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Old 11-05-2012, 06:28 PM
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My mother

My fellow XSives

I have a favour to ask all those members who have religious faith and who say their prayers. My mother passed away peacefully at home last Sunday, with my stepfather and I at her bedside. She was laid to rest today. Her name was Margaret Dale and she was 79 years old. She was a devout Christian and would greatly appreciate a prayer on her behalf, just as she did for other people.

Three years ago when I began thinking of getting back into bikes after a break of 10 years, my girlfriend (a nurse) most definitely did NOT approve. My neighbours were convinced I'd get killed. Several friends questioned the wisdom of riding again and said how reaction times get slower as one ages. I began to lose confidence! Then I tentatively mentioned it to my mother. Her response? "You only get one chance at life, love. And it's not a rehearsal. Get yourself one of those new Triumphs and I'll pay for it". Says it all, eh? I didn't even know she was informed about current models!

So, folks, if you can spare a thought and a prayer for my dear old mum, I'd sure appreciate it.
XS1100F 1980 European model. Standard. Dyna coils. Iridium plugs. XS750 final drive (sometimes). Micron fork brace. Progressive front springs. Geezer regulator/rectifier. Stainless 4 into 2 exhaust. Auto CCT (Venturer 1300) SOLD. New project now on the go. 1980 European model.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:38 PM
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Sure thing James. Sorry to hear of your loss. Hang onto those memories and thanks for sharing.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:54 PM
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Sorry for your loss James! She sounds like she was a great woman!

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family!

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:01 PM
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Very sorry for your loss James. There aren't words to make the pain go away but find comfort in her memory and the times you had. May she rest in peace.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:10 PM
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I am sorry about your mother’s passing. It sounds like you had a very wise and loving mother. My prayers go out for you and all of your family. Be thankful for all the good times and good memories you have of your mother.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:22 PM
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My condolences for your loss James. May she be in Heaven with God's hands on her shoulders now.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:15 PM
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Sorry to hear of her passing James. Sounds like a great woman who knew how to live. Thoughts and prayers go out for her and for you lad.
Life is what happens while your planning everything else!

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:25 AM
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Sorry to hear of that, but at least she was with those who care about her. My own mother is living in the UK, and I have never been there. Heck, I don't even have a passport! I fear the day that I hear of something tragic happening, as I don't know if I'll be able to be there for her.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:24 PM
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James my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Mom and the remainder of your family...My Mom never approved of me riding but she was one who believed in living your dreams...she did for 89 years... RIP MUM
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:29 PM
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Like the others here, I'm sorry for your loss, and will remember her in my prayers. At least she went peacefully and with you at her side. And she got to share some real wisdom with you, and now with us.

And to be clear, would it be fair to say that you wouldn't be on this forum if it weren't for her encouragement to get you back on two wheels?
Hill? What hill? I didn't see any hill! Why wasn't there a sign? And where are my keys?

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Old 11-06-2012, 03:25 PM
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Sorry for your loss James

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:00 PM
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Sorry for your loss

I'll have a candle lit on Sunday on her behalf. I prayers go out to you as well.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:39 AM
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Very sorry to hear of her passing, and for your loss, James.
Take heart, and be encouraged, though.
Remember, if she was redeemed, then to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Remember and trust in this hope.

From what she said to you, she sounds a lot like my mom.

Hang in there, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:46 PM
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sorry about your mum! but glad you took her advice!! ride safe ,,slow mo!
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the people here are great , doesn't matter about the bike really/hamjam ////
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:25 PM
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Sorry,God bless your mum.
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