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#1 Doohickie

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 07:44 PM

I learned this on Facebook via a post shared by Bud Kennedy that was originally made on the Bankhead Highway History Group. A very sad day.

From the post by Dan Smith:

It saddens me to report that I just received word Pete Charlton, who created this Facebook site a couple of years ago, passed away in his sleep last night. Pete's love for, and vast collection of Fort Worth and Texas maps is well known. I don't have to tell you that the information shared among well over a thousand members of this site is a testament to Pete's unmatched interest in Texas highway history. Our respects go out to his family and many friends. He will be missed.


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#2 John S.

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 08:09 PM

That's indeed sad. Pete was one of the most passionate local historians and researchers of early Texas transportation that I've met. His posts here were always intelligently written and based on carefully researched information-his presence and vast knowledge will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family during this time of grief.



#3 John T Roberts

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 08:14 PM

That is really sad.  I've known Pete a long time, and he has been a regular contributor to this forum.  He was a great Fort Worth historian.



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Posted 08 March 2015 - 10:09 PM

This is truly sad. His knowledge of Fort Worth history was amazingly vast. His friends and family are in my prayers.

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 05:34 AM

Any information on services?



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 05:50 AM

Nothing in the StarTelGram yet.


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Posted 09 March 2015 - 06:43 AM

It's strange seeing someone who is no longer with us still has thoughts up on the internet. I followed him on Facebook. A weird feeling. 

 

Very sad indeed, I will miss his knowledge. 



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:07 AM

It's strange seeing someone who is no longer with us still has thoughts up on the internet. I followed him on Facebook. A weird feeling. 
 
Very sad indeed, I will miss his knowledge.


Yes... similar to when Sheldon Brown passed. He was a bicycle guru who greatly influenced a lot of cyclists; he was an active poster on bikeforums.net and also put a wealth of bicycle reference data online for reference (even if the pages look straight out of 1993). It's all still there. Although the threads he posted to are mostly forgotten, they still occasionally rise back to the top when someone appends them.

I wonder where Pete's maps will end up? In a museum no doubt.
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Posted 09 March 2015 - 10:57 AM

He was a gentleman and a scholar. His passing is a loss for all of us. :cry: :cry:


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Posted 09 March 2015 - 07:04 PM

I never met him in person , but we sent messages back in forth about all of our mutual love of Fort Worth . He will be missed by many , my prayers are with petes family and friends .

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 08:31 PM

This news saddens me. I was privileged to meet him a handful of times through different Fort Worth Forum meetups.  He was instantly likeable.  I will very much miss his postings here and on the Bankhead message board.


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 01:05 AM

I sure am sorry to hear of this. What a great inspiration and resource Pete has been. 



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 11:05 AM

Someone who was as dedicated to Texas history as Pete Charlton will be missed. 



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:32 AM

Very sad news, indeed. HIs knowledge of local history will be missed here, on the FB groups with which he was involved and everywhere else he chose to share.



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Posted 20 March 2015 - 07:46 PM

Per Pete's son Adrian a graveside gathering is scheduled for this Sunday (3/22) at 3:00 PM at Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.  All his friends are welcome to attend.

 

Memorial donations may be forwarded to the North Fort Worth Historical Society.






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