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Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: September 21, 2017 08:03AM

My very good friend Ralph O'Quinn, a long time rod builder and friend to the rod building craft and community, passed away in his sleep early this morning.


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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Don @ American Tackle (---.biz.bhn.net)
Date: September 21, 2017 08:49AM

Very sad day... what a great guy

God Bless, Don Morse

800-516-1750 ext. 1207 / don@americantackle.us

Rod Building..... It's What We Do.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Jim Upton (---.socal.res.rr.com)
Date: September 21, 2017 08:54AM

I'm so sorry to hear that Tom. He too will be missed by us all.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: ricky espenschied (---.dhcp.missouri.edu)
Date: September 21, 2017 09:38AM

Sorry to hear this.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Nuno Paulino (---.cpe.netcabo.pt)
Date: September 21, 2017 10:13AM

My condolences to all the friends and family.


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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Mud Hole Custom Tackle (---.res.bhn.net)
Date: September 21, 2017 12:26PM

He was a good friend, fellow rod builder and a tinker of all things. We enjoyed many shows, phone calls, products, inventions, gizmos, test results and stories with Ralph for the past 20 years. His legacy on the rod building community will last for generations. Condolences to his family.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.dhcp.embarqhsd.net)
Date: September 21, 2017 01:42PM

Hello All.

Ralph was either known, known of or both to about everyone on this site and he is going to be missed often and by many.

My condolences to his family his friends and all who knew him.

Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines or should I say; Level Wraps & Clear Epoxy.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Matthew Pitrowski (---.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 21, 2017 02:04PM

My condolences to his family

The best day to be alive is always tomorrow !!
Think out side the box when all else fails !!!

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Chris Herrera (---.ff.avast.com)
Date: September 21, 2017 02:48PM

Ralph is involved in every rod I build or repair. I will always appreciate his contributions to our craft, and I will never forget the advice he gave me.

Rest in peace, Ralph. You are missed.


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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Billy Vivona (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: September 21, 2017 02:57PM

Raplh was awesome!! I remember we were walking to the Rodmaker reception at the train station place, and he was RUNNING across the street. He always would come over to TEh NERBs booth and shake his head, "I love it. I love it - I just can't understand how you do it!" It was always great to see him, I'd look forward to it every year. When I first started scouring teh internet for rodbuilding info, Ralph's name would pop up all teh time, he really gave a lot to teh rod building community before this site and most others exsted, and I know that I learned a lot from him and I always apprecaited his "rod building witch hunt" posts regarding epoxy.

COndolences to his family

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (107.77.111.---)
Date: September 21, 2017 03:18PM

That is terrible to hear. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 21, 2017 07:29PM

I never met him, but I had a lot of respect for him through his publications and posts. There was no doubt that he was an accomplished rod builder who was more than willing to share his expertise with others. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Fred Yarmolowicz (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: September 22, 2017 12:21PM

Condolences to his family and friends . A great teacher in the are of applying finish. Because of Ralph I apply finish with a spatula instead of a brush. Learned it from him at the ICRBE years ago. Great man the will be surly missed . Rest in Peace.

Freddwhy (Rapt-Ryte)

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Barry Thomas Sr (---.hsd1.nj.comcast.net)
Date: September 22, 2017 06:30PM

REST IN PEACE SIR! You Taught us Many Things

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Steve Cox (---.client.mchsi.com)
Date: September 25, 2017 02:54PM

Great builder and TEACHER. Rest In Peace

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Bill Falconer (---.qcbi.org)
Date: September 28, 2017 12:20PM

Knew this day would come but still a sad day. Ralph was a unique guy...old school. He made a significant contribution to this country long before he contributed so significantly to our craft.

I was fortunate to meet Ralph as a young, wide-eyed rod builder. He could obviously see I had a lot to learn and Ralph set about teaching me. He taught me an awful lot of what I know about epoxy, adhesives, surface prep, and mixing/measuring. He taught me EVERYTHING I know about rod repair. He was an able and generous teach and I am grateful.

Ralph told it like he saw it...no filters. I think that was polarizing for some. I appreciated it. He had a great sense of humor but never, ever got to the point where he would laugh at my jokes about flaming Permagloss.

I have a custom spatula Ralph made for me with my name engraved on it that I cherish. I know he made one for Andy Dear, too...probably dozens of others. Some of my fondest rodbuilding memories are when he stayed at my house for a couple of Nashville gatherings. He will be missed.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Larry Ohara (---.clppva.fios.verizon.net)
Date: September 30, 2017 04:51PM

May he rest in peace.

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Re: Ralph O'Quinn
Posted by: Dan Metcalf (---.hsd1.wa.comcast.net)
Date: October 20, 2017 05:38PM

Thank-you custom rod building community for your kind and thoughtful comments regarding Ralph O'Quinn, my father-in-law. He loved you guys, loved being with you, loved Tom Kirkman, loved coming to ICRBE. It was five years ago the hospital sent him home to die within two weeks, "maximum", from a double dissected torn aorta. A couple of months later when it became clear he wasn't going to die he began physical therapy to restore his strength. I think he believed that he might be able to fully recover, or at least mostly. He did not, but he got around pretty good with his walker, and occasionally without when his caretaker wasn't looking, right up until the last 2-3 days of his life. If he could have physically done it he would have continued to attend ICRBE. Every year it was on his mind and he expressed to me his regrets at not being able to attend.

Ralph mellowed quite a bit during his final few years on the planet. He would still argue politics, rod building techniques, baseball, what color the sky is or anything else if you really wanted to; but generally speaking he became a very sweet man. We believe that he is now in heaven having more fun than he ever dreamed. It would not surprise me at all if he has a bet going with God right now on who is going to win the World Series. Ralph loved baseball and could tell you just about anything you wanted to know about the game. When we visited Ralph during baseball season more than likely we would be watching game with him. If you would like to read his obituary here is the link:


Thanks again!

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