Farewell to the Wolf Man

No, not the lycanthrope.

George Edward Tobin, George to his family, Ted to his friends, left us last week. His system collapsed and failed. It wasn’t a great surprise to those of us who knew him – it was a long time coming. But that never really makes it easier to see a friend go.

Ted was also known as the Wolf Man, for he was surrounded by them. He had a great affinity for wolves, and American Western artwork in general. Not surprisingly, he was an avid fan the writings of Louis L’amour and Zane Grey, as well as old western videos – both movies and television. Ted was one of those of us whose hands automatically leap to our heart at the mention of Randolph Scott.

I hadn’t seen Ted much lately – been hermitting in my cave, cut off from the world around me. (Hence the severe lack of bloggage, too) Now that he’s gone, there’s nobody left who remembers enough about life in the first half of the last century for me to have the kinds of talks Ted and i used to share.

Ted was a sweet old guy, and one of a kind. I’m going to miss him.

Ted in the snow outside his last home.

George 'Ted' Tobin, dwarfed by the snow outside his home.


3 Responses to “Farewell to the Wolf Man”

  1. 1 Tara S 23 October 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Tank you, that was very kind of you. I will make sure the family gets a copy

  2. 2 potenzmittel 25 October 2010 at 3:37 am

    It? s the first time I have heard that in Macedonia, obits are an unusual observe. You have wonderfully written the post. I have liked your way of writing this. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. 3 Dave McGowan 25 October 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Anyone who likes L’Amour has to be good folks to begin. And anyone who can talk about things that matter is also going to be missed.
    I used to probe men and women I knew who had been born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and those days when I managed to get them to relate their memories were too short and too few.
    I miss them all.

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