former WP member "ASS-P" passed away yesterday, jan. 4, '21

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14 Jan 2021, 1:03 am

^^^thank you Sylkat :)
my plans to call the SC dep't vital records hit a snag when my power went out for 2 days here. drat. will try tomorrow.



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15 Jan 2021, 4:17 am

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ASS-P had a long list of illnesses.

The homelessness/on a computer didn't make sense to me. I wondered if others questioned his story about being homeless and yet being able to maintain an online presence.

No, never questioned it. My guess would be that he used his phone. These days almost everyone in the world has a smartphone, or at least a mobile phone of some kind. See More People Have Mobile Phones Than Toilets by Tim Worstall, Forbes, written way back on Mar 23, 2013. Even back then, many homeless people in many different countries around the world had mobile phones.


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15 Jan 2021, 4:22 am

he used the library 'puter as often as he could get away with. but he had an internet-enabled cell phone, or many of them as they kept being stolen from him. he was always bitterly complaining about how hard it was to websurf on those devices, itty-bitty buttons too small for fat fingertips, screens too small to read.



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15 Jan 2021, 4:23 am

i called SC vital records, only to find that the coroner's office handles all things decedent including disposition of remains. the person in charge will only be available next sunday so i will have to call her then to inquire.



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16 Jan 2021, 3:06 pm

I just read the news today. He was a Sweet Pea. I've enjoyed reading his posts and PMs through the years. RIP :cry:


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16 Jan 2021, 4:43 pm

I had no idea he was still living homeless! Thanks for being his friend AB

RIP Walter.


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17 Jan 2021, 7:52 am

thank you MissConstrue and others :) hopefully the coroner's officer on duty today will answer their phone and i will find out more.



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17 Jan 2021, 1:01 pm

I am, again, Blabby, so sorry for what you are going through.
You are doing all that a caring friend possibly could do!


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17 Jan 2021, 1:12 pm

^^^thank you Sylcat :heart:



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17 Jan 2021, 2:04 pm

I remember him, this is sad to hear.

I find it very sad he was never able to get the help he needed, it shouldn't be possible for people to slip through the cracks like that. He lived so long with his health issues on the streets and unable to be properly treated for them and that to me is kind of an injustice.

But any way RIP.



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17 Jan 2021, 11:08 pm

what i found out from the coroner today, is that they hold remains of homeless folk for a month, before releasing them to the SC public administration office. that is the next person in the bureaucracy i need to contact.



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17 Jan 2021, 11:11 pm

Do you have someone supporting you with all these phone calls and the responsibility, blabbs?

Are you OK? Do you need help?

This all sounds so very upsetting, and emotional.

Sending you hugs.



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17 Jan 2021, 11:14 pm

^^^thank you Isabella :) it is just a few phone calls is all. KK seems ok with placing the ashes if i obtain them, in the appropriate place in NY at a good time for him.



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17 Jan 2021, 11:15 pm

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That's amazing. I hope Walt's dream comes true.



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17 Jan 2021, 11:18 pm

the coroner said the normal end for homeless people is to be cremated then having their cremains dispersed in the pacific ocean. that seems poetic to me, so if the SC public administrator turns my request down, i am ok with his ashes in the sea. i am sure Walter would agree at least somewhat.



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17 Jan 2021, 11:22 pm

If the PA agrees, would they send the cremains directly to NY, or would you have to do that?

I wish I could help but I'm not on his geographic wish list.

I think the Pacific was one of his choices, but I suppose farther south would be ideal.

Hang in there. You're earning your wings by being his friend.