Many stamp clubs across the country have a small core of highly-knowledgeable collectors. Some have exceptional collections and have acquired a national or international standing in philately. The Asheville Stamp Club is fortunate to have been blessed with such a member: Edward O. de Bary, known to many of us as Ed. He was a recognized authority on Belgian stamps and held a top position on the APS expertizing committee for some years. Recently he had displayed parts of his collection at major stamp shows. Ed had been an ASC member since 2005, served as the club’s president from 2006 to 2007 and was a key factor in reviving the club when it was in the doldrums. At the Nov 18 meeting of the ASC Ed had told some of us that he had just confirmed that he had a terminal illness; a very aggressive one. At the December luncheon he told us he had but weeks to live and said goodbye. Ed passed away suddenly this past Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Ed was a stellar collector and a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral Services for Ed will be Saturday, January 19, at the Episcopal Church/Chapel on the Deerfield Grounds. Service is scheduled for 2:00pm. If attending, It is recommended that you arrive at 1:30pm
James A. Haxby, January 2018