Earlier today I received the following message from Henry Tenby, that Clint Groves, founder of ATP Airliners America passed away on June 30th 2015. Clint at ATP, along with the Steve Mason at Victor66, were the original mail order sources for airliner kits and decals, and did so much to start and support this hobby. Our thoughts are with you, Clint, Rest in Peace. Again, the words that follow were written by Henry Tenby:
It is with great sadness that I must convey that our friend Clint Groves passed away peacefully in his home in Lake Isabella on Tuesday morning, June 30, 2015.
For the past several weeks Clint was battling kidney failure, which although robbed him of his energy, his spirit remained strong and hopeful until the end. Although he was in hospital a few weeks ago, his final wish was to spend his last days at his home in the company of his cats, and friend and roommate Tammy.
Clint’s only surviving family is his 90 year old Aunt. There are no services planned.
My friendship with Clint dates back to 1983, when I started exchanging slides with Clint whilst in my freshman year at university at UND. In the years since, I have enjoyed many visits to Clint at his home on Abelia Court in San Jose, where he ran his ATP airline slide and model business, as well as seeing him at many airline collectibles shows.
It was wonderful to see Clint at last year’s LAX Airliners International Show, which he happily drove to for a day visit in his sprightly little Fiat. Clint spent half a day at the show speaking with his many friends in the hobby, which is where the photo above was taken.
Clint was a man of unwavering integrity, as honest and as fair as they come, committed to providing his customers with the very best customer service possible. I will always remember Clint with a smile on his face, always with a happy and optimistic outlook. Clint was a great and loyal friend and will be missed by many who knew him.
Jon Proctor and I (Henry Tenby) have been designated to disperse of his personal items and will advise later on how this will take place. In the meantime, Clint’s roommate will not be accepting calls or visitors and has requested that any questions be directed to us.
May Clint rest in peace, and I know I am not alone in saying that our deepest sympathies are with him.