We Lost A Great Friend
Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:22 PM
I'm having a hard time typing this.....but it's got to be said. We lost Tim "twowheelnut" Bates. He passed away at home Friday evening.
I've just spoken with his wife, Patty, and she said he seemed peaceful and didn't suffer...he just died. He was online several hours before his passing, so I'd like to think he was thinking about us.
I extended to Patty the forum's condolences and to call if there is ANYTHING we can do.
She knew how much we all meant to him and knows how much he meant to us...and will share details about a memorial in the days to come.
And I know we all will miss him. My heart weeps....
But, I'm sure as a fellow forum member observed.....he and Andrew are riding together right now....probably in 5th gear.
P.S. We've been through tragedy before on this forum and did very well at grieving respectfully...and I'm thankful we'll be just as graceful this time.
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:44 PM
Rest in Peace, Tim. I'm glad you got to take that trip to Alaska. May you and Andrew ride together this weekend. We'll be thinking of you.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:52 PM
You will be missed.
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:55 PM
As I sit here and try to believe my ears from the phone call and my eyes from this posting, I can't help but remember the last time I saw Tim.
We were riding back from a trip down south and we were at his exit. No need for long goodbyes or some drawn-out ceremony, just a friendly wave from in front of me as he hit the blinker and went on his way. I returned the wave and continued on mine.
It's an honor to have called you my friend.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:56 PM
R.I.P Buddy see you on the other side.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:02 AM
Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:05 AM
thanks for everything you've given us Tim. I will miss you terribly!
Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:12 AM
Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:21 AM
I have not one damned thing to say.
through - RIP TJB
Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:04 AM
This is an unspeakable loss.
Tears for you, Tim.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:22 AM
I have a heavy heart since Tim and i shared some memories together, And i tried to meet up with him when i got my seat done in Ojai, But he was closing a sale...
I wanted to go to NAFO so bad, But everything was pushing against me so i didn't make it.
You will be missed, Old Friend, Butt not forgotten.
This is for you, Tim
This picture is hard for me... It was a great time with Andrew and Tim
I will share a bottle of your favorite #7 with more people, In your honor
Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:24 AM
Thankful for a few moments shared at NAFO with Tim. You just never know when will be the last you ever see of a friend.
RIP brother Bates.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:26 AM
My heart goes out to all his family and friends
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:41 AM
I miss you already, Tim, my friend. I'll always remember the ride across Colorado chatting on the radio with Richard and you talking about the unbelievable, "OMG-how awesome and beautiful" scenery.
Thanks for all the memories. The pain in my heart is a measure of how you touched me (and us all) by merely being TWN and passing through life in this world.
My condolences to Patty, the family, their circle of friends and to the entire motorcycling community.
RIP, El Jeffe.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:27 AM
Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:43 AM
Normal People.....................Scare me
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:47 AM
I really wanted to meet you someday.
We did not always agree on things, but hey, that is what makes life interesting and challenging.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:49 AM
He seemed like a guy who lived his life to the fullest, as we all should.
Tomorrow is not a guarantee.
God bless Tim and all who loved him.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:52 AM
All I will say is that after meeting Tim in person at NAFO...I can tell you there was alot of warmth and character to the man. More than you can see online with his trademark smiley ...
I'm so sad for his family...and for us. He was one of a kind.
I'm sorry I never got out to CA and ride with you.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:56 AM
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