I wanted to tell a quick story. We went to the NJHR's club for Trainstock #3. There were so many familiar faces there that I wished to talk with. I saw Barry and said hello. I believe I also thanked him many times for all his help. The crowd was filling in and we sat right next to each other with our women by our sides. We didn't speak a lot more as we ate. There was just some type of connection. I believe he knew how much I respected him and it felt like he was always part of the family. So I was thankful just to sit there nearby and watch many new comers say hello to him and Cora as they filed in. I didn't wish to bug him with more stories or questions as I knew there would be more time for that later back on the forum.
From then on I felt closer to him and relied on his advise on issues. I purchased some things directly from him and always got a great deal. I just played my basement sound system and even a preamp in that, came from him. I have many things around the house that will keep his memory close by. I see his face on the MTH headings posts and know just how much we lost. I can't act like I'm part of his family in any way. I can say it felt like he was part of mine though, in the limited times we spoke.
I hope I said this well enough to convey how much he meant to me and again, just how much I respected his advise.