George Wybenga - Orange Hall

Today, Saturday, George Wybenga fell ill during the meet. He was found unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics were called in and worked on him for 15 to 20 minutes. They were not able to get him to resond and they took him off in the ambulance. I have not heard an update yet. Anyone else hear anything?

Joe

 

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Yes, please if someone knows anything share it. A group of us got to him first and started CPR and used the aed on him.  I never knew the man but after being in that situation today I am really hoping for a positive outcome.  If not prayers to his family and friends.

Bryan

TCA, LCCA, NMRA Division 5, OTTS, Tuesday Night Train Crew

Gentle Forum Members,

I was able to speak with George's wife, Betty this afternoon.

George had a heart attack on the trading room floor of the York Fair Grounds Orange Hall yesterday.  People who found him started CPR and called the ambulance.  They defibrillated him and continued working on him to the hospital.  He is alive from a heartbeat sense of the word but they fear severe brain damage as he was without oxygen to the brain for so long.  They have medically cooled his body and have him on life support at the moment, they will not fully know about brain activity until tomorrow afternoon. 

This is very sad news, for many years George has been a large part of the Railroad Museum of Long Island and the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter of the NRHS.  George is the artist and designer of seven of our RMLI Lionel Collectible Cars beginning with the Wonder Bread covered hopper #52595 through the G-16 Crew Car #58227.  He is a very good friend!! 

Thank you to all the Good Samaritans, First Responders, EMS and hospital staff that have/are caring for George at York.  God Bless each of you!  Bryan, Steve's daughter . . . . . THANK YOU!  GOD BLESS YOU!

George's son, Eric and daughter-in-law, Shelly are with him at the hospital in York.  Betty will call me with information as soon as George's condition changes and I will report to the group here.  Please keep your thoughts and prayers for George going, it's a tough time for him and his family.

Sadly,

Don Fisher, President

Railroad Museum of Long Island

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Hi Joe, fellow Forum members,

I did not hear from Betty yesterday, I'm hoping for an update late this afternoon.

The doctors had cooled George's body and have him on life support.  On Monday, they began to bring George up, out of whatever state they have had him in since Saturday.  Monday afternoon there had been no response from George and Betty said it would not be until late Tuesday or Wednesday before there is anything definitive on his condition.

Thank you for keeping George in your thoughts and prayers,

Don

 

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This is very sad news; I have known George for about ten years. He was a member of another forum I belong to, and we became friends both on line and in person at York. I spoke to George for quite some time on Thursday before the hall opened, and he was very excited about a book he was readying to publish. George was passionate about cabooses, and his trade name is Caboose Art. His book includes cabooses bearing road names from A to Z. He was showing me his copy and explaining what it entailed. 

I was glad to see that he had made a return to York, as he told me a few years ago that he was getting on in age, and the trip from Long Island was very tiring. He seemed like his usual self, so one never knows when the next crisis will happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to George and his family, and I hope the medical staff responsible for his care can satisfactorily manage his condition. I seem to recall George saying he was 83, or going to turn 83 shortly. 

Don

 

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Gentle Forum Members,

Betty Wybenga called me today.  I am saddened to report that George passed away yesterday, October 27, at the hospital in York, PA.  His son, Eric and his daughter-in-law Shelly were at his side when he passed.   As was George’s long standing wish, his body has been turned over to a teaching hospital for science.  A celebration of George’s life will be scheduled for a later date

George was a very active member and Trustee of the Railroad Museum of Long Island, a Director of the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter - NRHS, a fourteen year TCA Member and a good personal friend.  I am going to miss our Mexican dinners at El Ricardo’s in Babylon, New York, it was something we both looked forward to every month that LIST meets.

George was a Corporal in the United States Army, he was a clerk in Germany and one of his duties was to muster out those members of the service who were coming to the end of their enlistment.  He would check their paperwork, give them their discharge papers and finally, their separation pay.  One day a young Private appeared before George to be mustered out.  As a good clerk, George examined each piece of the Private’s paperwork.  Finding everything in order he issued the soldier his discharge papers and last pay check.  Upon every detail being completed, George looked the man in the eye and said, ”Have a great life Private Presley!”  Elvis replied, “And to you too Corporal!”

I envision George sitting down with Elvis this evening, having his usual iced coffee and whatever – with “NO ONIONS!”  –  and catching up on old times!

Don

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George was a Corporal in the United States Army, he was a clerk in Germany and one of his duties was to muster out those members of the service who were coming to the end of their enlistment.  He would check their paperwork, give them their discharge papers and finally, their separation pay.  One day a young Private appeared before George to be mustered out.  As a good clerk, George examined each piece of the Private’s paperwork.  Finding everything in order he issued the soldier his discharge papers and last pay check.  Upon every detail being completed, George looked the man in the eye and said, ”Have a great life Private Presley!”  Elvis replied, “And to you too Corporal!”

I don't want to split hairs here, but Elvis was a Sergeant when he got out... I think he was mustered out of Fort Dix. I used to serve in the same Brigade Elvis had served in during the 50s (long after he'd passed on), so we were always hearing stories about the man.

 

RIP George...

P51, 

Thank you, I stand corrected.  George served at Fort Dix as well as in Germany, I may have the exact location and ranks mixed up . . . . . . . . . . . but the facts of the story remain, George mustered Elvis out of the Army :-)   And tonight they are hoisting cold ones together!!

Don

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Fine business Stu,  thank you all Forum members for your kind words.

It is a great loss to our Museum and our hobby.  George was such a gentle soul and he really loved his work and all the people that work brought him in contact with.  He looked forward to York and Springfield meets as it allowed him to see friends and catch up all that was new.  He had such a passion for the rail preservation field, especially cabooses, and he was ACTIVE in so many phases of our work.  He was no arm chair historian, he got out there and put his hands on the real thing!  Here he is painting on a REAL caboose and locomotive cab, staffing our table at a job/internship fair at a local college and cutting the cake at the opening of a Museum art show featuring his Caboose Art!  We miss him!

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