OKLAHOMA CITY–There has been an outpouring of emotion, support and condolences as we announce the passing of KFOR Sports Director and friend Bob Barry, Jr.
Bob Barry, Jr. was an icon in broadcasting in Oklahoma. He touched many lives. You can use the hashtag #RIPBBJ to offer your condolences.
“The Thunder is saddened to hear of the death of Bob Barry Jr. For decades Bob covered sports with integrity, dedication and passion. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Barry family, his TV and radio colleagues, and all who knew and loved him. Oklahoma sports broadcasting has lost one of its finest.” – Statement from Oklahoma City Thunder Chairman, Clayton Bennett.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers sent their condolences in the time of sadness.
“The Oklahoma City Dodgers were stunned and saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely passing of Bob Barry, Jr. Bob was a pillar of the Oklahoma City sports community, and his devotion to covering sports throughout the state was unmatched. We will miss seeing him at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, but his spirit will always be present. Our thoughts are with the Barry family and all those mourning his loss.”
We are also hearing from Oklahoma State University President, Bruns Hargis. He released this statement.
“Bob Jr. was a wonderful, enthusiastic sportscaster who loved his work. I have known the Barry family for many years and my family offers its deepest sympathy.”
University of Oklahoma President, David Boren also remembers Barry.
“The entire OU family was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Bob Barry Jr. He was a great supporter of the University and had a special place in the hearts of all Sooners.”
BBJ’s influence reached so many. One young sports journalist was inspired by Bobby.
A man named Ross Porter says he used to work with Bob and Bobby.
“It was my pleasure to know Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. for many years. The three of us were former sports directors at channel 4. They were two of the friendliest men I have ever known, and both were icons in Oklahoma sports. As saddened as I am about Bobby’s senseless accident, it occurs to me that the Bobs will have a blessed reunion on this Father’s Day.”
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