|Forum topic by ChuckV||posted 12-23-2013 10:21 PM||620 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-23-2013 10:21 PM
I am sad to pass on the news that Art Rollins (http://lumberjocks.com/arts) passed away in October.
Art was a great friend that I met through LJs several years ago. He was looking for some parts for his cordless drill and I just happened to have such a drill that had quit on me. I sent him the parts, and we have kept in touch ever since.
I loved reading his emails about what was going on in his life, family and shop. We exchanged emails, Christmas cards and woodworking related items. I still have the whirligig that he made and sent me one Christmas. Art often talked about making the trip with his wife from Vermont down to Massachusetts to visit my family. Unfortunately, health issues never allowed this to happen. So, I never met Art in person. But, his kindness, generosity, and excitement for life came through clearly in his emails.
Sadly, this year’s Christmas card contained the news of Art’s passing. His wife of 57 years wrote me a wonderful note and included Art’s memory card. The front of the memory card has a photo of a hand plane and some other tools.
According to the card, Art was born December 19, 1935 in Milton, VT. He died October 12, 2013 in Randolph, VT. Art was in the US Army in the Korean War and was buried with Military Honors.
This is printed in the card:
When I come to the end of the day,
For this is a journey we all must take,
-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell