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Old November 2, 2012, 01:02 AM   #26
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Perhaps one of my favorite quotes I've ever read from Dave was taken from an old TFL thread, "Old Age ain't for Sissies..."
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave McCracken
Older shotgunners are oft unmatched resources, and letting one die w/o talking with them is like watching a library burn down w/o trying to preserve the books.....
Dave, thank you for taking the time to write, teach, and talk with us here. I can say that although we've never met, you have been an inspiration to me, and not just with shotguns.

Most important though, Prayers go out for you and your family. God Bless Dave.

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Originally Posted by Psalm 91
1: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2: I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3: Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4: He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5: You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6: nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7: A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8: You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9: If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10: no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11: For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12: they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13: You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14: “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15: He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16: With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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Old November 2, 2012, 03:51 AM   #27
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Very sorry to hear. Thank you for all your contributions. Your genuine desire to pass on your knowledge to others really stood out in all your posts.
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Old November 2, 2012, 05:15 AM   #28
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This is terrible news. Dave and his family will be in my prayers.
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Old November 2, 2012, 08:21 AM   #29
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Dave,
Fight for as long as possible my friend. We need your type of people in this world. We are all better off knowing you and reading your writings occasionally. Bless you my friend.
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Old November 2, 2012, 11:24 AM   #30
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I never know what to say in these situations.
My thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his Family during this time.
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Old November 2, 2012, 12:00 PM   #31
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The whole time I've known and interacted with Dave he's been a fine gentlemen. A true mentor, and a good man who worked a tough job in a rough prison. I never saw it harden him.

This is terrible news. I know that life is not fair, but sometimes it can just be cruel.


This is one of those times.
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Old November 2, 2012, 12:18 PM   #32
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Dave is one of those individuals that I've never met yet one I will never forget.

As my kids grow up, I'm sure I'll get the chance to refer them to Mr. McCracken's knowledge. My kids will know his name and they will read his words. He will teach beyond his days.

God bless you Dave. And thank you.
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Old November 2, 2012, 12:35 PM   #33
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As one of many folks here touched by Mr McCracken's knowledge, I'm horrified by this news.

Thoughts and prayers...
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Old November 2, 2012, 01:00 PM   #34
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Youngster said it for me...
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Old November 2, 2012, 01:09 PM   #35
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I used to live on this site but haven't been here in a while, for various reasons, and this was pretty bad news to come back to. When I was first getting into shotgunning a few years ago I gleaned more knowledge from the shotgun forum here in general, and by Mr. McCracken's writings in particular (both from his forum posts and through private messages) than from any other source. He was always eager to help. I am very saddened by this news.
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Old November 2, 2012, 01:16 PM   #36
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Peace be with you.
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Old November 2, 2012, 01:17 PM   #37
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Very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family.
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Old November 2, 2012, 10:29 PM   #38
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I am very sorry to hear this. I will pray for you and your family. My Dad died of cancer on April 28 th. I lived with him his last 8 days. He thought he was a burden on me, I just wish there was more I could do.
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Old November 3, 2012, 09:13 PM   #39
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prayers said for gods will
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Old November 3, 2012, 10:51 PM   #40
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Thank you for all that you have taught and helped us. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
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Old November 8, 2012, 01:14 PM   #41
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For those not following the thread in General Gun Discussions:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost....&postcount=111
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Old November 8, 2012, 10:35 PM   #42
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Rip dave

you will be missed by many.....
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Old November 9, 2012, 03:45 AM   #43
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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.
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Old November 9, 2012, 06:16 AM   #44
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Gentlemen,

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.
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Old November 9, 2012, 11:37 AM   #45
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Very sad. RIP Mr. Dave.
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Old November 9, 2012, 02:28 PM   #46
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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
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Old November 10, 2012, 05:47 PM   #47
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Link for Dave McCracken's Obituary and to share thoughts

This is the link for Dave's Obituary in the Baltimore Sun, via Legacy.com

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bal...78#fbLoggedOut

Please feel free share thoughts and stories about Dave on this page.

Thank you,
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Old November 10, 2012, 10:40 PM   #48
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Old November 11, 2012, 07:57 PM   #49
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God rest his eternal soul and watch over his family. David, you will be missed, old friend...
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Old November 12, 2012, 08:56 AM   #50
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McCracken Family

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