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The Memorial Bricks in honor of Marty Fitzhenry are complete at the Toy Train Museum in Lancaster    We were planning on a formal dedication the week of York but Covid19 had other plans.   They are located on the left side of the walkway just before the entrance to the museum  I believe its a fitting tribute to a great man.  I want to thank everybody that contributed.

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Ben,

I would like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to create this dedication to Marty. It looks great and is a fitting tribute to a great man who I consider to be a legend.  You are one of the true good guys in the hobby, a good friend and I will be happy to buy you a beer next time we are York. I am glad I contributed to this worthwhile tribute.

Marty was one of my best friends in this hobby and one of the most generous people I have ever met. I think about him almost everyday and wonder  what he would be thinking about certain things in the hobby including no York for almost a year now, Mike Wolf retiring and announcing the closing of MTH etc.  Marty died less than 9 months ago, but it feels a lifetime since I talked to him.

Marty, I miss you a lot dear friend.

Erol Gurcan 

 

Ben did a great job on a tribute to a great man. Thank you Ben and everyone who donated for the bricks. Those of us in the hobby keep Marty's legacy going with our memories of and experiences with him. I've had so many  phone calls, emails and texts from Forum members, missing Marty as they fix or run their trains,  relating stories of Marty and trains and good times. This tribute at the TCA museum will assure he is remembered as an ambassador to the hobby. Thank you all.

@dottyperry posted:

Ben did a great job on a tribute to a great man. Thank you Ben and everyone who donated for the bricks. Those of us in the hobby keep Marty's legacy going with our memories of and experiences with him. I've had so many  phone calls, emails and texts from Forum members, missing Marty as they fix or run their trains,  relating stories of Marty and trains and good times. This tribute at the TCA museum will assure he is remembered as an ambassador to the hobby. Thank you all.

The May 2020 issue of TCA's National HQ News has Mr. Marty's name in the In Memory List. When I saw he was not listed on the March NHQ News, I had Ms. Amy Fry update the records and here is where he is now:

I have a suggestion for all of you - one of you could write about Mr. Marty's contributions to the hobby and the TCA for the November NHQ. The reason why I suggest this is because whenever there has been a TCA Member who has been a great contributor to TCA, whenever that member has passed away, a member who has known or known of that person has written about them, honoring their contributions to TCA. This has been done for:

  1. Arno Baars (TCA 92-35012)
  2. Donald R. Speidel, Jr. (TCA CM5-92)
  3. Tom Jaworowski (TCA 77-10835)
  4. Ron Morris (TCA 64-1063)
  5. Ryszard "Richie" Miller (TCA 87-26185)
  6. Warren Heid (TCA 60-433)
  7. John Gage Parker, Jr. (TCA CM6-143)
  8. Richard P. Kughn (TCA 77-10921 - who we all know as the former owner of Lionel!)
  9. Bill Van Pelt (TCA 86-23145)

Maybe one of you could do the same thing for Mr. Marty Fitzhenry (TCA 79-13758), given that his name is on a memorial block at the National Toy Train Museum entrance - and we might have a belated dedication to him at one of next year's York shows!

To submit, please email Ms. Amy Fry at membership@traincollectors.org.

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Finally had a chance to see the memorial that most here contributed to. It came out beautiful to honor a good friend, a train friend and even a football enemy/friend and an ambassador to our hobby. 
Marty will be missed. I think about him running the trains and always think about him every Sunday watching the Jets play. And now not getting a harassing text each week how bad they are and how great his Patriots are. 
Just so you know, Dottie has jumped right into the spot. 
All of Marty’s friends love what you did for him over the years taking care of him when the chips were down. 
His legacy will continue with our bricks/memorial in Strasburg. 

Marty was a great train guy who willing would share his knowledge and expertise with anyone who needed it.  I called him several times and he was always welcoming and helpful and i was but a neophyte still wearing my coal stained diapers.  To think we lost Barry B and Marty within a year of each other(?) its just sad but such is life.

Thank you Ben for getting this done.  I often think of Marty and Barry and try to be as helpful as they were.  This hobby was only made greater by them.  We are lucky to have known them.

Thanks Ben, for posting the photo of the finished product. It's a great tribute to a great guy. I knew Marty for just a few years, but in that time had the opportunity to visit with him and Dotty about every 5-6 months during my frequent trips to Boston. His knowledge of toy trains, especially the electronics, and his willingness to share that knowledge, was unforgettable.

Seeing the photo of the memorial reminds me of the advice the Wizard of Oz gave to the Tin Man:

"A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."

 

John 

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