We received word today of the death of one of our members, Joe "catman" Lively.

From the Weatherford Telegram:

"A 65-year old man Fort Worth man, identified as Joseph Douglas Lively, was killed on April 2 when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a flatbed tractor trailer.

According to a report released by the Weatherford Police Department, the incident occurred at 3:42 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Fort Worth Hwy. According to the report, the flatbed tractor trailer, driven by Marvin Green, 71, of Dallas, was traveling westbound and attempting to turn left into a business when the motorcycle, traveling eastbound, struck the flatbed trailer. Lively was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators are still actively reviewing the accident and haven't determined if charges will be filed or not.

There is a discussion thread located HERE

Hypatia on 05/21/2012 17:15

I am deeply saddened by Joe's death, and will miss him terribly. Joe's contributions to this and other sites, where some of us have posted together for many years, will continue to give me smiles and reason to always question, think for myself, and be a thoughtful humanist.

General-Pryce on 05/21/2012 18:00

I remember when I first started dipping my toes into the waters of online atheism, the old Atheists site was the first place I stumbled across and Joe was one of the first people I remember interacting with. I'm still pleased that one of my earliest experiences online with the atheist community was someone who wasn't an angry sweary troll, someone who actually was intelligent and came across as kind. Even though I've not been on I still think about you guys and Catman was always someone who stuck out.

schmoo on 05/22/2012 00:46

Joe was a dear sweet man and I already miss him so much. He meant a lot to me and I wish I had taken time to tell him so. He was a part of my life for many years, I valued his quiet conviction and intelligence, and he showed me that one need not be nasty to be a non-believer. We both loved music and music history, and world history, and WWII history...Well, I just miss him, that's all. There is no one else like him.

schmoo on 05/22/2012 00:47

And thanks so much to the admins that have chosen to honor him by putting him "on the front page", so to speak.

cheshiredragon on 05/22/2012 09:12

Yesterday after I was posted I would come back to my computer every hour refreshing the page until I went to bed hoping that it would disappear. I had a few dreams last night about the times catman and I had met up for certain occasions and then a few posts we had shared in the past. The dream was so real that when I woke up this morning I had forgotten about this thread and was going to get up to send catman a PM saying we should meet and have lunch again since it has been a few years, but the thread was still here. This is just so hard for me to swallow as I am sure it is to everyone here. I learned a lot from him. One thing was how to be clever and not such an ass in my beliefs, but spreading it around in a good and peaceful manner. Even though he is gone now I can still remember and honor him by carrying that knowledge and live the way he did.

Skeeve on 08/26/2012 18:34

catman, more than anyone else, kept our forum going. He would always add a comment to everyone's posts and always in a positive way. It will be a sad day when his post count is overtaken by others. Sad

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