Now, FaceBook remains the kind of village pump or office water cooler online for most of the U.S., and as I have noted often before over the last decade or so, there is quite a bit of KT-related activity over there on a regular basis. Paul Rybolt, one of the architects of the camps and like DeLisle a close personal friend of JS, broke the news of Tom's death six days ago on FB. One of the many comments and remarks made under Paul's announcement came from George Grove, and since it was public there I think it's OK to post it here as well.
As many know, George does not do social media, except for very occasional remarks here on Xroads and at times on Rick Daly's newer FolkUSA board. But George's lady Cynthia does have a FB account, and George communicates through it from time to time - here is what he posted six days ago:
George Grove wrote: Tom DeLisle was as much fun to be with backstage as he was to listen to on stage. His was a brilliant comedic mind, and his dedication to John Stewart, to the Camp, and to the entertainment of thousands through the years will be remembered with appreciation, with affection, and with admiration. Every year as Camp began, I told Tom that if he wanted to do a “short” joke, a “bald” joke, or anything else directed towards me then he had my official imprimatur. He made those jokes occasionally, and always with a humor different from that which you might expect from the regular short & bald jokes. I was always surprised and always felt included into his inner circle by how he crafted those jokes. RIP, Tom............George
Even before George wrote this and I had learned of Tom's death through Tim Riley's announcement on his Bloodlines mailing list, I had been mulling over some remarks about Tom and his feelings about the evolving KT over the last few decades. When I can hammer those fragments of thought into something coherent, I'll post it here.
Just a little more indication of what a gentleman George has always been.