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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-21-2014 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is with sadness that I share the news that space memorabilia collector Leon Ford passed away on Wednesday evening (Aug. 20).

Leon was the first member of collectSPACE. He was the first person to join these forums when they came online in 1999 and played an active role in shaping what this site would become during its early years.

I last saw Leon in May at Spacefest in Pasadena, where we spent a few minutes catching up and talking about the hobby.

My sincere condolences to his wife Donna, his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Our Daily Bread Food Bank, P.O. Box 1476, Hammond, LA. 70404 or to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Mail Code: ASF-1, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899.

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James Brown
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posted 08-21-2014 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Such a loss. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Godspeed Leon.

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4allmankind
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The world has lost a special man. Not a bad bone in his body.

Every time we hung up the phone he would say "Love ya, man". He was truly filled with love and will be sorely missed.

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Truly, one of the sweetest and dearest humans to ever have walked this planet. I am shattered by this. I have loved him like a brother, and will miss him, always. It was an honor to know him and call him my friend. Rest in peace, my dear, dear friend...

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Steve Zarelli
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posted 08-21-2014 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Terrible and tragic news. A great loss to the hobby.

My condolences to his family and friends.

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Dave Clow
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Leon was a mentor and an example for collectors. Condolences to his family.

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SpaceAholic
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Sorry to hear. Leon was one of the first collectSPACE members that I met. He was a very nice guy. Rest in peach Leon. My sympathies to his family.

Steven Kaplan
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Very sad news. One of the nicest people you could hope to meet. My condolences to his family and friends.

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Very sad to hear that a great friend has left us. I always enjoyed our talks and his great knowledge about the space program in the last decade. One of the greatest personalities I have ever met!

My sincere condolences to his his family and friends. RIP Leon.

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I first met Leon on the pages of this message board back in 1999. While it was a rather stormy relationship as so often occurred in those early years on the Internet, but over time, he taught me how kindness and openness is more important in helping elevate the hobby.

I met Leon in person for the first time in Burbank in 2004. As I was introduced to Leon, I told him that he could take the first punch. Leon offered me his hand instead. He became a truly close friend as he did so easily with so many of us. He was the epitome of a true Southern gentleman. His passing is a tremendous personal loss to so many of those who have had the lucky chance to meet and be his friend.

Leon, you will be missed.

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I am absolutely shocked right now.

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Although we never met he was very nice to me over email and even invited me to visit him when he was still in CO.

Very sad news.

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R.I.P. to a very good man.

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Godspeed Leon.

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Leon was a great friend and a true gentleman. I will miss our daily conversations, his wit, and his sage advice. There's an old saying about the measure of a man: It is not how he died, but how he lived. It is not what he gained, but what did he give. Those are the units to measure the worth of a man...as a man, regardless of birth.

Leon, you were priceless and you will be sorely missed. Godspeed brother!

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I'm truly shocked. As with Larry, I first met Leon at Burbank in 2004, I had talked to him via email a few times and was a friendly face in a sea of strangers when I arrived. He and Wally Schirra had me rolling up with his "primed" questions to Wally about his Jaguar car! I haven't had the opportunity to speak with him much in recent years but was always pleased to see his smiling face online (usually on AHOF images ). Our community is poorer for his passing.

My thoughts are with his family at this time. — Adam

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I will miss you, my dear friend.

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A sad loss for the collecting community. My sympathies to his family and friends.

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I was so sorry to hear of Leon's passing. Having met him a few times over the years, he was always gracious and enthusiastic about life. He had a passion for space collecting that was both rare and inspiring. He will be missed. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family.

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. RIP fellow cS member.

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I shared a drink with Leon at Spacefest in Pasadena and he was his usual smiling and happy self. What a huge loss.

David Scott (not the astronaut)

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One of the great pleasures of attending space shows in the States was seeing Leon there. Such a wonderfully generous, gentle and interesting man; he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends on this incredibly sad and unexpected news. Our shared passion for space is all the poorer for his loss.

As an example of the type of person Leon was, the first time I met him was at Spacefest San Diego. While we were talking he asked if I was going to the dinner that night, but when I said I hadn't organised a ticket before I flew over he told me he had a spare and insisted I take it as it would otherwise go unused, and he would not hear of being paid for it. That night I got to sit at the table of Gene Kranz and enjoyed talking with the great man, which was a truly unforgettable experience. That story typifies for me the wonderful person that Leon was, and why I will always remember him and his kindness with great fondness.

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