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Old 05-19-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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RIP - Tarp Man

Oh my god. I just got the most awful news. Remember TCD's report that had the picture of Tarp Man's site.

Well, we just got word that he passed away suddenly Friday night.

I just can't express how sad I am that he's gone. His presence at the RADP meets, Mousefest, and Ft. Wilderness will be sorely missed. I've know him for almost 10 years now and just can't believe he's gone.

Randy Berbaum you will be missed!!



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Old 05-19-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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wow that sucks. We shall toast his honor this weekend.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:58 PM   #3
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I'm so sorry....
What happened?
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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Greetings:
> >
> >I'm a friend of Randy Berbaum (his work
> supervisor), who I know has made
> >many trips to Disney World and frequented UseNet groups
> and more....just
> >about anything related to Disney.
> >
> >I don't know Randy's usual
> "hangouts", but did find a couple of messages
> >he posted on this group. I'm hoping Randy's
> friends might see this and
> >pass this along to others.
> >
> >I am very sad to report that Randy passed away
> suddenly, sometime Friday
> >night or very early Saturday morning. The coroner's
> preliminary report
> >suggests Randy suffered a massive heart attack, while
> in bed. An
> >autopsy is planned for today (Monday).
> >
> >Randy dearly loved his Disney adventures. He lived for
> his semi-annual
> >trips. I was happy to approve extended vacations for
> him, so that he
> >could live his dream.
> >
> >He was a great guy, whom I had the pleasure of working
> with for more
> >than 20 years.
> >
> >We will miss him here...and I know his Disney friends
> will miss him,
> >too.
> >
> >If any of Randy's friends would like more
> information, such as where to
> >send flowers or cards, please feel free to contact me
> directly. His
> >family says details regarding funeral arrangemnts will
> be made as soon
> >as the coroner releases Randy to his parents.
> >
> >Thank You,
> >
> >Michael Pritchard
> >Operations Manager
> >WILL Radio & Television
> >University of Illinois
> >(e-mail: mrp@illinois.
> <mailto:mrp%40illinois.edu> edu)
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Old 05-19-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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sad news

I had met Randy too and he was a fun person! I'm glad he did not suffer but went quickly! What a blessing that was...wish we could all go that way!!!! I know he will be missed by many! Janet
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
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RIP - Tarp Man

I'm normally not in this forum. However, it has been reported that Randy Berbaum died a few days ago. I don't know what his board name was, but I know that he was well know for his monorail and other very unusuyal things in his campsite.

Here is the post from his supervisor:

Quote:
Greetings:

I'm a friend of Randy Berbaum (his work supervisor), who I know has made
many trips to Disney World and frequented UseNet groups and more....just
about anything related to Disney.

I don't know Randy's usual "hangouts", but did find a couple of messages
he posted on this group. I'm hoping Randy's friends might see this and
pass this along to others.

I am very sad to report that Randy passed away suddenly, sometime Friday
night or very early Saturday morning. The coroner's preliminary report
suggests Randy suffered a massive heart attack, while in bed. An
autopsy is planned for today (Monday).

Randy dearly loved his Disney adventures. He lived for his semi-annual
trips. I was happy to approve extended vacations for him, so that he
could live his dream.

He was a great guy, whom I had the pleasure of working with for more
than 20 years.

We will miss him here...and I know his Disney friends will miss him,
too.

If any of Randy's friends would like more information, such as where to
send flowers or cards, please feel free to contact me directly. His
family says details regarding funeral arrangemnts will be made as soon
as the coroner releases Randy to his parents.

Thank You,

Michael Pritchard
Operations Manager
WILL Radio & Television
University of Illinois
(e-mail: mrp@illinois.edu)

A sad day for all who knew him!
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:53 PM   #7
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So sad, his family and friends are in my thoughts.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:01 PM   #8
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We did not know Randy,,,but it is always a sad time when a friend is gone. We all as campers have a special comraderie that cannot be compared to any other group of people,,and when we loose one of our own it is felt by many. Our condolences to the family.....Frank and Denise
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:03 PM   #9
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So sad, sorry for the loss...
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:55 AM   #10
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I hate losing the "real campers"..........

Enjoy your prevost in the sky....
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:06 AM   #11
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My deepest sympathies...his family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:52 AM   #12
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My condolences to Randy's family.

This was a unique man, who obviously did things his way. I am sorry to say that I never got to actually meet Randy.

Here is the photo I posted from my October, 2007 trip report, in which I stated my admiration for Tarp Man:



Rest in Peace, Tarp Man.

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Old 05-20-2008, 09:16 AM   #13
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I admire a guy who follows a different drummer. Throw another log on the fire for Tarp Man.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:25 AM   #14
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That's a shame!
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:57 PM   #15
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Thanks for kind words

I want to thank you all for your kind words about my brother, Randy (Tarp Man). His death is still quite a shock to our family. He was only 51. I want to thank Mike who posted the message of his death and to all of you for sharing your memories of my brother. It makes me feel like he's still living somehow. I hope his memory will not be completely forgotten.

I also want to thank all who were a part of the trips to WDW. That was a highlight of his year when he would make his trips to FL. Thank you for making his life so much happier. You were his extended family. He spoke fondly of you, and we almost felt we knew you through him. We had always hoped to join him some day...

We will be having a "Celebration of Life" memorial service to remember him on Saturday, May 24 at 2pm at the First Church of the Nazarene in Champaign, Illinois (2403 W. Kirby Ave.). If any of you are close and would like to join us, you are all welcome.

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