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    Default Sad Day - Passing of Toy Soldier Collector

    Hello All,

    It is with a sad heart we share passing of Ed Ruby. Ed was a collectors collector. He loved toy soldiers of all kinds but was truly a lover of W.Britain figures. It is his collection showcased in James Opies classic "The Great Book of Britains: 100 Years of Britains Toy Soldiers 1893-1993". Ken & I had just recently been to the west coast and stayed with Ed, while he had sold most of his collection he was still buying the occasional piece that caught his eye and was proud to show them off to us. He often said that he wasn't a collector, he was an accumulater, and in his lifetime he accumulated some of the finest figures, statues and military paintings to be found. Ed served in WWII on Eisenhowers staff as his mobile telephone switchboard operator, landing at Normandy with the General. He stayed with the Generals staff until late in the war when he was returned to the field as a BAR gunner. His enthusiasm was infectious and it was hard not to smile when around Ed. He will be missed by those that had the privilege to know him.

    Most Sincerely,

    Ericka Osen
    W.Britain
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