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    #16
    Just a tragedy . Dogger was a true country gentleman who I had the honour of meeting a couple of years back . He was one of three spinally injured old cowboys who I have met since my accident ,sadly all now deceased ,I can only hope they are all standing around sharing a beer in a better place.
    I would also like to recognize Dogger's tireless commitment to the cure cause despite his geographical isolation, something I feel very humbled by.
    My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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      #17
      i am so sorry. although i didn't get a chance to meet him, i knew him thru cc. geez, this has been a year that has taken its toll.

      ty for letting us know.

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        #18
        I feel so bereft...so I can't even contemplate how his children must feel. The only comfort is that he died just as he lived-with strength, fierce independence, and productive to the end.

        He sure loved his kids. He was so very PROUD of them. I don't mean that he was proud of them in some macho way, like "Look what I did!", the way some dads do. He was proud of who they were, and how they behaved. Peter put a lot of stock in proper behavior, manners and such. Those 3 kids were his pride and joy because he felt them to be well-behaved and well-mannered...as well as terrific fun! He thought they were stars, and he told me that many times.

        Cheesecake, he loved you so. He didn't always understand you, because you were Other (i.e. female LOL, he never understood a one of us, and didn't mind saying so) but he honored and respected you. He also LIKED you, and Dogger didn't like just everybody.

        Australia has lost a great spinal cord injury cure research advocate. Peter was well-informed and dedicated to the cause. Diplomatic, determined. It is heartbreaking to know he won't live to see a cure he worked so hard for.

        I remember when November was brand new to CareCure. She was young and beautiful, of course. Peter wanted to be sure she'd not be welcomed by a pack of drooling young men, so he was careful to introduce us. He was very thoughtful that way. I felt quite flattered that he thought highly enough of me to entrust me with the duty of showing Nov around.

        Although Peter found women to be inexplicable, he was a gentleman. He treated women with respect, which is rare these days. He and I were occasional co-conspirators, planning moves to promote cure research. I also had the pleasure of serving as a CareCure moderator with him for years. Even if he was frothing with anger, (which happened occasionally, but never without good cause) he was always mannered, measured and proper.

        Does he sound boring? He was never ever THAT! He possessed one of the most clever and incisive senses of humor I've been lucky enough to encounter. And good Lord he was TOUGH. I watched him with awe in DC in '07. It was like Dogger wouldn't ALLOW jet lag to be a problem. It was not invited. I was feeling rough, having flown from Oklahoma LOL. This man had flown-literally-halfway 'round the globe, but not a word of complaint did I hear. He was smart and politically savvy, he just never made a kneejerk decision or behaved rashly.

        I could go on and on. I thought so highly of this man. The world looks more barren, bleak and bland without that sheep farmer at the other end of the globe. If his children someday read this, I hope they can tell that a lady in Oklahoma really, truly thought the world of their Dad.

        Peter, my friend, thanks for every time I needed cheering and you called me a "tidy little package". Thanks beyond measure. RIP.
        Last edited by betheny; 19 Nov 2008, 3:02 AM.
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          #19
          What a shame.
          Too often we are rudely reminded of how fragile and fleeting life can be. The best, like Dogger, make the most of it while it lasts.
          - Richard

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            #20
            To new to know him, but sounds like I missed out on one hell of a man. Those ranch guys are right off the cuff.
            May he rest in peace. and I have a heavy heart for all of you who did know him so well. Think of him often .. for he's looking down on you all now.

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              #21
              If ever there would be a CareCure Hall of Fame, this man deserves a place in it. RIP Peter!
              "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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                #22
                I was very saddened to hear this news this evening. Peter was a determined and knowledgable advocate for SCI treatment and cure, traveling to the United States, China and long distances in Australia to learn and share. A loyal and caring friend, Peter went out of his way to bring cheer and hope to others. He helped innumerable people on this site with his experiences, insights and advice.
                After first connecting with Peter on the Caregivers forum and laughing at his outrageous jokes and stories on the phone, we met after he attended the Work to Walk. I met him at O'Hare Airport in Chicago and we traveled into the city to visit Chick and Scorpion. Wearing his cowboy hat, his bush boots and an ever ready smile, he was entertaining telling his stories, drinking a few beers and holding forth on various subjects. When he came on to Wisconsin for a few days he was great company. Up at 5 every morning, by evening he would be in the recliner, gently snoring, while "watching" the telly with Jim. And shopping for Bill, Harry and Lulu was a hilarious side trip. He loved you so much, and often bragged about your accomplishments, and your escapades were shared with a delighted laugh. Please accept our condolences and a salute to a man of moral fibre, brave yet compassionate, humorous and loyal, he lived his convictions and his life with fervor and verve. Debra and Jim

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                  #23
                  This thread belongs on a new CareCure memorial wall. Dogger was awesome. I hope no one forgets him. He was the best in each one of us. He was what we only aspire to be.
                  ~See you at the CareCure-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by betheny View Post



                    I remember when November was brand new to CareCure. She was young and beautiful, of course. Peter wanted to be sure she'd not be welcomed by a pack of drooling young men, so he was careful to introduce us. He was very thoughtful that way. I felt quite flattered that he thought highly enough of me to entrust me with the duty of showing Nov around.
                    Dogger was a kind man. He was my first friend on CareCure along side Betheny when I found the site in 2003. We spent many endless hours over the years chatting. I didn't get to meet him in 2007. We wanted to meet but I was in the process of moving across the country and couldn't tell him with certainty which state I would be in on the dates he was planning on being here. I wish we would have. I wish I wouldn't have waited to email/IM him too because now it's too late. I knew my birthday just passed and his is just a few days away. Too late now.

                    He really did love his kids. He always looked forward to their visits and shared pictures of them. I was amazed at how fast the years went by.

                    I hope he wasn't upset we lost touch lately. Life happens I suppose. He did confide in me and Dogger, know I never told a soul.

                    Be at peace.
                    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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                      #25
                      RIP Peter...you were one of the most intelligent and unique men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The respect that so many people here had for you speaks of the type of man you were. I wish so much that things were different, life can be incredibly cruel and at this stage I just shake my head and wonder why.

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                        #26
                        I am crying. Here is a picture of our dinner at the Third International Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Trials Symposium last month in Beijing. From left to right,

                        Myself, Jacqui Bresnahan, Suzie Harkema, Michael Beattie, Suzie's husband, Dogger (Peter Frye), Dongming Sun, Liz (World Traveller), Andy Blight, Hongyun Huang, Alok Sharma, and Jun Tan.

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                          #27
                          I too am crying in unison with Wise. Even though I never met Dogger in person, I was blessed with the opportunity to chat with him in the chat room. There were several times we got to do this and I hold some some special thoughts of funny words he shared with me which I recall at this time too . Never will forget the laughs we had. He was a gentleman and I loved to chat with him. Will miss him so very much. The following is dedicated to you, Dogger.

                          Sleep in peace my Friend
                          May the Angels surround you
                          Singing a sweet lullaby
                          While you slumber

                          Maybe someday we will meet again
                          In a land of harmony and peace
                          Where we may stroll together
                          Walking down a heavenly path

                          Raven
                          Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. ~Victor Hugo~

                          A warrior is not one who always wins,
                          but one who keeps on fighting to the end ~ Unknown ~

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                            #28
                            This is so shocking - Dogger was not just a great guy with enormous heart and humour - he was a force, an energy that spread like wildfire across any crowd or room. How he will be missed by all who knew him.

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                              #29
                              RIP Dogger, I'll miss your posts and getting to know you better, Thanks for everything.
                              get busy living or get busy dying

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                                #30
                                No words can ease the pain of losing a loved one, but to Peter's family: I hope that you can hold on to the good and special memories, to get you through this time of pain and sorrow.

                                Also, try not to hurt on unsaid things, allow yourselves to grief, and let his love and legacy lead you through the path of healing, how ever long it might take.

                                As painful as it is, let yourself feel. It's OKAY to hurt, and it is OKAY to smile.

                                He will live on forever through you!
                                Thoughts become things, choose the good ones!

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