As information to those that may have known our former moderator here on the LIRR forum, LIRRMike (Mike Capone), he passed away yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 59.
He leaves behind his wife, three children and one beloved grandson. He is a retired LILCO employee and trains were his passion and hobby, specifically the PRR and LIRR. I met him here on RR.net close to 15 years ago and he has been a very good friend of mine. I felt the community here should know about his passing. For those interested in his funeral services and arrangements, please PM me.
He is pictured below in his favorite place, in the cab of a locomotive. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
Sorry to hear about this. Sometimes I don't realize just how much a stranger at the other end of a long wire has contributed to my knowledge until I see something like this and realize what I've lost. Same thing happened with we lost JT in the NJT forum and the retired police officer in Boston area (can't remember his name but he was a great guy, too. Paul maybe?).
Tadman, I share your feelings about JT. He was a good friend of ours and the NJ Transit board isn't the same without him. I really didn't know LIRRMike, but my sympathy to all who considered him a good friend of ours.
Emfinite I am sorry you lost your friend and my deepest sympathy to Mr. Capone's family. As time goes on, we lose more and more people that contributed over the years to this forum. Rest in Peace Mike.
I am sorry to hear of LIRR Mike's passing, and at such a young age. Unfortunately for me, I didn't have the opportunity to have a lot of interaction with Mike, as our home regions and interests in railroading were somewhat different but he sure seemed like a good guy.
My condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones.