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George Balfour (gbal on this site)

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Only just seen this.  What a tragedy! :(

George's contribution to this site, and to the wider shooting community is I'm sure highly valued and appreciated.  He's a man of patience, generosity and intellect and how pleasant it has been discussing shooting (and non shooting) related topics with George in the background, as well as via the forum.  George has been a breath of fresh air, a more  erudite and gentlemanly chap you'd be hard pushed to find.  Rarely ever a cross word, and has taken the odd rebuff by those more indisposed to ignorance and lack of manners in a very Christian and gentle manner, which has been so typical of George.

I'm very sorry that this terrible illness has beset George.  My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.  Sorry too Les that you've been hard hit by this.  Please pass my sincere good wishes to George and I do hope that there's something that can be done for him.

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I think all of us will say a pray for him and ask for a miracle so George Can recover and be back on this forum. Les a pray will be said for you for keeping your strength and helping you along with George family through this difficult time.

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Very sad to read this. I have never met George but loved his contribution to this site. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family 

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I've only just seen this its so sad that a man of this stature as such an even handed  commentator and  obvious gentleman should be struck down with such an awful condition.

 My profound hope that a miracle can happen and he can recover he has always been so  eloquent in his posts.i have never had the pleasure of meeting him but my best wishes  go out to his family and friends.

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Very sad news. I always enjoyed reading his posts, which were always informative, witty and good mannered. Its terrible that he could be struck down with such a truly cruel condition. You're in our thoughts.

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Very sad news I have a lot of respect for George. Terrible to have such an illness.

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Very sad news my sympathy goes out to all that will be effected by this , I've never had the pleasure of meeting the man but was always reading his post on this site and to me he was like the Shooters Bible and more.

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My sincere thoughts to George and his family.  The man is a giant of knowledge, generosity and courtesy.  Very best wishes to all.

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I’m sure I won’t be alone to say it is a shocking diagnosis. 

George was a true academic and I could not imagine a more terrible illness in the circumstances. 

 

 

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A specialist from Edinburgh visited George today and gave his opinion to his son and daughter this afternoon.    It is his opinion that it is certain that George is suffering from a variant of CJD and will slowly deteriorate over an indeterminate period of time.    The only way CJD can be confirmed is by autopsy,  so there is no known cure.

His daughter told me today that although he was partially lucid,  he had periods of falling asleep during conversations.     The family are now going to discuss as to when George is removed from hospital as there is nothing they can do for him and goes into a hospice or care home and nature will take its course.

I will visit George this week and hope that he is able to talk albeit briefly.

Cheers,  Les

 

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Having started reading UKV about 18 months or so, it wasn't long before I read the first of many of George's 'wall-of-text-ballistic-table-quoting'-replies, that had clearly taken considerable time and effort to prepare. He clearly has a true love for the sport and - what appears at times - an encyclopaedic knowledge.

George has always come across as a true gent. I wish him and his family all the best.

 

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Les, is there anything we can do? Would something like a card sent round-robin for us to sign and a donation to flowers or some similar gesture be acceptable to George and his family?

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7 hours ago, VarmLR said:

Les, is there anything we can do? Would something like a card sent round-robin for us to sign and a donation to flowers or some similar gesture be acceptable to George and his family?

A nice gesture but unfortunately there is nothing that can be done.  I have copied responses to this posting and forwarded them to his family.  They have replied with their thanks to all.  That should suffice for the time being.  I am going in to visit George tomorrow and if he is lucid and awake I will read some out to him.   Hopefully soon he will be out of hospital and into a better and quieter facility to look after him.  

Many thanks.  Les

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I'm very to sorry to hear about George

On another note, have any plans been put in place to secure his firearms to avoid any potential problems upon his passing?

This is vitally important as I found out last year, as the last thing his family and widow need is to be burdened with dealing with the authorities and a bunch of guns

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56 minutes ago, bradders said:

I'm very to sorry to hear about George

On another note, have any plans been put in place to secure his firearms to avoid any potential problems upon his passing?

This is vitally important as I found out last year, as the last thing his family and widow need is to be burdened with dealing with the authorities and a bunch of guns

This matter has already been initially mentioned as the Police had to come to his home and have removed his firearms.

George apparently left instructions that in the event of any problem with health etc,  then the family should contact me and discuss the disposal of his firearms/equipment etc.    His daughter has confirmed this.

At this time it is too early to be discussed in detail and I await any family decisions as and when they see fit.

I did go and visit George today and his son, daughter in law were present.    He seemed to be in better fettle and managed to get complete sentences out but it was in fits and starts generally.    But I did show him some of the comments made on this site and he managed to smile so understood that people were asking after him.

Les

 

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Sorry to hear this Les, my thoughts are with all effected.

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A truly wicked twist of fate that such an eloquent person as Gbal be afflicted with this terribly debilitating disease.  My heart goes out to George and his family and close friends.

Mike

 

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My thoughts are with George and his family at this difficult time

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