I woke up this morning with my wife saying, "Doug has passed away". I said, Doug Young? She said no Smorgass Bored. I couldn't move. She was reading a text message from a friend. That was over an hour ago!
As I choked back tears long enough to write this, I thought about how Doug is no longer suffering. I thought about the countless times that a guy, from across the country that I never met in person, made me LOL!
I will always cherish the numerous PM's and posts from Smorg. He was truly a giant of a man. I will miss him dearly!
My deepest condolences to Barbara and all of Doug's family and friends.
Goodbye old friend. We were about to get ready to go and eat and I told my wife I had to see if Doug was still with us. Guess you're never really prepared for this kind of thing. I never met Doug in person but knew him through the wonder of the Internet from, I think, the early '90s on rsb. He made me laugh all most every day, even when he was disagreeing with someone.
Oy vay!! Viola!! He's making a One Pocket game with someone as I type, I'll bet.
Love ya Smorg!!!!!
No one wanted to believe this was really going happen.
It is a sad thing in many ways and he will be missed by everyone.
Thank you to JoeyA, Shootingarts, and Bigtruck, (and others) who took time to help Smorgie through these final days and weeks. Your efforts were not only appreciated by those you were helping, but those of us here who would have liked to have done more.
My prayers and condolences go out to not only Doug's wife, family, and close friends, but to all of us here on this board who will forever miss him. His wit and humor was uplifting, to say the least. This is a very sad day.
Oy Vey. So sad. His suffering is over, yes. I am hopeful he and Barbara had some moments in the final hours where calm and peace prevailed and he went with a loving smile on his face, with her hand wrapped in his.
I trust Doug is holding court upstairs, running rack after rack, all the while the opponents and railbirds laugh merrily and revel for their jolly new resident.
Strength be blessed to you Barbara.
Take care ole Smorgie, we'll see ya 'round the bend soon enough.
When God created your mold, Doug, he didn't break it on purpose. You just had him laughing so hard he accidentally dropped it. We are so lucky to have been graced by your presence in this virtual world. I am deeply saddened to have not gotten the opportunity to meet you in person as I had so much wished to do some day. You are and always will be #1 around here.