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Forum topic by david38granddaughter posted 05-17-2018 09:14 PM 1791 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2018 09:14 PM

Hi everyone,

My grandpa posted on this site often under the name david38. He was generous with his time and hard work and made dozens of heirlooms that are all the more meaningful to us since his passing from ALS last month. It was very hard for us to see a man so active and so skilled with his hands slowly and relentlessly lose all control of his muscles until he was confined to a chair in his last weeks. This site meant a lot to him as a community and a source of feedback, and I wanted to show some pictures of how we incorporated your support and his woodworking projects into his funeral visitation. Here is his obituary, if you are interested in reading a little bit about him: David Bard's Obituary. Thank you to everyone added some goodness to his life by interacting with him on this forum.

Also, my grandpa had 11 “buddies” listed on his profile – I’d love to send them this post, but I’m not allowed to send messages til I’ve made 5 forum posts. Is there a way for me to tag them on here? Thanks!

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 10:03 PM

That is a VERY special post.

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#2 posted 05-17-2018 11:07 PM

Wow, sorry for your loss. But what a beautiful tribute to him. He appeared to be very talented.

Just make 4 more posts and then you’re on your way

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#3 posted 05-17-2018 11:12 PM

Agreed, very nice post. Sorry for your loss.

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#4 posted 05-17-2018 11:56 PM

i’ve got sawdust in my eyes…
Thanks for sharing
Great legacy with all the beautiful heirlooms.

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 12:09 AM

My sincere condolences.

As for sending a message directly to his buddies, just make 5 “random” posts, then you’ll be able to send a DM. I think, they can even all be in this forum post. Just write a few words, or maybe post 5 pictures of his projects.

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#6 posted 05-18-2018 04:37 AM

Sorry for your loss.

Here is a link to David's home page.

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#7 posted 05-18-2018 02:04 PM

david38granddaughter – First off I am sorry for your loss. Your grandfather was a very talented man but I do believe even with all the wonderful projects he made that is left in this world the he is surely most proud of his family that he has left.
As far as messaging his Friends, Crickets is the admin here and can probably help you out with that since this is a special circumstance.
Please feel free to stick around, I’m sure your grandfather would like it if you picked up on the woodworking skill set. Woodworking is such a vast skill that I am sure there is something that you would enjoy.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 05-18-2018 02:17 PM

sorry for your loss i will be sure to take a look at his page and gaze on his acomplishments

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#9 posted 05-18-2018 02:46 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences. You and your family created such a beautiful memorial.

I have sent a request to our tech team to have your grandfather added to our In Memoriam page.

I don’t have a way to bypass the PM restrictions, but hopefully, some of our current members have some of the same buddies as your grandfather that can reach out to them.

-- Community Manager

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#10 posted 05-18-2018 02:50 PM

Sorry for you loss.

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#11 posted 05-18-2018 03:03 PM

Hi again, thank you everyone very much for the kind words. Cricket, that is so nice of you to add him to the In Memoriam page. He would be so happy about that! JCamp, I do plan on sticking around and reading up on the forums and checking out people’s projects! I’m very interested in woodworking myself but have 0 experience yet. I started sewing clothes about a year ago, though, which is very different in a lot of ways but also similar in some ways—following a pattern (or going from your own pattern), thinking about structure, envisioning the future outcome, etc. After I make my wedding dress in the next couple of months, I hope to start delving into some wood projects!

I wanted to add one more thing about my grandpa, which is probably even more personal than my first post but something I think is important. He was not a great father or husband in his younger years. It’s not common to say not-nice things about the deceased, but it’s true. He was distant, volatile, and drank. In his later years, he made amends with my father, and he showed the rest of us his love through his gifts of handmade furniture and attention. The reason I bring this up is to say that it’s never too late to start working on the relationships with loved ones, even if things have been done that make you feel it’s totally irreparable. Slowly but surely, every gesture helps.

Ok enough with the Mr. Rogers message :) Thank you again, everyone!

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#12 posted 05-18-2018 03:06 PM

first let me thank Cricket (she knows what for )
second i am very sorry to hear of your Grandfathers passing ….he was a very great man who has done some very awesome projects …. and will be sorely missed … may god be with all the family he left behind

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 05-18-2018 03:59 PM

I am sorry for the loss of your grandfather.

Thank you very much for posting this here. And I want to add a special thanks for your heartfelt additional post about your grandfather’s transformation.

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#14 posted 05-18-2018 09:46 PM

Mission acomplished!

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#15 posted 05-19-2018 02:56 AM

Mission acomplished!

- robscastle

Hear that robscastle? It’s never too late to change.

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