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#1 PRR 60

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:31 AM

It is with sadness and shock that I announce that Eric Minton - "GG-1" - passed away on Tuesday, June 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details of his death are not known at this time.

Eric spent some of his early years in the New York and Philadelphia area where, like many kids of that era, he became a fan of the Pennsylvania Railroad, epitomized by the iconic electric locomotive, the GG-1. Eric's life took him into show business where he worked behind the scenes with touring companies such as Ice Capades and at major performance venues in Honolulu, Hawaii. His work put him into contact with some of the biggest acts of the era such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Eric was one of our long-time friends here at Amtrak Unlimited. He was a member of the moderating staff and was part of the planning committee for the Gathering. He participated in AU events, and also was active at On Track On Line, where he was in chat just this past Sunday. He was always quick with a joke, with occasional gaffs that were a little reminiscent of Yogi Berra.

Most of all, Eric was a kind and gentle man who had an infectious smile. I searched for a photo that I thought expressed what I felt was the true Eric, and found this one that he used as his Facebook cover photo. He was a kid at heart, and this expresses it perfectly.

From all the staff at AU, our deepest sympathy to Eric’s family and friends. He was a one-of-a-kind, a friend, and will be missed.

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:36 AM

:(

 

So sad to hear this.  He will be missed.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:38 AM

Sad news indeed😓, but now the Angels will have another friendly, smiley person to help make their day! 😇

Condolences to his family and his manyfriends those of us that knew him were truly blessed! Thanks for the nice tribute Bill!

I first met Eric @ the St Louis Gathering where we shared a Room and did the same in Seattle for the Next Gathering.

We also rode the SWC together along with the traveler on the way to Philadelphia for the last Gathering he attended.

His stories of his travels,about Show Biz and his special love for his granddaughter are my fondest memories of this fine man!

RIP, Mahalo and Aloha my friend, bet you and Patrick are in the cab running the Angel Express and taking pictures!

Edited by Bob Dylan, 29 June 2016 - 07:54 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:38 AM

:(

 

Thank you Bill for a well expressed tribute.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:39 AM

Thank you so much for the wonderful memories.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 11:56 AM

I met Eric in Las Vegas on my last visit to America, a real nice guy. So sorry to hear this sad news. R.I.P.

 

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:05 PM

My heart goes out to his family, I'm sure that this is a difficult time for them.

Eric was a class act, and I always enjoyed chatting with him. We're a lesser community now without him.

Thanks for the nice tribute, Bill. The picture is great.
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:11 PM

Eric was a dear friend who lightened up the lives of all that he met. He will be missed deeply. With much sorrow I bid you adieu my friend. May you rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family and mane dear friends....


Edited by jis, 29 June 2016 - 01:08 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 12:50 PM

Oh no! Eric was just in chat with us on Sunday night as always saying Aloha and Mahalo as we came and left. I'll always remember the big HD video camera he would take the Gatherings. Not to mention his love for the GG-1.
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:02 PM

Oh my gosh! :( That is shocking and sad news, indeed.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:03 PM

Sorry that Eric is no longer with us.  He was a very positive influence on AU and OTOL.

Best wishes to his family. Rest in Peace, Eric.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:03 PM

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Condolences to his family and friends. May Eric rest in peace.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 03:52 PM

Eric - well after I got over the shock, my first thought was the memory of him giving me hints on how to take pictures in the Kansas City train station.  We were together on the Gathering Committee since its inception and it's hard to believe he is no longer a part of this.  Eric, along with Patrick (WhoozOnFirst), another of the original Gathering Committee Members, are probably traveling the rails on the highest line together.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 04:07 PM

Aloha Eric

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 04:27 PM

I have wonderful memories of Eric.  We first met 8 or 9 years ago at the LA Union Station Amtrak birthday celebration.  He had his granddaughter with him and we had a great day enjoying all of the activities.  I was flying to Las Vegas the next day but Eric would have nothing of it...he invited me to ride to Vegas with him.  We stopped at his ex-wife's house in Fullerton as we left town to pick up a couple of cats for Eric's new house in Vegas. I stayed in the car but could see thru a picture window as he and the wife chased among the 20 cats in the house.  They both came out with the kittens and their arms were covered with claw scratches.  Eric loved his cats.  I'm guessing there are many more than two at the house at this point!!

As we drove into the desert, his Land Rover air conditioning gave up.  I'm pretty sure it was warmer in the vehicle than it was outside!  That is the first time Eric told me his car was on it's last legs!! And he gave me that sideways snicker we are all familiar with...and then we both busted out laughing.  I was just worried about getting all the way across the desert.  Not only did we complete the trip but I rode in that Range Rover many more times over the next half dozen years.  On each visit he discussed the old ride was on it's last legs...it never failed to be funny!  He did let go of that car a couple of years ago.

Eric will be missed.  Truly a gentleman and a gentle man.  



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 05:17 PM

The first and only time I met Eric was at the 2012 Gathering in Philly. :) His smile was warm and his attitude wonderful. I remember that during the gathering he was quick to point out a good looking lady ;) as that summer I was going through a hard time in my personal life. I also remember during the tour of the Wilmington Shops he made a quick joke to the staff asking if they could build him a GG-1! Which quickly got a laugh out of the group. I also remember his story of how he grew up along the Market Frankford El and had his super duper camera with him to film the entire ride in the hopes that he would be able to pick out his childhood home. I hope he was able to find that house! 

 

As Eric would say Mahalo! Mahalo for the wonderful memories you gave us! And as always Aloha to an amazing friend. :) 

 

I would like to make a motion that we move Eric to our Honored Members Category. A well earned title for our friend. 


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 05:18 PM

I am also saddened by the word that Eric has passed away. I met him for the first time at the St Louis Gathering and always enjoyed his conversations about his life in stage production. He had an infectious smile that always permeated the train rides we made together. Everytime I see that GG-1 in Harrisburg, I will think of him..    I will miss him. RIP Eric.


Edited by Railroad Bill, 29 June 2016 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 05:32 PM

I would like to make a motion that we move Eric to our Honored Members Category. A well earned title for our friend. 

 

The staff did that earlier this morning around the same time that Bill posted the sad news.


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 06:13 PM

Eric, RIP, may you have high greens on all journies!

It is hard to express my feelings at this time.  Eric was one of the/ first AU members that I met in person many years back.  This happened in the Metropolitan. Lounge. Eric and I met many more times there, AU trip or not.

 

I really appreciated Eric's humor.  We also shared a passion for photography and model railroading.  Eric motion pictures and N-scale, me still photos and HO-scale. Maybe it was the fact that the first HO engine I purchased was a GG-1 and last weekend our club set up at an outdoor festival under a 120 x 40 tent and the only picture in the local paper was of my PRR train led by a newer GG-1!

 

I know that AU has suffered a loss, but Eric left this world a better place. 

I hope to join Eric and Patrick for journeys on the other side, please God not too soon.

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 06:32 PM

 

I would like to make a motion that we move Eric to our Honored Members Category. A well earned title for our friend. 

 

The staff did that earlier this morning around the same time that Bill posted the sad news.

 

 

:)


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