Condolences for Larry William Bryant

Rob Swiatek posted on 11/3/20

Gretchen--My condolences to you and your family on your father's passing. You'll miss him tremendously, I know. I thank you for being the wonderful caretaker to him that you were through his final months and days. Your dad was one of my oldest friends in the UFO field, as he was there in 1986 when I stumbled into a Fund for UFO Research meeting wondering how I could be of help. For years we'd see each other at far-flung locations across the U.S. as we attended one UFO conference or another. We had countless meetings and events in the Washington Metropolitan Area--your dad's comments and, yes, antics always keeping us in stitches. Now he's gone. Bon voyage, mon ami!


Sharon Gedville posted on 11/2/20

Gretchen-- I'm sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed your stories of your father's UFO research. He was a wonderful man who raised a strong daughter. My prayers are with you and your family. .



Chant Hannah posted on 11/1/20

Thank you Gretchen .Your father was a great man, a legend in the UFO community and a loving father whose deepest commitment was to his family. We all grieve the loss of this iconic, serious UFO researcher who helped us in countless ways through his non stop hard work on the UFO topic. We lost a true luminary regarding the UFO topic and more. He was a brilliant man with exceptional mental abilities, talents and skill sets that allowed him to pursue the UFO topic in a relentless fashion, never allowing no for an answer. If the world had more folks like your extraordinary father, we would have achieved so much more by now on our planet regarding science, technology and more. Thank you for sharing your love of your caring, wonderful father with the world and letting us know of his passing. We all owe Larry W. Bryant a debt of gratitude for his insatiable curiosity for the topics we all love to research and attempt to learn more about. -Chant Hannah Talk Show Host of UFONN The UFO News Network Sunday


Susan (& Robert) Swiatek posted on 10/29/20

Larry was a much-beloved member of the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR) for many years. I, Susan, heard for so many years about Larry's wanderings through the Pentagon and his gathering up of so many treasures he found which he would display on his famous "Larry's Rack" of wonders. Visitors would come by to chat and see his latest finds. One time he actually found discarded UFO photos! Real paydirt! The Fund folks would sometimes shake their heads at Larry's latest lawsuit aimed at a military paper, trying to force them to allow his ad to run; another ad beseeching UFO witnesses from the military to come forward and contact him. Larry was an excellent writer whose writing needed very little or no editing, and that's saying a lot coming from Rob Swiatek, expert editor and long-term Secretary-Treasurer for FUFOR. He peppered all manner of publications and newspapers with his many letters to the editor, lobbying for the UFO cause. I remember fondly bantering with Larry at various UFO conferences and he would sometimes have daughter Gretchen in tow. Many were mesmerized by the fact that Larry produced such a beautiful daughter. Larry would occasionally grace me with his presence at my Virginia MUFON meetings and take the floor to discuss his most recent Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) march on the White House. When Larry's twin Robert suffered a stroke and began to decline, Larry visited him regularly and tried to help all he could, moving to the Virginia Beach area. You could see the empathy on his face with a bond that only twins can know. Rest easy Larry, explore the mysteries behind the veil and lead the way for the rest of us -- a role you played in this life. RIP Larry W. Bryant, UFOlogist and warrior for the cause.


Lynn McClelland Alligood posted on 10/16/20

Gretchen, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Your tribute is precious and heartwarming. Praying for God's peace and comfort in the days ahead.


Nancy Bennett posted on 10/15/20

Gretchen, I am very sorry for your loss. I totally understand because my Daddy was my world. I loved the days at lunch when he called you or you called him To check On him And how his day was going. It reminded me of my relationship with my Dad. I have great dreams of him almost every night. Love you...


Teresa A. Lassiter posted on 10/14/20

Dear Sweet Gretchen my prayers are with you and your family. I am forever blessed by the way you spoke about and cared for your dad. He has now taken his rest. When the piano is played I will always think of him and always grateful for you.


The Lawson's posted on 10/14/20

Gretchen what a great man your father was! I loved his sense of humor, we had many great conversations & discussions. I treasure the time we were able to spend together. We will think of him every time we look up at the night sky & imagine if any of the twinkling stars could be visitors from another universe. Love you Larry W. ! Hugs and bunches of love to you Gretchen.


Sandi Stephenson posted on 10/14/20

Larry was a pure gem and I thank you for including me in his life. The twinkle in his eye when he was talking about his favorite topics was the same when he looked at his beloved daughter Gretchen