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13abc mourns the passing of Barry Gries, longtime chief engineer

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It is with heavy hearts that we report on the death of a longtime member of the 13abc family Barry Gries, of Gibsonburg, Ohio. Barry died Monday night in his home.

Gries spent 45 years with 13abc and began with the station when it was still WSPD. He rose to the position of Chief Engineer and led the department until his retirement in 2011.

Gries saw 13abc through many major changes in broadcast technology. Gries coordinated 13abc's switch from analog to digital signals. He even went to people's homes to help them configure their televisions so they could see 13abc.

News Director Brian Trauring said, "Barry was a leader who witnessed countless technical advances in television through the years. He helped place 13abc in the forefront of electronic and satellite news gathering technology."

Trauring said Gries was well respected in the ABC station group prior to his retirement. His diligent attention to quality was recognized in 2011 when the transmitter building was named Gries Tower in his honor.

Many referred to Barry as a gentle bear, always in cowboy boots, with an infectious grin and a constant twinkle in his eye.

Anchor Lee Conklin said "Barry led us through many technological milestones, conversion to HD among them. But what I'll remember most about Barry is his kindness and willingness to listen when there was a problem. He was an incredibly kind and smart man."

13abc sends our deepest sympathy to the Gries family.

Though the viewers may not know his name Barry Gries was an integral part of bringing 13abc into thousands of homes everyday for over 45 years.

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