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The Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum => Topic started by: Glenn Christensen on May 20, 2012, 12:22:23 PM

Title: Erv Bickford passes
Post by: Glenn Christensen on May 20, 2012, 12:22:23 PM
Sad news ...

http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2012/05/14/yarmouth-town-councilor-erving-bickford-dies/122979 (http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2012/05/14/yarmouth-town-councilor-erving-bickford-dies/122979)

My condolences to his family and friends.

Glenn Christensen
Title: Re: Erv Bickford passes
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on May 20, 2012, 06:16:18 PM
I met Erv when he brought Monson 3 to Sheepscot in 1998.  He was a nice fellow and really good at rigging and hauling things.  He backed his landoll trailer right up to bay 3 lining up the rails the first time.  He did a lot for the two footers and preserving antique trucks for future generations.  He will be missed.

Title: Re: Erv Bickford passes
Post by: Cliff Olson on May 20, 2012, 08:03:01 PM
Erv's passing is a big loss to the Town of Yarmouth, where Erv lived for many years and I now live. He and his truck were instrumental in bringing Monson #3 to Monson in 1997.
Title: Re: Erv Bickford passes
Post by: Bill Sample on May 30, 2012, 07:54:51 AM
Erv certainly enriched the history of Maine with his good works.
Title: Re: Erv Bickford passes
Post by: Glenn Byron on November 30, 2012, 08:44:38 PM
Let's bring this topic to the front again as a tribute to Erv Bickford.  He did so very much for many organizations.  In 2005 Erv purchased the Town of New Vinyard's first firetruck from me.  It was a 1925 Reo McCann Pumper that was built in South Portland, I believe.  It was in service from 1925 to about 1951 when a mechanical breakdown rendered it retired.  It lounged around town for 10 years in several locations suffering more disassembly with each move.  Our paths crossed in 1961 when I paid $25 and hauled the remains to my East Wilton cow barn.  With the help of friends, it found new life. For 44 years the old Reo happily performed in local parades, back to New Vinyard many times for special celebrations, made two old N.V. firemen very happy at a Maine State Fireman's Association meet, and rested comfortably and secure on that old barn floor.  Erv appreciated the beautiful original condition and even the few burn marks from service in the heat of battle, not subjecting the old warrior to restoration, just maintaining the quality workmanship of the McCann Company.  Our Maine Region AACA Antique Auto Club toured Erv's Yarmouth digs a couple years back.  There he proudly displayed the Reo right along side his beautiful Calliope. I asked Erv if I could pull on that crank one last time to bring the big four cylinder to life.  He didn't even hold it against me that he paid a lot more for the Reo than I did in 1961.  Just as always, one pull with ignition off to choke, and another with fire brought the old girl to life.  Erv's face beamed as only a proud Pappa can, and I knew in my heart what a fine home the Reo had found.  RIP Erv and our hope the dreams you had for your babies can be realized to protect them onward.