April 1, 2005
Sometimes here on the Forum I will see posts from a member over time, maybe even exchange PM’s with the member and then it is like they just drop off the face of the earth. Last night I thought about such a guy because he was a contributor here on the Forum, shared similar interests with me and had bought a couple of guns from my collection. I had not heard from him or seen any posts from him on the Forum for a long time so I did a little research and found he had passed away. His name was Gerald Edson and his handle on the Forum was “Deluxe 76”. Gerald was from Terre Haute, Indiana – he died in November of 2020 at the age of 77. His last post here on the Forum was in late August of 2020, just 3 months before he died. Some of you may already know this but if not I thought I would pass it on.
Gerald had a lot of nice guns and had been collecting over 50 years. He also had guns that were not right but he would openly admit it and if masterfully re-done be a proud owner. Gerald was one of those guys that would see a photo of a gun that I would post on the Forum and would send me a PM and ask if I would sell it – he was not bashful and money was not a concern! He once told me he had over 200 Winchesters. In looking at some of his old posts here on the Forum I found one where he talked about his 200+ collection and was concerned about what to do with them as he was aging – just aging, no talk of impending doom. Gerald had no sons and only one daughter – the plan for his guns had been to have the son-in-law, who also had a keen interest in the guns, inherit them. This plan did not work out as the son-in-law died from cancer before Gerald died. One of Gerald’s last posts here on the Forum was seeking advice for the best way to get rid of so many guns. I have no idea what may have happened to them but they may well have gone to auction.
This brings up a topic which has been discussed here on the Forum previously regarding what to do with guns when we start to approach life expectancy. Each of us, whether we have a large collection or just a few guns need to make that decision for ourselves because we all have different circumstances. Just yesterday, I had a phone conversation with Bert Hartman and one of the things we talked about was my decision to downsize and that I was very pleased the vast majority of my guns went to WACA members who will collect the guns and not just try to turn a quick profit on them. I have kept an outstanding example of each model lever made in the 19th century because I still have a keen interest in them – that seems to be fulfilling my need. We are all just temporary caretakers.
November 19, 2006
Burt – I appreciate the update on Gerald. I can’t say I knew him but I do recall his posts. It is sad when we have members pass. And sometimes they do just fall away and we never know what happened. Yes, who the next caretakers of our pieces is something to think about. Just deciding when it is best to let them go can be a quandary. Crystal balls are in short supply! As you have done, downsizing does seem to be a good intermediate move.
November 7, 2015
Sad news. He and I PM’d about a 63 I had and his latest scores from an auction a few years back.