In Memoriam - Tom Myers

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Tom died suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017 while attending his 22nd consecutive International Small Scale Steamup at Diamondhead, Mississippi. SteamTom1 as he was affectionately called, grew up in Connecticut where he attended a small parochial elementary school and high school. On graduation, he attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, the third oldest Jesuit college in the Nation. Even after graduation, and while attending steam-ups at the Diamondhead International Small Scale Steamup, he would return to Spring Hill College to attend Mass at the campus Chapel. After graduation from Spring Hill, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to the Philippines where he met and married his lovely wife, Lilia. On return to the mainland, Tom obtained a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Tom Myers

On his retirement from the Air Force, Tom's career took him to Chrysler where his electronic skills got him involved with several new vehicle launches. It was Chrysler that brought him to Michigan.

As for his hobby, Tom initially, became involved with the Lakeshore Garden Railroading Club, and while there, he was bitten by the live steam bug. Tom bought his first live steam locomotive, a Frank “S” while attending the National Garden Railway Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, while attending the National Garden Railway Convention in in Washington, DC, he met and became good friends with a large group of “East Coast” live steamers. He kept in touch with many of these new found friends through the Pennsylvania Live Steamers located in Collegeville, PA. Simultaneously, he got truly hooked on the live steam aspect of the hobby, attending his first of 22 consecutive steamups in Diamondhead, MS. Tom always regretted missing the first two steamups in Diamondhead. Concurrently, Tom helped form the Michigan Small Scale Live Steamers (MSSLS), LLC. Tom was President of MSSLS on his passing.

Tom was my traveling buddy, whether to local steamups in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, or driving Dolgoch on the Talyllyn in Wales and visiting the 16mm show in Peterborough. Then there was Diamondhead. We attended 11 years together and this year was our 5th trip driving together to Diamondhead. Each trip resulted in about 15 hours of wonderful conversation each way, and never a contentious word. It's amazing how many topics you can cover over a two day period when confined to a minivan. On our trips home we would start planning for the next trip to Diamondhead and in the fall, we'd both start assembling what was in line for January. Tom, thank you so much for your friendship and all the wonderful memories. You are missed.