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Old 17th March 2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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I have heard through a couple forum members that they had a Facebook notification that Barry Parks, Vandoo here on the forum, passed away the first of March. It was unexpected and the family members that made the post miss him sorely. Barry had a zest for life and thoroughly enjoyed the forum and contributing here. I met Barry a few times and always enjoyed our conversations on our favorite subject. I will miss his posts on clubs and contributions on other subject matter. God Bless you and your family!
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Old 17th March 2017, 01:48 PM   #2
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My condolences to friends and family.
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Old 17th March 2017, 01:51 PM   #3
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Barry has been a mainstay of this community since its inception and he and his extensive freely shared knowledge will be greatly missed.
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Old 17th March 2017, 02:29 PM   #4
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My condolences also.
A great loss to us all.
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Old 17th March 2017, 03:09 PM   #5
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A very great loss for the forum, I will miss him!

My condolences to his family.
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Old 17th March 2017, 03:44 PM   #6
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This is a tragic blow to our forums, Barry was one of the key figures here, and the most unique person I have ever met. His sage wisdom and astute observations were always boldly emblazoned in capital letters (due to eyesight) and with a demeanor that always reminded me of Will Rogers.
That seemed interestingly appropriate as he lived in Oklahoma. I once had the pleasure of visiting him there, and was overwhelmed at his incredibly eclectic collections.....I used to tease him that his home was the Oklahoma chapter of the Smithsonian.
I recall in talking as we walked through rooms of displays, mentioning the 'deaths head moth' (from "Silence of the Lambs") ...he calmly smiled, and like a museum docent said, this way......opening drawers of butterflies etc. and there one was!!!!

His interests were boundless, and his passion for everything was thrilling to anyone having the pleasure of talking with him. Intrigued by his pseudonym, VANDOO, he explained it was the mysterious language created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the language of the apes in "Tarzan".
It fit him, mysterious, esoteric, intriguing, fascinating, and someone I will never ever forget,
VAYA CON DIOS MY FRIEND .YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.
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Old 20th March 2017, 11:23 AM   #7
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I'm sorry to hear of this. My sincere condolences to Barry's family.
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Old 20th March 2017, 12:29 PM   #8
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Rest in peace, Barry. You will be missed.

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Old 20th March 2017, 12:50 PM   #9
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What a terrible shame!I didn't know him personally, but I always found him to be extremely knowledgeable and always willing to dispense information in a kind and noncondensing way; as a teacher should do with logic and not a ruler!
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Old 20th March 2017, 09:19 PM   #10
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Sad news indeed. Condolences to his family.

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Old 8th April 2017, 01:15 AM   #11
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Farewell, Barry. You were one of a kind.
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