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Philip Barker RIP - BEF Pots

Post by Bill » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:02 pm

Just heard the from Philip's great niece that Philip has passed away. More details to follow
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Post by rodsmith » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:12 am

That is sad news. I never met Philip but have been aware of his reputation within the society because of the BEF pots connection. I believe he had been unwell for some time.
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Post by Peter » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:49 pm

One of the unacknowledged heroes of the cactus and 'other succulent' hobby.

If the news is true I shall take it badly. A decade or so ago I was fortunate to be able to be of assistance to Philip when his business was in peril. The manufacturer of BEF pots had stopped production and albeit Philip had endeavoured to replace them he had failed - leading him to consider giving up.

I introduced him to my neighbour who had a plastics factory and whilst the quantities purchased by Philip were small to say the least, my neighbour was prepared to use the production dies that Philip had and also to manufacture new dies to enable certain pot sizes to be made. It is a fact that the very latest BEF pots are some of the best ever quality.

We should be grateful to Philip for his stamina in flogging around the country, to shows, meetings, et al, so that we could have access to these pots. I am sure that after his costs, there would be little for him to show for his efforts.

During my close involvement with Philip in this matter I found him to be a humble, decent man who suffered from enduring illness but was determined that it would not beat him. A great loss.
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Post by Chris in Leeds » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:24 pm

Very sorry to hear this sad news thoughts with his family
Will B.E.F pots continue ? Philip bought it when it was going last time but I don't know if there is anyone able to continue it for the family
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Post by Sylvia » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:32 am

I met Philip on several occasions when he sold pots at the Zone 9 Conventions. Always remembered me and we had some interesting conversations. A very nice man. RIP Philip
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Post by Chris43 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:01 pm

Very sad to hear the news of Philip's passing. I met him a number of times at shows and conventions, and he was always helpful and extremely flexible in enabling me to have the BEF pots I wanted. he was a true gent, and will be missed.
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Post by Liz M » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:33 pm

Philip had been in poor health lately, it is sad to think we won't see him again at shows. I have bought many useful things from him, as well as pots, he will be sadly missed.
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Post by jhb » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:29 am

How very sad to hear that Philip has left us. I bought many from from over the years. Thinking of his family.
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Post by Peter B » Thu May 17, 2018 4:41 pm

All that can currently be said is that it is in the hands of solicitors
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