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    Default Good Friend Joe Whelen Is Riding in Heaven

    A friend called tonight informing me that Joe died a couple of days ago in a bicycling accident. Very sad indeed. He was a "giver" to many on the forum here and an honorable man. Words escape me at the moment but what I always remember about him was how much he loved his daughter. Below if one of the photos he posted of her and who could help but love something so adorable? I'm sad that she will grow up without a daddy now.

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    Are you kidding me?!
    Damn, many dealings with him. Good Man
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    Oh my...so sad. We have sold each other parts and I always loved dealing with him. Great guy. So sorry for his family.
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    Thanks Ed so much for making the post and for your so kind and comforting conversation. Im typing with blurry eyes as I still cannot reconcile my shock and grief. Ive known Joe in many a parts lot deals, knew his dad somewhat ( Joe would sometime bring dad along when i found a stash ). What i know of him takes so many adjectives to capture his essence....and Im pretty sure I dont know every word to accurately do him full justice.

    In my personal experiences with him I found him to be these:
    Honest
    Caring
    Patient
    Calm
    Unconditionally unselfish
    Humble

    I will try to post any services information and have asked his business partner to keep me in the loop. He will be REMEMBERED by many many folks for an extremely long time. I would like to close with a Chinese Proverb..
    " NO PERSON is truely dead until the last person that has EVER known them is also dead" In this regard its safe to say that Joseph Patrick Whelan is gonna be here for a very very long time!

    God bless all members here and may we all pause to know we must realize how wonderfully blessed we are each time we are privledged enough to draw another breath. God bless Joe, his family, and those feeling this sting tonight.


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    I'm sorry to hear about this; it's the second issue in almost as many days as a co-worker died in a hit and run this weekend

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    In case it's not obvious, Chuck is the friend that informed me. I wasn't sure he wanted to be known as the one that broke the news thus my omission of his name in my original post. Anyway, Joe will be missed. He project bikes were always above reproach, the only way he seemed able to do one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor View Post
    Oh my...so sad. We have sold each other parts and I always loved dealing with him. Great guy. So sorry for his family.
    Ditto. I don't remember if it was side covers or whatever, I have dealt with him. One of the pillars of this community.

    But that daughter...

    Is it better to have loved and lost or never to have loved...?

    So sad. My condolences to his family.
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    This is very sad news to read, my condolences to those that knew Joe. I only knew him from his posts and never had any dealing with him, but he seemed like a stand up guy. Prayers for him and his family, it's really sad to see a young child lose a father. Does anyone know what happened? When I was a kid in Jr. High my my bike slipped on a set of rails and I went down hitting my head and saw stars. The many other times after learning how to cross properly, I never made that mistake again, but there never was a time I didn't know of the presence of a train near by. They vibrate the ground and aren't the quietest of things. Was he wearing ear buds or something?
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    See the link in my post.
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    Sad news indeed..

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