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Discussion in 'Gone West' started by coloradobluesky, Jun 2, 2018.
Sad to hear. Prayers for his family. RIP fellow pilot.
Tailwinds to our friend. Sad to hear... I will miss his contributions to our forum.
coloradobluesky's name was Douglas Barr. I got to know him only briefly, over three visits with him in Colorado. I see the obituary omitted the fact he had quite the adventurous life as a pilot. His first Aviat Husky was equipped with amphibious floats. From Colorado he flew it twice to Alaska, once to Maine, and flew every summer to a favorite lake in central British Columbia, Canada for an extended fishing trip. He logged 2500 hours on that first Husky and had photo albums full of pictures of the plane and the places he had explored with it. He also did some tailwheel instructing.
Doug told me he started having "withdrawal symptoms" almost immediately after he sold his first Husky. He bought the second Husky, sight unseen, immediately after it was listed for sale (he was the first call and the seller didn't even know the advert had been published yet). He logged another 300 Husky hours on wheels in that plane.
Doug had a house full of musical instruments, and a basement well stocked with one of the more elaborate model railway sets I've seen. As with most such enthusiasts he had plans for numerous improvements and additions to the railway. And he was still playing his guitar when I saw him in July, a few weeks before he died.
I should be so fortunate to reach 68 years of age and say I lived life as well.
Thanks for sharing that. I am curious though, his last log in date was Aug 12th but the obit shows he passed on the 7th. Just something I noticed.
I'm not sure how the site tracks "activity". His last post was July 23.
My guess is that a relative just checked his computer or mobile device which had a tab open for POA
Sounds like a life well lived. Rest In Peace.
Wow he died so young. It sounds like he lived a fun life. RIP
Sounds like a true Renaissance Man. We should all aspire to such a full life.
+1. This thread really got to me and will probably stick in my mind for a long time. YOLO.
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Rest In Peace, ColoradoBlueSky. Condolences to his family and friends.
Courage in his posts - hope I face it that well.
Noticed that his avatar-thingy for posts now has a "Gone West" ribbon on it. That's nice.
Thanks for posting all that extra info. Helps to remind us how human we all are.
I just now saw the “gone west” after going back to one of my old posts. Sad to hear. I guess so missed it.
Do we have a place on POA where we can memorialize members “gone west”?
Other than a note on their avitar, I don’t think so but it gives me an idea. Stand by.
This idea has been implemented. Under Hangar Talk there has been a sub-forum called Gone West just for this purpose.
Now Doug and Robin can hangar fly together about their Husky.
RIP and blue skies to both of them.
Your reminder that Robin bought the Husky was bittersweet today.
I always though that was a solid nice thing he did considering families often have a hard time figuring out how to sell someone’s airplane after they’re gone.
Or get descended upon by buyers seeking unreasonable deals, etc.
Totally missed this thread the first time. RIP @coloradobluesky and @GRG55. Fair winds and following seas to both.
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