Terence Paul Nutkins, 66, was an English naturalist, television presenter and author. In 2000, Nutkins bought Fort Augustus Abbey, on the banks of Loch Ness. His aim was to turn it into a wildlife resort, with treetop restaurants, a maze, tropical wildlife glass house, and traditional Scottish tea room.
A former member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Cryptozoology and a famed anthropologist, Phillip V. Tobias, 86, died June 7, 2012. Tobias was one of three experts to first identify Homo habilis as a new species of human in 1964.
Ralph McQuarrie, 82, the artist who created the posters that captured the essence of The Legend of Boggy Creek and fostered the creation of the Fouke Monster phenomena, went on to become famous for his conceptual paintings for the Star Wars films. He died on March 3, 2012.
Al Berry died on January 30, 2012. Al is remembered for the now incredibly well-known alleged Bigfoot vocalizations called “Sierra Sounds,” and his 1970s paperback with B. Ann Slate.
Other deaths of those connected to friends within cryptozoology, with much sadness linked to their passings, are extremely worthy of mentioning.
Texas Bigfoot researcher Monica Rawlins’s son 17-year old Riley, was struck and tragically killed on Jan. 7th:
CFZ zoologist Richard Freeman’s half-brother Duane Beers, 25, died on Jan. 27th:
A few of the cryptozoologists, cryptid fieldworkers, eyewitnesses, popular culturists, and backers who died last year are recalled here for our annual goodbyes and celebrations of their lives. Apologies for others we overlooked.
Our condolences to all of these folks’ families and friends. I was a friend of many who passed away in 2012. Our lives were enriched by knowing them.