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Old 07-06-2009   #11
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Rest In Peace Tim.

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Old 07-06-2009   #12
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Tim was an inspiration to all of us who knew him. I skied and boated with Tim, Charlie and Diana many times, and was always amazed at the love, devotion, humor,and inner strength they all shared. Our hearts go out to the family and all the people touched by Tim's all to brief, but brilliant time with us.

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Old 07-06-2009   #13
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What an inspirational post!!!!!

What an aweful tragedy, but an inspirational story about his life! He truly lived his life beyond what most of us can even imagine!!

I always ask my self that if anything bad were to happen to me that didn't kill me, but paralyzed me or hurt me badly; would I have the mental strength that someone like that young man had to keep pushing on in life, or would I just give up??? Well most poeple would just give up and I probably would too. That boy definitely was stronger than I will ever be, mentally and physically!! I am touched by just reading this post!!

There's nothing else I can really say that hasn't already been said on here besides I am truly inspired by him and wish I could have met him on the river.

My condolences to his family and friends!! RIP!!!

Dream as if you'll live forever; Live as if you'll die today - James Dean
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Old 07-06-2009   #14
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It sounds like this young man was living life to the fullest with the hand he was dealt. Although this is a tragic death, I'm glad to know that there are people overcoming enormous obstacles. My condolences.
-Τὸ χόβερκράφτ μου εἶναι γεμᾶτο χέλια!
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Old 07-06-2009   #15
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Tim was a very special guy. Despite his disability, I can truely say that he lived life to the fullest and he had more passion for life and a more positive attitude than 99% of the people I know with no physical problems. He always had a smile and had a sharp sense of humor beyond his years.
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Old 07-07-2009   #16
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Candle light vigil tonight.
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Old 07-07-2009   #17
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what an amazing loss, I admire that his folks were very supportive and close to him, its very apparent he will be missed.. my deepest sympathy goes out to them(his family and friends)..
may his parents somehow find strength to carry foward...
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Old 07-07-2009   #18
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It's a reminder of what real strength is, and I'm terribly sorry he's been taken from those who loved him.
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label
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Old 07-07-2009   #19
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I row WW quite often, I was curious to know what exactly happened to cause the flip on the Funnel Falls, to learn from the accident so others might avoid it. Funnel Falls is a frequent flipper, but each flip has it's story behind it.

Tim sounds like a brave lad to not let the illness hold him back and live the life to the fullest.
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Old 07-07-2009   #20
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Funnel/Skull Rapid combo

A few years ago I was with a private group doing WW in May. Flow was around 8,400 cfs and the water very cold. Since we had done WW so many times without incident, at all levels, we chose not to wear wetsuits. As fate would have it, we flipped in Funnel Falls and everyone had long, scary swims. One guy (who didn't know that Skull was coming up fast) barely made it to the side before Skull. In the shape he was in, he probably would have drowned in the hole. Since then, I always take that stretch of river VERY seriuosly.

Condolences to the family and friends of this brave lad who lived life to the fullest. RIP

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