It is with great sadness that the RMLI Board of Trustees announce the passing of Trustee George L. Wybenga on October 27, 2016. George served the Board as a liaison to the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter - NRHS but became more then an appointed representative.
Known for his outstanding watercolor paintings of cabooses from across North America, he generously created the image of engine #39 that we use on our museum jackets and 25th Anniversary letterhead. George designed seven of our Lionel collectible cars which began with the Wonder Bread PS-2 covered hopper and closing with our trio of G-16 50th Anniversary Commemorative Cars.
At one time George worked as a sign painter and his sign work appears all about our Museum properties. George was a good friend and mentor and he will be missed by everyone who came to know him. RMLI Postboy Winter-Spring 2017 issue
I will remember George for how cordial that he was to his fellow LIST-NRHS members.
After I became aware of his caboose art whenever I came across pictures and other information concerning the whereabouts of cabooses either on display or in service I forwarded it to George and he was very appreciative. He would mention some of the long road trips that he took to do some of his artwork sketching or photographing cabooses for his drawings.