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Premier sangiro
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Oct 28, 2007, 5:33 AM
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Folks - this breaks my heart... Frown

Eric (Tonto) Stephenson died earlier to day from multiple trauma injuries after a swooping incident at JSC. Tonto was moderator on Dropzone.com and a good friend. I don't have words at this time. He'll be missed on so many levels.

Thank you! Thanks Tonto. Good bye my friend.

To his family, friends and especially Taya, my thoughts and prayers.


(This post was edited by sangiro on Oct 28, 2007, 9:03 AM)


bigway

Oct 28, 2007, 5:45 AM
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wow.
no wordsFrown


jceman  (D 19212)

Oct 28, 2007, 5:48 AM
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Words fail me.


Maxx  (D 9594)

Oct 28, 2007, 5:50 AM
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Frown
I can't believe this is true.

Goodbye Tonto.


KNewman  (C 37065)

Oct 28, 2007, 5:55 AM
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Blue Skies my brother in the sky. I thank you for your kind words and the advice you gave me as I started out in this wonderful sport. Your knowledge and advice will be truly missed.

I can't type any more, my eyes are tearing up.


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kbordson

Oct 28, 2007, 6:04 AM
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(silence and sadness)


bozo  (D 10154)

Oct 28, 2007, 6:16 AM
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Oh dammit.....this breaks my heart also.
I didnt know Eric in person but he and I have shared many pms and emails over the years.
I would have never thought this would happen to him.
Go easy brother.


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f1freak  (C License)

Oct 28, 2007, 6:18 AM
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always makes the heart skip a little when you see a new incident....
damnit...

"...For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the
earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you
have been and there you long to return..."
- Leonardo Da Vinci

Fly free forever Frown


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normiss  (D 28356)

Oct 28, 2007, 6:39 AM
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man...this sucks.
While I never met you in person, I enjoyed our messages and friendly banter here.

blues my friend.

truly sad to hear this.Unsure


Squeak  (E 1313)

Oct 28, 2007, 6:48 AM
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oh no FrownFrownFrown
blues skies t, this is so sad


Premier skybytch  (D License)

Oct 28, 2007, 6:52 AM
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In reply to:
Words fail me.

Yeah. Me too.

BSBD...


sartre

Oct 28, 2007, 6:55 AM
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FrownFrownFrownFrown

Just went back and had another look at a couple of conversations we had. The bastard was too smart and too often right.

It's a sad day. Unsure


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RALFFERS  (Student)

Oct 28, 2007, 6:56 AM
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This Tonto?!?!?! Unsure

This I can't believe...Frown I didn't know Eric personally, but by reading a lot of his posts on here I could tell he was a great guy. He was full of information and always willing to share and teach others. He seemed so safety conscious it wasn't funny; I can't believe this happened to him. Frown He will be missed by a multitude of people; my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Blue Skies Tonto....fly free Frown


saly  (D 497)

Oct 28, 2007, 7:06 AM
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Fly free my friend, Thanks for all you have done for our sport, sorry it ended this way.

My deepest sympathy to Taya.


Premier skymama  (D 26699)
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Oct 28, 2007, 7:07 AM
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Another one of the good guys. Frown


freeatlast  (C 33030)

Oct 28, 2007, 7:13 AM
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Fly Free ...Frown

BSBD ...


jenfly00  (D License)

Oct 28, 2007, 7:25 AM
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Goodby, my brother. I never met you but you captured my heart with your posts in this thread.

http://www.dropzone.com/...ost=2965527;#2965527


mik  (D 11111)

Oct 28, 2007, 7:38 AM
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Tonto was one of my AFF instructors - I was a very nervous student and he had a massive calming influence on me. I wanted to do more jumps with him as a student but he refused saying that I did not need him there and I would be wasting my money.

A great guy who I kept in contact with from the UK, especially if I needed advice from a trusted mentor, and someone I loved catching up with when visiting South Africa

RIP mate

Mick Smith


Gawain  (D 29213)

Oct 28, 2007, 7:51 AM
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Blue Skies, Black Death Tonto. I don't think I ever met you in person, but you will be missed here I know that. I know you will be missed dearly by those that knew you well.


Premier ianmdrennan  (D 25821)
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Oct 28, 2007, 7:51 AM
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Wow. First Beezy, now Tonto. This has not been a good weekend.

While I never had the pleasure of meeting Eric face to face, I spoke with him often about canopy flight. Always eager to learn, and seemingly on the right path, I'm at a loss over this. I'm going to miss our chats.

Fly free my friend.

Eternal swoops,
Ian


lisamariewillbe  (A License)

Oct 28, 2007, 7:54 AM
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Wow, such a sad weekend, never met him but we talked parenting in regards to being a skydiver often enough to where I admired him. He displayed integrity as a man, and a father and that all to often is lost these days.


alanab

Oct 28, 2007, 7:57 AM
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my goodness. this is so sad. he was an awesome guy. i met him in eloy in 2004 and he was so sweet.

taya, i love you sister... my thoughts and prayers are with you sweetie.

tonto, fly free with the angels... see you when i get there man.Unsure

*edited to add a pic i took of tonto and taya in eloy 04


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Conundrum

Oct 28, 2007, 8:03 AM
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Unsure BSBD


Premier PhreeZone  (D License)
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Oct 28, 2007, 8:11 AM
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Tonto has touched numerous people via the forums both in his chats and his advice he offered so freely. He has helped many people out with canopy questions and proved he was humble enough to seek out advice to further himself too.

I always laugh when you would post you just were not sure you were committed enough to the sport get a skydiving tattoo yet you've been jumping for years and had over 4000 jumps.

You also recently showed me another side when you told us about the child you and Taya have been helping in South Africa. You have touched that childs life more then you have touched anyone out side of your familys probally.

Thank you for all the help you have provided to the skydiving community and Taya and your family are in my thoughts.


udder  (A License)

Oct 28, 2007, 8:12 AM
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Blue skies Tonto.

Condolences to everyone at JSC.


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