Last week, I heard that Ed McCamey passed away, and I confess that it rather took the wind out of my sails.
Ed was one of the first Proto:87 contacts I made, way back in 1994. He sat behind me at Jim Harper’s clinic on detailing track; when the discussion turned from 1:48 scale to 1:87, he distinguished himself with his knowledge and his outrageous moustache. By the end of the clinic, I had a handful of names of folks who were interested in pushing the frontier to Proto:87, but not Ed’s. I sought that moustache out, and we met in the bar where I convinced him to join me.
That was his first mistake. Over the ensuing two decades, Ed proved to be a leading light of the Proto:87 movement. It was he who designed, financed and distributed the gauge that I use to this day. When the NMRA technical standards committee needed a chair, Ed took that on, and with boundless energy and enthusiasm refined Proto:scale from recommended practices to full NMRA standards. If you became a member of the Yahoo group, chances are that Ed approved it as neither Andy nor I could get ahead of him.
Over the years, whenever I was to attend a convention where I thought I meet see Ed, I would make sure we met. Many times, he was a willing and companionable roomie. I can’t think of many people whose company I have enjoyed more.
I never met any members of Ed’s family. However, from the way he talked about them, it was clear that he loved them dearly. I am so sorry for their loss.
Photo: John H Wright, Ed and me at Utrecht in 2009