RIP to Downers Grove FurBowl organizer killed in Illinois road accident
by Patch O'Furr
Patch.com, a news source focusing on local communities, reported the death of Jimmy Harbin, AKA Scorch Dragon (not the same as another who uses the name.) The news was noticed with recent filing of a lawsuit to compensate his family. The 49-year old New Lenox, IL resident was the victim of a fatal accident with a semi-truck and trailer that crossed into oncoming traffic in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2019.
Harbin’s obituary page named him as father to a son and daughter and the devoted manager of his small farm. It asked for donations in lieu of flowers to a wildlife rehab nonprofit. It also has a video tribute showing his love of bowling and costuming. He was a volunteer with the Downers Grove Furbowl, an event of the Chicago area L.A.F.F. (Lake Area Fur Friends.)
Scorch’s last tweet was a wish for a sick friend to get better, and years of tweets from his friend Odie (head of the D.G. Furbowl) shows how he is remembered.
Birthday present from @ScorchDragon69. I cried when he presented it. pic.twitter.com/MhgytlfdjV
— Odie DerpDawg (@crashodie) March 24, 2016
It is with great sadness that we were informed today that one of our staffers, @scorchdragon69, passed away February 19. He was in a fatal car accident in the morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. He will be greatly missed.
— Fastest Catleesi (@PlayfulKitten89) February 20, 2019
I am heartbroken to learn that my good friend Jimmy Scorch Harbin (@ScorchDragon69) passed away yesterday. Scorch was an amazing friend and mentor to many members of our local community. I will surely remember all the great times we had together. 💛 pic.twitter.com/LLAFVXJkEp
— Case➡️FWA➡️BLFC (@CaseAceGryph) February 20, 2019
Just learned that two IFC long-time supporters and good folk, @ScorchDragon69 and @ItsBrimstone passed this week. Two guys that were definitely not meant to go before their time.
Thanks for your support and smiles over the years, guys. Rest in peace and with love from us all.
— Ronnie 🐶💣❤️🌻 (@RonnieNoodles) February 24, 2019
For @ScorchDragon69 I miss you dragon pic.twitter.com/Po6YiX3r6M
— Odie DerpDawg (@crashodie) February 21, 2019
Rest in peace @ScorchDragon69, I only met you a few times but each time you were sweet and kind to me. You made me feel welcome in furry.
Here's a pic from our variety show group at MFF 2015, I think you left a lot of people smiling. My condolences to his friends and family pic.twitter.com/4keWVclgi2
— Nos Hyena (@NosHyena) February 21, 2019
RIP @ScorchDragon69 i will miss you brotha! I will never forget you. You where a friend.. a comrad.. a groupie.. a mentor.. you where the reason i didnt quit fandom n @DGFurBowl staff. You will never be forgotten godspeed brotha
— Francis C. Uy (safteyfoxxo)🐶💣❤ (@SafetyFoxxo) February 20, 2019
U were so nervous but once we started talking you realized U were where u were meant to beWho would've thought you'd change our lives so much,Now u live on through us dragon,u will always be part of us, our lives. Watch over us dragon well be looking to the skies to see you fly
— K9~Unit Razz Husky (@RazzHusky) February 21, 2019