Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Thanks, Dad

My father, among many other more important things, taught me to play chess. While we didn't really play much (and I didn't really want to), he rightly thought it was important that I understand the basic rules. He passed away last week, unexpectedly, at age 61. Here is a memorial page my wife made.

Dad, you will be missed.

17 Comments:

Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Accept my sympathies.

7/12/2005 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Be thankful for your time you had together. Let his life live on through all that he taught you.

7/13/2005 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

I am very sorry to hear this. Please accept my condolences.

7/13/2005 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger DG said...

My condolences also. Your good memories of him and your times together will endure.

7/13/2005 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

He was a good and courageous man. You should be proud of him. I wish there were many more patriots like him in the US. I wish there were many more with his moral courage in this world. May God rest his soul.

7/14/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger JavaManIssa said...

I'm sorry to hear that. May God have mercy upon him.

7/15/2005 03:03:00 AM  
Blogger King of the Spill said...

You have my condolences.

7/16/2005 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Mousetrapper said...

Accept my condolences. What this great man taught you will remain.

7/18/2005 07:57:00 AM  
Blogger Druss said...

Very sorry to hear about your loss. My dad taught me how to play as well.

Druss

ps moved my blog to http://mgdrussblog.blogspot.com/ (no longer on Aidan's Gambit)

7/18/2005 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. They are very much appreciated. Celtic Death, I admired my father very much for his ability to get things done without a lot of fanfare, and his willingness to sacrifice to help others and the country. If I had half of his ability to do these things, I would be a much better person than I am.

Moving to more mundane things, two weeks after the horrible shock to me and my family, I am getting back into the swing of things at work, and even a little with chess. I'll post an update soon...

7/18/2005 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

Sorry to hear of your loss.

I don't think there is a Knight among us who doubts your abilities. You are one of the fortunate ones to have such a great role model.

7/18/2005 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger DreadPirateJosh said...

Please accept my condolences as well.

7/19/2005 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger SilverDragon said...

Sorry to hear about your father. Please accept my condolences.

7/20/2005 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

I am sorry for your loss.

7/21/2005 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger Pawn Sensei said...

I am greatly saddened by your loss. Your father was a great man and the country has lost an outstanding public servant.

PS

7/26/2005 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. My father, too, taught me to play chess and got me active in tournament play. My thoughts are with you and your family.

7/31/2005 08:51:00 AM  
Blogger R.A.Matheson said...

My sympathies.

I, too, am a chess fan. I also enjoy Go. My online rating, at its peak, was probably around 1450. I was a USCF member up until a few months ago, for about 8 years.

My mother and father taught me Chess at a young age, probably around 3.

I also sympathise with your attempts to improve. I have spent innordinate amounts of $ on chess books, magazines, etc., with little success. The true success comes from doing tactical puzzles and playing games against opponents better than you.

8/03/2005 04:03:00 PM  

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