Bob Riffe

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Sun Dec 18 14:17:20 EST 2005

I'm stunned by the loss of Bob. I hadn't seen him in many years and had lost
touch. Bob and Judy were always a pleasure to talk with and we could churn
up some interesting conversations at Fred's Cycle & Hobby Shop in Bluefield
back in the 1970's. As I recall, July was into doll houses during that time
and we'd lament about the cost of model trains to doll house furniture. I
imagine he'll be dickering with Fred over model trains once again.

Al Evans Federal Way, WA

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>Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 22:23:41 -0500


>For anyone who knew Mr. Bob Riffe and have not heard, a good man has gone

>home to join his Lord. Bob was the beloved husband of his wife Judy, a fine

>man, and the foremost authority and collector of brass models of N&W steam

>power. His personality was magnetic and his knack for telling a story was

>endearing and captivating. He was born and raised in North Fork WV, and

>could give a tour of the Pokey like no one else. His knowledge of the area,

>and personal experience could be recounted with ease wile deftly guiding a

>minivan at speed along the narrow passages of the rural routes that


>our favorite and fabled stretch of high iron and its branches. Bob has had

>a huge influence on me, my love for trains, and my apprecition of fine

>railroad modeling. Our loss is truly heaven's gain. Words are failing me,


>I must resign to saying, Godspeed my friend, I love you & keep 'em rolling

>up there.


>Marty Reiter

>Reidsville, NC



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