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#1237555 - 07/26/09 10:31 AM Papa's Tools
Bob Offline
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Registered: 06/01/01
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Last weekend my Father-in-Law passed. My kids and I arrived in Chicago Thursday to find my wife and her four siblings had spent an emotion packed few days dividing up items in the house. My Brother-in-Law led me down to the basement and allowed me to choose some of Papa's tools.

Every time I use one of Papa's tools, I'll be reminded of two decades of holiday gatherings at that house, and all the people that made those times special.

Tools can be a great thing.

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#1237586 - 07/26/09 11:46 AM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Bob]
RPD Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 961
Loc: Kalamazoo Michigan
Sincere condolences from Jane and me. It's really hard losing family members, and its always bittersweet to go through a family member's items after they pass.

I'm so happy that you have some of his tools and can reflect back on all the good times, each time you pull one out...I have some of my grandfather's farm tools on the wall in my rebuilding shop...aside his picture. I think daily about him, his work ethic, his sense of honor and family.

As the late Gamble Rogers said, "Home truth is the best truth".

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#1237591 - 07/26/09 12:05 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: RPD]
Ron Alexander Offline
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Registered: 06/17/03
Posts: 1292
Loc: North Carolina
Bob, please allow me to express my condolences too. My Dad passed away 6 years ago this past January, and my grandfather has been gone 34 years this past May 10th. It leaves us with a hollow feeling, but the memories eventually filld some of the void. I also have some of the tools and other possessions of them and they grow more precious with the passing of time. There are not many days that pass that I do not think in some way of them.
Ron Alexander
Piano Tuner-Technician

#1237619 - 07/26/09 12:47 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Ron Alexander]
Horowitzian Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 8453
Condolences from over here too, Bob. frown
Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons.

#1237701 - 07/26/09 03:33 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Horowitzian]
rysowers Offline
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Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 2672
Loc: Olympia, WA
I'm quite sentimental about tools as well. Best wishes.
Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA

#1237741 - 07/26/09 05:13 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: rysowers]
Dave Stahl Offline
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Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 1645

I also send my condolences. My wife lost her mother this year, so I understand exactly what you're going through.

Having something to remember lost loved ones by will bring back memories you don't even remember yet!

Take care
Promote Harmony in the Universe...Tune your piano!

Dave Stahl, RPT
Piano Technician's Guild
San Jose, CA

#1237802 - 07/26/09 07:53 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Dave Stahl]
Les Koltvedt Offline
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Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 3195
Loc: Canton, MI
Really sorry for your loss Bob. I do the same with some tools from my father and father-in-law.

On the lighter side, when we were doing our estate planning, I was shown the page where I could leave specific items to who I designate. I said, so this is where I can state that my 1/4" drive sockets and 1/2" in ratchet go to so-n-so, and my 1/2" drive sockets and 1/4" ratchet go to another...he just looked at me weird. I responded, I didn't start off with a full set of tools and this is my way of reaching out from beyond.

hoping I didn't step out to much...

Edited by Monster M&H (07/26/09 07:54 PM)
Les Koltvedt
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#1237862 - 07/26/09 09:49 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Les Koltvedt]
JDelmore Offline
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Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 634
Add my sincere condolences also.

And the tool thing--every time I use my Ken Gentry glue pot, or my Tex Reed centerpin nippers, I am fondly reminded of those who have gone before. And the tools, still in use, seem a fitting memorial.
PTG Associate Member

"There is always room above; there is only the ground below."....F.E. Morton (with props to Del F.)

#1238066 - 07/27/09 10:26 AM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: JDelmore]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 4263
Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada

Losing a family member is always a difficult time, condolences and sympathies go out to you and your family at this time Bob.

With my father’s, and my father-in-law’s old tools, like yourself, I share the same memory and feelings each time I use one.
Dan Silverwood
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

#1239147 - 07/28/09 07:12 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
Bob Offline
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Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 3940
Thanks for the kind thoughts, everyone!

#1239182 - 07/28/09 08:29 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Bob]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Condolences from me as well Bob. Like everyone has already said, losing a loved one is a sad thing but the memories, especially if they are good ones live forever.
Jerry Groot RPT
Piano Technicians Guild
Grand Rapids, Michigan

We love to play BF2.

#1239257 - 07/28/09 10:00 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Bob]
Jeff A. Smith, RPT Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/01/03
Posts: 476
Loc: Angola, Indiana USA
I have a lot of my father's tools, some he had even when I was a child and first learning to use them. I guess it'd be chauvinistic to think of it as only a "guy thing," but it is a way to feel a continued connection with Dad (who passed in 2000) and remember how he taught me skills to get by in the world.

My sympathies for your loss, Bob.

Jeff A. Smith
Registered Piano Technician
Indiana, USA

#1239275 - 07/28/09 10:31 PM Re: Papa's Tools [Re: Jeff A. Smith, RPT]
BDB Offline
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Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 22275
Loc: Oakland
I have some of my father's tools. I was the one who used them, perhaps even more than he did, and there is a familiarity to them that other tools cannot replace. But what I miss most about my parents is the unique makeup of their knowledge, particularly as none of my siblings and I went into their fields.

When there are discussions here about glues, for instance, I remember that when I was a child, before even white glue was commonly available, my father would bring some mysterious substances from the chemical lab where he worked, mix them up, and we would bring all our broken stuff to be glued. Nowadays we have our choice of glues that work at room temperature available everywhere, but it was a big deal in those days.

I offer my sympathies on your loss, Bob, and even more to your wife.
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