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I just lost my best friend yesterday
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:49:28 AM »
Daniel Trcka. Friend. Car enthusiast. Graphic artist of excellence. Taken by gastric cancer within a three week warning. Unbelievable. The oddest thing was an email I sent him on May 9th asking if he was alright because I had a horrid dream about him. So bad that it prompted that email to him. I am not religious and barely superstitious but he felt stomach pains the next day May 10 and got diagnosed on May 13th. They said it got to his liver and abdomen. They said it was extremely aggressive and initially gave him three weeks to live but after more testing, they recanted and told him they will do chemo. His first treatment was supposed to be on this last Wednesday but he went to emergency that morning and was on life support by Wednesday night. Gone yesterday at noon hour. 56 years old.
As an addendum, he owned a replica Ferrari Daytona Spyder but never drove it. My best most recent memory was in Toronto last summer driving the 401 at sundown in my father's 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca.
May be be drinking with the Gods in Valhalla.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2019, 10:54:02 AM by deathsled »
"Low she sits on five spoke wheels
Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2019, 10:51:01 AM »
Condolences....

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2019, 11:27:23 AM »
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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2019, 11:36:53 AM »
Thank you gentlemen. I felt compelled to write about it to honor his name. And as a caution to us all to get out and enjoy the things we love to do. His passing was almost like a car accident with terminal injuries. The doctor, according to his common law wife, stated that a month ago they would not have found any signs of cancer at all. It literally ripped through his system that fast. I'm going to be 56 in a week. Makes one very reflective on the fleeting mortality of us all.
"Low she sits on five spoke wheels
Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2019, 11:41:17 AM »
Our bests to you and his family.

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2019, 12:03:02 PM »
Sorry to hear, 56 is young.

We are only here for a limited time.   :-\

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2019, 12:06:36 PM »
Sorry for your loss.
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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 12:43:48 PM »
So, so sorry deathsled.

Lost a sister and mother to cancer....

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2019, 01:03:50 PM »
Condolences. Very sorry to hear.
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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2019, 01:19:31 PM »
Sorry for your loss.  :(

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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2019, 01:40:20 PM »
Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Richard. May the memories of the joy you shared with him somehow overcome the sorrow at his passing.
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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2019, 02:57:35 PM »
Thank you all for your wishes. Nothing left to do but get to Toronto for whatever ceremony it may be.
"Low she sits on five spoke wheels
Small block eight so live she feels
There she's parked beside the curb
Engine revving to disturb
She's the princess from his past
Red paint gold stripes damned she's fast"

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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2019, 03:11:20 PM »
Sorry for your loss Richard, awful
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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2019, 05:08:00 PM »
After reading that, I'm sitting here reflecting on how lucky I am to have lived as long as I have.  By rights, I should've died in a serious car wreck when I was 16.  Lost two best friends many years ago and understand your grief.  Just enjoy each day..."In life, there are no warranties expressed or implied"
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Re: I just lost my best friend yesterday
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2019, 05:25:22 PM »
Our deepest condolences to you and also the family.
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