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R.I.P. George Matthews
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Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 06:51:10 MST Print View

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

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 07:21:33 MST Print View

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.


Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 07:41:39 MST Print View

For those interested, a quick Google search turned up his memorial site:

Edited by idester on 12/08/2011 07:45:54 MST.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 08:24:31 MST Print View

My sympathy to his family.
I've always enjoyed his contributions here...This is really sad. I was looking forward to running with him.

Edited by xnomanx on 12/08/2011 08:27:21 MST.

Adam Matthews
(achadm) - F
Thank you on 12/08/2011 08:48:28 MST Print View

Thank you all for the kind words...


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 08:59:11 MST Print View

This is really sad. My blessings go out to Chad and the family.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"R.I.P. George Matthews" on 12/08/2011 09:34:17 MST Print View

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.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
George Matthews on 12/08/2011 09:35:02 MST Print View

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.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
"R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 10:01:31 MST Print View

RIP George.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
George on 12/08/2011 10:26:41 MST Print View

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.

Misfit Mystic

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
George on 12/08/2011 10:55:55 MST Print View

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.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
RIP George on 12/08/2011 11:31:13 MST Print View

Bad news.

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!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
R.I.P. George Mathews on 12/08/2011 11:33:34 MST Print View

I am sad! He will be truly missed. WOW

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
George Matthews on 12/08/2011 11:38:46 MST Print View

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.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
George Matthews on 12/08/2011 12:15:03 MST Print View

Terrible news indeed. He will truly be missed.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: George Matthews on 12/08/2011 12:43:29 MST Print View

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.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: George Matthews on 12/08/2011 14:05:26 MST Print View

So sad to hear. My condolences to his family.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 16:45:17 MST Print View

My condolences to the family. He came across on the forums like a great guy indeed.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 16:55:27 MST Print View

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.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
Re: R.I.P. George Matthews on 12/08/2011 17:32:41 MST Print View

My condolences.

Jason your post triggered a thought for me, a twist on a common quote.

"Hike with the end in mind"