Once again, I must report the passing of my good friend Manfred Beutter, a member of the German Group of the ECRA, and also of IAA, who passed away recently due to cancer. Manfred was better known to the European collectors, although in recent years, he began attending the SLICS.
I first met Manfred at his home in Rosenfeld, Germany, during my visit of 1972, 40 years ago. He was the first European cartridge collector I actually met, and we had a wonderful visit. He arranged a visit of Mauser (Oberndorf a/N - very close to Manfred’s home). His factory made many of the springs used in production by Mauser as I recall.
We had occasional contact over the years, and I saw him at a cartridge show in Etzenrot, Germany, in 1979 and another at Spa, Belgium, in 1985. It was a pleasure to be able to welcome him to SLICS the past few years.
He was a highly knowlegdeable collector and a good friend, and he will be missed. When you get old, it is inevitable that you must watch as lifetime friends leave our midst, but it never
can mitigate the loss we feel when they do.