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ON January 18, 2001, Gauge 1 lost one of its strongest supporters. Word has come of the death of Furman University's former Chaplain Dr. Jim Pitts. Just a couple of months ago he was as sharp as ever. He lost the battle with Covid. Jim will be remembered not only for his meticulously drafted articles on each new Aster live steam locomotive, but maybe more so by his kind words and pleasant demeanor. Through his love of live steam trains he became a mentor to many of us, never hesitating to offer a helping hand. Our thoughts and prayers go to Jim and his family.
 

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All very sad.
I only had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times at Diamondhead many years ago.
He will be missed.
Regards,
David Leech, Delta, Canada
 

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Very sad news indeed. I spent a lot of time sucking in coal flumes with him. His smiling and enthusiastic personality will be missed. RIP, Jim.
Sam

prayers for Norm Saley as well...he’s not doing well at present.
 

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Sad to learn of Jim's passing.

I did not meet Jim, but I spoke with him a number of times and I bought my first Aster kit from him.

~ Joe
 

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Facebook just asked me if I'd like to 'friend' Jim. How insensitive is that?
[Today FB also offered me the late Fred Devine of Accucraft, too.]
 
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