July 9th, 2007

Viking Spongebob

Bear Is Gone

I just rceived this from Tracie Brown (Signy). Bear was a dynamic force in the early Midrealm, and we were always on good terms, even if I was a member of the Dark Horde at the time and he was a member of North Woods. When he became king, paranoia ran through the Horde, but he proved to be a noble and magnanimous king. Whenever I saw him through the years, I could expect to see that infectious smile and hear that braying laugh as he greeted me. It was always fun to see and talk to him at Pennsic, and I shall sincerely miss him this and upcoming years.

Signy knew him better, from even before he joined the SCA. Once, many years ago, she confided that Bear had been a frat boy. That surprised me: A rough-hewn guy like Bear, a frat boy? That was at the back of mind whenever I saw him. I probably have known other guys who were less frat boyish...but not many.

The email:

Harken to these awful words, wail and rend your garments! Earl Sir Bearengaer hinn Rauthi has gone to his ancestors in Valhalla on this 9th day of July, A.S. XLII. Let all pay heed to to the passing of a mighty warrior and a person who enriched the Current Middle Ages.

Bearengaer had been a member of the SCA for almost 40 years. He was the 8th Knight of the Middle Kingdom, the 9th King of the MidRealm He was King of the Middle Kingdom for Pennsic 3. He was second Prince of Drachenwald. In more recent years, as ill health kept him from the list fields, he served the Kingdom of AEthelmearc by training new fighters, marshaling, being an MOL and helping Lady Leah Janette (the Evil Book Lady) run her book business. For several years, he was Grimm's liaison at Pennsic.

Those wishing to honor him, pray for him or confirm his death should present themselves on July 14, in Stormsport (Erie, PA) at the Burton Funeral Home, 602 W. 10th St. A reception will follow at the home of Viscount Alexander and Viscountess Rannveigr. As he had no particular religious affiliation or close mundane relatives to be offended, the funeral will have an SCA theme. SCA attendees are requested to wear garb. Since "You can't take it with you" is not a Viking concept, people may bring mementos to put in the coffin.

Those who wish crash space or direction should contact Viscount Sir Bear the Wallsbane at SyrBear@aol.com or US +1 8144543262 Call .
Leah Janette (his lady) can be contacted at bear_janet@msn.com
or US +1 8144510250

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