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Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:02:53 PM EST

Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away.

My prayers to the family.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:02:56 PM EST
My deepest sympathies.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:02 PM EST
So sorry to hear this.  Way too young.  My condolences to his family.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:04 PM EST
RIP Ed.  Found this place in 2004 like many others looking for their first AR as the ban ended.  Great resource and a great site.  
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:13 PM EST
Aw shit, damn
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:14 PM EST
My sincerest condolences to you, your family and our community- we are all diminished by his loss.

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:15 PM EST

Fuck Cancer
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:15 PM EST
Sorry for your loss. RIP, sir.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/31/2020 9:05:28 PM EST by deziner75]

Rest In Peace brother.  

Ed helped me personally through immense sadness and loss, and I never met the man.  I’ll never forget this and am eternally grateful for his impact on me through this website, one of his many legacies.

My deepest sympathies to his family.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:30 PM EST
Terrible news. RIP and prayers for his family
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:38 PM EST
RIP Ed. Thanks for all you have done for our community.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:38 PM EST

Thank you for creating this awesome place. It has been absolutely life changing for me in many ways.

Condolences and respects to the Avilas.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:49 PM EST
My sincere condolences to those he loved and those who loved him.

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:49 PM EST
Rest in peace Ed. Thanks for providing a platform for us to learn, laugh, and be knuckleheads.

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:50 PM EST

Very sorry to hear.

Prayers out for your family
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:51 PM EST

F cancer

My condolences go out to y’all.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:54 PM EST
Condolences to the Avila family.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:54 PM EST
The earth is a little worse place today
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:03:56 PM EST

RIP Edward
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/31/2020 9:04:43 PM EST by Pete545]
damn, RIP
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:13 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:13 PM EST
My utmost condolences to his family.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:15 PM EST
Mr. Avila has done a lot for the 2nd Amendment and the AR15.  Most of what I know about guns, I leaned from this site.  I am grateful to you and all that run this site, RIP sir. Thank you all.  Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:24 PM EST
Rest In Peace
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:27 PM EST

There are no words, but prayers for all of yall he left behind.  
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:27 PM EST
Rest in Peace, Ed. You left your mark on the world.

I'm reminded of some of the final words of "Trailer Park Boys" star John Dunsworth. Despite playing a drunken buffoon, he was a kind, gentle, intelligent man.

John Dunsworth final scene | Jim Lahey Last Words Of Wisdom | TPB s12
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:43 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:44 PM EST
Could a mod/staff please tack this?

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:53 PM EST
A great man. Can't say as i've ever even chatted with him here but his legacy of this community of brothers has changed my life in so many ways and I dare say may have saved it as well.

Rest easy Ed
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:04:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:05 PM EST
Prayers for family and friends.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:14 PM EST
Rest in peace Ed.

I feel honored that he responded to my posts a few times, always in kind.

Condolences to the Avila family.

God Speed Ed.

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:24 PM EST
My deepest condolences
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:28 PM EST
Damn.  I hope - hell, I haven't got the right words.  I guess I just hope that his life here is long remembered, that his loved ones aren't suffering over much, and that what he did here, what he stood for, makes a difference.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/31/2020 10:50:24 PM EST by ChrisLe]
Rest well my brother....
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:32 PM EST

He fought the good fight.

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:33 PM EST

Prayers and condolences to the family and friends.

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:34 PM EST
RIP brother

Never knew you but I thank you for everything you did to preserve freedom for all of us. You will NEVER be forgotten

Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/31/2020 9:08:48 PM EST by TxRabbitBane]
That sucks. Seemed like a good dude.
Levantaré un trago para ti, compadre.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:52 PM EST
Sorry for your loss.....

Ed sent me this once....he was a good man.
4/29/2003 7:47:02 PM CDT
Hi Mark
Then you are my nephew,so to speak.

I am sorry your dad passed away.

I hope you don't take this as presumptuous on my part,but Vietnam vets often think of each other and talk to each other as if we were truly brothers.

I am sure your father was a better man than me,and therefore I am asking you to forgive me if it ofends you that I take the liberty of thinking of him as a brother.

I also remember that dreadful day that we abandoned our allies to the mercy of our enemy.
It is also the day this great nation, admitted to the world that despite our 58,000 dead,we would not gain our objective.

Notice I did not say they died in vain,because they didn't.It is sad but we must go on.

I am very pleased to see that you post that picture as a tradition,and I would hope,also as a well deserved tribute to your father.

May he rest in peace in the company of his brothers.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:54 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:57 PM EST

Everything in my life is different than it was in 2006 when I joined this site. Thank you for that.
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:05:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By GoatBoy:
ARFCOM Founder, Edward Avila, Passed Away Today


Edward passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He fought until the end, sharing his story with the community (in the Team Forum) and hopefully inspiring hope in others. He was ever stoic, honest, and accepting of what life had put before him and he made the most of every moment he was able to cram into his last year. Even at the end, he did not ask for anything, did not complain, did not give in. He went out on his own terms, fighting and stubborn to the last.

I’m having to write this early because I know when the time comes, I wont have the strength to do so. Edward started this site as a mailing list back in 1996 when he left the military. He had a passion for the AR platform, but there simply was no information online about it. It was small back then, about 20 people for the long while, until internet usages and interest began to grow. The mail list quickly became 200+ people and needed a new approach. He enlisted my help and we moved it to a discussion forum format. It has since grown into an amazing community of folks, not just to talk and share firearm information, but to make friendships and look out for one another. ARFCOM changed from a firearm site, to a collection of patriots with a shared love of this country and what our founding fathers died for. His legacy will remain as long as we look out for one another, find the best in ourselves, and never give up on our rights.

Edward's loss is a big one for the community. He was a huge source of knowledge, which he always loved to share. He was a passionate humanitarian and helped so many people because of this site. He was an incredible brother, one of my heroes, and my best friend. He was an amazing father, son, and loving husband. This world, which he leaves behind, will be a less special without him in it.

I could talk for days about Ed and the lives we lived and shared. I could talk about his impact on the world and the legacy he leaves behind. Instead, I invite you to share a memory you may have of Edward. A story, a shared experience, an exchange of ideas, a conversation, anything that made you smile. Let's celebrate him for the things he did and remember a hero of the community. Sharing his memory will allow him to continue to live within each of us. Hopefully this will help his spirit continue to touch other folks and maybe inspire a few to change for the better.

I love ya bro and will miss you more than I can put into words.


Edward Avila 1971-2020
Veteran of the US Army

Leaves behind a loving wife, a wonderful son, and a grateful family.
Leader of the AR Movement, this website, and a major 2A supporter.
Friend to many in the community and industry.
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@goatboy . Is there anything any of us can do?
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:06:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:06:32 PM EST
Man this is terrible. I'm so sorry. RIP
Link Posted: 3/31/2020 9:06:35 PM EST
Thanks, Ed, for everything you did.

Prayers for the family.
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