A special tribute to the bonz Family

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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:11

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:11
There is so little that we can say
Words fail us

Raw emotions
A sense that in some small way
Your loss is our loss

For with each path we cross
We give and we take away

Selfishly we look at our own
Saying there for the grace of God go I

But still we ache for those who
Although never met are grieving

May our thoughts give you strength
May this brotherhood in some small way
Help console you
In your darker days.

Jim
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Reply By: Brad and His Disco - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:29

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:29
I have been made aware that I missed some names. Please accept my sincerest appology. I will fix this problem today.

Please accept my appology, it was my mistake with no hidden agenda, just my poor editing skills.

If I have missed your name please msg me or email me at bprindab@bigpond.net.au
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Follow Up By: Brad and His Disco - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:36

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:36
I want to sincerly appoligise to the following EO members for ommiting their names :

Member Petsy (SA)
Footloose
Member - iMusty (VIC)
Karsten from Birdsville Studio

I will include anyone else if I missed your name during the post.

I missed aligned the picture in publisher.

I have never been more embarrassed inmy life and again appologise to everyone.

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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:52

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:52
No need for appologies Brad.

Easy to make a blooper on a PC these days.

Especially when we are all feeling so crappy. And Awkward.

T'is a nice tribute, and I am proud to be in such great company.

Thankyou.

James



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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:12

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:12
Brad,

No need for embarassment mate.

Your kind and thoughtful gesture is the important thing.

I think I speak for everyone when I say thanks.

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:21

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:21
Brad, your efforts are so appreciated, and this may sound funny but you know, I still have a sense of humour, and although you didnt mean it you have given me great joy seeing a name up there ^^^^^^ from someone who was only too quick to bag my poor Nissan when it needed its ticker tickled at Broken Hill last week (and rightly so and don't anyone ever stop doing it) and sent me a SMS message.

Your post has made me smile in a weekend of tears mate.

psssst........ Don't mention any of this to Member Petsy , Petsy hahahahaha on second thoughts MENTION IT hehehehehehehe
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:52

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:52
You know Bonz sometimes humour is such a friend in these times.

About 15 years ago a very close friend of mine chose to take his life. We used to live in the same town as him but had moved away a couple of years before and although he had visited us just a couple of weeks earlier I hadn't been back to that town for those two years. Anyway I returned, of course, for his funeral and being familiar with the town knew where the crematorium was and despite my mother-in-laws advice to "leave in plenty of time dear" I left 15 minutes before the start of then funeral because it was only a 10 minute drive from her house (where we were staying) and I knew it would be a bad time for everyone. So I arrived at the crem. with five minutes to spare and was rather surprised that there were only one or two cars in the car park - "Something not quite right here" I was slowly beginning to think :) Spent a few minutes wondering around and finally found someone who seemed to know what was going on - apparantly, during my two years abscence, they had built a new crematorium on the other side of town and that was where I should have been! I arrived: late - but I _know_ my friend was looking down at me and saying "Harding you bastard! you're even late to my funeral!" with a broad smile on his face.

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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 22:04

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 22:04
Brad your efforts are what counts.
Bonz mate im glad you still have your sence of humour in such a sad week, and I hope my yota breaks down in Broken Hill just so you can send me an sms hahahahah
Cheers mate
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:19

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:19
Brad,
please include me on the list also.
Thanks,
Mike H
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:30

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:30
That's nice Brad, thanks from me.
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Follow Up By: Brad and His Disco - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:47

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 16:47
I have updated the tribute to include names. If any EO user would like their name included please email me a bprindab@bigpond.net.au or member msg me.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 17:58

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 17:58
What a lovely thing to do Brad, thanks from Ian and I.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:05

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:05
Hi Brad,

I know you've spent the day wondering what you could do for Geoff, Marie, Paul and Imogen, I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

Thanks for your messages of concern.

Lyn
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:14

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:14
Brad mate our eyes are not full of tears but full of appreciation. Your support and all here has been overwhelming and something that we all appreciate immensely.

Thankyou
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 10:58

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 10:58
What a great photo mate, and a fantastic day with yourself, Don and his beautiful Grandkids - Now, unfortunately tinged with such sadness. Our thoughts over the last couple of days have been very much with your family.
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Reply By: peter in sa - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:28

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 18:28
Brad and his Disco . well done mate nice tribute . GREENDOG
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Reply By: Paul - OzRoamer - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 19:10

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 19:10
Brad

A lovely thought - well done.
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 19:25

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 19:25
Brad,
Could you please pass on my deepest sympathy to the Bonz clan, such a tragic loss.
With Deepest Sympathy
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 22:36

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 22:36
we got it mate, we got it.

thanx
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:40

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:40
i'll back up martyn's comments Bonz ... sincerest sympathy from me 2 U.
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Reply By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 20:44

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 20:44
Top effort Brad
Very heartwarming to see so much support at this sad time.
I don't mind admitting to tears in my eyes when reading all the tributes.
There really are some wonderful people in this group
Proud to be a small part of it
Cheers Ray
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Reply By: udm - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 20:52

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 20:52
Well done mate.
Ulises
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:01

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:01
That's great Brad, thanks for including us. I was out mowing yesterday and the whole time I was thinking about the pain Bonz and Marie and Family would be feeling right now.(And I tell ya, it's hard mowing lawns with tears in the eye's, cause the sweat and tears turns the dust to mud..........lol) And I was wondering what they were doing at that exact moment. My God it must be so hard for them. The words in that poem are just beautiful.
Karen
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Reply By: Jim-Bob - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:13

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:13
G'day Brad
A beautiful thought, it's times like these that brings friends to the fore.
Thank you for including my name as I am only a visitor on this forum.
Safe travells
Jim-Bob & Christine.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:27

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:27
Jim-Bob,

Being a decent chap is far more important than being a "member".

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: rickwagupatrol - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:22

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 21:22
good onya Brad, 'tis nice to see that Bonz and family have those of us that are close and far, united in our heartfelt condolences.
a top job mate.

rick.
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 22:49

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 22:49
Brad, Those words are wonderful.
My renewal is just about due and I was contemplating not renewing as I was become dissalusioned with the way the forum was heading. But after seeing the bond that this wonderful EO family has and the support for one of the family. the price is insignificant.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 08:52

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 08:52
Alan Mac (Vic)

I gotta tell you. I am a bit of a loner & I don't have a family. I haven’t had one for years. I don't like being vulnerable from closeness.

But coming here has given me wonderful experiences. The best laughs, and tales.

And knowledge! It's impossible to put in as much as you get out.

And being here has re-opened my heart to the feelings of need. Of loss.

This EO family has helped to make me grow. To become more whole.

I value my friends here. But the truth be known I didn't value them as mush as I did before this tragedy. Strange, Isn’t it?

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Reply By: Gajm (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 23:46

Sunday, Apr 03, 2005 at 23:46
Thanks Brad...what an amazing bunch of people on this forum. And Bonz you have amazed me with your strength and courage, I doubt I could even come on here, let alone post a reply.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 00:58

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 00:58
Well chosen words Gajm

Regards
Bernie
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 08:07

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 08:07
Gajm, you guys, believe it or not keep my feet on the ground. This thread has taken me away from all the "stuff" happening here to quietly reflect and put things into perspective. I got this from a wonderful lady whose support has been immense.

Death is nothing at all.



I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.



Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.



Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.

thankyou

GWBonz
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 09:01

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 09:01
Bonz, a family friend recited those words at my dad's funeral. They made me cry then as they do now. They also gave me a lot of comfort then, as they do now. Hopefully they help you through this difficult time.

Pat
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 12:09

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 12:09
I can't help but admire and respect the way Bonz and his family are handling this most difficult time imaginable. Take pride in your wonderful kids and what they were able to achieve, take pride in yourselves for providing the ability for them to do so. Take special care of yourselves, life goes on. Warmest Regards Rob.
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 10:51

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 10:51
A lovely tribute Brad. Like so many who have been deeply touched by this tragedy, I've never met Bonz but one can't help but feel they know him and something of his family through our exchanges on this forum. As I absorbed the devasting news I couldn't help but shed some tears and when my nearly 4 year old asked why I was crying I told him that 2 young women and a young man had gone to live in heaven. Of course he didn't understand what this meant and asked if we could go and see them so I explained further than heaven wasn't a place you could visit. Where is it he then wanted to know. Struggling for answers, I told him it was up in the sky and that when someone goes to heaven they become a brand new star in the sky. We were outside on Saturday night and Matthew asked me about the people and stars so we looked carefully until we found two twin stars shining brightly. So now no matter where we are in this big country of ours we'll be able to look up at the nights sky and find our Kate & Darryl stars and remember...

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 15:31

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 15:31
Melissa, that's so lovely, I have yet to tell Tegan & Callum, they know Geoff so well, and I know that Tegan in particular will be so sad, I am sure she too will want to find special stars in the sky.

Lyn
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Reply By: Coops (Goldfields) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:43

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 14:43
my deepest sympathy and condolences also Bonz.

My thoughts are with you all in such a difficult time

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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:43

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:43
Bonz

I know you by name only via this forum.

I wish you and your family strength during this time of sadness and loss. I unite with your EO friends to offer my sympathy and compassion.

Warm Regards

Andy Wise
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Reply By: Alan S (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 09:32

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 09:32
G'day Brad,

Can you please add my name to the list, I have been away for a few weeks on holidays, got back yesterday and was looking forward to reading what has been happening while I was away. I guess it can't always be good news, can it?

Deepest sympathies to you and your family Geoff. I have never met any one from this forum in person but I feel like I know many of you well.
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