Just logged on tonight to get in on the discussion of the NYE show. After the run of shows in November I hadn't been on the site hardly at all. Shocked to learn about Chester, so very sad. I mostly lurk but join in sporadically, and when I did Chester often welcomed me to the conversation, which was much appreciated. Thanks to all who shared memories, especially Sue and Em. And to Zipster for all his help. Peace.
Chester, I miss you so very much. I am having such a hard time adjusting to your not being here. I know that you would be proud of all the love and caring everyone has shown. I had a great time New Year's, with friends that you know from FOJC. Your love is everywhere. I think that my tears during Brokedown Palace helped me along the healing process.
My name's Gary T. Wheat (not to be confused with Gary J. Wheat, my dear father) and Bruce (Chester) was my uncle. He was family and I loved him. Regrettably, though, I knew very little about him, his lifestyle, his friends, or his interests. For as long as I can remember I only got to see him once or twice a year, even though we lived within 15 miles of one another.
Becoming aware of this community and seeing the incredible outpouring of love and support has been truly inspiring. The photographs and memories you've all shared are so strikingly similar to the experiences that I've had with my friends travelling to shows and music festivals throughout my twenties (I just turned 30 in August). I wish I could have made the connection sooner, and found some way to share even a small piece of this with him before he passed.
A number of you tuned in to watch the live stream of the funeral. We had some technical difficulties towards the beginning, but hopefully you guys were able to see and hear some of the great memories that were being shared on that day. I wanted to share with you all the video memorial that was being displayed on the screen at the church, since it was mostly YOUR photographs (that I pulled from this very message board) that were used to create it:
Hi Gary, I'm so glad to have you here at Terrapin Nation!!
Thank you very much for the video, and for streaming the service! I can't even big to tell you how much it meant to me to be able to be at the service virtually. There's a thread a page or two back that those of us online were using during the service, your stream was appreciated by all of us. It's such a painful time, but being together "at" the service was very comforting. I loved your Uncle like a brother, and miss him terribly. I really wish you two had been able to spend some time at shows together, I know you would have had fun! And if you're ever at a Dead show, there's a whole community here that would love to meet you and tell you stories!
Thank you again for the incredibly beautiful video, it brought back so many great memories. And the family shots of young Bruce are absolutely priceless!! I'm going to go watch it again now. I just need a couple more tissues.