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Old December 19th, 2014, 01:08 PM
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A fellow tapper and good friend passed away this morning of a heart attack. He cooked in the open on a home made concrete arch with two giant flat pans both three feet wide by 8 feet long. Tapped 300 to 400 trees with buckets. He never sold a drop of syrup, gave it all away. He brought the whole community together when it was sugaring time. Half a dozen guys would always show up to help collect. He was a mentor to so many people in way to many ways to ramble on here about. I once brought 80 gallons of sap to him and got 4 gallons of syrup back

I hope I can pass along his kindness and love of syrup to others.
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Very sad to hear of his passing. I know up in your tip of the peninsula sugar makers are hard to come by. Is he the one that got you started?
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Very sad to hear of his passing. I know up in your tip of the peninsula sugar makers are hard to come by. Is he the one that got you started?
Yes and no. I was intrigued by him. But it was another friend that really hooked me.
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Sorry for your loss. Intriguing and benevolent characters are hard to come by these days.
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A fellow tapper and good friend passed away this morning of a heart attack. He cooked in the open on a home made concrete arch with two giant flat pans both three feet wide by 8 feet long. Tapped 300 to 400 trees with buckets. He never sold a drop of syrup, gave it all away. He brought the whole community together when it was sugaring time. Half a dozen guys would always show up to help collect. He was a mentor to so many people in way to many ways to ramble on here about. I once brought 80 gallons of sap to him and got 4 gallons of syrup back

I hope I can pass along his kindness and love of syrup to others.
Sorry for your loss Grazer I know how it feels just lose on of my mentors a few weeks ago
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Sorry to hear that Jim. Someone's passing is a time to reevaluate your own life and actions. I this case maybe I can pick up the touch??? it also reminds us of our own mortality and for me that is a good kick in the but to follow me dreams.
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I think the greatest way to honor this man and the people I have looked up to is to become someone else's mentor. I don't believe you wake up one day and say Ill be a mentor you just have it in you. Being 64 I have lost most of the generation before me but I'm made from them and hope what I'm doing is cool to the next generation.

Jonathan I see how you mentor the ones around you without knowing it
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A fellow tapper and good friend passed away this morning of a heart attack. He cooked in the open on a home made concrete arch with two giant flat pans both three feet wide by 8 feet long. Tapped 300 to 400 trees with buckets. He never sold a drop of syrup, gave it all away. He brought the whole community together when it was sugaring time. Half a dozen guys would always show up to help collect. He was a mentor to so many people in way to many ways to ramble on here about. I once brought 80 gallons of sap to him and got 4 gallons of syrup back

I hope I can pass along his kindness and love of syrup to others.
Did this guy have a name? Or did people just referred to him as ?
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