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    OSO Content Provider Commercial Member SHARKEY-IMAGES's Avatar
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    Unhappy Loss Of Another Racer...

    Sunday, October 3rd, 2004 John Hipwell was in a fatal crash while driving the TFH Madness boat at the IHBA California Finals in Merced, California. At approximately 2:42 pm John was making another attempt to run a world record when his boat went out of control at the finish line. The Merced County Sheriff's office said he was pronounced dead at 2:50 PM. John is survived by his wife Joann and their furry kids. John was also the sole provider for the home. Efforts are being made to raise funds for John's burial and for Joann’s living expenses while she gets all of her and John's affairs in order.
    In time of healing I have been told reading notes from others have been a tremendous support. If you wish to drop Joann a donation and a brief note you can send them to Joann Hipwell at 174 Mt. Arlington Blvd. Landing, NJ 07850 I am told there is a trust being set up in John's name at a local bank for on going support to Joann and we will share that information ASAP.
    The full IHBA/Merced County Sheriff's investigation is on going but the preliminary report has been released and can be read at ""
    Funeral arrangements for John are as follows:
    Viewing- Friday October 8th, 2-4 pm and 6-9pm
    Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home
    150 Landing Road
    Landing, New Jersey
    phone: 973-398-3000
    Church/Mass Service- Saturday October 9th, 10 am
    Our Lady of the Lake
    9 Rooney Rd.
    Mt. Arlington, NJ
    The family has also requested that in lieu of sending flowers, please make donations.
    Our condolences go out to Joann and the rest of John’s family,
    Duane B Sims

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member CAP071's Avatar
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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    Sorry to hear of such a loss. May God be with him and his family in this time of sorrow.
    “It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

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    Registered Andy Buzz's Avatar
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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    RIP. So sad to hear of another loss.

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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    Thoughts and prayers for him and his family.

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    AT Cult Member #3 VIP Member R Addiction's Avatar
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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    Our thoughts are with his familyand friends

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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    sorry for your loss. Keep your chins up.god bless your family.

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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    He passed on doing what he condolences.......

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    Re: Loss Of Another Racer...

    Thoughts and prayers for the friends and family.

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