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Old 02-19-2017, 11:54 PM
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I am sure he and his brother are reunited in heaven, either fishing, diving, or planning a build! I loved his stories, and hope his family makes a book with them. He will be missed!

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I've waited to post this for a while now, but this is finally the appropriate time.

As many of you know, I was Buck's mate on the Sea Wife IV for 2 straight years.

I can count my mentors on one hand, and Buck was one of them.

Friend, or foe, or politics, or family, or religion, but especially in regards to allegiance to sports, Buck wore his opinions on his sleeve. There was no doubt about what he believed or where his allegiance laid.

He was a loyal friend, a foe that was still willing to help in distress, a devoted husband to Debbie, and loving son to Harriet and Hugh Sr. But in particular, he was an absolutely fervent fan of NCSU!.

I was a Tarheel fan from the time we moved to Morehead city in 1977. Buck and I would obviously exchange barbs about which was the better basketball program. He HATED Dean Smith, but only from the perspective of the rivalry. When Dean passed away a few years ago, I was heartened to see the kind words Buck wrote about him on this site. I know that his feelings toward coach Smith were similar to mine towards Coach K. From a rivalry perspective, I HATE coach K, but yet at the same time I admire him and recognize just how great of a coach he truly is, and I'm sure that Buck felt the same way about coach Smith.

So, onto the story.

On charters, it was rare for the captain to leave the bridge. It was a little different with Buck on diving trips, because he would join the party on the dives, but usually he stayed in the bridge for the majority of the trips. As was normal for most captains, he kept a cup on the bridge so he wouldn't have to go below to the head. Every day for 2 straight years, Buck took a piss in a Carolina blue UNC Tarheel cup that he got from a UNC game at the Dean Smith Center. I'm laughing as I write about this and the pleasure he got on taking a piss on UNC!
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That's classic. I never met Buck but through some correspondence on this site I knew I liked him! I am sure we would have gotten along just fine.
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Originally Posted by ebbtideandy View Post
I've waited to post this for a while now, but this is finally the appropriate time.

As many of you know, I was Buck's mate on the Sea Wife IV for 2 straight years.

I can count my mentors on one hand, and Buck was one of them.

Friend, or foe, or politics, or family, or religion, but especially in regards to allegiance to sports, Buck wore his opinions on his sleeve. There was no doubt about what he believed or where his allegiance laid.

He was a loyal friend, a foe that was still willing to help in distress, a devoted husband to Debbie, and loving son to Harriet and Hugh Sr. But in particular, he was an absolutely fervent fan of NCSU!.

I was a Tarheel fan from the time we moved to Morehead city in 1977. Buck and I would obviously exchange barbs about which was the better basketball program. He HATED Dean Smith, but only from the perspective of the rivalry. When Dean passed away a few years ago, I was heartened to see the kind words Buck wrote about him on this site. I know that his feelings toward coach Smith were similar to mine towards Coach K. From a rivalry perspective, I HATE coach K, but yet at the same time I admire him and recognize just how great of a coach he truly is, and I'm sure that Buck felt the same way about coach Smith.

So, onto the story.

On charters, it was rare for the captain to leave the bridge. It was a little different with Buck on diving trips, because he would join the party on the dives, but usually he stayed in the bridge for the majority of the trips. As was normal for most captains, he kept a cup on the bridge so he wouldn't have to go below to the head. Every day for 2 straight years, Buck took a piss in a Carolina blue UNC Tarheel cup that he got from a UNC game at the Dean Smith Center. I'm laughing as I write about this and the pleasure he got on taking a piss on UNC!
Freakin beautiful.
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Originally Posted by ebbtideandy View Post

On charters, it was rare for the captain to leave the bridge. It was a little different with Buck on diving trips, because he would join the party on the dives, but usually he stayed in the bridge for the majority of the trips. As was normal for most captains, he kept a cup on the bridge so he wouldn't have to go below to the head. Every day for 2 straight years, Buck took a piss in a Carolina blue UNC Tarheel cup that he got from a UNC game at the Dean Smith Center. I'm laughing as I write about this and the pleasure he got on taking a piss on UNC!
And to make it better, his mother was a die hard Tarheel. He always said how difficult she was at a basketball game. She was never one to hold her feelings inside...but Buck said it was like Mrs. Harriet's fervent nature was on steroids when at a game.
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Old 02-21-2017, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
And to make it better, his mother was a die hard Tarheel. He always said how difficult she was at a basketball game. She was never one to hold her feelings inside...but Buck said it was like Mrs. Harriet's fervent nature was on steroids when at a game.
Yep! I saw it first hand.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Freakin beautiful.
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Condolences to the family and all of his friends.
He will be missed!!
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On charters, it was rare for the captain to leave the bridge. It was a little different with Buck on diving trips, because he would join the party on the dives, but usually he stayed in the bridge for the majority of the trips. As was normal for most captains, he kept a cup on the bridge so he wouldn't have to go below to the head. Every day for 2 straight years, Buck took a piss in a Carolina blue UNC Tarheel cup that he got from a UNC game at the Dean Smith Center. I'm laughing as I write about this and the pleasure he got on taking a piss on UNC!
Anybody But Carolina...

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I've expressed my condolences and sadness previously, and my internet-based appreciation for this man's sharing off his beautiful skills and projects. And I will certainly reinforce those here.

He was so young for this tragic ending to happen. I wonder, to those who knew him: I know he had the recent heart issue, but really, wasn't this sudden ending a complete surprise? Or had he known he had some problems to take care of?
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I've expressed my condolences and sadness previously, and my internet-based appreciation for this man's sharing off his beautiful skills and projects. And I will certainly reinforce those here.

He was so young for this tragic ending to happen. I wonder, to those who knew him: I know he had the recent heart issue, but really, wasn't this sudden ending a complete surprise? Or had he known he had some problems to take care of?
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From what I gathered, the known problems had been taken care of with the bypass and the stent. This was completely unexpected.
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Originally Posted by chaco View Post
I've expressed my condolences and sadness previously, and my internet-based appreciation for this man's sharing off his beautiful skills and projects. And I will certainly reinforce those here.

He was so young for this tragic ending to happen. I wonder, to those who knew him: I know he had the recent heart issue, but really, wasn't this sudden ending a complete surprise? Or had he known he had some problems to take care of?
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When it comes to clearing a blockage, a tiny piece that can break loose and cause a clot is definitely a risk...and depending on where it is, it can do in the heart, the lungs, or the brain...my dad had this issue and they had to keep him on certain meds forever to reduce the risk, well after the procedure.
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Originally Posted by ebbtideandy View Post
I've waited to post this for a while now, but this is finally the appropriate time.

As many of you know, I was Buck's mate on the Sea Wife IV for 2 straight years.

I can count my mentors on one hand, and Buck was one of them.

Friend, or foe, or politics, or family, or religion, but especially in regards to allegiance to sports, Buck wore his opinions on his sleeve. There was no doubt about what he believed or where his allegiance laid.

He was a loyal friend, a foe that was still willing to help in distress, a devoted husband to Debbie, and loving son to Harriet and Hugh Sr. But in particular, he was an absolutely fervent fan of NCSU!.

I was a Tarheel fan from the time we moved to Morehead city in 1977. Buck and I would obviously exchange barbs about which was the better basketball program. He HATED Dean Smith, but only from the perspective of the rivalry. When Dean passed away a few years ago, I was heartened to see the kind words Buck wrote about him on this site. I know that his feelings toward coach Smith were similar to mine towards Coach K. From a rivalry perspective, I HATE coach K, but yet at the same time I admire him and recognize just how great of a coach he truly is, and I'm sure that Buck felt the same way about coach Smith.

So, onto the story.

On charters, it was rare for the captain to leave the bridge. It was a little different with Buck on diving trips, because he would join the party on the dives, but usually he stayed in the bridge for the majority of the trips. As was normal for most captains, he kept a cup on the bridge so he wouldn't have to go below to the head. Every day for 2 straight years, Buck took a piss in a Carolina blue UNC Tarheel cup that he got from a UNC game at the Dean Smith Center. I'm laughing as I write about this and the pleasure he got on taking a piss on UNC!
Keep them coming Andy.
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From what I understand it was completely unexpected. I Hope family and friends receive plenty of strength to get through these next few days.
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I never met Capt Wilde, but feel as if I knew him through his stories and posts. I'm truly saddened to hear of his passing.

Fair winds, Capt Wilde.
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RIp Captian

I read a lot of writings and awesome stories

God bless his family

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God Bless Buck.

I don't know how he packed so many experiences into such a short life.
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For those on Facebook:

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If not: here is what it says - Posted by Tanya Houppermans:

A good man was laid to rest yesterday. Many of you have heard about Capt. Buck, the big guy with the even bigger heart, but you may not know that Buck's wife Debbie has been battling cancer for the last couple years. Of course, this was a huge strain on Buck and Debbie, both emotionally and financially. Now Debbie is left to fight her battle without Buck, and although I know there's nothing that can ease the pain of losing her husband of over 25 years, I believe that we can help ease some of the financial burden she faces. Therefore, between now and the end of March, I will donate 100% of the profits from all sales of fine art prints on the Blue Elements Imaging website to Debbie's medical treatment fund. That's any print, any size, any medium (paper, canvas, or metal). So please head over to the website at www.BlueElementsImaging.com, and find something new to hang on your wall, or perhaps a gift for someone else. It's a win-win - you'll have a new piece of art for your home or office, and you'll be helping someone who is dealing with more than any of us should ever have to. If you have any questions about available prints, please feel free to contact me. And thank you for your kindness and support.
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There are some amazing images on that site. Holy crap.
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RIP...I never met him, but he surely left an impression. May his stories live on forever impacting the lives of others as they have mine.
You will be missed.
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