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From [ profile] bluedeer's LiveJournal, re Furp:

I received information from Pat's folks on the police report. It said that the driver was drunk, he was a marine, and he did pull out in front of Pat while Pat was heading Eastbound, and the driver apparently did not come to a stop at the intersection before starting to make his left turn.

Well, isn't that just great.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I have a special place in the bottom of my cold black heart for drunk drivers.

...other than that of news, I had a pretty nice Zombie Jesus Day Easter. Got to visit my parents, aunts, uncles, etc. for the weekend. And now I have a fridge full of hard boiled eggs and slices of ham. Guess I know what I'm having for dinner tomorrow!


Mar. 5th, 2009 05:00 pm
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I went to Furp's funeral last weekend -- the first funeral I've attended in close to 15 years. I felt very sad, but that's to be expected for a funeral. On the upside, there was an amazing showing from the furry community. I'm pretty sure there were more furries there than anybody else, and even heard the comment uttered, "I had no idea he knew so many people". His family seemed like pretty decent folks, and I can see where he got his sense of humor from. As his sister put it during the eulogy, "dysfunctionally functional".

The viewing and funeral themselves were pretty touching. The type of viewings and funerals I grew up with in NE PA were fairly formal and rigid. This one was a little more informal. Various items from Furp's life, including photos, were set up on tables around the room. One table had pictures of him, another had his medical gear, and another had a container of Tang. No, really! There was an easel that had a sweatshirt from his Boy Scout days, covered in patches of everything he did. Now I am also an Eagle Scout, but I was shocked at all of the things he had done while in the Boy Scouts. Mile Swim, various high adventure camps, hiking, etc. I thought I was active, but I did maybe a third of things he did. Amazing.

Somehow, a Dorasi lapel pin made it onto Furp's collar. I swear it wasn't my doing.

After the funeral, there was a reception within stumbling distance up the road from my host, [ profile] bluedeer's place. I got to see Furp's 4-year old nephew in action, and yeah, he's definitely cut from the same cloth that Furp was.

After the reception, [ profile] bluedeer, [ profile] film2edit, and myself drove over to the place [ profile] justincheetah rented where we celebrated Furp's memory in our own little way: by making and then consuming significant amounts of Slurm, toasting Furp more than once. That was fun, and helped take our mind off of things. Later in the evening, we exchanged some interesting text messages with the rest of the Anthrocon folks, who were in Pittsburgh for the weekend.

I went to the gym last night, for the first time in over a week. Between all this, and the cold I got over, I am trying to get back into my normal rhythm.

I'll be heading off to Indianapolis for Dorsai Thing this weekend. It'll be nice to see many of the DI again. I have the feeling there are going to be record amounts of scotch consumption tasting this weekend.

And in completely random news, I found out that Dolph The Fascist Hippo made a cameo in the game Hitman: Blood Money. After the level "Curtains Down", the newspaper is shown, and Dolph is in one of the articles. Here's a screen shot:

The text is French, and the translation is something like: "Blue Hippopotamus is invisible, nobody can see him. He Leaves stealthy like a Japanese ninja. You are all 100% assholes! Yes Sir!"
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The page at just got updated. Here's what it says now:

Visitation will be Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 1-4 PM at the Funeral Home with Funeral Service at 4 PM.

New Berlin Chapel
16880 w. National Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151

For folks who are flying in, the nearest airport seems to be MKE. However, ORD is a major hub and only about a 2 hour drive away, so it may be cheaper to fly to ORD and rent a car instead.

Also, a reminder, this funeral is primarily for the benefit of Furp's family, many of whom have had no exposure to furry. Ears, tails, and fursuits would NOT be considered appropriate attire for the funeral. Shirts and ties at the very least, gentlemen.

X-posted to [ profile] remember_furp.
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Since nobody was really using it, I decided to start tagging relevant items as "furp" on the Delicious bookmarking service: (And an RSS Feed, too)

If you are on Delicious (and if you're not, it's free!), feel free to tag anything that pertains to Furp with that tag. I know Furp has been active in the fandom and there are many stories about him from over the years. I sure would love to read some of those stories. :-)

On a related note, I have already been approached by some folks asking about the identity of the Marine who did this. I appreciate the concern and the desire for retribution, but please -- let's give the legal system a chance to do its thing. Right now, our energy is best spent being there for each other, as well as his family.

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[ profile] bluedeer is visiting Furp's parents tonight. Feel free to share them in his LJ comments before then.

There is news coverage of the accident:

(Newspaper got the age wrong. He was really 33.) [Edit: Nevermind, *I* got it wrong. Must have been something in my eye when I looked up his birth date...]

If anyone wishes to send anything to his parents, here's the address (courtesy of [ profile] bluedeer):
The Reeds
5050 S Egofske Rd
New Berlin, WI 53146-4001
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Furp at Dorsai Thing 31
Furp eyes one his many drink mixes.
I'm sure folks have heard the news by now, but Furp ([ profile] evil_dwagon on LJ) passed away in an auto accident last night, thanks to a drunk driver.

I first met Furp back in 2003 or so, when [ profile] unclekage felt that he would be a good addition to Con Ops. That totally turned out to be the case. He worked hard, and partied harder when the work was done.

Furp didn't just work Anthrocon, he worked other cons, and not always in an official capacity either. Furp was an EMT, and if there was ever a crisis situation, he would attend to it. I know more than once he spent the night in an emergency room with a convention attendee who had fallen ill, whether that person was a stranger or not.

Furp was also one of the most relaxed and good natured guys I know. I guess it comes with the territory when you're an EMT. Having worked my share of security incidents with him over the years, he was usually the calmest person in the room.

Believe it or not, I didn't initially hear of Furp's passing from furries, but from the other Dorsai Irregulars. Furp was loved by the DI, in fact some of our folks referred to working with Furp as a "highlight of Anthrocon". While Furp was never inducted into the DI, he is definitely "one of us", and I believe his induction was only a matter of time. Sadly, that will never happen now.

Con Ops won't be the same without you, Furp.


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