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Rip in Peace Brother.
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Damn......so sad to hear. RIP brother .
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Safe Trip Brother...😞
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Same age as me and probably skated some of the same parks BITD.
Much too young to go.
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Firstly, thanks Stuart for starting the post and to everybody for their kind words.
When I joined the forum Gra was one of the first people I had contact with. He sent me a pm with some friendly advice on a matter, as I'm sure he's done for many others. I was fairly local to him so we kept in touch. It turned out that our paths had probably crossed previously with the places we used to skate and our mutual friends. I'd often invite him to come out skating with a small bunch of us but he seemed to just be into collecting at the time and a little reluctant to get back on a board. Finally he gave in and came out, doing a little longboarding and slalom at first and then some of the local parks and mini ramps. Before long he'd got the bug again and we were out skating regularly as often as we could, whatever the weather. He later said to me that he wished that he'd taken me up on my offer sooner. Over the years we became very close friends. I work shifts and he was self employed and always willing to drop work at a moment's notice and go skating and enjoy life, and worry about catching up with work another time. Soon the skills came back and we would often push each other to re-learn old tricks but it was blasting around a bowl carving that he enjoyed most. It was partly his interest in 8 wheelers that made me want to learn to ride one well, and again we would push each other as we learnt. He was always keen on checking out any new parks that opened which lead to many great road trips and lots of happy memories. He was always passionate about whatever he was doing whether it was work, family, skating, snowboarding, cars, or more recently his return to fishing since being unable to skate. He had an almost encyclopedic knowledge on BDS decks and wheels, and vintage skate products and his enthusiasm for collecting was really infectious. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of money I've spent on skate stuff due to him. Gra was a quiet guy and didn't like people to fuss over him. He was a very caring person and always putting other people before himself. He was very clever with a great sense of humour and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Journey well mate, it's been an absolute pleasure to have you as a friend.
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Thank you very much for some great insight into a gone WAY to soon forum member. Condolences to you as well. It sounds like you two were very tight. David __________________ 5150 Tequila; Because no good story ever started with, "I was eating a salad......"
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So Sad to hear this, I Hate Cancer! R I P...
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Originally Posted by
300hpdavid Trevor, Thank you very much for some great insight into a gone WAY to soon forum member. Condolences to you as well. It sounds like you two were very tight. David Thanks David, much appreciated.
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This is so sad,I bought and sold a lot of skate stuff with Graham through the years,when I came back to skateboarding he helped me out with the correct gear and advice through the MAS site,such a nice guy with a huge passion for anything BDS, DT, Alva.
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I just wanted to echo what's already been said and to thank Stuart and Trevor for their posts..
I never met Gra, but as a fellow Brit skater of a certain vintage he was unfailingly helpful with advice and info, and always there with the offer/inv to a session. As such I felt I knew him, and as a result his passing is hard to take. RIP Gra and please Wes let's keep the site going, in many ways it will help ensure those we've lost live on in the memory. Andrew __________________ That's what New York Johnny said,
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R.I.P. brother, never forgotten.
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