Mikkel "Mickey" Reuben Barter

This page is dedicated to my brother, Mickey Barter (Marnen Rueven ben Mordechai HaCohen v'Shoshana), who died October 31, 1998 (11 Cheshvan 5759).


It's been almost 3 years (at the time that I write this) that Mickey past away. I don't really know how many people view this page. I view it once in a while, but the intended audience of the page is not myself. Occasionally, I receive an e-mail from one of Mickey's friends, or even people that never knew him, expressing how touched they were by reading this page and the many posted memories. Other times, this page has helped people who are depressed make it through a night, a day, or even an hour. It is then that I realize the purpose of having this page on the Internet. In cyberspace, Mickey's memory lasts, just as it does in the hearts and minds of friends and family. Mickey continues to be an inspiration for people well after he's gone. (August, 2001)

My brother was a magnificent individual who touched thousands of lives and had a lot of potential. He charmed everyone with his off-the-wall sense of humor and his great smile. My mother always mentions that Mickey was the smiliest baby she ever saw. Many people remember Mickey with an image of a large, glowing smile. Memories are the only thing that Mickey has left us now, aside from the message we all learn from his death. Mickey was a tormented soul. Depression is a frightening disease. As we learn more and more and Mickey, his thoughts and his soul, we see how confused he was, how desperately he wanted answers and how brilliant he was. Mickey was blessed with tremendous talent in a variety of areas. He was East High's number 1 pitcher, he was a good basketball player, he was a dedicated Jew and a tremendous writer. One never realizes the scope of their life or the number of people they touch in one way or another. Mickey didn't know, but he knows now, that he touched thousands of lives and all remember him positively. We know that Mickey had a destiny, which he has now fulfilled and that he is now in peace.

November, 1998


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)