BARRY "BEAR" ANTON
[Picture taken: December 23, 2004]
Barry V. Anton
Barry Vincent Anton, 68, of La Verne, CA passed away peacefully March 30, 2005 at the Kaiser Hospital in Riverside, CA. He graduated third in his class from Harvard Law School in 1972 and actively practiced law for Kaiser Steel and Kaiser Permanente for over 25 years.
Barry was born January 8, 1937 in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur), Ontario, Canada and moved to Pomona, CA as a child. He was an Eagle Scout, an avid singer and a trivia master. He also enjoyed cooking, sailing and playing golf with friends and family. He graduated from Pomona High School at the age of 16 and attended Pepperdine University on a journalism scholarship.
He is survived by his two sons, Kenneth Anton (Sacramento, CA), Christopher Anton (Sigonella NAS, Sicily, Italy) and his daughter, Kathryn Medeiros (Las Flores, CA). He is also survived by his six and a half grandchildren, Gabriel, Miles, Morghan, Kelsey, Logan and Lauren; his sister, Lois Bryant (Hermosa, CA); and two nieces, Laurie and Linda Keiser. He was also blessed to have married Donna Barr, Suzanne Seymour and Lee Simpson.
Memorial services will be held Monday, April 4, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at Todd Memorial Chapel in Pomona, CA. A burial will follow at the Pomona Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his loving father and mother, William and Claudia Anton.
Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the nurses and doctors of Kaiser Hospital in Riverside ICU for the loving care that was provided to him during his stay there. In memory of Barry Anton, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Todd Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on 4/3/2005.
As a small tribute to Barry, a collection
of the condolences received from around the country are included below.
Condolences Received Via E-mail
I'm terribly sorry for your team's loss and wish to pass on my condolences to you, your team, and his family. May he be in a better place where all the NTN games are perfect, the beer is colder than normal, and where God is watching out for him. :)
With many respects....
WOODSIDE LANES - NAPLES, FL
I’m so sorry. I think I met him once. Was he the attorney, graduate of CSULA and Harvard Law School?
Tim Bentley (National Sports Grill, Buena Park)
Indeed. Very sad to hear. If you should be at his memorial or otherwise in contact with his family, please convey the condolences of this east coaster who remembers him fondly from the game.
NYDAVY (formerly of Nickelodeinn and, now, A&M Roadhouse in the NYC area)
Betty and I both want to send our condolences to you and his family for the loss of such a good guy. If it's ok with you, I'll play his handles tomorrow in tribute.
Take care Don and peace be with you
Juan (Golden PTs #15 in Las Vegas)
I pass my condolences on to you guys. I had a very close call a few years ago with something similar. I was lucky enough to catch it in time. Don't take any chances with this kind of stuff, folks.
X MEN (South Carolina)
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss; my thoughts are with your team and his family. It's saddening to hear that it happened so suddenly, and apparently when things were looking hopeful.
Sorry to hear the bad news Don. Please pass on our condolences to the family.
Bob (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Having looked into my e-mail only this morning, this news is, to say the least, both stunning and disappointing. Other than to ask that my sincerest condolences be passed along to his family, not much more for me to say either.
LILJOL (San Diego)
Please send along all my best wishes to his family, friends and trivia mates.
Richard (Glendale, California)
My condolences go out to Barry's family. He was a good friend to me and many others in the NTN world. He will be missed.
Bob Roberts (Woodland Hills)
Very sorry to hear about BEAR. Thanks for passing along the info.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your friend Barry. I know the feeling only too well, having lost my dear friend Glenn Bunch 'KGB' "SRVYER" a couple of years ago in a tragic mountain climbing accident. We still look to Glenn for help on all astronomy questions!
Don Johnson (Bennigans, Denver, Colorado)
I'm so sorry to hear of Barry's passing. I will always remember him as a hell of a trivia player and teammate.
Fare thee well, BEAR.
-Darren/KAOS (Santa Barbara, California)
Likewise, my condolences on the loss of your friend to you and your team.
So sorry for your loss. I would be happy to play his pin in his honor.
Spirit from Pitchers! Aurora
Venus Best (Aurora, Colorado)
Barry was way cool. I met him a couple times once here in Denver and the other time in West Covina. Barry was funny and a nice guy. He will be missed I told Julia and she was upset, this really sucks.
Barry joined us when we were still at Mirage Sports in Littleton. We have mostly gone our separate ways; we still keep in contact but no longer play together. The group that met Barry: Bobby (LEWSER), Julia (ROMEO), Deane (NBC), Tom (MEZZZ), Bill (ROCKO), Alfred (REDALF), Dave (QED), LYNETTE, Glenn (KGB-who has since also passed after a rock climbing accident in 2002). We stayed up really late drinking and watching the tape of DAVETV and his drunk dance stuff, running around with the Canadian flag (in his tighty whities if I remember correctly), and such. We all got supremely loaded and had a blast.
Bobby (LEWSER)..The big BEAR will be missed (Denver, Colorado area)
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thank-you for the information on his passing and how he contributed to ntn.
BUG (Minneapolis, Minnesota area)
My heart-felt condolences to you and your teammates. An untimely passing like this always seems to strike harder.
I will raise a toast to BEAR and the National West Covina team at the next Showdown game. We here in Albuquerque still remember that National West was the gold standard when we began competitive team play. And one of your folks [Dave] was the only player to visit us at Slate Street, during those early days when we were struggling to hit the Top 10.
Ken Zeringue aka BLZBUB on NTN (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Unfortunately, I can't attend Bear's services on Monday, as I will be at work from 7:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Please give my condolences to his family and let them know they're in my thoughts.
Woody Hunter, a long time trivia and drinking buddy of Barry’s (La Verne, California)
Bobby Lew ("LEWSER") forwarded a copy of a post announcing the untimely passing of our friend "BEAR." I was saddened to hear the news, because we (he, Deane, and I) had a BLAST together about 5 years ago when he stopped in Denver and played NTN with us. I still recall how, after a night of drunken button-pushing at Old Chicago Lakewood, we staggered over to his hotel (fortunately only a couple of blocks away) and proceeded to do more imbibing while watching some of his collection of NTN-related videos on the hotel room TV (you should have seen us trying to hook up his camcorder to that TV - quite an adventure!). It was a riot seeing "DAVETV" running around that bar in San Diego waving the Canadian flag...
I want you to know that Barry had my respect as a person (as a steelworker cum corporate attorney) as well as my appreciation of his trivia-playing skills. He was unpretentious and fun to be with when he visited us, and rest assured that he will be remembered with fondness out here in Colorado. Please extend my condolences to his family from me...
I don't play much NTN these days...
Hope you are doing well, Don,
Tom Gomez a.k.a. mezzz
Well, I, like you, can't think of what to say. I/we had only about 5-6 hours with Barry. He came to play with us at Mirage and we all remember his remarkable air and regard for team cooperation. He pointed out many things that he saw were faulty or weak with our team and we all listened and later improved the team using his ideas. I was awed with the way he shared these points like a coach training a young ball team. After the game we went to his room and we all drank and watched his personal videos of DAVETV when, again, we increased our respect for him by seeing how He respected other people (DAVE especially). It was quite a night and I'm very sorry that we won't have the chance to have another like it.
Please include my regards to his family. I'll miss him.
--Deane (Denver, Colorado area)
Our sympathies to his family and friends.
Scott Carpenter (Louisville, Kentucky)
I had the pleasure of meeting Barry and playing NTN with him at the NWC back in 1999. Although he was a solid NTN player, more importantly, Barry
was a fine, friendly gentleman with a good sense of humor. We had much to talk about, especially with his home roots coming from Thunder Bay, Canada.
My sincere condolences to his family and to all his NTN team mates. His name on the NTN scoreboards will be missed up here.
Rob Lake (QBERT @ Edmonton, Alberta)