Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:43 PM
I am absolutely dumfounded and saddened by this post. I have been busy working on a few things and I have not had time to look at the forum in detail. Gary was a great "ether" friend, while we had never met, we have been sharing information and corresponding for well over a decade. While I have many of "other" types of items of his, I always wanted to ask him to sell me one of his favorite bayonets or knives so I could use it as keep sake. Unfortunately as with my other close friends, I have a hard time asking them for an autograph let alone something personal. I wondered why he didn't respond a few weeks ago when I sent him a picture of two consecutively numbered SA M1905 bright blade bayonets in almost mint condition. I was waiting for his clever reply but now I understand why. A tremendous source and vault of knowledge in this field has past, Gary thanks for the time, and humble patience you afforded me in my quest for knowledge. Rest in peace my friend. Curt
Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:24 PM
Here is a photo of Gary C., Gary B., and furbabies Skipper, Dakotakat and Donnie from Christmas 2006, for those who never met him.
And here is a photo of his bayonet collection's Honor Roll.
Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:23 AM
It is with a heavy heart that I learned of Gary's passing and the shock has yet to wear off. As an utter and complete beginner to the world of edged weapons and militaria in general, I wrote to Gary with what were likely some of the most laughable and basic questions he could've imagined. However, he responded with great patience and kindness, all the while sharing his immense knowledge in an approachable way, a trait that continued over the course of what became a correspondence. Over the year and half that I had the privilege of knowing him, Gary proved himself to be what you all know him as: the very definition of a gentleman and a consummate scholar. He applied rigorous standards to his work and a guiding and protective wing to those only starting out on their journey, all while still being a voice of authority to those seeking more advanced knowledge. This encyclopedic knowledge was remarkable and his contribution to the field will be forever remembered. Yet I will remember him most for his welcoming friendship, his kindness, his dry humor, his love of Civil War songs, and his hospitality. I had the great honor of meeting him last October and getting a tour of his impressive collection and then sharing a meal. He was a great man and a wonderful friend in even the brief time that I had the honor of knowing him and I will miss him very much. Godspeed, Gary. We have lost a beacon of knowledge and kindness and your absence will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.
Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:26 PM
Edited by Kilian, 20 April 2017 - 03:27 PM.
Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:12 PM
Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:54 AM
My condolences and prayers to his family. Rest in peace brother collector.
Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:13 PM
Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:49 PM
I just found this picture that you might find to be as meaningful as it is to me.
Posted Today, 12:59 PM
I am truly sorry that this man has gone, RIP Gary. He was a generous man. I purchased a copy of his Bayonets Points and he included a dvd of Mk 2 knives at no extra cost. Very unexpected.
Posted Today, 02:37 PM
Gary was a good man and a premier bottomless pit of knowledge. I'm deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Thank you for all you freely gave to us. You will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace. Condolences to Gary's family.
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