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#1 MoosetheItalianBlacksmith

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 07:21 AM

It is with great and sincere regrets that I have to inform you all of my mothers (MooseTracker) Passing she was a long time senior forum member. and loved all the debates and being able to help people on her. She just thought that this was such a wonderful community.

 

Since scouting was such a huge part of her life we wanted to have it as part of her celebration of life in more then just a flag capacity. I know we are having it at a scout camp but if any of you have any ideas on how we can incorporate the scouts into the ceremony the family would love to hear them.


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#2 perdidochas

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:02 AM

I always enjoyed discussing things with her. Didn't see eye to eye at all times, but that was part of what made the discussions worthwhile.  My condolences for your loss.


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#3 NJCubScouter

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:20 AM

I'm very sorry to hear that. Your mother's posts were always very interesting to read and she gave great service to Scouting for many years, and was a good example for service for you and other members of your family. She will be missed around here. My condolences to you and your family.

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#4 qwazse

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:37 AM

MIB, thanks for the update, and my sympathies.

 

I lost Momma at about your age and it's been a bit of a lonely road. I guess it's that way for most folks, but introducing the kids (one of whom is following in her footsteps in so many ways) to her from this side of Eternity is bittersweet.

 

I would suggest that you have family and friends bring something for a scrapbook ... a quote, a story, a picture, or a patch/award she gave them. Something that helped them be a better person for having known her. Try to assemble it on a table at camp. The scouts can help with the collecting and glueing.  Make a copy or two for different family to keep on their respective shelves.

 

If there's a visitation evening, the boys are probably gonna want to all come together to pay their respects. Some of them might have never done anything like this before, so make sure that there's a committee member to explain whatever is customary for you all.


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#5 Eagledad

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:39 AM

Wow! I am so very sorry. Shocked doesn't quite describe my feelings. Peace and healing for your family and friends.

 

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#6 eagle90

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:46 AM

A Scout salute to your mom and sympathies to your family and friends.

 

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#7 scoutldr

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:46 AM

So sorry for your loss...and our loss.  Scout Salute for her service to youth.


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#8 gumbymaster

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 08:52 AM

I am very sorry for your famiy's loss.

 

I always valued her comments and advice here on the forum.

 

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I lost a Scouting mentor a few years ago, and we held a memorial service for him at the camp he loved.  This was secondary to the service the family held where he lived.

 

We used the camp chapel (which was particularly appropriate as he had led services there for summer camp for 30+ years).

Scouts young and old were invited to speak to how he influenced their lives.  We ran a slide show capturing his years of service to scouting.

 

It was a very nice way to say goodby to an old scouter.


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#9 Eagle94-A1

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 09:11 AM

Eternal rest grant unto her, oh Lord. and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.


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#10 Lurking...

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 09:29 AM

God's peace to you and your family.  Losing a parent is devastating to say the least.  The loss in this case is doubled because not only will your family mourn the loss but so will hundreds if not thousands of lives that she touched through her scouting family (and even her extended electronic scouter family here on the forum.)  She will be missed and that is an excellent legacy any life should leave in this world.


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#11 skeptic

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 09:33 AM

So sorry to hear.  She often brought badly needed perspective on discussions.  Prayers for you and your family.


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#12 MattR

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 09:34 AM

Very sorry to hear this. It's always hard to put it in words, especially on a forum. Of course, your mom did a good job of putting down words on this forum and I always appreciated that.

 

But tell us, is there a story behind the name Moose Tracker? Or Moose the Italian blacksmith? Stories are always a good way to remember someone. I'd make that a part of a memorial.


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#13 Cambridgeskip

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 09:39 AM

A sad day and my thoughts are with you and your family.

 

Your mother wrote a lot of good sense on here and even when others disagreed she showed much good grace. She will be greatly missed.


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#14 walk in the woods

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 10:17 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss.  Peace and healing for your family.

 

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I don't know if your mother was involved in the OA but many local OA Lodges perform a broken arrow ceremony for lodge members/scouters who have passed.


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#15 Sentinel947

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 10:30 AM

Wow. Moosetracker was a valued member here. She made a tremendous difference on this forum and in the lives of countless Scouts. 

I'll keep you, your mother, and your family in my prayers. 

Thanks for letting us know. 

Best thing I've seen is for Scouts and Scouters to attend services in uniform. 

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#16 packsaddle

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:54 AM

MoosetheItalianBlacksmith, I will break silence to express how deeply saddened I am to hear about your mom. She was a truly good human being who, with great eloquence and passion, expressed empathy and generosity and fairness for others. We are all better for having had her among us and I am personally saddened that, like OGE, I never was able to have the pleasure of meeting her. Perhaps someday, I will be able to meet you and say these things in person. My condolences.


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#17 Rick_in_CA

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 12:19 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. Moosetracker was a valuable member of our forum community. I always looked forward to reading her posts. She will be missed.

 

Know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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#18 fred johnson

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 12:58 PM

I am so sorry.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


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#19 CalicoPenn

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 01:19 PM

My deepest condolences on your loss, and to our loss as a community.  Moosetracker was such a great person and will be sorely missed.  If there is any one thing that was most memorable about her postings on this forum, it would have to be just how proud she was of you and of all her family.  Her love and caring really shined through.


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#20 MoosetheItalianBlacksmith

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 01:34 PM

In Answer to sombodys question of how we came up with the names. I was nicknamed Moose Many many years ago by a bunch of my friends because I am a big burly but docile guy unless I need to be otherwise. And once I start on a path I don't back up.

 

So She had the name moose tracker because she was always tracking where I was going and what I was doing and all of that stuff a parent needs to do.

 

Then when I started getting interested in the forum Moose was already taken so I added in my heritage and one of my hobbies outside of scouting.

 

Not very interesting but that's the story.

 

Thank you all for the condolences.

 

I want to say that if anybody at any point ever gets cancer (even though we were too late getting her there) the Cancer Treatment Centers of America is an amazing organization. Everybody is smiling and friendly and helpful right down to guests janitors and drivers. They went out of their way to make sure she was comfortable and passed with as much dignity as possible. they live up to their slogan of treat every patient the way you would want your mother treated.

 

She had a campership program set up in our district for all the money anybody wishes to donate with her passing and she was able to be an organ donor. So even in death she is giving back to people and scouting.


Edited by MoosetheItalianBlacksmith, 07 October 2015 - 01:37 PM.

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