June 15, 2006
Robert Baldwin and David Brown, the men killed in Wednesday's plane crash in Albemarle County, were remembered Thursday by friends and neighbors in central Virginia, as well as in their hometowns in New Hampshire.
Both were described as men who loved life and whose absence will be missed in their communities..
"Absolute shock," said Rebecca Rutter. "I literally took a step back and covered my mouth. I couldn't believe what I was hearing."
Rutter lives next door to where Robert Baldwin ran his business, Qroe Companies.
Qroe is a private development organization that strives to preserve land through development.
Fred Scott, of Albemarle County, met Brown and Baldwin after reading about them in a magazine article several years ago.
"I read it in a historic B&B, and I was so struck by it that I wanted to go see them and learn how they did this kind of stuff," said Scott.
Scott eventually befriending both Baldwin and Brown, then he sold his own property, Bundoran Farm, to Qroe Companies.
Robert Baldwin was in central Virginia just weeks ago, talking about the development of that land. It turned out to be the same piece of land where the plane he was riding in went down Wednesday.
"They're the kind of people that are men of terrific integrity," said Scott. "Their handshake means something. Their word means something. It was a great privilege to know them and it's a big loss."
Back in New Hampshire Thursday, Kay Husson said she didn't know her neighbor, Robert Baldwin, well, but said he would be missed in the neighborhood. "[Baldwin] just had a wonderful smile," said Husson. "[He] just seemed very happy."
Rutter echoed similar thoughts. "One of the most vibrant, vivid, full of life people I have ever met," she said. "He was an older gentleman, but at 30-years-old, he made me feel like I was standing still."
Thursday Qroe Companies released a statement that said both Baldwin and Brown were involved in the development of Bundoran Farm. It went on to say that the company's "primary concern at this time is with the families of both men."
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