Saying farwell

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by Gil Finn, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    [​IMG]Posteddocument.write(''+ myTimeZone('Fri, 24 Aug 2007 23:47:41 GMT-0700', 'August 25, 2007 02:47 AM')+''); August 25, 2007 02:47 AM My fellow forumites time has about come to depart at the lines end. The next station is not one of this world.
    I am at end stage liver failure now. My doctor has referred me to hospice for consideration.

    Last week end I began internal bleeding and took about a two pint transfusion. This will continue at times.
    I haven't emailed or posted much this year of late. I have been in the hospital repeatedly it seems and am always coming or going and have little time of energy to even think to write or do anything with my trains.

    I have but a few friends, most of whom are on the net and especialy on this forum, the best train forum on line, who have been so loyal and good to me and I wish I could see you and be with you and visit your layouts that I might impress upon you how much your friend ship and support has meant to me. How much more you have made this hobby more than it could be otherwise.

    In return I can only offer you this, trust in God always and you will never be alone. You will never be afraid or lost if you do. At leaste I have come to believe that of late.

    Keep making this the worlds' greatest hobby now. AS we all have done the last several years or so I have found a home here. I love all you guys.


    AKA Gil Finn
  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    My deepest sympathies, Steve. We will all face our mortality sooner or later, and it is good to see you are facing this with courage. Thank you for your presence here on the forum, and I wish the best for you and your family.

    Gary S.
  3. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    I come on late tonight because I had a good time at the tractor pulls then I see this Steve. The worst part is I can't even find your address from when you bought the Beep.

    I don't even know what to say or where to start. This hit me like a ton of bricks and I still can't figure out one thing to say.

    I do know the best thing during an illness is family. I hope you all remain strong during this and grow even stronger.

    What I can say Steve is that I never really knew you except as some written words on the internet. Though you were only made up of letters and sentences I was able to discover some thing that made you unique.

    Your words brought a little of your personality out in the open and they said your were a pretty decent person. Your sentences indicated a strong personality with a warm touch.

    Through your words I learned that you have a family and that we had some of the same interests such as a boat and fishing. I learned that West Virgina has the Great Kanawha River.

    I now wonder if you ever found your Meadow River scrip

    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Sans Serif]Did you ever build your script collection?

    When you take the time to read those letters, words and sentences you can become friends with a screen name and even suffer through the bad times with that screen name.

    I wish you and your family the best as you go down this new road life has dealt. I'm sure if I know the man who has written so many words on so many forums he will be strong during this time.

    God Bless
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Like I've always said here.... We become friends with people we have never met face-to-face. We all care about each other and we are all better for your thoughts and experience you put in the posts you have made here....

    As has been said - it's good that you have family to be with... and you have support in facing all this....

    Take Care - God Bless!!!!!
  5. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    God be with you.

    May your comments live on in our layouts.
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    There's no doubt that you've made many friends here and that you'll always have a place in our hearts. We have seen you through some tough times and some fun ones as well. We hope and pray for the best, it's hard to say more, just that we hope you have to best care possible, and that you will be able to work on your layout wherever it may be. We pray that God gives your family strength.

    Take care my friend.
  7. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Renevo you can email me at

    The Beep is still running fine. Thank you for a great deal on that.

    My home is in wV, Scott Depot WV.

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  8. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Blessings and peace Steve. I've known that you've been dealing with medical problems and discomforts for some time but I've always perceived your spirit and enthusiasm for living life fully in your posts. Your words above are difficult for us but they show your courage and faith and provide us with some comfort. You also show a lot of class in letting us know so eloquently. I wish you every comfort and ease as you enter hospice.

  9. tho i have not talked to you personaly but we are all human and i offer my best wishes to you and you rest easy.
  10. stuart_canada

    stuart_canada Member

    i hope your life wasa good run and you made good use of your time here. best wishes for your family
  11. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I read your post this morning and didn’t reply cause I just didn’t know what to say, but I thought of you all day. My best wishes for you and your family. Farewell, Steve.
  12. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Godspeed my friend. My your time in the next world be more pleasant than here.
  13. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Steve, I was very saddened to read of your plight, but, like you, am confident that God has better things in store for all of us. My prayers are with you and your family in this troubled time, and my wish is for peace for you and yours always.

  14. Stu McGee

    Stu McGee Member

    God Speed and God Bless!
  15. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Prayers and God bless, Steve [Gil].
  16. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    I too have read your post several times and have not found the words to express the sadness I feel. I also trust that God will have a better Life for you ahead. You have made this life better for many of us through your enjoyment of our hobby. We are all better off for it.
    God bless you, and our thoughts are with you and your family.
  17. csxt30

    csxt30 Member

    Hi Steve . Sorry to hear about this. I will always treasure the little metal Cass RR badge you sent me ! Always enjoyed your posts & your work, gonna miss it. Haven't been here for a while. Saw your post on the other forum & thought I would say hi . I'll be praying for you & see you on the other side .
    Thanks, John
  18. thumsup

    thumsup Member

    I don't know what to say. Been here on the gauge for a short time, but I do feel the "family" of all. Gil, I haven't met you, but maybe in the future our paths well cross. God bless.

  19. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    gill---have faith in Jesus---take comfort in knowing He will welcome you to a better place without pain and suffering---peace to you and your loved ones---cn nutbar
  20. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

    Gil - we are so very sorry to hear this. Goodspeed and as always, you remain in our prayes.

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