Remembering DavyMid Two Years Later

Submitted by: richanddead 9 months ago in Science

Just wanted to bump this old post (originally submitted by richanddead) from last year in memory of everyone's friend, Dr. David Middleton, aka, Davymid. He passed away on the evening of December 31, 2014 and I was thinking about him a couple nights ago on New Year's Eve.

Davymid was a great person -- an awesome husband, a cool dad to his young daughter, and a geophysicist. I almost got to hang out with him when he was going to be a part of a TED Talk about oil exploration at the Long Beach Convention Center, but his plans got postponed and he passed away not too long afterwards. I regret we never got a chance to hang out. Even though we only talked on I-A-B and through instant messages, I still considered him a great friend. --Fancylad


Originally posted on April 23, 2015

Hey guys, I've been in contacted by Davy's wife and she asked me to discuss something with you all.

As you all know our friend Davymid passed away this past New Year's Eve after a lengthy illness at the age the age of 38. Davy was survived by his loving wife and young daughter and even though they are going through a tremendously sad time in their life, they wanted to start a youth education fund to honor their loved one.

David was a big believer in the sciences and especially educating the younger generations about nature, the environment, science and anything to do with rocks. Davy was an IAB regular, he was also one of IAB"s best and longest serving top moderators.

Please help Davy's family in accomplishing their goal by donating some money. If you can't donate right now, favorite this post so you at least have the option of donating later. But even if you can't, at the very least help spread the word of this fund in any way you can, I know Davy's wife and young daughter would be extremely thankful.

Please guys, lets show who we really are and what IAB can do. Let"s help make this family's dream come true. They have been through so much already and here is something we can do to not only help them, but also honor our friend Davymid.

[The fund's page seems to be down now, but if anyone knows if Davy's wife is still taking donations, please add that information in the thread. --Fancy]
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Male 141
@ any luck finding a way to donate? Or am I missing it in the thread? 
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Male 4,099
J-Dog: No your not missing it I just haven't received a reply yet.
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Male 4,099
I don't know if Davy's wife is still taking donations but I'll send them an E-mail and see if they are. 
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Male 20,920
richanddead Thanks -- I hope it's still going on. I want to kick in.
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Female 1,605
This is so sad.  :(
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Male 3,147
Man... two years has gone by way too fast.  Hope his family are doing ok.
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Male 361
Fancy, if the donation page ever goes back online (or if there is another one with a link that works) let us know, yeah? I'd donate for Davymid's cause
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Male 5,167
Davy you live here.
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Male 4,953
Davymid was one of the best individuals it's ever been my pleasure to meet on here. Rest in Peace.
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Male 707
You're not forgotten, Davy. RIP
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Male 3,431
I agree with A.J. there are a few folks around here that I believe I would be friends with IRL and Davy was among them. My sincere condolences to his family.
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Male 1,421
He really was a great guy, IAB is not gonna be the same without him.
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Male 3,058
I received an absolutely wonderful e-mail in response from Davy`s wife. My wife and I are exploring the option of going up to the Maritime Provinces later this summer. If we do so, we will keep you posted.
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Male 4,099
@osirisascend:

Absolutely, I`ll do it right now.
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Male 3,058
Hey richanddead, can you contact me at this e-mail address? Davy was a good friend, and I`d like to send his family personal condolences as well.

[email protected]
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Male 2,637
Never too soon to look after your health...

My best friend passed away due to issues with his heart...he was 29.
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Male 13,630
Still quite shocked at the number of regular IAB`ERS names not up on here really am
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Male 729
"Please guys, lets show who we really are..."

auburnjunky: "Why the drat does this have a 3.6? You downvoters can all go die in a fire, and I hope your family dies of dysentary."

Mission Accomplished!
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Male 128
Thanks Lemoncurry. I had to relearn how to wal correctly, dress myself, bathe, tie my shoes. It was a bitch, but at least I was able to recover all that. I`m still partially blind from it, but am scheduled to see a specialist next week, so fingers crossed.
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Male 7,378
RIP Davymid.
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Male 1,104
jayme21,

I think everyone who has posted here has already contributed. Some are able to donate money, some might only be able to donate well-meaning thoughts or perhaps the effort of spreading Davy`s ideals, but all and every effort is appreciated in my opinion.

kelfred,
thanks for the advice, and I hope you`ll make a swift recovery. A good friend of mine had a stroke when he was in his 20s, and it took him a while to recover both physically and mentally. But he did and so will you.
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Male 1,162
Sad to read this. I`m sorry.
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Male 128
I can appreciate your point about sparing a dollar, so I will clarify. Health Insurance hasn`t paid thousands of dollars of my med bills and I still have more treatments and appointments in the future that I fully expect they will only pay a portion of. I am those thousands of dollars in debt now. I`ve already emptied my 401k so I can afford my rent and groceries. I`ll be selling my car shortly. I don`t have anything to spare right now, I`m actually upside down in debt and expect it to get worse. My heart goes out and I do empsthize, but that`s all I can do. As useless as that is
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Female 4,447
I know I haven`t been around much, lately, so I only saw this a few days ago. I`m still in a bit of shock that one of our own is gone. Davy was a good guy and we won`t be the same without him.
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Male 684
Kelfred & Llaa
[quote] Anonymous
donated $1.00
FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2015
RIP" [/quote]

It`s Canadian Dollars surely you can spare 1 dollar. If everyone who couldn`t help did that it would add up
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Male 1,692
I wish I could help with donating but I`m in the same boot as a few others: too sick to work and barely getting by myself.

Here`s how I think I can best help.

One of the best methods at ensuring we don`t have stroke/ heart issues while we`re relatively young is what I heard from a 98 year old man.

He told me the secret to longevity is tons of work and play while he was a child.

So parents: please make sure your children go outside & get their hearts pumping and growing while they have their adolescent & teenage manic energy.
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Male 128
Soeey, I`d like to contribute but am recovering from having a massive stroke myself, lost my job, no income, and health insurance doesn`t pay everything. As another poster said, get your blood pressure checked! do it regularly. I was only 44 when it happened and had just seen my cardiologist about two weeks before the stroke. I went to the gym and did cardio 3-4x/weekm took my blood pressure meds. stroked out anyway. Take care folks
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Male 946
May davymid rest in peace. I`ve always enjoyed his posts, comments, and opinions...even if they were different than mine. Godspeed Davy.
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Male 5,167
McGovern1981 i.i.r.c he had a heart faillure. After this sad news i started to control my blood pressure everyday. Pressure issues are not so rare, and they are called the silent killer cause they don`t give signs. Guys please check your pressure often.
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Male 2,309
Damn. This is awful.
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Male 10,855
Late jumping on the bandwagon here. Damn 38, way too young. Won`t be until June till I can donate some money. Rest in peace buddy.
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Male 14,331
Any idea what illness he had that`s too bad.
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Male 4,099
@sourkraut:

Holy cow, that`s so awesome! Thank you so much, and yes it definitely helps! In fact I`ll write Davy`s family right now and let them know, that should make them very happy.
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Male 369
I`ve been lurking on this site for about 5 years now.
Only really interacted with two people. David was one of those.
Just gave this a $200 nudge. Hope it helps.
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Male 2,637
I agree with @ferdyfred..

People should have more respect for a good man who gave time to help with this site we all enjoy, and to share his wisdom and insights with us.

While I certainly am not being forced to click this link amongst many others, I appreciate seeing it at the top of the page.

Cheers to Davy.
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Male 13,630
@richanddead For trolling this post I would ban him/her end of, thats just NO
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Male 4,099
We should focus ourselves on raising money. Right now this post has been visited by 11767 people. If every one just donated at the very least $1. We would have already doubled the amount that Davymid`s family is hoping for with even more to spare.

Look everybody has bills, everybody has debts, but if we could just scrape up some spare change we could do it. People can make their donations anonymous, even if you can only spare $1 that`s not something to be ashamed of, that`s $1 more than literally thousands of others have given.

We can do this but only if people give something, anything. No amount is too little, seriously, NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL!.
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Male 4,099
@whodat6484 and @auburnjunky:


One of our resident trolls was on two nights ago and tried to start a flame war. I deleted his comments before anyone saw, but the post downvoted after I did that. I`m assuming it was him.

This isn`t a run-of-the-mill post, so I wanted everyone to keep their focus on Davymid and his family, not on feeding trolls. But he knows who he is and if he does it again, he`ll get a vacation until this post is done running, if not longer.
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Male 3,908
I`ll certainly raise my glass in his memory and donate to this worthy cause in his name. He was a good man and always brought something of value to the table here, he will be missed.

@auburnjunky - That pissed me off too when I noticed it. How anyone would feel the need to downvote a post like this is beyond me.
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Male 1,116
Damn, I still can`t believe this. I haven`t visited this site much in the past few years, but I started browsing again a few months ago, and I kept wondering why davymid never posted anymore.

I can`t believe that this is the reason why. I don`t think I`ve ever been so sad to hear about the death of a person that I`ve never even met. IAB will never be quite the same.

Next time I drink a good beer, I`ll be sure to raise my glass to davy.
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Male 13,630
Some good folk here, missing a lot more mind - where are you? daily commenters - you know who you are !
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Male 7,123
Too young. I knew him only on-line, but as always even-tempered, fair-minded and amused. He was witty and told a good story, a man who had taken charge of his life.
My condolences to his family. A good man gone.
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Male 10,338
Why the drat does this have a 3.6?

You downvoters can all go die in a fire, and I hope your family dies of dysentary.
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Male 4,745
I had no idea. My condolences.
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Male 995
I have no words to express how sorry I am. Davy`s contributions were always well received and his insight surpassed many, certainly myself.
My most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
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Male 3,147
Hear hear, Madduck.
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Female 8,058
Well-your brother was a good guy, clever, passionate and informed. He had enormous respect here as well as great liking. A great loss...
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Male 132
Davy was my brother, I`d like to thank IAB on behalf of the family for your donations and comments, means a lot.
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Female 2,761
Oh man. I had no idea. Feel like I lost a friend. RIP
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Male 1,104
This is so sad to hear about David`s passing away. All of a sudden there is a face and a wonderful character behind the IAB alias. The Science Education Fund is a wonderful cause and I`m glad that David`s memory will live on this way.

Sorry for getting all sentimental, but I raise my glass to David, and if you want, you can join in with my favorite interpretation of the Parting Glass
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@richanddead
Good one - come on guys n gals Davy was a mainframe of IAB
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Female 9,572
I wish I had the money to donate money, but I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.
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Male 17,511
Davy was a great moderator and even though we disagreed, at times, he was amicable and fair minded.

My heart goes out towards his young family and everyone that knew him personally.
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Female 1,580
I just found out last week that he had passed :( I am surprised I didnt know sooner! Bookmarked the donation page so I can donate once I get paid soon! RIP Davymid, we love you!
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Female 8,058
I have posted this elsewhere too...I have a few friends who may chip in, a very worthy cause.
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Male 10,338
What.

Davy was one of my favorite people on here. We often exchanged opinions, and thoughts, and always in a civil manner.

I`m seriously tearing up right now. This is the first I`ve heard of this.

I am 39. He is one of the people on here that I would truly have been pals with, had we known each other IRL.
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Male 4,099
@ferdyfred:

That was discussed before the post was even made, we really haven`t chosen an end date yet but I can assure you it will be up at the top for a couple of days at the very least.

But I agree with you, people get paid on different days and not everyone hits the site everyday. I wanted to at least make sure it got up this weekend because that is usually when we have the most traffic.
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Male 1,745
My condolences everyone, his family and friends. Though I didn`t know him personally, he was one guy on here that I thought was a good guy in real life.
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Male 2,389
Sent something, hope they reach the goal and go past it.
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Male 13,630
Mods - is there any way of `pinning` this post at the top for a week so everyone can see it and donate if able?
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Male 13,630
Just Donated - still shocked that he passed away at 38 - no age at all...
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Male 189
I`m so sorry to hear about this. I hope the donations go well.
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Male 25,416
Currently sitting at 995, we know we can do better then that.
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Male 5,189
Hands down he was the one of the best people on this site. I was still shocked to find out.

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Male 3,651
This is awesome!

Though my own troubles prevent me from donating currently, but I certainly shall consider once I get my ducks in a row.
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Male 156
Done and donated. I don`t have much, but every little helps I hope.
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Female 8,058
I shall mark this and donate once the rent is paid...
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Male 7,943
Never met the guy but he was great to talk to on this site. I loved his perspective and knowledge. A worthwhile cause worth my time to donate.
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Male 3,058
Davymid was one of the coolest members of this site, and one of only three of you that I have actually met and became friends with.
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Male 4,099
Link: In Davymid`s Memory [Pic+] [Rate Link] - Hey guys, I`ve been in contacted by Davy`s wife and she asked me to discuss something with you all.
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