Thoughts on the passing of SAPFM members and friends.
Homer Leon Tew Jr. - December 8, 2016
We regret to inform you of the death of Homer Leon Tew Jr.
Leon and his wife, Theresa, were identified as two of the victims of the 53 car pileup on I-96 near the Livingston-Ingham MI county line this past week.
Leon was an active member of the Great Lakes Chapter and was working with Ed Stuckey to organize the Chapter's annual Detroit Institute of Arts event.
Please keep his family in your thoughts. Funeral information is listed for those who wish to pay their respects.
John McAlister - May 20, 2016
SAPFM has lost a great friend in John McAlister. John passed away this morning. The details of the arrangements are not finalized, but the family wanted us to know and to pass the word.
John was our second Cartouche Award Recipient in 2001 and a long time supporter and friend to many of us in SAPFM. He was a gentleman and loved SAPFM. He came to me in 2013 and expressed an interest in helping establish a educational fund. His family foundation provided our initial funds for our educational fund, which was later named in honor of John.
He spoke to me often about the Telfair Exhibit which was held in Savannah, Georgia, in 2006. He asked several times would SAPFM ever produce an exhibit book similar to what was done for the Connecticut Historical Society joint display with SAPFM in 2012.
With the help of Mark Arnold and Steve Lash, I recently was able to produce a photo book based on the article written by Mark Arnold for the SAPFM American Period Furniture Journal in 2006. When I sent it to John, he was very appreciative. His daughter told me he kept it by his chair and admired it often. I know for a fact he bragged about the book to some of his other SAPFM friends every chance he could.
Just a few weeks ago he asked me to order additional copies that he could give to his children. That was the last time I spoke to John. Even though he was clearly weak, he seemed to be in good spirits.
I am grateful to have known John. I am a better person for knowing him and will miss him and his enthusiasm for furniture making, SAPFM, and life.
A more comprehensive tribute will be written about John at a later time. Details of the funeral arrangements are tentatively planned for next Friday morning, May 27.
SAPFM Vice President
Dilek Barlas - December 29, 2014
Dilek spent his work-days as an engineer and semiconductor entrepreneur, but his passion off-hours was woodworking. He did a program at North Bennett St. School, and took multiple courses with Phil Lowe, Al Breed and Mary May. He was particularly interested in carving.
His home was full of beautiful, hand-made items including a Queen-Anne dining set with chairs, period sideboards, a reproduction Townsend document chest, and many other items.
New England Chapter members will remember him as someone who was always friendly and always willing to share his ample woodworking expertise.
He is survived by his son, Nuri, who teaches and coaches in Bedford, MA. His mother, Melahat, and sister, Mine, and her family in Istanbul, Turkey.
Jay Gaynor - July 31,2014
Jay Gaynor, Director of Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg since 2001, died suddenly on July 31, 2014.
In 1999, it was Jay who encouraged Steve Lash and Mickey Callahan to pursue the creation of SAPFM. The "Working Wood" symposium will never be the same now that he is gone.
~ SAPFM Executive Council
Norman J. Landry, Jr. - August 20, 2011
Art Pentz - July 01,2011
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I just got word that Art Pentz died.
Art had been fighting cancer for a while.
I found out about SAPFM from Art and learned a LOT from him. He was mentor and great friend that will be greatly missed. ~Martin S.
Eugene E. Landon – June 1, 2011
SAPFM has lost a founding member, an ardent supporter, and a good friend. Eugene“Gene” E. Landon passed away June 1st, just weeks after suffering a debilitating heart attack at his Montoursville, PA home.
Gene was a prolific and conscientious furniture maker. As a great proponent of learning through observation,he studied original antiques atevery opportunity. The classes and workshops that he offered through Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, PA were always well-attended and drew students from across the country. Gene will be remembered as an author, as a mentor to many, and as a perennial Colonial furniture devoté.
Gene’s contributions to the craft of traditional cabinetmaking can be seen in many areas. The carved cartouche from one of Gene’s Philadelpia tall case clocks inspired SAPFM’s Cartouche Award and provided the model from which the bronze statuettes are cast.
Gene himself was honored with a Cartouche Award in 2003 for his lifetime of achievements in the field of period furniture making.
While Gene has written many articles for a variety of publications, it is perhaps an article written about Gene (and a handful of other period furniture makers) over 30 years ago that many of us cite as our introduction into this small but vibrant community.
Rick Mastelli’s “In Search of Period Furniture Makers” appeared in the July 1980 issue of Fine Woodworking, helping to establish Gene as one of the fathers of the modern reproductionist movement.
Gene’s recent work included some high-profile commissions using the lumber of the last surviving Liberty Tree, an opportunity of which he was very proud. He had recently chronicled some of these projects in “Reviving the Last Liberty Tree” which appeared in American Period Furniture 2010.
SAPFM expresses its deepest condolences to Gene’s family. He is survived by his wife Jane and his son Benjamin.
Gene has given much to our organization and to the craft of period furniture making, a gift for which we will always be grateful.
Dr. James (Gerry) Shoemaker - March 31, 2010
The Lone Star Chapter mourns the loss of one of its' founding members, Dr. James Gerard (Gerry) Shoemaker. Gerry passed away very suddening on March 31, 2010 at the age of 59. His wit and humor as well as his very active participation in all chapter activities will be missed.
The chapter took up a collection and sent flowers to the funeral. Several chapter members attended the services held on April 7, 2010.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Alan Chase - April 8, 2009
Long time SAPFM member Alan Chase died early April 8, 2008 after a short illness.
Alan was born in Harvey, IL, April 4, 1943, the son of the late Deane and Ruth McManis Chase. He was a graduate of Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. He retired from Giddings and Lewis Manufacturing Co., in Fond du Lac in Wisconsin in 2004 and moved to the Cross Hill, SC area.
Alan and Janet greatly enjoyed traveling to historic sites throughout the world. He spent many hours in his workshop making reproduction Federal furniture and gifts for his family.
He was a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, the Greenville Woodworkers Guild, and CLAW in Greenwood, SC. He was a past chairman of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Great Lakes Coalition and chairman of the International Great Lakes Coalition.
Alan was an enthusiastic woodworker and ardent SAPFM supporter. He had a post on the website as recently as March 28, 2009 planning his next project. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service was held Saturday, April 11 in Greenwood, SC. Our sympathies go to his wife Janet, who accompanied Alan to SAPFM meetings.