Joe Eggleston Obituary, Death – Joe “Eggy” Eggleston, who was hiking with a companion at the time of his death, was tragically killed in an accident that occurred while they were out in the wilderness. Our sincere condolences go out to his friends and family, as well as to Kelly, his wife, who served in the military as a brakeman as well. During this trying time, she has our deepest sympathies. Our hearts go out to her. Eggy, who has had significant hearing loss since childhood but has been able to live a life of grace despite it, once asked us, “where else could a deaf guy realize his desire of operating a steam locomotive?” Eggy has been able to live a life of grace despite the fact that he has had significant hearing loss since childhood. In spite of the profound impairment in his hearing, Eggy has been able to lead a life of dignity.
Eggy has maintained a respectful demeanor throughout his life, despite the fact that he suffers from significant hearing loss. (In what other setting would it be possible for a man who is deaf to realize his ambition of driving a steam locomotive?) Everyone who has ever worked a shift alongside him or even just spent a minute in his company could not help but notice how enthusiastic he was about The Cog. Even if you just spent a minute in his company, you would realize how happy he was about The Cog. It was irrelevant how much time they had spent in his company. The day before yesterday, Train Master Andy Villaine delivered a speech about the passing of this remarkable man and genuine Cogger. He spoke for all of us when he said the following:
“People whose lives were changed as a direct result of Eggy’s influence will never forget the warm smile he always wore or the zeal with which he approached his work. Both of these qualities will live on in their memories forever. Both of these occurrences will etch themselves permanently into their memories. It was not only a pleasure for me to ride in the same taxi as him, but I also consider the opportunity to do so to be a luxury that I was afforded. Due to the fact that he held these mountains in such a high regard, he has decided to make them his home permanently. They will do so always and forever. Gone too soon, never forgotten. Because of factors that are not completely clear to you, the echo of that whistle will always be heard in your thoughts whenever you are near these mountains.”