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In Loving Memory of Wally "Pops" Anderson (1949-2018)

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Foghladha
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Posted On: 04/10/2018 at 01:45 PM
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It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of Wally Anderson most of us have known as Pops. He was a leader, elder, and columnist for Gaiscioch Magazine. Here is the news via his facebook:

My heart is broken. Today is easily the single worst day of my life. Today I lost the man I love most in this world Wally Anderson 
He was so much more than my daddy, he was my hero, my mentor, my friend. This daddy’s girls heart is broken. 
He was so excited for us to come visit today, our plane had just landed and we were about to go see his handsome face when they called to tell us he passed. They tried to save him but it was too late. I loved my conversation with him lastnight in the phone, he was so very excited for us to get there. I just wish I could have told him I loved him one more time in person and gave him a hug.
I just spent the past hour holding his hand and kissing his soft cheek. I am glad I was here and able to hold him, even though he was gone, I needed that time with him, I still had lots to say. 

- Stacy

Pops' Role in Gaiscioch

Pops was a living legend. The man came to me the day he joined us and wanted to let me know that his days were numbered. He told me he had lived "2 years past his expiration date" right before he formally joined us back in 2012. Nobody can say he didn't give life one hell of a run for its money as he went on to live 6 years after that totalling 8 years longer than doctors told him he would survive. While many of us knew this day would come it still hits us hard as we say goodbye to a friend. 

He served as a Draoi de na Ulchabhan Buí in the Gaiscioch Family after joining us in 2012. He led the family to 116 victories in 24 events across 2 games. He participated in 7,557 victories in 738 events across 3 games. He was most well known as a practical joker and often had the channel laughing. He will be deeply missed.

Last Edited on: 04/12/2018 at 12:20 PM
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Replied On: 04/10/2018 at 02:12 PM PDT
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Stacey and family,

Just know my heart pours out to you and the family.Prayer for comfort to you all. His great voice was up and talking to me early in the morning on discord so many times, just to say hi while I was working. If I was having a rough day, Pops would crack a joke and make me laugh.  He never complained and was always asking me how I was doing during my cancer treatments, even though he was struggling himself. He knew me as Gma Fog. I will miss is voice on discord saying, "Gma??... Gma are you there???? Just wanted to see how you are doing and say hi....HI!" Gaiscioch has lost a great elder and friend. We will all miss him dearly.

Last Edited on: 04/10/2018 at 02:16 PM
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Replied On: 04/10/2018 at 03:51 PM PDT
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He was one tough cookie and helped me during some tough times, POPs you will be missed, but you are in a happy place now, keep on gaming and enjoying life.

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Replied On: 04/10/2018 at 04:25 PM PDT
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Pops,

For me and countless others, for now, and forever, you will be recognized as a shining legend amongst the stars above.

Your spontaneous laughter and your countless stories, 

Your open arms, open heart and comforting words,

Your persistence, stubbornness, and selflessness,

Will forever have left an indelible mark on my mind.

You will be missed but never forgotten, your memory lives on through each and every one of us!

You can now rest my friend. 

I love you Pops and I am truly thankful I had the chance to have you for a short time in my life.

Eiahn

Last Edited on: 04/10/2018 at 08:07 PM
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Replied On: 04/10/2018 at 04:53 PM PDT

Pops was the best.  He will be missed by all of us who played games with him and listened to his stories in chat.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  Remember the good times, the laughter, and the big and generous heart of Wally, better known to all of us as Pops.  

 

Selrina

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Replied On: 04/10/2018 at 05:13 PM PDT

Thanks Pops. Thanks for your help, generosity and friendship. I wish I would have said hi more often, but no matter the timed passed I always counted you as a friend and always will.

Berky

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Replied On: 04/10/2018 at 05:50 PM PDT

I always enjoyed being in events with Pops.  He will be very missed very much.

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Replied On: 04/11/2018 at 05:00 AM PDT
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Ahhhhh, he will definitely be missed. Always loved chatting with him.. and in early days when he hosted the DJ in our old chat system, with the "golden oldies"... he and I learned we were of an age and loved those old songs. He often spoke of his loving family and I know he'll be missed there even more.

To his family and friends big hugs and prayers in knowing he touched so many and he'll be missed here as well.

 

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I was not expecting to see this when I woke up. Pops was an amazing person. He helped me out quite a bit when it came to my computer problems. I just wish I could have played with him more than I did. He will definitely be missed.

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I am dishearten to hear Pops is no longer with us.  I have many chats with Pops in the past two years about various topics.  I am going to miss him and our discussions about the world and life.  My condolences to his family on their loss.

May the Gods forgive your sins against us, but my sword shall not!
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Replied On: 04/11/2018 at 12:06 PM PDT
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Stacy:

Your Father is an amazing man. He was also, my mentor and my friend. From the first time I chatted with him on Discord after I join this guild, I felt a bond (probably the similarity of our age). He shared himself with anyone and everyone. He always brought joy, happiness and levity to all of our endeavors. Weather is was congratulations or correction, he always did it with a kindness and passion that you could hear in his voice. He was the type of "Elder" that I want to be. I took my signature from his inspiration. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family during this time of loss.

Pops: I thank you for your service to our country and to our guild.  You will be missed. You will always be in my thought and in my prayers. 

" FOR THE FAMILY " da V
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Oh my goodness, what a tremendous loss.  He is missed, indeed.  What a giving and caring heart... When I returned to gaming and did not know anyone in the guild, I suddenly found myself with a new friend in Pops and I no longer felt like the stranger, but a welcome addition.  Because of him.  Because of how he embraced people, took us under his wings, and always had a warm welcome of Hello, he made a tremendous difference.  Always ready to lend a hand, or an ear, or crack a joke just to make you smile.  The stories... the wonderful stories he would share.  My warmest memories and happy thoughts of this amazing person who blessed me with friendship.  My condolences to all family and friends who loved him and was loved by him. 

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Replied On: 04/11/2018 at 07:13 PM PDT
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I'm so sorry to hear this news.   My deepest condolences to Pop's family, friends and all who knew him.

I remember having a chat with Pops about mage builds in Rift and I accidentally held down my chat key and was also talking with my husband at the same time.  Pops was laughing at my mistake, and said 'that's something I would do!' after he heard my lunch order. ;)  Pops was always on discord and really dedicated to the Gaiscioch family, he will be missed.

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Such a kind soul, he will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace Pops, I'll miss our conversations about dimension builds in RIFT.

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I'll miss him. I already did a bit because I played in different games than he the past couple of years. He was always fun to joke around with. He even helped me out with a gamepad he wasn't using anymore that works for when my arm wants to be in my lap and not up on a keyboard.

I knew of a lot of his trials. He even accepted my offer of being on the prayer list at my church for one of his operations. The chances of him coming back from that were dicey, but he defied the odds amazingly well. He definitely fought for a full life, enjoyed every minute he could, and made sure those around him did the same, even through the internet.

You will be missed Pops and I'm glad I got to spend a season with you in life's journey.

Don't mess with Mama Bear, I might hug you too tight. =D
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Replied On: 04/12/2018 at 12:02 PM PDT

You would think that after losing family and other very close friends one could find the right thing to say.  There really is never really the right thing.  I think the best thing is the feeling from the heart.   There are no words really to express the loss.  Tears are the only thing to really seem to give evidence to the pain our hearts feel.   If we could scream from the top of our lungs across the whole USA and world  nothing but this thing called time can help.   
I'm so very very sorry for your loss.  OUR loss :(   Rest in Peace Pops.  We will see you again up in the higher levels. 

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Thank you, Pops for everything..... You are now legend.... You will live on in our hearts and memories....You touched so many with your friendship and kindness.... You will be missed but, solace will be found in honoring you. Through, taking some of the kindness and friendship you shared with us and paying it forward to those who we know and to those who we have yet to meet. That is the greatest lesson I for one have had the privlage to learn from you. See you on the other side Pops.

"The strength of the pack is the wolf. The strength of the wolf is the pack." .......... Ruyard Kipling
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Goodbye Pops. Our friendship was brief but oh so special. You were kind and understanding and could make me laugh so hard, tears would run down my face and I would lose breath. We had good times. We had some serious times too and I cherish those pearls of wisdom you shared with me. Be at peace, my sweet friend. 

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Replied On: 04/13/2018 at 07:34 PM PDT
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Pops,  I will miss your prodding and i will miss your words of encouragement....and I will miss the witty retorts you gave to us to make us hear what we said when we said something else.

Thank you Pops for all the help and the mentoring you gave...most of all for just being here for us to talk with.

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Replied On: 04/14/2018 at 10:46 AM PDT
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I didn't know him well besides a few passing by moments and a few events played together but my heart and mind are with those who knew him better then I never did.  Blessed be and may his soul rest on. 

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Really enjoyed listening to his many stories. He had a kind heart and will be sorely  missed.  My condolences to his family and loved ones.

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Day is Done,

Gone the sun,

From the Lake,

From the Hill,

From the Sky!

 

All is Well,

Safely rest,

God is nigh.

 

Till we meet again at the consul fires in that fair green country, Friend.

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I will truely miss the kind and gentle soul.   Many do not know me well, as I have been traveling other worlds,  where we are not very active.   On special holidays I would check in to Discord, talk to Pops to give him updates to pass on to Fog.   He helped me in so many ways, giving me encouragement and understanding.  He is one of the true friends who has left his footprint on my heart,  as I will miss him, I will cherish forever our shared memories.  Thank you to his family for sharing time with him.

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Replied On: 04/16/2018 at 02:01 PM PDT


At first my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Pops.
I'm saddened to hear about this news, I remember only good things about you.
Helping other people out with anything in game and out game/real life when it was possible.
During a event (dolmens/skyshards etc..) we went with a large group, but you stay behind and waited for us (me and someone else) who where a bit slacking.
You just even want send me a mic. to Europe, because I did not have one that time.
Your warm welcome and friendly words to me and all of us in the many chats we had.
I will never forget that Pops, you were and you still are a real great Elder. 
Sometimes moments in real life sucks and this is at such a moment. Sorry for my inappropriate word.

Farewell and Rest in Peace Mr. Pops you will be sorely missed.

Teso
 
 


P.S.
Sorry for any grammar mistakes, English is not my native language.

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Replied On: 04/18/2018 at 08:28 PM PDT

I didn't know Pops very well, but I do remember being in some ESO raids with him he had a very unique character and a great voice of reason.  He will be missed by many of his family here.  My thoughts go out to all of Pop's RL and virtual family and friends.   *Hugs* to you all.

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I will miss you so much Pops.  You were one of the people who made feel most welcome in Gaiscioch when I joined and your generosity has always amazed me.  

 

Gwyn

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Replied On: 05/17/2018 at 10:52 PM PDT
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I'm sorry for that late response. My deepest condolences to Pops family and friends. 

Pops thank you for everything. Thank you for being one of the few people I could swap stories with. Thank you for being part of my life. I will share your story with my loved ones so you will live on in their hearts as you do in mine. 

Let us continue our adventures when we meet again. Until then I will miss you with all my heart.

 

Fai Ayamatta Yume  

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Replied On: 07/26/2018 at 06:59 AM PDT

This man taught me things being a man I didn't even know I needed to know, I'm late to the party as always . the world lost something irreplaceable

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