OKLAHOMA CITY – The death of Bob Barry, Jr. has left an impact on everyone who knew him.
He was larger than life and made an impression on those he met.
"Bob Sr. was the perfectionist in sports, detailed, and he was so good, that is what made him great," said John Ferguson, a former coworker. "Bob Jr. was a little more freelance, ad lib. But that was, of course, the evolution of television that changes the technology and the way things go in sports too. Bob Jr. was the perfect fit coming into it and that is what made it work."
"He was one of the nicest, most genuine people you could imagine. Welcoming me into this place where, you know, he has been a staple here and he welcomed me right in," said Aaron Brackett, KFOR meteorologist. "First day, right off the bat, 'How ya doin? Great to have ya on the team.' And I knew right away what kind of person he was. What viewers at home saw of him on TV, what they saw of his personality, of his professionalism, it was like that and more in real life."
"As a person, he just got to know everyone. I have never met anyone like him. It seems like he has inside jokes with everyone," said Eric Montgomery. "It is almost like a special bond between two people."
"He liked to know what you were about. He liked to know facts about you, didn't matter who you were, you know. We'd fly in the chopper Friday nights and there's kind of a mob to see Bob Barry, Jr. And he's shaking hands and, 'I'm Bob Barry.' And he wasn't there to big league anybody, he was just there to come report," said Marc Dillard, KFOR photojournalist.
"Everyday was just him living his dream out. You could tell it just by the way he walked by, the way he talked to you, by the way he smiled and how he was always at his computer typing, looking for more information. And I was like, what more can you possibly learn about sports? But if there was something, he was gonna find it. Just a wonderful, loving person," said Leslie Rangel, KFOR reporter.
"He was like the light in the newsroom. It could be murders, homicides, whatever, but in that little corner, you could always count on a smile, a good story and just a warmth to come from that side of the building," said Vi Diaz, KFOR photographer.
While each day is difficult for us in the newsroom, we know that no one is hurting more than Bobby's wife and kids.
"The first time I met Gina, BBJ gave me a ride down to the Bevo Bash. And I could just tell you over the years that Gina was the best thing to happen to BBJ. He loved his kids. He loved his family. He loved his mom and dad, but he was very much all about family and Gina was the best thing to ever happen to him," said Craig Humphries, with the Sports Animal.
The impact that Bobby had on everyone he met is visible everywhere. Lamar Advertising showed their love and support for Bobby and his family with a visible tribute on their boards.