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    Barry Mittan RIP

    This was posted on Facebook and thought I should share it on here. I haven't seen another thread about this. Very sad news.

    This message from Jayne Mitten - just posted:
    To all of our Facebook friends, thank you for your love and support Barry died today after a serious auto accident yesterday that left him with a catastrophic brain injury. He was declared brain dead today and removed from life support. He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
    Barry did a fabulous job of skating photos. I met him at the GWG in 2001 and he was a very nice and down to earth person. We were able to buy photos off him on the train travelling back into Brisbane city.

    Sad loss to the skating world.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Mittan is the correct spelling of Barry's last name (I think it auto-corrected on you).

    I'm very sorry to hear this news, but thanks for starting this thread.

    His photography website: http://www.jbmittan.com/
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    So very sad to hear about Barry. He will be missed. Wow what a shock.

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    That is very sad. Back in the days when there weren't that many skating photos available online, his were some of the first. I ended up doing a skating website for a school project while in college and emailed him explaining I was broke, but working on the website. I asked if he could send me one of skater's pictures for free. He ended up emailing all of them to me, and some from a previous event that wasn't even listed -which was very nice of him. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post


    Mittan is the correct spelling of Barry's last name (I think it auto-corrected on you).

    I'm very sorry to hear this news, but thanks for starting this thread.

    His photography website: http://www.jbmittan.com/
    Sorry about the spelling. The quote from Facebook I posted had his name spelt with an "e".
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Horrible news. My thoughts and prayers to his family & friends during this unimaginably difficult time.

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    It's so sad. I used to read his articles at skatetoday.com. I'm praying for his family.

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    How awful. His photographs of skaters were some of my very favorite ones, and he was generous in sharing them around. He'll be very missed. (I wonder if USFSA will do something to recognize his passing? I think they should.)

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    so sad
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    I enjoyed his photos so much over the years. This is a sad loss.

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    So sad. His photos were always fantastic.
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    What a talented man. He was so very kind to Kulik's Krew when we were first getting a website started way, way back - we asked him for photos of Ilia to start our library and he gave us permission to use everything he had. I will not forget how quickly he said "of course, yes." Generosity like that doesn't come along every day. I pray for him and his family.

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    Sad news : we lost a great friend of skating. He loved the sport and sharing his photos. As others have said, he was very generous.

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    What sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.
    He was the first photographer I ordered photos from and they were always so beautiful. I hope USFS will acknowledge his passing.

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    Very sad. RIP

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    This is really sad news. I chatted with Barry at almost every competition I've attended since 2000 or so - and he and my friend Rosaleen (who will be very sorry to hear this as well) got to know one another very well. So sorry for his family.

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    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a great man. His name will always be associated with figure skating photography in my mind.

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    So sad. I remember his photos, via the slowest AOL dialup connection possible, really helped to draw me into the sport in the mid to late 90s. Rest in peace.

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    Re: Barry Mitten RIP

    So sorry to hear of Barry's death. He was one of the first people I met back in the 1990's at events. Such a wonderful person.

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