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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!
you can't pay for kids schoolin' with love of skydiving! ~ Airtwardo

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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!
[:/]

"You made my panties wet!" Skymama (Fitz 09)
"Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience."

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He was a big man in the figurative sense, who did big things, and who cast a large shadow that will be missed sorely by a whole whole lot of people.

Go in peace. And may your family find peace.

This sucks.

Wendy W.
There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence. (tbrown)

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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 :(

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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. :P And yukking it up with Beezy. ;)

Fly free always dude... I'll see you again, just not soon if I can help it. :(
"Mediocre people don't like high achievers, and high achievers don't like mediocre people." - SIX TIME National Champion coach Nick Saban

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there are few folks that can make me cry
but the news of this tragedy has done it

Lee we will look out for BRANDY

now go do a video with BEEZY,BOB,PRESTON,and so many we have lost

just think FREE beer and BOOBIES in the sky

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59 YEARS,OVERWEIGHT,BALDIND,X-GRUNT
LAST MIL. JUMP VIET-NAM(QUAN-TRI)
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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. :)

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Well where do i start...

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.
1338

People aint made of nothin' but water and shit.

Until morale improves, the beatings will continue.

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i'm to sorry to hear this..

we've never met lee, but when i got in touch with you, you were the first to chip in, offering me your trailer to stay for a couple of weeks.. just to do my aff!

this is shocking news, my thoughts are with all your friends, your family..

i dont have no words for this.
“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”
-Hunter S. Thompson
"No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."
-Yoda

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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.
Kevin - Sonic Beef #5 - OrFun #28
"I never take myself too seriously, 'cuz everybody know fat birds don't fly." - FLC
Online communities: proof that people never mature much past high school.

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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...

Goudha is for Buddha, and that's good enough for me!

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OMG! Lee was always upbeat and full of personality. You will be missed, on the ground and in the sky!
"I hear and forget. I see and remember. I do and understand" --Confucious


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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.":D

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?
"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke

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Lee,

Thank you for all the laughs you shared with us all here on dz.com.

I especially want to thank you for helping out my good friend micro when he needed it.

Brandy, you're in my prayers as is the rest of Lee's loved ones.

Rest in peace buddy,
Chris

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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.

Bobbi
A miracle is not defined by an event. A miracle is defined by gratitude.

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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.
:D
"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke

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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:)
You are not now, nor will you ever be, good enough to not die in this sport (Sparky)
My Life ROCKS!
How's yours doing?

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I only knew Lee in passing, I've only been going to the farm for a few months. But the times I did get to talk to him he was a super nice guy. This is so sad.
"If you don't like your job, you don't strike! You just go in every day, and do it really half assed. That's the American way."
- Homer Simpson

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