Barry D’Arcy Rose OAM
Featured Image: This is the cover of a CD Barry recorded in order to raise funds for local charities. I think it captures the ‘life essentials’ of the man?
As I compose this eulogy (Sunday 11th November 2018) I am assisting with the exposition of the 5th Scone Literary Festival. I am motivated to do this (at long last!) by a charming former ‘special’ lady friend of Barry’s who is attending the festival. It’s a specific request. The lady in question was accompanied by her spouse who knows about this post! Now resident in Sydney the lady cited is an erstwhile resident of the Upper Hunter who ‘keeps up to speed’ by reading my ‘blogs’. I’m greatly honoured!
Barry and I go back to the late 1960’s when Barry was leader of the Aberdeen based music ensemble ‘The Graham Street Four’; or Five! Music was one of Barry’s many passions. He emerged as a leader in almost anything he did. I came into contact with him often in his many and diverse roles. These included ‘socialisation’, radio sports journalism (2NM), Harness Racing administration, Camyr Allen Stud (‘Don’t Retreat’) and latterly local Government (UHSC). Barry was an ardent and passionate man; a genuine polymath. I’ll leave it to ‘professionals’ to capture the essential essence of the ‘man’. As I often declare I ‘plunder, plagiarize and purloin’ where possible! It’s my mantra! I also live by the adages: “Seek and ye shall find” and a professional one; “You miss more by not looking than not knowing”.