Monday, December 12th, 2022 at 6:56 pm #12985Tim PonsotParticipant
I have some news to share with you tonight from a post on Facebook. This information is per his wife, Kyle.
Barry Alexander Louis Johan baron vanWickevoort Crommelin (1959-2022) died on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Born: Leiden, The Nederland
Died: Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Is with a heavy heart that I tell you Barry died on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 He opened me up to worlds I never would ever have thought existed. He was my lover, friend and soulmate❤️
More details to come.
I can say from my own experiences with him that he was a mentor all too generous with his time and his knowledge. I’d not have had as many opportunities to fly at the field if it wasn’t for him giving me a ride out there after school.
I picked up a passion for gunsmithing thanks to his encouraging me to tinker and restore historical small arms. The last time I saw him, we were test firing a pistol I restored from 1903 and talking about the fabled “next project”. Thanks to him there will always be a next project.
He encouraged me to continue my studies in Grad school from his own time as a physicist. He helped shape my career into what it is today.
Years ago Barry was quite an active tow pilot and instructor, and we all owe him in some way for making the club what it is today.
He was blessed with a razor sharp wit with a penchant for making jokes of absurd situations. Playful sarcasm was considered by many to be his mother tongue. To that end, I’ll close my statement with one of Barry’s favorite songs, representing one of his personal philosophies, “Luctor et Emergo”.
Monday, December 12th, 2022 at 7:05 pm #12986Steven SnyderParticipant
Thank you for sharing.
Monday, December 12th, 2022 at 7:14 pm #12987Mark ReichParticipant
Thank you, Tim
Monday, December 12th, 2022 at 7:25 pm #12988Dennis BurkeParticipant
Very sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. I cannot say that I had the great experiences mentioned, especially of his criticism on field of my towing duties while i was using our older C182. Maybe I took the natural sarcasm in the wrong light, but an air of superiority surfaced.
Monday, December 12th, 2022 at 10:02 pm #12990ANDRZEJ CHICEWICZParticipant
Monday, December 12th, 2022 at 10:27 pm #12991John ScottParticipant
John M. Scott
Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 at 8:44 am #12992Don GrilloKeymaster
I’m so sorry to hear about Barry’s passing. I didn’t know he had
been ill. I first met Barry while working at American Airlines. We
met many years ago on a bus going from DFW airport to American
Airlines Flight Academy. We talked about flying for AA and also
glider flying. Over the years we had a number of conversations
about all sorts of different topics mostly about soaring. I’m sure
he was inspirational in getting me back into soaring in 2014. I
will miss him.
It appears Barry has two sisters, Tessa and Xenia. The Crommelin
name dates back to the 1100’s.
DONALD PHILIP HENRIK15 VAN WICKEVOORT CROMMELIN (NICOLAAS LODEWIJK JOH14, HENRICK SAMUEL MAX.13, AARNOUT12, HENRI SAMUEL11, JAN-PIETER10, HENDRIK SAMUEL9, JEAN8, HENRY SAMUEL7 CROMMELIN, SAMUEL6, PIERRE5, JEAN4 CROMMELINCK, ARMAND PIERREZN3, PIERRE2, JEAN1 CROMMELIN) was born 11 Sep 1928 in Bindjei, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. He married LENA KRAAN 04 Nov 1954 in The Hague, The Netherlands, daughter of JOHANNES KRAAN and LOUISA PIJPERS. She was born 31 Dec 1927 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Children of DONALD VAN WICKEVOORT CROMMELIN and LENA KRAAN are: i. BARRY ALEXANDER L. J.16 VAN WICKEVOORT CROMMELIN, b. 03 Sep 1959, Leiden, The Netherlands; m. KYLE LESLIE LUCAS, 16 Apr 1982, Chicago, Ill. USA; b. 20 Sep 1960, Chicago, Ill. USA. ii. TESSA NICOLINE L. C. VAN WICKEVOORT CROMMELIN, b. 14 Mar 1962, Leiden, The Netherlands. iii. XENIA LUDMILLA D. H. VAN WICKEVOORT CROMMELIN, b. 04 Mar 1963, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 at 3:57 pm #12993John OsbornParticipant
I am very sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. I always enjoyed hearing his aviation stories and soaring adventures. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.John Osborn
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 at 7:29 pm #12994Jim SkogParticipantthanks for forwarding this tim I completely missed the fact that it was barry I thought it was one of the other dutch guys
I`m with you====he was a good guy, way ahead of us initially on the winch I sent a message to kyle, hoping she uses his old
email address yet do you have a current one for her thanks again jim—–Original Message—–
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 at 8:20 pm #12995John DeRosaParticipant
Tim – Thanks for your recollections of Berry. He was unique.John H DeRosa
President, Sky Soaring===========================
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 at 5:48 pm #12996John DeRosaParticipantAll,Barry’s
wife has let us know that a public remembrance event for Barry, which
we will all be invited to attend, will be held after the holidays.
Watch for an update email at that time.Thanks.John H DeRosa====================
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