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    Default Dave Cushman Passed Away

    This was posted on the BBKA forum:

    "I was told early this morning that Dave Cushman died yesterday.

    "I have been in regular contact with him recently and his health had clearly been declining.

    I am in contact with his family and will let you know any further details.

    "In my opinion Dave was a very knowledgeable beekeeper and his website was a reference for many beekeepers worldwide.

    --Roger Patterson.


    He will be greatly missed.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Great website, he will be missed by all.

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    Definitely sad news.

    Like hearing of the passing of other bee giants like Brother Adam, Richard Taylor, Steve Taber, Harry Laidlaw in my beekeeping generation.

    He was a pioneer in the beekeeping field as one of the first to use the power of the internet to share his love of beekeeping with others worldwide. Might be said he was the first to aggregate so much information and make it so readily available without charge to so many folks who were interested in bees.

    Even after many years of beekeeping I would find myself gravitating back to his websites whenever I had a question about anything "bee" related. If I was looking for something "new" or trying to recall something I had forgotten on a subject I would search his knowledge database.

    He laid things out in a way that conveyed the information in a manner one could easily understand. Very helpful for those of us not fit for a PH D behind our name.

    A truly gracious beekeeper who loved the bees and obviously loved sharing what he knew with others.

    Also, he lived as poignant example proving that no matter what your physical condition is in life you can still make a grand contribution to the betterment of society if you are willing.

    If anyone has info on where to send condolences and letters of gratitude please post them.
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    Pardon my ignorance but what's the address of his website?
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    Well, that has ruined my day. Was the only reason I kept subscribed to Bee-L. Very sad to see him go. I used to come up with beekeeping ideas and then I would look at his website and see that he had already been there 20 years earlier. Great loss.

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    Website: http://www.dave-cushman.net/

    Plan to spend some time because it is massive.


    Pete0
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    Such sad news for us all! He has been a great "Father Beek" of knowledge and much help to so many beeks. His web site was an early/original source for great beekeeping information. I hope it stays up for others yet to discover its wealth of knowledge. We must all be thankful for his works and many contributions. I will miss him, yet I never met him.

    Sincere Regards,
    Daddy's Bees
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    Dave was a voice of reason back when some of us were first dialoging about small cell on the BioBee discussion list. He had critical insight and was always gracious in his writing. So sorry he is no longer amongst us.
    Regards, Barry

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    A giant among men, I feel privileged to have met him. A true beekeeping who was always willing to help with his great knowledge. He will be sadly missed.

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    Very sorry to hear this. I didn't know the man, but I sure knew his site. Many times it came up in searches and contributed to answers I needed.

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    Default Re: Dave Cushman Passed Away

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey-4-All View Post
    Definitely sad news.
    Also, he lived as poignant example proving that no matter what your physical condition is in life you can still make a grand contribution to the betterment of society if you are willing.

    Yes, a great loss.

    A definite emphasis on the grand contribution he made to beekeeping everywhere.

    It would take days and days to download all he did.
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    I met Dave on the Irishbeekeeping list in 2001, we
    talked many times through the years and it was an
    honor to have known him. Dave was a member of
    my Historical Honeybee Articles list, and an occasional
    poster. I was concerned that his health may be failing
    when he unsubscribed from the list a few weeks ago,
    which I know he enjoyed reading the articles.
    Goodbye Dave, I'll be sure to tell the bees.

    Telling the Bees.

    Out of the house where the slumberer lay
    Grandfather came one summer day,
    And under the pleasant orchard trees
    He spake this wise to the murmuring bees;
    "The clover-bloom that kissed her feet,
    And the posie-bed where she used to play,
    Have honey store but none so sweet
    As ere our little one went away.
    O bees sing soft, and bees, ping low;
    For she is gone who loved you so."

    A wonder fell on the listening bees
    Under those pleasant orchard trees,
    And in their toil that summer day
    Ever their murmuring seemed to say:
    "Child, O child, the grass is cool,
    And the posies are waiting to hear the song
    Of the bird that swings in the shaded pool,
    Waiting for one that tarrieth long."
    'Twas so they called the little one then,
    As if to call her back again.

    O gentle bees, I have come to say
    That grandfather fell asleep today,
    And we know by the smile on grandfather's face
    He has found his dear one's biding place.
    So bees, sing soft, and bees, sing low,
    As over the honey-fields you sweep
    To the trees abloom and the flowers ablow
    Sing of the grandfather fast asleep;
    And ever beneath these orchard trees
    Find cheer and shelter, gentle bees.
    -Eugene Field.


    'Stay at home, pretty bees, fly not hence!
    Your master Dave is dead and gone!'"

    Sincerely
    Joe Waggle

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    I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. I just had to return to another time, reminisce, and revisit his wonderful and informative web site. Wow, he had a very full and challenging life. I was refreshed with his thoughts, wit, and insight into the world of beekeeping. I'm not sure how long his web site will remain up? Everyone should pay your respects by taking the time to visit his wonderful web site!

    Website: http://www.dave-cushman.net/

    Regards,
    Daddy's Bees
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    Dave Cushman was one If not the first I started reading Bees on the WWW
    I am sorry to hear of his passing Thanks Michael Bush for letting us know
    for those who think they may want to send a card or ?
    I copied this off his front Page
    God Bless Dave Cushman

    Tommyt



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    Regards Daves Website,i am sure it is in very safe hands,this is a copy of a post put on the BBKA forum by Roger Patterson,who was one of Daves best friends.
    .................................................. ...............................

    I had hoped to keep this quiet as a matter of respect for Dave Cushman, but unfortunately I have to make an announcement now for reasons that have come to my attention.

    I knew Dave Cushman very well and when his health was deteriorating he asked me to take over his website. At the moment I won't reveal some of the details of the many conversations we had, but I have put into place a plan to allow his website to continue in the current manner as far as possible. I have made contact with his family today.

    Please be assured I will keep Dave's website going in the manner he wished. It is a tremendous resource and I want it to continue to be so.

    Roger Patterson

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    And the latest from BBKA and Roger with some direction on condolences:

    "I spoke to two members of Dave's family last evening. They are fully aware of the contribution he made to beekeeping.

    "For those who wish to send messages of sympathy I am happy to pass them on. My email address is roger-patterson at btconnect.com.

    "I can confirm that Dave made the family aware he had asked me to continue with his website. This will get done when things have settled down.

    "Roger Patterson
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    Very sorry to hear this. Benefitted a great deal from his site.

    RIP.

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    My heart is saddened.

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    It is ashame more newbees have never heard of him , what Great Beekeepers they could be after their first year if they would take the time to read his works.

    Mr. Cushman was one of many of the old timers that new the answers from long ago to many of the newbee questions that are asked today.

    Good Bye Sir

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    Sincere condolences to his family. I never personally knew the man, but any time a great amount of knowledge, and experience passes from us it is a great loss to us all. I have written down his website for future use as his is the type of information that we all at some time can use.
    Happy beekeeping on the other side.
    BrentCook
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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