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Title: Remembering Mr T
Post by: cw on August 03, 2013, 11:32:52 AM
From Mr. T's daughter:
Dear cw

I am writing because over the past years you have occasionally sent several emails to my father, who you knew as "MrT", to say that his friends at TMLfans were thinking of him (I obtained your e-mail address from one of those mails on his computer...I hope that's okay). It is with great regret that I must inform you that he passed away in mid July after an extended battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Perhaps you could convey this sad news to any of the other members there who knew and have enquired about him.

 
I know that dad greatly enjoyed reading and participating in discussions at TMLfans and that for some time it was one of the few things he truly looked forward to each day. It provided him with the ability to communicate with others (I believe he was already house-bound at the time he became a member), share his longtime passion for the hockey and the Leafs, and was a wonderful distraction from the increasing difficulties he experienced in everyday life. Dad found it extremely frustrating when his condition worsened to the point where he could no longer participate on the forums, although for the next year or two I (or sometimes mom) would occasionally read a few threads to him when he felt up to it since he remained keenly interested in both the team and the exchange of your members' opinions and ideas (I've even started to read TMLfans occasionally myself...I guess some latent hockey genes combined with having spent a few years watching games with him has awoken an appreciation for the game). I know he was deeply touched when I told him I'd seen that the "Man of the Match" thread bore his name this past year. While his Leafs didn't manage to win another Stanley Cup in his lifetime, he was aware that they finally returned to the playoffs this spring and expressed the hope that perhaps they are now on the right track again. Who knows...perhaps they are?

 
On behalf of my mother and I, thank you for the enjoyment you and the other TMLfans members brought to him during his time there, and for remembering him fondly after his departure.
 

Most sincerely,
 

Daughter of "MrT"

This was her followup granting me permission to post her email:
Thank you cw, and you may certainly post my email if you feel it the best way to let the members know. Dad, while unrelentingly outspoken on subjects about which he was passionate, was also very quiet and almost reclusive when it came to his own situation. He disliked it when people made a fuss over his condition or, worse, treated him differently because of it. As you say, I've seen a number of posts where people have mentioned him (many of which I read to him) and I did urge him some time ago to allow me to pass along a message to explain why he was no longer able to participate on the site. While at that time he adamantly refused, I think he would understand and agree with my decision to do so now (and my mother concurs).

 
Thank you for your well-wishes, and I will pass them along to mom as well.

Daughter of "MrT"

Personally, I am crushed by this news even though I knew for some time this was the likely eventual outcome. Like MrT, I've followed the Leafs for a long time - long enough to recall them winning four Cups when I was a little kid. Of all those from that time to this who wrote about the Leafs, MrT was the best in my opinion and my favorite. He provided wonderful, well thought out, meticulously prepared and unique, original insights. He was also a great asset behind the scenes for helping this site as RickC can attest. I regard him as a dear internet friend and will really miss him as I think many will and have already on this site.

I do smile at the notion that he might be somewhere up in heaven making his thorough case to God on why Leafs fans deserve a parade soon. If true, Leafs fans couldn't ask for a better advocate in that role.

My deepest condolences go out to his daughter, wife and family along with gratitude for their efforts in extending his stay with us that I treasured.

I will email a link to this thread to MrT's daughter.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Frank E on August 03, 2013, 11:55:42 AM
Thank you cw.

I remember him being quite articulate, and I'm also sorry to hear this. 

It goes without saying, but I suggest that you maintain the MOTM thread in Mr. T's name from here on in.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: bustaheims on August 03, 2013, 12:01:09 PM
Rest in peace, Mr. T. You will continue to be missed around these parts for a long long time.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: CarltonTheBear on August 03, 2013, 12:03:39 PM
Thanks cw. Like you I figured we would hear this news eventually, but it's still very difficult to swallow. I greatly enjoyed his company both on this site and on the fantasy league that he set up. Although I never will forgive him for swindling Keith Yandle off of me well before he broke out! Alright, fine, I will.

My condolences to his family and friends. He had such an impact on a group of internet Leafs fans I can't even imagine how difficult this must have been for those who knew him the best. And a big thank you to his daughter for thinking of us and passing along the difficult news.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Britishbulldog on August 03, 2013, 12:27:38 PM
This is certain a bitter sweet message for me.

I have been missing Mr T's posts and opinion but was well aware they were absent because of the horrible battle he was having with his health even as he was having his body beginning to keep him from more and more of the basic routines.  Knowing that he is not struggling anymore creates a sad peace in me.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: BlueWhiteBlood on August 03, 2013, 12:29:03 PM
Sadly, I too had a knowing about this and have come to grips with not talking to him anymore. It's heart-wrenching to hear the finality of it, but I'm relieved that he no longer suffers...

He was a great guy! He was definitely a man of substance and integrity. I will continue to miss him and think about him often. We hit it off from the first day he came to TMLFans.

RIP Chris (Mr T) you will be wholly missed and remembered fondly....
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Sarge on August 03, 2013, 01:16:07 PM
Oh my God. I had feared this was going to happen. RIP, "T." - IMO, the best poster this forum ever had.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Wendel's Fist on August 03, 2013, 01:32:24 PM
Wow, very sad news. I didn't always see eye to eye with Mr. T when it came to the Leafs but he was definitely someone I repected. Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention CW and condolences to his family and friends.

Rest in peace, Mr. T.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: RobDM on August 03, 2013, 01:32:58 PM
Although I never had the pleasure of communicating with him personally, I always appreciated his valuable contributions to our forums.

Rest in peace, Mr T. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: brothert on August 03, 2013, 02:40:39 PM
One of the classier and thoughtful posters on the site. He will be missed.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Boston Leaf on August 03, 2013, 02:52:55 PM
very sad news indeed..My condolences to Mr.T's family... Very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Mr. T
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: moon111 on August 03, 2013, 03:00:46 PM
A friend of mind passed away, quite early from the disease.  Can still remember his Edmonton Oiler taunts to this day.  Somehow I was glad.   Thankfully both him and Mr.T got to be around when their teams won.  It is with a tear in my eye that I offer my deepest condolences. 
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Green Leaf on August 03, 2013, 03:01:34 PM
R.I.P. Mr. T

My condolences to your family.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Rick Couchman on August 03, 2013, 03:23:34 PM
I really don't know how to post this...

There are a handful of people who have really meant the world to me on this website.  People that I have barely met in person, yet who have been really good friends that have touched me and TMLfans.ca in a big way.

One of them was Sakura - and another was Mr T.  Both really left their fingerprints all over this place as being really great people who were so caring and compassionate as Leafs fans, and as TMLfans contributers.

Mr T, much like CW, did more to help this website become a place where people felt comfortable to hang out than I ever could.  Most people don't have any idea how much behind-the-scenes work they did to make this place what it is.

Reading the beginning posts of this thread by CW, I too shed tears to hear the news that many of us were unfortunately expecting.  It's really nice seeing everyone jumping in here and giving him the recognition that he deserves.

My condolences to anyone and everyone who lost a dear friend in Chris...
Title: Remembering Mr T
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on August 03, 2013, 03:28:26 PM
Such a shame to see a bright light  extinguished prematurely.

You will be missed, enjoy your peace buddy and may your family find the strength to carry on.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on August 03, 2013, 03:47:15 PM
oh……wow, this is so sad. Loved Mr T, had some great message exchanges with him regarding game day threads and bears. He loved them. I loved hearing from him. Sad to think he'll never actually post here again, though I think of him every single time I come on here.. keep the MotM thread named after him, love that.

RIP Chris, my condolences to your family and thanks so much again, for everything. And to your daughter for having the strength and the compassion to share this news with us.

LHF
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: hap_leaf on August 03, 2013, 04:09:31 PM
When Mr T had something to say, you took notice and more often than not, learned something, gaining a new perspective with a realistic outlook. 

Thanks Mr T, you will be remembered.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Nik the Trik on August 03, 2013, 04:26:09 PM
I'm devastated. I don't know that I liked or respected anyone I've ever talked sports, heck ever talked anything, as much as I liked MrT. On more than one occasion when we would go back and forth we regularly hit the 10,000 word per post limit and those exchanges were probably my personal highlight of the lots of time and words I've spent on this site. Despite giving as good as I could ever give argument wise and despite the fact that I know I can get too worked up when I'm really in the middle of a rant he was a guy who never, ever sunk to my level and only ever responded with well thought out words and considered positions. When the database crashed and we lost all of the posts from that era losing those, and the ability to read those every now and again, was the big loss for me personally. His absence has been one I've keenly felt since he was no longer able to post here. 

The few times we corresponded privately he was gracious and kind to no end. Sadly, I never got to meet him personally but from what I knew of him here he was everything that makes me like being part of this fanbase. He knew his stuff, spoke from the heart and was always loyal to the Blue and White.

Deepest condolences to his family, his friends and everyone who will miss him going forward.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Damian on August 03, 2013, 04:31:56 PM
Another sad day to be sure ..... RIP Mr T..... you were indeed a "full clapper... top cheese!"
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Sarge on August 03, 2013, 04:41:28 PM
cw, would his daughter object to forwarding a photo? Or, do you folks think that's out of taste?
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Jay on August 03, 2013, 05:11:42 PM
Aww....he was a great addition to the site. Though I haven't been around much, I remember him fondly and wish his family well.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: AvroArrow on August 03, 2013, 05:57:31 PM
Just from his posts on this forum, you got a real sense of how awesome of a person he was.  He will be missed.  :'(
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: drummond on August 03, 2013, 06:29:05 PM
One of the most knowlegeable and most articulated posters on this site. I thoroughly enjoyed his lengthy messages. MrT will be missed.
My condolences to the family.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Rob on August 03, 2013, 06:35:05 PM
RIP Mr T. 

I remember a while ago he came back for a short duration, as it was getting increasingly difficult for him to post.  I remember we had some conversations about using a text to speech program to help him post on the site. 

I often log on hoping to see his name again. 

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: LuncheonMeat on August 03, 2013, 06:43:04 PM
I joined TMLfans at a time when Mr.T was posting frequently.  I always enjoyed his thoughtful and intelligent arguments, and although he hadn't posted in quite a while he remains one of the most memorable individuals since I've been here.  He will be missed!
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: louisstamos on August 03, 2013, 07:02:26 PM
Very sad...when I first joined the site in 2004, T was one of the more friendly and welcoming people on this site.  He was very well spoken and very passionate.  I imagine it's been a hard couple years for him, but he is no longer suffering.

RIP Chris.  Hopefully we'll get to meet on another plain one day...
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: princedpw on August 03, 2013, 07:08:27 PM
This thread makes it so clear that Mr T was universally loved and respected at tmlfans. His posts really, truly were the best. I have been missing him for quite a while. He was one of the most active posters when I joined.  And, to be completely honest, this site really isnt the same without him. I always hoped he would be able to return somehow.  Heartfelt condolences to his wife and daughter. 
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on August 03, 2013, 08:21:54 PM
cw, would his daughter object to forwarding a photo? Or, do you folks think that's out of taste?

it may have been on the previous incarnation of this site, before the great crash, but I'm pretty sure there was a picture of him here at one point…when he was explaining what was up with him, but before his situation became so incapacitating. Or maybe he'd messaged me one at some point…I have a clear memory of such a photo, but it's not in my messages folder so I think it must have been long enough ago that the site had since had its devastating crash.

:-\
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Gilmour the Great on August 03, 2013, 08:55:57 PM
He was always a bright spot in a thread. I can only imagine how much he will be missed.

RIP Mr T, all the best to your family.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Bullfrog on August 04, 2013, 01:10:54 AM
I'm saddened by this news, though not surprised. I hope he's at peace now. It hits close to home as my twin brother also has MS.

I definitely enjoyed his posts and our private conversations, as few as they were.

I wish his family all the strength. The obviously large impact he had here, on a hockey discussion board, can only be but the smallest glimpse of the large impact he must have had on so many others outside of this forum. He'll be dearly missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Rick Couchman on August 04, 2013, 01:14:26 AM
To remember Sakura, we took donations and purchased a tree that was planted in High Park.
It was suggested that we do the same or take donations for Multiple Sclerosis. ..

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Darryl on August 04, 2013, 01:55:36 AM
Thoughts and prayers to his family. Was a good, respectful poster and will be missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: IJustLurkHere on August 04, 2013, 02:22:13 AM
RIP

Mr T was someone whose insight added to my experience of Hockey and the Leafs. His diligence in researching and presenting his views is a rare thing.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 04, 2013, 04:35:28 AM
Rest In Peace Chris.  Your bantor and conversations, both on this site and in personal conversations will be cherished, as one who appieciated and respected your vast insight particularly on the subject of hockey & the Leafs.

Your posts & replies harboured a certain way of making you a TMLfan favourite amongst many of us here on this board.  Your wittiness, eloquence, flair and presentation made this site a worthwhile endeavor to participate in.  Even though I personally never met you, Chris, I (as certainly others as well), felt like I had known you as a friend all these years since I joined TMLfans (in the mid-decade).

If there's anyone who knows what the word 'miserable' means in the face of ongoing health ailments, believe you me I know.  And empathize. No matter how great or how small the problem, how handicapping or disabling it can be, it takes a certain amount of 'bravery' to get on in life.  That was you Mr T.  Thank you for your dedication to TMLfans.

Condolences to the family.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Bender on August 04, 2013, 10:07:14 AM
I always looked forward to any post by MrT. I only knew vaguely of his illness but I knew something was there. I hoped for recovery even though I wondered where he was for the last year or so.

Unfortunately it didn't work out that way, but I'll always remember him as sort of a counter part to CW and viewed him as one of the elder statesmen when I joined.

He will be missed.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: RobDM on August 04, 2013, 11:05:00 AM
To remember Sakura, we took donations and purchased a tree that was planted in High Park.
It was suggested that we do the same or take donations for Multiple Sclerosis. ..

Any thoughts?

I'd be happy to make a contribution.  I'm sure his family would appreciate the gesture.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Tigger on August 04, 2013, 12:11:50 PM
Condolences to the family. T was a thoughtful poster who obviously had an impact on everyone here, his insight and helpfulness was already missed, hopefully we can carry that positive energy and inertia with us.

Thanks for posting the correspondence, I think most felt the news coming in one way or another but the finality of it is hitting home. Rest in peace Mr T.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Leafaholic99 on August 04, 2013, 12:21:09 PM
To remember Sakura, we took donations and purchased a tree that was planted in High Park.
It was suggested that we do the same or take donations for Multiple Sclerosis. ..

Any thoughts?

I'd be happy to make a contribution.  I'm sure his family would appreciate the gesture.

I didn't know Mr. T on a personal level, but enjoyed his posts here, I'd be Interested in contributing with which ever is decided. Would it be possible to plant a tree next to the one you guys/gals did for Sakura?

Rest in peace Mr. T, you will be missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 04, 2013, 01:20:41 PM
To remember Sakura, we took donations and purchased a tree that was planted in High Park.
It was suggested that we do the same or take donations for Multiple Sclerosis. ..

Any thoughts?


I was wondering if this would also serve as a gesture of some sort of 'tribute' to an individual. (I have in recent years given in memory of close family, usually with their name(s) inscribed on a pavilion in any one of the Trail areas of one's choice).

http://tctrail.ca/donate/make-a-gift-in-tribute/ (http://tctrail.ca/donate/make-a-gift-in-tribute/)).

If not, then a tree planted somewhere in the city, (preferably closer to the family's area of residence if possible), would also be a very well-thought out idea.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: gilmour4life on August 04, 2013, 02:40:05 PM
As a long time Leaf fan, I was a regular visitor to this site long before I became a member.  I don't post often but I still usually visit at least once a day.  It was the passion of certain members which finally convinced me to go ahead and join so I could actually take part in conversations from time to time.  While I'm not posting often, please take no offence when I say 'we' have lost a great friend.  My condolences to the family.  May 'T's' memory live on not only through our memories but also through our 'MOTM'. RIP Mr. T
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: anton girdeaux on August 04, 2013, 04:36:32 PM
To remember Sakura, we took donations and purchased a tree that was planted in High Park.
It was suggested that we do the same or take donations for Multiple Sclerosis. ..

Any thoughts?

Absolutely!

I've been a member since around 2003 & I echo the sentiments of many posters, I really enjoyed reading the posts of MrT, very knowledgeable guy and a friendly one too.

RIP Chris.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: cw on August 04, 2013, 05:54:42 PM
To remember Sakura, we took donations and purchased a tree that was planted in High Park.
It was suggested that we do the same or take donations for Multiple Sclerosis. ..

Any thoughts?

I've sent a copy of this post to MrT's daughter who is following this thread to get input from the family. She's emailed some thoughts and she'll get back to me in a few days.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on August 05, 2013, 11:00:58 AM
I don't usually read this forum and just saw the news.  Thanks for sharing his daughter's extremely articulate and sensitive thoughts, cw.

I'm really glad to learn that he knew about our tribute to him in the naming of the MotM thread, and that he was touched by that.  One of the last interactions I had with him was when he showed me how to auto-format the Excel spreadsheet that I use to keep track of the points.  A typical gesture from a man who was suffering, who had much bigger problems to deal with, who certainly didn't have to take time to help some guy he never met.  But he did.

Kindness and generosity are important in world that seemingly is beset with countless examples to the contrary.  How MrT conducted himself personally was important ... is important still.  He gave us an outstanding example of how to create a living legacy.

I want to offer my condolences to his family, and thank them for their support of their husband and father, which, by enabling him to continue interacting with us for as long as possible, was a wonderful gift to each of us in this online community.  I am very grateful.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: spiderbob on August 05, 2013, 04:42:40 PM
My condolences to Chris's Family and friends. While I never knew him personally, being a lurker here for the past 8+years you gain a certain familiarity with the posters who contribute. And Mr.T was one of the best, his Man of the Match Threads spoke volumes for me on just how well certain player's have played through the season, a week, etc. It will always be the Mr.T Man of the Match thread for as long as this site is up afaic. Rest in Peace Chris, it's obvious from this thread that your going to missed greatly.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: 93forever on August 05, 2013, 05:06:01 PM
My sincere condolences to Chris's family.  I never met him, but I enjoyed reading his game day threads.  May his spirit inspire the Leaf players.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: AlmosGirl on August 05, 2013, 07:00:00 PM
Very sad to read this news. Mr. T was such a great poster on this site and I enjoyed his posts and posting with him. I remember when he was gone for some time and then came back. It was so nice to have him on here again but I as others felt that he wouldn't be back this time.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to Mr. T's wife, daughter and family and may he RIP.  TMLfans has to angels watching over us now.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Tanaer on August 05, 2013, 10:08:12 PM
My condolences to the family and friends as well.  I do not post often but have read the posts on this site for many years and greatly enjoyed those from Mr. T, as they seemed to state views which were very well thought out, articulated, and heart-felt.  I looked forward to his posts and have missed them.  Although I was never fortunate enough to interact with him in discussions, I was affected by his wisdom and knowledge.  We are poorer for his absence.  Rest in Peace, Sir.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Guilt Trip on August 06, 2013, 12:15:04 AM
....RIP Mr T....you will be sadly missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Peter D. on August 06, 2013, 08:20:27 AM
Sad news.  I know we were all concerned by his prolonged absences -- I recall Rick numerous times suggesting that he "feared the worst".  I did not know he was battling MS.

One of the best posters this site has seen.  Informative, enlightening, and extremely respectful.  He will be missed.

RIP Mr. T.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: pmrules on August 06, 2013, 08:33:17 AM
Wow...extremely sad news. He was a great poster here on the Site and was as big a leaf fan as there was. 

My biggest memory of him was of the office keeper pool that he ran.  For those of you not involved in it, it was probably the most intricately detailed hockey pool you had ever seen. I think he used it as a tool to further his ability to program and do it using something he loved. Unfortunately the keeper pool only lasted a bit over a year and we now know why.  I always remember that he always picked the guy that I wanted right before my turn (hey Chris....I'll never forget you stealing viktor kozlov from me! Haha).

I truly believe that he increased my knowledge of the game and of course of that ever complicated new cba.

RIP Mr. T aka Scotia aka Chris. You will be missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Corn Flake on August 06, 2013, 09:53:00 AM
Rest in peace Chris. 

 :-[
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: A Weekend at Bernier's on August 06, 2013, 10:06:55 AM
So insightful, logical, and a pleasure to read. 

Rest in peace, Mr. T.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: applecheeks on August 06, 2013, 11:12:39 AM
Thoughts and prayers to the family. A well respected poster and great knowledge of the game. Respected and missed. R.I.P Mr. T.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: iwas11in67 on August 06, 2013, 11:46:21 AM
R.I.P. Mr. T

I didn't know him personally but I always enjoyed his posts and banter.

My condolences to your family.

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: 13th fan on August 06, 2013, 03:24:27 PM
Such sad news .It always was a pleasure reading his posts ,well thought out and insightful . He was highly respected here , there will be a void  at TMLFans and no other can fulfill like Mr T. My condolences to Mr T family
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Captain Canuck on August 06, 2013, 06:24:45 PM
Very saddened to hear this news as Mr. T was a great member of the TMLFans community. My condolences to his family!  :'(
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: seahawk on August 06, 2013, 07:41:13 PM
It's sad to lose someone who was as insightful and knowledgeable. He always had a good point to make and could get it across. He spoke very little about his illness, but as he talked about the technological changes he had to make to continue posting you could see the impact. He is not suffering any more, but this site and the world at large have lost a good man. My condolences to his family.

Several people have talked about doing something to honor his memory. Please keep me updated on that.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: pnjunction on August 06, 2013, 11:58:35 PM
Sad news indeed. I don't think I was as heavy into the site when he was still a regular here but I know he was one of the pillars of this great community and he was very warm and upbeat in his occasional posts even though it was clear things were difficult.

My best friend's mom has MS and it is a grievous thing.  Things like this remind me I don't donate nearly enough to causes like this, I'll definitely chip in something either organized here or elsewhere.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Zee on August 07, 2013, 08:23:58 AM
Sad news, this makes us realize that all the mini arguments and heated debates we have on here aren't all that very important in the grand scheme of things.  RIP Mr. T, you will be missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Misty on August 07, 2013, 12:21:29 PM
I wanted to come and thank you all, on behalf of mom and I, for your thoughts and well-wishes. While I knew that dad had read and posted here regularly, I hadn't realized the extent of his involvement or the number of people he had touched until now. I do know that he loved his time here and derived great pleasure from the interactions he had with so many of the TMLfans members. I really cannot express how grateful we are for the enjoyment you gave to him - it really brightened many otherwise difficult days.

We are overwhelmed that some of his friends here would wish to make a donation in his memory. I have given cw a few suggestions and asked that he and RickC mull them over and select whichever they feel is most appropriate. I know dad would also be deeply touched.

Thank you all so very much, again.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: cw on August 08, 2013, 12:04:55 PM
After discussions with RickC and MrT's family, we have selected the MLSE foundation as the preferred charity to donate in MrT's memory. Among their activities is the funding of hockey facilities
http://mlseteamupfoundation.org/how-we-give/legacy-grants/
Canada’s sport and recreation infrastructure is in a state of physical decline. Sixty-seven per cent of current facilities need to be repaired or replaced. (Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, 2012)

Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has revitalized 24 athletic facilities in the Greater Toronto Area, shaping the lives of kids by enabling participation in the sports we all love.

By putting in top-quality facilities, we are showing these communities that they are important to us and that their kids deserve to play on the very best.

Athletic facilities are the heart of a community. Every kid should have an athletic facility within walking distance because when kids play sports, it leads to social change.
We transform dilapidated facilities to provide kids with opportunity and to show these communities that they are important and that their kids deserve to play on the very best. A new court gives kids the shot to dream big. Kids need a place to build friendships and be active. We revitalize courts, pitches, and rinks. The kids in the communities build dreams.


They were quite taken with MrT's story and have offered to set up a memorial page that will help collect donations in MrT's memory. If you can hang on a little bit longer for that, I'll update you with a link as soon as it's ready.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: BlueWhiteBlood on August 08, 2013, 12:26:17 PM
That's awesome cw, thanks for the updates and all your efforts with this. I think Mr T is already smiling...
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Corn Flake on August 08, 2013, 12:36:26 PM
Great stuff, CW. 

Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Rick Couchman on August 08, 2013, 01:04:31 PM
They were quite taken with MrT's story and have offered to set up a memorial page that will help collect donations in MrT's memory. If you can hang on a little bit longer for that, I'll update you with a link as soon as it's ready.

Nice work - I think it fits very well for Mr T...
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: RobDM on August 08, 2013, 04:06:15 PM
After discussions with RickC and MrT's family, we have selected the MLSE foundation as the preferred charity to donate in MrT's memory. Among their activities is the funding of hockey facilities
http://mlseteamupfoundation.org/how-we-give/legacy-grants/
Canada’s sport and recreation infrastructure is in a state of physical decline. Sixty-seven per cent of current facilities need to be repaired or replaced. (Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, 2012)

Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has revitalized 24 athletic facilities in the Greater Toronto Area, shaping the lives of kids by enabling participation in the sports we all love.

By putting in top-quality facilities, we are showing these communities that they are important to us and that their kids deserve to play on the very best.

Athletic facilities are the heart of a community. Every kid should have an athletic facility within walking distance because when kids play sports, it leads to social change.
We transform dilapidated facilities to provide kids with opportunity and to show these communities that they are important and that their kids deserve to play on the very best. A new court gives kids the shot to dream big. Kids need a place to build friendships and be active. We revitalize courts, pitches, and rinks. The kids in the communities build dreams.


They were quite taken with MrT's story and have offered to set up a memorial page that will help collect donations in MrT's memory. If you can hang on a little bit longer for that, I'll update you with a link as soon as it's ready.

Great work guys.  Thanks for looking into this!
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Darryl on August 08, 2013, 04:57:19 PM
Good choice guys. Are we making one big donation all together or just individually?
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 08, 2013, 05:03:35 PM
That sounds fantastic, cw.  Good work!  :)
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: leafplasma on August 09, 2013, 03:59:24 PM
Mr. T, class A personified, we just lost one of the truly great Leaf fans and more importantly a great husband and father so it seems.  Thanks Misty for your kind words and thank you for helping to shape the life of a man that has not only touched your family but has also touched so many of our lives.  Embrace the man he was and the man he will continue to be, he was an absolute gift.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Britishbulldog on August 09, 2013, 05:51:28 PM
Right on Misty, cw and Rick.  I appreciate the work you have displayed in pursuing the memorial for Mr T.

Great job!
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: nutman on August 10, 2013, 07:04:41 PM
RIP Mr T....
you will be missed. Thanks for the time you gave us all.  :(
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Kaberle15 on August 12, 2013, 09:51:09 AM
RIP Mr T.

You will be missed.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Strangelove on August 14, 2013, 10:49:35 PM
Just saw this. Truly one of the more thoughtful and articulate posters on this or any sports forum. He had a way of disagreeing with utter civility--the perfect counterpart to a good debate. I wish his family all the best.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: leafsweetie on August 28, 2013, 01:11:16 PM
Sad to hear of Mr. T's passing.  I haven't frequented the boards in a few years.  He was a great poster!  The best Game Day Threads... Condolences to his family and friends (including those of you online).
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: OrangeBlack on August 29, 2013, 07:47:19 AM
Rest in peace Chris.  I get here less often, was sad to read this.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: TheMightyOdin on September 04, 2013, 06:26:09 PM
Oh man I just found this thread. I've barely been on the site over the summer.

Mr. T was an awesome poster. I was definitely thinking the worst when he stopped posting quite a while back but getting the news confirmed is heart breaking.

I will miss his deep perspective on everything Leafs and hockey.

A special MOTM vote to you Chris... RIP
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: scottishleaf on September 20, 2013, 07:05:29 AM
Like some I have not been frequenting these boards for a long time.

Very sad to learn of the passing of Mr T

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dó

(may god give him eternal peace)
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Madferret on September 25, 2013, 01:11:04 PM
Shine on Mr T
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: oakl0008 on September 25, 2013, 04:08:21 PM
I remember Mr T as a frequent poster here back when I first came across this site back in 2002. My deepest condolences to his family and loved one. Hats off to him in his brave battle. R.I.P.
Title: Re: Remembering Mr T
Post by: Damian on December 04, 2013, 12:58:30 PM
Damn thats sad.... he sure will be missed.... RIP MrT