From our friend Lucky13 -- Rollin Lofdahl
I am very sad to have to let everyone know about the passing of a good friend to many of us on this forum, and in the hobby and industry we share. Dan Bartha, known well among many as Dan from Angola Armory, has taken his leave of us far too soon. Dan was very private about certain health issues he was battling with for some time, but he could not overcome them. While his battle here is over, the friends left behind will carry his memory, and a great fondness for the friendship we were blessed to share with him, as we continue our own battles in this world.
I, as will many others here, recall great times with Dan at Knob Creek over the years, and long phone conversations where he shared great insights, knowledge and even sometimes “secrets” of what was going on in the industry. There are many from New York, Kentucky and elsewhere who knew Dan longer, and spent far more time with him than I was able to from the west coast. Dan spent a good portion of the last year working with Russ (toolmanm203) and that brought him back to the Rochester area for a time, where Dan’s roots were. I think that gave him some time to reconnect with many people he knew for much of his life, and I am glad for that. His family and long list of friends will be in my prayers.
I would ask for prayers for his family most especially. Dan leaves behind his mother and a brother, plus his own wife and daughters. This will be a tough loss for all of them, and those of you so inclined, keep them all in your hearts.
This is a repost from Lucky13 from the 1919a4 website