ArfinGreebly RIP

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by grampster, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. grampster
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    grampster Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Wilderness of West Michigan
    Garry Hamilton, known as ArfinGreebly on THR passed away yesterday. He was known by many and a good friend to many. Garry was fond of many things in life, particularly knives.
    Garry is survived by his wife Teresa who has a blog called Below are some words by noted best selling author M.A. Rothman who is a mutual friend. Some are Mike's words and some are Garry's that he expressed over his final days which he met with good humor and the strength that I hope all of have when our time comes. RIP our friend. The cut and paste from Garry's Facebook page didn't work out to well so the pic didn't come through. Garry was a computer nerd and coder and when I tried to paste Mike's words, it didn't work very I had to go in and delete all the code between the sentences. Somehow I think Garry got the last laugh on me, anyway.

    "Social media is a strange thing that I rail against more often than not, because it's a tool for evil all too often and I truly believe it makes society worse.
    However... there are good things. It connects people that might not otherwise connect. Folks who share common things and get to "know" each other through the maelstrom of nonsense and crazy people.
    Like Garry Hamilton... he's a fellow computer nerd and gun guy, and even though we never crossed paths in the real world, we have some common roots. He exhibited to all what true bravery looks like in the face of tragedy.
    I'll quote some things in chronological order, to give you an idea of what I mean:
    The picture is from a 2007 LFI-1 gun course.
    Gary was diagnosed with cancer and despite a rather grim diagnosis, in social media you wouldn't have otherwise known it. He remained the same person, but didn't shy away from the realities of what he was going through.
    Whether it was the day-to-day dental work he was grousing about having to undergo...that was in June...
    ]Or in July going over his knife collection and grumbling about not having enough time in the day to keep after them, sharpening, etc.
    It was mid-July that the doctors finally pronounced that his case was likely terminal and they measured his date in months, no longer than that.
    Garry's response was, "Well, I suppose it's time to get the ducks in order for the business of death."
    The next day he quips the following:
    ]That's the average continental crust thickness, in miles, divided by the average diameter, in miles, of Earth.
    Take a basketball and plunge it into a tub of water. When you pull it out, a thin -- almost imperceptible -- skin of water will cover the surface of the ball. That's the approximate relationship between the Earth and its crust.
    Everything you can see and touch, the mountains, the seas, the forests and jungles, the swamps and deserts, fields and prairies: all of that sits on top of that thin, almost imperceptible, skin.
    And all of that floats on a sea of molten rock.
    Seems like a thing worth remembering."
    End of July he's at in-home hospice, the drugs start flowing.
    ]He says, "Yes, I'm still on my feet. I still drive. I still go shopping. More pain than I'm used to though.
    But the oncologists have run out of options, so, in typical "specialty medicine" fashion they've "referred me out."
    I'm not mad at them, but I'm not terribly fond of this risk-averse approach to medicine. They're not at all adventurous in their treatment. Second opinions. "Approved" medications and treatments.
    And they have a difficult time confronting the end results with their patients. That's something not well addressed in their training."
    "Well, I'm learning new pain configurations.
    Developing required coping strategies. Painkillers? Yup.
    Embrace the Suck.
    Anyone planning to visit in the next couple of months, let me suggest that sooner is better than later.
    Improves the odds that I will be conscious and coherent."
    I'm glad to say that it seems like his family rallied around and got themselves from various places to visit him.
    Through most of August he thanked many people for helping in the little things that he called the business of death, whether paperwork or other miscellaneous things.
    Most of his posts through August were short but typical: "Hmm. I seem to be dehydrated.
    I should do something about that.
    Soup. Yes. Maybe chicken broth to start with."
    That soup comment followed on the heels of him reporting the facts of hospice, which he felt others might find morbidly curious:
    "Hospice. A poor compromise between patent care and 'doing the least you can.'
    Pills? We gotcher pills. Pain killers? Gotcher pain killers. Assorted logistical needs? Yeah, we got those.
    Plenty of morphine compounds, anti nausea, anti constipation, anti diarrhea, and so on.
    Just don't ask them to stand an IV tree and hang IV saline for dehydration. Nope. That's "intrusive" care, so if you don't have your own source for IV fluid drops, then good luck with that.
    I'm sure this is part of some risk-averse treatment policies, but it definitely impacts treatment effectiveness.
    So I'm stuck with assumptions that things work internally well enough that oral fluids will be adequate.
    We're working around this.
    Wish me luck."
    Near end of August, a quip: "Incidentally, for anyone interested: I am not done yet.
    Therefore I will be back."
    ]September 7th: "Evidently I'm not dead yet."
    September 13th: He shared a memory from 2019 that said "Cancer markers in latest blood screen now showing less than 1.0, continuing decline." On that memory he noted: "Sigh. That didn't last."
    September 17th: "Checked my calendar today.
    Turns out I still have no time slot for reaper business."
    September 18th: "Shortness of breath.
    ]Shortness of time.
    may check in tomorrow."
    September 19th: "Still here."
    September 19th: "So, it's coming up on 4:30 AM on Monday.
    should probably catch a nap, and turn the thermostat down a notch."
    ]September 24th: Rest In Peace Garry.... you're a person I never met, but I will remember."
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2022
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  2. Blkhrt13

    Blkhrt13 Member

    Mar 18, 2017
    The armpit of Satan (south Louisiana)
    May light perpetual shine on him
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
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    NIGHTLORD40K Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    Nostramo (in absentia), Segmentum Ultima
    Ill say a prayer for his family. :(
  5. Blue Jays

    Blue Jays Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Based on his writings he sounded like a strong, brave, and dignified man. Godspeed, Garry.
  6. Mr. Mosin

    Mr. Mosin Member

    Jun 26, 2019
    May the LORD bless him, and keep him.

    May the LORD make his face shine upon him, and be gracious unto him.

    May the LORD lift up His countenance upon him, and give him peace.
  7. Old Dog

    Old Dog Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    on Puget Sound
    He was active for a while here and his was a voice of reason. No snippiness, no snark, no sarcasm, no disrespect or reproach, ever. Never met him, but he always struck me as just one of those really nice folks you want to be around. He hadn't been active for a few years on THR, but he is remembered. Always had something to say about his daughter.

    Another gone far too soon.
  8. Valkman

    Valkman Member

    Jul 31, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    Garry handled his coming demise with a lot of humor and dignity. I will remember him for that.

    Back when I had about quit making knives I happened to find some steel, enough to make a couple of knives. Garry wanted one and I made it and sent it to him even though it was the first time I wasn't completely happy with how it turned out. Garry added it to his collection and paid me more than I asked for the knife. When he talked computers I had no idea what he was talking about but I do know this: He was a good guy and I wish I could've met him. RIP my friend.
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    He was a truly nice and helpful person, I'll remember him fondly.
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  10. tubeshooter
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    tubeshooter Contributing Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    I remember this poster as being positive and reasonable.
    I am sorry to hear of his passing.

    May he rest in peace.
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  11. alsaqr

    alsaqr Member

    Jul 5, 2007
    South Western, OK
    Rest in Everlasting Peace.
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  12. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    One of the best.
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  13. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    The,sort of, Free state
    I remember him from my early days here.
    Rest In Peace Sir.
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  14. Poper

    Poper Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Semi-Free State of Arizona
    'Arfin Greebly' was one of those whose posts I always felt compelled to read whenever I saw them. We had a few exchanges - always humble and meaningful. His humor and wisdom will be sorely missed by all who were touched by him.
    Rest in loving peace in the arms of our Lord, Garry, for he is a loving God.
    I pray we may one day meet on The Other Side of Life.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2022
  15. Legionnaire
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    Legionnaire Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Saddened to hear this. Rest in peace, brother.
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  16. J-Bar

    J-Bar Member

    Nov 24, 2010
    Springfield, MO
    Thank you Arfin Greebly for being a role model.
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  17. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Northwest IL--the other 'Downstate'
    Very sorry to hear of his passing. I've hung around this place a while and knew his as an elder voice, calm and sure, always worth taking in his message. RIP, Brother.
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  18. mistermills357

    mistermills357 Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    West Virginia
    I’m sorry to hear about it. RIP.
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  19. KevininPa

    KevininPa Member

    May 18, 2007
    Lehigh Valley, Pa
    Always a true gentleman in his posts. An example to follow. May he rest in God's loving arms.
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  20. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    Sad news indeed! RIP sir and Godspeed.
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