I’m far from convinced that Harley is dead. There’s not enough evidence. The only evidence I’ve got is two Facebook comments by Iro Cyzane. The first one:
Dearest Daniel, Harleyrider, you fought hard for what you believed in. Thanks for everything you did for all of us.
RIP my friend.
Yes, I am afraid Harley passed away in his home in Kentucky on April 11th at 58 years old.
He will be remembered as our no. 1 warrior.
To respect his desire to remain anonymous throughout all these years, I can’t give out his real name or any other details, but if you have questions that I can answer that won’t give his identity away, ask away.
The second one:
Iro CyZane In case you’re wondering how I know. I got most worried when I discovered that he hadn’t posted anywhere since Apr. 11 th which was in his own profile the very same day he passed away under Daniel Hammond. He had given me his phone no. sometime in the past but unfortunately because of the anonymous account he gave it to me under, Messanger had deleted it. So I started searching under the obituaries in Kentucky. I found one that matched his name, his age, and the date he last posted. I verified with Marlene who he had told me in the past has visited Kentucky if she knew the name of his home town and it was the exact hometown in the obituary. There can’t be so many coïncidences : same name, same small town in Kentucky, same age, two sons which he had talked to me about before, relatives in Tennessee. I would love more than anyone else to say that it’s not him, but unfortunately everything matches, including the announcement of his death in one veteran group here in facebook.
Iro Cyzane is an impeccable source. She’s one of the volunteers who helped do the ISIS survey, providing the Canadian numbers. I’d trust her with my life.
But that doesn’t mean that she’s right about Harley. She found the obituary of someone in Kentucky that might have been Harley, who’d died the same day, 11 April, as the last time he posted on his Facebook page.
I don’t really understand why she started searching obituaries when someone hasn’t posted on Facebook for 10 days. Harley has been posting on my blog for years. He’s my top commenter. In recent months, he’s posted fewer comments. But if I started searching obituaries whenever any regular commenter stopped posting for a couple of weeks, I’d be reading obituaries all day. But for Iro, I’d still think Harley was still alive and well (Not that he ever seemed to be very well).
Also, if Harley had died, wouldn’t his family have posted something on Facebook about it? He seemed to spend most of his time online. Wouldn’t they have noticed him doing that?
And what about Magnetic, aka Vincent-Riccardo Di Pierri? A month or two back the alarm went up when his Rampant Antismoking website vanished, and he stopped commenting. Had he died? I said that he might have gone on holiday somewhere. And I read today that his website is now back up again.
I didn’t have any of these doubts when either Dr Ian Dunbar or Lysistrata died. Ian Dunbar was about 75, and in and out of nursing homes. Lysistrata had terminal cancer. Their deaths were expected. There were several independent confirmations of their deaths.
But in the case of Harley, I’ve not been expecting his death. I knew he was serially unwell, usually with some variant of flu. And that he was regularly seeing medics in the VA. But lots of people get flu, and visit doctors. And there’s just one single source for the report of his death.
Most likely Iro is right. But I’m not convinced. I won’t be very surprised if he’s back soon commenting here again. Maybe Magnetic will be back soon too.
But it does raise the question of what to do when some valued commenter disappears. All I had for Harley was an email address. And that proved to be invalid.
If something were to happen to me, I’d expect my brother to post a comment here to tell people. He knows about this blog, and reads it quite regularly. But I think I’m now going to ask him to keep people here informed if I get sick or drop dead.
And it also goes back to something I wrote yesterday:
…all the disputes in the world are between people who are quite sure about one thing, and people who are quite sure of something else.
I’m not one of the world’s believers. I don’t believe everything I’m told. It takes a lot of evidence to convince me of anything. And even then, I’m never completely certain. That’s just how I am.
It’s going to take more evidence to convince me that Harley’s dead. If he hasn’t posted any comments anywhere in 6 months or a year, I may start to begin to believe it.