Just read on Facebook that Garry died last night.
Great soul on Yesfans, loved reading his posts. Able to talk to him at shows in the Northeast, great guy. Conversed with him more on Facebook this last year or so.
Rest in peace , friend.
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Just read about this from Laney's posting on facebook. I regularly wondered how he was doing, occasionally checking in here at Yesfans. Not seeing any posts from him in quite awhile felt like maybe he was not doing too well. Garry and I were often "adversaries" in the political threads here, he sure was tenacious! But what some others who witnessed those scenes may not realize is that we also found and created mutual respect and affirmation between us, which was a healing thing for both of us. I hope he passed with peace and freedom in his heart. I suspect that he did.
Sad news. I never knew Garry personally, but we crossed swords a few times here in political debate and I loved his sincerity, intelligence, enthusiasm and fairness at such times. Rest in peace, Garry.
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This last year, I've done many things, and always involved yesfans friends. I've come to learn the value of our bond, and I cherrish it every day. Gary was at every bbkings event i can remember. I weep in learning of his death, n I had the thought that he would never set foot in the ritual with us again...and that's when I realized that he will be there, bc we will summon his spirit, and if there was one thing he would want to do again, it would be to attend a Jon show when Jon sings
We must have waited all of our lives for this moment.
The storms of life They came
as we made our way towards home
and foes, they rose to strike us down
These are not the Truth
though they threaten
they are soon swallowed by Time
and matter not when the end is come
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An image for TRUE. He was such a strong voice on here for so many years. I enjoyed having a fair match with him and reading his posts. Laney shared on FB of his passage. My heart holds him this morning and his loved ones. We have his prints on our page and we can reflect on him through his words which will be with us here.
Walk on friend. Soft journey to higher plains.
One of my first friends on here.
Another image, which I'll dedicate, curiously, taken at about exactly the same time as the first post in this thread,
from my road.
We went at it like 2 male cats in a small box in the Poliforum, but I always enjoyed his sense of wonder
when posting scientific threads. Garry was a good Yesfan, on that front, a brother.
Beatings will continue until morale improves
Sad news indeed. A fighter with a positive attitude almost to the end. I just wish I had had the opportunity to hang out and see some shows in person with our brother Garry. I had the opportunity to talk with Garry rather recently. While he was still positive esp. with the clinical trials, he knew what was going to be inevitable. He wasn't a saint like most of us, and you could tell a change/ frustration level when he first found out about his condition, but then, it became a sort of time of enlightenment for him. I'm happy he could spend the last year or so with his wonderful daughter. Garry had some unresolved issue getting info about his fairly recently deceased father and that, bothered him very much.
He was a great guy and though we never met or seldom agreed politically. I loved him. He really wanted to catch a last YES-show but he was just too wiped out to go. I knew it was just a matter of time when I heard him last and they told him there was nothing else they could do. :-( I asked Chris squire to call him but, I don't know if that ever happened.
I hope Garry travels the comos for infinity. He will always live in YESfans history.
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I am saddened to hear of Gary's passing - he was in my prayers every day that I pray. I had the pleasure to meet Gary in NJ for the School Of Rock/Jon Anderson show. He was a great guy, and now he's in a much better place. God bless you, Gary - you have heaven...
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