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a dedication to our dear friend, barry smith

It is with great sadness that NCTC shares the news that Barry V. Smith, a long-time resident of Hammond, Oregon for 27 years (and more recently, League City, Texas for the past four years) passed away on May 7th, 2019.

With much gratitude, and the financial support of Sally and Mandy Smith (wife and daughter), Susan Cohen Esquilin, Susan Dorey, Marilyn Emerich and others, NCTC is happy to announce that we are working with the city of Warrenton for placement of a memorial bench. We’d like to situate the engraved bench along a Warrenton trail in memory of Barry.

One of the groups he was very fond of was the Warrenton Trails Association (Now Northwest Coast Trails Coalition), where he spent countless hours working to build and improve trails for the public, in addition to acting as treasurer for a number of years. He loved the camaraderie and the goals and purpose of the Trails Association and spent many days bicycling and walking the trails with his wife, Sally Smith.

Barry was seemingly oblivious to his age and would accompany us on some daunting bushwhack missions to scout out new trail opportunities. We were up on a tall deeply forested dune in Camp Rilea to consider a new trail. The camp military folks seemed perturbed by our view of the new secret radar system. Barry turned to look away and fell head over heels rolling down the hill. He kept his British calm though he was bleeding pretty well from a scalp wound. Tessa Scheller, another board member, held a rag over his head, teased him a bit and he replied “I thought you were the one who was light in his loafers.” And then there was the time Fort Clatsop staff let us use their power tools to build the Fort to Sea trail……we had a great time, lots of laughs, some ruined lumber but no bloodshed.

Barry lived many places in his life, but the Oregon coast, specifically, the Columbia River area, was by far, one of his favorites. It was here that he had so many memories of his friends, the beautiful scenery, delicious, fresh fish, and an active lifestyle. He also enjoyed numerous roles on the board of the condos where he lived, the Warrenton Planning Commission, hiking club, and boating and fishing on the mighty Columbia!

Oregon, and the Hammond/Warrenton area was truly where Barry always thought of as home. We are grateful to this area and the community and services that made living here such a special time in his life.

Barry was always a man of little fanfare and few words.  Soon, we hope to be dedicating a memorial bench along the walking trail, overlooking the Columbia River, in memory of his joyful times here in his beloved Oregon.

If you feel so moved, please consider a donation to NCTC in Barry’s name.

 
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