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Nate Shugars, RIP

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:06 pm
by Randy Hees
Sadly, I need to report that Nate Shugars, long time SPCRR member died over night...

He was instrumental in developing the SPCRR interpretative program, as well as a dedicated historian, a talented carpenter and project manager. He was variously known as Patric McSweeney, Mr. Dooley, Father Christmas, the "Pirate who was scared of his own shadow" (for Children's Fairy Land), Zippy the clown (for a South Florida exterminator), and Howie Zatt...

He was a photographer for Associated Press, he worked in a North Carolina furniture factory, he worked in both in Miami, and Southern California in both adult, and children’s theater as mostly back stage manager but occasionally before the audience as well. He may be best remembered for "Voices from the Volcano" a public reading memorializing the 1893 ARU strike.

He served on the SPCRR board, and as the group's General Manager in the mid 1990's, lead the project to build a faux box car to trade for the M&SV car and was the co-manager of the SPCRR/CSRM This Old Flatcar project at Railfair 99 in Sacramento as well as serving on the "Jiggs A Horse for President committee" on two occasions. He was a founding member of the Samuel Knight Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology. In 1993, having discovered that Thomas Carter had never had a wake, proper or otherwise, he organized and arraigned a somewhat late honor for the late Mr. Carter at Malloys, a old school Irish saloon in Colma.

He held an Actor's Equity card, was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and was a one time member of the Commercial Telegraphers Union of America.

He was preceded in death by his parents, survived by his wife Susanne Todd, and daughters Rebekka, and Sara, and grand-daughter Sophie.

In a final misguided act of historic re-enactment, his death was a result of throat cancer, the same affliction that killed Thomas Carter in 1893.

He will be missed


P.S.: while arraignments are not yet final, there is a plan for a memorial service Saturday, Feb 4th in Berkeley

Re: Nate Shugars, RIP

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:23 am
by CraigH
I'll miss Nate!

Nate was THE happy, smiling person that hooked me into the SPCRR at Railfair in Sac.

He talked me into helping out in the "This Old Flatcar" Project dissassembling and referbishing a truck. I also found myself teaching a group of kids how to straighten iron on a forge where I learned the hard way to keep an eye on hyper 12 year old boys swinging red hot metal... and was hooked on both restoration and interpretation.

Thanks Nate! I'll miss you.

Craig Hoefer

Re: Nate Shugars, RIP

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:26 pm
by Randy Hees

Stephanie would like to point out that a 12 year old girl was swinging hot iron on those too hot Sacramento days at Railfair... There are way too many good memories around Nate...