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#1 Bud Guidry

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 06:41 PM

I'm just receiving a pm that seems to have been sent on the 17th. If true this is sad. Mike t''s wife passed away a few days ago. My thoughts and prayers are sincerely with you my friend





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Posted 26 February 2017 - 07:25 PM

Dear BUD,


This is indeed 'awfull painfull' news YOU bring over to 'our' members (even I was informed allready by John - 'Arkle' ...who got this terrible news himself by Chris Knox !!!)


'Our' sincerest of condolences for MIKE in first place  and his entire family (a family who will have it to do 'now' without mama KIM)...


We can only pray and hope that the family TOWNEND finds strenght togheter...and do their loving best for 'each other'


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#3 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 08:43 PM

Agreed. Thanks Bud.
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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for letting us know Bud.


Linda and I extend our deepest condolences. Mike and his family will be in our thoughts.

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#5 JoshP


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:50 PM

Sincere condolences to Mike and the family.

#6 Marc LeBlanc

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:41 PM

Horrible news indeed. Sincerest condolences to Mike and the entire family. Marc

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 08:27 AM

sad news

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 08:31 AM

Oh no! I am so sorry. Condolences to him and his family. Could we get a collection together to send something? Maybe flowers or a plant or something just to show our condolences? Or if someone can PM his address I can organize and take care of it. 

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 09:44 AM

This news came as a great shock to myself and Irene.

We send our condolences to the family and hope that Mike and family are coping with their great loss.


Our best wishes to and thoughts are with you


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:43 AM

I had the news from Chris Knox, a day before I p.m'd both Bud & Geert.  It seems for whatever reason my p.m's are only getting through VERY slowly ? 


I gather that she may have passed a week or more before I was notified & she'd been in hospital for several weeks beforehand. She was 49. What it was, I've no idea though.

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 04:32 PM

Mike, you and your family will be in my prayers! Too young!

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:58 PM

sorry for your lost Mike our prays go out to you and your family 

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:51 AM

Tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike, and your family.


#14 Chris Knox

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:03 AM

Yup, terrible news. I know there's mixed opinions on here regarding Mike, but no-one certainly deserves that.

And in person, Mike is very much the definition of a BFG  (Big Friendly Giant)- Geert etc will attest to that :)



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 01:41 AM

Just back from Aberdeen 01.30am, left house 6am yesterday morning. Spent full day with the big man and Guru,blehter down bothy at river, with the guys out fishing and the keeper many cups of coffee, We didnt fish we just went down for the chat. Would have been up far earlier but had to await stitches being taken out from my second op on my hand as its a 3hr each way drive for me.

 We spent the afternoon looking at The new Farlows book and Collins two books,plus cotingas crows, and had a good old conversation.

 We then had an evening with a nice bit of supper, which Mike insisted he was making,for us, tell you what cracking fly tier but he makes one mean Lasagne. His two daughters and two Grandaughters were down which he dotes on,thourghly enjoyable day and good company.

 As Mike says he has to get on with it for himself and the rest of his family and its what Kim wanted.

regards John

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 05:41 AM

With experience I can say...tackle it one day at a time Mike.


Thoughts with you and the family.

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 07:45 AM



Realya thanks for the 'update'  !!!


Yes CHRIS ...Mike is 'behind' what he looks and present.....a 'wonderful man' who didn't had it easy so far in his life...and this will continue ....ah a pitty that some doesn't know Mike a bit 'deeper' !!!


Ah it must be 'soooooooo damned' hard for everyone 'upthere' for the moment...


JOHN thanks 'my friend' for the info on the 'day' YOU had 'all' togheter...up to that 'lasagne' Mike prepared still in his house !!!


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 08:03 PM

Sincere condolences to you Mike and your family.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 11:32 PM

I'm sorry Mike.