OldNFO gives the sad news that Newbius passed away earlier this week.
I hadn't expected to start the day by crying.
Newbius is someone I am honored to call friend. He was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to chaperone my family and I through the Pentagon when we visited DC last year. We shot together at Northcoast 1. He arranged a blog dinner for my 40th birthday (and kept stealing my new custom Bowie knife!). We spent a good chunk of the NRA convention last year hanging out, walking the floor, having dinner, drinking beer.
It's so hard to hear that an online friend has passed away; it's much harder when it's someone you knew in "real life" as well.
I know this; he was a great friend, man, father, and husband. He was fiercely proud of his children; devoted to his wife; and loved making pizza - and 100 yard shots with his AR-10. He'd give you the shirt off your back if you needed it, back you up in a fight, or offer sage words of wisdom when needed. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. If there's anything we can do, please let us know.
Newbius, you will be missed greatly.
That is all.