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Thoughts and Prayers for Dave McCracken

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JShirley, Nov 1, 2012.

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  1. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

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    Aw man. Dave is such a stud.

    He will be in our prayers.
     
  2. Iramo94

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    Dave is in my prayers.
    I've learned more from content here than any shotgunning class I've ever visited.
    Thanks for everything.
     
  3. GEM

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    I second all the comments and wishes. A terrible loss. Our prayers and sympatheis for him and his loved ones.

    We will miss him on TFL.

    Glenn
     
  4. Apachedriver

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    Dave, Thank you for sharing yourself, your time, and your knowledge with us, the faceless masses of the internet gun world. A part of your legacy in this life will live on here indefinitely.

    My prayers go up for you and your family.

    Apachedriver
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  5. cleardiddion

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    The world will be a lesser place without him.
     
  6. Bentonville

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    I, who knew very little about shotguns but had an interest, asked Dave via private message some questions that seem stupid to me now. Dave replied in detail and several times, always treating me with respect. He was always encouraging and patient, not to mention amazingly knowledgeable. I would describe him as the ultimate gentleman. I am praying for him. In recent dark times the song, Blessings, by Laura Story has comforted me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOOFAaUGfRE
     
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  7. Series 70

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    Dave and his family will be in my prayers tonight. Thanks, Dave, for all your contributions here and to shooting in general.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Horrible news.
     
  9. Mike J

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    Prayers sent for Dave & his family.
     
  10. beatledog7

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    My hopes and Prayers to Dave and his family.
     
  11. MachIVshooter

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    This will be a huge loss for THR and for Dave's physical community, not to mention his family and friends.

    Dave-

    May the doctors be wrong, may you have many happy months and years ahead, and my the passing be swift and painless when the time does come. Be strong and faithful, sir, as the human mind and spirit has often been tougher than the cancer trying to claim the body, and shown the cancer "experts" that they are wholly incapable of predicting life expectancies.

    You are in my prayers.
     
  12. Rampant_Colt

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    Dave McC has always been a helpful, useful contributing member of the firearm websites that I frequent. Thanks for your assistance and input to my queries. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Best wishes, Rampant Colt
     
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    I dont know what to write.... I dont know much about Dave....


    But what I do know is that he IS and always will be a class act and a nice guy.

    He took time to not only reply to a few PM's, but to actually answer what I was trying to ask.

    I never even owned a shot gun and had a few questions regarding inexpensive SxS coach guns. Surely a topic that shouldnt rate high on his priority list.

    However, he took interest and wanted to help me rather than just answer a couple questions.

    13 months later, I still have his PM's.

    Something struck me about his reponses.

    He obviously cares about others. It was shown in the PM's he sent to me and in every post of his.


    Thank you Dave.

    ---dan
     
  14. 4v50 Gary

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    Wish you well and a speedy recovery Dave.
     
  15. Onward Allusion

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    Very sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers...
     
  16. highorder

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    That's awful news.

    Dave has enriched our community and enlightened me.

    He will be missed, quoted warmly and frequently.
     
  17. SwampWolf

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    So sorry to hear this terrible news. May God be with Dave and his family and friends during these dark hours.
    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me...Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever..."
     
  18. jim243

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    Amen

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Jim & Rhonda
     
  19. blarby

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    Yup.

    Better advice and more freely given will be hard to come by.

    Heres to trap in the skies.
     
  20. jrhines

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    Dave, On my bench, in front of me right now, is a 1939 Model 12. It was brought in by a client complaining of intermittent light strikes, says it cost him a gobbler last season. His grandfather hunted over it for the better part of 40 years, and when I asked if it had ever been detail stripped and cleaned, he said it was doubtful. So now it's completely apart and heading for the ultrasonic bath in the morning. Probably be good for another decade or two.
    I just shot a round of clays yesterday, with a group of seniors at the sporting clays range in Providence Forge, VA. This was the test run for an AL391 that was having ejection problems. It ran 60 rounds without a hiccup, so it went back to the owner this morning. He is a retired vet (80+ yrs), that shoots twice a week, (with a walker, and shoots well), but lives for the next day at the range.
    My sons and I used to shoot at National Cap Skeet and Trap, before the hand wringers caught up with them. We never missed a North-South. If you ever shot there my oldest son might have been the trapper.
    I think I have read most all of your THR posts and a lot of the old TFL stuff. Always calm & cool with a little advice, a barrel of information and a ton of encouragement. Whenever I had a shotgun question it was always "Let's see if McC says anything about it".
    So why am I telling you this? I guess all of our histories are long and intertwined and much of the warp and woof of the tapestry we call our lives is the time spent on the range, or in the field, or on the bench, with friends or alone, doing something with firearms. And someday we will all be spoken of in the past tense, and that will happen soon enough. Live all you got left to the maximum, surround yourself with the people you love, and don't quit.
    I gotta hit the sack! I have a neat old gun to clean and reassemble tomorrow, it's gonna be a good day!
     
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    This was in one of the last PM's I got from Dave:

    Dave:

    Good luck and Best Wishes, in this world and the next.

    Lou
     
  22. conw

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    Dave, i can't say it any better than Sam1911. I hope you are reading this thread.
     
  23. tubeshooter

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    I also would like to add my thoughts and prayers. I was very sad to see this.


    I got a lot of wisdom from this gentleman regarding all things shotgun, both here and over at TFL. I hope for things to go as well as they can.
     
  24. RustHunter87

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    :( this is indeed upsetting news, some times I feel like the big C will take us all , it sure seems to go for the good ones first. The high road without Dave, can't hardly bear the thought..
    Courage and strength to Dave and his loved ones.
     
  25. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Prayers for Dave and his family sent up. He and his family will be added to our prayer list at our church.
     
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