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R.I.P. Terrence Spoonster PSIA-C Level III

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
This really really really sucks!!!!

I very good friend of mine and one of my trainers passed away today. He was young and had wonderful children in college.

He will be missed by many. He was a wonderful dad, husband, coach, ski instructor and friend. He died this afternoon on the snow at Brandywine Ski Area here in Ohio. What was he doing? Coaching his skiers in regional Special Olympics events. He died from an apparent MI while on the snow after running a race.

He is known to many in PSIA-C and had effected the ski instruction career of many including me. On the hill he was grace, power and enthusiastic fun!!! He loved his special students and always had time for them even if he was supposed to be free skiing.

My friend one last lift ride. May the snow be soft and bottomless. May you only cross the tracks of those you wish. God speed and save me a place on your tram.

ED
post #2 of 27


May the powder be ever deep and heavenly... And may his family be comforted that he left this world while doing something that he loved.
post #3 of 27


thoughts are with his family & friends
post #4 of 27
Sorry to hear this. RIP.

L
post #5 of 27
May he rest in peace and ski heavenly powder better then any on this Earth.
post #6 of 27
sounds like you had a good friend that will always be with you and touched many.
post #7 of 27
I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

RIP
post #8 of 27
May he rest in peace.
post #9 of 27
Wow, holy sht. that is quite the shock.
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks "D"
post #11 of 27
Brandywine...I did a lot of evening races there. You have to be an afficianado of the sport to ski on those little hills, even more to coach and put together events there. Sorry to hear we lost someone like that.
post #12 of 27
I have many fond memories of skiing and even instructing at Brandywine in the late 60s and early 70s. Its like Cheers, everyone knows your name. Well I didn't know Terry Spoonster, but I'm sure he will be missed by many. Best wishes Ed. Your friend gave so much in life, he will surely find his reward in the hereafter. Maybe sharing the dream of powder turns with some former special students.
post #13 of 27
Pow,

I'm really sorry to hear this. May the powder be deep and the vertical be huge.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Powdigger
He died this afternoon on the snow at Brandywine Ski Area here in Ohio.
At least he went doing what he loved and on the snow, not in a rush-hour accident on his way to a desk job
post #14 of 27
Sorry, Ed, I didn't know you had started this thread so I started another one in the general forum.

Spoony was 16 When he came out to try out for instructor, I was one of the examiners/judges and what struck all of us how mature he was for his age. A good skier already at that time but what with his impish grin we recognized that he had people skills to spare.

Most of us found out today at the hill about his passing, and being distantly related to him via marriage of his nephew to my niece, we have a sad time ahead of us.

Terry joined his wife who passed away last year and I'm sure he is looking down doing MA critiquing on all of us...he will be missed.

....Ott
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
but what with his impish grin we recognized that he had people skills to spare.
That grin . . . You nailed it . . . thats what I'll miss . . . that grin

That ok Ott. It is still shocking. God this sucks. We are still tell people who are spread over the place its very difficult to help them come to the realization.

ed

ps: I guess I willl be seen you soon. Jackie says hello.
post #16 of 27
We lost a guy on the slopes of Bousquet this week, too. I don't know the details.......heart attack and died.......but I believe he was a spectator. Ski patrol is a somber place this week. Something like that is a shock and makes you take stock of your life and appreciate what you have.

Thoughts and well wishes to his survivors.
post #17 of 27
I'm terribly sorry and saddened to hear that. I was an instructor with Terry at Boston Mills about 15 years ago, and to this day I still think of him from time to time with fond memories. Mostly, I remember his sense of humor and dedication. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, including myself.

Jeff Noland
post #18 of 27
Sorry to hear you lost a friend, Ed. I am sure some of my other friends from last season are grieving as well. Give them my regards.

I thought of you the other day. It occurred to me that it has been awhile since my last helmet check.

Tim
post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 
This is a story about a great man who will be missed:

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/13734913.htm

the Obituary

http://www.legacy.com/ohio/Obituarie...sonId=16489623
post #20 of 27
What a shame Ed. It always hurts to lose friends especially when they are so young. I know it is hard but going that way is better than the way my friend and patrol buddy Herb is going. He has been battling brain cancer for the past two months. It looks like the end is near for him as he can't get out of bed anymore and can only eat jello with vitamins and liquids as his muscle control is almost gone. Life is cruel to see this once strong 48 year old Father of three, once a great bump skier, friend, waist away. I know your loss is great but feel good about the way he lived and the ease of his death. My prayers to all.
post #21 of 27
So sad when we lose someone so special . My prayers are with his family . PD --CARRY-ON he'd want you to
post #22 of 27
I worked with him from 2001-2002, I'm saddened at this loss. Such a great guy with lots of energy.

RIP Spoony.
post #23 of 27

Spoony was like a father to me at BM/BW

This is very sad news. Although I have not taught at BM/BW for 3 seasons and now am in Colorado, Spoony was one of those people that I still think of and smile. He helped me so much when I took PSIA level 2 and I think he's a big reason why I passed. I will miss him greatly.
I hope the slopes are steep and the pow is deep upstairs... and the skis tune themselves. Spoony, make some S's for me and one day I will be there behind you to turn them into 8's.
post #24 of 27
R.I.P. Indeed Honor forever and never forget !
post #25 of 27

What a shock!

I taught with Spoony for almost 19yrs. Althought I haven't strapped on a pair of skis in a while I still think of all the good memories. We took our PSIA level II together back in the early '80s.

Doug D.
post #26 of 27
>>>>I taught with Spoony for almost 19yrs. Althought I haven't strapped on a pair of skis in a while I still think of all the good memories. We took our PSIA level II together back in the early '80s.

Doug D.<<<

Deaver, is that you? What are you doing now, haven't seen you out at BM.

Everytime we think of Spoony we still shake our heads in sorrow.

....Ott
post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hey Ott,

Spoony is taking care of us. Tonight was a memorial torch light prosession at BW. We have not had snow for 4 weeks and what do we have close to a foot over the last 48 hours. Thanks Spoony!!

Ed
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