RE: [FJGRailroad] Re: Walt
- Well said Andy! So glad you could make it. Paul Larner, Charlie
And myself attended the early calling hours and like you said, it was
A tribute to the FJ&G and to Walt. His family couldn't express how much
Our group of people really meant a lot to Walt. Like you said, it
His passion in the FJ&G. I've been forwarded the groups messages to
Family and they all appreciate the nice things that have been said here
From: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of andrewsfusco
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 10:18 PM
Subject: [FJGRailroad] Re: Walt
I just returned from Walt's calling hours. It
was pretty magnificant, a tribute to the FJ&G
and to Walt at the same time.
The florist did an incredible arrangement of
#8 with tender in black mums. It was the
centerpiece of the flowers. Walt was flanked
by a table, at left, with a color metal etching
of #9 with passenger consist at the G-ville
station, and an enlargement of a roster shot of
#21 that Walt had taken; plus, at right, a
computer screen of this group's homepage asking for
donations in lieu of flowers to www.
The photo array in the hallway had numerous
pictures of Walt, plus the builder's photo
of #20 and two color snapshots of #21 which
Walt had taken. All and all, very cool.
As an aside, allow me to relate just how much
it meant to Walt to be part of this group. He
had been very burned by how his attempt to
organize an FJG preservation group in the late
'80s had turned out. No point in going into
details here, but it was a bad deal and, for awhile,
Walt actually stopped going to train shows, hanging
more with his S gauge friends instead, because of the
FJ&G fallout, than to go to public shows. This
group gave him a second wind, a renewed spirit.
You guys really meant a ton to him.
A lot of us know much about the FJ&G. But there
are precious few real experts. And now we've
lost one. God bless you Walt.---Andy