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Old 05-30-17, 08:50 AM
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Sad news about Snuts

I have been in contact with Dale's sister. She has informed me that Dale, AKA Snuts, suffered a major stroke on May 19th and passed away May 29th.
He was with family in Nova Scotia at the time.
There is no obituary as yet, but they may get around to that in the next week. I will update.
The family has asked that any donations be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
his name was Dale Hunter last residence, Thunder Bay Ont.
I really only knew Dale from on line, and did meet up for a brief visit and a short ride when he came through town on his tour. His family found my number on his cell phone contacts and reached out to me hoping they could find someone to let his online friends know.
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Old 05-30-17, 08:55 AM
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Sad to hear

I generally hate the phrase "he died doing what he loved", but in this case his trip thread made it seem like he truly was on an adventure of a lifetime.
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Old 05-30-17, 09:08 AM
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Very sad.

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/11...ur-2017-a.html

RIP

I don't want to trivialize this in any way, but I am glad he was able to keep going until very close to the end.
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Old 05-30-17, 09:11 AM
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post #84 has a nice selfie. RIP
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Old 05-30-17, 09:36 AM
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That's really sad. I had followed his trip as much as I could. I'm glad it wasn't a cycling related accident but the fact it was one of the last things he did before he passed has to be someone comforting to his family
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Old 05-30-17, 09:39 AM
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That's a real bummer. He seemed like a genuinely kind person.
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Old 05-30-17, 09:45 AM
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I'm glad we got to know him a little on this forum. His was a positive encouraging voice.
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So sad to hear. Didn't know him well, but he was always kind and encouraging to me here. I'm glad he was able to finish his days riding and then be surrounded by his family. My thoughts are with them in their time of loss.
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Old 05-30-17, 10:15 AM
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So sad to hear.
Wishing his family consolation.
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Old 05-30-17, 11:54 AM
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I don't get it. How can you ride 3600km and then a couple days later have a stroke?
Sad... reminds me any day can be my day.
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Old 05-30-17, 12:05 PM
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May God have mercy on Dale's soul, and ours.

And may the angels escort him to paradise.


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Old 05-30-17, 12:07 PM
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what a bummer. will be thinking about him on my ride today. one of the good ones.
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My goodness, how shocking. How old was he?
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In one post he said he was 16 in 1976 Bicentennial year. That puts him in his late 50's.
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Old 05-30-17, 01:24 PM
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Lol, I miss him already. Rest in peace, Dale. He was one of the good guys. The Lord has a special seat next to him.
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Old 05-30-17, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by BikeLite View Post
In one post he said he was 16 in 1976 Bicentennial year. That puts him in his late 50's.
+1 - His profile only says he became a widower at 55 and that's why he took up cycling. Can only hope him and his wife are together again
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I always enjoyed his posts and I was following his trip thread as well. He will be missed.
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Old 05-30-17, 01:52 PM
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This is a good reminder to get a thorough physical before embarking on a tour, particularly for older folks that don't have a lot of experience riding long distances. You can ride yourself to better health and fitness or it can lead to an early death. Not knowing anything about Dale, can't say whether this could have been prevented.
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So sorry to hear this.
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Old 05-30-17, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
my goodness, how shocking. How old was he?
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Old 05-30-17, 06:26 PM
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Wow, this sucks...he was just riding a couple weeks ago!!
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Old 05-31-17, 03:58 AM
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Lol, I miss him already. Rest in peace, Dale. He was one of the good guys. The Lord has a special seat next to him.
Yes ! probably a Brooks.
Makes me worry. Live life like it's your last day.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
Yes ! probably a Brooks.
Makes me worry. Live life like it's your last day.
I'm two years older than Snuts. Told my wife about this and she being a worrywart anyway, immediately said that I shouldn't do the Divide. I told her that wasn't a good reason and that no one should live in fear. YOLO has a stronger meaning for me every day.

I envy Dale in a way. He went out like a man, having the time of his life instead of laying in bed with diapers on. Not the way I want to go for sure.
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Shocking news! My condolences to his family and friends.

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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
This is a good reminder to get a thorough physical before embarking on a tour, particularly for older folks that don't have a lot of experience riding long distances. You can ride yourself to better health and fitness or it can lead to an early death. Not knowing anything about Dale, can't say whether this could have been prevented.
A very good comment. As you say, without knowing his details, who knows, but as you say, as we get older we do need to keep up on checkups and any symptoms that can hint at any issues.

As others have said, this was a shock as his posts showed that he had gotten rather strong through his trip.

Condolences to his family.
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