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Ian ‘Poods’ Barry of Encinitas Mourned by Local Skateboard Community

“Barry was one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people I have ever met,” a friend said

Ian “Poods” Barry of Encinitas is being mourned by the local skateboard community and Brixton, a clothing and accessories accompany, in the wake of his apparently accidental death Thursday morning.

Barry’s body was found at the base of a cliff at at Beacon's Beach in Leucadia, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Despite aggressive intervention, death was pronounced a few hours later,” the office said. “Responding San Diego Sheriff Deputies conducted an investigation and it appeared the decedent fell from the cliff above the beach.”

Barry, 22, was featured in skateboarding sites and magazines. 

“Never met anyone with a heart as big as his,” said David Stoddard on one memorial page. “He thought of everyone before himself.  He loved his family, friends, skateboarding and motorcycles. We’re going to miss skating our bowl and going on adventures with you brother.”

Said Cameron Holland: “We lost a kind soul this week…. Ian ‘Poods’ Barry was one of the most genuine, kind-hearted people I have ever met. He had a positive impact on anyone who met him. He truly loved everyone and everyone loved him. He was an amazing skateboarder and friend. I feel honored to have known him as long as I did. He is a true legend and he will live on forever through all of us.”

In a March 2011 interview, Barry said Poods was short for Poodle, a nickname given him because of his long hair at the time.

Barry was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with life threatening injuries, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

 “Despite aggressive intervention, death was pronounced a few hours later,” the office said.

Lynn Marr September 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Ian was and is much loved by family, friends and associates. During his short life, he lived fully and well, reflecting that love back to everyone with whom he came into contact. On Friday, the night after he fell to his tragic death, I wrote this poem, in tribute to Ian, to comfort those of us mourning his loss. Skate on in peace, dear Ian. I see Ian skating above, riding rails in a tumble of clouds, now cresting, with the tide, carving initials in a blaze of glory; electric arc, ringing bright constellations of luminescence, trails, of stardust dreams around this nearly full autumn equinox harvest moon . . .
Bruce Stephens October 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Thanks Lynn. His family and friends are in such pain, these words might help.

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