You will have already heard that long-time digital signage industry consultant Lyle Bunn passed away last Tuesday, October 9, 2018. If you knew Lyle you also know that he was not only professionally generous, but also kind-hearted and a gentleman whose first reaction was to befriend all those with whom he came in contact.
The Digital Signage Federation issued a statement over the weekend which said “It is not surprising that Lyle wanted his friends in the industry to know that it was ‘His great joy to be able to make such contributions to the industry, touching many individuals and organizations, since the inception of the digital signage industry. His final wish was for the industry’s ongoing success'”.
Digital Signage Federation Chairman Richard Ventura said, “With Lyle’s passing I am reminded of the fragility of life and how short a time we are all really here. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know Lyle, both as a person and as a member of our industry. He was ubiquitous in our industry, insatiable in his desire to learn and teach, and genuine in his enthusiasm and gentle manner. He will be missed and he will be remembered. On behalf of the leadership and members of the DSF, our sincerest condolences to his family.”
Personally, I can’t imagine attending any industry activities without seeing Lyle Bunn’s always smiling face.
Lyle was one of the first people I met way back when I first started attending various events on behalf of DailyDOOH and he always seemed to have a good handle on the subject of the day. In fact, I always felt he knew more about the industry than for which some people gave him credit. From what I could see, he certainly kept himself up-to-date on every new development within the industry.
He was everywhere: DSE, InfoComm, DSF, various companies’ events, conferences, courses, special activities. The thing I remember most is that he always was willing to help, whether it was to help you better understand a subject, or to direct you to and introduce you to people you wanted to, or in his opinion, should meet. And it was always with that jovial smile.
When Lyle wrote about a topic, he was always pleased to know that you read it and sent him your thoughts and feedback.
His hand was always up to volunteer as a speaker, to be part of a panel, or to partake in an association. I think we first met in 2008 or 2009 in Las Vegas and, while I’m sure that, through the years, he disagreed with certain individuals or was upset with various situations, I can say that I never saw him without that smile.
You were not just a business acquaintance, Lyle. I considered you a friend. You’ll be muchly missed. R.I.P.