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Thread: A very sad day for me...what's the world coming to?

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    A very sad day for me...what's the world coming to?

    I received word last night that one of the people responsible for nurturing my interest in ornamental fish was murdered. He was the victim of a failed robbery attempt at his shop, suffering a gunshot to the chest at the hands of one of the would-be robbers. Managing to hang on to his life for 11 days, he finally passed away this Saturday.

    Perhaps the world won't remember Kenneth Tull, as he only ran a small aquarium shop in a very small corner of the area in which I grew up. I'll always remember him, however, because of the amount of time he volunteered coaching me along in fishkeeping. An uncle of mine had originally taken me there while I was still a school kid, but I always begged to be taken back by family members, so I could look at this man's clean tanks and healthy fish. He was one of the few people in the business that I met that would give a kid a bit of his busy time, with nothing less than the enthusiasm that he showed the "grown-up" customers.

    I don't think that he ever made grand sums of money with his business, and I don't think that bothered him. Fame was something that probably never followed him too far outside of his own little enclave, but I know that never bothered him. Two thoughtless and self-possessed little bastards thought more of what little money they may have gotten from Tull's register than they did of the life of a wonderful man, who'll never do the things that he so loved to do ever again...and that bothers me.

    There's not much else that I can say. Suppose the only thing to say is that I'm shocked with how cheap life has become in this world, and saddened that one of the people that got me started on the road to koi keeping had his own life snuffed out.

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    Brian - I'm saddened to hear of the loss of your good friend. It is a shame that events like this are commonplace in today's world. I only hope you take comfort in the fact that I'm sure he cherished his relationship with you as much as you did with him, and that you were fortunate to be part of each other's life.

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    Brian,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of a friend. it sounds like he lived his life with all the qualities others could look up to and hopefully emulate.
    Word of this kind encourages us all to live our life each day at a time. To be grateful for, an respectful of; the gift of life.
    My hope for you is to treasure your memories of your friend and try and pass along the same kindness to others. I do believe you have done that with your magazine. It that way it shares a part of that gift of knowledge to others as he shared his with you!
    Perhaps in the next edition you could run a memorial and dedicate it to his memory.
    Thank-you for sharing his story with us. it seems fitting that you did on this board ,as this board is all about sharing ..... I think he would have like that!

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    Brian, at times like these there is nothing anyone can say that can take away the pain. You just have to do it natures way and grieve.

    The only crumb of comfort I can offer is that one day the pain recedes and is replaced by the happy memories.

    Condolensces

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    Brian, a successful life no doubt. Like any good teacher, look how he has influenced you. One glimpse of his world and you were hooked. A comment, a lesson, an epiphany. And now you provide a vehicle that teaches others. What better testimonial to a man can there be? Peace
    JR

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    Brian,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I echo the words above. No words are enough though, and passing on the lessons and excitement is something you have learned well. Keep on keepin' on.
    Best regards,

    Bob Winkler

    My opinions are my best interpretation of my experiences. They are not set in stone as I intend to always be a student of life. And Koi.


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    so sorry to hear the loss of a friend.
    may many grew up kids from those time should remember all good things he'd done.
    life is too short and sometime too cheap.
    do not give up to do good things.

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    Brian,
    When I checked back to catch the other messages of support to you for your friend, I marveled at the way the world was represented by caring people who took time to leave thier condolences. Thailand, The UK, America....pretty encouraging, that your friend has touched people outside
    his original home. I know there were many who read your post, mourned for the loss of a good person in this world and then found it difficult to express it in words. But in thier hearts they cared for you and your friend. I hope the thread that was carried throughout all the notes
    left to cheer you up does encourage you to only focus on the good things!

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    Dear Mr. Sousa;
    God works in a mysterious way. He created a great man but only to lend him to us for a very short time. I pray for your friend to forever rest in peace.

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    Brian---
    I'm so sorry for your loss, my condolences.
    A man remembered by his friends, is truly immortal.
    Werner

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