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Old 12-08-2018, 03:20 AM
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I was saddened to hear the news. Tom helped me along with many others. He always treated people with respect on the board, answered all questions and was Johnny on the spot when called upon. Take comfort that he is in a better place, watching down on all the fair seas and tight lines. RIP.
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:38 AM
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Daughter--I just exchanged PM's with him a few weeks ago; he was helping me of course. Am very sorry to hear this. Hope you are comforted and proud by how well liked he was here.
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Old 12-08-2018, 07:00 AM
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My condolences on the passing of your father. As others have said, he helped me out as well. Great man. Sorry again for your loss.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:13 AM
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Tess, thanks for sharing your father with us. I can only imagine how great of a father he was knowing how well he helped us here on THT. He was patient, kind and helpful no matter the time of day or night.

"Calling Tabman"....RIP our friend you will be missed.
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Old 12-08-2018, 12:27 PM
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Tabman was great, He'll be missed. I'm sorry for your loss... our loss
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Old 12-08-2018, 12:49 PM
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Truly sorry for your loss. Great guy!
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Old 12-09-2018, 04:44 PM
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So sorry for your loss. Your Father was a great guy.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:34 PM
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So very sorry for your loss.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:38 PM
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Just seeing this.
Never had the pleasure of talking to your dad but everything I have read on tab issues (and this thread) he was willing to help anyone, anytime.
THT will be at a loss without him.

So sorry for your family and friends loss.
May he RIP.

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Old 12-09-2018, 07:15 PM
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Wow. Surprised and saddened by this news. Tabman helped me troubleshoot my trim tabs about 10 years ago. He was one of the most helpful people on this forum. He will be sorely missed.

My condolences to you and your family. He was a heck of a guy.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:31 AM
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So sorry to here of the passing of your Dad. He was a gentleman and nice guy. My sincere condolences.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:47 PM
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Our prayers go out to your family. Your dad was always quick to help a boater in need. He will be greatly missed.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:46 AM
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Thought of Tabman when I saw this last night.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:54 AM
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Thought of Tabman when I saw this last night.
To cut to the chase:

Bridges then connected this to an observation by the famous architect and designer Buckminster Fuller about how individuals can affect society.

“Bucky is most famous for the geodesic dome, but he made this great observation about ocean-going tankards (SIC). He noticed that the engineers were particularly challenged by how to turn this thing. You’ve got this big rudder, so it took too much energy to turn the ship. So they came up with a brilliant idea: Let’s put a little rudder on the big rudder. The little rudder will turn the big rudder, the big rudder will turn the ship. That little rudder’s called a trim tab,” Bridges said. “Bucky made the analogy that the trim tab is an example of how the individual is connected to society, and how we affect society. I like to think of myself as a trim tab, and all of us are trim tabs. We may seem like we’re not up to the task, but we are, man! We’re alive! We can make a difference! We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man! Towards love and creating a healthy planet for all of us!”

While I don't know if it technically correct, I like the analogy.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:04 AM
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Along with others have already stated you father will be missed. I was fortunate enough to receive assistance and wisdom from Tom.

Fair winds and following seas!
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:16 AM
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Deepest sympathy to you and the whole family. Good guys like your Dad will be remembered. May God give you peace.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:31 AM
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I’m very sorry to hear. He helped me get back in business one year in the keys. My prayers and condolences.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:32 AM
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Tabmansdaughter, I can relate to how you must be feeling. My family had a similar thing happen. My dad was rushed to the hospital for emergency open heart surgery and ended up spending 4 months in the hospital and still didn't have the open heart surgery as he was to weak. Had to wait 4 months for the surgery, then almost 5 years to the day of the original hospital admission he passed away in his sleep.

My condolences to you and your family, I had several conversations with your dad on the proper tabs for my little boat. He was always around for anyone who needed a hand.

May he have calm winds and following seas.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:34 AM
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Just saw this awful news.. My condolences to the entire family.. Prayers for you all..
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:38 PM
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Learned a lot from his post.
He will be missed.
prayers to his family.
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