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Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 27, 2014 - 04:01pm PT
There will be a memorial on August 30th @ 6PM in Blue Diamond, Nevada at the Quonset Hut just outside of Las Vegas. Beer, Wine, and light snacks will be provided. Please feel free to bring food and booze potluck style. There will be a slideshow sometime during the evening. This is a celebration of Brian's life, so come and hang out, swap stories and celebrate Brian.

Kurt Burt
Tiff A

climber
Aug 27, 2014 - 04:04pm PT
We've been getting a lot of questions regarding where people can send flowers or cards. In lieu of sending flowers we ask that you send a card to Brian's grandmother. She was a loving presence throughout his life and, as anyone can understand, she is having a difficult time right now. If you have a good, upbeat story about Brian, please write it in a card and send it to his grandmother (mind your language in your letters please, she is a 92 year-old lady after all). Stories of Brian would do more than any flowers ever could.

Please send cards to:
Melba McCray
One Country Lane, Apt B105
Brookville, Ohio 45309

Thank you,
Tiffany and KurtBurt
prrrdylady

climber
Aug 27, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
If you have a good, upbeat story about Brian, please write it in a card and send it to his grandmother (mind your language in your letters please, she is a 92 year-old lady after all). Stories of Brian would do more than any flowers ever could

This is very sweet.

I hope she gets a flood of cards.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 27, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
hey there say, Tiff A... this is very sweet to do...

burt, may the memorial do a lot of healing and comfort, in the midst of this painful loss... :(
filmcookie

climber
nashville
Aug 27, 2014 - 06:53pm PT
i'm a bit speechless right now. words cannot express how much this means. i am with grandma now and she's hanging in there. when i travel home this weekend, a bit of the weight will be lifted knowing she will be feeling love from all over the world. she does love a good story.

thank you kurt (for everything you've written and done)
thank you tiff
thank you flo, you are amazing.
thank you each and every single one of you.

love to all,
kim
Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2014 - 09:48pm PT
Kim it has truly been an honor to be Brian's friend. My entire adult life has been spent with him looking out for me. He has guided me the best he could and scolded me when I was out of line. When I was going through my divorce he was there for me so much, but he let me know how some of the blame was mine. He let me know that how I treated my wife was not the way to treat a wife. Even though he needed to be there for me, he was always there to point me in a direction to make myself a better person. I got a beautiful text from my ex wife today about how much Brian meant to her as well. She reminded me that he was not only there for me during my major climbing accident, but how much he was there for her. She was pregnant with my 2nd son and I laid in a hospital bed unable to move and possible paralysis on the table, he comforted her and helped her with so many things that she couldn't do. Yes he was a rock star to the climbing community, but to me he was so much more. He was so caring and loyal, and he just happend to just climb really well and drag me around on his adventures. He talked about grandma so much, and loved going back east to see her which he did every chance he got. I write these personal things to help show him how only a few got to see him. He was a brash, salty character (that could piss you off in seconds, but a flash of that awkward smile of his and instantly you could forget why you where mad at him) but he was also so kind and thoughtful. He left his mark and while my own selfish anger wants him here with me, something told him that his work was done here. I am a better person because of Brian McCray.

Kurt or Burt... Or whatever the hell your name is today... My favorite voicemail he's left me in recent times...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 28, 2014 - 02:30am PT
hey there say, burt... and tiff... just sent a card to the gramma...
say, please, also, email your own address, i have something for you, as well...

the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Aug 28, 2014 - 08:37am PT
I sure hope someone is bringing a disco ball!

Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 28, 2014 - 04:51pm PT
Disco ball and beer and maybe some top hats!
horsethief

Sport climber
garden grove ca
Aug 28, 2014 - 05:04pm PT
Ill bring the Grizzly, ant the Marlboro Reds…. If I can score a ride:)
Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 28, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
Damn! We just left so cal this morning! Hitch, prostitute, and hike! This is going to be the send off Brian deserves! Vegas style! Come on out all and share stories!
rockcpa

climber
Fayetteville, WV
Aug 29, 2014 - 06:32am PT
I won't make the memorial but here's a memory:
Brian & I left Fayetteville late one Friday for Nelson Rocks. I had a old and uninsured Vdub, crossing the NRG bridge a metal plate I had just welded to the bottom of the passenger side floorboard came half loose, showering the road and Brian with sparks.
We pulled over and kicked the thing off and got out of there before a friendly cop showed up.
Brian spent the next three hours staring at the road between his feet laughing about the things he saw down there and wondering if the whole passenger seat was next.
We made Nelson and the climb was good, sure, but the journey was way better.


the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Aug 29, 2014 - 11:34pm PT
Blue Diamond is where you want to be tomorrow night! It's looking to be a good time.


tough free climbing in this Kyran Keisling photo
tough free climbing in this Kyran Keisling photo
Credit: the albatross
Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2014 - 11:46pm PT
Beer, chips, liquor, stories, and pictures... Let's send this MF off like he wanted. Let's rock this place.
Credit: Burt
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 31, 2014 - 11:29am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon

Credit: Todd Gordon

Jim and I drove from So. Cal to vegas to attend the memorial for Brian. It was well attended and an evening of love and respect for Brian. It was bitter sweet;.....we all miss him, but we are all so happy to have known such a wonderful and awesome human. The slide show was mega awesome;....beautiful , emotional and inspiring......
Rest in peace, my friend.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 31, 2014 - 11:30am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 31, 2014 - 11:31am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 31, 2014 - 11:32am PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Bird now looks like he could do as narrow a squeeze chimney as me.

He told me he is building bullpup .22s, and I said, "too bad you can't get any ammo for them." and he scowled and started explaining yet again about the government conspiracy.

The bullpups were interesting. I checked for empty chambers, after which he muzzle swept me yet again. I grabbed the end of the barrel and pushed it aside, to which he said, "but you just checked it."

"General principles."

Ironically, on the way out I stopped at Walmart for a large thing of pomegranate juice, and lo and behold scored 3 one-hundred rd boxes of premium .22 @ $7 each!







Anyway, to see that crowd, Brian checking out makes even less sense.
What is it about climbers that so many,.....
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 31, 2014 - 01:25pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
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