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Thread: Clear Skies, Barry. RIP Gully_raker

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    Thanks for the update Zoe. You might like to have a look at the tributes on the Over the Trenches Solo missions forum.

    I spent yesterday afternoon with a tear in my eye re reading all Baz's missions.

    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

  2. #52


    I've just learned of this terrible news Baz was not only a great forum member, he was a great friend and will be sorely missed by many of us around the globe. Not only will I toast a tea to him, I have decided to name my tractor after him (even though he would think it was way to modern!). My thoughts go out to his "real life" friends and family during this sad time.

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air…

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew –
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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    Just heard obout this and am sorry to hear this. He will be remembered by all of us.
    Last edited by BobP; 07-23-2021 at 10:04.

  4. #54


    I rembember sending him a Yuengling tee shirt with a F4F Corsair on it. He thanked me and wore it to game nights. Never did meet him but consider him a friend as I do to all in here. RIP my friend.

  5. #55


    Oh my, I am so very sorry to read this. He was such a valued member of this site. My deepest sympathies to his family.

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    "We do not stop playing when we get old, but we get old when we stop playing."

  7. #57


    So sad to hear. Never met Barry, but had hoped to. My condolences to his family, he will be missed.

  8. #58


    That's unbelievably bad and sad news, my sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He was always so full of life and enthusiasm in the OTT sub forum that I frequent, it's a sorry day for us all.
    It's hard to believe that I won't be reading one of his AAR's ever again.
    Just so sad.

    Zoe thanks for posting the news, I've not been on the forum for a little while and only just seen this.

  9. #59


    Pass on my condolences, broke out my big brew mug especially for the tribute.

  10. #60


    RIP Barry, I drink to you tonight.

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    Would it be possible for somebody on the "committee" (assuming there is one) to update the "Hall of Fallen Airmen". Since Barry was himself its moderator, this has not yet been done.

  12. #62


    Baz usually posted well after the event, Mike, once he had received a eulogy from someone who knew them.
    I'm happy to take it on if given the access and someone like Zoe can put some words together.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    I have been liaising with Rob and believe Zoe is going to do the honours.

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    I spoke to Keith just after he posted, and we asked Zoe, who is collecting information from his family.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Cheers guys. Good to know all is in hand. I should never have doubted it Thank you all.

  16. #66


    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Brain View Post
    I have just received the devastating news that my good friend Barry Hickson, better known on this forum as gully_raker, passed away suddenly last night.

    Due to the viral breakout in his part of the world, funeral arrangements may take a while to make.

    The family has asked that everyone here have a cup of tea in his memory, and to thank everyone on the forum for their friendship. They are quite aware of just how much gully_raker enjoyed both WGF and Tripods, and the companionship of everyone on this forum.
    Having one for Gully_raker this morning. RIP
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    I'm working on it, should have it ready by the weekend.

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    I came across this about our wingman Gully_raker this morning & flagged it up in the OTT Mess but I think others who knew him will appreciate it too.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Very nice article, Dave, I read it with pleasure. Just another proof WoG are extraordinary people even outside the (boardgame) box.
    This link should be a part of his Hall of Fallen Airman tombstone.

  21. #71


    Lovely piece that, thank you for finding and sharing. What a top bloke.

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

  22. #72


    Quote Originally Posted by mikeemagnus View Post
    Would it be possible for somebody on the "committee" (assuming there is one) to update the "Hall of Fallen Airmen". Since Barry was himself its moderator, this has not yet been done.
    Has any update been made possible ?

  23. #73


    Sorry to hear. God has another GREAT copilot.

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    NSW is still under a gradually easing lockdown. I'm waiting to hear again from the family.

  25. #75


    Thank you Zoe.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

  26. #76

    Default Condolences.

    I just do not know how I managed to miss this devastating news.
    Fly High Barry. RIP.
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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