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Robert "Beau" Wylie

Robert E. "Beau" Wylie, i.e., Bob, Cowboy Beau or "Just Beau" - Than man with more names than the Artist formerly know as Prince.

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Robert E. Wylie, i.e., Bob, Beau, Cowboy Beau, or "Just Beau".


July 20, 1951 - October 30, 2009

Beau's Wake Program

City of Columbus Commendation - Beau Wylie

Robert E. Wylie
1951 - 2009
Visitation:Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory - SW Chapel
3393 Broadway
Grove City, OH  43123       (614) 539-6166
Service:Thursday, November 05, 2009 2:00 PM
Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory - SW Chapel
3393 Broadway
Grove City, OH  43123       (614) 539-6166
Interment:Concord Cemetery - Private
Grove City, OH 43123

Robert Eugene Wylie, 58, of Columbus, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2009. Born to George and Lorna (Young) Wylie in Columbus, OH on July 20 1951, Bob was preceded in death by his father and daughter, Tanith Laura Wylie. Survivors include his mother, Lorna Wylie; sister, Toni (Alan) Niebes; niece, Allison (Matthew) Niebes-Davis; nephew, Ryan Alan Niebes; special friends, Diane and David Artz; cousins, aunts and many friends. Bob was beloved by the Short North Community and was a passionate supporter of the Doo-Dah Parade, Comfest and Old Town East Festival. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Newcomer Funeral Home, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH with the Memorial Service at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court, Hilliard, OH 43026.

Wake to Celebrate the Life of Beau Wylie  
Please join us and help to celebrate the life of Beau Wylie

Sunday, November 8, 2009

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Zeno's Victorian Village

384 W. 3rd, Columbus, OH.

Hosted by The Friends of Doo Dah (Doo Dah Parade)

Zeno's, ComFest (Community Festival) & Hot Times (AFOOT),

Mike’s, The Short North Tavern, Dick's Den, and Europia. 

Cash Bar

Munchies provided 

  • Corner of Third and Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • COTA line #3 and 2 blocks from lines #5 and #7.
  • Easy space/tie up's for bikes.
  • Plasma TV for the video slide show.
  • Big and free parking lot across the street (behind Cafe' Courier)

Many people want details about Beau and funeral arrangements and events leading up to his death.  
To save a 1,000 phone calls and sad conversations...Beau was heading (October 30th) to work, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. he collapsed on the front porch/steps of his apartment.  He went quick.  He did have the flu for the last two weeks.  We don't know if it was a heart attack as there's no "official" word yet.  Diane found him at 8:00 a.m.  Nothing could be done for him.  911 went into action causing a flurry media trucks and a fireworks display of flashing EM lights in the morning darkness.  A Police Officer stood guard over his body as helicopter circling the scene and the TV stations tried to get in for their story.  I'm sure Beau would be laughing that hardy laugh knowing that he was able to generate such a sensation. 
As far as funeral arrangements go, here's what is current.  Beau's sister arrived from Texas and is with Mother Wylie.  Newcomers Funeral Home in Grove City on Broadway will be handling the cremation.  At 1:00 p.m. there will be a one hour visiting time before the 2:00 p.m. service. 
A party befitting to Beau's legacy will be happening Sunday, November 8th at 1:00 p.m. at Zeno's.
That's it for now.
Deb, Mz Doo Dah

Beau & Mz Doo Dah
The Volunteer Duo

Many comments from many friends.

  1. ·Beau was special to every person and every animal he knew.  He will be greatly missed.
  1. ·Wow. What a tremendous bummer this is. Wherever he's headed, I hope the wind's at his back, and I hope they allow side arms there. And beer.  If there's anything I can do to help see him off in style, please let me know. Beau and I didn't know each other well, but we always had a nod for each other on the street.
  1. ·I'm so sorry to hear this.  We saw the activity surrounding his house this morning.   We will all miss him tremendously.  
  1. ·Beau was a special friend and a very unique person.  I will miss him along with all his friends in the community.  He always was right there on making sure things ran smoothly at ComFest (where we first met and were friends from the beginning).  I know also his devotion to Doo Dah.
  1. ·I am so sad and I will keep his spirit in my heart always.
  1. ·He was such a warm spirit.  A huge loss to the family.
  1. ·I am sorry to have such sad news
  1. ·Oh no, not Beau!
  1. ·Sorry to hear this news. He will be forever in our hearts during the Doo Dah Parade.
  1. ·"Oh Beau, we are going to miss you!"
  1. ·Wow, what a shock!  The last time I saw Beau, a couple of weeks ago, I was driving north on High St, coming from an appointment downtown.
  1. ·"Oh no!  How awful.
  1. ·"Man... Beau is my Brother (from another mother) I will keep him in my heart and be grateful to have him.
  1. ·"Deb - your write up is beautiful.  I can hear him laughing now."
  1. ·"What a loss! Beau the ever eager gentle volunteer. I'll miss him.
  1. ·I am so sad - working this week-end was sad without him - I will be with you all in spirit as you celebrate Beau - he was a great guy with a huge heart and a grin to match."
  1. ·My heart is breaking - Beau was a true heart and a beloved part of my extended family. His life was not easy but he always had that huge grin on his face showing his spirit shining through.  There is an old Native American saying: WE are all wanderers on this earth, hearts filled with silver song, pockets lined with dreams.
  1. ·Comfester and DooDah lost a great spirit this morning. Robert "Beau" Wylie died suddenly on his porch. He was a kind soul who was a fixture in the Short north for years. Cowboy hat hangs in another realm today.
  1. ·OMG! I'm so sorry to hear that. He lived right around the corner from me. I'd always see him walking by with his dog. He will be missed.
  1. ·I'm sorry to hear that...He's definintely a person I will miss seeing around town. Always a kind and free spirit.
  1. ·Ahhhhhh, comfest wont be the same without him!
  1. ·I heard about this from Deb this AM. I will miss seeing him sauntering down High St. in his duster and cowboy hat looking like Doc Holliday! I hope he went peacefully, he was one of my all time favorite characters and a truly sweet person. Fu@k- too soon
  1. ·drive on Beau to the comfest in the sky
  1. ·No! OMG. I loved Beau. RIP
  1. ·I'm sorry for your loss Michael. I don't believe I knew Beau...although I could have whilst living in V.V.
  1. ·oh, that's sad. they say what he died of?
  1. ·Probably all those smokes he bummed. A true comfester, maybe the real, Comfestus.
  1. ·Beau was a real ray of light among us all. I knew him long and well, and yes, as Dougan said - the real deal. Prays and thanks.
  1. ·R.I.P. Beau. We'll miss you
  1. ·OMG!!! No way!!! I was just looking at a picture of him yesterday.. What a nice guy he was...
  1. ·"Beau" Wiley pased away last evening. News just arrived to me. Beau was a friend of mine and many. Most of us knew him as the eager jovial volunteer who never missed Comfest of Hot Times festival. Alaways one of the first there and last to leave. I loved taking photographs of him. They always turned out great. There will be details released about any memorials. I'll miss you!
  1. ·Met Beau when I opened the short north store in '87, and used to hang some; he always had the best ComFest hug! What a spirit! I'll keep and treasure this.
  1. ·I just turned 49 on Thursday, and I had a great party on Saturday with many friends wishing me a happy Birthday.  I had no idea Beau was gone.  I knew he wasn't feeling well, and the last time I saw him I could tell by his composure that his time on this planet was coming to an end.  Now that I do know, I now know why my heart feels so heavy.  Beau and I are friends for life and death.  his body must be returned to the earth, but his soul belongs to God.  His life was what it had to be.  He may not be available for a drink and a good game of darts, and many of us will truly miss his laugh, but I will always have Beau in my heart and soul.  To have his memory to keep for as long as I exist is all I need.  I loved Beau.  I know Beau loved us all.  I am so torn with seeing him lifeless . . . I want to keep the last memory of him alive where it is.  I might not be able to see him like that. . . .Maybe we should dedicate next years DooDah! to Beau . . .My heart breaks with you all.  Good-bye Beau . . . See you later . . .
  1. ·We knew each other since we were kids, his Dad & my Dad were best friends.
  1. ·This will be a grand send off in the Irish style.  They'll  know us by the smile he left on all our faces. A great man indeed.
  1. ·Will be there wearing a cowboy hat in his honor this coming Sunday.
  1. ·My Thoughts and Prayers to the Tavern & Doo Dah Family.
  1. ·We’d like to say how sorry we are to hear of this news, Signa knew Beau better than I but I found him to be a kind and considerate guy with a magical sparkle in his eyes that you rarely find in people these days.  We’d like to send our condolences to Beau’s family and friends and a heartfelt blessing from across the pond here in the UK.  Regards, John & Signa Ashdown
  1. ·I had to grieve a bit.  But I will be there.  I am sad to see him pass.  He was a good soul. He was a great friend.
  1. ·luv beau he was a great friend gregg and i will be there.

Beau Wylie 2007
Doo Dah DisOrganizer DisHonoree 2007

A message from ComFest:

Beau Wylie was a great Columbus character. He was an oft seen figure in the Short North/High Street community, known and loved by many. Beau volunteered for ComFest for more years than anyone can remember, helping construct the Bozo Stage and pitching in wherever he was needed, from clean up to security, from set up to tear down, earning him the Honored Volunteer award. Beau was also an instrumental disorganizer for the annual Fourth of July DooDah Parade; his Uncle Sam costume was a favorite among revelers. He could be found every September helping with Hot Times in Olde East Festival. Wherever our community gathered to  contribute and celebrate, Beau was there.

Beau Wylie was a beloved friend we could count on. He called us his tribe, and bestowed a special quality to our connectedness. He was there if you needed him, and thus addedd to our humanity.  He was a storyteller with a twinkle in his eye, and whether his tales were true or tall, they had the ability to lift us to laughter and a different perspective. These qualities and his generosity of spirit gave him a special place in our hearts as he gave all of us many memories to remember and share. We will miss seeing him strolling up and down High Street, stopping in the Short North Tavern or Mike's for a Jim Beam or a beer. We will miss his helping hands and infectious smile when we gather for our special celebrations. We will miss "Uncle Sam", Beau's humor and kindness, his cowboy hat. He is one of us and we are all a bit less for his loss, but we are all much more for having had him in our lives.

Adios, Beau. Happy Trails.

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