Page 8 - 2009
Year 9, and the end of the Stonehedge & Shadypines Railroad.

All things have a finite lifespan, even railroads, and especially their builders.

Not much activity happened on the railroad in the spring and summer of it's 9th and final can probably tell from the photos that my Dad was more into building than operating! He loved making the structures and the trains, actually running the trains was secondary!  I think trains actually ran maybe 6 or 7 times total in the 9 years the railroad existed..some summers would go by without a single wheel turning! thats Dad got a huge amount of enjoyment out of his trains..

Dad went into the Hopsital in early August with first, no one thought it would be a big deal..he had it before..but this time was different.
My Dad passed away on August 16, 2009, at the young age of 68.

Richard L. Lawrence
(August 2, 1941 - August 16, 2009)

Richard L.

                                  VeteranRichard L. Lawrence, 68, of Van Atta Road, Waverly, NY passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2009 following a period of declining health. Affectionately known and remembered as Dick, he was born on August 2, 1941 in Waverly, NY a son of the late Daniel and Genevieve (Hill) Lawrence. He was a graduate of Waverly High School class of 1959 and following graduation he enlisted to serve his country with the US Navy. On October 15, 1965 he married Carol Kremer and together they have made Waverly their home. Dick was currently employed in the maintenance department at the Waverly Central School District. He was a life time member of the Penn-York Highlanders, a member of the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps and was an avid New York Giants fan. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol at home; son and daughter-in-law: Scot and Debbie Lawrence of Rochester, NY; daughter and son-in-law: Kelly and Brian Cole and granddaughter Erin Cole of Nichols; brother and sister-in-law: David and Terrie Lawrence of Waverly and nephew: Joshua Lawrence; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Donna and Larry Canavan of Athens, Pa; a special cousin Lynne Lowell of Athens; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Genevieve Lawrence.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Dick’s life on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 2 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A period of visitation and time for sharing memories will be held on Wednesday, from 1 pm until the time of the service at 2 pm. Memories and condolences may also be shared by visiting our website at Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, NY 14892 in loving memory of Richard L. Lawrence.

It was quite a shock..we all miss him very much..

September 19, 2009.
Last photos of the railroad..
All rails were lifted after these photos were taken:

Last Photo of the Stonehedge & Shadypines
Railroad, September 19, 2009

My Dad's trains have been moved up to Rochester, and will be incorporated into the fleet of my new Stonehedge Railway. My Dad's two trains, "The Highlander" passenger train and the Work Train, will remain forever unaltered. All the track has now been taken up as well, and will also be used on my new railroad.

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