Last Monday afternoon, Jorge decided to make a long-anticipated trek to New York City to see the Crusty Gentlemen, a bluegrass band that features his old buddies Bob Holmes, Doug Allen, and Jonathan Gregg, and plays regularly in downtown Manhattan at the Cowgirl Seahorse bar. Bob and Doug were members of Rubber Rodeo and Jonathan was in the Mundanes and, of course, Doug also created the much-loved comic strip Steven. In short, these guys are all seminal RI artists from the 1980s.
While sitting in the Cowboy Seahorse, waiting to play a song with the band, Jorge received a message on his cell phone from radio personality John Laurenti informing him that another old and much beloved radio friend of ours, Mark Gaudet — universally known as “The Mountain Man” — had been killed in a motorcycle accident in the Ocean State.
This news hit like a giant, cold slap in the head. Mark had been Jorge’s producer at WHJJ in the mid-1980s and was one of the most well-liked members of the local radio community. He was greatly loved by all who worked with him and, besides being an enthusiastic motorcycle rider, and he was a veteran who had served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
This was a good and great man. Jorge will not forget that Mark used to always bring in two gigantic sandwiches for lunch, one for him and one for J, every time we did a show. They were so big that we didn’t have to eat for the rest of the day.
P&J would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family and his many friends. This was a huge tragedy and P&J know we speak for many when we thank Mark Gaudet for his service, his generosity, and kindness.
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