Garry Betty, you will be missed!

I am currently shedding tears in an internet cafe in Laos. I have had no internet access for the last 2 days as we floated down the Mekong in a slow boat. When I logged on tonight, I was shocked to learn that one of the finest men I have had the privilege of knoing passed away a few days ago.

Garry Betty was the CEO of EarthLink and a big part of why I joined the company. He was an even bigger part of why I stayed with EarthLink for the past 8 years. It was largely because of Garry’s professional and personal blessing that we embarked on this trip. Garry was a great CEO, a wonderful friend, and a magnificent mentor. My heart goes out to his wife, Kathy, and the entire Betty family. If it were humanly possible, I would be in Atlanta for his funeral. Because it is not, please accept my long distance condolences and know how much I loved and appreciated this great man. He was the best of men: strong in intellect, tough in business, and the kind of ethical leader most companies can only hope to have at their helm. Garry, I cannot express in words how much you will be missed.

I will continue to have limited access for the next few days. When I am able, I will reach out to my fellow EarthLinkers. Until that time, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

5 thoughts on “Garry Betty, you will be missed!

  1. Very saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those at ELNK that are affected by his passing.

  2. Sorry to hear of your loss, Tom. All press releases sure mirror your kind comments. Passing on to your eternal reward already at age 49 just seems way too premature.

  3. Hey Tom, sympathy to you and Anne for the loss of such a great friend. Its times like these I really am grateful for the gospel in my life.

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