Passing of "Lonesome" John Devine
- I just came in the office and had a message
from Peggy Devine about John's passing away.
Thanks Ronn & J.T. for posting her message here.
I'm saddened to hear about John - for those of you
who never met him,he was, as mentioned, an absoulte
dynamo for the error coin hobby - smart, great sense
of humor, and generous with his time and knowledge.
I'm sure we'll be seeing posts here of stories; I'll
add to some as the week goes on - because John's
Print shop, office, and his home were all just about
30 minutes away from where I was living in the 70's,
I did spend alot of time with John (and Peggy) at
their home and the shop - I was very lucky to be able
to absorb some of John's knowledge; he made collecting
and dealing in errors fun, as well as educational.
I hope CONECA makes special mention of him next month
at the ANA in Chicago.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ron" <coingye@...> wrote:
> Fellow Errorists:
> One of the original error coin experts has passed away. Spoke today with his wife, Peggi Devine. John died the 10th of this month from cancer. He was 79. I had heard from him a couple of weeks ago, and he had found out that he had a late stage of the disease, but swore to fight it.
> John was originally know as "John-John Specialties", which later became "Lonesome John", when one of the group bowed out of the business. Fred Weinberg and I worked weekends for "Lonesome" back in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
> John was printer and publisher of CONECA's "Errorscope", wrote a book on counterfeit gold detection. In the early 1960's he bought "Error Variety News" from John Wexler. He was one of the major dealers and experts of errors, along with the likes of Arnold Margolis and Alan Herbert.
> I cherished my relationship with this man, and learned much from him over the years. He will be missed.
> Ron Fern