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Ben Sansing

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!Ben Sansing passed away Thursday, January 25, 2007. Ben was a long time poster on the tcbunch list and the predecessor tc-l on prairienet. Many knew him but this post from a friend of Ben's says it well.

-----Original Message-----
> From: Firestone, Adam C.
> Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2007 10:45 AM
> To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [CR] In Memoriam - The Bell Tolls for One of Us
> Ben Sansing, my friend, and one of the ORIGINAL crufflers, died
> on Thursday, January 25, 2007.
> Many of you "knew" Ben from this online venue, and I'm sure that
> many of you you didn't.  In recent years, Ben suffered from a
> deteriorating physio-chemical imbalance that often rendered him
> contentious, difficult to comprehend and sometimes downright unlikeable.
> If that's the memory of Ben that you carry, my sympathy is for
> you, as you missed the opportunity to get to know one of the true
> lights of our hobby and of the world in general.
> Ben was, at the same time, creative, incredibly literate,
> humorous, brilliant, extremely well versed on old guns and lore,
> a "Ghurkologist" of the highest order, and kind and gentle.  He
> loved his wife, Louise, his many dogs, and his friends with a
> fervor and a forthrightness to which most of us should only hope
> to aspire.
> Ben was a "Cruffler" before the term was coined, an original
> Largoista (do any of you remember what that is?), and one of the
> reasons that the old rec.guns, the original CRFFL list, and the
> Largo list were such wonderful places to be in the mid to late
> 1990's and early 2000's.
> Ben was not a "rich" man in the financial sense, and he leaves
> not a huge amount behind in this world.  Among the things he did
> leave, however, was a wealth of stories about the fabled "Death
> Ghurkas."  If you've ever read any of them, you'll fondly
> remember the mixture of firearms arcania, humor, and plot twists.
> I will miss Ben a great deal.
> If anyone wants some more "background" information on what
> happened, or possibly a copy of a Death Ghurka story or two,
> please feel free to email me privately.
> Thanks for taking the time to read this.
> Adam

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