Rich would’ve approved

Yesterday was a perfect day to say goodbye to Rich.

Hundreds of friends, fellow model railway enthusiasts and classic British sports car fans joined family at a winery in the Niagara Peninsula to celebrate Richard Chrysler, who passed away earlier this month – at 59, far too young.

The weather was spectacular and the event was indeed a celebration. I remarked to a few people that it felt more like a birthday party.

Rich would’ve been humbled by the love and respect that was evident under the big top – and as a restorer of vintage Austin Healey sports cars, he would’ve loved the impromptu classic car show that his many friends from the motoring world created on the winery grounds:

Despite the unfortunate circumstances of our gathering, it was great to catch up with so many people that I haven’t seen in a long while – just the sort of thing Rich would’ve been proud to have a hand in making happen. I’m confident that, overall, he would’ve approved of the day.

A special thanks to his family for organizing such a wonderful celebration of a great life!

2 thoughts on “Rich would’ve approved

  1. Yesterday was a wonderful event for a great person.

    I was probably 4 or 5 years old when I first met Rich when he started coming to my Dad’s shop for SU carb parts for his Healey’s. His friendship grew into a modeling group with my father, Rich’s brother Rodger, and a couple of others. With many things, life got in the way and the group went their separate ways, but I will always treasure the knowledge gained from that group.

    The turnout at the winery was incredible, and Rich would have likely been overwhelmed at the number of people that attended, he never would have expected it. It could only have been better if a CN mogul with a 3 digit number could have been present!

    Good bye my friend, and thanks for the memories.

    David Clubine.

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