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A good friend gone

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this tonight. The world has lost a good man and I have lost a good friend. I met him in the middle of the Susquehanna River in the summer of 2006. We were all up partying at a place in between some islands that we call the swimming hole and Dale came cruising up in a flat bottom drinking cold Coronas. We were friends instantly. Dale was an intelligent guy with a permanent smile. He was definitely a positive. He looked at the good in things and tolerated, and overlooked the bad. He fit right in.

He was looking for a new place for summer camping so we offered up our campground information and introduced him to our campground owner. We saw Dale a few more times that summer and then the next year he had a spot in our campground and he and his wife Lynn became part of our family.

Dale was one of those people that would do anything in the world to help you out. A “give you the shirt off his back” kind of guy. He was an honest man that liked good music, UFC fighting, Harley riding, boating, camping and partying with all of us. Most of all, he treasured his friendships. We also treasured our friendship with Dale.

We will not forget Dale. He’ll live on through all of us, in our hearts and in our memories. We will raise our glasses and toast to him often and we will tell our stories on the river of the great times that we shared with him. My heart goes out to his loving wife Lynn and their family.

To Dale, we will reunite one day my friend. Godspeed and goodbye for now.