This page contains the sad news of members of our S-scale community whom have passed on recently. In general, announcements will stay on this page for up to one year. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page. Some photos can also be clicked to take you directly to the web page where that product is listed.
Frenchman Frederic Testard passed away on December 15, 2018 of liver cancer. He was 57 years young. He was an active and fantastic Sn3 modeler, and participated in the Yahoo, now Groups.io, Sn3 discussion list. You can see photos of Frederic's modeling by clicking on the link on the left. For those who can read French, here is his obituary.
Paul Stevens, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away in late-September, 2018. Paul, "tall Paul" (he was over 7 feet tall!), was a past NASG President from 1997 through 2001, and was the Central Vice-President prior to that from 1993 through 1995, and 1989 through 1991. Paul had a wealth of knowledge about American Flyer. More recently, Paul helped organize the 2015 NASG Convention. He was an active member of the Kansas City S Gaugers club. He suffered from knee and joint problems in recent years, and lately was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. There are no services planned for him at this time. Paul is survived by his wife Dody, his son Mark, and one grandson. The entire family was involved in S-scale.
NASG member Robert N. Boring ("Bob") of Sandy, Oregon, passed away on April 28, 2018 at the age of 78. Bob was a founding member of the Oregon S Scalers club when that club existed. Bob was very involved in his community, and enjoyed model railroading and woodworking.
George "Richard" Cataldi (a.k.a. Dick) passed away on February 15, 2018 of an apparent heart-attack at the age of 71. Dick was a past president of the NASG (taking over from the first NASG president, Ed Schumacher), and the holder of the NASG Bernie Thomas Memorial Award. Additionally, he was an NASG vice-president, and the creator of the "NASG Newsletter", which Ernie Horr, who took over from Dick, renamed "The Dispatch". Dick also was the election chairman and the NASG special projects chairman in the 1980s. In the 1960s, Dick was instrumental in developing the contest rules used at (pre-)NASG conventions, which later became the foundation for the current Convention contest rules. He was involved in creating the original constitution of the NASG. During that time he was instrumental in creating the mid-western and western regions in the NASG. Dick lived in Virginia, worked for the Association of American Railroads, and was an avid S-scale modeler. Follow the web site link on the left to view his obituary.
Dale Smith reported the passing of Ray Mohrlang. Ray had lots of photos and information about the original A.C. Gilbert display layouts, which he shared with Dale, so that Dale could incorporate them into his web site, americanflyerdisplays.org (see link on the left). Dale mentioned that Ray's passion was the history of the large layout which occupied the first floor of the New York Hall of Science from late 1954 to its closing in 1958.
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