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Farewell to the Doctor of Freep
abner ^ | 3 April 2013 | Jimmy Valentine's Brother

Posted on 04/03/2013 5:52:13 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother

On the day after Easter, 2013, family, friends and FReepers from far and wide packed The Sweeney Funeral Home to share tears and the many tales of Doctor Raoul’s adventures in the cause of Theodore Roosevelt’s Americanism:

“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity and hardihood – the virtues that made America.”

In his tribute to Doctor Raoul, Kristinn relates from personal experience how Doctor Raoul lived his Americanism.

Even though Doctor Raoul didn’t appear from behind a door and shout “April Fool”, his presence was everywhere.

The 1957 Chevy hearse parked out front;


the Philly soft pretzels in the foyer,
the pictures from throughout his life including one as “Superman” served as reminders of his wit, humor and an early love of costumes.

Flowers were sent by Ann Coulter,

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and the DC Chapter Ring Leader, Angelwood.

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The Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Resurrection Parish Church of St Casimir. After the service, FReepers Stay True, BillF, TGSL Takoma, Taxman, BufordP, Gunsareok, /sensi ern, Exit 148, Mr. and Mrs. Trooprally, Sauropod, Hell in a Handcart, Kristinn, Concrete Bob, Albion Wilde, ELS. Credo2 and Jimmy Valentine’s brother gathered for a farewell photo.

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During the post service luncheon at the Throwbacks Bar and Grill, Mr. Trooprally presented the family with

Trooprally Presentation photo 100_0676.jpg

the group photo from the 232 Walter Reed Friday night FReep

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and Poland’s National Flag

flown in honor of the country’s support of the War on Terror. The flag can be seen in the photo as well as the “Thank you to our Troops, You did not Falter, You did not fail” MOAB inspired by Doctor Raoul.

At the end of the 1920 film, The Mark of Zorro, after all wrongs have been righted, Zorro throws his sword into a rafter of the house as he will no longer need to use it. In the 1925 film, Don Q, Son of Zorro, Don Q comes home to find that all is not well. Don Q pulls the sword from the rafter and rides out to right the wrongs once again.

Who knows, maybe someday a Don Q Son of Raoul or Susi Q daughter of Raoul may be seen on Free Republic.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aar; dcchapter; doctorraoul; prayer; rip; tribute
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Thank you, Doctor Raoul. You inspired us all. Enjoy your heavenly reward.


101 posted on 04/04/2013 2:55:46 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Angelwood

Thank you Angelwood . It was a lovely service.
He will be sorely missed by all Freepers.

Mrs T


102 posted on 04/04/2013 3:09:20 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: icwhatudo

I love this picture of him. A loss for FR. Certainly a loss for US.


103 posted on 04/04/2013 6:24:29 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Thank you so much for posting this. So sorry I could not make it. Thank you to all of the faithful Freepers who were able to be there to honor this great patriot.
104 posted on 04/04/2013 6:41:31 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Thank you so much for this bittersweet after-Freep report. D28Man and son and I wish we could have been there to pay Doctor Raoul our respects. It was an honor to have worked with him during the Clinton years, and we still cannot believe he has left us.

I can’t help but think he and Breitbart are having a blast up there....


105 posted on 04/04/2013 6:51:08 PM PDT by Wife of D28Man
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Such a great picture...and a great way to honor Doctor Raoul. Thank you.


106 posted on 04/04/2013 6:51:22 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

God Bless you Doctor Raoul. May you Rest In Peace. Prayers for you and your loved ones. Remembering the day we freeped Hillary in Huntington, NY - a great day. Keep on freeping.


107 posted on 04/04/2013 7:11:29 PM PDT by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother; BufordP

PERFECT!!!!


108 posted on 04/04/2013 7:41:20 PM PDT by concretebob ("For the troops? What do you need?")
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Rest in peace, brother. Few have worked as hard for the good as you did.

(formerly) Steve0113

109 posted on 04/04/2013 8:40:37 PM PDT by Steve1789 (I miss having a president who loves this country.)
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To: tgslTakoma; Taxman
I’m impressed that you’ve already done some recon and report no dems or journalists found. It’s obvious that you’ve found peace in heaven.

:-D

Glad you got home safely. You remain heroic. Thank you so much, tgsl, for your wonderful video of the Doc.

Tribute to Doctor Raoul by tgslTakoma

110 posted on 04/04/2013 9:29:07 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Commies out of D.C.!" --Raoul Deming, 1955-2013)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother; staytrue; BillF; tgslTakoma; Taxman; BufordP; GunsareOK; Sensei Ern; ...
God bless you all for attending Doctor Raoul's wake and funeral... I am so sorry we could not join you, although we were with you in spirit.

I sincerely hope Doctor Raoul's family was comforted by the knowledge that he had hundreds of FRiends who love him, and will greatly miss him.

Thank you, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, for this wonderful tribute to our beloved FRiend, Doctor Raoul. May he rest in eternal peace...

nutmeg & zelig

111 posted on 04/04/2013 11:45:49 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: BufordP
Just want everyone to know I made it. AGreatPer says, "Hi!"

Oh, and by the way, God is a Freeper.

Perfect, FRiend... ;-)

I love that photo of the good Doctor, too. Thanks for posting it...

112 posted on 04/05/2013 12:02:58 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Beautiful. Just beautiful.


113 posted on 04/05/2013 6:40:50 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: JulieRNR21

RIP Doc and Hi to you, Julie from another Class of 98-er.


114 posted on 04/05/2013 12:31:07 PM PDT by The Right Stuff
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

One of the good ones. I would be here a lot more if we were all more like him. He’ll be missed very much.


115 posted on 04/06/2013 12:06:19 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

G’bye Doc. Thanks for the conversation, the humor, and the wisdom. Sleep well.


116 posted on 04/07/2013 5:54:00 AM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: real saxophonist; BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother

Across the tracks from the church was a car lot which had 1 1956 Nomad and a Studebaker Hawk.


117 posted on 04/07/2013 11:41:56 AM PDT by concretebob ("For the troops? What do you need?")
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother; 3D-JOY; abb; Abby4116; abner; Abundy; afraidfortherepublic; ...

This wonderful moment also appears in tgslTakoma's video (below). Doctor Raoul (left), BufordP (right).
With his usual biting wit, Doctor Raoul marked the moment when the DC Chapter captured the gates of Walter Reed after 40 weeks of freeping Code Pink's disgusting anti-war "vigil." For the following 5-1/2 years, families arriving to meet their wounded loved ones no longer had to pass a gauntlet of haters at the gate -- instead there were dozens of FR troop supporters, visible to the inpatient troops in the hospital building. Doctor Raoul's leadership at this 6+ year weekly freep was fun, foundational and sustaining.

Many thanks to all who have pinged this exceptional thread by Jimmy Valentine's Brother or the other threads about Raoul, who have pinged me personally, who have shared memories -- and special thanks to those who have vowed to continue The Doctor's passionate activism.


For any who may have missed these earlier posts:

Albion Wilde's tribute to Doc Raoul at post 388: Freeper Doctor Raoul Has Died

Video by tgslTakoma: Tribute to Doctor Raoul

Kristinn's tribute: Tribute to a Conservative Activism Pioneer, Doctor Raoul

118 posted on 04/07/2013 12:39:33 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Commies out of D.C.!" --Raoul Deming, 1955-2013)
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To: Albion Wilde

+ infinity


119 posted on 04/07/2013 12:42:16 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: kitkat

Thank you.


120 posted on 04/07/2013 12:44:57 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

RIP!


121 posted on 04/07/2013 12:47:51 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: 4integrity; Alas Babylon!; A Navy Vet; Atlantan; AuH2ORepublican; AuntB; bevperl; bluesagewoman; ...
Ping to post 118.
122 posted on 04/07/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Commies out of D.C.!" --Raoul Deming, 1955-2013)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

RIP Doctor, may the Lord say to you, “well done my good and faithful servant” ...


123 posted on 04/07/2013 1:24:43 PM PDT by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: exnavy

RIP, class of 98 bump


124 posted on 04/07/2013 1:30:55 PM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: Albion Wilde

Thank you. He will never be forgotten.


125 posted on 04/07/2013 3:45:34 PM PDT by Houmatt (Generic tag line.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

:)

He was one of the best. We have a new FReeper saint to pray to.


126 posted on 04/07/2013 3:55:13 PM PDT by miserare
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Godspeed good Doc. May the Lord bless and keep your family and loved ones close.

Farewell Class of '98 Bro,

Nam Vet

127 posted on 04/07/2013 3:55:18 PM PDT by Nam Vet (The Commander-in-ept will solve all problems ... just wait 'til after vacation !)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

That post bought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face...:)


128 posted on 04/07/2013 4:48:38 PM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: Albion Wilde

May he RIP. A truly outstanding American and Freeper.


129 posted on 04/07/2013 4:52:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ELS

Sorry I couldn’t make it ELS. I’m glad to see such a contingent for Doctor Raoul.


130 posted on 04/07/2013 6:41:03 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

God rest his soul. He fought a good battle and left us way too soon.


131 posted on 04/07/2013 7:04:59 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

I wish I had been able to get to know about this guy, but this is the first I’ve heard of him. He was a real American warrior.


132 posted on 04/07/2013 7:07:57 PM PDT by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

AMEN!


133 posted on 04/07/2013 7:12:35 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thank you for the ping. A great picture...speaks volumes about Dr. Raoul’s good character, good wit and especially love of country and our military. And, the same goes for the many Freepers who, proudly, stand up and speak out in support of our freedoms and our wonderful military and their families. Those of you who stood guard, every Friday...winter/summer...are so very appreciated, respected and admired; God bless all of you.


134 posted on 04/07/2013 7:38:47 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: Albion Wilde

Thank you so much for sharing these tributes!


135 posted on 04/07/2013 8:31:45 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Albion Wilde

Will be greatly missed. A great man and citizen. May God be by his side.


136 posted on 04/08/2013 7:08:43 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Albion Wilde
Bttt.

5.56mm

137 posted on 04/08/2013 7:49:01 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Albion Wilde

Arguably the best Free Republic moment, ever.


138 posted on 04/08/2013 9:31:26 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

What a lovely picture. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad picture of the good doctor.

We were very sorry that we could not attend.


139 posted on 04/08/2013 9:38:34 AM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Prayers. Such sad news.


140 posted on 04/08/2013 5:14:48 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Albion Wilde

Very cool. Thanks for pinging me on this. Dr. Raoul, a true patriot.


141 posted on 04/08/2013 6:38:52 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: abner

Well when you know your cause is just and you have a great sense of humor, some how the badness disappears. I watched a clip from Lady Thatcher’s last questions in the House of Commons and saw a similarity. Mocking humor is the best.


142 posted on 04/09/2013 4:11:23 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (01-21-13, Obama declares war on The Constitution of the United States)
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To: Albion Wilde
BTTT.

Rest in Peace, Dr. Raoul.

143 posted on 04/10/2013 2:21:36 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: BufordP

Mr. Clinton,
We have you surrounded.
Put down the intern
And come out with your pants up!


144 posted on 04/10/2013 2:45:50 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: nutmeg

All I can do with this late addition is to echo the sentiments of everyone else. I was fortunate to have had the company and inspiration of such a great patriot as Doctor Raoul and was glad to meet his family at long last.

Thanks to JVB and Tgsl Takoma for their tributes and to JVB and BufordP for arranging for my trip to attend the wake and funeral.


145 posted on 04/13/2013 11:35:48 AM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Very sorry to hear this. Raoul spot me a sausage biscuit and gave me a little tour before my first visit to the White House gate with him and the DC Chapter. Fun days.

“THIS WASHINGTON ONE IS FREE!!!” (riff on a Pimp Corps cheer)

All best to the gang and comfort to his loved ones.


146 posted on 04/13/2013 8:07:16 PM PDT by Askel5 († Truth suffers, but never dies -- Teresa of Avila †)
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To: GunsareOK

Since you’re RIGHT HERE above me ... just let me say Hi (in case you remember me, I remember you =) and remark on how lovely it is just seeing so many old handle go by.

All best! Glad you were there to represent. DC Chapter rocks.


147 posted on 04/13/2013 8:30:53 PM PDT by Askel5 († Truth suffers, but never dies -- Teresa of Avila †)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Doctor Raoul; a great FReeper and inspiration to me personally as well as many others. Thank you, my FReeper bro.


148 posted on 07/06/2013 8:45:22 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: \/\/ayne
The Doc was irrepressible and irreplaceable. We sure could use his wit in these times.
149 posted on 07/07/2013 3:54:05 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (01-21-13, Obama declares war on The Constitution of the United States)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
The Good Doctor will be missed.

5.56mm

150 posted on 07/07/2013 4:17:38 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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