RAMROD: 1945-2006

Lawrence 'Ramrod' Shurtliff: 1945-2006

Ramrod (left) w/ S. Parish and R. Taylor
By Blakesberg
Larry 'Ramrod' Shurtliff, one of the Grateful Dead's most celebrated crew members died of lung cancer in Petaluma, California on May 16. He was 61 years old. Ramrod linked up with the Dead in 1967 as a truck driver and would eventually go on to become the crew chief. Shurtliff garnered his nickname "Ramrod" while traveling through Mexico with LSD-hero Ken Kesey.

Yet another lifelong cigarette smoker, Ramrod was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks ago. In his final days he didn't want anybody to know he was dying, but band and crew members from the Grateful Dead family would visit him frequently.

Robert Hunter presented the following eulogy: "Most never knew his given name/they called him Ramrod/Lawrence didn't fit him. He came down from Oregon/Prankster sidekick of Cassady/Kesey and the merry crew, a silent stoic in a vocable milieu/his heart was stolen by the Grateful Dead."

[Published on: 5/19/06]

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Death Cube K starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/19/2006 12:01PM
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Death Cube K

here's to ramrod

brewer247 Fri 5/19/2006 12:14PM
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Yes, here's to Ramrod. I'm sure Jerry gave him an old friends welcome.

Passquach starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/19/2006 12:14PM
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God Bless ya Ramrod! You will be deeply missed!

nfenne Fri 5/19/2006 01:31PM
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I'll raise a pint in his honor! Here's to Ramrod.

bennyoc Fri 5/19/2006 02:33PM
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Let's bring them out, the crew. This has been the crew for 10 fucking years. Get em out here.

This is the man - Biiilll Graham.


PhishyManDan starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/19/2006 08:52PM
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To Ramrod! Rest in peace...

styleelongboard starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/19/2006 11:32PM
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lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest....

koach starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/20/2006 02:41AM
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I read lot about ramrod seems like an amazing man, read kool aid test and youll know by tom wolfe, respect raise one up for ramrod

fsu420 Sat 5/20/2006 12:15PM
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phaze Sat 5/20/2006 05:54PM
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Ramrod was the best there was. Keep on Truckin' R.I.P. Bro.

uptoyou starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/22/2006 07:00AM
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Who is this Bennie OC guy... the article is about Ramrod not Bill Graham I don't even think that guy knows what he is talking about???Go Sox

Marc1971 starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/22/2006 09:41AM
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Here's to a "truckin'" at Summercamp in memoriam...I'll raise my glass to the gent who brought all the gear to the venue!

daveapaug Mon 5/22/2006 11:38AM
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Benny OC is talking about Ramrods one line from the GD Movie..... RIP Ramrod, keep enjoyin' the ride....

mykeyreader starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/22/2006 06:49PM
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peace my brother

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/24/2006 09:23AM
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He let one of my phriends who has already laid down into the last NYE show. Piss ant, if you're readin,' you'd better welcome him to the grate beyond.

jodessa Sat 6/3/2006 04:28PM
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YOU WILL BE MISSED:( Tell Vince welnick we said "HI!" AND I BID YOU GOODNITE! GOOOODDDD NNNIIITTTEEE!!! FARE THEE WELL. i'ii play-comes a time-for u tonite.


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