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HowardSprague
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01/23/2020 05:02PM
Shocked this morning to find out Brian , aka GSP (and briefly “JellyBean”) has left this world. I had the pleasure of tripping with him and his beloved German Shorthaired Pointer Marco in fall of 2018. We’ve lost a good guy.
 
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Maverick
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01/23/2020 05:10PM
I was very sad to find this as well. GSP took me on my very first trip back in the 1990s! He was a really good guy and I will always be indebted to him for showing me the ropes! Boy, did I have a lot to learn!

I’ll never forget the day we spent paddling across Crooked Lake in a light drizzle with no wind! It was mystical! I’ll also remember sitting under the rain tarp smoking stogies and solving the worlds problems! What a great trip we had and I can’t believe how it put the canoe country in my soul!

Thanks again Brian, and may you Rest In Peace!

Mav
 
Jackfish
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01/23/2020 05:38PM
What terrible news. I met Brian, quite a few years ago now, back in the CCBB days. Always enjoyed chatting with him. He loved taking solo canoe trips and his German Shorthaired Pointers who always accompanied him (hence his board name GSP). My sincere condolences to his family.
 
Savage Voyageur
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01/23/2020 05:38PM
Very sad to hear this news. I always enjoyed his posts. Rest In Peace.
 
01/23/2020 05:43PM
Oh man... good guy. Sad to hear...
 
Canoearoo
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01/23/2020 05:45PM
That's so sad
 
LindenTree
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01/23/2020 07:13PM
Sad news.
I believe he worked in Ponsford, Mn as a social worker or teacher on the White Earth Indian Rez, years ago and at the same time I lived there.
Though I never met him, I knew he had strong convictions, as we jousted on the political forum a time or two.
My prayer is that he takes/teaches his passion and love for others, on his next journey.
 
01/23/2020 07:59PM
Rest in Peace.
 
missmolly
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01/23/2020 08:03PM
Sigh. "Enjoy every sandwich" is great advice and it sounds like he did.
 
Basspro69
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01/23/2020 08:21PM
Terrible news god rest his soul :-(
 
Mocha
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01/23/2020 08:31PM
Very shocked to see this news. I met Brian at a dog park with his gsp and could tell he was devoted to his dog and this breed. Also ran into him and another board member, Ramsey, at the round lake landing. Always chatty and a kind man

Was he still living in Mankato?
 
01/23/2020 09:28PM
Is there an obituary yet?
 
HowardSprague
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01/23/2020 10:52PM
Nothing yet, as far as I know. Yes, he was in Mankato.
 
VoyageurNorth
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01/24/2020 01:27AM
This is so sad. I find myself almost unable to fully accept this, it seems so surreal to me and for the last few hours I have been haunted with sorrow. We shared the love of our German Shorthaired Pointers. I liked his GSP tee shirt that he wore on so many canoe trips.
 
01/24/2020 06:39AM
Sad to hear this, we met him at the end of your 2018 trip, was a very great guy, he will be missed.
 
cyclones30
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01/24/2020 10:32AM
Wow, wasn't expecting to read this. I'd just chatted with him on this site's chat window like three days ago. We talked about our GSPs and I asked some Q advice. Which led me to his trip report of swamping on Pickerel.

Rest In Peace. When I said I had to go, he said, "Have a good life". I hesitated a bit, but still logged off. Dang...

Thanks for the last second pointers, and talk of our Pointers
 
Jackfish
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01/24/2020 10:48AM
cyclones30: "When I said I had to go, he said, "Have a good life". I hesitated a bit, but still logged off. Dang... "
That just took my breath away for a second. Wow...
 
riverrunner
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01/24/2020 11:21AM
Damn... I was just texting with him a few days ago.

I bought my solo from him a couple years back.

We chatted fairly often he will be missed.
 
Mocha
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01/24/2020 11:26AM

Had to dig for this photo. Brian and Ramsey heading out of Round Lake access July of some year.
 
01/24/2020 09:52PM

Only paddled with GSP once. Extremely nice guy and we both share the love of paddling and German Shorthairs. Two of the guys in this picture have now found calmer waters.
 
01/24/2020 10:22PM
Always sad to lose a good member from this board. Condolences to his family.
 
520eek
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01/25/2020 01:16AM
RIP Brian, enjoyed the chats with you over the years
 
01/25/2020 05:23PM
Sad to hear... always enjoyed his posts
 
andym
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01/25/2020 06:03PM
That’s really sad. The trip report about swamping on Pickerel is worth a read. He was obviously quite a guy. My condolences to his family.
 
SevenofNine
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01/25/2020 07:19PM
ZIMTLSA: "
Only paddled with GSP once. Extremely nice guy and we both share the love of paddling and German Shorthairs. Two of the guys in this picture have now found calmer waters. "


My wife and I met Brian at that get together. He gave me a gift just out of the blue and to be honest his generosity showed through. He let his dog Marco sit on my wife’s lap to keep her warm while we sat around the fire that night. May you find peace and happiness Brian.

Greg
 
01/25/2020 08:39PM
Sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed his posts. Thoughts are with his family and friends
 
x2jmorris
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01/26/2020 08:09AM
Sad day. Had some good interactions with him and he seemed like a great guy. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
 
adam
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01/26/2020 01:44PM
Thoughts and prayers for his family. Rest in peace Brian.
 
mooseplums
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01/27/2020 07:52AM
ZIMTLSA: "
Only paddled with GSP once. Extremely nice guy and we both share the love of paddling and German Shorthairs. Two of the guys in this picture have now found calmer waters. "

I was also at that event...it was a fun time. Brian woke me up by opening my tent and sending Marco in :) Marco stole my socks.
 
HowardSprague
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01/27/2020 08:22AM
mooseplums: "ZIMTLSA: "
Only paddled with GSP once. Extremely nice guy and we both share the love of paddling and German Shorthairs. Two of the guys in this picture have now found calmer waters. "

I was also at that event...it was a fun time.
Brian woke me up by opening my tent and sending Marco in :) Marco stole my socks."

:) There's nothing like an exuberant, happy Marco barging into your tent!
 
bojibob
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01/27/2020 09:09AM
missmolly: "Sigh. "Enjoy every sandwich" is great advice and it sounds like he did."

I got to enjoy a Subway with him on the way through Mankato.... I forgot that was his tagline.... it will now have a new meaning and I will remember him when I hear it.
 
Jackfish
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01/27/2020 10:02AM
bojibob: "I got to enjoy a Subway with him on the way through Mankato.... I forgot that was his tagline... "
"Enjoy every sandwich" is Howie's tagline. :)
 
HowardSprague
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01/27/2020 10:41AM

But it sure applies, doesn't it?

:(
 
bapabear
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01/27/2020 11:26AM
Maverick: "I was very sad to find this as well. GSP took me on my very first trip back in the 1990s! He was a really good guy and I will always be indebted to him for showing me the ropes! Boy, did I have a lot to learn!

I’ll never forget the day we spent paddling across Crooked Lake in a light drizzle with no wind! It was mystical! I’ll also remember sitting under the rain tarp smoking stogies and solving the worlds problems! What a great trip we had and I can’t believe how it put the canoe country in my soul!

Thanks again Brian, and may you Rest In Peace!

Mav"
 
bapabear
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01/27/2020 11:27AM
OK it's been a while and I screwed up replying with a quote. Anyway I repeated Maverick's post because that line about putting canoe country in my soul spoke long and loud to me. I am indebted to the guy that first invited me along and showed me what it was all about and found that line to be about the best tribute someone can give a fellow camper.
 
bojibob
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01/27/2020 10:23PM
Jackfish: "bojibob: "I got to enjoy a Subway with him on the way through Mankato.... I forgot that was his tagline... "
"Enjoy every sandwich" is Howie's tagline. :) "


I'm old and weak of mind.....
 
01/28/2020 04:52AM
Very sad to read of this.

RIP GSP...
 
BearBurrito
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01/28/2020 09:19AM
This is sad news. Praying for his family.
 
snakecharmer
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01/29/2020 05:58AM
Praying for peace and strength for the family. RIP GSP.
 
Stumpy
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01/29/2020 11:09AM
RIP
Good man
 
Canoe42
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01/29/2020 05:08PM
Very sad news. He will be missed. Prayers.
 
HowardSprague
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01/31/2020 08:21AM
I see nothing so far in the way of obit/services. The only thing I saw was a post from his sister saying a celebration of his life tbd, not before February. I don't know if this would be in Mankato where he lived, or in Iowa where he grew up. I'll post if I see anything.
 
Mocha
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01/31/2020 12:48PM
Thanks for posting. I have also been watching the obits. Im only 25 miles from Mankato and would like to visit with his family. He was a good man.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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02/01/2020 10:22PM
Rest in peace
 
Arkansas Man
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02/02/2020 04:35PM
Very Sad news indeed... While I never met him, I know the character of a man of that nature! Always let people know how much you appreciate them, unfortunately we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Prayers for the family!

Bruce
 
zooshooter
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02/05/2020 02:24PM
Mocha: "Thanks for posting. I have also been watching the obits. Im only 25 miles from Mankato and would like to visit with his family. He was a good man."

I don't know if you've seen this or if it has been spread through the forum yet, but I did find this today:

GSP Brian Guess pre-obituary
 
HowardSprague
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02/05/2020 02:31PM
Thank you zoo - I'd been watching for something but hadn't seen it yet.
That's tomorrow, unfortunately I can't make it.
 
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