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  1. spartacus

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    A very sad time for everyone that knew him! RIP

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    Events like these make you realize how precious life is and how fleeting it can be. Whilst I never met or spoke to the gentleman I always enjoyed his posts and tastes in pipes and hats. A very sad loss to all of us far and wide. RIP Sante.

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    I have enjoyed reading banjo's posts and while I never knew the man, one can't help sensing a beautiful spirit. The forum has lost a valued member, but we are richer for his wit and wisdom.
    Deepest condolences to his family.

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    RIP

    We should rename the "what are you smoking" thread to Keeping it Smoky

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    We should rename the "what are you smoking" thread to Keeping it Smoky

    I second that!!

    Jason
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    Count my vote too!!

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    Seriously? Shit.

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    Late getting to this news, but it is truly sad. Was always nice to see banjo and his beautiful pipes "keeping it smoky". RIP, he will be missed.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    Taken too soon. He and his family will be in my prayers.

    Boy, his posts were a lot of fun.

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    Fish will be missed. My condolences to his family.

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    Loading up some Condor Plug to keep it smokey in his honor. RIP Banjo, I’ll miss his posts around here.

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    I have never double posted on two threads before, but I missed this post due to responsibilities at home, so here was what I posted on another thread:

    Somehow I missed this, and I feel badly about not having responded. From his brief comments without a hint of self-pity, I knew he was enduring an incredible struggle to survive, never losing his generous social nature and capacity for fun, including his joy in his pipes, blends, fly rods, and many other dimensions of his life. Fish' sent me my first Meerschaum pipe, an estate that was what I would have chosen for myself. I always watched for his posts showing him smoking his wonderful selection of pipes, real masterpieces among them, and all worth seeing. I kept the faith that he'd be with us a long time to come, despite what was obviously tough road. He was a gutsy guy, truly brave, and I'll miss him on here.

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    We should rename the "what are you smoking" thread to Keeping it Smoky

    I had this exact same thought last night! I am absolutely in favor!

    "We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us." ---Hank

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    This is very sad news to come back to. R.I.P. Banjo, Believe I'm going to go have a bowl in his honor.

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    I never met Banjo, but due to often enjoying his’s posts here and on Facebook, I feel like I lost an old and dear friend. RIP Sante Giuliani…

    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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    We should rename the "what are you smoking" thread to Keeping it Smoky

    Now that is a great idea!

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    Off-hand I can't recall anyone who's loss, as this thread show, affected the community this deeply. Sante was a consistently cheerful and inspirational presence on this board, and a remarkable human being. RIP.

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    Fine gentleman, have a Peace in Heaven and Glory in the highest,

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    Devastating news. RIP Sante.

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    He will be missed. I can't smoke yet (damn pneumonia) but the first bowl back will be for him...RIP

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    Fishnbanjo has shared so many photos of a truly extensive and lovely pipe collection. Best thoughts and wishes for those who knew him well. I'll be lighting a pipe this evening in memory of him. Keeping it smokey.

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    Sad news, RIP, it was always a treat to see how he was keeping it smokey with his fabulous collection. Sante sounds like a he was a wonderful man.

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    RIP. I will surely miss his always enjoyable posts and watching the amazing pipe collection.

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    ...

    "the weez"...
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    So sad, R.I.P. and condolences to his family.

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    We’ve all lost a good friend., He was faithful in his life, honorable in is dealings, and a man blessed with a sense of compassion for others. May God rest his soul.

    Eric
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    Eternal Memory. His photos and writings were an inspiration.

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    RIP Banjo, so sad.... loved his posts.

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    Here is a link (Cancer Survivors Day celebrates life after diagnosis) from Seacoastonline.com, and which gives some background concerning Mr. Giuliani.

    Rest in peace, Sir!

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    Very sad to hear this news. Loved his posts and such beautiful pipes. Thanks to those who shared personal stories. He will be missed by all.

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    @ Weez.............
    What a great photo! I remember Fish posting about taking his beloved Weimaraner in the car for an afternoon ride.........Smokin' a pipe and a ride with the dog.......... don't get much better than that..........

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    A sad loss indeed. Looking back over his posts, he ordered a Morta Poker a week ago. Buying pipes until the last day on this earth. And what a collection he had. Never seen so many beautiful pipes. I will miss seeing him out for a walk smoking one of his beauties.

    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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    RIP banjo. I will miss your posts, and beautiful pipes.

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    I just saw this.....Sante was a good man, a brave man and his willingness to share his passions and his knowledge were admirable, he will be missed. May he Rest In Peace and my sincerest condolences to his family.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Very sad news. RIP.

    Pierre
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    This is indeed sad news. Sante was a gentleman and a friend. Blessings and comfort to his family.

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    I am truly shocked and feeling like I lost someone very close. I enjoyed his posts, especially his smokey pictures. RIP Banjo and Keep It Smokey, sir!

    Javan
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    RIP Banjo. Loved those photos of him with his pipe and sun glasses.

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    RIP

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    I just came to know about Banjo's departure. Left a message at the obituary website for his family. He was 3 years older than my father and it feels the same to lose a fatherly figure/friend as I did when mine passed away in 1998

    RIP Banjo, Hope they have McClelland and Dunhill blends in Valhalla !!

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    It's always very sad to lose a valued and much loved person of this community. RIP BANJO. Condolences to all here who new him. I always enjoyed his posts. Now I will have to go back through his posts to re-enjoy all the things he had to say and view the magnificent pipes that brought him such joy. Peace to all.

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    Maybe a mod can take all of their accrued vacation time and spend the entirety of it corralling all of Banjo's pipe pics into one magnificent spectacle of a thread.

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    He had a multitude of beauties.
    RIP
    Thanks to members who posted stories/history on the man that I never knew.

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    Maybe a mod can take all of their accrued vacation time and spend the entirety of it corralling all of Banjo's pipe pics into one magnificent spectacle of a thread.
    I'm all for that. At least the Keeping It Smokey photos. It would be great to look through all of those.

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    Fish posting about taking his beloved Weimaraner in the car for an afternoon ride.......
    I saw this pic in in his obit and thought the same thing. I knew he LOVED that dog and vice versa. A pet CAN make a big difference in your life, I know many times over...

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    The look on his face says it all. I pray they are united now...

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    Maybe a mod can take all of their accrued vacation time and spend the entirety of it corralling all of Banjo's pipe pics into one magnificent spectacle of a thread.

    Sure. But you could do that, too.....

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    What a huge loss for humankind. He set one helluva example for the rest of us. I had thought for years about visiting him over the summer but, you know who that goes. Really regretting missing the opportunity now.

    If someone is in contact with his wife could they point her to all the various threads?

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    bigpond, I too hope someone on Forums is in touch with someone in Sante's family to point them to the two threads celebrating his life. They might also want to look at some of his posts on Keeping It Smokey. Since viewing all this is readily available without joining Forums or posting, it is easy to visit. Indeed they might want to print it out for a keepsake. jiminks is trying through his facebook account. Anyone with a phone contact or other channel to the family might want to give it a go, or maybe send a message through the memorial site. My email is not functioning or I'd try. Sante had a number of worlds where he was a charismatic figure -- banjoes, fly rods, his professional world, and probably others, so his family may be swamped, but it's worth a try.

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    While in general I don't believe in friendship established online and I had only 1 email exchange with him a couple of years ago, I think he is the exception to the rule. I am really saddened from his departure and I will be missing his posts and particularly his pics.
    One thing I would like to say is that it looks, even with the struggle associated with his disease, he was able to live his full life until the very end and the fact he passed away while smoking his pipe or right after that is a full testimony of that. I say this as I have still a broken heart from the way my father passed away with his last 3 years completely physically incapacitated (he suffered a major stroke) but mentally competent staying in a nursing home. This is to say we all have to pass away sooner or later but there are complications worse than death and being able to live a full life till the end is a major blessing.

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    I remember Fish posting about taking his beloved Weimaraner in the car for an afternoon ride.........Smokin' a pipe and a ride with the dog.......... don't get much better than that..........
    If I remember right, he sold the car because he didn't have the beloved hound to be with him in it any more...

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    Here's the story on the Mercedes. Sante's friend owned that car, and wanted to sell it. Sante traded an expensive fishing rod for the car. A couple of years ago, when Sante's neuropathy got to the point that he couldn't drive any more, he traded the car to a friend for another fishing rod. I asked him which trade got him the most return. He chuckled and said, "Both of them."

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    Haha nice story Jim!

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    "Both of them."

    Classic banjo. That's a PANIC, Jim - thanks large for the laugh!

    Bill

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    Missed this until this morning.
    Very sad news. Always enjoyed his comments and amazing pipes.
    RIP Banjo

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    Rest in peace, Banjo.

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    I was away the last few days on a trip and I checked into facebook today and saw the news about Sante. This is devastating. He was a true gentleman and an all around class act. Not long ago he sent me a PM and told me he had a pipe he wanted to send me. I love that pipe and it will forever remind me of him. I saw on facebook the following post by a friend of his, that I thought I would share:

    My heart hurts. Our family and the world lost an incredible soul yesterday. Sante was family, our neighbor, like second parents to me and my brother, a grandparent to my girls, mentor to us all, cancer WARRIOR, veteran, and more. Sante gave me this shirt last year when I started treatment and said “just one chemo & you’re already a survivor.” He was my inspiration. As someone who did chemo weekly for at least 10 years (?) I was in awe of his warrior mentality. Sante had surgery (and just received not great news about a diagnosis) ON Steve and my wedding day 08-08-08 but he was still there. He taught me how to use all of his fancy camera equipment which led to my love of photography as a hobby. He and Eileen watched me when I was little and their house has become the first my girls ask to walk to AS SOON AS we get to Maine. He entertained Grace and Emma (or vice versa?) and put up with all their shenanigans. They adored him. And Bonnie - wow, Bonnie was in love and would have gladly lived with him instead of us. Sante collapsed suddenly yesterday due to a mysterious bleed in his brain and he didn’t survive it. We were just 24 hrs from getting to Maine for the summer for me to return his camera equipment (for which I’m sure he would have told me to keep using it!) and visit him. I’m so sad by this. I recently told a friend that my new measuring stick for work and how I spend my time is if something tragic were to happen would I be happy with how my time was spent or not. I certainly wish we had a chance to say bye and I didn’t wait to check on him and that I spent more time soaking in his wisdom. That said I know he has suffered a lot these years since 2008 so we are grateful for all the fighting he did and bonus years he gave us that defied the f*#%ing cancer odds. So much so that cancer STILL didn’t win. He once wrote a post wondering about what type of legacy he would leave since he didn’t have children. Well, he does have kids and grandkids, just not by blood. His love of fishing, the camera, dogs, York, and so much more we remember. And his warrior mentality and positive spirit continues inside me, Steve, and my kids. Rest In Peace Sante

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    That is moving. I didn't read the first paragraph carefully, so I thought it was you, Peck, writing about your relationship with Sante. Glad it wasn't.
    This is one of the more universal losses I have been a (small) part of.

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    I am also sure that St Peter will be testing out some magnificent pipes and classic fishing rods with a wonderful smoking and fishing companion. RIP, Sante.

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    He was my corn cob idol....

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    The beautiful tributes remind me that the truly rich amongst us are those who are brave enough to be themselves while blessing others with their kindness and generosity of spirit. Based upon the admiration and gratitude expressed on this thread by both those who knew the man well and those who knew him only from his presence on this forum, his was a full and rich life indeed. May we all be as courageous and graceful to inspire such memories when we depart. My condolences to those of you whose lives he touched.

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    Definitely sad news. My condolence to his family.

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    It's good to hear from members who knew Sante personally, illustrating that he was everything and more than we already admiringly thought.

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    It's good to hear from members who knew Sante personally, illustrating that he was everything and more than we already admiringly thought.

    Agreed, I was always hoping to meet him someday while visiting friends down that way.

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    I'm sorry I'm getting to this news late. I will miss Banjo, the man, and his pipes.


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    This is heartbreaking news. Banjo and I had a couple trades and some back and forth via email in the days that followed. A finer gentleman I haven’t ever met, and I’m definitely envious of any of you who met this good man in person. I’ll never forget his post about the young girls who saw him smoking a pipe and wanted to to take a photo with him, he seemed to really get a kick out of it ! What a guy ... Rest In Peace and keep it Smokey Banjo

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    Rip Banjo, my condolences to his family. We’ll keep it Smokey for ya.

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    I can't believe I missed this thread. Banjo was a fine man who greatly enjoyed his pipe and a he had a fine set of them. Condolences to all his family and friends.

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    God rest his soul ..

    Sea Wolf Pipers

    "Like the mariners of old, a loner is acceptable but a pipe is best enjoyed in a pack"
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    I had a smoke this morning and thought of you, Sante. You are an icon in my pipe smoking mind. I've written it before, but I'll write it again, rest in peace, Banjo.

    Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
    ~ John Donne

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