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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - February/March 2005
Harry B. Avery

Harry B. Avery was a long time stalwart of the Scottish Games circuit and a member of the Society. He possessed a brilliant mind for those of us who took time to know him. I had the honor of getting to know Harry long term, not only from the games circuit, but from other venues. Harry was an avid cigar afficionado, an alcohol connoisseur (both whiskey and wine), and a firearms enthusiast. Harry was also an antiquer of sorts which is an affliction that most gun people have.

I valued Harry's proven judgement in all matters and we always enjoyed long conversations at the games on any one of the afore mentioned subjects. My beloved old God-father, Don Macleay, always taught me to value and respect the opinions of gun people. I did and do. Old Donald had acquired a habit in life of never being wrong which he tried unsuccesfully to pass along to me.  Harry was one of those gun guys of whom Donald & I were so fond.

I found him an extremely interesting person in many regards and enjoyed his company on various weekends through the Scottish games seasons, as well as at gun & antique shows in off season. Harry's knack for the unusual always amused me. Not only did I enjoy browsing over the ever increasing, latest, acquisitions with which he staffed his Clan Colquhoun HQ tent, I found his engineering abilities unique. Harry introduced the rest of us to the "Scottish tent air conditioner" that he trundled from one game to the next. Harry figured out that the camping and RV world had things to offer the Scots. He purchased a 12 volt fan from an RV source with several deep cycle batteries and had a working fan in his tent. Even in the hottest Scottish games weather, Harry looked really cool..... A system that I envied very much and have set out to acquire one of my own.

I remember with pleasure the year that Harry lost a great deal of weight. Harry had always carried a rather full figure. He managed to loose a great deal of weight and was very proud of the fact that he was finally able to wear his kilt. We celebrated that fact several times, with cigars and a drink. What else! Harry, kind, generous, a true friend, ever the gentleman, like a certain  whiskey, "never varied!" 

Gwen will miss you. As for me, see ya when I see ya.  Fair winds and following seas good friend!   Aye, David

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