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    It's always additionally sad when you lose one of your own.

    R.I.P. John/sixthman. You'll be missed.

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    Sixthman was a regular poster I think, he had over 1600 posts.

    And to see he was last on here Jan. 6th.....

    Sad to hear about his death.
    Sad, sad news. Dang, here on January 6 and passing so quickly. Wow. Prayers to his family.
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    I posted this on RealGM and thought some of you may be interested:

    Some of you know this and some of you don't, but it was my good fortune to know Don in the world outside of RealGM. Regrettably, I couldn't claim him as more than an acquaintance in real life. His wife was my 8th grade teach at St. Michael's. We also had a connection through my sister and brother-in-law, both of whom are active in St. Michael's parish, through which my brother-in-law came to work with Don for a number of years in Don's Subway franchises.

    I had known from the moment my sister called me with the news that I would be going to pay my respects to Don and his family. However, the outpouring of genuine emotion from cyber-friends and strangers alike made it obvious that I had the opportunity to represent the community at his viewing. I don't know if many were aware of that there were pacerfan threads wishing condolences on the Lakers board, the Raptors board, and Pacers Digest. All told, there have been 187 posts on 18 pages at RealGM and another 27 posts at Pacers Digest.

    The viewing was held at the Church at St. Michael's in Indianapolis from 4 to 8 yesterday afternoon. I arrived at about 5 minutes after 4 pm to find the parking lot filling up. When I went in the main entrance, I found the line already stretching from the altar all the way back to the front door. In the church itself, they had about 8 or 10 easels with giant posterboards on which they had lovingly put pictures of Don at various stages of his life. The first one you came to had a picture of pf in his Pacer sweatshirt. All of the pictures told the story of a good sports fan, passionate about Pacers and Colts and Cardinals, a good family man, passionate about his loved ones, and basically, just a good, good man. You would need only to see the ever-present 1,000-watt smile to understand that this was a man who understood how blessed he really was.

    I stood in line, largely a stranger to most there, listening to the conversations going on around me. I was awestruck at the impact Don had and on the wealth of people whose lives he had touched. My wait was a little less than an hour, and by the time I left, the line had more than doubled in size, winding down into the basement of the church, and the parking lot and streets were filled to overflowing with cars.

    I got to spend a brief moment or two with his son, Jeb, and his wife. I offered my personal condolences, then told them of the reaction here on RealGM and on PD. Both spoke of how much he loved coming here, and his wife asked that I get her these posts. When she sees these, it will be just more evidence of the wealth of kindness and decency that Don brought out in others.

    As I left the church, I felt the sense of loss keenly. Oddly, it wasn't the loss of his presence that I regretted most. It was the lost opportunity I had to share more in his life. Those who knew and loved Don are hurting today, but they know they are the lucky ones.

    pacerfan's last post was on November 9, a little before 9 AM. He last visited the site on December 30.

    This is a hole that will never be filled.

    goodbye, pf
    goodbye, sixthman

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    Very sad.

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    my sincere condelences and thoughts are with Mr Bardon's family

    he will be missed by many


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    I remember sixthman. One of the up and coming posters a couple years back, always a bit of an enigma to me. Sad news.

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    R.I.P.
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    Default Re: A real loss to the Pacers fan family, the poster known as Sixthman and Pacerfan (realGM) has passed away

    Well, this is kinda different, but I was intrigued by my feelings of a virtual person in my world dying. So I decided to ask my priest about it (I'm Eastern Orthodox) and he gave an interesting reply.

    Below is the exchange (You can read my priest's blog at FatherStephen.com)


    Father Stephen:

    I’ve been posting on a message board for about ten years. (Regarding an NBA basketball team, the Indiana Pacers. Whatever.)

    We got the news today that a guy who posts on another board, “PacerFan” died. Ok. Slightly sad. Then we got the news that he goes by the name “Sixthman” on our board. We all know who he was. More said. But, obviously, not overwhelming.

    What does it mean in this modern age of digital interaction with persons, when we “know” someone but never interact with them in body or voice? I just got to wondering what to think of it, and if there is an Orthodox perspective.


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    January 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Dean,

    Thoughts about your friend, and “virtual relationships.” I could do a whole post on this, but I’ll spare you. I think that part of what is “godlike” about human beings is this capacity we have, even a need and a drive, to raise things to the level of personhood - and that given half a chance we’ll do it. Even if the relationship has no physical presence for us, we still can do this. It’s not as good as the relationship we know of each other that has the “whole person - body as well as soul” but it’s still something we human beings do. We do it to pets, we’ll do it to cartoons, etc.

    I think this is a good impulse and completely in keeping with something good in us.

    It’s opposite is the sinful drive to “depersonalize” which is something we do all too frequently - turning another person into less than person and objectifying them (usually so we can hurt them, etc.). Idolatry essentially has this component. It does not deal with God as person, but as object - which (though I know many do not understand this) is quite opposite of icons, where the person is not objectified but revealed to us. But that would take quite a post. Good to hear from you and hope all is well. May your friend pacerfan, may his memory be eternal.
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    I think that I met him on the ESPN boards when I first started the whole forum thing. Very sad. I hope that he didn't suffer. Cancer is such a disgusting sickness.

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    It sounds like Don lived well, was happy and had a lot of people celebrate his time here.

    I tip my hat to Don, those who came before him and those that will surely follow.

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    I was just looking through some old threads from last season and evertime I saw a post from Sixthman - I just couldn't believe that he was gone

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    Ugh. I come out of hiding and I see this. A belated condolence to my closest ally on PD's political boards, and to an astute poster on the Pacers as well. In my self-imposed exile and lack of time to follow NBA basketball closely, his name is on a (not very) short list of PD posters that I enjoyed my "virtual" friendship with.

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    When my Dad died, Sixthman gave the best response to the thread I started, telling the story of my father, who made headlines dying instantly in the pulpit preaching on heaven. He played for UCLA, and John Wooden made a comment for the funeral.

    Sixthman: "It doesn't get any better than that: an endorsement from God and John Wooden."
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    “People talk about how quiet he [McKey] is, but he’s really been helpful. He gives a lot of insight to players in how to guard certain teams and what their weaknesses are. The whole team listens to him, and it makes my job a lot easier. Having players like him is what pro basketball is all about for me.” —Larry Brown

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    Default Re: A real loss to the Pacers fan family, the poster known as Sixthman and Pacerfan (realGM) has passed away

    It's been forever since I've checked in. Thank you for leaving this at the top of the board. Sixthman was certainly a big part of these message boards. He will be missed.

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    Needed a bump for January...
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    What moved me the most was reading ABADays's post, reflecting on the death of Sixthman. I couldn't help but notice John's last signature, and I immediately wanted to make it my own.

    Since undoubtedly I'll be changing my signature again eventually (though perhaps never removing the quote), let me (just in case) share it in this post: The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.

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    I hate reading about the passing of a fellow fan and PD member, but it is a sad fact of life that everyone has their time. May he rest in peace and enjoy the game alongside Coach Wooden, Wilt and others.

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    In memory of 6th man.
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