We Will Miss You Barrie!


                              

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I was just informed that the Rays lost a very special member of
the Tampa Bay Rays staff. Barrie  Lee Jones was the Community Relations
Representative for the team, and I do not know of anyone else who could
have done that job with so much gusto and joy. I can tell you for
several years when I was delivering product to the second floor sales
area it was always a pleasure to get a wave and a smile from Barrie. He
is also one of the Rays long time staff members who got to go down on
the field after the game in which the Rays secured a playoff berth. 
Jones could be seen down on the field behind home plate with other
members of the Rays second floor sales staff celebrating with the team.

Jones had been recovering from a stroke he had suffered about three
weeks ago.  Barrie passed away yesterday after complications from that
event. Jones will always be remembered as the guy who passion for the
sport and this team transcended everything but his family. My thoughts
and prayers go out to his lovely wife at this time.

But, I can not think of a better person to represent the Rays in the
community than Barrie. He always had a smile and time to talk about the
team and their success in 2008. I will miss seeing him come through the
Bullpen Cafe area this season. He has been one of the visual people in
the Rays front office to me for a long time. I am so glad that he got
to share the joy and the excitement of the team’s first run at the
playoffs in 2008. He got to celebrate and live in the moment of one of
the greatest turnarounds in MLB history.

It has been asked that in lieu of flower a donation be made in his name
to the American Stroke Association and the Rays Baseball foundation. 
My condolences go out to the front office staff of the Tampa Bay Rays
and I want to express my deep sadness about the loss of such a devoted
fan and friend. Please keep Barrie Jones in your thoughts and prayers
this Spring.

  

10 Comments

How sad Rays Renegade! I’m sure he will be missed by many. My dad at a stroke a few years ago – one of the lucky ones – and everyone would do well to make sure they know all the warning signs. The most can be done if it is caught early.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I have come to grips with the fact that I am getting at that age where people will begin to disappear from my life or the fact I will see them again.

That is the worst thing about getting older to me, the news that friends, buddies or just a game-day aquaintances are no longer going to be with us. Guess it is one of those bad thing we have to adjust to, but he will be remembered always for his smile and his great personality.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

This has been a week of bad news on both sides of the border. Up here, we lost 3 soldiers in Afghanistan early today. I found out my cousin’s cancer flared up again (he’s 25). Down there there are 4 families and countless friends down there dealing with loss. Remembering the smiles, laughter and happy times will help. It’s not necessarily an age issue, Ren, though I do understand what you’re saying. People may disappear from your life, but they will always be in your heart and thoughts.
Canuck

How sad :O( It really has been a bad week for this stuff…Gary Matthews lost his mother earlier this week…now this :O( My condolences to his family and all the Rays fans…

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

I’m sure he touched a lot of lives in many positive ways and that to me is the best judge of person and their life. I hope his family can celebrate that life and the Rays family see fit to honor his service.
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

So sorry to hear about this, Renegade. It’s been a bad few days in Tampa, what with the boating accident too. Keep the faith.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I am sorry to hear about your troubles up north also. Believe me I understand the toll of battle. I was in the Army National Guard in 1991 and got deployed to Kuwait for almost two years.

Maybe it is just the time of year. Winter is a depressing time for some reason, even in Florida,

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

He was just one of those guys that walked through the stadium before a game with a smile. I used to be sure to say hello, especially after we got into the playoffs.

Imagine working for a team for 10 years and losing a ton of games, then you get a bright spot and go all the way to the World Series. He seemed to glide on the turf after we got into the playoffs.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I found out via a friends Facebook page about his passing. There are certain people that you just think will be around for a long time. So it was a bit of a shock to learn he had lost his battle.

I am just glad he got to see the Rays as winners.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Yes it has been a weird week.

But the week will end on a positive note as the She-fan will be in Tampa tomorrow from 1 pm for a booking signing at Barnes and Nobel in Carrollwood ( North Tampa), Florida.

Sometimes you ponder these kinds of events and reflect about your own existence, for some reason mine went by real fast.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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