E-Sylum advertiser Steve submitted this note on the passing of Hugo Jan van Reijen. Thank you.
From right to left: Binod (Hugo's frequent travel companion, business director), Hugo van Reijen, me (Steve) & my Mom
Drs. Hugo Jan van Reijen, October 10, 1938 to June 27, 2023
When I was still dabbling in stamps, Hugo was the philatelic agent for many of the Dutch countries.
Thirty years ago I went from retail numismatics to wholesale, and as he was buying up the contents of national banks, in Africa and around the world, Hugo was a great source.
He loved to visit us in Ft Myers, especially when my Mom was down from NY, as they shared stories of escaping from the Germans during the war (my Mom being Belgian and Hugo was from the Netherlands).
And here he is, on the lanai (what non-Floridians would call a porch) at the start of Covid in February 2020.
He died at a private hospital in Bali, near to where he had a home with a 737-200 airplane fashioned into an office. As I understand, the business will be carried on by his trusted employees, Binod & Fazal.
See also Steve's remembrance of Larry Casey in today's "Notes from E-Sylum Readers."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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