While we attended the Lincoln Highway Conference, we received a call from Ken Faber, TCT member.
The message informed us that Bud Cooper, founder of the Vintage Airstream Club and TCT member, and Hall of Fame inductee had passed away.
Bud is the person that first spoke to me about the Tin Can Tourists. Bud was devoted to the Vintage Airstream Club and TCT.
COOPER - Rutherford “Bud” Cooper, age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Surviving are his beloved wife of 64 years, Bettye; daughter, D'Anne Smith and son, Richard Cooper. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, David Smith, Jeannine Kieleszewski, Michelle Krypel, Emily Cooper and Hannah Cooper. Bud was a mechanical engineer, world traveler, archeologist, photographer, musician, founder of the International Vintage Airstream Club, author, and lecturer.
I'm very sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Years ago when I started Vintage Trailer Supply, Bud was very encouraging and generous with his time and knowledge. He lent me parts to use for early reproductions and he encouraged others to do the same. I haven't seen Bud in a few years, but I will miss him now more than ever. Let me know if I can help in any way to memorialize his contributions to the vintage trailer hobby.
Steve Hingtgen Vintage Trailer Supply
Here is a link to sign Bud's guestbook, if you want. http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=5703845184959&eid=viewgb_62209