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You have my deepest sympothies. I never met your father, but his deep water running advice helped me last year when I had a leg injury. His swim tips are remembered everytime I swim. I passed his advice along to my wife who went from an uncomfortable swimmer, to very at ease swimming now. My own father has recieved some of Doug's advice also. Be proud of him and remember he touched thousands of lives for the better.
At any given time in a pool, somewhere, someone is remembering Doug Stern.
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Also, let me add my condolences to the Stern Family. Though I never met Doug, I enjoyed his posts here on SlowTwitch a great deal, and I know of many, many, many triathletes and swimmers in the NY area (and beyond) who benefitted greatly from his guidance. He will be missed.
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I had the honor of both swimming and biking with Doug - we frequently rode at the same time during the summer and would join each other for a few laps. I know he greatly adored his contribution to triathlon but most of our conversations were of family, specifically his wife and children, you were all his true joy in this life, of that there can be no doubt. I was due to visit him at home after his hospitalization but unfortunately never got the chance. Like everyone here, i am deeply saddened and shocked and the only consolation I can offer is this, your father's absence is only physical, we will all think of him whether swimming, cycling or just dealing with life. His "sternisms", his sense of humour and forthrightness have served as an example in my own life and I know that his love and wisdom will help guide you and the rest of your family as you deal with this difficult time. There is no balm for loss but there are memories, and for that we are all blessed that Doug has created so many wonderful ones.
I am very sorry for your loss.
I have shown my wife (a non-triathlete) pictures and reviews of the Curacao swim trip. We agreed when our daughter was older, we would get down there in a few years. I know I would have learned more about swimming better, and that we would have had a great trip. From experience, I know that I respond well to Dougs' type of coaching.
Given the thousands that Doug has coached in person, and the thousands more that he has helped via the Internet, I would say that the man has created a legacy of considerable weight. I would be highly pleased if I could one day think that I have done one-tenth as well. He also handled this last challenge with amazing grace and determination.
I truly regret not having met Doug in person. But, I am pleased that he has left something of his spirit for us, you and your spirit as I read from previous posts and threads.
May you and your familys' pain be brief, and the celebration of Dougs' achievements and accomplishments be long.
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I am so very sorry for your loss...
I was never fortunate enough to meet Doug in person, but I did get to know a little bit of him via this forum. Doug had a passion for life and for teaching that shone through in each and every one of his posts. The fact that he will be missed by many who never met him speaks volumes to his character.
You and your family will be in my thoughts...
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My condolences to you and your family, as well as his extended family here and everywhere.
He will be missed.
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Speaking somewhat selfishly, this hurts because we lost so much.
I have been thinking throughout the day that I wish peace and healing on the Stern family- a wonderful group that are so open and kind and fun.
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