Rick Barber Update
Our original tribute to Rick can be found here
I was catching up on posts and came across this memory from, I think, Bennighof. 5823
I asked Ed Wimble to comment and he wrote as follows:
You had several gatherings. I usually stayed at your house when Origins, or whatever con it was, was held in the inner harbor or Towson. There was definitely at least one when all those folks were there. I remember Tibbits was also at one, his son had been mugged that afternoon walking around the convention center. Maybe this was the same one? What stuck in my mind was he said something about being a Carlist when the conversation turned to political theory. Prados thought that was hilarious. Funny thing is I don't remember Barber being there. Pretty sure this one was in the 2nd place you lived in because we were outside having a cook-out. I don't think it was possible to do that at the first place that overlooked a gorge.
Rick's daughter, Nikki, wrote this post:
I am incredibly sad, and still in quite a bit of shock, but holding up okay. Thank you for thinking about me—and his cats! They are being taken care of by his neighbors, who also have a big love for feline companions.
He died in his sleep of a heart attack, peacefully and hopefully without much pain. He was 66 - far too young. I had planned to have many years left to spend with him, picking at his intelligence and debating the thoughts that swirled in his brain. He was a great debater, as many of you seem to know.
I just thought I would drop a line and let you know that my family - his brothers and me - are taking care of everything and we will honor the maps and artwork that he left us.
I ask that you please raise a glass in his honor today, and take a look at some of his maps or drawings. May we keep him alive by keeping his art a conversation piece. Thank you all again for befriending my dad and being a wonderful community - he loved you all so much.
Best wishes, Nikki Barber