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I share the following below from Ben & Sue Vizoskie, as forwarded to me. I share their sentiments. Bob was a kind and gentle man who will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

It is with great sadness and regret that we write to tell you that Bob Douty, BSI passed away peacefully yesterday morning, May 30th, after a very lengthy hospitalization. Marsha was with him.

Bob was an early member of the Three Garridebs. In 1980 he and Bruce Kennedy, one of the founders of the Three Garridebs, wrote In the Footsteps of Birdy Edwards: Three Days with the Molly Maguires, a pamphlet which documented their explorations in the coal country of Pennsylvania. Marsha accompanied them, and, as Bob said, "She kept the Sherlockians objective, as well as breaking up any fights that occurred because of our strong opinions." You may have deduced that this experience was a precursor to the BSI Valley of Fear Expedition in 2004.

Bob was invested in 1980 in the BSI as "The Priory School." After a hiatus, he and Marsha rejoined the Garridebs in January 2000. At that meeting Bob spoke fondly of Ralph Williams, his friend and fellow Garrideb, who had passed away. In 2002 Bob was invested in the Three Garridebs as "'Killer' Evans," the investiture which had previously been held by Ralph.

We will greatly miss Bob -- his sense of humor, his quiet, gentle ways, his kindness, and his friendship. On behalf of all the Garridebs, we extend our sincerest condolences to Marsha.

The following information was taken from The Journal News:
Friends may call on Thursday, June 1 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home, 414 Washington Street, Peekskill, New York. (914) 737-1363. Burial Services will be private. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Cold Spring Baptist Church in the fall.

Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to Cold Spring Baptist Church, P.O. Box 299, Cold Spring, New York 10516 or the Maine Greyhound Placement Service, 249 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta, Maine 04330. (Bob's full name was Robert Watson Douty.)


Anonymous said... June 2, 2006 at 10:13 AM

Bob Douty was not only a gentleman, he was a gentle man. Bob was one of the founders of The Men on the Tor - back in 1977. Teddie and I first met him at a Hudson Valley Sciontist meeting in the mid '70's. He was scholarly, had a great sense of humor, and was a good friend. It was interesting that this man of God had the Tor Investiture of "Black Tor". Doesn't that sound ominous?

Back in the early days of the Tor, Bob and Marsha would visit our home, Baskerville Hall, and after a wonderful meal of Toad-in-the-Hole, or Steak and Kidney Pie, we would retire to my library and don dressing gowns, smoke a cigar, sip cognac and discuss Holmes until the wee hours of the morning. Tonight I'm going to don a dressing gown, smoke a cigar and think about the old days with Bob.

Tyke Niver