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I only ‘knew’ Kevin for a few short months after joining the forum but did have a few private chats with him via pm when purchasing a couple of straps off him, which I still have. I’ll have a drink for you cocker!
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I remembering following his very sad story at the time and respecting his openness and courage at what must have been an unimaginably difficult time. Kevin is missed.
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Like @AVO I did a bit of trading of watches with Kevin and am wearing his C5 BoB this evening.

Unlike Steve though, I lived <5 miles from Kevin, so we got to meet up from time to time and save on postage costs. :wink: :wink:

As has been said, he was one of the good guys.

I was privileged to see him during his final days in a local Hospice and attend his funeral.

Subsequently, I've kept in touch with his widow and family.

They are 'doing well' despite the loss of Kevin and his wife, having seen this thread today, has asked me to convey her thanks for all the kind comments.

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This is a very thoughtful thread, Kip. Clearly, I joined after Kevin had passed, but it's good to hear that so many people still remember and think fondly of him, especially the last post from Guy. This is such a very warm community.

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It's sad to read this thread and remember Kevin.

Revisiting the bucket list thread, I do hope he was able to tick off some of the places he wanted to visit before he became to ill.

Thinking back after Kip's opening post, I was recollecting Guy visiting him and the posts from Kevin's wife after he passed away, and I see Guy has mentioned that above, good to read that they are doing well and you are still in touch Guy.
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Just revisited Kip's original post, it's powerful stuff. It also goes to show that this forum is about so much more than watches. Within these threads can be found friendship, humour and people trying to squeeze the most out of their lives. By and large it's a compassionate place; a place worthy of occupying some of my precious time. Thanks to all that keep this place lively.

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Thanks to Kip and Guy.

It's great to see, someone remembered fondly and having his memory live on.

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Thank you Kip.

I don't visit much these days, but it is serendipity that I chose today to be the day.

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Kip wrote: Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:37 am Almost 9 years ago a new member registered on the forum and made his introductory post a few days later.

Kevin_b1 entered the CW forum family by making his first CW purchase on Ebay. He thought he was buying a C7 but soon discovered it was a W7.

Over the next few years Kevin increased his horological knowledge and discovered a love for pocket watches on his journey. Kevin was a very active participant on this forum. He was always wanting to learn and quick to offer his new found knowledge.

While Kevin let many of us know privately, he went public with his diagnosis on June 8, 2017, with his The Bucket List Begins post.

Along his final journey, Kevin faced his situation very bravely and even gave us all a very heartfelt update with his My Cancer Story post. Kevin’s final post was on December 10, 2017. It simply stated “Moved to Hospice”.

A couple weeks prior to his final post, Kevin contacted me regarding a Waltham Pocket watch that he wished to gift me. It didn’t work and he never had any luck finding someone to service it in the UK. I gladly accepted and promised him I would repair the watch and forever keep it in my collection as a remembrance of him. The watch was repaired and it still works perfectly. I think of Kevin every time I pull it out.

Kevin left us 4 years ago, after far too short a time here, on December 15. 2017.

We miss you Kevin.

I am reminded writing this, of a post I made at the time of Kevin’s passing, that I would like to repeat here.



With Kevin's passing I was reminded of how short our time here is and how much of it we waste. There are many variants of this, but this is one of my favorites.

THE GIFT OF TIME
by (author unknown)

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with
$86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep
no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount
you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone
has Such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with
86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you
have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance.
It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You
must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from
it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a
premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to
feed.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an
accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a
silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you
shared it with someone special, special enough to have your time . . .

And remember time waits for no one . . .

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!
What a remarkable post. Incredibly moving. I’m sure the chap concerned would be proud of you. Exceptional.
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Like a few others I joined after his passing.
What a really lovely post. Its actually made me stop and think about a few people ive lost recently and give thanks for their input on my life.

Yet another reminder of the outright class that people have on here.

Is there a picture of the watch you can share Kip..?
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Dickchins wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 3:40 pm Like a few others I joined after his passing.
What a really lovely post. Its actually made me stop and think about a few people ive lost recently and give thanks for their input on my life.

Yet another reminder of the outright class that people have on here.

Is there a picture of the watch you can share Kip..?
Sorry for the photo quality as I did this real quick.

This is the model 1908 Waltham watch that was built in 1909. A 16 size 15 jewel, grade 620 movement in a Dennison Rolled Gold case. It gets a full wind about every 6 weeks.

Kevin b1 waltham 2.jpg
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Thanks for reminding us, Kip.
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Time for bump on this topic. I can't say things any better than I already have.

Five years gone now. We will always remember you Kevin.
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Thanks for the reminder, Kip.

5 years. It seems much shorter. Kevin was a super guy and an absolute credit to the forum. He is still very much missed and it's great that we take time to mark his passing each year.
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