Ship Modeler Gary Maple Passed Away

I received a phone call the other day from the daughter of friend and ship modeler Gary Maple. Sadly, she called to tell me that Gary had passed away in September. I didn’t ask the specifics, but I know he had been having a lot of health issues.

Gary was an avid ship modeler living in Citrus Heights, CA, not far from Sacramento. He was one of the founding members of a group of ship modelers that met for a time at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, several times a year. Gary was always a very kind and supportive man. He enjoyed helping beginners learn to build ship models, and he always made sure to participate in all of our meetings, bringing books and tools to show and discuss. He seldom brought his models because they were just too big and fragile to make the long drive. But, many of us got to see his terrific models at his home. He loved to research his subjects and always made sure to incorporate that research into his ship modeling work.

Gary will be missed…

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