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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 14

REMEMBERING CHRIS CONNELL

Larry Gaye writes: "I cannot say how shocked I was to hear about
the death of Chris Connell.  I heard of Chris long before I met him.
As an avid Byzantinist I was told Chris was 'the man' and that I
should meet him.  I seemed we were almost meeting each other for years.

"In 1998 I had my chance.  I was the Assistant General Chairman of the
Portland ANA Worlds Fair of Money.  On the opening day of the convention
we were swamped with people wanting to get in.  There were so many people
in line that a call went out for volunteers to help with registration
(we ended up with 11,000 people at the convention) in all areas.  As I
was directing people to registration a fellow walked up and said 'Can I
help?'  I said sure grab a line and pass out pens and applications.
This went on for about an hour and when the hubbub passed we both passed
a sigh of relief at the same time and took a deep breath.  I introduced
my self and he said 'I'm Chris Connell.'  I finally met a man who would
become a very dear friend.

"It was at that show that the ADBC (Association of Dedicated Byzantine
Collectors) was formed by Chris, Prue Fitts, and yours truly behind a
curtain at the ANA registration booth.  As a national volunteer I knew
I would see Chris at least twice a year and emails and phone conversations
much more often.  Chris was a gentleman in all things and a true priest
to all who knew him.  He went through life affecting the lives of those
around him and I feel very lucky to have had him in my life even for a
short time.  He was a gift given to us and taken away too soon.  I will
miss him."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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