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Remembering Z-Ghost (aka, Catpire)

Discussion in 'The HHV Army' started by Bronze, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. Trick

    Trick Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I didn't cross paths with Z much, being a relative newcomer around here, but what really stood out for me was his sense of humor... which is sort of why I felt a need say this:

    I get the feeling he'd find it amusing that, of all days, today was the one that it finally dawned on me why people call him Catpire.
     
  2. icepoet

    icepoet Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I remember many conversations - not all of which I joined, but enjoyed reading - and was always struck by how pleasant, friendly, and helpful this guy with the zombie-vampire, and later catpire, avatar was.

    I recall how I once asked what battery to get for my first tube mod. Z told me what to get and where, for a great price. A small thing, but it made my life a little easier.

    And that's how a lot of us seem to remember him, for the small everyday kindnesses that ease the worry of a stressful world. I hope this virtual place did the same for him.

    I can only rest knowing that Z - Phil - has awoken from the dream of this life to a larger truth, a gentler place, where pain is not even a memory. Godspeed, my friend.
     
  3. Burly

    Burly Molon Labe Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 23, 2012
    Park Hills, MO, U.S.A.
    The Army lost a great man. I will certainly miss those late evening forum chats. It is truly strange to be feeling loss and remorse for a man I never actually met. Rest in Peace, my friend. You will be missed.
     
  4. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Tar Heel State
    It's been 16 hours since I learned you left us Z. And I still can't believe it. I don't think I ever will. I think of all the times we wrote each other on the thread and in private and I kept telling you to fight those Demons. Never give up. Never let them win. Never let them take you down. But it was always easy for me to say. I didn't have to live day after day in pain. They can't hurt you anymore Z. You won. You left your mark on me. You taught me to be brave. To be happy in the face of pain. To be the toughest son of a ..... I know how. I coined you the Catpire because of your picture. But more fitting, in life you were someone who could fight the Demons who wanted to take you down yet you were soft and warm inside. So few people can do that. Thank you for teaching me. God Bless you! I miss you Catpire!
     
  5. Chakris

    Chakris Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Aug 22, 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand
    As I mentioned on THE BIG THREAD how awkward it felt to be shedding tears for someone you never met, save through text messages on a forum. Z_Ghost (Phil) was a mentor to many of us who were new to vaping and to HHV he gave sound advice and was never condescending to us newbies. I enjoyed reading his comments and chatting with him while I was ending my day at work and I'll always remember his love for good food that he was always sorry for eating afterwards.

    The Night Shift on HHV's BIG THREAD is darker now and lonelier without his presence - you are missed Z_Ghost as is your pet Catpire.
    My prayers go out to his family and friends - take comfort in his memory and know that he is not suffering any more.
     
  6. Bodach

    Bodach Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 3, 2012
    Georgia
    I don't know what to say. I was still getting to know him. He was always so kind to me, and understood my humor, even when I was being over-the-top silly. Every time I would see that avatar respond to me, I would smile before even reading the message. I would loved to have met him.

    Dammit, just a good person.

    No words. RIP.
     
  7. Chakris

    Chakris Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Aug 22, 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Please, let me know if I'm wrong but I think this was Z_Ghost's last post on the forum - only nine days before he passed away:


     
  8. Calico1964

    Calico1964 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 1, 2012
    Virginia
    He was a good man and he will be missed. Sending out prayers and love to all of his family and friends.
     
  9. Pappy

    Pappy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 15, 2012
    Dallas, Tx
    That brought back a lot of memories of him . . . and made me smile.
     
  10. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Tar Heel State
    Indeed it did Pap. He talked about all the stuff he craved all the time and forced himself to back off (best he could). Good remembrance Chak!
     
  11. Pappy

    Pappy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 15, 2012
    Dallas, Tx
    One more thought for Z_Ghost. Mark Twain once said:

    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

    I think Philip must have been prepared to die.
     
  12. amyc75

    amyc75 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2013
    Connecticut
    So sorry to hear this. I didn't know Philip, but I see how much he impacted all of you. I'm so sorry for your loss.
     
  13. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Tar Heel State
    That was nice Amy. Philip was a great guy. You would have liked him very much. He was a big part of the Army to be sure and he's left a big hole in this forum.
     
  14. Gummy Bare

    Gummy Bare Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 2, 2012
    San Diego, California
    Wow, I’ve missed so much in the big thread lately. I remember him saying he wasn't feeling too good just the other day. I didn't realize what had happened until I started noticing everyone I was talking with today had the same avatar.

    Thoughts and prayers out to his family. Sad to see a member of the army go. Hope he’s in a better place and he’s vaping the good stuff.
     
  15. YoTone

    YoTone Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 30, 2013
    Philly
    from what i read he died from the flu?

    was there some underlying conditions on top of that?
     
  16. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Tar Heel State
    Yes YoTone. Z suffered from Crohn's Disease. He suffered quite a bit from it. He was on Humira which afflicts his immune system. He got the flu and it persisted and his body simply could not fight it off and it ultimately took his life. Z was only 55. He was a very nice person and a very big part of our HHV community. He is missed greatly.
     
  17. YoTone

    YoTone Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 30, 2013
    Philly
    jesus that sucks.

    so a simple flu shot would of prevented this?
     
  18. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    The Tar Heel State
    Not necessarily. It's not that simple. Yes, it sucks. It's a risk Crohn's patients take. Suffer from the disease or take meds that break down your immune system. Just not fair!
     
  19. MostlySunny

    MostlySunny Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 17, 2012
    Arizona
    I do not know the details at all, I'm not sure anyone here knows specifics, but Humira is an immunosuppressant, which can suppress enough to not react to any vaccine (your body needs to be making antibodies in order for a vaccine to be effective).

    I do know he was one of my top 10 favorite people here, and I was missing him a good month before he left this world.
     
  20. Hulamoon

    Hulamoon ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    May 6, 2012
    Waikiki Hawaii
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