RIP doctor Encore
Greg was a stand guy. Willing to help out anybody with anything. Spent a lot of his free time passing on his hunting and fishing knowledge on to the local Boy Scouts. Our conversations always ended with him bragging about his kids and grandkids enjoying the outdoors with him. He will be missed!
Yeah, I knew about the loss of Greg. Meet him several times on my trips back home to Virginia.
That was a gut punch.... We also talked a lot about Scouts, as I am involved with them here in Oregon. and our sons.
Greg was an inspiration in a lot of ways, on a lot of topics.
RIP Greg... you will be sorely missed at my campfire my friend.
best regards... and will see ya again, if I manage to make it up there...
For some reason, wide awake at 4 AM this morning.. guess because I have one hell of a busy schedule over the next 72 hours. Just the last three pages, I have re seen names of folks I have known and interacted with over a long time here on the fire...
Just reading of Greg, Doc Encore.. Just a little example of some of the people I have known here is exemplified with Greg as an example and representative of the type of people I've known on the campfire.
Back in 2010, My son wanted to attend the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts National Camporee. Our council here in Oregon the price for that to attend, was about $3500. My son didn't want us to pay for that, but knew at 16 he could never come up with the money. So I bought up the suggestion about why not apply to go as Camp Staff, and suggested the rifle range.
He applied and was shocked when he was accepted. I think the cost was $400.00 and he had to pay his ticket there and back. Mom and Dad took care of that.
The cheapest ticket we could get was to fly him out of Seattle to Baltimore. He was to fly out at 10 PM, and it is a 500 mile one way trip from home to Seattle... So I drove him up there... We got stuck in Portland for 3 plus hours in traffic at the end of day rush hour. Then get him to the SeaTac Airport...The lines to get your ticket and then getting thru air port security, was slower than mud, and no one on staff at the Airport really gave a crap... I stayed with my son until he got thru Airport Security. I left him at 11 PM. to head 500 miles home.
I had stopped at a Rest Area on took a nap. I got a call from him and he had been bumped off his flight because they had over booked it. He is busy freaking out, as this is a totally new experience for him and he's alone not knowing what to do..
I have no way of to contact family back in Virginia that had promise to pick him up at the airport and then drive him down to Camp A.P. Hill in Virginia, near where they live.
Greg and I had never met, but I had his number and he told me to call him when ever I might need his help on ANYTHING.
Well I was up "[bleep] without a paddle" and had a freaked out son 100 miles away at SeaTac over night. They had told him they would get him on the next flight out. I called Greg at 4 AM east coast time, and surprised he even answered his phone. I told him my situation. He instantly told me he would pick him up in Baltimore and get him the 75 miles down to Camp A.P. Hill To call my son and give him Greg's number and Greg would meet him at the gate the flight number was scheduled to be at.
I called my son back at told him I had arranged someone to pick him up, when ever he got in to Baltimore Airport. Gave him Greg's number. My son was bumped off the next FOUR overbooked flights. When he finally got airborne, I called Greg back and gave him the flight info. He drove 60 miles to pick up my son, then took him down to my relatives home in Virginia, as the camp was not yet open for the Jamboree...
When it was time for my son to fly home, my relatives called me and told me they had some sort of emergency and couldn't take Jonathan back to Baltimore Airport for him to fly home....my own darn family.... I called Greg and told him of the situation this time.... The Gentlemen tells me he is glad I called him. He went down and picked up my son, brought him to his home and then took him to the Airport in Baltimore for his flight home....
I use this as an example to not only show what a gentleman Greg was... We had never met at that point, but we had conversed over PMs for several years... Scouting involvement as a common basis...But Greg is a perfect example of the quality of folks I have met and gotten to know on the campfire over the 19 years I've been on this web site.
it was a blessing to know the many folks, who are the types shown exactly like Greg's example... as I read the names on this entire thread of folks who have passed before us. Even if they were someone I didn't know, I am sure they are an example of the folks I have been blessed with to be able to know...
Plenty of arguments and slander on these threads any more at the campfire is typical. But when push comes to shove and a member is in need of help, there is never a shortage of someone willing to help out with no limits. Even times like this.
To Greg and ALL the campfire members I've been blessed to know and meet in my travels and time here, each of us are truly blessed to have the bonds we develop here, with despite all their faults, are the best folks many of us have ever known.
to the folks who I have known who are no longer here, and to those that are still with us. I thank each of you for your friendship, and the blessings of having known all I have ever met....
Cheers and God Bless...
john chr. / seafire.