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post #31 of 57
Here's a picture Floyd gave me when I was a kid. It has hung on my wall for many years and will remain there as long as I have a wall to hang it on. It reads...

To Chuck,
Best Always in Skiing
Flyin Floyd
112.63 mph
and rising!

post #32 of 57
Services will be on 3/13 in Renton. Details soon.
post #33 of 57
We now have the information on the funeral services for Floyd. I am sure I have missed many people so please fwd to those you think may want to know. All are invited.

Thursday, March 13

1:30pm Memorial Service
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160 AVE S.E.
Renton WA 98059
425-226-2871

3:00PM Reception
Fairwood Golf and Country Club
17070 140 AVE S.E.
Renton WA 98058
425-226-7890
** There is a dress code: No denim please.

Bring you memories and great stories and please join us in celebrating Floyd's life.
post #34 of 57
I love ya, man.

Those were the last words that I said to Floyd. We had been talking at the December demo days at Crystal Mountain. I had not seen him since he had his stroke last year, so we were discussing our recoveries as I had had a stroke the previous year. We discussed everything from medication to physical rehab. Floyd said that the day of his stroke was now his new birthday and he planned to live every day as a gift. He of course told me about his new Ford GT that was part of his new lifestyle.

He was heading for England the next week and was not looking forward to the trip as he would be missing a great winter in the Northwest.

I first met Floyd racing in the Enduro at Crystal Mountain. We were riding in the chair together and he gave me some advice about how to jump the cornice into Powder Bowl, so as to not lose any speed. He was wearing an outlandish tiger-striped lycra outfit which got him a cover shot on Jake Moe’s Northwest Sports magazine. He and I raced together in the old school Crown Standard at Crystal for several years. It was always fun to compare times as we were always neck and neck in those races.

Floyd was always up for an adventure. One clear day in the late ‘90s Carolyn and I ran into Floyd, Willie and Mike at the top of Kempers. Just the week before it had avalanched all the way to 410, clearing out a lot of trees and brush. The weather was 20 degrees F and there was 18 inches of fresh powder.

Floyd asked us to join him and said, “Let’s take it all the way to the road!”

We skied Kempers in ideal conditions down to 410, and hitchhiked back to Crystal.

When I saw him before he left for England last December, he said than when he gets back, we should get together for a beer and finish the conversation we were having at Crystal. Those were the last words Floyd said to me.
"When these frail shadows we inhabit now have quit the stage we'll meet and raise a glass again together in Valhalla."
--Judge Clinton Sternwood Jim Phillips
Greenwater, WA
post #35 of 57
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comments Jim, Floyd always held you in high regard.

Michael
post #36 of 57
This tribute to him is extremely touching, makes me wish I'd met him.
post #37 of 57

Flyin' Floyd

I just found out last night. Floyd's Mom called and asked me to speak at the funeral, hope to see you all there.

We grew up together, met in 2nd grade and went through High School together. Rode bikes, minibikes, motorcycles together.
Learned to ski at Grayson's ski school at Hyak together.
He was Best Man at my wedding.
I'm really going to miss him.

Everybody, from casual aquaintance to close friend, has a Floyd story.
I'd like to hear yours.

Dave Robertson aka Lumper (and that's a Floyd story too!)

PS: Lucky, call me if you still have my number.
post #38 of 57
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I just found out last night. Floyd's Mom called and asked me to speak at the funeral, hope to see you all there.

We grew up together, met in 2nd grade and went through High School together. Rode bikes, minibikes, motorcycles together.
Learned to ski at Grayson's ski school at Hyak together.
He was Best Man at my wedding.
I'm really going to miss him.

Everybody, from casual aquaintance to close friend, has a Floyd story.
I'd like to hear yours.

Dave Robertson aka Lumper (and that's a Floyd story too!)

PS: Lucky, call me if you still have my number.
You can't leave us hangin'!:
post #39 of 57
> > Dave Robertson aka Lumper (and that's a Floyd story too!)

> You can't leave us hangin'!

Well, OK.

If you knew Floyd, you had a nickname. Now you might not know your nickname because he might not tell you, it might be "Lunkhead" or something not too complimentary. One of his sisters will always be "Toots" to me, his brother is "Boop".

In 5th grade at Spring Glen Elementary Floyd decided that I, a "chunky" kid, reminded him of Lumpy Rutherford from "Leave It To Beaver". So I became Lumpy which morphed into Lumper. I hated the name and still do but as we got older I accepted it. As adults, I only accepted it from Floyd and maybe a couple of others. But I'd give a lot to hear the phone ring and have him say "Hey Lumper" again.

Dave aka Lumper
post #40 of 57
Thread Starter 
Lumper, please PM me your number.
post #41 of 57
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> > Dave Robertson aka Lumper (and that's a Floyd story too!)
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> You can't leave us hangin'!
Well, OK.

If you knew Floyd, you had a nickname. Now you might not know your nickname because he might not tell you, it might be "Lunkhead" or something not too complimentary. One of his sisters will always be "Toots" to me, his brother is "Boop".

In 5th grade at Spring Glen Elementary Floyd decided that I, a "chunky" kid, reminded him of Lumpy Rutherford from "Leave It To Beaver". So I became Lumpy which morphed into Lumper. I hated the name and still do but as we got older I accepted it. As adults, I only accepted it from Floyd and maybe a couple of others. But I'd give a lot to hear the phone ring and have him say "Hey Lumper" again.

Dave aka Lumper
And now you're Lumper to 15,000 of your closest friends.

Thanks for sharing, .........Glad to have you as a friend Lumper.
post #42 of 57

Floyd Story from brother Boop

Here's a Floyd story on how Floyd earned his nickname "Uncle Reb". On the Miami Vice TV show there was an episode called "Viking Bikers from Hell" which was Floyd's favorite. It was about some bad ass bikers and one of the toughest SOB's was named Reb. And since Floyd was a biker (so to speak) the name seem to fit and my son Rick started calling him that and it stuck for everyone else in the family. He always signed his cards "Uncle Reb" to his nephew Rick and niece Ashley.

Here's to you Uncle Reb! Love ya Bro
post #43 of 57
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Here's to you Uncle Reb! Love ya Bro
Good one Boop! Thanks.

DR
post #44 of 57
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Originally Posted by lckitty1 View Post
We now have the information on the funeral services for Floyd. I am sure I have missed many people so please fwd to those you think may want to know. All are invited.

Thursday, March 13

1:30pm Memorial Service
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160 AVE S.E.
Renton WA 98059
425-226-2871

3:00PM Reception
Fairwood Golf and Country Club
17070 140 AVE S.E.
Renton WA 98058
425-226-7890
** There is a dress code: No denim please.

Bring you memories and great stories and please join us in celebrating Floyd's life.
Thanks Phil. You all, his family and friends, but particularly Floyd, will be in my thoughts and prayers all day tomorrow. To be honest, I still can't get the scene out of my mind and have prayed for his soul every day since. Father Shaw.
post #45 of 57
Thank you everyone! It has been a great celebration of Floyd's life. He has obviously touch us all in his way.

P
post #46 of 57
Thread Starter 
There will be a run named after Floyd in Crystal's Northback. It is the middle chute of the Finger's Chute and will be called Flyin' Floyds.
post #47 of 57
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There will be a run named after Floyd in Crystal's Northback. It is the middle chute of the Finger's Chute and will be called Flyin' Floyds.
If, I should happen to make my way out there to ski with you, I'm counting on you to share this special run with me.
post #48 of 57
Thread Starter 
Will do.
post #49 of 57
This is a very moving thread. I did not know Floyd but from what everyone has shared I feel like I miss him.
Thanks to NWLoc for posting the picture of Floyd in the speed skiing suit. I like the way you've included the framing mat. That and the inscription make it a very real object given from someone that touched you.

There's very few people in the world who've attempted that type of skiing. We appreciate that he did. I'm struck by the similarities with him in the speed gear and his red and white Ford GT. It's almost the same. From now on when I see that car I'll think of Flyin Floyd at 112.63mph in speed gear in a picture in a frame on epicski.

I'll leave you with this link. I like the music. I think it works here. Thanks Floyd.
http://gratitudecampaign.org/fullmovie.php#
post #50 of 57

Celebrating Floyd L. Conradi Jr.mp4

I've posted a Quicktime movie "Celebrating Floyd L. Conradi Jr.mp4" on my website:

http://homepage.mac.com/cfunkak

You can download it from there. This is the same as the DVD that was played and handed out at the memorial.

Sorry this took so long, I wanted to make sure it was OK with Floyd's Mom before posting the download. Feel free to share the link with anyone who might be interested. Cya, Lumper
post #51 of 57

I met Flyn' Floyd while I was speed skiing.... turned out to be a great competitor and a good guy. ...just heard the awful news... will be wearing a Floyd sicker on my uniform in his honor during the Cypress world cup race tomorrow- RIP Floyd.

 

js

post #52 of 57

I'd love to see a picture of you with the Floyd sticker at the race.

 

Lumper

post #53 of 57

Hey, I would love to see a photo of you in full up race gear,  best to you on your race day.  Thanks for the post.

 

Hope

post #54 of 57

FF, YOU are welome for showing the Double Back in '71.

yeah I know....thanks for letting me use your tramp in your back yard.

Lived In Jackson 4 years .....How many trams can you catch.......gang.

you saw me do 113 in a tuck......wassup?

perhaps all things are meant to be. 

I never married, but a nice lady for 16years.

of Course........to settle.......... OUR.....bet.......... from '70.........

IF YOU never married?  YOU WON.

Kick some ass

Krazy Ray

post #55 of 57
Thread Starter 
Uh Ray did you know that Floyd is gone?
post #56 of 57

Sad to hear about Floyd (decided to google search his name, today, for selfish reasons -- I am salivating for a pair of Salomon Q Lab's) -- I was up at Crystal Mtn., one day, in late December 2001 or 2002 and was talking to one of my fellow ski instructors about trying to get a screaming deal on some Salomon skis (not having any luck on eBay, at the time).  He said, 'there's a rep on the mtn, today, and I will introduce you.  He can probably strike a deal for you.'  

 

I got to meet 'the man, himself,' and made arrangements to meet him at his place in SE Renton.  

 

I asked my friend what I could do to express my thanks for such a good deal, and he advised, 'something alcohol -- like J.D.'

 

When I went to Floyd's home, I carried in arm, the largest bottle of J.D. I could find.  I was there for not much more than 20 minutes, but left with the feeling I had known him since childhood.

 

Those were the best skis I ever rode, but wish there were more people like him -- this world would be a better place!

post #57 of 57
Thread Starter 
Skeeler, thanks for the kind words about Fly'n Floyd. He was my skiing partner and friend for a long time.
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