Dec 8, 2011 at 5:51 am #1282824
Ken T.BPL Member
BPL's community has suffered a great loss with the passing of George Matthews. This is from his son Chad.
George Matthews passed away last Wednesday, November 30th, 2011. His life was cut short around 5:30pm EST after a quick 20 minute run before it got dark.
He was a GREAT father and lived his life for everyone else. He enjoyed talking about his passion (backpacking and running) with everyone on Backpacking Light and I wanted to let you all know.
He will be missed…
Take care everyone.Dec 8, 2011 at 6:21 am #1810000
Art …BPL Member
I'm in shock.
While I never met George in person, I felt I was coming to know him online. He was part of our Grand Canyon Group and I was looking forward to running with him this April.
We'll miss you George.
ArtDec 8, 2011 at 6:41 am #1810008
For those interested, a quick Google search turned up his memorial site: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=George-Matthews&lc=4712&pid=154843845&mid=4905904&locale=en-USDec 8, 2011 at 7:24 am #1810025
W I S N E R !BPL Member
My sympathy to his family.
I've always enjoyed his contributions here…This is really sad. I was looking forward to running with him.Dec 8, 2011 at 7:48 am #1810031
Thank you all for the kind words…
ChadDec 8, 2011 at 7:59 am #1810035
This is really sad. My blessings go out to Chad and the family.Dec 8, 2011 at 8:34 am #1810041
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
This is really awful news.
George was a valued contributor to this community, I always clicked on a George Matthews post.
I never met him, but I'm certain I would have enjoyed his company.
My condolences to his family.Dec 8, 2011 at 8:35 am #1810042
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
My heartfelt condolences for the Matthews family and friends. What a tremendously bright and positive contributor to this community, his joyful presence will be missed by many I am sure.
Run. In. Peace. George.Dec 8, 2011 at 9:01 am #1810055
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
RIP George.Dec 8, 2011 at 9:26 am #1810060
Gary DunckelBPL Member
This is distressing news to us all. George was a gentleman, he shared his good insights (and his fun artistry), and he has been a valued member of BPL. His contributions will be missed by many of us.
And as David Lutz said, "I never met him, but I'm certain I would have enjoyed his company."
My condolences to the Matthews family.Dec 8, 2011 at 9:55 am #1810074
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow and loss Chad.
Happy Trails George, but I hope you're not resting; I hope you're hiking or running.Dec 8, 2011 at 10:31 am #1810089
Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
Whenever I saw his posts I always checked his avatar. He always had some monkey face rendition, or some kind of little alien-gnomes, and IIRC his feet we his avatar for a while! (VFFs right?)
You will be missed, George!Dec 8, 2011 at 10:33 am #1810090
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
I am sad! He will be truly missed. WOWDec 8, 2011 at 10:38 am #1810093
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
I'm thinking maybe a group picture at the end of the run with a banner stating:
"BPL.R2R2R.2012 / We Ran For George" (or something to that effect)
All runners could sign it and send it to the family.
Just a thought worth considering.Dec 8, 2011 at 11:15 am #1810114
Travis LeannaBPL Member
Terrible news indeed. He will truly be missed.Dec 8, 2011 at 11:43 am #1810126
Miguel ArboledaBPL Member
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Ach, what terrible news. George was one of the members whose sense of humor and constant turning the seriousness of threads on their heads made so many conversations so much easier to bear and made many of us stop and look at ourselves. The space where his voice spoke here in the forums will be sorely missed.Dec 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm #1810156
Ken HelwigBPL Member
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
So sad to hear. My condolences to his family.Dec 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm #1810215
John S.BPL Member
My condolences to the family. He came across on the forums like a great guy indeed.Dec 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm #1810219
Jason ElsworthBPL Member
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
I'm so sorry to hear that. He will be missed by our little community and my thoughts are with his family. His posts, especially on threads that were becoming confrontational, always provided a delightful and much needed change in tempo. Let's all think of him next time we are out in the hills.Dec 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm #1810235
@walksoftly33Locale: New England
Jason your post triggered a thought for me, a twist on a common quote.
"Hike with the end in mind"Dec 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm #1810236
Franco DarioliBPL Member
So sorry to hear that.
deepest condolences to family and friends.
well, most here I suppose..
FrancoDec 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm #1810237
Evan McCarthyBPL Member
Thank you, Chad, for thinking about your father and his love for BPL. He taught the rest of us a ton through poignant gear and life reflections. He will be missed.Dec 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #1810243
@rosierabbitLocale: Pacific Northwest
I am very sorry to hear this sad news. I never met him but always appreciated his posts. I miss him already.Dec 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm #1810249
Tad EnglundBPL Member
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Sorry to hear about George, I always appreciated him bringing us back to reality-
One of my favorite posts from George:
>Science? My guess is that there is none.
So, why switch?
A combination of insanity and pure joy.<
My thoughts and prays are with his familyDec 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm #1810264
Mike MBPL Member
I was really looking forward to meeting George this April. Like many folks on this site, even having not met them in person, you feel like you know them. George will certainly be missed here.
My deepest condolences to Chad and his family.
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