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suthern
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0 posted 05-07-2017 11:01 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

It is with sorrow beyond words that I tell Toe's poetry family that he passed away this morning. He and his buddy Balladeer finally get to meet... which means there's sure to be laughing in heaven.
Down here, the tears flow. He was one of my dearest friends and more and will be missed all my remaining days.
He was hoping to return to these blue pages soon. I wish he'd had that chance. It is our loss that he didn't.
Rest in peace, sweet man.
Mysteria
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1 posted 05-07-2017 01:01 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I will remember him with a big smile on my face, as he could make me laugh in the worst of times, and in the best too.  Although I am saddened by the immense loss of a friend, I hope he has indeed found his ole buddy Balladeer by now, and they are creating havoc in heaven.  Lord help them!

If I may?  Suthern, you and I wrote this way back when for Toerag:  
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum91/HTML/002304.html




Carpe' Diem
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2 posted 05-07-2017 07:58 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

so sorry to hear this.I was looking in the archive just yesterday and remembering all the fun he and the other guys back then kept us all laughing. Yes you are right they will be together again. Love to you, Jo/latearrival
Martie
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3 posted 05-07-2017 08:27 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

So sorry to hear of this loss.  Thoughts to all of our poet friends who are no longer with us.  
Kit McCallum
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4 posted 05-07-2017 08:47 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I am so sorry to hear this Ruth. He was a lovely man, I adored both his sense of humour as well as his sensitive side. He will be missed.
OwlSA
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5 posted 05-07-2017 09:11 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Oh, my goodness, Ruth!  I read your message in my letter to Cleo, I came rushing to find out about your news!  My tears are flowing too!  I am shocked and so very, very sorry to hear this, but as you say, Toe's suffering is over and he will be with Balladeer now.  Big hugs.
BluesSerenade
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By the Seaside


6 posted 05-07-2017 10:46 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

Really sorry to hear this.  Reading Toerags poetry and his banter was a pure delight and brightened my days on many occasions.  I mean his pen name makes me smile warmly. The one and only!!!

Rest in peace good poet.
suthern
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7 posted 05-09-2017 10:29 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you all for your kind responses. A special thanks to Mysteria - that poem inspired me to go through the archives. Reading through tears isn't easy, but I treasured every word and memory - and copied some of his poems to give to his kids.

His memorial service will be in his sweet home Alabama at 2 pm Saturday afternoon. It's at a private home so I won't post the address - but if anyone wants the info, feel free to email me.

As my best friend is now at rest
I think of how much I've been blessed
To know his smile, enjoy his wit
To feel the tender, see the grit.

Some times were good, others were tough
No time with him would be enough.
Now heaven's gates are open wide
And that sweet man has stepped inside.

A lonely heart recalls good times,
Hands hold pictures, eyes re-read rhymes.
Dear Toe, I know this much is true
As long as I live, I'll miss you.

your suthern belle
Larry C
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8 posted 05-10-2017 12:23 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Wow! A sad and mournful day. Goodbye Toerag until we meet again.
suthern
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9 posted 05-10-2017 01:54 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

His obituary is at:
http://www.peckfuneralhome.com/m/?p=memorial&id=1961525
Bluesy Socrateaser
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In The Mirror


10 posted 05-14-2017 09:35 PM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

He and MM used to have some entertaining 'squabbles'. Both are missed, but the loss of them will be the gain in perhaps another forum currently inaccessible to ourselves.

Adios Toe.

...just bein' Bluesy

effjayel
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11 posted 05-27-2017 11:09 AM       View Profile for effjayel   Email effjayel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for effjayel

Now who am I going to fight with? We had a lot of banter and he was definitely a one off. You will be missed, Give Baladeer lots of stick up there Toe, God bless mate...
Alison
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12 posted 05-27-2017 01:26 PM       View Profile for Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Dear Ruth ~

How sorry I am to have missed this sad announcement when you first posted it. My heart goes out to you and all others who loved (and were loved by Toe). He made me smile often. When Toerag were on a roll, well, I just got out of the way and watched. They often made me belly laugh.  The halls of PiP have been quieter without them. I think of you, sweet friend.

With love,
Alison
suthern
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13 posted 05-30-2017 08:13 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you, Bluesy and effjayel. I'd always hoped that Toe and Deer could meet in person - and swore I'd sell tickets if that ever happened.   It is some comfort to know those pals have heaven laughing... because I'm sure even angel wings wouldn't stop their antics.

Alison: Thank you, dear lady. I think of you, too! I came to this place loving one member - but I've come to love so many more.  
Alison
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14 posted 05-30-2017 10:33 AM       View Profile for Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

His love is here - for you, for Michael, for friends, for poetry and laughter. I am so thankful that I shared in a tiny bit of Toe's history here. Heard his voice. Heard his smile. And, Ruth, I am so thankful for you.

A
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15 posted 06-04-2017 10:27 PM       View Profile for sewasham   Email sewasham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sewasham

So sorry to hear this and that I'm late in seeing it. Really enjoyed Toe's poetry and giving him a hard time. It won't be the same without he and Mike here to entertain everyone. R.I.P. My friend.

miscellanea
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16 posted 06-12-2017 02:41 PM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

So sorry to hear Toe and Deer have passed. The
feeling of warmth that their play and poetry brought will always be remembered and very much appreciated. Their spirits live on.
Charisma
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17 posted 06-19-2017 05:35 PM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

so sad to see that Toerag also passed
He and Balladeer were great poets
They will be missed RIP
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