Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Requiescat in Pace

George Austin has died. I got an email from a family member this morning.

I met George through blogging. He wrote at Guffaw in AZ. He was one of the usual suspects. Here's his self description:
I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.
Then there was a day in 2011 when George put a post that brought me up short. He wrote about Molly, his daughter.

Here's an excerpt:
She loved animals-we had two dogs and two cats-and she said she wanted to become
a veterinarian.
She never had the chance. She had just turned 12, in February 1995.
On March 18, sixteen years ago, today, we were t-boned at a busy intersection.
I was hospitalized total of 6 weeks, half in intensive care. Molly lasted one day.
All those who never knew her, you missed someone special. If you are fortunate enough to have children, give them a huge hug, and tell them you love them, TODAY. Because, you never know when that might not be possible.
I Love You, Molly!
It changed his life in a moment. When he woke up, she was already gone. He ended up divorced, physically compromised, with a lot memories and thoughts of what might have been.

He lived, he wrote, his sense of humor was often evident. Even toward the end, dealing with doctors and chemotherapy and insurance, his posts had a wry sense of the absurd.

Rest in peace, George. I hope Molly was there to greet you.


Borepatch said...

Damn. He was a good man.

LSP said...

Rest in Peace.

Skip said...

I remember shooting with him at one of Kevin's Tuscon shoots...good man.

SiGraybeard said...

I heard the rumor last week, and emailed the only contact link I could find for confirmation. Never heard back.

A real shame. Guffaw came across as a good guy, "one of the good ones". Some funny stories in there, along with the gut wrenching one about Molly.

ProudHillbilly said...

Thanks for letting us know. I assumed from his silence that he was going downhill or was gone. Very sad.

Daddy Hawk said...

Thanks for passing on the info. Never met him in person. Wishing him a peaceful rest until the resurrection.