Last Friday, December 17th, I had my usual lengthy conversation with one of my best friends. By lengthy, I mean several hours. We always had these conversations, sometimes once a week. My friend had been an acquaintance and friend of mine since 2000, when I first visited the original Caboose Hobbies train store on Broadway here in Denver. We then worked together at Caboose Hobbies. My friend I’m speaking of is Paul Sullivan, who was a good friend, a good man, a good employee who loved model trains. If you ever had questions about HO scale trains, Paul was just about THE man to see, or Jim White.
My friend Paul in recent years was retired, and suffering from cancer and several other medical issues. I guess that’s why we checked up on each other often. Paul was able to attend my one operating session on the Hitop last fall before COVID-19 broke. We sure had some fun and laughs.
Not a hour after our conversation on the 17th, Paul suffered a massive heart attack at age 71, and was rushed to the closest hospital where he passed away. I found this out this past Monday from a mutual friend. Paul leaves behind an older brother back east. I will always miss his laugh, our long conversations, and his friendship. We lost a good man. R I P Paul….