About Lugnut -- Patrick Malone

Many of us have come to know Patrick Malone (Lugnut) as a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and kind individual. He is a frequent and enthusiastic contributor to our analog discussion forum. He has initiated only 17 threads, but responded to 559 threads. I would guess that many, if not most, of us can recall a time when Pat replied with helpful advice to a question we posted or helped us track down a rare recording. I have come to love Pat as a friend, and to respect him as a man, and I suspect many of you share those feelings.

Today I write to share difficult news with you. Pat has been diagnosed with an aggressive stomach cancer. It has yet to be determined whether surgery will even be worth it. If surgery is performed, most or all of the stomach will be removed, and Pat would face a difficult and long post-op period in the hospital. The medical course is still uncertain, but will be determined soon. Whatever is decided, it will not be easy or pleasant.

Something may be planned in the future to assist the family. For now, Pat could use some of the friendship he so often and willingly showed us. You can email Pat at: [email protected]. You can also mail cards, letters ... or whatever. You may email me for Pat's mailing address. My email is: [email protected].

I hope to spend a few days with Pat in Idaho or Nebraska (from which he hails) soon. Between this news, my legal work, getting ready for family arriving for the holidays, Audio Intelligent, and trying to make plans to visit Pat, my head is spinning. If you email me and I don't respond, please understand that I am not ignoring you, but rather simply do not have time to reply.

Pat may or may not have time to respond to posts here, to emails, or to cards mailed to him. But he has asked me to convey to each and every one of you that he has cherished your friendship, your comradery, and sharing our common hobby on this great website.

As we prepare for our holiday season celebrations, and look forward to -- as we should -- enjoying this time of year, I ask that you keep Pat and his family in mind ... and softly offer up, in quiet moments in the still of night and early morning, prayers for Pat and his family. God bless.

Warmest regards to all,
Paul Frumkin
I've been spending a little time reading and catching up since I haven't spent a lot of time here lately. When I played A Love Supreme last night I was thinking of Pat, and decided I needed to read the whole thread again. I hadn't realized it's been almost 6 years.
Been thinking of Pat this week myself. Pat was a great guy and a great listening buddy. He could walk into my music room and tell what had changed even though it had been weeks since he had last heard my rig. Pat was 55 when he left us.
A few years ago a former band mate/riding partner and all around good friend moved back to Idaho and he has become a great listening buddy as well. He turned 55 in July and was diagnosed with cancer about the same time. He just got out of surgery this week and things look very positive for the future. Sure makes one pause though...
It has been six(?) months since I been 'away'.

Checking action on my old threads, I found this one, first.

Old friends.
I was thinking about Pat- aka- Lugnut ,while listening to Doc & Merle Watson,"Southbound" on vinyl of course!I Like to come back and spend a little time reading parts of this thread at times,usually when I could use some moral support ,renew my faith that most people are good and do good things that are from the heart when called upon.Sometimes it takes some doing to bring it out in us,but I think it is in a majority of us. Pat did bring out the best in so many, at what was a very painful time in his life. He did so with much grace.I did not know him as well as some here, who were very close to and were able to visit Pat He was the kind of soul that you felt you have known for years after a short time.Well thats it,just remembering Lugnut.

Thanks for the reminder. Pat and I became friends here, if too briefly. We couldn't have differed more in musical and audio tastes and styles, but his good heart made those differences irrelevant.