I have just been informed of the passing of Joseph Fauty, a regular contributor to OGR magazine and owner of Model Structures for Model Railroads. Received the following email from one of Joe's close friends this afternoon:
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I always enjoyed his forum posts and OGR articles. It's a shame that his layout will never be completed.
Last Shipment ...
A week or so ago, Joe Fauty purchased from me and I shipped to him six Ameri-Towne building kits. Joe explained that he builds and customizes the kits as a hobby activity. I wonder what will happen to those buildings now that they are part of his estate. Passed along to someone according to his inheritance plan, I presume.
Mike Mottler LCCA 12394
My sincerest condolences to his family. I always enjoyed his posts and articles. His passing is a loss for our hobby. RIP
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Though I never met him, I felt as though I knew him through his posts and articles. RIP Joe.
My condolences to his surviving family. I first herd about his untimely death this morning where Joe usually posts on the Sunday Scenic Showcase. I will mis his posts for sure.
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was always willing to share his knowledge and was very creative and talented. He will be missed.
Joe and I worked together on many projects over the years. He called me many times over the years for advise and it was always a pleasure to help him. I am in shock. I will pray for his family in this time of crisis and I am sure everyone else on the forum will also. Joe has made a great contribution to our hobby and will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace Joe.
Enjoyed chatting with him… My condolences.
I'm simply astonished! I've been following his thread on scenery for his new layout and always marveled at his posts in Sunday Scenic Showcase. Godspeed Joe you will be missed. Condolences to family, friends and acquaintances.
When I got the email this morning from Mark, a friend and fellow club member with Joe Fauty in the Prescott area where he lived, I was saddened. His articles were well thought out and informative. I am not sure I ever met him when visiting the layouts in the Prescott area but knew of his work.
My condolences to his family and friends. Hopefully his "Unfinished Symphony" will be part of his heritage for his family, if not at least donated for the public to see at the display his club does in a local mall.
Oh no,,,,,When I went to Arizona for the winter, I use to drive up to his shop for the day and visit him. I had no idea about this. So sad, he was a great craftsman and even better gentleman. RIP.
Bad news about another contributor to our hobby! A loss to all of us.
Sad news. Prayers for his family.
Very sad news. 😞
Joe was a great craftsman, I enjoyed seeing his weekly OGR offerings. I, as many of you, probably have thought about our final days. I can only pray that our creations along with Joes wind up in good hands or in a museum for others to enjoy in the future.
He will be missed.
Prayers for the family being sent.
My condolences to his family and those close to him.
Such a wonderful contributor to our hobby. He will be missed.
@Allan Miller posted:
... I feel I should also note that Joe never wanted payment for his articles, and instead asked that any payments be donated to a local food bank in your editor's hometown. His greatest interest was simply in sharing his knowledge and experiences with his fellow model railroaders.
Joe was always generous with his advice and I will miss his active participation in the forum as well as his OGR articles. I am fortunate to have purchased one of his models and his legacy will live on across many railroad layouts I am sure.
I am very sorry for his family for this untimely passing...
This is not the type of news I anticipated reading this morning upon logging on the forum. I'm saddened to learn of his passing and I've always followed his posts with interest. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.