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  • Sad news...OldGreyEagle has passed away

    It is with sadness that I convey to all of you that John Arno, known to all of us as OldGreyEagle, has passed away. John's son Ryan shared details with me this morning of his dad's sudden passing while on a trip to Colorado.

    John was an exceptional man, and wonderful contributor to this virtual campfire for a decade. Much of that time John spent as our moderator, and his cheerful voice, service and thoughts often came when needed most. This forum, and many of us personally, are better because we had the chance to know John.

    I only met John in person one time. He was traveling through Chicago, and stopped in for a very long cup of coffee, and though we had never met, it was as if I was greeting an old friend. John's service to our community leaves an indelible mark, and his passing a terrible void.

    The first eulogy I ever delivered was for Green Bar Bill Hillcourt... as I searched for words to share with thousands gathered at his funeral and following the proceedings from afar, I came across a poem in Bill's private papers. It spoke to me... and I hope to many of the people that cherished a friendship with Bill, many of whom had only met him once or twice, or knew him more from his writings. Many of us knew the nom de plume OldGreyEagle and considered him a friend...




    A few photos of the man, to help you all put a face to a friend we've lost...










    The services are being handled by Downing Funeral Home in Bethlehem, PA, and Ryan tells me anyone so inclined may make donations to Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council.


  • #2
    I'm very sorry...though I never met John in person, I've always had the utmost respect for him. I enjoyed his wisdom, humor and vast experience.

    My deepest condolences to the Arno Family, and friends.

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    • #3
      Sad news. I never met him in person, but it was always a pleasure to read his contributions to this forum. He will be missed.

      My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

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      • #4
        That is sad news.. My condolences to his family & friends.. His voice on this forum will be missed.

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        • #5
          Aw man, that's terrible. I'll miss him.

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          • #6
            I can't express how sad this makes me feel. My thoughts will be with Ryan and his family. We lost a very, very good man, a good scout, and a good father. Tomorrow I will find a quiet place deep in a forest and reflect on him and the example he set for the rest of us. I know I am better for having known him.

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            • #7
              A voice that will me missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

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              • #8
                We never met, but I was born in Easton and still have family in Bethlehem. My cousin goes to the Moravian church which sponsored his troop. His voice of moderation and role of mentor will be sorely missed. A life in service to others is a life well lived. God bless our friend and his family.

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                • #9
                  Very sad and surprising news. Sympathies to his family for their loss, and also to the Scouts and Scouters in his community, who have lost a great leader.

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                  • #10
                    OGE, I will miss our honest, direct posts and helpful advice but I think you are headed to higher summit of old scouters.

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                    • #11
                      Eaternal rest grant onto him oh Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.Amen.

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                      • #12
                        OGE was always a voice of calm and reason in the wilderness. He will be missed. May the Great Master of all scouts be with us till we meet again.

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                        • #13
                          Indeed sad news. Condolences to Terry and all of OGE's friends. I am thankful for his contributions to the scouting movement.
                          May he rest in peace.

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                          • #14
                            He will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

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                            • #15
                              Truly sad news; like others, my thoughts and prayers are with his family. Appreciated his resolute voice on various sometimes difficult topics; calm and reason always are helpful.

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