Dec 5, 2007, 8:34 AM
Post #1 of 215
First I can't believe I'm posting this. And it is with a sad heart I type this.
While I didn't know Lee all that long, I can say without a doubt, he was, "one of the good ones"! We traded jab's in the fourms and shared many a PM about a lot of topics.
Lee had been riding my ass about coming to the farm to visit, and I have been building a company from the ground up and cash flow had been tight as hell, Lee kept on ride'n me to come down to visit and offered to pay my way and give me all his videos to make sure I earned money while @ the farm. I told him would try to do a business deal with the owner and have a paid trip there to work and earn my keep.
I landed the deal and a called Lee to tell him the good news, he said he couldn't be there that weekend but not to worry he would tell Hans to give me the key to his trailer and to make my self at home and that he would stock the fridge, and he did. Here was a guy willing to let someone he had never met have the run of his home away from home.
I was lucky enough to get to return to the farm the first weekend in Nov. this year, I had only been on the field for about 5 mins. when this big old lug walked up and gave me a big hug and a how the hell are ya. He refused to let me buy dinner for him and the wife as a thank you for the place to stay on my early trip, so I had to go across the street and buy a case of beer and stash it in his trailer.
While I didn't get to spend much time in person with Lee, I can tell those of you who didn't know him, you really missed out on one great person and as we go through life, we would be very lucky to have a guy like Lee to call a friend, for he truely would give you the shirt off his back to help another person in need. He will be missed by many.
Good by my friend, I will miss you!
(This post was edited by stratostar on Dec 5, 2007, 8:42 AM)
I got this sad news late last night. This is a huge loss to our skydiving family and I will never forget Lee! My thoughts and prayers to all of Lee's friends and family. What a trying year this has been!
Lee was one of the funniest people I have ever met! I absolutely loved his style of humor. He also had such a big heart and could talk with great sincerity and humility of topics that were close to his heart. I truly enjoyed him. Whenever I needed a good laugh, it seemed he and BillyVance would come through with some type of crap that would have me laughing out loud in no time! Brandy, my heart breaks for you. What an awesome couple. I just hate this. Bye Lee
Skinnyshrek, I love you man. I know there are many others who were closer to you and miss you more than I do. But man, I will miss your posts, the poker games you tried to get me into, and either took me out or got eliminated before I did, all the PMs, stirring up shit on here, the fun deaf/fat insults, and getting a big fat hug every time I saw you at The Farm. I'll miss you, you fat bastard.
If you see Danny Page up there somewhere, I'd bet that you'll be kicking his ass. And yukking it up with Beezy.
Fly free always dude... I'll see you again, just not soon if I can help it.
Lee was one of those guys that you always knew where you stood cuz he'd tell you to your face. He was so generous, so giving, to just about anyone. I got to meet his parents and know where those values came from.
He promoted The Farm so much I'm sure some people thought he was the DZO. Whatever it took to persuade people to come down, he'd offer.
Brandy, you've got a helluva man, but you already know that.
Lee was brutally honest and some people didn't like that, jesus sometimes i wanted to strangle him.
But he was without a doubt the most caring, biggest hearted bastard walking the earth. I just have too many funny stories of my times with him. Everything from him getting angry at me beating him at poker to sitting in a bar on a day too wet to work trying to cheat at the game quiz. Even on the game he called himself Redskin.
There are a few others (tobasco bottle in his arse) that are just too funny.
Lee taught me what skydiving is all about, i wont be able to drink a beer under canopy again without thinking of him.
It was a privilege Lee and thank you Brandy. Im thinking of you.
For all of the regrets I could have, I'd rather focus on the fact that I got to hang out with Lee and get to know him better on two occasions. Even though he was incredibly busy both times, he always made me feel welcome as a friend and potential partner in mischief. Laughing with Lee meant laughing for a good long while, and it was rare that I ever saw him without a smile. As others have said, you knew what Lee was about because he didn't hide things. If he liked you, you felt like a part of something special, regardless of how many other people he liked. I'll never forget him.
Brandy, if there's anything I can do to help, please let me know. My heart goes out to you.
Thanks for being a great guy, Lee. I miss you already.
I can't tell you how many times I have looked at this thread and the couple in the bonfire this morning, refreshed my browser, looked again, repeat... I keep hoping that Lee will suddenly chime in on these threads with some smart ass comment about how stupid we all are for getting all worked for something that never happened...
Lee was always a major part of my enjoyment at The Farm. No matter what we were doing; be it playing cards, watching football (while our wives were watching skydiver porn with jello), going out to Zorba's for dinner (where he would ask unsuspecting patrons, not part of our group mind you but random people already at the restaurant, if they were finished eating as he would take a bite of their steak), or simply hanging out in his camper having a beer and talking about everything under the moon.
I have lost two very dear friends in such a small time frame in Beezy and Lee; neither of which can ever, EVER be replaced.
I am so sick of losing friends. Maybe they are in a better place and it is my own selfishness of wanting them in my life that burns so badly. All I know is that I hurt... I also know the hurt I feel is nothing like that of their families, and for that I simply hurt more...
I will see you on the other side Lee. Watch over Brandy.
P.S. Save me a piece of that special chocolate for when I get there...
I went and looked back at PMs from Lee and fuck if I can figure out what most of them are in reference to - he had a tendency to PM me at the moment he was stirring some sort of trouble on the Bonfire and knew I was online. So trying to figure them out, out of context is typical.
But I did find a few where he's telling me that he transferred money back into my poker account. He was always running low and needing to be covered to get into the Thursday games and I was often someone he'd hit up. I never worried about it because he not only always paid me back, I'd usually end up with anywhere from a dollar to five dollars more in my account than whatever he'd borrowed for the game (usually $10 or $11). I think he really didn't like being in debt so he'd be overly-generous on the payback, even though we were talking about small change amongst friends.
I always used to say about Lee that he could get away with talking so much shit because he was fucking funny AND had the British accent. So you'd be thinking "Wait, I just got insulted here but it's by this funny man with the charming accent so it doesn't seem so bad."
Really bummed now that we didn't get to hang out over Halloween. I always figured there'd be a next time. I felt a lump in my throat when I walked up the street to get coffee this morning and saw the big Shrek poster in the Blockbuster window... am I ever gonna be able to look at that ogre the same anymore?
(This post was edited by NWFlyer on Dec 5, 2007, 3:17 PM)
I also heard last night! He was a nice guy who never failed to crack me up whn I saw him at boogies! I only knew him through some boogies and bief dialogue on dz.com, but he def made his presence known. We have lost another good person!
Learning about this, this morning, I have spent my day in disbelief. Brandy I am so so sorry for your loss and cannot even imagine what you must/will be going thru. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lee, Thank you for your help and kind words over the past month. You really went out of your way to help me and make me feel as though I wasn't crazy. Thanks for the care package, you sent more then needed, but I understand that you always go above and beyond the means to get the job done. You were going to do something for me this weekend, like I told you earlier, I appreciate the thought, but no worries, I'm good. I will never forget your kindness and your heart of gold.
So I just looked through my IM logs and these just made me laugh out loud ...so typical of the randomness that was my conversations with Lee
Session Start (krisanne:mgerra28): Mon Jul 23 17:12:02 2007 [17:12] mgerra28: so i now can resize woohoo [17:12] Krisanne: rock on! [17:13] mgerra28: my brain will work occasionally [17:14] Krisanne: my brain hurts right now [17:14] Krisanne: i need some meds [17:14] mgerra28: what ya need [17:14] mgerra28: i have vast amounts [17:15] Krisanne: i'm sure you do [17:15] Krisanne: i've spent almost the entire day looking at database tables trying to figure out the source of one piece of data. [17:15] Krisanne: this is NOT my skill set :D [17:16] mgerra28: fuck it buy a truck and lawn mower you will be much happier [17:17] Krisanne: LOL [17:17] Krisanne: probably [17:18] mgerra28: oh and a blower
He was very good at making me realize when I was taking myself too damn seriously.
Lee: What are you doing for Xmas break Squeak Squeak: Nothing planned, you? Lee: why not come over and spend it with us at The Farm. Squeak: I'd love too but it's too expensive mate Lee: Ok how about i give you a few weeks work Squeak: but you will have andy there, you cant afford 2 dsodgy fuckers Lee: that pikey bastard will be finished when you get here, come over, we'll have a great time. Squeak: Ok done. I'll be there on the 3rd.
But Lee wont be
Where ever you are, give them shit you fat bastard