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Post by vanny on Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:59 am

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the loss of another site member and true Vanner. I hadn't seen any responses from Matt on this site so I sent a private message to him last week. This morning, his wife, Freche responded to the message and told me that Matt had a massive heart attack on June 5th and passed. I know that Matt helped many on this site with questions about their vans. He was very knowledgeable and was very willing to pass that on to people here. Although I never met him, he made me feel like a friend and for that, I'm eternally grateful.

Matt had the true Vanner spirit which all of us here share. It's this passion for these vans that makes us like a family. I know that Matt is probably up there with Chris (G-Man) talking about the Fun they had working on their vans and the many friends they left behind to carry on their legacy. I told his wife that he will truly be missed here. She said he had put the engine and tranny back in his 2nd Gen and I told her that if she wanted me to list it here, to send me the information, pictures and contact info.

Once again we have lost a friend and fellow Vanner. As Matt always said, "Keep on Vannin" !!! Sad

The future will soon be a thing of the past."

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Post by GMman on Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:28 am

It makes me sad that Twin passed on. I liked his wit and wish that i could have met him. This past april i had been experiencing chest pains that landed me in the VA hospital in Iowa City and i found out that i had a heart attack. It made me more determined to finish my van so i can drive it around and maybe meet some of you guys at van gatherings.

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Post by QCT on Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:20 am

Very sad to hear about Matt's passing. He was a wealth of knowledge and helped me greatly with my travel wagon. Like many here I never met him however he was always willing to take the time to help in any way possible. He will truly be missed.

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Post by wirepuller on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:28 am

I bought my van from Matt. I will remember him for his generosity, kindness and always taking the extra time to help me, on more than one occasion, to go to the DMV and deal with the transport company for close to a year before I got the van across the border. I am saddened by the loss to this community and that he will not see my van completed, he was very excited a young enthusiast bought one of his vans and looked forward to its completion.

Rest easy Matt.
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Post by Seth G on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:56 am

This is sad news. He was a constant presence here on the site, even when things were slow. Offering help, good wit and spirit. I'll miss him

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Post by RF Man on Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:15 am

Very sad news. I always enjoyed his sometimes feisty posts. He'll be missed here.

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Post by uante on Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:46 am

Sorry to hear about Matt's passing. Although I didn't always understand his posts with all the symbols, it was usually interesting. I always wondered what his van looked like, I don't think he ever talked about it or posted any pictures while I've been a member here.


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Post by scarlin on Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:52 pm

Sorry to hear this, Twin was one of the first to welcome me here. Actually sent him some parts.

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Post by Vanish on Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:30 pm

WOW .. Sad News Indeed ... I had Noticed .. He wasn't Around Much ... Really Sorry to hear this News Vanny .... He will Be Missed here for sure !!!!!!

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Post by Barnabas on Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:44 pm

Sad Sad
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Post by Big W on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:34 pm

So sad to here this news tonight. RIP Matt.

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Post by RodStRace on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:59 pm

goodbye brother

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Post by neondv8 on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:33 pm

I really appreciated his Corkiness and knowledge, which will still be passed on through his posts .

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Post by Scott on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:05 pm

Sad to hear this, I only traded a few messages with him but he seemed pretty cool. He had me looking at Washington when I was looking to move from Texas.

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Post by Space Truckin on Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:04 am

RIP TW....
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Post by dix on Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:37 pm

just a brief history

Twin Pilot joined the group in 2009

born in 1948, he was 68 years young
6186 post with 1279 pm,s
averaged 3 post a day for 7 years
we enjoyed his humor and will be missed
rip t.p.


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Post by drc on Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:02 am

That just makes me sick. I hadn't seen any posts from him either and was wondering what had happened. Thank you Vanny for checking in on him, that's very thoughtful of you.

I always appreciated reading his posts, and was grateful for the few PMs we shared, and appreciated his willingness to help. How cool was his last avatar!

Bless you Matt, and your family.

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Post by Vantasia on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:20 am

Very Sorry, always enjoyed his posts too...he's was one to remember!

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Post by savage on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:54 am

Sorry to hear of his passing.


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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:12 pm

R.I.P. Twin and much love sent to his family and friends.

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Post by Vantucky on Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:14 pm

R.I.P Twin Pilot, thanks for your advice and post. Van on.

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R I P Twinpilot

Post by dutchman101 on Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:53 pm

wow thats hard news I always looked forward to reading his posts and read everything he posted R I P brother

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Post by Van crazy on Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:01 pm

Life is too short....... Sorry to here....

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Post by mnghost on Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:15 am

I somehow missed the posting of Twinpilots death. I enjoyed reading his comments and advice also. I like to think that he and many others are "vans on the run" in heaven.

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Post by 66BC on Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:35 am

Just Barely seeing this post as I haven't been frequent on here as much. Sad news. RIP twinpilot.

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