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Thread: Sante Guiliani, aka Fish 'n Banjo, RIP.

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    Sante Guiliani, aka Fish 'n Banjo, RIP.

    Sante and I were very close friends. I noticed him declining bit by bit over the past four years, to the point where he was unable to speak to anyone on the telephone. He was a great man who fought several cancers, and other illnesses related to exposure to Agent Orange in Viet Nam. Later, he worked on nuclear sub-marines. He was one the world's best known fly fishermen.

    Sante was an exceptionally generous man. He gave more to his fellow pipers than most forum members: pounds and pounds of tobaccos, many pipes (briars and meers), and other related accessories. He turned me on HU blends back in 2012, and in turn, I turned a bunch of people on to them. Sante jokingly said, "You took my job away from me". A few months ago, he surprised me with a 1960s Andreas Bauer Sultan face meer. Sante said it was, "A sultan for the Sultan of Reviewers." He was amazingly supportive of me.

    Through out all of Sante's health problems, he remained strong in spirit. For years, despite his own debilitations, Sante continued to create and lead many cancer support groups, always thinking of others who were under going similar journeys. The number of people he helped is unmeasurable. When he was first diagnosed, doctors told him he had at most, two years to live, but Sante soldiered on for 14. He told me a few years back, "The doctors can't believe I'm still alive. I told them I'm staying here because I'm going to 'shock the world' ". He damn near did.

    Sante was a well read, brilliant man. He told great, funny, witty stories and loved a good laugh. "My gift is the gift of laughter. I live to make others happy." We constantly traded jokes and stories. Sante would detail his battles with me, knowing that I knew he wasn't looking for sympathy or attention. I never heard him complain or whine about the pain he suffered, or ask "Why me?" or "Woe is me." He told me everything because he knew I cared and wanted to know what was happening with him, and knew I would not express feelings of sorrow for him. That pain, until now, I kept private in my heart.

    God bless you, Sante Guiliani. You were one of a kind. The bravest man I have ever known. I don't expect I'll meet another like you again. But I did know you, and for everything there was about you, I shall be forever grateful.
    Last edited by JimInks; 06-20-2019 at 03:21.

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    RIP. He sounds like a great man, that you were very lucky to be friends with.

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    My deepest sympathies to you over the loss of your good friend, Jim.
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    RIP Sante - a pipe gentleman.
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    Sad news, the few times I ever dealt with him, Banjo was a real gentleman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Sad news, the few times I ever dealt with him, Banjo was a real gentleman.
    It is sad news, indeed. I remember him from another online pipe group and that he had a first-rate pipe collection.
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    Sante truly was a gentleman.

    The world is indeed a poorer place without him and Tom as well.

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