straight....).

    After the death of my father '08, I slowly drifted away from my Friday play-time. I practically gave up shooting trap all together. Don't know why - it just happened.

    Earlier today, my Son and I got a call from one his friend's Dads. We're heading out to PGC tomorrow for some skeet and sporting clays. I decided to check in with THR and see what my old friend Dave has been up to.

    I'm sitting here typing this with tears streaming down my face.

    Goodbye, my friend. You probably never realized it, but you were a huge influence on me. The world is a poorer place due to your absence. I will miss you forever, just like I miss my Old Man.

    I promise that I will remember those golden nuggets of wisdom you planted in my brain and also promise that many targets will be ground to dust in your honor tomorrow.


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