Remembering Kevin_b1

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Remembering Kevin_b1

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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!
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The one and only time this forum has made me cry was the day i heard that Kevin has passed away. Miss you bud.
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Thank you, Kip. We remember, and it’s good to see that inspirational piece again.
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Thanks from me also.

It was a sad time that Kevin faced with bravery and truth and this was reflected in his posts. For what seems a silly and inconsequential reason his story stays with me because he was in Hertfordshire not far from where I used to live. Stupid how the (my) brain works.

This summer 1 of my friends was diagnosed with mouth cancer that meant some severe operations but sadly to no avail as it had spread to other areas of his body and he passed away just a few months after the diagnosis. The timing of your reminder post is therefore all the more poignant.
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I read again the whole thing. It still makes me sad. I never met Kevin but I have been through it. I lived.
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This thread has reminded my that as I grow older many people of my younger days are no longer here. Although I did not know Kevin I do know the pain of loss. I hope Kevin’s family and friends have found peace in their loss too.
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It seems like he was a terrific fellow...sorry that I didn't get to know this fine chap.. :cry:
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Thanks Kip. Kevin was a lovely guy and is deeply missed on the forum.
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Lovely post.

Thank you Kip.

RIP Kevin

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Thanks for the chance to remember Kevin and his amazing bucket list, shared with all of us. He kept telling us he was nothing special, but he was.
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A great post Kip even though I joined the forum long after Kevin's passing. The 'Gift of time' is a powerful message to us all to use our time to the fullest. And, as a footnote, it doesn't matter whether you view that passing time on a Patek or a Casio; When your time is up it's up. Just try and squeeze the most from the life you've been given.

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Thanks for making the post, Kip. Kevin was one of the good guys.
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Thank you, Kip, for sharing this. I think it’s a timely and poignant reminder for us to hug our loved ones frequently, remember each day is a blessing, and to always be kind to others because we don’t know what they might be struggling with.

On a more personal note, this has helped me put my own struggles at this difficult time of year in perspective by reminding me that in the grand scheme of life, this too shall pass.
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I was here for the bucket list post but didn't know Kevin so had no words; I'm sorry to see he didn't last long and I hope he managed to tick some of it off.

Reading this now I'm depressed to learn of his passing and Kip's quote hits all the harder because I have wasted the 4 years since, as well as many before.

RIP Kevin.
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Post by Amor Vincit Omnia »

I only knew Kevin from the forum, but he was a top member and incredibly positive – always one of the first to compliment people on a new acquisition.

We did a little trading and I’m wearing one of Kevin’s old watches tonight – his C70 DBR1.

I’m sure he would be pleased to know that people were raising a glass to his memory this evening. I have a gin and tonic sitting beside me on the table. Cheers, Kevin.
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