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In Other News

31 Jan

Now back to the other news I alluded to earlier

For those that haven’t heard yet, Beckie and I are engaged! We haven’t made a big deal out of it, because we don’t have any plans for when we’re getting married… so stop asking 🙂  All we know at this point is that we’ll do it some day, and when we do, we’ll do it in a sneaky way, alone, and when we come back, we’ll tell people we did it. We won’t be having a big production.

We have also signed a contract on a house… now we just need to wait for them to build it! They tell us they’re taking about 6 months “from contract to keys”, so hopefully, we’re looking at a July move-in.  They haven’t broken ground on the lot yet, but once they do, I’ll start posting pictures of the construction process.

 
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More on Dad

30 Jan

I just want to say thank you to everyone that has sent cards or email, or left me a voicemail, expressing sympathy over my father.  My family and I appreciate it very much.

While I was in North Carolina, we had a memorial service for Dad, held in Thalian Hall, Wilmington. Thalian Hall has a performing arts center on the bottom floor, and the 2nd floor is where the city council meets.  Over 600 people crowded into the first floor to watch a slide show of pictures from Dad’s life, followed by 10 speakers that got up to share funny stories, and lessons they’re taking away from watching how Dad lived his life.  You can watch the memorial, including the slideshow, here.

After the service, there was a reception upstairs in the city council meeting room, and after that, several people met in the bar area of a local restaurant to celebrate Dad.  I met a lot of great people that day, heard some great stories, and came away a little overwhelmed with all the support. I think Dad would be surprised to know just how many people feel he touched their lives in some way.  He didn’t do the great things he did to ensure a large and emotional memorial; He did it because that’s the kind of guy he was.

So long dad. Your friends and family, and nearly the entire town of Wilmington, it seems, will miss you.  If you’re one of those people, and are interested in donating to one of dad’s charities, you can do that through this page.

 
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Rest In Peace, Dad

14 Jan

Boy. It’s been a long time since I had anything to write on this page, and when I noticed the other day that it was blank, I realized I needed to bring everyone up to date on my engagement and that Beckie and I are building a house together. But, that update will have to wait for another day. Before I got a chance to write about those good things, I was hit with some bad.
On Saturday, January 12, 2008, my father Karl was out with a large group of people for a scenic ride on his motorcycle, when he lost control and was thrown from the bike. He died as a result of the injuries. He was 59.
My sister Heather and I are in his North Carolina home right now, spending time with his wife Kathleen Baylies. It’s amazing to see the tremendous amount of love and support coming from the Wilmington community, where he made his home for the last 8 years. He loved, and was loved by, this town. He had an attachment to this place unlike any other where he lived, including his hometown of Albany, NY.
I’ll have more to write, eventually. In the meantime, you can read what others have to say.
Karl Davis is Remembered (video) (WECT.com)
WECT General Manager, Karl Davis Passed Away (WECT.com)
WECT’s Davis, 59, killed in motorcycle accident (starnewsonline.com)
In Memory of WECT General Manager Karl Davis (WECT.com)
Consider This Archive (WECT.com)

 
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