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Farewell Dhama

Post by staticon » 12 May 2013 13:40

It is with a heavy heart that I have been given the go-ahead to announce that my good friend for many years, Terry Barrett, better known on these forums as Dhama, passed away on Friday 10 May 2013.

He had, apparently been diagnosed with Tietze syndrome, an inflammatory condition in the chest, and had to have Cortisone injections which seemed to have worked but, as one of his friends in Sweden stated, “04:00 tonight he drifted away, and despite the ambulance's attempt to bring him back, it failed.”

Terry had been very active on this and the Eidos forums having, for a while, been a moderator on Eidos. He always actively promoted the TR Level Editor and organised at least two major level building competitions on Eidos after nagging them to provide prizes.

He was quite a prolific level builder and pioneered at least one new genre and several building techniques. Who can forget the Tower Bridge levels and that wonderful cave level from the unfinished AoD conversion?

More recently, he had emigrated to Sweden where he was very happy in his work looking after people with disabilities and, recently, getting married again.

He was also a very talented model builder and specialised in making replica Star Trek props, many can be seen on his Photobucket pages http://s56.photobucket.com/user/dhama/l ... t=3&page=1 and also his youtube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... HBtJZdQkEQ

Among his other talents were an excellent photographic eye and, how we met over thirty years ago, music, having made seven solo albums, sadly, no longer available.

One of his albums was sold through the Tibet Society with all proceeds going to the charity.

He was always one of the most the most thoughtful and kindest people I have known and I, for one, have lost a really good friend.

He always believed that death was the beginning of the next stage of the journey so, have a good trip my friend. Hope to catch up again one day.
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Post by Phil » 12 May 2013 14:01

Thanks for a moving memoriam, Kevin. I had limited exchanges with Terry during his building years, but he was always prompt and gracious getting back to me when I was playing and/or writing walkthroughs for his levels. Condolences to his loved ones and other family members, which I understand includes his sister, Tina, well known here for the Castle Doomsday series.
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Post by Gerty » 12 May 2013 14:02

I'm really sorry to hear this Kev.

Just the other day I re-played one of his levels (still enjoying them) and was asking myself how he was doing.
How is Tina holding up?

My respect to Terry and indeed have a good trip.
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Post by Thierry » 12 May 2013 14:49

There are some days like that, when the news is not good :cry: ...
Thank you Terry for your levels that gave me so much pleasure to play.
My condolences to his Family and Friends.
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Post by mugs » 12 May 2013 14:58

...words fail me at times like this. we have lost an important member of this community, and Terry (we know you're with us!) we will miss you. God speed.
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Post by eRIC » 12 May 2013 15:05

very sad to hear this news.
did not know Terry very well , but for several reasons , for some things he said , i had great respect for him.
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Post by MichaelP » 12 May 2013 15:37

Lost for words - this is such a shock... :( :(

Wishing all the strength to Terry's family and close friends and even though we have never met in person, I do feel the loss deeply. Like others have said, I always had great respect for Terry's words and actions.

From Kev's message above it sounds like Terry has been able to live his life to the fullest and is now looking forward to the next. May it be as rewarding as the first!
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Post by Marksdad » 12 May 2013 16:18

I am so sad to hear this news!
I played his most recent level only a few weeks back and enjoyed it greatly. He was,as you say,one of the pioneers of the custom level building scene and was one of those who pushed the boundaries from a very early stage.
Please send on all our condolences to his wife and family.

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Post by DJ Full » 12 May 2013 19:11

Literally everytime a builder or a player vanishes, I feel like losing a part of my own spirit. An instinctive cry calls, for us to maintain the same unity which once pulled me in - so I miss everyone, I'd always like to meet You all and if I know I can't anymore, it hurts. I don't believe in God of any known religion, I rather just feel something is out there, much more powerful than whatever we can imagine, so I think wherever Dhama is (though I won't even try to guess the name or nature of the place, for I will fail as well), he feels better now. I lost all of my grandparents and several friends already, but whenever I remind myself of their happy afterlife, that makes me feel better... I wish the whole Barret family to realize the same, and this most cruel time to become much lighter to bear. Sincere sympathy. Maciej
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Post by Ceamonks890 » 13 May 2013 11:27

Despite me never getting the chance to know Dhama or Terry, as he'd probably prefer to be called, it is always a tragedy to actually lose a member of the TR community. But I'm sure he will live on through all the memories of those who got the chance to know him and through his custom levels(for as long as trle.net remains online.)

R.I.P Dhama/Terry Barrett :( I'm gonna download Retro AoD to honour the legacy you've left behind. All the best to Terry's family and friends(both online and offline.)

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Post by EssGee » 13 May 2013 11:34

Very sad news. My condolences to Terry's family. Thank you Staticon for the really nice post and information.
My connection with Dhama was one very different level-building experience. He contributed a beautiful almost-complete untextured map and I took over the project and textured and added gameplay and objects to it. That became the Temple level in Coyote Creek 1. Was a unique but enjoyable experience having to learn a path that someone else had created and then breathe life into it.
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Post by Fluen » 13 May 2013 15:32

Thank you, Dhama, for the joy you gave us with your levels and the beautiful music, which accompanied them.

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Post by manarch2 » 13 May 2013 16:25

So sad to hear that, but I'm wishing his family the best and of course also Terry, whatever and wherever that might be.
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Post by rufierto » 14 May 2013 00:10

Sad news. RIP
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Re: Farewell Dhama

Post by Soul » 14 May 2013 07:03

I never got to know dhama, so thanks to staticon for the very informative opening post. It's very sad to read about this loss and my condolences go to the family and to all his friends. :(

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