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RACKOVER, BARRY LEE; of Rochester Hills, Michigan; died on March 25, 2013. He was 66. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth; and his beloved daughters, Fannie Margaret, 24, and Vivian Martha, 23. A native of Philadelphia, "Rack" served as a Signalman, 2nd Class in the Navy during the Vietnam War (1962-1966). He laid down roots and made lifelong friends in San Francisco and Los Angeles before the family moved to Rochester Hills in 1997. An only child, Rack called more men his brother than a Capuchin Monk. Providing lighting and production support for rock concerts, car shows and sporting and other live events, he traveled extensively, amassing an arsenal of marvelous stories about people he met in China, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland and elsewhere throughout Europe. He was a memorable character: an animated story teller, a self-taught gourmet cook, curious about everyone and everything. His warmth, wit, generosity and joie de vivre charmed virtually everyone he met. He will be missed by his huge circle of friends and family from Philadelphia, headed by Michael and Ellen Tomkin and including cousins Susan, Colin and Beth; San Francisco, especially Leif, Rick and Freddie; Los Angeles, including the Carothers family; and most recently his cherished friends in the Fiddler's Creek community in Naples, Florida. For those wishing to make a donation in his memory, we suggest Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Pennsylvania, 214-790-9200.
www.bbbssepa.org
Published in The Oakland Press on Apr. 2, 2013
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