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RIP Greg of RTTB


By swinks

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    For those that have bought parts off Greg from RTBB who provided pinball parts based in Melbourne, Australia, he lost his life suddenly at a young age sometime in the last few days.

    He was a keen pinballer, passionate about the hobby and supported it with his business RTBB supplying Aussies and pretty sure people world wide with pinball parts.

    He was extremely generous, loved a chat and always willing to help.

    RIP Greg

    #2 5 years ago

    I'm shocked to hear this. I have bought many parts through Greg over the past 4 years or so and he ran a very good business that i came to appreciate greatly over those years. He was always generous, courteous and a decent guy with his business dealings and although i never met him personally i'm sure he was a great bloke. My sincere condolences to his family and friends, may he RIP !!

    #3 5 years ago

    Bought many parts from Greg, including just last week. Every single transaction was perfect.

    This is very sad. RIP mate.

    #4 5 years ago

    it always made me laugh when he went away, as the site would be closed and up went the Gone Fishing sign. He knew how to balance things in life and enjoy them. Then he had the "continue" button just in case you had the urge to hit a few times to see if he answers the door.

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    #6 5 years ago

    Always remember he was one the great blokes that allowed us to have more fun, so think of him fondly.
    Most Aussies who are into pinball are thankful for his service, knowledge and friendship.
    RIDE THE BONEY BEAST , DUDE!

    #7 5 years ago
    Quoted from swinks:

    it always made me laugh when he went away, as the site would be closed and up went the Gone Fishing sign. He knew how to balance things in life and enjoy them. Then he had the "continue" button just in case you had the urge to hit a few times to see if he answers the door.

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    Great post Mate

    He was my first point of call for pinball parts.

    Greg will be sorely missed....

    #8 5 years ago

    R.I.P Mr Greg Berry

    The Perth Pinball Collectors and Restorers group send our deepest sympathy and condolences to all Greg's family and friends.

    On behalf of all pinball lovers,
    thankyou Greg for your significant contribution to pinball
    in Australia and around the world.

    RTBB, Gone fishing....R.I.P

    #9 5 years ago

    Never bought from him, but RIP to a pinball brother....

    #10 5 years ago

    Always responsive and polite. R.I.P., Greg!

    #11 5 years ago

    Terrible news such a respected man.

    #12 5 years ago

    A sad day for the Australian pinball community
    RIP mate

    #13 5 years ago

    I am gutted, absolutely gutted.....so sad. greg was a true gentleman in every way, as stated above would go far & beyond to source a part if he did not have it in stock... I will miss the phone chats & the smell of tobacco upon opening one of my numerous deliveries..
    R I P my friend

    #14 5 years ago

    Sad day for the whole pinball community. Dealt with him many times and it was always a pleasure. RIP

    #15 5 years ago

    Sorry to hear this. Never good to lose someone that had a contribution to the pinball hobby.

    I did not know Greg, but he seemed to be well respected. Please pardon my ignorance here, but did he run both RTTB as well as Pinball Spare Parts Australia?

    Hoping his family can find peace and comfort during this time of loss.

    Chris

    #16 5 years ago

    Very sad to hear of Greg's passing. I sent him an email the other day and wondered why I hadn't heard back...what a shock.

    #17 5 years ago
    Quoted from SilverUnicorn:

    Please pardon my ignorance here, but did he run both RTTB as well as Pinball Spare Parts Australia?

    Greg was nothing to do with Pinball Spare Parts Australia. Different company, different people. Vale Greg

    #18 5 years ago

    RIP Greg Berry. Thanks for everything!

    #19 5 years ago
    Quoted from wiredoug:

    Greg was nothing to do with Pinball Spare Parts Australia. Different company, different people.

    OK, I was not sure. The original thread title had me confused. I am sorry for my confusion.

    Chris

    #20 5 years ago

    Sorry to hear. Best wishes to his family and friends.

    #21 5 years ago

    Is this the Greg that loaded up containers full of parts when Pinball Inc bought the molds and parts from Illinois Pinball? I dont remember when it was, but it was like 4 or 5 summers ago

    #23 5 years ago

    Sorry for the confusion Greg (RTBB) stocked and sold new pinball parts to those that needed them (I changed the opening post to better reflect that) and is separate to Pinball Spare Parts Australia. He was well respected and went out of his way to help - top block and will be sadly missed.

    #24 5 years ago
    Quoted from vidgameseller:

    Is this the Greg that loaded up containers full of parts when Pinball Inc bought the molds and parts from Illinois Pinball? I dont remember when it was, but it was like 4 or 5 summers ago

    No, Greg was the Distributor for Pinball Inc, for their ramps in Australia.

    R.I.P Greg......a true Gentleman in the Industry.

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    #25 5 years ago

    Though we lived half a world apart I can honestly say that Greg was my best friend. Greg was my emotional wall, I could bounce anything off him. He was never judgmental, never egotistical, just a level headed great person to confide with and get sound advice. I've known him since we began the ramp manufacturing over 12 years ago. He became one of our first distributors and remained the exclusive Aussie distributor even when others tried to beg and bribe us to let them in. Greg was the most honest, sincere and genuine person I have ever known. I know that Pinball Inc would not have been successful without him.

    For those in the US that have gone to Expo and/or Allentown the past 5 years you may have seen him helping us out in our vendor booth. He was at Chicago from 2008 to 2010 then Allentown 2011 and 2012. Unfortunately he could not make it last year because his nephew was killed in a car accident the day before he was to leave.

    Some may remember that he also was in Bloomington when I was going through the deal in 2009. He flew over on his own dime to help me out. If not for Greg I would have gotten completely screwed on that deal but thanks to his moxie and stabilizing influence it worked out very well. Even when others tried to run Greg over and put him out in space to get lost he continued to help and looked after other peoples interest over his own. He truly did not have a single self interest bone in his body. While he may have been small in stature he made a giant footprint. He will be missed. And as Greg said at the end of every one of our conversations...catcha mate.

    #26 5 years ago

    Sad to hear, but nice to leave such great memories behind. Only knew him on a business basis - but one of the best. RIP

    #27 5 years ago

    My condolences to Greg's loved ones and friends. A terrible loss.

    LTG

    #28 5 years ago
    Quoted from PinballInc:

    Though we lived half a world apart I can honestly say that Greg was my best friend. Greg was my emotional wall, I could bounce anything off him. He was never judgmental, never egotistical, just a level headed great person to confide with and get sound advice. I've known him since we began the ramp manufacturing over 12 years ago. He became one of our first distributors and remained the exclusive Aussie distributor even when others tried to beg and bribe us to let them in. Greg was the most honest, sincere and genuine person I have ever known. I know that Pinball Inc would not have been successful without him.
    For those in the US that have gone to Expo and/or Allentown the past 5 years you may have seen him helping us out in our vendor booth. He was at Chicago from 2008 to 2010 then Allentown 2011 and 2012. Unfortunately he could not make it last year because his nephew was killed in a car accident the day before he was to leave.
    Some may remember that he also was in Bloomington when I was going through the deal in 2009. He flew over on his own dime to help me out. If not for Greg I would have gotten completely screwed on that deal but thanks to his moxie and stabilizing influence it worked out very well. Even when others tried to run Greg over and put him out in space to get lost he continued to help and looked after other peoples interest over his own. He truly did not have a single self interest bone in his body. While he may have been small in stature he made a giant footprint. He will be missed. And as Greg said at the end of every one of our conversations...catcha mate.

    thanks for sharing, great story, as he shared this same passion and support with many others including myself.

    He would send out urgent packages of parts even before a payment was made - a great guy of pinball

    #29 5 years ago

    Sad to hear this news, sad for all. RIP

    #30 5 years ago

    RIP Greg

    #31 5 years ago

    Very sad news and he'll be missed.

    #32 5 years ago
    Quoted from PinballInc:

    Though we lived half a world apart I can honestly say that Greg was my best friend. Greg was my emotional wall, I could bounce anything off him. He was never judgmental, never egotistical, just a level headed great person to confide with and get sound advice. I've known him since we began the ramp manufacturing over 12 years ago. He became one of our first distributors and remained the exclusive Aussie distributor even when others tried to beg and bribe us to let them in. Greg was the most honest, sincere and genuine person I have ever known. I know that Pinball Inc would not have been successful without him.

    For those in the US that have gone to Expo and/or Allentown the past 5 years you may have seen him helping us out in our vendor booth. He was at Chicago from 2008 to 2010 then Allentown 2011 and 2012. Unfortunately he could not make it last year because his nephew was killed in a car accident the day before he was to leave.

    Some may remember that he also was in Bloomington when I was going through the deal in 2009. He flew over on his own dime to help me out. If not for Greg I would have gotten completely screwed on that deal but thanks to his moxie and stabilizing influence it worked out very well. Even when others tried to run Greg over and put him out in space to get lost he continued to help and looked after other peoples interest over his own. He truly did not have a single self interest bone in his body. While he may have been small in stature he made a giant footprint. He will be missed. And as Greg said at the end of every one of our conversations...catcha mate.

    That was one of the greatest tributes I have ever read! I did not know the man, but after reading this, I feel I do now! The way you expressed yourself in this piece was remarkable. I became very sad toward the end . . .

    Such a nice reflection!
    Mike in Kentucky

    #33 5 years ago

    R.I.P. Greg , have only been in the pinball game a couple of years but used RTBB numerous times for bits n pieces , sad news indeed .

    andrew , Adelaide Sth Australia

    #34 5 years ago

    Shocked , I can't believe . We have lost a top bloke a very trustworthy guy he would sent your parts ASAP sometimes before payment was made. He will be sadly missed, R.I.P Greg.

    #35 5 years ago

    Sorry to hear this of a fellow enthusiast. He will be sorely missed for sure.

    #36 5 years ago

    Yep, an incredibly kind and patient man.

    Only dealt with Greg as a customer, but he always went the extra mile to ensure you got what you needed, when you needed it.
    He was also famous for the little 'extras' that he included with his orders.

    I'm guessing most of us here will have recieved a random key tag, plastic or token of some type.

    RIP to a bloke with genuine integrity- which is becoming a rare commodity these days....

    Mike.
    Melbourne, Oz.

    #37 5 years ago

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    #38 5 years ago

    Just want to add my name to the list of people that are deeply saddened by the news. A good honest bloke! Thoughts are with his family and friends that have been devastated by this.

    Dave
    Western Australia

    #39 5 years ago

    Sad news, too young.

    #40 5 years ago
    Quoted from PinballInc:

    Though we lived half a world apart I can honestly say that Greg was my best friend. Greg was my emotional wall, I could bounce anything off him. He was never judgmental, never egotistical, just a level headed great person to confide with and get sound advice. I've known him since we began the ramp manufacturing over 12 years ago. He became one of our first distributors and remained the exclusive Aussie distributor even when others tried to beg and bribe us to let them in. Greg was the most honest, sincere and genuine person I have ever known. I know that Pinball Inc would not have been successful without him.
    For those in the US that have gone to Expo and/or Allentown the past 5 years you may have seen him helping us out in our vendor booth. He was at Chicago from 2008 to 2010 then Allentown 2011 and 2012. Unfortunately he could not make it last year because his nephew was killed in a car accident the day before he was to leave.
    Some may remember that he also was in Bloomington when I was going through the deal in 2009. He flew over on his own dime to help me out. If not for Greg I would have gotten completely screwed on that deal but thanks to his moxie and stabilizing influence it worked out very well. Even when others tried to run Greg over and put him out in space to get lost he continued to help and looked after other peoples interest over his own. He truly did not have a single self interest bone in his body. While he may have been small in stature he made a giant footprint. He will be missed. And as Greg said at the end of every one of our conversations...catcha mate.

    As my post above was asking, to see if this was the same Greg, Now I kow it was, because I met him when I did some deals with James in Bloomington and thought that it was the same person. So I was lucky enough to have met him and he was one of the nicest guys that I have met. Its a shame and prayers going out to his family

    Troy

    #41 5 years ago

    My condolences to Greg's family.
    I'm a repeat offender (purchaser) at the RTBB website, my last package arrived only a few weeks ago.
    Never met Greg in person but from what I'm reading he sounds like one of the good guys, taken way too soon.
    RIP.

    1 month later
    #42 5 years ago

    Wow, I just noticed this posting. I too wish to pass my condolences to Greg's family.
    I have never met Greg either but have chatted via email several times and he's always been a nice guy. I was surprised and saddened to hear of his passing.

    Swinks -- is that the actual "Gone Fishing" sign he put on his website?

    Ed

    #43 5 years ago

    Hi Ed

    The "gone fishing" sign I posted in the 4th post is the one that Greg used when he had time off.

    Very sad that Greg is not with us but his legacy lives on. A very good friend of Greg - Nino from Australian Pinball Restorations has purchased RTBB and is running it separately to APR. Nino is very passionate about Pinball and very well known pinball restorer in Australia and was Greg's family wish for Nino to continue the RTBB name.

    There is a banner in memory of Greg here
    http://aussiepinball.com/index.php

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