John Emanuel Pappas, ERA first vice president and associate editor of Headlights magazine, died on the morning of Monday, July 29, 2019 at the age of 75. He had been battling cancer for almost a year.

Bernard Linder (Bernie to his many friends) passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Bernie was a truly decent human being and his passing was a great loss to all of us. Most ERA members know him through his hundreds of articles that appeared in each edition of the ERA’s monthly Bulletin during the 37 years he was editor-in-chief. Others lucky enough to know Bernie personally also knew him as a true gentleman who was always willing to share his knowledge. He was 99.

Philip G. Craig, who had over 50 years of experience in the rail transit and railroad field and was a prominent active railfan, died on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 79.

On March 1, 2016, Raymond R. Berger passed away at the age 74. Ray had been an ERA member since 1958. He served as second vice president and corresponding secretary on the ERA’s board of directors for many years and also served for a time as the chairman of the NY Division. He will be missed by us all.

James Mattina, our inspector of elections and former membership secretary, passed away early in the morning of Saturday, February 7, just past his 61st birthday. He had been battling an advanced from of cancer for a year and a half.

Frank S. Miklos, president of the Electric Railroaders’ Association for 18 years, died in Denver, Colorado on his return from this year’s ERA Convention on Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was 73 years old and suffered an apparent heart attack aboard his flight to Newark prior to its departure.

Arthur Lonto passed away on March 9, 2009. Arthur served ERA faithfully for many years. He held a variety of offices, including president.

Charles A. Akins passed away on March 22, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. His service to the ERA and the NY Division was lengthy and distinguished. Charlie will be remembered in the years ahead as a leading light of our organization, full of ideas to improve the way we operated.


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