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Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) #86727
02/16/2016 03:17 PM
02/16/2016 03:17 PM
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An island state of mind
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I don't know details, but Mark Paulson passed away yesterday.

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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: tradewinds] #86728
02/16/2016 03:23 PM
02/16/2016 03:23 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 1,578
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
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wow. just wow.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #86729
02/16/2016 03:25 PM
02/16/2016 03:25 PM
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Central Florida!
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Wow. If you find out any more details, please post. Condolences to his family and friends.


Carol Hill
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #86730
02/16/2016 03:25 PM
02/16/2016 03:25 PM
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Posts: 1,197
Devon, UK
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How very sad. Never met him, but have enjoyed reading his posts. Condolences to his family - and the dogs too.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: JasonHelmbrecht] #86731
02/16/2016 03:26 PM
02/16/2016 03:26 PM
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Posts: 10,952
Macon, Georgia
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Just saw it on Facebook. I have lost a true friend.


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. - Mark Twain
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: GlennA] #86732
02/16/2016 03:34 PM
02/16/2016 03:34 PM
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Posts: 840
9 months of the year in Michig...
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So sad....he was a great guy and will be sorely missed.


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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: captmonk] #86733
02/16/2016 03:40 PM
02/16/2016 03:40 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,114
West Palm Beach FL
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wow, so so sad my deepest sympathies to his family


John
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: tradewinds] #86734
02/16/2016 03:42 PM
02/16/2016 03:42 PM
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Posts: 4,056
Toledo, OH, USA
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Oh no....can't believe it! We spent a week with Mark and had a great time with him. My heart goes out to Nicole and Lynn. May he rest in peace.


Colleen


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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Orange_Burst] #86735
02/16/2016 03:44 PM
02/16/2016 03:44 PM
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,400
Bradenton, FL
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I just can't believe it. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/cry.gif" alt="" /> This is so incredibly sad.


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Bridget
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Winterstale] #86736
02/16/2016 03:46 PM
02/16/2016 03:46 PM
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Posts: 312
Canton, GA
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Very sad. I only met Mark a handful of times, but his big personality is not easily forgotten. I know he was well-loved and will be dearly missed!

Felix (Kris)


* What we do in life echoes in eternity *
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: captmonk] #86737
02/16/2016 03:55 PM
02/16/2016 03:55 PM
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Posts: 3,935
Buffalo, NY
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I am speechless right now, as Glenn said he was a true friend. Mark would walk to the ends of the earth for the people he cared about. He loved his BVIs and all of the people he met along the way. He will be missed terribly. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Sad.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Sad.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Sad.gif" alt="" />

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: tradewinds] #86738
02/16/2016 03:57 PM
02/16/2016 03:57 PM
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Posts: 1,861
MA
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Wow! I am very sad to hear this. Also saw something on facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Saildoggie was a joy to be around.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Felix] #86739
02/16/2016 04:01 PM
02/16/2016 04:01 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,540
Here and There
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Sad day for his family and friends. Happy Sails Saildoggie!!


Rita
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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: rita_irvine] #86740
02/16/2016 04:11 PM
02/16/2016 04:11 PM
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,211
GJ, CO S/V Long Overdue
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no doubt he would go out of his way to help people, RIP Saildoggie

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: sail2wind] #86741
02/16/2016 04:13 PM
02/16/2016 04:13 PM
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Posts: 5,547
Massachusetts
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Never met him, but chatted with him here many times. Sad.. RIP.


Matt
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: tradewinds] #86742
02/16/2016 04:39 PM
02/16/2016 04:39 PM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 15,843
Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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Not sure what to say...one of those amazing larger than life characters that seem to go too soon and leave a void impossible to fill. Saildoggie drove us all crazy at times and yet we loved and embraced him for all his quirks..I guess my imitation of him would be in really bad taste right now!! All love to Nic and Lynn...

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Manpot] #86743
02/16/2016 05:16 PM
02/16/2016 05:16 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,026
Maryland, US
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Perfectly stated Mal. And no, your imitation would be fine - the last thing the Dawg would accept is for us to get serious, and forget his true spirit; NOT reverent at all!


"Confidentially, I've had these problems with the tides before"

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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Manpot] #86744
02/16/2016 05:24 PM
02/16/2016 05:24 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,353
Connecticut
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I never met him, but "larger than life" is the expression I also thought of. A loving, giving, living life to the fullest kind of guy. Enjoyed his posts here and photos. RIP, Saildoggie!

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: periwinkle] #86745
02/16/2016 05:30 PM
02/16/2016 05:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 953
Gulf Shores AL
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Shocked and saddened. Much love to Lynn and Nicole.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: periwinkle] #86746
02/16/2016 05:31 PM
02/16/2016 05:31 PM
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Posts: 3,321
Charlotte, NC
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I'm totally floored. He will be very much missed by many people... And his beloved dogs. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/cry.gif" alt="" />

Dogspeed, my friend. Hope you are rubbing Trinity's belly at the Rainbow Bridge today. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Sad.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: SuburbanDharma] #86747
02/16/2016 05:39 PM
02/16/2016 05:39 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,098
Miramichi NB Canada
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SOOO sad to hear this news. He was indeed a character and will be greatly missed. My sympathies to his family


Kim

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Manpot] #86748
02/16/2016 05:51 PM
02/16/2016 05:51 PM
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Posts: 5,400
Bradenton, FL
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Not sure what to say...one of those amazing larger than life characters that seem to go too soon and leave a void impossible to fill. Saildoggie drove us all crazy at times and yet we loved and embraced him for all his quirks..I guess my imitation of him would be in really bad taste right now!! All love to Nic and Lynn...


....He would probably LOL....


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Bridget
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Winterstale] #86749
02/16/2016 05:53 PM
02/16/2016 05:53 PM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,484
Woodstock, GA
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VERY sorry to hear of the Dawgs passing as he was always friendly and full of hell in a great way! Sincere condolences to all the SD family.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: tradewinds] #86750
02/16/2016 06:04 PM
02/16/2016 06:04 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 453
Oak Park, IL
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This is very sad. He was one of the most enthusiastic and generous people I've met. He will be missed.


Tom Garvey
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Felix] #86751
02/16/2016 06:58 PM
02/16/2016 06:58 PM
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 6,086
Maryland
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I am so saddened to hear of this news.

We have spent several BVI cruises knocking around with Saildoggie (Mark), Lynn, and Nichole. The Dingy Poker Runs and sailing flotillas he helped organize through TTOL were legendary. There are many memories from these trips that I will treasure for the rest of my days.

I send my love and prayers to his family.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Twanger] #86752
02/16/2016 07:10 PM
02/16/2016 07:10 PM
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Posts: 1,720
Maine
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Love and prayers to his family and friends.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Breeze] #86753
02/16/2016 07:26 PM
02/16/2016 07:26 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 10,952
Macon, Georgia
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The Dawg was not one for flowers so I just made a donation to VISAR (a service he had been on the verge of needing on more than one occasion) in his memory.


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. - Mark Twain
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: GlennA] #86754
02/16/2016 07:34 PM
02/16/2016 07:34 PM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 68,386
Central Florida!
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Good idea! I'm sure he would have approved! Scroll down totally to the bottom of every page on the BVI forum for a link for VISAR..

And a donation in memory of Bill Hartzman is also in order, who truthfully might have had some issues with the Doggie, but no issues with support of VISAR... <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Carol Hill
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: GlennA] #86755
02/16/2016 07:47 PM
02/16/2016 07:47 PM
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Posts: 206
Cruz Bay, St John
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Unbelievable.

Mark will be missed. Many happy memories of time spent with him and his family.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: bfoxg8r] #86756
02/16/2016 08:10 PM
02/16/2016 08:10 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 30
Anegada, BVI
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Sad to hear about this. Mark was a fun guy to be around, always made me laugh when I saw him. SIP.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: DannyV] #86757
02/16/2016 08:30 PM
02/16/2016 08:30 PM
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 100
PA
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When he came onto Anegada, he was larger than life. May he RIP..
Condolences to Lynn and Nicole..


Andy Wittman
Was Anegada, Now PA frown
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: chelrock1] #86758
02/16/2016 08:35 PM
02/16/2016 08:35 PM
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New Jersey, USA
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Took my breath away when I read this news. I never met Mark but feel like I did, thanks to his wonderful contributions here. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him.

Dan

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: tradewinds] #86759
02/16/2016 08:43 PM
02/16/2016 08:43 PM
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British Virgin Islands, Caribb...
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I am so sorry to hear this... my heart goes out to Lynn and Nicole... I only had to meet Mark a few times to know we were similar souls, and I enjoyed every moment I spent with him... even trying to carry his drunk [censored] home from my boat at Leverick Bay... the fun never stopped around Mark... but nothing was more important to him than his family, and his friends... RIP buddy.

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: CaptainRick] #86760
02/16/2016 09:13 PM
02/16/2016 09:13 PM
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It didn't matter what boat he skippered, he was one of the best competitors and most genuine friend.

I hope that he is starting a flotilla with Walt.

Cat Fight 2011 Free Will

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: sailaway42] #86761
02/16/2016 09:17 PM
02/16/2016 09:17 PM
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Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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Interesting you should mention the great Walt Bohren..when I heard this news today I could not put either of them out of my mind. So many folks leave a tiny footprint..others like those two..stomp an impression in the ground and on those they meet that never goes away. I hope we can all learn to love and embrace life like those two maniacs!

Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Manpot] #86762
02/16/2016 09:39 PM
02/16/2016 09:39 PM
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Mobile & Orange Beach, Alabama...
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I came to know Mark in 09 when he was planning the Flotilla for that year. I recommended a customer on Tortola to do the shirts for him. When they fizzled out on him he called me in a panic to get the shirts done in time. I volunteered to do them myself and got dragged into that crazy fun time (as Twanger would say) in the Flotilla where I had a ball with Mark and all you other folks of the TTOL BVI family. He really worked a lot harder than most folks know to make the Flotilla fun for everyone. Fair Winds Mark. Prayers for Nicole and Lynn.


It must be time to race again. My wounds have started to heal.
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Manpot] #86763
02/16/2016 09:41 PM
02/16/2016 09:41 PM
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Toledo, OH, USA
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We had the privilege of spending a week on a boat with Saildoggie, and what a week that was. We had a great time and got to know him well. He was a very kind soul that loved to have a good time. He loved his wife and daughter, it was very evident. We walked away very good friends that kept in contact through the years. I will miss him dearly.


Colleen


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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: LastMango] #86764
02/16/2016 09:48 PM
02/16/2016 09:48 PM
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Bradenton, FL
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I came to know Mark in 09 when he was planning the Flotilla for that year. I recommended a customer on Tortola to do the shirts for him. When they fizzled out on him he called me in a panic to get the shirts done in time. I volunteered to do them myself and got dragged into that crazy fun time (as Twanger would say) in the Flotilla where I had a ball with Mark and all you other folks of the TTOL BVI family. He really worked a lot harder than most folks know to make the Flotilla fun for everyone. Fair Winds Mark. Prayers for Nicole and Lynn.


I have been thinking about him all day -- and all of the hard work he put into those flotillas and how much fun we all had.


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Bridget
Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Winterstale] #86765
02/16/2016 11:22 PM
02/16/2016 11:22 PM
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MD, USA
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Ah wow... what can I say. I think Malcolm summed it up perfectly. He was one of those people with whom you feel lucky to have crossed paths, a character larger than life.

For our honeymoon my wife and I sailed with him in the 2012 flotilla. I still recall being at the end of the T dock at Leverick and being able to hear his laugh all the way from the bar... and how that made me smile. We won the Anegada Lobster Regatta that year, double-handing a 50' cat through three squalls with pouring rains and sustained winds in the 30's and gusts into the 40's. What a trip!!

Mark also opened his house to me on a few occasions when I could break free from business trips to California. He was an incredibly generous person, absolutely irreverent, and a total blast to be around.

He will be missed... sorely. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Sad.gif" alt="" />


... DIF all the time...
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Re: Mark Paulson (Saildoggie) [Re: Dirichlet] #86766
02/17/2016 03:03 AM
02/17/2016 03:03 AM
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South Jersey, USA
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Collin, you and Mal hit the nail on the head. If it were not for Mark, I would know know any of you folks! If it were not for Mark I would NOT be sailing period!

And with that said I want to share some memories that Mark created with many of us TTOL/BVI folks in this short video. Click the picture to start.

You will be missed!
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