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IN MEMORIAM, FReeper PrettyInPink
self ^ | 3-01-2005 | Frank M. Pohole

Posted on 03/01/2005 6:47:04 PM PST by Cacique

In Memoriam FReeper PrettyInPink




Thomas C. Ranney
January 13, 1950 - February 4, 2005




This past February 4th fellow FReeper and fellow conspirator Tom Ranney passed away unexpectedly after a short illness brought about to a severe reaction to a blood thinner prescribed by his doctor. He leaves behind a wife Debbie and a teenage daughter. He was only 55 years old.

I should have started this thread a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to post some pictures with it and it took me forever just to find the shots I have here. There are still many shots I have not found. But we can't delay this any longer. It's time to post the thread. In a way it was fortuitous, as it allowed a greater amount of time to reflect on Tom and what he meant to those who knew him.

I first met Tom on the website Talkspot.com after James Golden (AKA Bo Snerdly) left the Rush Limbaugh show to start on his own internet fed talkshow in a budding internet radio experiment. As fans of James, who had his own local show on WABC 770 in New York (The James and Joel show on weekends) we followed him there. Tom was already at that time a member of FReeRepublic, one of many FReepers that lurked around at Talkspot.com. The experiment lasted barely a year before Talkspot.com folded and the experiment ended. At the time I was running a website and set up a bulletin board where talkspot refugees could come and hang out. Because of the family atmosphere on talkspot we all became friends and acquainted with James on a personal level. James would come to the FReeper Talkspot BBQ's that we set up on both the west coast and here. It was at our first East coast BBQ that I finally got to personally meet Tom, who had been a voice on the phone who called the talkshows. It was there that we also both met James.


Tom and James Golden trade barbs at our East coast BBQ

Although Tom had a doctorate in economics, he found he made a better living as an IT and computer consultant guy. We were both fans of Steve Malzberg (Tom was a frequent caller to his show) at WABC radio, as well, and it was through Tom that I ended up doing a brief stint as Steve's webmaster.


Tom, me and Steve Malzberg at WABC studios.

Tom was a great conversationalist and had a great sense of humor. Maybe I think that because he laughed at all of my jokes. I found in Tom a kindred spirit with whom I agreed with politically 99% of the time. We spent many an hour speaking on the phone about politics and all things computers. I will miss those conversations. He was very actively involved in New Jersey republican politics and contributed both his time and money to the cause. He used to get dispirited as elections have not been going the Republican way in New Jersey for some time now. Being from New York, I rightfully understood how he felt.

He had wanted to spend his retirement in friendlier surroundings and had planned his retirement in better climes down south. To that end he had bought land in North Carolina and was planning on building a house by a lake and retiring there after his daughter Sarah graduated school. It is a shame and it hurts to think that those plans will never materialize for Tom. Dreams and hopes dashed by providence. Tom's life and experience once more teaches me that though we are actors in the play of life, someone else is writing the script. We think we're in charge of our lives and our plans, when nothing could be further from the truth.

I will miss Tom dearly. I hope he is in a better place, for we shall all be soon joining him. I keep thinking that they have access to the internet in the great beyond and Tom is there cruising the net on his laptop. I kind of think he's reading this thread.

I know that FReepers are among the most generous people. His wife Sarah has asked that anyone who would like to celebrate Tom's life can make a contribution in Tom’s name to the AGAPE soup kitchen, which is run from The Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ, 07090. His daughter Sarah has been volunteering at this mission for a very long time and the money will go to a very good use and help many people. ALL of the money goes directly to feeding people. Everyone is a volunteer and the administrative costs are picked up by the church. There is no overhead, your money goes directly to feeding people. Just the kind of program a conservative ought to support.


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1 posted on 03/01/2005 6:47:04 PM PST by Cacique
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To: JDoutrider

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2 posted on 03/01/2005 6:47:33 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Clemenza; nutmeg; firebrand; RaceBannon; Yehuda; hellinahandcart; cyborg; rmlew

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3 posted on 03/01/2005 6:50:19 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: 67hd

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4 posted on 03/01/2005 6:52:13 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Cacique

I am so very sorry to see this. RIP Tom, wish I had known you better.


5 posted on 03/01/2005 6:53:26 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: Cacique

Prayers for a fellow freeper and his family. May he rest in peace.


6 posted on 03/01/2005 6:54:13 PM PST by kenth (I love the smell of burning troll in the morning.)
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To: King Prout; Neets; timpad; trussell; Victoria Delsoul; Darksheare; GVgirl; OSHA; scott0347; ...
IN MEMORIAM

R.I.P.

-Sincerely, G.J.P.(Jr.)

7 posted on 03/01/2005 6:56:45 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Farewell to another family member...after a while, that's what FR becomes to you, a family.


8 posted on 03/01/2005 6:59:11 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is not conservative!)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

God bless him.


9 posted on 03/01/2005 7:00:24 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Cacique
What a really very nice tribute to your friend!

God Bless you and his family.

10 posted on 03/01/2005 7:00:41 PM PST by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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To: Cacique

It's so sad when the good die early. May God bless and sustain his wife and their daughter, Sarah.


11 posted on 03/01/2005 7:03:09 PM PST by xJones
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

RIP

Thanks for the ping.


12 posted on 03/01/2005 7:03:41 PM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Happygal; LoudRepublicangirl; ETERNAL WARMING; freedom44; jocon307; John Robinson; Borges; gonzo; ..
The FreeRepublic family loses yet another member.

:(

-Sincerely, G.J.P. (Jr.)

13 posted on 03/01/2005 7:04:48 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Cacique

Cacique,Sorry to hear Tom is gone.His wife and daughter must be heartbroken,prayers,fatima


14 posted on 03/01/2005 7:09:45 PM PST by fatima
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To: Cacique; PrettyInPink

Another name added to the memorial wall.
Rest well, in peace PrettyinPink.


15 posted on 03/01/2005 7:11:59 PM PST by Darksheare (Tagline error. Expected file 'zot.class' not present. Contact site Admin.)
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To: Larry Lucido; Fiddlstix; BrooklynGOP; USMCVIETVET; bad company; TheBigB; AngieGOP; mhking; ...
Another chapter closes.

-Sincerely, G.J.P.(Jr.)

16 posted on 03/01/2005 7:12:08 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Cacique

What caring and kind words. PrettyInPink -LOL Thank you for helping us know him better.


17 posted on 03/01/2005 7:12:12 PM PST by Libertina (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Thanks for the ping.

You're about to have mail.


18 posted on 03/01/2005 7:13:19 PM PST by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Libertina

RIP, PrettyInPink. The good die young. V's wife.


19 posted on 03/01/2005 7:15:40 PM PST by ventana
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To: Coleus

a fellow Jersey FReeper


20 posted on 03/01/2005 7:15:40 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Destro; Big Giant Head; TaxRelief; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; shaggy eel; bayourod; radiohead; ...
Remembrance ping.

A fellow FReeper has passed on.

-Sincerely, G.J.P.(Jr.)

21 posted on 03/01/2005 7:19:50 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Cacique

He looks familiar!

he was too young!

I am sorry your friend is gone.


22 posted on 03/01/2005 7:23:37 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: Cacique

Rest in Peace, Tom. You fought the good fight - and look at what good was done!


23 posted on 03/01/2005 7:27:15 PM PST by dandelion
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To: Cacique

Thank you for an excellent post. My sympathies go out to his family.


24 posted on 03/01/2005 7:28:28 PM PST by Twinkie ( I'm testing to see how many people read taglines. So far, at least two smarties.)
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A very heartfelt eulogy, in my opinion.

A FReeper remembers.

-Sincerely, G.J.P. (Jr.)

25 posted on 03/01/2005 7:34:14 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Cacique

R.I.P.
26 posted on 03/01/2005 7:34:31 PM PST by freedom44
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To: Cacique; Do not dub me shapka broham; Salvation

Prayers for the repose of his soul.


27 posted on 03/01/2005 7:40:20 PM PST by Coleus (God gave us the right to life and self preservation and a right to defend ourselves and families)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Never would have guessed PrettyinPink was a dude's name. Happy trails, my friend.


28 posted on 03/01/2005 7:40:28 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Allegra; annyokie; BigSkyFreeper; MikeinIraq; nopardons; NYer; RushCrush; RandallFlagg; ...
Memorial ping.

-Godspeed, G.J.P.(Jr.)

29 posted on 03/01/2005 7:42:54 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Cacique

May this good man rest in peace.


30 posted on 03/01/2005 7:45:44 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Cacique; Do not dub me shapka broham; 4woodenboats; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Accountable One; ...
Prayer ping.

Please post your replies to Cacique


Thomas C. Ranney
January 13, 1950 - February 4, 2005


Cacique, My prayers go up for family of Thomas C. Ranney. God's Peace and comfort to all who mourn his passing. Lord, please surround this family with your angels. Provide them family with comfort and peace. Take away their fear. Surround them with your love. In Jesus' precious name. Amen

Do not dub me shapka broham - thank you for the ping.

Blessings,
trussell

If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

31 posted on 03/01/2005 7:47:55 PM PST by trussell (I Never Frown, even when I am sad, because I never know who is falling in love with my Smile!!!)
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To: Cacique

May he rest in peace and may God console his family.


32 posted on 03/01/2005 7:49:21 PM PST by AngieGOP (I never met a woman who became a stripper because she played with Barbie dolls as a kid.)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham; Cacique
Thanks for the ping.

RIP Tom, may your family always remember you well and with love and may GOD give you the strength and comfort you now need. Know that his friends will miss him almost as much as you.

33 posted on 03/01/2005 7:49:59 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Godspeed, PrettyinPink.


34 posted on 03/01/2005 7:51:38 PM PST by annyokie (Laissez les bons temps rouler !)
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To: Jim Robinson

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35 posted on 03/01/2005 7:51:41 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Cacique

36 posted on 03/01/2005 7:53:00 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Alberta's Child; Dead Corpse; Grampa Dave; Rise of South Park Republicans; DainBramage; blackie; ...
Another name to add to the Wall, unfortunately.

R.I.P.

-Sincerely, G.J.P.(Jr.)

37 posted on 03/01/2005 7:57:13 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Cacique

May he rest in peace!


38 posted on 03/01/2005 7:57:59 PM PST by Mears ("Call me irresponsible".)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham; Cacique

R.I.P. PrettyinPink


39 posted on 03/01/2005 7:59:40 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Liberalism is a theory based on conspiracies.)
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To: Cacique

Prayers for Tom and his Family.


40 posted on 03/01/2005 7:59:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Cacique; hellinahandcart; trussell; MeekOneGOP; petuniasevan; Hillarys nightmare; EggsAckley; ...

Yet another has gone Home....


41 posted on 03/01/2005 8:01:19 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: RightWingAtheist
Farewell to another family member...after a while, that's what FR becomes to you, a family.

Amen to that!

42 posted on 03/01/2005 8:02:55 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Cacique

Beautiful job of honoring your dear friend.


43 posted on 03/01/2005 8:03:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: diamond6; So Cal Rocket; Brasil; SoCal Pubbie; Dutchgirl; OXENinFLA; xsmommy; MIT-Elephant; ...
Memorial ping.
44 posted on 03/01/2005 8:03:56 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Sad story. He is in God's hands, and I will pray for his family.


45 posted on 03/01/2005 8:06:17 PM PST by international american (Tagline now fireproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: Cacique

R.I.P.


46 posted on 03/01/2005 8:08:03 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: Cacique
Tom's life and experience once more teaches me that though we are actors in the play of life, someone else is writing the script. We think we're in charge of our lives and our plans, when nothing could be further from the truth.


A most beautiful eulogy for your friend. May he rest in peace and may you and the many others who miss him find some solace in having known and loved the man.
47 posted on 03/01/2005 8:09:42 PM PST by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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To: BJungNan; theFIRMbss; Guenevere; writer33; Khurkris; republicandiva; Atlantic Friend; ...
A FReeper remembers.

R.I.P.

-Sincerely, G.J.P.(Jr.)

48 posted on 03/01/2005 8:12:49 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Sad to hear.
Thanx for the ping


49 posted on 03/01/2005 8:13:41 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: Cacique; trussell
Heavenly Father, we return to thank You for the tear-stained words spoken in tribute to our FReeper brother, Tom Ranney. May it be, Merciful Father, that the conservative causes he championed with time and talents ... may they boldly continue through his FReeper family. Comfort his wife as she faces each day without her husband ... encourage his daughter as she makes her way without her dad. Thank You for the love and tenderness expressed in Cacique's friendship with PrettyInPink ... thank You that You have knit a cyber family that You bless with care and concern and compassion. In the Name of Jesus, we praise You and thank You for the life of this dear man. Amen ...
50 posted on 03/01/2005 8:14:34 PM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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