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This is Rick's wife... I just wanted you all to know that he truly enjoyed being part of LumberJock's and it is sad that he wasn't a member longer. Rick had been going to doctors, P.A.'s, tests, etc for nearly a year. He passed his physical in late May. In August, he found out he had esophagus cancer and that it was at stage 4. (I didn't even know that there wasn't a stage 5 at the time.) The cancer had spread to his lower back, lumbar, and left hip, which in turn spread to his spinal fluid which traveled up his spine to his brain. He also had some cancer in his lungs (a smoker for 30 yrs) and some in his liver. Shocking? Very! In Mid-Sept. we learned that there was no sign of cancer in his liver! We were thrilled! He was to go have surgery to implant a shunt in his brain the next week, but with the doctor's scheduling, it was put off till the next week. He was to have a good week ... we quickly took family portraits on Sunday, Sept. 20th. On Frid. the 25th, 2 of our daughters came back over for more picture taking with their Dad. We had a great time and a quick lunch -- plus, 2 friends stopped by for a quick visit ... that night his headaches started- Bad. We were in and out of the Emergency room at the hospital and they kept sending him home. You cannot imagine the horrible headaches he had the last week of his life. He was in a coma that Thursday night and passed away Friday night, Oct. 2, 2010. It saddens me to write this, of course, but if something does not seem right, a lump, bump, headache, pain etc AND you cannot find the answer, please CHANGE doctors! And find another doctor who will listen and find out the answers for you. And men, please, go to the doctors and be sure to tell them everything.
We lost Rick way too early.
Donna and daughters
I'm 50, married, and have 3 daughters and one GRAND PRINCESS. I install and maintane bulk co2 systems and nitrogen generaters for Restraunts, bars, Breweries and swimming pools.
I enjoy hunting, fishing and Archery. I shoot traditional equipment(recurve and longbows) I still use wood arrows and make most of my archery equipment. I also brew my own beer. I guess I just enjoy making "stuff"

Rick a.k.a. Bowyer

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#1 posted 1997 days ago

Hello Bowyer,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1997 days ago

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 1997 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 1997 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#5 posted 1996 days ago

Welcome, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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#6 posted 1996 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 1996 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#8 posted 1996 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 1996 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! The forums are a great place to get woodworking advice and to give out some wisdom as well. I am always getting new ideas from the project posts and I also find the videos instructive. I hope you find the site as useful as I do.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#10 posted 1996 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 1995 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

Happy hunting from another old bow hunter! I shot recurves my whole life up till a few years ago. Hurt my right arm and could not hold the higher pound bows any more. Had to go to a compound to keep the poundage where I wanted it. Love bow hunting and wood working as well.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1995 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#13 posted 1994 days ago

WOW What a great welcome!!! The warning of how addictive this site is is too late!!! Sorry to hear you had to go to a compound Tom, but at least you can still enjoy chasing critters around with a sharp stick.
Thanks one and all! Rick

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#14 posted 1642 days ago

Good bye my Friend… I miss your “WOW’s”

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 1638 days ago

my condolences to your family, Bowyer.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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