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The world lost a great man today. Dale Francis was killed in a head on collision while driving his Chevy SUV at 2:30 this morning on 46 west of Mims. Dale, or Gunz as we in BACA Tri County Chapter knew him, was one of a kind. A big bear of a man, he was the kind of a man that, despite his size, would put you at ease as soon as you met him. The first BACA meeting that I went to, he walked up to me, shook my hand and said "They call me Gunz". From that first handshake, I just knew that he was the kind of guy that would go to the mat for a child in need.

He rode an M109, no helmet and as fast as that thing would go. He was a bail bondsman, or "retrieval specialist" as he told me (with a smile). He would be the kind of guy that you just would want to have your back anywhere that you go. And he always did. He was the guy that, when the TCC was at a bar after a run, he wouldn't drink because he wanted to keep an eye on all the brothers and sisters. He would always tell you to text or call when you get home after a run so that he would know that everyone got home safely.

I personally will miss Gunz very much. Though I only knew him for about seven months, I felt like we had a bond that would span a lifetime. All too soon, he was pulled from this world. Prayers for his four children 12-21 years old. I'll miss you, my friend.





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May his family and friends find comfort in knowing they were under the wings of a special angel before he was suddenly taken away from this life on Earth. Prayers out to you, his family and family of friends.
 

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Sorry for your loss bud, It takes along time to get over a loss of a good friend (I guess you really don't, you just come to terms with it!), just tell yourself you'll see him on the other side.
 

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I am so sorry. The shock, the sadness, the confusion... there are no magic words to make any of those go away. You keep him in your heart. That's what really honors someone who passes away too soon.
 

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I am very sorry to hear this Eric. May God heal your hearts and hold his entire family close during this very difficult time.

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I am so sorry for your loss, and for all of those who were impacted by this man and his good nature. It sucks losing a friend. Know that there are people here for you to lean on.
 

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I am so sorry for this loss. I hope his family, and your family, heals as soon as possible. It is so hard at times. JIm Mann
 

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You and I were just talking about Gunz the other day, Eric. Please know that I am sorry for your loss, as I am for your BACA chapter and for those loved ones that are left behind. Very, very sad news, Brother.
 

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Sorry to hear that. Some folks take it better than others, hang in there man.

My (only) sister (29) died on that day in 2009. It happened to be Friday the 13th, that year.
 

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Sorry for the loss... it's sad and our hearts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.

Sounds like he was just a great guy all around.
 

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:shock: Sounds like he was a great guy. I'm sure he'll live forever in the lives he left behind. :(
 
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