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From the Superintendent’s Desk

By Fred Coleman, Former Division 15, Superintendent

Charles Alexander Bryan - June 28, 1931 - November 8, 2008

Charlie Bryan Face We have lost a true friend. Our dear friend Charlie will be missed and remembered by all that came in contact with him, whether you had known him very long or not. Charlie had not only shared his life with us but with his late, lovely wife for over 50 years, Jody, and with many others in the Episcopal Parishes that he ministered to over the years.

As superintendent of our division and club he worked very hard to make the hobby fun and interesting for all, something he personally accomplished with ease. He served us well as well as our superintendent, and after turning that job over to me, he stayed in the back ground and behind the scenes, remaining very supportive and helpful with anything his health would allow.

Charlie was always pleasant to be with. He was quick with his humor in any place or time, with anyone or everyone. He was also a talented modeler. His creativity showed not only his humor but his talent for the detail in modeling logging engines, rolling stock and anything you could imagine that fit the era of the logging industry as pictured below. I know I will cherish many experiences that I shared with Charlie and I am sure there are many of you who have a smile as you recall your own. He always signed his contributions to these pages and his eMail messages with “Blessings +.”

Let the Angels welcome him into Paradise and may Light Eternal continue to surround him.

Charlie's Logging Train
A celebration of Charlie's life will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, downtown Asheville. A reception will follow the service. Burial will be private.

Flowers are welcomed at the celebratory service and reception. In lieu of flowers you may make a contribution to: Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville, North Carolina (, or to Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ( ) or to Paws With A Purpose (, or your favorite charity in honor of him.

For those wishing to contact the family:

Linda & John O'Brien, 40804 Cascade Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48313.
Mary Bryan, 3005 Sagamore Lane, Weaverville, NC 28806.

Linda and Mary are fine and happy that Charlie and Jody are together again.