We wish to remember the recent passing of fellow NASG members and/or S-scale modelers and collectors on this page.
David K. Daniels, 86, of O'Fallon, Illinois passed away on January 30, 2017. He was an active member of The American Flyer S Gaugers of the St. Louis Area for over 38 years (he was one of its founders). The club members remember Dave as an extremely organized fellow, who had quite an extensive knowledge of Gilbert American Flyer trains. He was also generous in sharing that knowledge and was always ready to answer any question or give guidance. He contributed to the design and construction of the Famous-Barr downtown store Christmas train window display layout. Dave was also quite active in many of area civic and community organizations. In recent years Dave suffered from various health issues and has been essentially homebound. Online obituary.
Thomas (Tom) Riddle, of Richmond, Virginia, passed away on February 16, 2017 from an apparent heart-attack. He was 65 years old. Tom was a very active S-scale modeler, involved in the TCA, an A.F. collector, as well as a scale modeler. He was a long time member of the NASG, as well as of the Potomac Valley S Gaugers club. There will be a memorial service for him at the Fairview United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, VA on Saturday March 4th at 11 am. The obituary can be found online. Tom wrote for the S Gauge Herald magazine for many years as "Riddle of S Gauge".
Arden Goehring passed away the evening of January 6th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He had a 40'x40' Union Pacific-based S-scale model railroad. Arden owned a tax and accounting services business in Lodi, California. Photo was copied from the BASS Yahoo Group Home page. Arden was an active member of the Bay Area S Scalers club. Follow the web site link on the left for Arden's obituary.
The following is by Jim Martin (of The S Scale Workshop), with blessing from Dan's widow.
Dan Kirlin (1956-2016)
Notable S-scaler Dan Kirlin passed away suddenly at his home in Waterloo, Ontario this past summer. He will be sorely missed in the modelling community both for his friendship and his vast knowledge of Canadian railroading.
Born in Winnipeg, Dan was an accomplished modeller. Although his early career was in restaurant management, in 1994 he established a hobby shop, Kirlin Scale Models. It specialized in S-scale items and served the needs of more experienced hobbyists.
After his move from Manitoba to southern Ontario, Dan retained the business name and became an importer of brass models of Canadian rolling stock, primarily steam era passenger cars in HO-scale. He became the first Soundtraxx factory-trained dealer in Canada. He was an accomplished, self-taught machinist and used his skills to install DCC components into even the tightest places. His knowledge of electronics was a boon to customers and friends alike when it came to debugging layouts or DCC systems.
Dan also served the hobby across the border, working with Ron Sebastian at Des Plaines Hobbies. Ron has described Dan as one of the best employees he ever had. He was comfortable in all scales and was always offering his help to others. For ten years he volunteered at the giant Aberfoyle Central O-scale layout.
Dan was a painstaking researcher, and so in addition to his large model railroad collection, he left behind an extensive collection of engineering drawings, and paint and lettering diagrams. His widow Deirdre (Dee) has made all of this available to the Canadian National Railways Historical Association and the Canadian Pacific Historical Association for scanning and cataloguing. When this is all done, the collection will be donated by the Kirlin family to an accredited Canadian archive.
Dan was not just about model railroading. He enjoyed NASCAR, motorcycling, and snowmobiling. Over their 30-year marriage he and Dee shared a passion for their Sheltie dogs, four in all, and enjoyed a wide circle of friends beyond the model railroad world.
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