Barry Pfaff was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved spending time with his family and was an avid water sports enthusiast. From water skiing to trick skiing to barefoot skiing, Barry did it all. When he wasn’t behind the boat, he was at the helm spreading his love of water sports by teaching others to ski. He was a patient teacher who never quit until his student “got up” for the first time. Barry had a joke that he used frequently while he was instructing a first-timer: As he was ready to pull the rider, he would shout “you follow me!” (as if there was a choice). It was definitely an example of “dad humor” at its finest but it also defined the type of man Barry was. He told us to follow him and we did...and he led us to great places.
In addition to his love of water sports, Barry was a successful corporate pilot with an active lifestyle. That’s what made his diagnosis with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) all the more heartbreaking. By the end of his journey with LBD, he was unable to walk or even sit up without help.
After Barry passed away in 2014 at the age of 68, we decided to honor his memory by creating the Barry A. Pfaff Lewy Body Dementia Research Fund to raise money for LBD research. As of October 2023, we've raised over $120,000 for the Department of Neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Beginning in late 2017, we’ve expanded our fundraising efforts to include Alzheimer’s and other dementias.