I learned of the passing this past summer of Nils-Einar Wahlgren, a senior writer atVVS Forum,a trade magazine in Sweden.

Nils and I would see each other at the IKK Expos in Germany and many of the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Expos in the United States. We often talked of the industry in the press rooms during those events. He was a wonderful source of information concerning HVACR issues in Europe, such as related to refrigerants - that I often passed along to our readers in stories about how developments in Europe could affect North American contractors.

We considered each other good friends. When he learned of my love of classical music, he gave me the gift of a wonderful CD of music by a Swedish composer as recorded by the Gothenburg Symphony. I had planned to return the favor during the AHR Expo this winter in Chicago with a recording of American music by the Chicago Symphony.

Guess I can’t do that now. He will be missed.