Celebrating the Life of
Errol Bernard Ohman
July 21, 1942 - May 27, 2012
Errol was born in Berkeley to Margaret Ohman, nee Noble, and Enolf Bernard Ohman. He was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in 1971 and the Navy in 1974. Errol was a loving and devoted husband and father, bringing up two young children, Liz and Mike, after his first wife passed away in 1982. Since he was a 4th generation engineer, railroading must have been in his blood. His family worked on the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. He enjoyed his work so much, that he said many a time he would have done it for nothing. Errol worked many areas on the railroad, but the North Western Pacific (NWP) was his favorite.
His passion though was steam. Errol's crowning glory and achievement was restoring the SP 2467 now housed in the California State Railroad Museum. He was in charge of its restoration. The work was finished, just in time, to make the run to the 1999 Railfair.
What he didn't know was that he would run the SP 2467 to Sacramento and get a wife in the package as well!
Errol and Carol reunited again at Railfair, having first met in 1992 on a SP 2472 excursion. After a whirlwind courtship, they were engaged after just 3 days, marrying 2 years later in June 2001. Their wedding was at Jamestown in front of the #28 engine roundhouse stall. They shared a love for steam engines and restoration.
Errol loved to teach and share the knowledge he amassed over the years. He was a treasure trove and wealth of valuable information from another era of time. He was able to apply that knowledge to so many projects and helped many to understand, earning their respect and admiration. He nurtured many appreciative students with their railroad career. He was giving and patience. Errol was in his element while running a steam engine.
It is an end to an era with Errol's passing. He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed and his legacy will live on. His smile, charisma, enthusiasm and energy will be cherished through the memories of his family and many friends.