Here's a message from Ria Hammink via Dolly French.
See ya, Arnie
I'll post this to the ATIS List, and would like someone (Arnie? So it
doesn't get done twice) to also post it to oldengine.org and also to Harry's
page. But I thought you folks should see it first.
I think our efforts were spot on, and much appreciated so thanks, all of
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2006 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: Friends
> Dear Helen and friends all over the world.
> I want to thank you all for the nice globe you send me in memory
> of John.
> This was a very emotional gift for me.
> The globe is very beautiful and it will get a special place in
> the house.
> I also want to thank you for the letters and photo's in bookform.
> It is a nice memory to John.
> We never realized, what he ment to you all and that he was
> appreciated as a person by you all.
> I'm doing well, but I miss him every day, especially now the
> shows begin next month.
> I'm planning to visit some engine shows this summer, because
> there are coming a lot of Dutch engine friend.
> In September Simone, Jeroen and I will travel to Mount Pleasant
> Iowa, to spread John's ashes.
> We think that it will be a suitable place, because he loved the
> Most of John engine's will get a place in a museum here in the
> I'm very happy with that.
> One engine has been placed on permanent display in the showroom
> of his former employer, the John-Deere firm where John worked for 38
> Thanks again,
> Love Ria
> Helen, I want to ask you if it is possible that you forward
> this mail to our friends all over the world.
Sorry, I forgot to include the background info from Dolly...
When John died last December, a number of people contacted me to send
funds for a floral tribute. I organised this, in the name of the engine
mailing lists, and the tribute was much appreciated by his widow, Ria,
and her family.
There was a lot more money donated than we needed, so it was decided to
purchase a gift for Ria in his memory. We decided on a gemstone globe
(for those of you who've not seen them, they're conventional looking
globes, but with gold plated base and the oceans and countries are made
of various semi-precious stones). A silver disc was attached, with an
inscription saying it was in memory of John from his friends around the
world. When I packed it up to send, I added a book containing all the
tributes which had been posted on the various internet forums, with all
the photos I could find of John at engine shows.
Tonight I received a message from Ria, which she asked me to post to you
all, as I'm sure those of you who knew John (in person or via email)
will be interested to know what is happening to his collection.
my hats off to john. he will be greatly missed in the engine world and missed by alot of friends. i never got to meet him but have talked to him via email and chat room, his knowlage will also be greatly missed by many. it is too bad that people like me have never been able to meet him in person.
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