In Memoriam


| May/June 2002



William J. Cooper, 55, Spencer, N.Y. died Jan. 21, 2002. Bill started collecting gas engines in the 1970s and soon got into the business of locating engines and parts. He was especially interested in obscure engine manufacturers.

Bill could remember engine names, but often not their owners - he'd remember them by a personal trait or their profession. He was especially taken by young people who showed an interest and tenacity in getting their iron working. Bill helped countless engine enthusiasts in parts searches and generously gave his knowledge.

A friend to many, he wanted to help the hobby survive and thrive. For this, we all owe Bill a debt of gratitude. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, a daughter, Amy, and many, many friends.

Submitted by B.C. Cushing

Cleo John Darby, 86, Akron, Colo., passed away Friday, January 25, 2002.

In his early years he went to the 'Three C's Camp' (known as the 'CCC' or the 'Civilian Conservation Corp') in the mountains for two years. Upon returning, Cleo farmed and ranched with his older brother, Frank, for several years.