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Paul Hardin

 


chutem  (A 45827)

Aug 7, 2010, 11:06 AM
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RIP my friend. You will be missed!

James


airgord  (D 15258)

Aug 7, 2010, 4:56 PM
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One of the best!


blacksha  (B 31921)

Aug 8, 2010, 7:01 AM
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RIP Paul!

Lonne


musika

Aug 8, 2010, 12:28 PM
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Don't really know how to use these posts, or if I'm doing this right but I had to say something.

Paul came to work at our DZ this summer. I didn't jump with him, didn't work with him, yet he made a big impression in the little time we spent walking to the plane, sitting inside, opening the airplane door for me... What a gentleman.

He also told me that despite jumping for 15 years, he NEVER got burnt out. He found skydivers to be much more accepting than the general public. What he didn't like was fake business people who only seemed to like you - for their business.

Paul was wise and experienced beyond his years. It was a privilege knowing him for this short time.

Musika


Kimblair13  (D 28140)

Aug 8, 2010, 2:26 PM
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RIP Paul. I'm gonna miss flying with you.
Unsure


customguy79  (D 30780)

Aug 9, 2010, 9:49 AM
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RIP Paul you will be missed forever


hottamaly  (D 15263)

Aug 9, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Does anyone have a picture of him?


chutem  (A 45827)

Aug 9, 2010, 1:33 PM
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http://www.drivevrw.com/...abid/69/Default.aspx

Hope that works, link is to Paul's page for AZ Drive.

James


Premier Remster  (C License)

Aug 9, 2010, 2:29 PM
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He's also in the middle of the top row here:
http://www.drivevrw.com/...abid/57/Default.aspx

Blue skies, Paul... Unsure


hottamaly  (D 15263)

Aug 9, 2010, 4:52 PM
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Thanks. BSBD Paul.


vanman2  (A 53525)

Aug 9, 2010, 8:54 PM
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This post is 100% correct!


brentinpdx

Aug 9, 2010, 10:35 PM
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While I have only jumped once. It was a pleasure meeting him 2 weeks ago. I had to post the pictures I had of him when I made my first jump. I hope these will suffice the request for pictures of Paul.
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Crohnie  (B 36319)

Aug 9, 2010, 11:16 PM
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I only knew Paul for a month but I am deeply saddened to see him go. I did the majority of my AFF progression with him and it was wonderful to learn and fly with such a great person. He was truly an amazing man and he will be greatly missed.

He made me feel more than welcome and relaxed in a sport that is daunting and terrifying to a beginner. I felt close to him early on because he was so happy to sit and bs when there were clouds or downtime at the DZ.

He seemed to truly care and I could tell how passionate he was for the sport. On my first release skydive he moved to my main side for me to practice 90 degree turns and when I moved to face him something finally 'clicked' and I understand how to fly my body better. I got a huge smile and his face lit up and got a thumbs up as he tracked away after I pulled. When I got to the ground he ran up to me and congratulated me and told me reactions like mine were the reason he loved teaching so much. That is such a simple thing but to me now it holds so much power and is a memory that I will never forget.

Even though our time was fleeting I am happy to have known and learned from him. I can only hope his family and friends can find peace with his passing and that he is in a better place somewhere.

Joel


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Zenister  (A 42)

Aug 9, 2010, 11:56 PM
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Paul was/is a better man than I will ever be... I'm honored...humbled.... to have met him, jumped with him and learned from his example. A big man with an even larger heart.

I regret I didn't get more time, one more beer, one more jump, one more smile at sunset on the porch.

The world is less without him.

Blue Skies Gorilla...


MissMae  (C License)

Aug 10, 2010, 12:34 PM
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You have nailed Paul to a T. :)

He will be very missed by a lot of people.
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MonkeyLip  (D 26041)

Aug 10, 2010, 5:43 PM
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I can not even imagine how may people will miss Paul, He was an incredibly giving person. I know this first hand!

I will miss Paul!

Fly free my friend!!!!!!

MonkeyLip


vanman2  (A 53525)

Aug 10, 2010, 7:57 PM
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Agrees. Stand Up Dude!


Wyn  (C 107789)

Aug 11, 2010, 3:18 AM
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As a novice, and rather overweight, wannabe freeflyer I spent a week holiday in Arizona to attempt to learn the basics of sitflying. Paul was my assigned coach (well overqualified for the job) and left an impression on me that will not be forgotten.

He put up with my flailing in the air and was really positive and encouraging in my debriefs. However, I think it was his warmth and genuine nature after the jumps that made him such a great bloke.

Blue Skies


asphaltpussy

Aug 12, 2010, 1:11 AM
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Paul, it was awesome to have known you for all these years. I'll miss flying with you in the tunnel and see your smile.
Fly free bro

George


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mujie96  (C 33196)

Aug 12, 2010, 10:26 AM
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Words cannot express how much Tim and loved and will miss you. Rest in peace, you will always be in our hearts.
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agent_lead  (D 29342)

Aug 12, 2010, 11:40 AM
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RIP sir.

a line i said everytime i saw him...

"the go-rilla, knows he gon leave footprints, so he buy his shoes a size or so bigger"


(This post was edited by agent_lead on Aug 12, 2010, 11:44 AM)


amychmelecki  (D License)

Aug 13, 2010, 6:17 AM
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Paul, I will miss our car pooling to work, our UFC debriefs, our jumps, all the amazing talks and all the fantastic times.

You will forever be remembered as a beautiful, strong, kind, smart man, a dependable friend and a fantastic father.

It feels like you left us too early, it feels so wrong to talk about you in the past tense, but such is life, it was your time as much as it sucks for the ones left behind.

Love you Gorilla


mgyrfalcon  (D 13994)

Aug 20, 2010, 10:48 PM
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In reply to:
RIP my friend. You will be missed!

James

From the start Paul always had an easy smile for me and others. For the most part we mainly just shared airplanes on the way to altitude. He always seemed thrilled to catch a ride to altitude and was always helpful. On several occasions he assisted me with disabled tandem passengers, without my having to ask. He was definately the man for the job, great guy!

We also had more than a few gut-busting laughs while waiting for airplanes. I for one will miss him dearly, and I know his passing has caused much turmoil in our skydiver family, and in the world in general. Some of our greatest ones have left us far too early.

Blue Skies Amigo, you just got better lookin'!

MG


Zenister  (A 42)

Aug 6, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Two years doesn't change much...

Missing you Gorilla.



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