I think the general consensus was yes.BTW, did Rex Grigg pass? I tried to search his last posts and could not find them.
Before social media was popular, and g did give the impression he was sort of a loner, not sure who would have let hobby friends know.
For modlst the hobby seldom meets with real life. I know 100s of folks in the hobby. Maybe a handful of couples; in some cases there are real life friendships but I would still expect the first the hobby knew would be from a Facebook post.