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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 3:55 PM
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Unhappy R.I.P., hudkina

I'm very sorry to inform everyone that our longtime forum member hudkina has passed away. His name was Brad Hudkins. I found out after reaching out to his family that he had passed away March 12, 2015 from colon cancer. He had not posted in a while which led us to think something was wrong. hudkina had a passion for Detroit and Michigan and was always informative in his posts, and was a good photographer.

Brad's mom signed up to the forum to read his posts and to see his photos he had shared here.

His family asked friends and family to do an act of kindness in Brad's honor, and I thought it would be nice to carry on with that idea.

Online memorial

hudkina's photo albums:



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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 3:57 PM
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Will be missed.

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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 5:55 PM
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it's rare to find such a potent combination of passion and knowledge for a given subject matter in one person.

brad had that potent combination in spades for his beloved detroit.

i've missed his presence on the forum for the past 3 years, and i will continue to miss him.

my belated condolences to his loved ones.

RIP, hudkina.
He has to go.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:40 PM
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I recall hearing the news a year ago by way of a local forum. So sad. Brad was always thoughtful and positive in his posts. Something we always need to see more of around these parts.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:50 PM
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Just doesn't seem right one so young should leave life. Belated condolences to his family. At least he can still share his wonderful photos.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:54 PM
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Ce putain de cancer fait chier. C'est une saloperie. C'est le diable.

They made a whole dramatic story of AIDS here, but cancer is killing many many more of us.
It made me cry a couple of times already.
I never had to cry for AIDS yet.

I say nanotechs to replace ill degenerated cells...

I can remember the username of the guy, hudkina.
Je suis un peu triste, là.

It feels strange and very unpleasant when people I don't really know on these forums die, taking me back to actual life.
psst... A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2018, 9:48 AM
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Brad was smart as a whip, which made him both a formidable ally or foe depending on which side you were standing on in a debate. I'd fairly regularly go to him to see how to calculate this-or-that figure and make sure I had my numbers straight, or simply to ask him to do stuff way above my comprehension.

I still have saved things he taught me how to do; nerdy stuff like how to calculate the employment interchange measure for determining metropolitan areas, for instance. lol He got my interested in all kinds and manner of really techinical and super nerdy measurements. It's amazing, really, the things that live on after people leave us. I was geninuely hurt to find out of his passing when I came out of my self-imposed exile here, last year, after my own family tragedy. I wish he'd told us or even just one of us what he was dealing with, but he was never one to complain about personal stuff. I know from my own personal loss just six months before his own what it's like to come across people and things online from your deceased loved one. So I hope us sharing brings the family additional solace. All these years later I still get excited when I come across an old picture, letter, card, video, etc...from my brother that I didn't knew existed or forgot about. Brad wasn't much older than my brother, so it feels like I lost two.

His passion for and knowledge of our shared hometown has always and will always be greatly missed here by us Detroiters. He'd have been so excited to see the stuff taking off in the area now.

RIP, Brad.
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2018, 1:41 AM
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I remember Hudkina's posts from years back in the Detroit threads. He was always a strong and positive presence there, and you could tell that he really loved his hometown. It's always a tragedy when someone passes at such a young age, and having known personal loss myself, I can only hope that his family can find peace knowing that he had a positive influence on so many people who visit this message board.

My condolences, and God bless.
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Ugh, so awful to hear this - f#ck cancer.
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