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Postby siddharth » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:34 pm

Even if there's the slightest possibility of a miracle, then I'll hold on to that.
In my short time over here, I've really enjoyed posting with you and this is truly a heart-breaking news.
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Postby basil » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:16 pm

If I recall correctly, oldtoby, you're a Navy man. However this comes out, I sincerely want for you "Fair winds and following seas"
I don't think we communicated that much, but you are part of our memory and you will never leave these people who love you wherever you go.

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Postby Old_Begonia » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:04 am

Words fail.

I will offer up prayers for you and the ones you leave IRL.
"And it is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance else that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen."

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Postby Lee~ » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:22 am

So sorry to read this. I haven't been on tORC for ages, but saw this on the FB feed and wanted to tell you how valued you are. We never interacted much, lurker that I am, but I always enjoyed your posts back in the day, and you add many good things to this community. I can only imagine what you and your family are going through, but know that your tORC family loves you, even the ones that don't say much. Peace.
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Postby Sunsilver » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:13 am

Very sad to hear your news, Toby. I'm all too familiar with the cancer demon, having lost my husband to it in 2004.

I will keep you in my prayers. :cry2:
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Postby wilko185 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:09 pm

So sorry to hear this toby. You'll be missed.

I always clicked on a thread when you were the latest poster.
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Postby heliona » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:15 pm

Toby, I'm so sorry to hear this dreadful news.

Your posts never failed to make me smile, and I shall remember you with great fondness. You have made a lasting impression on this board and will be very sorely missed, but well-remembered.

I wish this was more than virtual, but it's the best I can do, and please know it is heartfelt. :hug:
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Postby Alassante_Estel » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:25 pm

I’m so sorry. Keeping you in my thoughts and heart.
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Postby Vanaladiel » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:25 pm

Old_Toby I have been so honored to have met and hugged you in person. I know it has been many years since that day but you have always held a very special place in our hearts and lives. Know that I believe in miracles and am placing you before the Great Creator and asking for such a miracle. My prayers and love pour out to you my friend!!

I have known that over the years we would lose some of our dearest friends from here but I am not ready for you to be one of them. I pray for your miracle with a heart that believes that miracles do come true!! If the Lord chooses not to grant my request and prayers, than we will meet again on a happier time.

Love you my friend and am sorry that I am so far away that I can not come to you during your time of struggles and challenge. Please do not give up till the very last moment!! Is there someone who can let us know if things change or the worst happens?

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Postby Jaeniver » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:13 am

I am so sorry. There are no words really, but I do want to thank you for your online presence that made the stay of so many so enjoyable. A heartfelt and sincere thank you.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:51 am

FYI: thanks to the heads up of a long time ago member, Wilma, I've been monitoring Toby's sister's Facebook page. (Patty,
if you read this, thank you for your updates!) Our dear Toby is in hospice right now. :( :cry2:

Like Vana...I do believe in miracles. But I also believe there comes a time when we've put our bodies through so much and it's time to rest.
I pray, Toby, that rest of one form or another will find you, if not healing here, then healing beyond.

If you ever wondered what kind of an impact you've had...people are coming out of the woodwork to tell you they love you. :)
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Postby Wilma » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:04 pm

Oldtoby’s sister has updated.
He passed away about 20 minutes ago.

Announcements on arrangements I will post here.
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Postby Evenstar_of_Imladris » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:50 pm

Thank you, Iris, for keeping me in the loop. Toby and I joined TORC 1 day apart and have had many an adventure here over the years. I had the opportunity to moot with him a couple of times. A sad day indeed. Prayers for peace and comfort to his family. You were a good man, my friend. Rest peacefully. ❤
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:47 pm

:cry2:

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Postby Calma » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:19 pm

May his way home be swift
And may he find his peace there.

I shall miss his humor.
That sarcastic wit made me laugh so many times.

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Postby RoseMorninStar » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:17 am

Oh dear, terribly sad news indeed. My heart breaks.

The ships have come to carry him home,
into the West. :cry:
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Postby siddharth » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:44 am

Feet through the glades of grass that forever grow,
Walking slow,
A stroll across the Kingdom of Heaven,
Raining flowers from above
By ravens of gold
And red-tinged doves.
The silence you leave behind
We all now behold.
A silence to silence all that was of want to be said,
A silence that stayed all words unsaid.
The ships have come, it's gray and windy
The sails sway away the souls down here
The souls you touched, with that incendiary
Wit and a dark-stained laughter.
The ships have come now
Off you go, off you go.
Leaving us behind, in this sadness and woe.


Rest in peace, Toby. :(
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Postby truehobbit » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:56 am

I'm so sorry to hear that. Another one of the great people who made these boards such a fabulous place has gone. All who knew oldtoby will remember him. But I'm also glad his suffering ended so swiftly. May his family find comfort in the happy memories and in knowing he is at rest.


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Postby Vanaladiel » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:18 pm

My prayers are going out to his family now that they find peace in their hearts at his passing. I am thankful that he is no longer in any pain but my heart grieves at the loss of our friend. He will be dearly missed and remembered for his kindness and his charm.

May you be at peace and rest sweet brother of the boards!
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Postby Ninui » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:55 pm

So saddened by this news. I had wanted a miracle ending. My deepest sympathy to his family at this time for the loss of their loved one and to all those here who have posted with this sweet soul
much longer than I. I will miss him. :cry: :cry2:
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Postby Ladykat » Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:58 pm

So sad!! :cry:

I hope he got to see some of the posts here so he knew how much he was loved and how much he will be missed.

TORC is a sadder place right now.

May he find peace and freedom from pain in that far green country.

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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:11 pm

I just wanted to let you all know that Toby's sister, Patty, is seeing our messages and sharing. I hope she doesn't mind my stalking her FB page a little...I've just wanted to check in and see how they're doing. Heartbroken, of course. :(
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Postby Wilma » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:58 pm

Oldtoby’s sister has updated. Funeral arrangements will not be until June, due to upper Michigan being quite frozen right now. She will give a date when set.

I asked about condolence cards. She will update when she hears from her parents.

I didn’t expect this to happen so fast.

This whole thing sucks. Poor family.
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Postby Calma » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:34 am

Is there a charity that Toby preferred?
Being on a fixed income I can't afford to send flowers
But I can send a few dollars to a charity in lieu of flowers.

My condolences to his family and friends.
My hope is that their grief is not long.
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:33 am

There is a group in my area called Gearbox Union. Every year at our local Sci-Fi con, they hold a "con-quest." For a nominal amount of money you can go on a "quest" at the con and earn tickets for prizes. The money they raise goes to an organization called "Child's Play." Child's Play donates games books, toys etc. to children's hospitals worldwide. What I'm taking so long to say is, if Toby didn't have a preferred charity, that might be a good option, a donation to Child's Play.
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Postby Wilma » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:26 pm

Patty has updated on where to send cards.

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Postby GwenElf » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:05 pm

Oh wow. I came in to see what other TORCers had come out of the woodwork and saw the update. Didn't expect it would happen that fast. :( Praying for his family and for the repose of his soul.

Thanks to Wilma and Iris for the FB updates--I'm checking his sister's page now as well.

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Postby Vanaladiel » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:06 am

Thank you Wilma for keeping us updated and for getting this address for us. Richard was a really nice guy! We enjoyed meeting him in 2006 at Watervliet, MI at a gathering of the Middle Aged Crazies at another TORCers home there. He will truly be missed! We both joined TORC in 2002,
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Postby Lalaith-Elerrina » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:44 am

This is sad news. I hope his family will find peace. God rest his soul. :(
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Postby Kaya » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:43 pm

Such sad news. :( Namárië, Toby; be at peace.
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