I Wish I Had Better News… (Stuck for now, new posts below)

It pains my heart, hurts me to the very core of my being to write this. This, which should have been a joyous update to our “Christmas in June” project.

But at least I can tell you all what has been going on.

The whole “plot”, which those of you who wrote to ask already know, was to ferry one of Caveman (Kent)’s dearest friends out to visit with him while he’s still around. As much for moral support as for anything else. Obviously, as this was to be a surprise to Kent, I could not post as such on the site.

You all, as always, responded generously and the funds needed were in hand rapidly, so the plan looked to be able to go forward.

And that’s when fate struck a cruel blow: Apparently Kent has been deteriorating fast, faster than anybody had expected, as is now barely coherent even on the few occasions when he’s even awake. Indeed, I was just informed that it is unlikely that he’ll last much longer at all and, as such, a visit would no longer help anybody if it could even be made in time. Our beloved friend, and once again it hurts to even write this, the room is getting dusty something fierce here, isn’t likely to be among us for much longer.

I know I’m not the only one in this community who is shocked to learn that, even though we knew his diagnosis. I don’t think that any of us had expected, even feared that it would go so fast. I know I didn’t. Yet here we are.

Of course, that leaves us with what to do with the funds.

They obviously can’t be spent on what they were intended for now, so I can go ahead and issue a refund via PayPal to anybody who would like have one. You’re certainly entitled to it. It was also suggested that we could give them to Kent’s daughter, Erin, something I intend to do with what I’ve thrown into the pot. Or any other suggestions, really.

I am so very sorry to be the bearer of such horrible news and my prayers are with Kent and his family now.

May G-d grant them strength and comfort, and may he welcome our friend and brother into His Kingdom with open arms.

Misha

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LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
June 24, 2013 00:36

Damn. Just damn it all.

No refund desired here.

Delftsman3
Delftsman3
June 24, 2013 02:52

With what Beth and I are going through, we know the expenses Erin is facing, and we know while that our little bit might not be much, but that every little bit helps. I certainly hope all the other donors also agree that it is best to send the whole fund to her. Kent will be sorely missed by us… Read more »

Terrapod
Terrapod
June 24, 2013 05:10

Donation forward, pass on to his family. Sorry to learn of the sad news, may he rest in peace..

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog
June 24, 2013 06:35

Toss mine to Erin as well. Been there and know every little bit helps!

Libsareb Raindead
Libsareb Raindead
June 24, 2013 06:59

Whenever I read any of Caveman’s comments, it always struck me as the voice of clarity that cuts through all the din. The kind we need very much now more than ever. I’m grateful for Kent’s many, many sterling examples of that. My prayers to him and his family, and to Beth and hers.

LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
June 24, 2013 07:28

I don’t need mine back, forward it to Erin.

Caveman will surley be missed around these parts.

LC TerribleTroy
LC TerribleTroy
June 24, 2013 07:41

God Speed Kent, see you on the other side.

The Irish Dragoness
The Irish Dragoness
June 24, 2013 07:47

I don’t say this often (as Irishdragon can attest) but, Damn. Please give our donation to Erin.

MikeG
MikeG
June 24, 2013 08:02

I was not able to contribute this time so I do not feel I get a vote in what happens to the funds. I am confident, however that they will be handled appropriately. My mother in law passed away last week under similar circumstances. Doctors had given her “months” to live, and in a week she has passed. It is… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
June 24, 2013 08:09

Boss, pass my share to Erin.

LC Thresher
LC Thresher
June 24, 2013 08:10

Is there anything a nearly broke college student can do for Erin or Kent? I’m open to requests here; I sincerely want to help!

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
June 24, 2013 08:11

This is not death, it is a final graduation exercise, and as we all might have expected, Kent is passing with flying colors. He is in the process of shucking off the mortal husk he no longer needs, and earthly things are no longer of concern to him, for he is sprouting his new wings and making his upward and… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
June 24, 2013 08:15

MikeG @ #:
Mu sympathy on your loss. But as you recognize it is really her gain of a Better World.

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
June 24, 2013 11:44

i’ll miss his intellect and his great writing. First Warspite and now my brudda Cave, we’re losing all our laureates.

I’ll give something later this afternoon.

Goddamnit it all anyway (and I apologize for the blasphemy)

LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
June 24, 2013 12:41

Kent is a good guy, and after all he has been through he deserves his reward of being with his beloved Mary once more. Most, if not all of us, here will miss his insight and wit. I have a feeling he will look after us from his vantage point, as he is such a caring soul. I hope his… Read more »

June 24, 2013 15:49

You know what to do with mine Boss. As little as it was every bit helps and Erin will need it. Can’t make any promises but I’ll try kick in a little more the 1st.

Light

June 24, 2013 18:21

Misha – Use funds I sent the way you see best.

Delftsman3 – for what it’s worth, my sister lived for three years after stage four diagnosis of breast cancer. Her husband was her rock, her lover, her best friend and she was his. Prayers going out to the both of you.

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
June 24, 2013 20:53

LC Light29ID – The Imperial Asshole @ #:
You can inspire a feller onto the right course.
Misha check the cup.

Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
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Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
June 24, 2013 21:25

I knew he probably wasn’t going to last long considering how his last few emails were sounding. Just add ours to what you’re sending Erin. She’s going to need it, Bless her heart. I pray that Kent goes peacefully and pain free.

June 25, 2013 13:10

LC Old Dog @ #:

OD, get my email?

1IDVET
1IDVET
June 25, 2013 15:44

Godspeed Kent.

LC ShadowFox
LC ShadowFox
June 25, 2013 20:13

Redesignate as you see fit Misha. It’s just money and there far more important matters at hand.

June 25, 2013 21:48

Farewell and God’s speed, Caveman. Remember us in the hereafter, and beseech the Almighty on our behalf to strengthen us as we strive to keep up the fight and remember the faith as we await our turn to go. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the last embrace of the earth… Read more »

June 25, 2013 23:23

Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R says: I knew he probably wasn’t going to last long considering how his last few emails were sounding. Just add ours to what you’re sending Erin. She’s going to need it, Bless her heart. I pray that Kent goes peacefully and pain free. What Lady M said, amen. By all means, send our meager offering her… Read more »

Radical Redneck
Radical Redneck
June 26, 2013 16:41

Ah damn. Sad, sad news everywhere. May your remaining time be comfortable and may you be spared suffering. 🙁

LC BOATS
LC BOATS
June 27, 2013 00:12

When I first started lurking around this site I picked up early on Kent’s good character and strong patriotism. He kept me coming back because like most here he put into words what most of us felt, Ill truly miss him and prey he does not suffer.Soon however he will be with his wife ( Mary ) and in the… Read more »

Cricket
Cricket
June 28, 2013 21:40

Peace be with his family.