Requiescat in pace

It is my sad duty to report that we have lost yet another Rottie. LC Draco was called home last night around 1900 in Houston.

In June he received his PhD and retired from the Army after 28 years of service. About four weeks later he suffered a cerebral aneurism and slipped into a coma after emergency surgery. He never recovered.

Draco was a great man who I learned a lot from. He will be sorely missed.

I leave you with Aggie’s tribute to him. Requiest En Pacem Draco.

To my brother Draco,

My heart grieves as it grips with your final goodbye. You were more than just a brother-in-law. You were a big brother, a buddy, and a friend. No matter what, you always knew you could come to me with anything, and often did. There were times when you made me pull my hair out in exasperation, but there were also times when you helped me in my troubles.

Just like a brother would.

I find myself listening to your voicemails, reading your texts and your messages. Hearing your voice again makes me smile, remembering the private jokes and the camaraderie we shared. This past year was not easy for you, but you made the best of it while you were here with us. We got to have you in our lives for eight months, and that in itself was a blessing from God. We still have the paracord bracelets you made, and the martini glasses you “acquired” for us, the beers you left behind, and the bottle of vodka you bought as a “thank you”. That bottle remains unopened on the shelf, waiting for the day when we can gather to celebrate you, Rottie style.

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Yes the heart grieves, but it also remembers, and that will be the balm to comfort us. Rangers do lead the way, and you have never failed to do so. You lived more in your 48 years than most people do in two lifetimes. I pray you are at peace, and hope that in slipping the surly bonds that tethered you, you are now free. God bless and keep you, hermano. I am still, and know that you are with us.

 

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LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
September 14, 2013 15:57

I’m sure he and Beth are enjoying the Aggie-Crimson Tide game right now.

And teaching LC EFA, Caveman and Mrs. Caveman the fine points of being an Aggie 🙂

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster
September 14, 2013 16:20

It’s been a very rough week for me. I lost my mother last weekend. The funeral was yesterday and the burial is Monday. 🙁 My wife is in China right now, (She is a legal resident Alien). She lost her mother last months. 🙁 My father moved on a year ago, and my wife’s led the way in 2003 Our… Read more »

Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
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Lady M-ITT™-Imperial Sniper G.L.O.R
September 14, 2013 17:28

Damn. Just Damn.

Orion
Orion
September 14, 2013 17:57

*bowing head in respect, and grief*

Orion

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
September 14, 2013 18:19

prayers were said for his recovery…..Gods will not mine be done. The Good Lord obviously has another mission in mind
for Draco that takes him away from us, I’ll miss his wisdom and input here.

Veeshir
Veeshir
September 14, 2013 19:13

That stinks.
I never knew he was related to Aggie, I met him here originally and have always like him.

He’ll be missed.

BITOA
BITOA
September 14, 2013 19:15

this is sad
aneurisms!
I wonder did he have high blood pressure, or was he struck down without warning?

Bitoa

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek
September 14, 2013 20:06

You fuckers need to stop dying on me, I’m getting fiercely tired of this shit.

BC, Imperial Torturer
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BC, Imperial Torturer
September 14, 2013 20:17

Rest in peace, Draco. I’m sure you are already imbibing some of LC EFA’s homemade rum and telling lies stories about the rest of us Rotties.

Guest
September 14, 2013 20:18

Aggie,

Prayers for you and your family.

LC Guy S
LC Guy S
September 14, 2013 20:46

Always enjoyed talking with him on the old “Rottie chat”. And yes, it is starting to get too “thin” around here. Damn it, none of the rest of you better take up any offers for orders to that “Ultimate Duty Station” anytime soon!! Aggie, you know he was a charismatic person, one who could light up even a chat room… Read more »

LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
September 14, 2013 21:27

BITOA @ #7:

It was a weakened vessel and it ruptured suddenly. He did have health problems but nothing with the blood pressure.

Guest
September 14, 2013 22:04

Aggie, deepest condolences to you and the rest of the family.

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
September 14, 2013 22:06

Aww- damn it! Just damn it all.

Fair winds and following Seas Draco.

LC SecondMouse
LC SecondMouse
September 14, 2013 22:23

Too soon…

Rest in peace, LC Draco. You left your mark here, and will be sorely missed.

May the end of his mortal suffering bring a small measure of relief to all who grieve for him.

LC Timberwolf - Keeper of the Imperial Malinois
LC Timberwolf - Keeper of the Imperial Malinois
September 15, 2013 01:48

This sucks.

Draco, you’re home now.

Prayers for the family and friends …

Emperor Misha I
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Emperor Misha I
September 15, 2013 05:46

Dammit.

My condolences. Too many friends have gone before us. It’s getting kind of lonely down here.

Never had the chance to meet you, Draco, but hopefully I’ll get a chance on the other side.

G-d bless you and welcome you with open arms, brother.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
September 15, 2013 08:33

Rest In Peace, Draco. Damn, this is happening to too many of us.

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
September 15, 2013 10:07

My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. Things like this never make sense and we can never hope to understand them. Sometimes, all we can do is seek comfort in the fact that we were fortunate enough to have known or just shared a few words with a man of his stature. Rest in Peace, Draco. See you… Read more »

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby
September 15, 2013 22:55

Et Lux Aeterna, Draco. Another Rottie down. Xealot, I’m also afraid to pull up The Rott because we are losing a lot of good people.

Aggie, my condolences to you, family, friends.

“Too short known, too soon parted”

This just seems appropriate: http://www.thefinalrollcall.us/rc_goinghome.html

Guest
September 16, 2013 00:42

LC Draco, I had just started to know you as Alex from our connections on FB, I didn’t put the Rottie name to you until I heard this sad news. My condolences to your family.

If I could, to you I would say today, as Heaven gains a new warrior…Rangers lead the way. HOOAH!

HempRopeAndStreetlight
HempRopeAndStreetlight
September 16, 2013 01:28

My condolences to Draco’s family and companions. I shall miss his writings, and his presence.

Tallulah
Tallulah
September 16, 2013 02:13

He looks so young in his picture. Damn. Life is utterly unpredictable, isn’t it? I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the… Read more »

Guest
September 16, 2013 18:00

I’m sorry to hear about Draco’s passing. Though I never got to meet him my prayers and well wishes go out to those who knew and loved him.

FrJim, Imperial Chaplain
FrJim, Imperial Chaplain
September 17, 2013 11:48

May he rest in peace.

No greater love has anyone than this…that he or she lays down life for a friend. You served America, you protected my children by your service. You gave the most precious treasure we all have (our time) to do that. Hence, you are one who gave sacrificially.

Thank you, my brother!

-Jim+

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
September 17, 2013 21:42

LC Aggie Sith, a goddess, only different, G.G.O.R.
My condolences on your, on our, loss.
Stand at Ease Draco, your struggles are filled and complete. Your final objective is attained. We shall follow..

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
September 17, 2013 21:44

angrywebmaster @ #2:
And my condolence to you and your family also.

LC Scott
LC Scott
September 20, 2013 03:45

Rest in peace, Draco.