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Requiem For A Friend

By Wyatt Earp | January 7, 2010

My frequent commenter, fellow Penguins fan and blog friend Right Wing Prof lost his battle with cancer this morning. Xopher posted this comment on the Prof’s blog:

My beloved companion and dearest friend fell asleep in the Lord at 1:45 this morning, after a short struggle against an overwhelming foe, with the sweet acceptance that has characterized his gallant witness through this entire ordeal.

His brother Jan, sister-in-law Phyllis, and I were holding his hands at the moment of death.

It is no great understatement that the news is devastating.

I first met Clay Bond in person on July 23, 2007, when a few of us – including Sebastian and Bitter – met at Geno’s Steaks for lunch. I almost missed the opportunity. You know how you sometimes have a mental picture of someone that is completely different from the real picture? Well, that was the case that day. I had never seen a photo of the Prof before, and while I was walking around Geno’s looking for him, I walked right by without even knowing it. After searching for a bit, I decided that I would just go to the car and hope for the best. Thankfully, he and Sebastian saw me and flagged me down. I’m glad they did.

Clay was the exact opposite of what I expected. I pictured a tweed jacket with patches on the sleeves, flawlessly coiffed hair, and the perfect manicure. Instead, I got facial hair, tattoos, and more gun knowledge than more Marines.

Thankfully, I got the latter.

That day at Geno’s is one that I will always remember. The four of us talked and laughed for a few hours, and Clay gave me a parting gift: Season 1 of Sleeper Cell on DVD. I was very appreciative, but Clay dismissed it as nothing. That is the kind of person Clay Bond was. Thoughtful, kind, and selfless.

In the two and a half years since, we e-mailed each other frequently, discussing the Penn State/Michigan rivalry, the Steelers, politics, and the occasional link to a good news story for each others’ blogs. About a year ago, he asked me why I was such a big hockey fan. I used that as an opening to really expose him to the sport. Clay took in a few Penn State games and started following one of my favorite teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins. I would beam with pride when he would send me an e-mail talking about “that awesome game” Sidney Crosby had. While Indiana basketball and Steelers football were first in his sports heart, the Pens earned their place there as well.

He read SYLG often, and commented frequently – sometimes to my embarrassment. When I posted about my skin cancer, he seemed more concerned with my dinky little basal cell issue than his own battle with lung cancer. Again, selfless.

I never posted about this, but I drove out to see Clay on November 20. It was something I simply had to do, and I am glad I did. When I walked into his room, he looked at me and smiled. Pointing to his dry erase board, I saw a list of visitors for the day. There were a few names there, and at the bottom of the list was a large WYATT! It was enough to make me well up.

After we exchanged pleasantries, he asked me, “Wyatt, why the hell did you drive all the way out here?” I looked at him and realized that he was serious. He thought I was insane. Instead of getting all emotional, I went into sarcastic mode and replied, “I’m here to kick your ass out of bed, and if you don’t beat this soon, I’m bringing the SWAT team, MP-5s and flash-bangs.”

I was fortunate enough to spend four hours with him and his son – a terrific person, by the way. I also met Father Alexander, the man who brought Clay back to the Orthodox Church and a few of Clay’s caregivers. When it was time to go, I told him that he better keep fighting, and I would try to visit again soon. Sadly, I will not get the chance.

The drive home was a sad one. I cried for a while and was only comforted by the fact that Clay’s faith kept him strong. He had a terrific support system and was surrounded by family and friends until the end. I am confident that he is with God now.

I apologize of this post is all over the place, but I’m just in stream-of-consciousness mode. In honor of Clay Bond, the Right Wing Prof, there will be no other posts today.

Topics: , Cancer | 37 Comments »

37 Responses to “Requiem For A Friend”

  1. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’m so sorry.

  2. USAdmiral Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.

    These are always hard to hear or read about.

    Nicely done too.

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  4. C/A Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Sorry to hear man. It’s been a tough couple of months. RIP Prof.

  5. Mike47 Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Wyatt, you memorialized the Prof honorably. He was lucky to have you as a friend.

  6. Morgan Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    My condolences to his family and friends; may he rest in peace.

  7. DirtCrashr Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I’m very truly sorry – Godspeed Professor.

  8. Jason Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    While we initially morn the loss, we eventually celebrate the gain from having experienced the wonderful people in our lives. The journey from mourning to celebrating differs from person to person, here’s to a short journey.


  9. Sully Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Well written Wyatt… you have my deepest condolences.


  10. Watuschski Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Wyatt, my sincerest condolences.

  11. Mark Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 1:58 pm


  12. Chas Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    My family’s prayers are with his family and friends.

  13. Deanna Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    What a beautiful way to pay tribute to your friend. I am so sorry for your loss, Wyatt. I will be praying that your heart will be comforted as well as Prof’s family.

  14. dragonlady474 Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    My condolences and continued prayers for his family.

  15. Teetop Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man, Wyatt.

    Be thankful you met such a man and was a friend of his. People come into our lives, some leave lasting impressions, such as Clay did in your life.

    Take comfort in his memories and your conversations.

    R.I.P. Clay. I wished I had met you.

  16. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you, everyone. If I may preach here for a second, Clay died of lung cancer. If you smoke, or know someone who smokes, please get them to stop. It’s just not worth it.


  17. Ralph Short Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Wyatt, don’t worry about your post, when you lose a real friend it is like part of yourself. It was a good post and I pray the prof is teaching and learning in a better world.

  18. Stacy Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    My sympathy on your loss and my prayers go out to his family and friends.

    I lost my dad to lung cancer. Nasty stuff, that.

  19. Rob in Katy Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Very sorry for your loss.

  20. La Strega di Bari Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I am sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. RT Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    It is comforting to know that he was surrounded by love when he passed. He was quite brave and selfless to share his last few months with us on his blog.

    I’m sorry so many who loved him now face face the pain of his loss.

  22. Kim Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Words are not much comfort right now. However, know that I am praying for you and for his family. (((hugs)))

  23. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    :-/ Godspeed, Prof…

  24. Mario Mirarchi Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 10:56 pm


  25. Becky Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. My condolences to Clays family and friends.

  26. Rick Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I am sad to hear of the Professor’s passing.
    I will pray for his family.

  27. RogerDee Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Nuff said…….

  28. Clady Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to you.

  29. metoo Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    My sympathies to you and his family and friends.

  30. Samuel Leathers Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    May Clay Marc Bond’s memory be eternal.

  31. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you again, folks. As you can imagine, it’s been a pretty bad couple of days.

  32. Old NFO Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. RIP Clay.

  33. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) Retired Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Condolences from our family to both yours and his.

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  35. Xopher Says:
    June 19th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wyatt, I didn’t see this at the time. I am lonely for his ‘voice,’ since Right Wing Nation vaporized, and found this, today. He treasured your friendship, and your visit meant a lot to him. And thank you for your role in getting him interested in hockey, probably his last new enthusiasm! I wore his Penguins cap this morning, out gardening.

  36. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 19th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Xopher – I was glad he enjoyed the sports, and even more glad he followd the Pens – one of my favorite teams. I miss him, too, and am glad he is now in a much better place.

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