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Broken Pipe Ed James

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  1. shaintiques

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    Just read online that Ed James died, our ejames. Not sure about the circumstances, in any case such a sad loss. He was a true craftsman of pipes and tampers, and he and I have been sending stuff back and forth for years. Good bye Ed, may you have many blessed heavenly smokes.

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    Such sad news, of which we have recently had far too much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    Oh no. This is sad news indeed. I'll be smoking a pipe in his honor tomorrow as I look through some of his posts here.

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    What a loss.

    One of the kindest and gentlest souls to ever grace this board. A true gentleman if there ever was one and a skilled craftsman. Ozarksouthpaw loved all things Dr. Grabow and he took me under his wing when I showed up years ago with a few DGs in tow. Lefty took me to school on all things DG and I will always be in his debt. When he was active, Ed was also amongst the first to welcome a new member to the forum and please know his welcomes were truly heartfelt.

    Ed and everybody's favorite Cajun, Mr. Bradley, became my rabbis here at the Forum. I was neurotic as hell - striving to be a perfectionist at all things pipe smoking and both of these kind gentlemen cooled my jets and taught me so much.

    Dave, I've got my eye on the Ozark County Times and their Poplar Bluff obituaries. If you see anything before I do please let me know.

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    Damn......such a loss. My deepest condolences to his family, we have lost a friend today.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Our ejames? Damn! I remember him posting few months ago that he had to quit smoking. It is very sad news indeed. RIP sir. My condolences to his family and friends.

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    My condolences to Mr. James' family. A man such as he was here on the Forums is what comes to my mind when I think of the term "pipe-smoker."

    Here is a link (Hasta La Vista Gents) to his swan song post here.

    Rest in peace, Sir.

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    OMG, what a loss. Ed was the consummate gentleman and will be missed by many. My thoughts are with is family.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    That's a damn shame. Sad indeed. I wish Ed God Speed.

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    My sincere condolences to his family. Very sad. I'll smoke my Dr. Grabow Omega in his honor. RIP.

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    I don't know what to say, Ed and I loved Mullberry pipes, i had to cut an old one down, saved him a big branch, he made me Mullberry, Strawberry pipes, got him a Special T Shirt to wear at his Dr Grabow gathering, Ex Navy Man, never met him in person, but we clicked, this is so dishearting, Please whomever gets his Obit post it on this Forum, he deserves that.

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    Very sad to hear this. He will be missed along with his seemingly endless knowledge of Dr. Grabow pipes. My condolences to his family.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
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    Ed was always a joy to hear from on this forum...He'll be missed...

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    Sad news indeed. He will be missed.

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    Yes, even though I've been on board just a short time, I clearly remember looking forward to reading his posts.

    Good and God speed, Ed, and with fond remembrances.

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    RIP Mr. James... You were always a gentleman and will be remembered as such. Prayers and warm thoughts for Ed and his family.

    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
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    Very sad news indeed. He was one of the forum gents and never had a bad word for anyone. RIP E. James.

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    Such sad news, RIP Ed.

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    Very sad news. Sorry to hear of his passing. He was always a gentleman and a welcome presence on these boards.

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    Such sad news, condolences to his family. We have lost a wonderful part of the forum and an amazing treasure trove of Grabow information. I always looked forward to his posts and input

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    He was a great guy, and always very supportive of these forums. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Ed.

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    Thoughts to his friends and family. RIP Ed! You will be sorely missed!

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    There's not enough one can say about ejames. What a wonderful forum member who will be deeply and truly missed. I was glad when he would occasionally pop in here, even after he quit smoking. My condolences to his family.

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    This is very sad news. ejames was a bedrock member here, always ready and willing to offer advice and counsel to new smokers and to help out anyone with a question related to pipes and tobaccos. There is none here more generous than was Ed James.

    My condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

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    Well... shit.

    I never even met the man, never mind knew him, but every last word he ever posted on this forum made me wish I did.

    100% Old School class.

    He will be terribly missed.

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    Like others, I knew of Mr. James only thru his posts yet, thru those posts, quickly realized this world was a much better place with him in it.

    Godspeed, Ed.

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    And the hunter home from the hill.
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    This is very sad. I did not know Mr. James, but I always read his posts. He will be missed.

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    My thoughts go out to the family. Rest in peace Ed.

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    Here is Ed's last thread.

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    I was both dumbfounded and heartsick when I heard the news. Ed was a good friend to me and a top-notch gent in all regards. He will be sorely missed.

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    Great picture of Ed at the Grabow factory:

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    What a kind and generous soul. A true loss for us all.

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    George, you captured my sentiment precisely. Ed was able to convey a quiet, wise voice that was never contentious. I had missed his voice here already. His passing just sucks. RIP.

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    RIP my friend. You will be missed.

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    Very sorry to hear this. RIP Ed.

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    Here is a link (Ozark Southpaw Pipes) to the late Mr. James' Website wherein he displayed his personal pipes, pipes he offered for sale, tampers, and pipes he had made.

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    This is terrible news, my condolences to his family. Good bye Ed James, and Rest in Peace.


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    I'm so sad to learn of this. Ejames was a favorite for me on the forum. He put me in mind of olden days. I will sorely miss his trenchant comments.


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    This is sad news, Ed was a real gentleman. Early on, learning to restore pipes, I read everything that written by Ed. He always had the time for a thoughtful reply to my rookie questions. A raised pipe to Ed.

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    My sympathy to his family and friends. He was a very nice gentleman. I never met him but I always enjoyed his posts and the personal messages I had from him.

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    Very sad news. I have several. He was a gentleman.

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    This saddens me. I didn't know him, but here he was knowledgeable and kind.

    He will be missed.

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    Rest in eternal peace my friend.

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    This is truly a sad day. Ed was the cornerstone of DGCF and PM. My first friend in the pipe community, and the man who mentored me as a fledgling pipe restorer. Ed was one of the most genuine and generous guys you'd ever meet. He will be greatly missed.

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    A sad day indeed. May the peace of Christ be with you always Ed.

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    Rest in peace, Ed...

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    It didn't sound good when he posted that thread, sad to know that he has left us. =(

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    What's even sadder, Balki, is that his health had nothing to do with his passing. There is some local news information about it posted on the Dr. Grabow Collectors' Forum, and it is sad as well as infuriating.

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    Link?

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    Sorry Woods, the only tech I'm savvy with is airplane shit. When you get on the Dr. G Collectors Forum, it's under the "Of Bowls and Banter" section, a "broken pipe" thread for Ed. Page 5 or so has the local news report link.

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    The story can be found at KFVS12.com. I apologize for what follows but I think is best to be prepared for what you will find there. According to news reports, Ed James is believed to have been murdered by his grandson who then set the house on fire.

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    Here's the link (Grandpa Dies at Hospital) to which sjmiller refers.

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    This is what I do for a living. I'll not go too far down the rabbit hole without knowing more, but the kids story doesn't make sense. Hopefully more details will be released. But on a personal note, this type of thing pisses me off more than you all will know, until you've conducted investigations into this.

    Just tragic.

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    And somehow it gets becomes more sad. Condolences to his family.

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    Just, why? It was sad enough... but now this?

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    How awful, just terrible.

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    That was gut wrenching to read. Snagstangl is right: sometimes a thing just gets sadder.

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    While perusing the interweb a couple of weeks back I stumbled across the Dr. Grabow Collectors Forum. Being a nostalgic for the history of those neat pipes I decided to join the forum.

    Ed was one of the first several people to welcome me to the forum. He used a different handle there than here, but his signature had a link to his site. I remember looking through the gallery of his work.

    I was really saddened to hear of his passing. I'm simply gutted to hear of the circumstances.

    Deepest sympathy and prayers for his family.

    Dino

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    Well, this news just gets sadder and sadder. Rest in peace Mr. James.

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    Terrible, just terrible and senseless......

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    It seems appropriate, when you image search "Dr. Grabow factory," that (at least as of this writing) that Ed James is in the first returned picture.

    While it was Kevin's unusually enthusiastic reviews and articles that initially drew me to this web site years ago, ejames and his excitement over Dr. Grabow pipes and his kind, gentlemanly ways were a major draw for me to lurk in this forum, and keep coming back. I've been missing him since he had to quit over health issues not long ago; this is heartbreaking news.

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    That is some messed up stuff.

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    Dammit.

    Saddened by the loss, doubly so by he circumstances of it.

    You were a Royal Duke, Ed.

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    Well, this went from sad to heartbreaking and tragic.

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    Godspeed, Ed. Prayers for the family.

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    This shit's really creeping me the hell out.

    Sorry ... I guess I don't have anywhere else to share that.

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    Burning is a hard way to go. Hope the smoke got him and he was unconscious for that whole shit show. This breaks my heart. Just breaks my heart.

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    This is senseless, tragic and maddening.

    http://m.kfvs12.com/kfvs12/db_345749/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=c11edTcY&pn=&ps=#display

    I'm wanting to read between the lines but it's probably better to bury the dead first and then let the LEOs do what they do best.

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    A classic question but I will ask. Where the world is heading? I wish my grandpa was around so I can sit and listen to his WW2 stories, his fights, his youth, etc. I don't even find the right words to explain my feelings right now. This is so sad.

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