Skip to comments.T'wit, FReeper extraordinaire, has died.
Posted on 08/05/2007 3:55:55 AM PDT by 8mmMauser
A great FReeper and close friend passed. Twit, also known as Timothy Wheeler passed on. In tribute, I would like to make this the August thread of Terri Dailies, the topic foremost in Twit thoughts.
Tim was a man of great faith, a faith that grew stronger especially in recent months. As I type this, I still am not yet coherent, as I try to awaken and sip a good coffee brought to me recently by Tim. In his usual fashion, he probably figured I would appreciate a little care package and would appreciate the better quality than the usual fare we would fix.
But I do not want this thread to be maudlin, nor a reminiscing on anecdotes, rather a stab at what Tim would want.
Twit was passionate about the beauty of nature, of good books, good music, and intellectual challenge, but mostly he was passionate about his love for our America, for Jim Robinsons FreeRepublic, and for our fight for those in the plight of Terri Schiavo. For the latter, he sought justice and fervently hoped and prayed we on Terris List would carry on this battle against the evils of those who would control who lived and died.
In our many talks, he would sound like a poster boy for all the stated position of Jim Robinson.
His wife told me last evening the final thoughts he had. As can be expected, it was for us to continue our fight as we have done already. She hoped that rather than flowers or donations sent, that donations be directed at causes like that supporting Terris Legacy, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation. In this way, we remember him and further his wishes. Twit and I talked a lot about faith and I can reassure all, his faith in Our Lord was strong and growing stronger, a comfort to me that he carried it to the end.
My words come out with difficulty this morning, but should flow better later, although without the word play and banter we would sometimes engage, at least for now. Twit would be upset if I quit the puns for long, though.
We will continue our prayers for T'wit and his wife and family.
Christopher's site is interesting as well. He lives in India and is a collecter of information on cartoonists. The link is to the album of Tim in earlier times.
Some on FreeRepublic are aware of some of his background. Not many knew he was a highly trained translator of Polish for the Army way back during the Cold War. Subsequently he was Editor at the National Review for his friend William F. Buckley. That was in the days when National Review defined just what a conservative was. Tim's courage of his convictions hewed to a straight line throughout as an entry in Wiki or Webster's defining true conservativism should show his picture.
Tim's brother is better known to the public, Richard S. Wheeler, writer of over fifty western novels and five time winner of the Spur Award for his writing on the American frontier.
Those who dealt with Tim in semantics and grammar soon found out just how skilled he was as an editor and wordsmith. He is the one who wrote the tough crossword puzzles for the National Review.
On these threads, Tim would treat his adversaries with respect and dignity, getting angry or impatient at times, but remaining the gentleman. The tributes of some who locked swords with him are testimony to that point. I am a contrast, striking back in a less civilized manner.
More to come as I think of it...
“Tim would treat his adversaries with respect and dignity, getting angry or impatient at times, but remaining the gentleman.”
Ping to post #28.
Being confident of this very thing, that he, who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus. As it is meet for me to think this for you all, for that I have you in my heart; and that in my bands, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy.
-- Philippians 1:3-7
For his family, I will never forget him because he truly cared about others and it was obvious that he cared about the sanctity or sacredness of life especially in those that could not speak for themselves. May God bless over you in your sorrow.
Dear T’Wit...please hug Jesus for me, and tell him we’re looking forward to seeing Him, too.
Prayers for his family, friends, and all who loved him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank you for the time which was a gift of our FRiend twit. We pray for comfort and strength for his family.
In Jesus’ Holy Name,
Since he liked Latin, I have looked up the old prayer for the dead:
Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex gloriæ, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de pnis inferni et de profundo lacu. Libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum; sed signifer sanctus Michæl repræsentet eas in lucem sanctam, quam olim Abrahæ promisisti et semini ejus.
De profundis (Psalm 129 Latin vulgate and Douay...)
De profundis clamavi ad te Domine, Domine exaudi vocem meam.
Fiant aures tuae intendentes in vocem deprecationis meae.
Si iniquitates observaveris Domine, Domine quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est et propter legem tuam sustinui te Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus, speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem speret Israel in Domino,
quia apud Dominum misericordia et copiosa apud eum redemptio,
et ipse redimet Israel ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice.
Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it?
For with thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of thy law, I have waited for thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on his word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with him plentiful redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
world without end. Amen.
This was all news to me. Thanks for posting it. A great loss.
Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.
-- Matthew 25: 31-40
(I still have nightmares about Latin, so I'm NOT quoting the Vulgate!)
When did he stop doing the crosswords? Because I know that they got really bad sometime in the mid-1980s.
Just guessing, but that was probably the time he quit doing them himself...
>> (I still have nightmares about Latin, so I’m NOT quoting the Vulgate!)
Better is to have your nice dreams in Latin. ;-)
This is a good description of Tim and his ways.
I think they must have hired the same person who did them for TV Guide, because they were just that easy.
I know you and him were close, Bykrbayb, and I am sure this must be hitting you hard. I will pray for all of his loved ones and those whom he considered very good friends on FR. I did chat with T'wit and found him to be very dedicated to the things he believed in.
May God continue to bless his family. I know how much he loved FR. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Savior.
Rest in peace, Brother.
Prayers & donation to Terri Schiavo Foundation offered.