New York Central rising star John Kenefick looking over the yards on the west side of Manhatten.
Mr, John Kenefick and I were telephone friends. Mr. Kenefick was the last vice president of the New York Central System (1968). I was the last New York Central Trainman to leave the Cleveland, Ohio, terminal in 2009 dating all the way back to 1935. At that time I had 50 1/2 years as a conductor/engineer. There are 45,000 UTU members in the US, only 17 of us had 50 or more years of service.
Mr. Kenefick always asked me to come and see him, and I am sorry I did not. Why do people do this when it's too late? I spoke with his wife in the spring of 2011, but he was too ill to talk with me. I was shocked to read that he died shortly thereafter.
Thanks for listening.
(as told to Ray's friend, Ralph Schiring)