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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:11 PM
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

There's a grief that can't be spoken, there's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables…now my friends are dead and gone
Here they talked of revolution, here it was they lit the flame
Here they sang about tomorrow, but tomorrow never came.
From the table in the corner, they could see a world reborn.
And they rose with voices ringing, and I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung became their last Communion on the lowly barricade…at dawn…
Oh my friends, my friends forgive me, that I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken…there's a pain goes on and on.
Phantom faces at the window, phantom shadows on the floor!
Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends will meet no more.
Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask me what your sacrifice was for!
Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends will sing no more...


From the ABC Cafe, the ghosts of the barricade await, Mr. Wade. Be honored.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:15 PM
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

The FIRST community will be mourning this great loss. Mike Wade was a pillar of support in FIRST. He had a positive impact on so many people.

This is truly a sad day.

Peace be with the Wade family and all who were close to him.

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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:44 PM
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

Mike Wade was a man of tremendous class and integrity, completely dedicated to the FIRST community. He will be missed by all, and the impact had on everyone he touched will never be forgotten.

May he rest in peace.



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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

I've met Mr. Wade at almost all the FIRST events I have attended, and he has always been willing to help us with a smile. On behalf of Team 1123 and myself, We would like to extend our greatest condolences to Mr. Wade's family.

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Unread 05-12-2007, 08:17 PM
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

This is a terrible lose for the FIRST community. My thoughts are with Mike's family and friends. His efforts to help FIRST and support NASAs education programs is gigantic, and he will be missed. I don't know what to say.
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

Rarely have I met someone that was more concerned with the welfare of others, more willing to tackle any problem, and more graceful under pressure than Mike. The contributions that he made to NASA and to FIRST are too numerous to list. Yet he was perpetually unassuming, preferring to remain out of the limelight. Given the choice, he would much rather be in the machine shop in the back room than out in front with the crowds. It was behind the scenes that he thought he made his greatest contribution, and where he thoroughly enjoyed working with every team that he could. He will be missed more than any of us can imagine.

Plans are being made by Mike's family, and will be detailed in the local papers on Tuesday. Keep an eye on the Baltimore Sun for information regarding the services being planned for Thursday and Friday.

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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

I am shocked as well to hear this news of Mike Wade's passing, he was always so friendly, completely dedicated to making the FIRST off season events run smoothly (as well as countless other FIRST related tasks). He gave me a preview tour of his machine shop trailer last January at Goddard Space Flight Center, he was certainly prepared to work where ever he went. On behalf of Team 122 and myself, I would like to send deeply felt condolences to Mikes family and friends.

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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

On behalf of the Team 102 - this is a huge loss. Even though I did not have the privledge of meeting Mike Wade in person, it is still a great loss to the whole FIRST community I'm sure everyone will take away at least one thing that Mike Wade has taught them over the years.

May Mike Wade rest in peace
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Unread 05-12-2007, 10:20 PM
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

I first met Mike when I sought him out to thank him for providing his playing field at an event long ago (Maryland State Fair, I believe) and I met this great, humble, constantly smiling man. He seemed flustered at being thanked, as though he didn't think thanks was needed for doing something he loved so much.

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Unread 05-12-2007, 10:31 PM
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

Today when I heard this news I was extremely shocked and I am still very upset over this but the best way for me to describe Mike to people who don't know him would be through my experience.

In fall of 2001 as a senior in High school I started team 768. When the team founded we had no funds or ideas of what we were getting ourselves into, but we were going to try anyway. As the deadline for payment approached we had no way to fund the team, enter Mike Wade. Mike made a decision to help us out, a decision which has changed my life.

Without the faith of a stranger at the time, myself and team 768 would have never joined FIRST. It is through FIRST that I met some fellow college students which convinced me to attend RIT for engineering. That following summer at the Maryland state fair I really got a chance to meet Mike and learn what FIRST was all about, this made me want to continue on as a team mentor and volenteer. Also through FIRST I have gotten internships, made life long friends, and found an outlet which is both challenging and meaningful. Looking back I can not even fathom where I would be today; in school, life, friends, etc; If Mike Wade had not taken a chance on a cocky High school senior whom he had never met.

Mike I just wish I could tell you how much you have changed my life, and know that you will be missed and though about in my mind forever.

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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

As a guest team announcer at Brunswick Eruption last year, I had an opportunity to talk with Mike a lot about his field, and he was very eager to teach about how he used the different technologies he utilized (between the labview software and the radio setup) and how the field worked. It was that sort of enthusiasm that made Mike Wade a model figure of the FIRST community.

At a couple of New Jersey Regional events, I stopped back to the machine shop in the pit just to say hello. He was a very giving individual, always eager to help and share with others. His professionalism and care surpassed mostly everyone I know.

When I got the phone call today, I was quite taken aback, and it took me a few minutes to even process how much of FIRST has been impacted by Mike Wade's heart, hands, and mind. I'm sure that for each example that came into my mind, there were five or six that I was never aware of.

Not only will Mike Wade be missed for his contributions to FIRST, but for the tremendous person that he was.
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

On Behalf of Team 75, we'd like to extend our prayers and thoughts to Mr.Wade's family, He was one of the most remarkable people Ive ever met, and was a huge asset to the FIRST community, May He Rest In Peace....
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

Mike, you will certainly be missed.
This is such a loss to the FIRST community, especially after all the wonderful thing Mike did for everyone.
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

I never met the man, yet from all I have read, I would say that he was a great person. You really have to be a wonderful person to be missed by those who never met you. I'm sorry for all of you who knew him better then I for your loss.
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Re: Sad Sad day for FIRST.....RIP Mike Wade

I met Mike on several occasions as he always made sure we had a field for Brunswick Eruption. His tireless dedication, enthusiasm, and love of FIRST was infectious. I still remember being amazed after having gone out to dinner with him after BE. What an experience.

He will truly be missed. Like Dave said, Mike found his home making sure things worked behind the scenes, away from the limelight, but that in itself makes him an unsung hero in the purest sense.
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