We lost one of our own today

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  1. Jul 10, 2019 #1

    LW Bercini

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    Gary Byrum 64, passed away today after a long battle with liver disease. He is survived by his daughter Christie.
     
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    Well pooh, hung out with him at The Freedom Launch. That sux!!
     
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    Rest in Peace Gary!

    Prayers for him, his family, and his friends.

    God Bless!
     
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    So sad. His pictures made me chuckle. You will be missed Gary.:(
     
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    Steve Shannon

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    I’m very sorry to hear this. Although I never met him in person I spoke to him a few times on the phone. I was just thinking I needed to call him again and see how he was doing. I’m sorry I didn’t.
     
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    I am sorry to hear this. I didn't know Gary personally, but his posts here were unfailingly (a) informative, (b) funny, or (c) both.
     
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    Sorry to hear that William.
     
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    Sad. Never met him but he built some pretty cool rockets. He’ll be missed.
     
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    Very sad to hear this. He seemed like a pretty neat guy.
     
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    Very sad. RIP Gary. The community will miss your truly revolutionary designs and build threads.

    A few times I thought I would have to duck, but they always flew straight.
     
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    Well, that sucks! I never met Gary, but his posts were often interesting and amusing. I knew from one of his posts that he was having some health issues, but he seemed optomistic...things always seem to happen so fast. My thoughts go out to his family.
     
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    Gary will be missed. Many of us have admired his beautifully designed rockets and enjoyed his quirky sense of humor.

    Rest In Peace, Gary.
     
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    I have long lusted after and admired Gary's beautiful rockets. He actually renamed one "The Decapitator" after I kept calling it by this name on the field with each press of the button. Not only was Gary a fantastic artist (yes his rockets WERE art), but a good friend and fellow rocketeer.

    My only regret was not calling him last week when I thought of him. I know I will dearly miss hearing his responses back to my kidding remarks and mine at his. I will miss him and his absolutely unique character and artistry.

    Rest in Peace my friend! Fly High, Fly Fast, Fly Safe!
     
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    RIP Gary. I'm sure there are many oddroc in Heaven.
     
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    That's a bummer. R.I.P. Mr Gary Byrum. Everytime I launch Wavy Gravy, it will be in memory of you. That's one crazy BNC you turned for that bird.
     
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    That's very sad news. I learned a lot of creative sim approximation from him.

    Best wishes to his family and near friends :(
     
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    He lived about 20 miles from me and we had planned on meeting up, ratcrap.
     
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    Much Respect... RIP...

    I love this forum, without it I would never have even known who Gary Byrum was.
     
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    Safe journey, space fan.
     
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    Is this Johnny?
     
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    Well, crap. Clear skies and fair winds, sir.
     
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    Rest In Peace Gary!

    He was definitely a Pillar on this forum, with a combination of great imagination and building skills, and a great sense of humor.
     
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    Gary I never met you in person but chatted with you several times on the forum.
    Rest In peace and prayers to your family

    Bobby
     
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    I am so saddened by this news. I've known Gary for a long time and it was always a great pleasure meeting him and having a joy watching his great and unique builds at rocket events. His sense of humor always gave me a smile.
    I was so much looking forward to meeting him again at the upcoming Freedom Launch Fall event.

    You will be missed my friend.....
     
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    Holy crap..just spoke the other day. He was planning on coming to my place for a few days of R & R. I knew he was sick but he never let on it was this bad.
    He wanted me to find him some prawns to take back home.
    He was a hoot to poke fun with & I loved his wacky rockets.

    R.I.P. you ole curmudgeon ! Cause I know the devil don't want ya....

    Thnx for posting.
     
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    LW Bercini

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    Jim,

    He told me about your plans. You see, he never understood how dire his situation was. That is why I knew I had to get up to see him in NC while he was still viable. I'm relieved he went quickly (a sudden hemorrhage) , rather than the long painful road I was afraid he was on.

    Not only have I lost a life-long friend, but I have lost a chunk of my own history. He was the last person I knew from my childhood.

    I am to inherit his rocketry stuff. If there is a particular favorite rocket of his that you would like as a memento, please let know.
     
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    Sorry to hear this, he was one of the best constants around here. Sorry for you in the loss of your friend LW.
     
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    I am hurting for you, LW. Though we all will miss him and his humor, our loss is insignificant compared to yours. I wish you peace and comfort at this time.
     
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    We typed back and forth a while ago..
    I knew from his posts he had some health issues, but I didn't know they were serious..
    Rest in Peace Gary..
    My prayers go out to you and yours..
    LW,,
    I am so sorry for you..
    Please take solace that he's at peace now..
    I just wish I had some magic words for you now,
    but they fail me..
    I am truly sorry..

    Teddy
     
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    RIP Gary Byrum
    He certainly left his mark on this online community and his passing leaves us diminished. Condolences to his friends and family.
     
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