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Denis Doucet - May 6, 2021

We are sad to announce that master model builder, crane enthusiast, and friend, Denis Doucet, age 70, passed away on the night of May 6, 2021 in his hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Denis was a giant of a man physically, but he was also a giant in the hobby that we all love. Being a crane operator by trade, Denis' passion drove him to produce some of the most detailed and accurate crane models that we will ever see, probably most well known for his museum quality scratch-built Manitowoc 4100. Denis was quite the joker, and always a pleasure to be around. His knowledge of the hobby and of cranes knew no bounds and he is single handedly responsible for making many of us better modelers. I will end with this excerpt from his obituary below (translated from French), because I could not have put it any better. Having known Denis personally, I can assure you that we will all miss him dearly, and wish the best for his family. - Robert Kelly

"Devoted father, your passion for trains and cranes have made you an outstanding and recognized model maker of 1/87 in Canada and the United States. Behind your imposing build, a man with a tender heart with deep convictions. Despite the obstacles, no sighs or discouragement. Thank you for your generosity, your kindness, your love and your unforgettable jokes, we will miss very much"

Denis was a prolific modeler in 1/87 scale and generously shared his work with fellow modelers through the 1/87 Vehicle Club and a "regular" at the East Coast Meets in W. Springfield, MA. We will be always be grateful to Denis for his camaraderie and sharing his excellent modeling. He will be sorely missed. - Bob Johnson