"The muzzleloading community lost a true sportsman with the passing of Bob Champlain, Sr., on Wednesday, 6/21/00, after long illness. Those of us who knew Mr. Champlain know that a wealth of knowledge & true craftmanship has departed from this earth forever.
An avid hunter & fisherman to the end, I laughed till tears ran when Bob Jr. told me of his father forcing his nurse to wheel him down to the canal shore so he could fish, and this only a couple of weeks prior to his passing.
A gunbuilder 'par exellance', several in SDCML have rifles made by this fine craftsman. Treasure them. Shoot them of course, for that's why he built them, but treasure & respect the skill, craftsmanship, knowledge & love that went into every rifle & pistol he built.
As some of his friends remarked after the funeral, 'Bob's probably up there telling God how to hunt'"
Ralph Nunnery left us Tuesday last...
I didn't know Ralph as well as some. I talked with him two or three times, but mostly, just waved as I drove by, always getting a friendly smile and a wave in return. To my knowledge Ralph & his family aren't into Muzzleloading or Buckskinning, yet they allow the SDCML Club to hold our monthly match, & the AMM their doin's, on their land, never asking anything in return. In a time of liability & litagation, fences & No Trespassing signs, this is indeed a rare trust.
Ralph leaves many family and friends behind. I know I'll still wave as I drive by... Goodbye, Ralph.
Via con Dios...
The painful process of saying goodbye to a fellow buckskinner again comes to us with the passing of Bob Town, this last November. As many of you may not have known Bob, you would surely recognize his work. Here is a photo of a sample of his considerable talent.
Bob loved what he did and he did it well. He passed on living his life to the best & fullest he could. He is missed.