We deeply regret the passing of
an esteemed founder of our Association
Mr. Covert Hegarty
Mechanical Bank Collectors
June 3rd, 1968
Published by the Antique Toy Collectors
VOL. II No. 2
Each of us is shocked and grieved by Covert Hegarty's untimely death on May
31st. For all of us, beginners and advanced collectors alike, Covert was the
authority in our field. His address book, in which he listed the names of
dealers and collectors everywhere, was well known, as were his welcome
visits and phone calls. He seemed to pick up names and knowledge from out of
Some of us, in the modest first days
of our collections were surprised and highly flattered to see the warm and
enthusiastic Hegartys on our doorsteps. They never laughed at our
collections as well they might have; but instead told us patiently where we
were right and where we had gone wrong. And they always invited us to visit
them in Coalport.
Those visits were memorable
experiences. Any collector's idea of bliss would be the Hegarty toy room but
there was much more — the Hegarty ready hospitality and open ended talk of
toys and banks.
Covert was always a keen collector,
who knew how to get his toy. At a recent New York show, six toy enthusiasts
were waiting with impatience for the doors to open. Covert was there too
and, while the other toy buffs engaged in idle chatter, Covert was in a
phone booth talking to a dealer in the show, finding out who had what toy.
When the doors finally opened, Covert was able to walk briskly in exactly
the right direction and in no time flat the toys Covert wanted were his.
As founding members of this toy club,
Covert and Gertrude came to New Jersey in the midst of a savage snowstorm
for the first planning meeting. Their trip home, after that meeting, took
them more than two days but when they phoned they insisted that it was all
In our toy club, Covert will be sadly
missed. We appreciated his generosity, his late at night "toy talk" calls
and the gleam in his eye when he described a "new" toy.
Our love and sympathy go to Gertrude!
We want her to continue to expect a stream of toy collector friends beating
a path to her door.