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Title: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: FJscott on October 23, 2016, 03:34:04 PM
We lost another good one. Randy died last night. everyone knows Randy was battling Throat cancer, he fought a good fight and lived many of his last days riding his FJ. he made every rally this year and I got the pleasure of riding with him at 2 of them.

RIP My friend,
Scott

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Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: TexasDave on October 23, 2016, 03:38:53 PM
Sorry to hear Randy passed. My thoughts and prayers for Randy's wife.


Dave


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: FJ1100mjk on October 23, 2016, 03:40:13 PM
Sad news. I am fortunate to have spent time with him at the Central Rally this year.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: FeralRdr on October 23, 2016, 03:55:27 PM
Very said to hear that we lost another member from the forumn.

If I might ask, was this rktmanfj we are talking about?  I'm suspecting that it is, and if so I'm hoping that his wife is doing OK as well.

Regardless, my prayers and condolences to his family and friends.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: Steve_in_Florida on October 23, 2016, 04:24:33 PM
Very sorry to read this, although we knew it was coming.

He was a good guy, buzz-saw-like snoring and all.

I recall he brought his little dog "Q-Bert" to an East Coast rally we attended.

Yep, he'll be missed.

Steve


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: aviationfred on October 23, 2016, 04:35:48 PM
This is sad news indeed. Randy will be missed by all. I am glad that I had the pleasure of meeting him this year at the Central Rally.

R.I.P. Randy


Fred


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: FJmonkey on October 23, 2016, 05:21:55 PM
RIP Randy,

I just got back from Cashes' service.

Randy and I had a few really good conversations at the WCR. I will miss him and remember him well.

Edit - I guess Cash and Rick can meet up for a few rides now.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: ddlewis on October 23, 2016, 05:52:46 PM
RIP old friend.  We shared many a Koa Kamping Kabin even though you snored like a diesel tractor motor, idling away all night.  Always pretending to hate being "lured" down a dirt road, although I know you really liked it.  

Godspeed you good hearted old FJ riding grumpy bear.

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Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson
Post by: Country Joe on October 23, 2016, 05:54:09 PM
 Godspeed, my brother. See you on the other side.
Joe


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: racerrad8 on October 23, 2016, 06:41:07 PM
God Speed Randy.

http://www.fjowners.com/index.php?action=profile;u=2777 (http://www.fjowners.com/index.php?action=profile;u=2777)

I had a bad feeling when we spoke last week. He told me he was in a ton of pain.

Here he was at the 2016 WCR rally sharing a beer & stories with Frank, Mark and me.

My only solace in knowing that he is no longer suffering.

Rest in peace my friend.

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: movenon on October 23, 2016, 06:59:17 PM
RIP Randy. I will miss his e mails and posts. Very very sad news.
George


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: giantkiller on October 23, 2016, 07:33:50 PM
Going to miss you Randy. He was a great guy. Took the newbie under his wing so to speak. My first rally (east coast fall rally). Led me around some of the good back roads. And gave me a quart of rotella t-6 for My ride home.(cam cover gasket was leaking,) Sunday morning he snuck out of the restaurant and paid my bill.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: 1tinindian on October 23, 2016, 08:47:27 PM
I truly owe Randy the most for introducing me to the FJ Rally.
He was very modest when I pointed that out to him at the Colorado Rally 2016, but it's true.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/1tinindian/FJ%20Rallies/IMG_20160612_085904694_HDR_zpsfj53twi8.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/1tinindian/media/FJ%20Rallies/IMG_20160612_085904694_HDR_zpsfj53twi8.jpg.html)
He offered to take me into his home in Indy, and accompanied me to the ECFR 2011.
What made this so memorable for me, was the fact that it was my first, and also the very last Tellico Plains rally, as a tornado wiped out the KOA just a few months later.

The next few pictures are all that I have of Randy from that rally, and it's the way I wish to remember him as, before his health problems began.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/1tinindian/FJ%20Rallies/100_5099_zpsbz57af1i.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/1tinindian/media/FJ%20Rallies/100_5099_zpsbz57af1i.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/1tinindian/FJ%20Rallies/100_5064_zpsp7egfx5k.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/1tinindian/media/FJ%20Rallies/100_5064_zpsp7egfx5k.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/1tinindian/FJ%20Rallies/100_5059_zpsweicp4ta.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/1tinindian/media/FJ%20Rallies/100_5059_zpsweicp4ta.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/1tinindian/FJ%20Rallies/100_5839_zps4bjew0qy.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/1tinindian/media/FJ%20Rallies/100_5839_zps4bjew0qy.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/1tinindian/FJ%20Rallies/100_5826_zpsuw3yrtif.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/1tinindian/media/FJ%20Rallies/100_5826_zpsuw3yrtif.jpg.html)

I feel very fortunate to have known Randy, as I know alot of you have known him much longer than I.

I told him that I loved him, the last time I spoke to him and thanked him for being my gateway to the joy of attending rallies, which has lead me to making so many more friendships along the way.

R.I.P. Randy, I'll never forget you, and will always be in your debt.

Leon


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Firehawk068 on October 23, 2016, 09:06:44 PM
Damn............. :sorry:

I'm glad I got to meet him in Colorado this June, and sit around the campfire and share a beer and a story or two.

I could tell that he was down, and I wish there would have been better times ahead for him.
I can only echo Randy's thought, in that at least he is no longer suffering.

A lot of you have great stories with the man, and the loss will be felt deeply.

He will be remembered for the friend that he was to many.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: fj1289 on October 23, 2016, 09:41:23 PM
Godspeed Randy.  Only knew you through the FJ sites - still gutted though.  Ride far, ride fast, ride free


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Harvy on October 23, 2016, 09:48:36 PM
What Chris said......

Harvy


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Pat Conlon on October 24, 2016, 12:43:37 AM
We sure had fun with him.

He knew he had little time left, yet he still spent his precious time with us at the WCR and at the Colorado Rally. That says something about Randy, and about us. Sure, sometimes we bicker, but Randy could see past that, to who we really are. He enjoyed us, as much as we enjoyed him. Yep, we sure had fun.

Godspeed Randy.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Capn Ron on October 24, 2016, 03:07:21 AM
I rode 140 or so miles today on what will be 2017 WCR routes and Randy popped into my head on several occasions before I'd heard the news.  You will be riding with us for years to come buddy.  Keep an eye on us...and keep us safe...thanks.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: rlucas on October 24, 2016, 06:03:07 AM
I met Randy at my very first FJ Rally (Boone '04). He was kind enough to host a bunch of us in Indy for the inaugural Indianapolis MotoGP in 2008. One of the good guys - he will be sorely missed, indeed.

rossi


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Flynt on October 24, 2016, 07:16:10 AM
Just met Randy this year at WCR.  Diane and I had a great time talking with him and indulging his taste for a dark beer or two.  Very sorry to see him go...

Frank and Diane


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: jscgdunn on October 24, 2016, 07:33:49 AM
Again, very sad to hear. Rode with Randy at WCR...this year he attended every FJ rally.  A fine gentleman who will be missed up here.

RIP Randy

Jeff


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: jvb_ca on October 24, 2016, 10:17:13 AM
Very sad news indeed, although not totally unexpected. From reports on here, it sounds like Randy was preparing. He fought the good fight. My condolences and thoughts and prayers to Randy's family. I never personally met Randy, but we conversed through this forum and the old Yahoo group a number of times. My FJ wears some of his parts...
Jake.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: racerman_27410 on October 24, 2016, 07:44:47 PM
Sad news indeed.... I could tell he was really struggling at the ECFR a couple of months ago.... but all the while hanging onto his sense of humor.

I hope when my time comes i can face it with the same dignity that Randy did.  

God speed Brother.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Neoday2 on October 24, 2016, 07:46:48 PM
So sad to hear this news.  


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: CanDman on October 24, 2016, 10:01:44 PM
So sad to hear about Randy........of all the time I have been a member, he was one of the many guys whom I really connected with and I regret not having been able to get on either bikes this year and meet up with him. We had many many great correspondence over the years and I am a better man for having a friend like you. RIP my brother......until we meet again (for the first time)  :drinks:


https://youtu.be/TnJWshZrTsc (https://youtu.be/TnJWshZrTsc)

Kev the CanDman


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: fj1289 on October 24, 2016, 11:12:09 PM
The Elton John tune immediately came to mind .... "Rocket Man"


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: racerrad8 on October 25, 2016, 12:01:30 PM
http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2351151.html (http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2351151.html)

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Dan Filetti on October 25, 2016, 01:28:15 PM
Randy was a good man. Sad news indeed. Live every day like it's your last folks, you never know, it might just be.

God speed Randy.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Pat Conlon on October 25, 2016, 02:27:29 PM
....or as Cash would say, "Order the Lobster"...


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Bill_Rockoff on October 25, 2016, 04:19:04 PM
(http://fjowners.com/gallery/10/7_25_10_16_4_07_59.jpeg)

I got to ride and eat with him a bit during the foggy ECSR, and he and I both shared Ducati Dave's cabin at the ECFR. We rode with him that weekend.

Come to think of it, out of everybody there in Bryson City this time around, Randy and Andrew are really the only ones I got to ride with.

He will be missed.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: Mike Ramos on October 25, 2016, 05:35:09 PM
Going to miss you Randy. He was a great guy. Took the newbie under his wing so to speak. My first rally (east coast fall rally). Led me around some of the good back roads. And gave me a quart of rotella t-6 for My ride home.(cam cover gasket was leaking,) Sunday morning he snuck out of the restaurant and paid my bill.

Yep, Randy T did much the same for me at my first ECFR...

Randy, Carey, Henry and I rode the "Devil's Triangle" and that is when Randy "almost" jumped the rather wide and deep ditch as we wound through a rather mild turn - he landed on the opposite side on an expansive lawn bordered by apple trees unscathed.  However the landing was somewhat hard and he buckled the rear dog bones...!  Carey and I returned to Tellico Plains for a truck and trailer, returning to load Randy's FJ the we all returned to the campsite.

In appreciation for Randy's hospitality, I sent him a pair riding gloves that he was still wearing at the last WCR.

I went to last years ECFR to visit with him & he said that he would see everyone at this years WCR.

And amazingly he did...!







Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16
Post by: FJscott on October 25, 2016, 07:26:18 PM
Randy was a died in the wool motorcycle rider/ enthusiast. this year he made all 4 FJ rallys and I was able to ride with him at 2 of them. Understand that Randy was in extreme pain however, the joy he received from riding his FJ with his FJ Brothers was greater than the pain from cancer. He spent this last year, knowing it would be his last year riding with us instead of wasting his time in clinics or Hospice.  Even in the end Randy was thinking of others, he knew of a guy in my hometown that wanted to buy a bike in his own town and coordinated with me to get this guy his bike from Indianapolis to Vero Beach Florida. When at the end of the ECFR saying our goodbyes after transferring the bike from his trailer to mine, instead of a hearty handshake he came in and gave me a bearhug and that kind of caught me off guard, we said goodbye and we both knew that would be the last time we saw each other on this earth.

Randy was quick with a poke, a jab, a sarcastic sense of humor and an enormous heart of gold. Ill miss him.

God Speed Buddy


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Troyskie on October 27, 2016, 02:47:51 AM
RIP Randy.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: markmartin on October 28, 2016, 11:29:06 AM
Sorry to hear the sad news.  I never met Randy but always enjoyed and respected his advice and his contribution to the forum.  I was humbled by his courage and positivity in a time of such an imminent fate and I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: andyoutandabout on October 29, 2016, 01:14:46 AM
Randy went out on a rally high. Way to go.
Ride In Peace


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: yamaha fj rider on October 30, 2016, 08:07:37 AM
I am sad to hear about Randy but, glad he is no longer suffering. The thing I will remember most about him, is him bringing up the recovery crew for Mike's bike. Randy was having a hard time with the elevation in Colorado but, still came to help a FJ brother. This was not easy for him and in his condition but, he still wanted to help.

I guess now the chair has been officially handed off to me.

God speed Randy.

Kurt


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on October 30, 2016, 11:56:43 AM
All,

Yesterday I attended our dear and very beloved friend Randys memorial service representing all of us in the group.

I was asked by Susan to be one of the speakers and was last to speak. The speakers were part of Randy's batting "Line up" as the Pastor put it. One "at the plate", another "on Deck" and the rest in the "Dug Out".

Susan (Randy told her she was his permanent Fiance) It would have been wife had it not been for the potential bills, Tom (his father), Elizabeth (his mother) and Kim (his sister) did an incredible job presenting his life with three displays, His "Sporting" love of the Royals and Raiders, His Masonic and Professional love, his Motorcycling life, and the Front table with his Portrait, early life photos and URN.

The speakers were almost all motorcyclists with great stories of Randy, a few were cousins and there was Randy with the Honda that FJ Scott spoke of. All did him justice.

As typical, the gathering had a lunch afterwards executed by his parents church.

The incredible man we all knew and loved was a direct result of his parents and sisters. He had a sister Cara who preceded him passing away at 18 in her sleep without a discernable cause. He also has an incredible son Daniel in California who he was recently reacquainting with. A bad ex-wife story with a happy ending.

Kim his sister was incredible, before she spoke a single word, her presence and smile displayed what Randy felt in his love for her and inspiration or admiration for her dealing with her own cancer. Her skin is so young and glowing, her energy so strong and his love for her explained. He told her and us all many times he wished he could take her place. After meeting her and knowing him, I believe God may have granted them that miracle. Her strength let her smile, speak with great feeling, emotion and clarity so unlike one who has battled for 8 years herself, and be happy for his peaceful passing and short suffering.

Randy had a Masonic Service the night before, I am glad to say the ~200 person room was beyond capacity for this alone.

As a community, FJ Owners, It should be said, Randy loved us all and will be missing us until we join him for eternity. He also knew clearly how much we all cared for him.

Dave Skipper
901-496-3545
[email protected]




Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Pat Conlon on October 30, 2016, 12:45:02 PM
Thank you Dave! Well done.

Remember that 1am dinner at Denny's?

 We were all exhausted from a full day of riding and then pulling Mike's FJ out of the canyon. We were disappointed about missing the Saturday evening Rally fire.

I remember Randy smiling and saying, "Hey guys, we did good. We are here together tired and sore, but we did good, that's what is important."

We sure enjoyed our time with Randy.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on October 30, 2016, 01:14:24 PM
I chose to separate my personal post from my reporting on his service. His service post was all about him. This is my expression and similar to my words at his service.

My service words:

Randy was my friend. We met 5 and a half years ago in the motorcycling group FJ Owners and the East Coast Fall Rally. Randy and I bonded having similar riding styles, thoughts on Second amendment rights and more. Recently during the 2016 fall rally on a day randy took off from riding he rode with my wife and I to my fathers home in Ellijay Ga. My father laughed and said he never thought he would meet someone who liked to talk as much as I did but here was Randy enjoying his time with us with a smile and appreciation for the fellowship. He liked Randy right off. After the Rally ended, Randy and I had been talking about him spending a week with me at my home in Mississippi visiting so he diverted west to Olive Branch Ms.. (side notes, FJScott and FJMonkey and I recall 2 others, he intended to take up your hospitality offers very soon, and to honor you all, I will be longer winded here).

During the visit he prompted me to expand my cooking skills to include fried oysters. He had great oysters in Bryson City and they were a diversion from the Biscuits and Gravy that went down well but were growing old. He loved the oysters and said they were as good as Brysons. He also loved my Venison meat loaf. Now those who saw his funny reaction face, think it now, he made that face when he tasted the Smoked Paprika Potato soup I made him, I accidentally picked up the Cajun pepper spices I got from a local mom and pop restraunt, before getting the paprika. It had a fire that rolled in and he loved it.

The last morning he spent with me, I walked into the bedroom to bring down his oxygen machine and asked him what he was thinking. His response, "Funny what you think of where your sitting alone, Do I want to die while I am awake or asleep?" In my "outside the box brain" I responded with, "I don't know how I would answer that, on one hand, if my passing state affected my realization of what followed, it would be AWAKE, but if not, escaping the fear of what was next might be nice." I then went on to say, "In our discussions of Masons and interviewing for new persons, does one believe in a higher power is a key question, and you believe and as a believer in god and eternity, I think cancer has given you one blessing albeit most would say this is wrong, but you and your soul can rest for eternity knowing you have let us know how much we mean to you and you to us. Your time here was a drop in the bucket in comparison to what is next." He smiled and agreed.

Our last phone call was fun, you see he had spent his week with me working riding right seat in my Auto Hauling 9 car Semi truck helping deliver cars. Out each day and home for dinner and movies, somehow his no longer padded backside was comfortable in that seat. He took only 2 pills all week in the truck and climbed my stairs each night while walking everywhere we went. Our last call was while I was working with my 16 year old stepson as right seat. He asked in the stepson was sexually active and I cringed, we all know he was not timid with his words. Well he asked me not to forget the lesson he learned in his diagnosis. Human Pamplona virus that caused his cancer has a vaccine and did Dawson have it? Well, in honoring his request I have undertaken printing decals of his riding the dragon with the upper left quarter containing the words "Randy Thompson : days before passing from HPV.... There is a vaccine and he hopes you will consider getting it." RPM Randy has agreed to forward these with parts sales and asking the recipients to find a place on their trailers for its display. Our friend Randy Thompson is not done yet helping his fellow men. The virus is easy to prevent infection and as such, changing the world is not to difficult for him. The picture of our friend is to bring persons close, see what the picture is of, and the words are his continuation of good deeds and Masonic principles.

I ended with "In this life Randy is my friend' leaving all to fill in what he was to each of them.

I passed out 24 copies of the decal, one for each parent telling how he was their son. Susan, his partner. A version went to Masons with their symbol in the upper right. Several with just "My Friend" and I have a version for us here with the FJ symbol being done in the upper right saying our friend. It would be an honor if you all would display them on your trailers or wherever appropriate. A version is attached as a photo.

My memories of Randy:

Upon his diagnosis, a discussion of Funerals, he thought his would be small. I said mine will be smaller. He said he will attend mine. I reciprocated the promise. I am holding him to his words....  

After diagnosis, He wanted to do the 2015 Central Rally. I wanted to share more time with this friend so I said I would go. That man was unstoppable, Fall 2015 ECR, Spring 2016 ECR, Spring 2015 WCR, Spring 2015 Central Rally and Dammit man, he made the Fall 2016 ECR. 5 consecutive in 12 months covering coast to coast. Unstoppable I say. We both made the Central Rally, The crew I met there, Leon and son I saw for the second time, your part of the best humanity has to offer. Randy was feeling the altitude, I as it turned out had a broken tooth infecting the upper and lower jaw infecting the sinus and ear. Randy was dying, but I wimped out on that Rally's first ride with him. 14 miles out with Marty and Randy and I had to turn back, I wanted to .....  Randy rode back and as he had all week, kept an eye on me. The last day of the rally, we rode toward Gunnison and the Black Rock Canyon. We got to the Reservoir and again, I stopped. He pulled up and we rested on the picnic tables. I was afraid it was our last rally together but said nothing, simply honored to be with him here. We spoke, are we half way or 1/4..., There is rain behind us and another 200 miles ahead. He said his heart says 1/4, but his body, halfway. We turned around and raced the rain, twisting roads and only a mist for a few miles our company. Another ride down safe. That evening others in their RIP messages recall Randy going out to Recover McMasters wreckage. It was not an FJ, but wreckage. Our friend Mike was going to be fine after scoring his field goal. Randy helped recover the bike and we returned safe at 1:30 am. Unstoppable I say. Thanks again to Pat for the meal after the recovery and all the others who helped.

Now for a great memory, In the 2016 ECR Fall rally, We shared a cabin with Rockoff and Cavin (Kevin actually),The man knew no limits.

I nearly forgot and had to MODIFY my post, Randy had a sense of humor, Thanks to Clavdy and T-Roy, when T-Roy saw Randy, he announced he had left a gift at the cabin. It was , Randy's words, "That Damned Drum". Well, I helped Randy come up with a solution to our dilemma. Housekeeping for the cabins was behind us fixing Dan's cabin, so I paid her a few bucks to let us in Deans Cabin which was closer. That drum fit through the cabin door by 1/4" and not a mm more. It then fit into the bathroom again, not a mm more, well we finished it off with placing the drum in Deans shower, 1/8" clearance, maybe a mm less. See photo.

An hour later Randy asks about the noise on our porch, Maintenance removed the drum and placed it on our porch, further claiming we broke the shower faucet handle. Now wait, Dean had not checked in and housekeeping was done, so who reported the broke handle? Housekeeping reported it before we put the drum in.... Well, we put the drum in their bedroom this time and left, no one the wiser. T-roy and Dean to the best of my knowledge will learn how this happened when they read this or one of us calls them to spill the beans. Yet another way, Randy is not done yet.

We rode a few days chasing Randy, eating diners and such, so fast forward to, We crossed the Dragon that last time, me leading, waving him past to uncork the RKT then chasing him, sliding the Porsche and hammering the throttle to find him undressed and relaxing when we got the the Dragons nest, rktmanfj is a moniker he lived. He had a clean run. The next leg was returning to Bryson across 28, his declared favorite road. Wife and I in the Porsche and he on the FJ. Well, I got the jump and passed a car while he was held up, I am now running away for 10 minutes while he was not. Well, I missed a right turn at the state park and entered the park. Meanwhile, RKTMANFJ was living up to his moniker. He thought I had turned the Porches wick up to blast off and Randy laid chase, he could not catch me, lol. I was not 20 seconds delayed by my error, out of sight of the intersection, and I correctly surmised, he would have passed us. Well, now I did blast off, chasing THE "RKTMANFJ", I think over 40 miles remained, the Porsche is drifting some corners and the throttle is hammered in the straights. You all know how this ends, Rockoff and Cavin heard it in person that evening. Randy beat us back by 5 minutes by his measure and was sitting comfortably on the Farmhouse (cabins name) drinking a beer when we got back. UNSTOPPABLE I SCREAM......

He spent the next week with me in Ms., We talked Life, Masonry, the next round of CHEMO (6th), accepting Death, friends, family, attending the 2017 WCR and his plans to visit other members in person soon. This group was one of his loves.

Randy Thompson was my friend.........

Love Dave


We met thanks to Bill Rockoff inviting me to the 2012 ECR. I was a new co-worker where Bill worked and a former FJ owner so Bill thought..... bring this heathen along, he will fit right in.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on October 30, 2016, 01:16:24 PM
Thank you Dave! Well done.

Remember that 1am dinner at Denny's?

 We were all exhausted from a full day of riding and then pulling Mike's FJ out of the canyon. We were disappointed about missing the Saturday evening Rally fire.

I remember Randy smiling and saying, "Hey guys, we did good. We are here together tired and sore, but we did good, that's what is important."

We sure enjoyed our time with Randy.

Pat, I do happily recall our meal and his comments. I will not forget our camaraderie in this life or the next.



Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: ddlewis on October 31, 2016, 07:22:14 AM
Thanks for sharing all that Dave.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: 1tinindian on October 31, 2016, 09:20:14 AM
Thanks Dave for sharing this, and thanks for your kind words regarding me and my son,Cory.
I will miss Randy in more ways than one.

Leon


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: yamaha fj rider on November 01, 2016, 01:51:55 AM
I guess now the chair has been officially handed off to me.

Fred asked me to explain this.

As I understand it, the story goes. Pat, has only not ridden to one rally. This was a East Coast Rally, spring or fall, I don't know. I believe it was 2009. When Pat left the rally, he forgot his chair, Randy kept Pat's chair. Spring of 2016, Randy comes to the West Coast Rally and what does he bring, Pat's chair. A good laugh was had by all. He had kept Pat's chair for the last seven years. It looks like it had not been used. The chair was used by Pat at WCR, talked and laughed about during the rally. At the end of the rally, there sits Pat's chair. Pat having ridden to the rally was unable to take the chair, this may have been a good thing. The way his bike was loaded the only things that were missing was a chair and Granny. His next stop was the Colorado rally in a few days. Pat asked me if I had room in the back of my truck as we also were going to Colorado. At the end of the of the Colorado rally, after Pat and many had left, saying my final goodbyes, what do I see sitting there all by it's self? Pat's chair. I could not just leave it sitting there, so I put it in the back of my truck and brought it to my home. I think that Pat's chair is going to take on a life of it's own. Attending future rallies, maybe moving to another state after some time in Utah. Anyone that has some more details about Pat's chair please add them. I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks again Randy.

Kurt   


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Steve_in_Florida on November 01, 2016, 07:36:34 AM

We should come up with a token sticker for each rally, so it'll look like one of those steamer trunks from ages past.

Randy was instrumental in my purchase of a 1990 FJ from his friend Paul Dodge in Indiana. He picked me up from the airport, I took him to lunch, and he delivered me to the seller's house. What a guy!

He was very much one of the hearts of this forum.   :hi:

Steve




Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: 1tinindian on November 01, 2016, 10:43:17 AM
He was very much one of the hearts of this forum.   :hi:

Steve

No better words could be said!


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on November 02, 2016, 08:29:02 AM
Pat's chair.... There was also a set of FJScott provided yamaha saddle bags that rktmanfj carried to Ouray 2016's central rally that no one accepted as gifts. Randy then toted them to the 2016 EC Fall rally where Bill Rockoff, now what is his forum name... gained custody of these original Yamaha option soft bags.





Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: ddlewis on November 02, 2016, 09:06:24 AM
..I think that Pat's chair is going to take on a life of it's own. Attending future rallies, maybe moving to another state after some time in Utah. Anyone that has some more details about Pat's chair please add them. I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks again Randy.

Kurt   

Well better Pat's camping chair that a friggin timpani drum.  Randy would agree.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Pat Conlon on November 02, 2016, 11:02:25 AM
Thank's Kurt....yea, that chair.....at least is isn't a big ass kettle drum... :good:


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: rlucas on November 02, 2016, 12:37:24 PM
But you have to admit the the Drum has a kind of pointless StoopidCool-ness that a camp chair just can't provide.



Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Pat Conlon on November 02, 2016, 02:39:51 PM
This is true


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Steve_in_Florida on November 02, 2016, 08:09:20 PM

Well, You can sit on the drum, or beat the chair.

Steve



Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: TRoy on November 05, 2016, 12:40:06 PM
"That Damned Drum".  That drum fit through the cabin door by 1/4"  It then fit into the bathroom , not a mm more finished it off in Deans shower, 1/8" clearance, maybe a mm less.

 to the best of my knowledge will learn how this happened when they read this or one of us calls them to spill the beans. Yet another way, Randy is not done yet.

  haha! thats great! ...and accurate  :good2:  man that damned drum has been thru some shit.. imagine the stories it could tell ! oh wow..  i cant remember if i first got it from Dean or Randy, but i do remember making trips to cincinnati and indianapolis ..'drum logistics' . my daughter Kate made the trip to Randys with me back in 2009 or so, we had a good time hangin out.. playin with the pups.. i had no idea how that trip would change my life. Had a helluva good ride with Randy down 28 to franklin at the rally... givin' it hell as usual.. 'cause thats what Randy did.. in all aspects of life. He gave it hell.



Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: FJ Flyer on November 10, 2016, 12:46:23 PM
R.I.P. Randy.

Randy graciously hosted a band of FJ hooligans at his semi-vacated house in Indy so we had a place to call base-camp while we went to the inaugural Indy MotoGP race.  I think there must have been at least ten of us crammed into that little house, some sleeping in the basement.  Back yard full of bikes.  Hurricane rolling in and cutting short the race by a few laps. 

Great trip, great memories.



Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Motofun on November 12, 2016, 03:39:43 PM
Nancy and I just got back from Oregon to find this out.  Terrible news, RIP Randy.  Of course we knew things were not great from our meeting with Randy at the ECFR last September.  Randy will always have a place set for him at all future rally gatherings.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on December 08, 2016, 11:49:54 PM
Hmm, typo, 2016 Central Rally, my bad


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: racerrad8 on June 26, 2017, 12:53:17 PM
Today would have been Randy's 59th Birthday.

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on August 26, 2017, 09:29:08 AM
Today I finished a long overdue project. It is in time for the Fall Rally.

In honor of our friend Randy Thompson, a great man and friend. I made 2 of these plaques for him. Some of his ashes will be stored in the float bowl of the carburetor. One will go to this falls East Coast Rally in Tellico with a short ceremony to spread some ashes on Randy's favorite Route @* through Suches, and the other to FJMonkey in California. The photo is of Randy during a Rally, along with the message Randy wanted people to know about his cancer and getting the HPV Vaccine.

The Oak is from a tree I harvested, >200 years old, 48" in Diameter and dying from Wood Boring worms. Randy had character as we all know. In his last days at my home, we discussed these plaques/Urns and his message. The photo is a all weather decal and he would be honored if everyone could spread the vaccines word by displaying the decal on your trailer or tow rig.

For a decal, I am sending some to RPM Randy for each sale inclusion as he sees fit, and I can be messaged on the site here with your address and will send one out to you if requested.

Let all our fallen friends be remembered fondly for the good they brought us all.

Dave


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: big r on August 26, 2017, 02:09:37 PM
That looks awesome. What a great way to remember someone. I never had the pleasure to meet Randy but enjoyed his posts. God speed and enjoy that endless twisty road in the sky. Big R


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: Pat Conlon on August 27, 2017, 01:04:03 AM
Randy's smiling right now....Thank you Dave :good2:


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: rlucas on August 27, 2017, 04:17:52 AM
I met Randy at my very first Rally, Boone 2004.

This is outstanding, Dave. Thank you.


rossi


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: ddlewis on August 28, 2017, 02:49:21 PM
that's pretty freakin cool of you Dave.   Did Susan see this?  She would really like it.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on August 29, 2017, 07:21:01 AM
Danny,

Susan and his parent have seen this.

Randy knew about the urns as he asked me to get FJMonkey an URN as well. The week after the 2016 Fall rally when he stayed with us he and I spoke about the URN's. A week later, he called and asked if my youngest stepson was sexually active yet and had he been vaccinated. He then asked that the lesson of HPV and his learning it had a vaccine not be forgotten, hence I put it and his photo together with the message and the outdoor rated decal and we have the combined end product, he  had pre-approved before he passed.

Susan is attempting to attend the fall rally for a few days during the week.

We look forward to seeing you and everyone there soon.

Dave


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: andyb on November 08, 2017, 02:43:04 AM
Just saw this.

RIP.  That's a damned shame.


Title: Re: R.I.P. Randy Thompson 10/23/16 (rktmanfj)
Post by: ZOA NOM on November 08, 2017, 09:52:54 AM
Man, I gotta change my ways... I never met this guy, but these kind of friends really tells me what kind of a guy he was. RIP


Title: Quebert Thompson, Randy Thompsons dog and an East Coast Rally regular
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on May 25, 2018, 07:06:22 PM
Quebert passed today. I took him in after Randy passed and tried to provide him a home with my dogs and family. I should have done a better job. He is buried beside my home and is missed by my family.



Title: Re: Quebert Thompson, Randy Thompsons dog and an East Coast Rally regular
Post by: Bill_Rockoff on May 25, 2018, 07:48:27 PM
Aww, man....

Dave, I'm glad you wound up with the dog, taking him in was a nice thing to do. One of my favorite pics from recent rallies is Randy sitting at a table with Andrew, in the shade at Tellico Beach.

Missed you at Boone, which was full of rally dogs - including Andrew's Goose. Andrew left before I got there Friday night (a bachelor party and two weddings that weekend in Raleigh) so I got the dog for the weekend.


Title: Re: Quebert Thompson, Randy Thompsons dog and an East Coast Rally regular
Post by: ddlewis on May 30, 2018, 09:12:26 AM
aww bummer.  Good for you Dave taking care of him.  Sorry to hear but as I remember he was pretty old when Randy adopted him.  He was a funny little dog with that crazy underbite and about 5 teeth.  Reminded me of a grumpy old man.


Title: Re: Quebert Thompson, Randy Thompsons dog and an East Coast Rally regular
Post by: DR.GTS.DUCATI.FAZER Dave on June 22, 2018, 08:29:08 PM
Danny, thanks.  he was as you recall. He got off the leash and wandered downhill, ie. sloped yard into the creek where he drowned.

My wife shed a few tears and I felt horrible, I always shed tears when I loose a family pet.