Wha’s Happ’nin’

So Long To “Bear”

By: Sis Frank 

“Bear” with his Harley cake! Photo by Eliza Magro


Everyone knows “Bear,” the only male trainer at the Gym in Paradise and king of the Harley-Davidsons! He has left us for Colorado after 15 years on St. John — we will miss those muscles and tattoos!

Did anyone know that he was born in Helsinki, Finland? (His father was in the military). After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, his life centered around being a certified fitness trainer with a sixth degree black belt.

As a Coast Guard-licensed sea captain (100 ton masters), he made several trips to St. John, and as so many of us have done, decided to call it home in 1993.

The gym said “so long for a while,” (everyone always returns) this week with a pizza party, topped off by a wicked cake from Jus’ Desserts.

It was reported that one of the trainers, who also dances, ate five pieces!

If you are wondering what his real name is, it’s Barry Richard Dill. Our love and best wishes go with him on his new adventure.