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Oldgriz, Aka Tom Mullane - Memorial Service And Donations


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#21 RMN

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 21:42

So unreal.... I did not know him personally, or visited his website. But just a short while ago he so proudly showed the beautiful pics his daughter made on vacation, and we made banter about his new avatar. And now that has suddenly come to an end.

 

My thoughts go to his family.

 

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#22 Scrawler

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 00:37

This is very distressing. My deepest sympathies to Tom's family. I will miss his frequent contributions to this site, and to fountain pen culture in general.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 01:38

Somehow I am still sad about Tom's passing even though I never met him. His last avatar was prescient. 



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 02:17

I'm so sad to read this.

 

Oldgriz was such an asset to FPN and the fountain pen community at large. I always enjoyed reading his posts and appreciated his expertise and opinion.

 

He was an expert on Parker, especially his "favorite pen," the Parker 51. 


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Parker: Sonnet Flighter, Rialto Red Metallic Laque, IM Chiseled Gunmetal, Latitude Stainless, 45 Black, Duovac Blue Pearl Striped, 51 Standard Black, 21 Super Red, Vac Jr. Black, 51 Aero Black, 51 Vac Blue Cedar, Duofold Jr. Lapis, 51 Aero Demi Black, 51 Aero Demi Teal, 51 Aero Navy Gray, Duofold Pastel Moire Violet, Vac Major Golden Brown, Vac Deb. Emerald, 51 Vac Dove Gray, Vac Major Azure, Vac Jr. Silver Pearl, 51 Vac Black GF Cap, 51 Forest Green GF cap, Vac Jr. Silver Pearl, Duovac Senior Green & Gold, Duovac Deb. Black, Challenger Black, 51 Aero Midnight, Vac. Emerald Jr.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:36

My thoughts go out to his family and friends.  Tom repaired a number of Sheaffer and Parker pens for me.  He was fast, reliable, and we had some great laughs both here and through email.  He will be missed.

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:30

I heard about his passing last week from the thread started by his daughter. Even thought I never meet him in person, I was very shocked and saddened by the news. I always enjoyed reading his posts, he will definitely be missed.

 

My condolences go out to his family.

 

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#27 Aysedasi

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 12:11

Very late to this and saddened by the news.  I always regarded him as 'part of the furniture' here.  Condolences to the family and friends.  



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 19:02

Very sad news indeed ...
Though i never interacted with him online but always learnt many things from his posts..

My prayers are with his family
A very sad thing to happen to someone of his age
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#29 Silvermink

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 19:57

Wow, I'm really sorry to hear it. It'll be really weird not to see him around.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 20:02

I just saw this.

 

Condolences to the family. He was as asset here. He seemed to truly love his family. I know he will be missed.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 00:45

You all are so sweet for your thoughts and prayers, and the website is indeed still up. I wish I knew how to restore pens, all I know is basic maintenance, brands, and models. And with my school schedule I wouldn't have much time to work on the pens regardless.Thank you all so much, I'm sure you're prayers have contributed greatly to the calm that's been passing through our house recently. Thank all of you so much.



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:32

I am sad to hear this news. He will be greatly missed. My first 51 Special and my first Parker Vacumatic I purchased from him. He also serviced other pens of mine. 


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 18:41

So sorry to read this news, and so late, too.  I might have tried to drive down for the Memorial if I had known but I've been trying to avoid fountain pen purchases and this site always gets me into trouble.

 

I was just thinking about Tom or Oldgriz as I referred to him as I looked over at a pen I bought from him.

 

My best wishes for the family.

 

Zoe



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 17:35

I do often catch myself looking for Tom's latest contributions to a thread.  



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 05:30

Rest in Peace Old Griz! God Bless his family and friends.


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:46

i had the pleasure of chatting with him on the phone only once, in addition to being an invaluable asset to the community he was funny and just overall a good guy.  i will definitely miss his posts.  my thoughts and prayers are with the family.  



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 14:15

He was a man to listen too. Such are few and always missed.

My condolences to his family.


Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I try not use the term Easy Full Flex, but fail...sigh.

 

Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing with a touch of flair. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For bit more of that get a 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X.  Those are not "Flex" nibs. 

 

Odd, how many who should know better, compares Japanese F (which equals EF), with Western F, with out a second thought, but do not compare Japanese B with Western B.

 

Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens only; not the users of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.


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Posted 14 September 2014 - 22:03

I've been away from FPN for  a while. 

 

I am very sad to  hear of Tom's passing.  Old Griz was an intergral part of the community, and he had many friends here.



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 03:27

I've been away from FPN for  a while. 

 

I am very sad to  hear of Tom's passing.  Old Griz was an intergral part of the community, and he had many friends here.

Gone but not forgotten.. actually I just mentioned him in another thread..

Hope his family is doing well.. sigh.

 

Glad to see you back kenny : )



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 03:52

I was just thinking of him, wondering how long it's been.  Hard to believe it's been a year already.






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