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WaltOHara24 Mar 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

I heard this week that AL HAYDEN, a fixture at HMGS conventions (the ones in PA anyway) since the late 90s had decided to end his own life this week-- at first I thought it might have been an awful joke but it was confirmed by sources close to his family. Al was a fantastic, gifted guy with a wicked sense of humor. I am still trying to grasp the reasons for his decision (I probably never will) but I know many of us will miss him.

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(that's Al playing "Sergeant Slaughter in Bun-Bun Land" back in 2004. With the Pith Helmet, of course)

For whatever it's worth, I put up a small tribute on my blog about Al: link

Thanks for your time and consideration,

Walt O'Hara

razuse Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

Walt,

I just read your blog post about Al. Very touching words and even though I did not know Al, you did a fine job and I am sure people who cared about him are grateful to you.

Sorry for your loss

TheKing30 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 1:10 p.m. PST

Sorry for your loss Walt. Terribly sorry.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

My condolences.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 2:33 p.m. PST

Condolences and prayers, Walt, and to Al's family.

Double G Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 2:59 p.m. PST

Sorry for your loss Walt; the last paragraph you wrote under his picture caused the room I'm in to get all dusty, I felt your pain after reading those words.

Pizzagrenadier24 Mar 2017 3:04 p.m. PST

Thank you for this Walt. Al was a long time member of our club and a friend and we are all in shock and have been fighting tears. I've taken this all pretty hard. I saw him just the week before and it kills me knowing he walked out of the club and gave his final goodbye and we didn't even know it. He was everything you said. Funny, kind, a great rules writer, gamer, and all around awesome human being.

I won't speculate on why he did what he did. I just know I miss my friend. Our club and our circle of friends has suffered a big loss and we are struggling with making sense of it.

It did appear he planned this for quite some time. He even sent friends packages, put up his rules on his blog for everyone to access and download, and left the miniatures that went with them in our club. We will be holding a private memorial game day in his honor. It's the least we can do, and we hope it will help us heal a little.

Man this sucks.

Take care of each other everyone. RIP my friend.

Grimmnar24 Mar 2017 3:28 p.m. PST

No no no no.
Would have been a sick joke.
I have been con friends with Al for I don't know how long. So long I would like to think we were real friends.
Always look forward to catching him at the HMGS cons and seeing what is new.
I didn't find him at Cold Wars this year and I was looking.
This makes me sad and i will miss him. :-(

Grimm

Ember52 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 3:34 p.m. PST

Walt,
Thanks for sharing the news and your very touching reflections. Sincere condolences to you, Keith, and all of Al's friends and comrades. As Keith said, take care of each other.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

I am so sorry for the loss of such a fine friend and a wonderful man. My condolences to Walt, Keith and his gaming club, as well as his other friends and family. Sounds like he will be missed and remembered.

dBerczerk24 Mar 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

All his troubles are behind him now.

Doctor Merkury Inactive Member24 Mar 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

Al was the best.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

My condolences.

McKinstry Fezian24 Mar 2017 7:54 p.m. PST

Mt deepest condolences to his friends and family. Judging by the feelings he engendered with his friends, a very good guy.

skinkmasterreturns25 Mar 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

Wow. My condolences.

Tiberius26 Mar 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

RIP, my condolences

tkdguy27 Mar 2017 8:58 p.m. PST

My condolences.

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