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    Dogger was killed in an accident

    I received a call this evening letting me know that Dogger was killed in an accident on his property.
    He is surrived by his monStars, LuLu, Harry and Bill--triplets, age 12. He is also survived by his mum, and 2 sisters.

    Dogger was a regular here at CareCure, loved by all. CareCure was his lifeline for many years, allowing him to stay connected with the world from remote outback. He was amazing, running his ranch alone, and for many years raising cattle and sheep. He had a wicked sense of humor, wide shoulder to lean on an an ear always willing to listen. He and I moderated the Life Forum together for more than5 years, the fact that he accepted my request to be a co-moderator showed his misguided faith in me :-)

    He counted many her like family. Stephen Edwards was often referred to as "our little brother". On his last trip to the states, he attended they Working2Walk Symposium, toured and met many friends he met here, mostly ladies as I recall, all of whom he called friends.

    To know Dogger was to love him. His death has left a big void in my hear and an unending flow of tears. Tonight my sons and I shared funny stories. They considered him one of their favorite of my friends.

    We have lost a fierce stem cell advocate, a man of compassion and humor. Most of all I have lost a very dear mate, one who can never be replaced. My heart has a hole in it, and I feel deep sadness.

    In true Dogger form, he had a "plan" that if anything ever happened to him, he wanted his friends state side to be notified. We had designated people to tell.

    I hope to copy this thread on to his children thru his sister. Please leave your favorite stories, messages, photos and any thoughts. CareCure has lost a dear member.

    Love you Dogger, sure hope you knew it. This one is for you mate.
    Love, B~
    Every day I wake up is a good one

    #2
    My hat is off to you Dogger. If there is an afterlife, I hope you went to a pleasant place.
    Death and taxes

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      #3
      DOGGER, I'll never forget meeting you at working2walk. I'll miss ya terribly. RIP, mate.

      Daniel

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        #4
        I never knew him well but we exchanged a few PMs. This made me really sad to read.
        If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


        Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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          #5
          Too sad. RIP Dogger.

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            #6
            Damnit. Life is so short. It's so hard to believe. I've "known" Dogger for such a long time, and looked forward to meeting him one day. I'm sorry I'll never get the chance. To those who did get a chance, you are lucky. I know this must be a hard time, so know that you are in my thoughts.

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              #7
              Just terrible news. RIP Dogger..





              Life isn't like a bowl of cherries or peaches. It's more like a jar of jalapenos--What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.

              If you ain't laughing, you ain't living, baby. Carlos Mencia

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                #8
                Very sad. One of the first people I chatted with here... RIP.

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                  #9
                  Here are some pics of him, one with his triplets, and the other with Barbara, (Carbar) from the 07 Rally in DC. He was smart and a determined advocate who continued to educate himself about neuroscience and SCI recovery. He lived his hope.

                  John
                  "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." Lin Yutang

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                    #10
                    This is so very Sad, he was the most nice guy you could ever meet. I met him in DC a couple years ago. I am still in a state of shock over this.
                    "Life is about how you
                    respond to not only the
                    challenges you're dealt but
                    the challenges you seek...If
                    you have no goals, no
                    mountains to climb, your
                    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                      #11
                      This is beyond sad. Terrible shame.
                      Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                        #12
                        Peter was one of my dearest friends. His friendship meant a great deal to me. He was always there to listen to me vent my frustrations or to offer a shoulder to cry on. No matter how jaded and angry with the world I was, a chat with him always mellowed me and had me smiling again. We would chat for hours about everything and about nothing at all. We would enjoy "virtual beers" together after he had finished his work for the day. He was so easy going and genuine, a very kind soul who cared deeply for those in his life.

                        We were the most unlikely of friends. We never agreed on anything. At all. He would tease me incessantly about being a latte sipping yuppie, while I tried my best to convince him that he needed to shed his strongly held conservative viewpoints and loosen up a bit. This was something that always got a laugh from him. It was good natured banter that he never seemed to tire of.

                        We last talked about a week ago. He told me all about his trip to China for a stem cell conference. He had a lot to say about it, his advocacy work meant a great deal to him. But my favorite part of the conversation was when he happily told me about visiting the Great Wall of China. I could hear in his voice what a thrill that had been. He was looking forward to attending another conference in New Zealand in a few weeks. We have all lost an enthusiastic and committed advocate.

                        I wrote him an email a few days after we last talked, telling him how much his friendship meant to me. It was not something I could have told him on the phone. I was afraid I would embarass him. I had to write it instead. I don't know that he ever got the chance to read that email. I dearly wish now I had told him when we talked.

                        My thoughts are with the Mon-Stars Bill, Harry and Lulu, who Peter loved more than anything in this world. And with his mother and the rest of his family. He was a good man and will be missed by many. Including many friends here who I know are as heartbroken tonight as I am.

                        Right now I am feeling an emptiness that I am not sure will ever go away. But some of the pain is lessened knowing that Peter truly loved life and would want everybody to remember him with smiles and laughter, not tears and sorrow. In fact I can hear him in my head saying "Oh bloody hell, quit crying." He was eternally optimistic and when I was thinking about him tonight one of the first things that came to my mind was this song by Slim Dusty.

                        Goodbye mate. I love you and will miss you.


                        Last edited by orangejello; 19 Nov 2008, 2:43 AM.

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                          #13
                          Oh, no! This is so sad.

                          I was fortunate to meet Dogger in person last year while visiting chick when he, lilsister and her brother Jim visited... I was just smiling about that night yesterday. I wish I'd gotten to know him better.

                          He was a great guy and I can't imagine the loss his family and close friends are feeling right now.

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                            #14
                            Oh geez.
                            Heart goes out to his family.
                            The sky is in his shoes tonight..he can fly he can fly.
                            We can only believe he is in better hands.
                            Oh Dogger.
                            Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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                              #15
                              I’m sorry to hear that.

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