The Chicago Sci-Fi/Fantasy Meetup Group Message Board › In Memoriam Barry Polonsky aka Oneleggedman › In Memoriam Barry Polonsky aka Oneleggedman
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Barry Polonsky, aka Oneleggedman. Barry was the person who first took the reigns of the generic "scifi-12" group meetup.com set up for Chicago when they first started out back in 2003.
Barry worked tirelessly since those early days and grew us into far more than "just" a successful meetup. Many of us have become very close friends and some have even become family because of Barry.
For those newer members of our group, or those who haven't attended a meetup in a while, Barry has not been around much in the last couple of years. First he was attending to family health issues, then he was back for a while, but for the last year he battled furiously against a recurrence of the cancer that originally took his leg 12 years ago. He passed away last Monday, October 10. His funeral was on Wednesday October 12th in Buffalo Grove.
Far too many people counted Barry as a dear friend who could not make it to his funeral so we are announcing two memorials in his honor in the month of November. Our November Meetup Mashup will have a memorial for Barry in the back room of the two rooms where we normally meet at Mystic Celt.
We are also planning a closed door memorial for at least one evening at WindyCon. We are still working out the details.
These events are open to all whom Barry counted as a friend and we hope to see as many of you as can make it on Tuesday November 1st at Mystic Celt.
Please contact Nina Marie(UrbanFirefly) if you have any thoughts, words, pictures or anything else you would like to share to make these events the tributes they should be.