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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 12-23-2013 10:21 PM 569 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChuckV

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12-23-2013 10:21 PM

I am sad to pass on the news that Art Rollins (http://lumberjocks.com/arts) passed away in October.

Art was a great friend that I met through LJs several years ago. He was looking for some parts for his cordless drill and I just happened to have such a drill that had quit on me. I sent him the parts, and we have kept in touch ever since.

I loved reading his emails about what was going on in his life, family and shop. We exchanged emails, Christmas cards and woodworking related items. I still have the whirligig that he made and sent me one Christmas. Art often talked about making the trip with his wife from Vermont down to Massachusetts to visit my family. Unfortunately, health issues never allowed this to happen. So, I never met Art in person. But, his kindness, generosity, and excitement for life came through clearly in his emails.

Sadly, this year’s Christmas card contained the news of Art’s passing. His wife of 57 years wrote me a wonderful note and included Art’s memory card. The front of the memory card has a photo of a hand plane and some other tools.

According to the card, Art was born December 19, 1935 in Milton, VT. He died October 12, 2013 in Randolph, VT. Art was in the US Army in the Korean War and was buried with Military Honors.

This is printed in the card:

When I come to the end of the day,
and the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that was once shared~
Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take,
and each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Maker’s plan,
a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
go to the friends we know,
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 10:24 PM

ugh…. May he Rest In Peace!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 10:42 PM

When you are lonely and sick at heart,
go to the friends we know,
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.

I never had the pleasure of knowing Art but by looking at his pictures I’m sure he was a gentle,kind and giving man ,may he rest in peace.

-- Ken from Ontario

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Porchfish

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 03:18 PM

miss him and let him go

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 05:26 PM

may he rest in peace

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 12-25-2013 02:09 AM

He’s in that wood shop in the sky. God rest his soul. The card is beautiful. Thnx for sharing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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HerbC

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#6 posted 12-25-2013 02:28 AM

ChuckV,

Sorry to hear about Art’s passing. Seems like a great guy. Awful nice of his wife to send you the memory card. Thanks for sharing the poem, it really touched me.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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