Skip to comments.Fair Winds and Following Seas~68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub has passed~Memorial Service Info Post #917
Posted on 06/12/2007 7:18:59 PM PDT by MoJo2001
The FReeper Canteen Crew sadly announces the passing of Mr. Tonkin. (68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub).
If you would like to leave a message for his family, please direct them to amom.
Also, we ask that you send prayers to amom, his son Matthew, family, and friends.
We love you, Mr. Tonkin. Say 'hello' to Texas Cowboy for all of us.
You're missed and will never be forgotten.
We hope to make this an online memorial book for his family.
Details will be provided later regarding funeral services.
We are losing too many good freepers! Prayers for the whole family, may God help with the healing.
May the soul of our dearly departed friend rest in peace, and may the Lord of all grant comfort to his family and friends.
God speed Tonk. May God bless and comfort his family and loved ones.
Condolences to amom, Matthew, family and friends.
Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.
Never met him. But he was a Friend of mine. Heaven is a better place now.
He has been missed here at FR in recent time. He was one of the first to welcome me when I joined. May God rest his soul.
CROSSING THE BAR
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Rest in Peace, Dear Patriot.
Tonk and i never met- not person to person- but he enriched my life just by knowing him.
Brian, not knowing me from Adam’s housecat, came to my aid at the request of another pro 2A Freeper to help with a website.
While we completely abused the toll free number at my employer, I got to know an Angel with a vengeance.
While he was always the most tempered soul i ever had the pleasure of talking to- when it came to Our Country, Military,
and respect of the Common Good, this country never had a more capable and sincere warrior.
Rest Easy and God Bless,
You will not be forgotten.
May God Bless you Tonk and comfort your family members that are left here on Earth. We shall all be together someday.
Oh man. Tonk was certainly a FReeper treasure. God bless you sir. This is going to take a while to sink in.
He was a gentleman through and through.
May he rest in peace.
Tonk you will be missed never forgotten
See you on the other side, FRiend. Save me a spot.
So long, Tonk. Thanks for being you.
Tonk - thanks for all the memories.
One of the first screen names I ever saw, when I stumbled into the Freeper Canteen four years past.
Brian Marotta was one of the most steadfast voices in support of my soldiers and my mission, and me, for all that time.
His greatness of heart helped found the FReeper Canteen, which has been a place of comfort and support for countless nameless soldiers, and especially those under my charge, and lastly, myself.
I shall recall his strength of purpose; his humor and his sincerity; his faithfulness in the support of the friend, and the dogged pursuit of the foe.
I wish to paraphrase a passage from my favorite author:
“If more of us valued your ways, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, you must leave it now. Farewell.”
Thank you, Brian. Until our next posting.
God bless this fine man.
God bless and keep you, Tonk! Till we meet again.
Thank you MoJo2001 for letting us know.
Goodbye, “Tonk”. Rest well.
Fair winds and following seas Mr. Tonk. You will be missed my friend.
From one Coastie to another. Bravo Zulu!
Rest in peace!
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
And let Thy perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace, Amen.
Mr. Tonkin, my resolve is even STRONGER than it was before.
Me too, sjb, me too.
My sincere sympathy to you and Tonk’s family. He was a very special FReeper.
Mojo, thanks so much for keeping us posted.
amom, my sincere condolences to the family. So many loved ones have been leaving us this year. My father, my best friends, father, but they both made it to 95 years of age and now Tonkin.
Once again, may the good Lord comfort all in the loss of their loved one..........Spunky
My prayers go out for his family and friends, that they may have the strength they will need to deal with this loss. He was a great supporter of our troops and will be missed here at FR.
R.I.P Mr. Tonkin,God rest your soul. Prayers and sympathy to amom, his son Matthew, family, and friends. Sorry for your loss of this wonderful man.
Yes, SandRat...that was Tonk, wasn’t it?
Brian was a friend, a PATRIOT, a member of VetsCoR, a true WARRIOR in the cause of FREEDOM. Before the relatively recent unpleasantness that caused his illness, we talked many times, both here on FR and by phone. I will miss my FRiend, my shipmate, truely one of my heroes in this life.
To his family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of this good man, this HERO, and know that he will not be forgotten.
Let us pray -
Lord God of grace and glory, We remember before you today Brian J. Marotta.
We thank you for giving him to us and to our nation; We thank you for his contributions and his courage.
In your boundless compassion, console those of us who mourn, especially families and friends.
Give us your aid, so that we may see in death the gate to eternal life, that we may continue our course on earth in confidence until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before us.
We pray for the peace of the Messiah!
In the name of Jesus; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen!
I get the feeling he might just still be guiding some other hands to do just that.
Like a number of us FReepers, Tonk grew up in Chicago and was part of our Chicago-memories-type threads a few years ago.
Prayers for Tonk, he will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Tonkin.
Heartfelt condolences to your family.
I have always enjoyed Tonk’s posts. May he rest in peace. He will be missed.
Good Bye Tonk. You were a great FReeper and I hope you will be checking the website often while on your new mission.
Thank you MoJo2001 for letting us know.
Tonk, my BRother, you are missed.
Say hello to the Flag-man, would ya’?
Prayers along for Tonk ............................. God Speed
A piece of history, he will be missed.
Thank you for your post. You captured our dear friend completely.