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    "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Just got word that Dick LeClair ("Tinkerman" here) died. No details as of now.

    Most of you know Dick through his many posts over the years as he worked on his TR3 restoration. Sadly, I don't believe he completed it.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    That's a shame. About Dick I mean, not the car.

    Thanks for letting us know, Mickey.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Thanks for the news. Wow. Man. Been a bad weekend, for various reasons. Peace to all.
    Mike
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Rest in peace, sir.

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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Wow, that is very sad news.

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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Another valuable member. Rest in Peace.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Bummer. Dick was a true Gentleman.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Sad to hear. He will be missed.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Very sad news. His enthusiasm and sense of humor were special and will be missed.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Very sad to hear, I enjoyed talking with him.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Sad indeed & a reminder to make the most of each day.

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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    RIP Tinkerman , I hope you're in a better place.

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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Sad news.... Condolences to his family and friends.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Wow terrible news. Sad to hear that. Dick and I conversed many a email. My Wife and I were heading his way this fall and wanted to stop in to meet him in person.... He will be missed.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Very sad. Dick stopped by my place a few years ago and left with some extra 3A seat cushions I had. So sorry to hear of his passing I was rooting for him to have that first drive
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Bummer, I was also cheering for him, and will continue.
    I think Randy and I had lunch with him when he was passing thru. -It should remind all of us that we are only passing thru.
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Sad News. RIP Tinkerman.

    A reminder to live every day to the fullest.

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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Very sad indeed. Mike
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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Same feelings here. Sad. We're all friends. Not good losing folks as we get up there, too. Better place Tinkerman.

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    Re: "Tinkerman" Has Passed

    Update from the Plateau British Car Club, of which Dick was a founding member: For those who don’t know, after 20 years he was finally almost finished with the restoration of his TR-3 and had been having trouble fitting the pieces together. His wife said that he had just fastened the bonnet down and was extremely happy about that. He drove to the store for some soda and upon returning, drove his car in the garage, turned it off, placed the keys on the dashboard, and died. Apparently he did not suffer any long term pain or discomfort.

    At his request, there will be no formal service. I will be sure his wife knows we're thinking about them.
    "There are three kinds of men. One who learns by readin'. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on that electric fence for themselves." Will Rogers
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