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I'm speechless. I sat here just rereading Bill's post, and having difficulty accepting it.

This is the one problem with a community such as this. Relationships are formed, friendships are bonded. We forget that we often sit at our keyboards typing with a semblance of anonymity, and through words, we create memories and add to our store of new people we come to care about. But as with any community where people build friendships, it's inevitable that there will come those painful times when we lose one of our own.

I've unfortunately experienced this too many times now in the 10 years of posting here at the Fool. The friendships I've formed are too numerous to count, and each is one has become something so valuable. The Colonel is certainly among this group.

The Colonel's personality, good nature, and incomparable style set him apart from the crowd. He was so quick to welcome any newcomer, so ready to offer his thoughts in his helpful and oft times downright hysterical voice. While his writing could take extra effort to decipher (especially for us Northerners!), that was part of his charm. His individuality. His presence.

It saddens me terribly that we've lost a dear friend here today. But it gives me joy to think of the lives he's touched and how his memory will live on because of it. I'm proud that he chose this particular venue to leave his mark, as the motto of The Motley Fool is to Amuse, Educate and Enrich. The Colonel did all of this.

I will miss this Fool.

Colonel, I salute you, Sir.

...but I still am...

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