I've been a member of TPR for a couple years and have never posted anything. I've enjoyed reading others' posts and have some very memorable times at some fabulous events. But after reading this sad news, I can't remain silent any longer. I don't think anyone of us can truly comprehend the loss of this great man. Not only was he a great engineer and designer of some of the most innovative rides in the history of amusements; he was also a kind and considerate human being. Back during the late 1980s and early 90s before the internet and cell phones were commonplace; I saw Ron Toomer on a rollercoaster special on TV. I was riveted to the television and couldn't turn away. I decided that I would write a letter (yes, write a letter) to Arrow Dynamics to see if I could contact him just to see if I could get to know this guy. At the time I thought how exciting it would be to correspond with the guy who instigated and created some of the most thrilling rides of my life. Of course, I didn't think I would hear from him. He was just on television and is obviously a very busy man. He wouldn't have time to talk to some random "amusement park groupie". Less then a week after I sent the letter I received a letter and packet from Ron (yes, he said I could call him Ron) that contained drawings, schematics and brochures of current rides as well as future projects that were still on the drawing board. I was in amusement park heaven. You can only imagine what it felt like to not only get a response, but a personal response from him. We continued to correspond with one another for a few months and I enjoyed reading his wonderful letters. I still have them after all these years. Not only was this man a 'thrill genius' he was also a kind and gentle soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Especially me. Rest in peace my good friend. Hands-up!