Musings By Joschik
Christian is one of the founders of the hobbyDB project and this post is about saying Good-Bye to a friend and valued contributor.
Today I got an email from Gary’s partner informing me that he passed away a week ago. About ten years ago, I reached out to Gary to get his advice on how we document model cars in our database. I admire him as he was always willing to help and share his incredible knowledge. Over the last three years, he added more than 4,000 models to the hobbyDB database and had plans to add 1,000s more. In fact many diecast collectors will be familiar with Gary’s kitchen table – as his photos have a very distinctive background –
He also helped built hobbyDB with other subjects that he was interested in such as his home-town Preston or the local bus company Ribble Motor Services. Beyond that Gary always had great comments on how to improve the way we document model cars and other type of collectibles.
I had on many occasions invited Gary to come see our office in Boulder or meet at one of the conventions like the Matchbox Gathering of Friends in Albuquerque and hoped that we could meet in person. However, as he was fighting an illness that was unfortunately not an option. I do not even have a photo of him, so I will always remember him by his chosen Avatar on hobbyDB, a Ribble bus –
For somebody I never met, I do miss Gary and the news of his untimely demise today hit me hard. The diecast world lost somebody very special yesterday.