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Diane D. Harrison-March 30, 1951 – September 26, 2018

Diane D. Harrison (March 30, 1951 – September 26, 2018)

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Thomas A. Jay-March 4, 1937 – September 25, 2018

Thomas A. Jay (March 4, 1937 – September 25, 2018) Thomas Albert Jay, 81, of Fort Pierce passed away surrounded by his loving family at Saint Lucie Medical Center on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Thomas was born in Clearfield, PA, and was a resident of Fort Pierce, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grant Lincoln Jay, Lois Lawhead Jay, his wife of 60 year Doris Jay, and son Ronald Faas.

Survivors include son, Timothy Jay, daughters, Tamalyn Booth, Patricia Lodge, Linda O’Donovan, Karen Jay, brother Kenneth Jay, grandchildren, Mary Loller, Timothy Jay Jr., Duane Jay, Billy Jay, Daniel Booth, Ryan Booth, Brandon Booth, Eric Lodge, Coby Griffis, Chuckie O’Donovan, Shannon O’Donovan, Dane O’Donovan, Clayton O’Donovan and 12 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Aycock Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, FL. Sunday September 30, 2018 from 12-2 and Funeral Service at 2 with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Grant Lincoln Jay, Father
Lois Lawhead Jay, Mother
Doris Jay, Spouse
Ronald Faas, Son
Kenneth Jay, Brother
Timothy Jay, Son
Tamalyn Booth, Daughter
Patricia Lodge, Daughter
Linda O’Donovan, Daughter
Karen Jay, Daughter
Mary Loller, Granddaughter
Timothy Jay Jr., Grandson
Duane Jay, Grandson
Billy Jay, Grandson
Daniel Booth, Grandson
Ryan Booth, Grandson
Brandon Booth, Grandson
Eric Lodge, Grandson
Coby Griffis, Grandson
Chickie O’Donovan, Grandson
Shannon O’Donovan, Granddaughter
Dane O’Donovan, Grandson
Clayton O’Donovan, Grandson
and 12 great grandchildren

Tilickdie Ramdass-April 4, 1936 – September 23, 2018

Tilickdie Ramdass (April 4, 1936 – September 23, 2018) Tilickdie Ramdass, age 82 passed away on Sunday September 23, 2018. Tilickdie was born April 4, 1936 in Guyana.

A visitation for Tilickdie will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Aycock at Tradition, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. A funeral service will occur Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. A cremation will occur Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Stuart, FL.

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Peter G. Van Patten -February 25, 1967 – September 21, 2018

Peter G. Van Patten (February 25, 1967 – September 21, 2018)Peter Glenn Van Patten, 51, of Fort Pierce passed away surrounded by his loving family at Saint Lucie Comfort Care Unit on Friday, September 21, 2018.

Peter was born in New York State, East Worchester and was a resident of Fort Pierce, FL.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred V Van Patten Sr.

Survivors include his mother Claudia (Gerald) Bilby, brother Fred Van Patten Jr., daughter Bethanie Van Patten, and granddaughter Madelyn.

A memorial service will be held at the 1st Baptist Church of Fort Pierce on Thursday October 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm with a private inurnment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens on a future date.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made in Peter’s name to Treasure Health 5000 NW Dunn Rd, Fort Pierce, FL34981 or 1st Baptist Church of Fort Pierce 4500 S 25th Street, Fort Pierce 34981.

Fred V Van Patten Sr., Father
Claudia Bilby, Mother
Gerald Bilby, Step Father
Fred V Van Patten Jr., Brother
Bethanie Van Patten, Daughter
Madelyn Van Patten, Granddaughter

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Constance E. DeMarco-March 09, 1926 – September 20, 2018

Constance E. DeMarco (March 09, 1926 – September 20, 2018) Constance Eileen Tyo DeMarco, 92, passed into eternal peace on September 20, 2018. Loving wife, mother and grandmother, who devoted her life to God and her family above all else. She joyously reunites with her husband Frank, son Michael and daughter in law Shelley, daughters Bonita and Melani, and parents, Ovid and Clara Tyo.

She will be truly missed by her daughter, Michele and husband John Sohn, daughter, Maria and husband Michael Wallen, daughter, Marisa and husband Slawomir (Steve) Zabielski; grandchildren, Keith Jones and wife Yvonne, Michael Sohn, Christopher DeMarco, Brandon DeMarco. Joshua Sohn, Alexander Barry, Bradley Wallen and wife Kira, Tyler Wallen and wife Samantha, Amanda Zabielski and Andraya Zabielski; Great-grandchildren, Mallory, Cole and Cameron Jones, Colin DeMarco, Lucas, Giovanna and Luciano DeMarco. Savannah Wallen and Arianna Wallen.

In Lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted by St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Constance E. DeMarco.

Luis Antonio Melo-January 30, 1946 – September 20, 2018

Luis Antonio Melo (January 30, 1946 – September 20, 2018)Luis Antonio Melo was born on January 30, 1946 and passed away on September 20, 2018.

Virgil R. Householder Sr – December 25, 1919 – September 16, 2018

Virgil R. Householder Sr. (December 25, 1919 – September 16, 2018) Virgil R. Householder, 98, of Palm City and Jensen Beach, FL. Passed away on September 16, 2018 at the Martin Medical Center, Stuart, FL.

Born in Berkeley, WV, he had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 37 years coming from Hagerstown, MD.

Before retiring he was a conductor/brakeman for the Western Maryland Railroad.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Stuart.

Survivors include his sons, Virgil R. Householder Jr. of Raleigh, NC and Van Householder of Bonita Springs, FL, his daughter, Vicki Hornbecker of Port St. Lucie; his brother Joseph Householder of Williamsport, MD; his sister, Jean Rhodes; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Householder; brothers, Foster Householder and Ralph Householder and sisters, Geneva Paugh and Pauline Cox.

Services will be private.

For those who wish contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter – P.O. Box 22594, West Palm Beach, FL 33416, Phone 800.272.3900 or on line at in Virgils memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

Margaret Sicuro-November 26, 1924 – September 16, 2018

Margaret Sicuro (November 26, 1924 – September 16, 2018)Margaret Sicuro, 93, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at her home.

Born in Mount Carmel, PA she had been a resident of Palm City for 10 years coming from Massapequa, NY.

She was a homemaker and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.

Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Calarco and her husband Joseph of Palm City and her grandchildren, Joey Calarco, Nicky Calarco and Allie Calarco. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Sicuro in 2015 and her siblings, Joe, Frank, Tom and Marie.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL with a Vigil Prayer Service between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Entombment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990, 772-600-3203 or on line at or to AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706 or on line at in Margaret’s memory.

Theodora C. Simpatico – November 13, 1925 – September 16, 2018

Theodora C. Simpatico (November 13, 1925 – September 16, 2018) Theodora C. Simpatico, 92, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on September 16, 2018 at the Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart.

Born in Hoboken, NJ, she had been a resident of Palm m City and Stuart for 28 years coming for Secaucus, NJ.

Before retiring she was a retail sales associate.

Survivors include her sons, Randy A. Simpatico and Vincent W. Simpatico, both of Port St. Lucie; her granddaughter Laura Sommerville and her husband Lonnie of New Brunswick, NJ and 2 great granddaughters, Madison and Katy Rose Sommerville. She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent V, Simpatico in 1983.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. The funeral service will be at 5:00 PM in the funeral home chapel.

For those who wish, contributions may be made for Treasure Coast Hospice at Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at or to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990, 772-600-3203 or on line at in Theodora’s memory.

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, Florida.

William B. “Flip” Philipbar, Jr.-August 29, 1925 – September 12, 2018

William B. “Flip” Philipbar, Jr. (August 29, 1925 – September 12, 2018)

William B. Philipbar AKA “Flip” a long time resident of Palm City, Florida, passed peacefully on Wednesday September 12, at 4:30 PM ,age ninety-three (93). He was born and raised in Rockville Center, Long Island. Where he attended South Side High School, excelling in both academics and athletics, graduating in three years at the age of seventeen. He also held the state record for the quarter mile.

Bill graduated from Cornell with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Rutgers, which lead to a long and successful career in the environmental protection industry.

Bill is survived by his second wife Caroline Kinzer Philipbar of Palm City, his son Jordan Philipbar living in Houston, Texas, and his daughter Robin Philipbar of Newark, Delaware. In addition to his children, he has three granddaughters Leah, Jill and Jae, grandson Ben, and a great grandchild June Rose.

He is predeceased by his first wife June Rose Philipbar also of Palm City.

A memorial service will be held at Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL 34990 on October 19th beginning at 11:00 AM. Immediately following, “A Celebration of His Life” will be held at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club 6160 SW Thistle Terrace, Palm City, FL 34990.


Karen Krauth-August 12, 1943 – September 12, 2018

Karen Krauth (August 12, 1943 – September 12, 2018)

Rudi Kroggel-March 01, 1920 – September 10, 2018

Rudi Kroggel (March 01, 1920 – September 10, 2018) Rudi Kroggel, 97, of Fort Pierce, Florida, passed away on September 10, 2018 in Germany.

Born in Rathenow, Germany, he had been a resident of Fort Pierce for over 20 years coming from Brooklyn, NY.

Before retiring he was a delicatessen store owner and a Boar’s Head Brand Provisions Distributor in Brooklyn. He was an avid NY Yankees fan.

Survivors include his wife Edith Kroggel, his sister Hilde Kramer and a niece, Carol Imhoff. He was preceded in death by his first wife Hilda Kroggel in 2009.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will follow immediately in the Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel.

Rita J. Tyroler-February 18, 1928 – September 10, 2018

Rita J. Tyroler (February 18, 1928 – September 10, 2018) Rita Tyroler, age 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Solaris Senior Living of Stuart. She was born in Norfolk, VA, in 1928 to Albert and Lillian Jacobson and grew up in Portsmouth, VA. Rita attended Northwestern University, where she graduated with a BS in Speech.

Rita was married for 65 years to the late Sidney A. Tyroler, M.D., and they resided in Falls Church, VA from 1954 until 1999. She was active with various organizations, including Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, VA, and the Arlington County Medical Society Auxiliary. She became a travel agent later in life and enjoyed traveling around the world with Sidney for many years.

Together they had 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Rita had the amazing ability to care for her large family, entertain friends and extended family by hosting lavish holiday celebrations, and find time to volunteer in her community. She will also be remembered as a kind, caring person. Her nature was to spread happiness to others.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband Sidney in 2015 and is survived by her brother Herbert Jacobson (Joan) of Chicago; daughters Susan Cohen (Larry), of Stuart, FL; Dr. Merle J. Tyroler (Dennis Christensen) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Janet Mostow (Jack) of Pittsburgh; and sons Bruce Tyroler (Mary Louise) of Brooklyn, NY; Dr. Jay Tyroler (Jill) of Vienna, VA; grandsons Jeffrey (Lauren), Jonathan, Alex, and Samuel; granddaughters Karie, Erika, Melody (Avi), Emily (Nati), Kelly, Lauren, and Lilly; great-grandson Koby, and great-granddaughters Dita and Madison. . Rita was predeceased by her husband, Sidney.

Services will be conducted by Rabbi Matthew Durbin at Forest Hills Funeral Home in Palm City, FL, on Friday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Forest Hills Cemetery to follow. Immediately afterward, the family will sit Shiva at the Cohen home at 5595 S.E. Lamay Drive, Stuart, FL 34997.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund at Temple Beit Hayam, 951 S.E. Monterey Commons Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996.

Jodi Beth Abramson-August 24, 1969 – September 10, 2018

Jodi Beth Abramson (August 24, 1969 – September 10, 2018) Jodi Beth Abramson, September 10, 2018 of Fort. Pierce, FL (formerly of Hollywood, FL). Wife of Terry Abramson, daughter of Carol (David) Granger and Gerald (Arlene) Abramson, sister of Sheri (Kenny) Einhorn, aunt of Payton, Paige and Jacob.

A loving wife, daughter and sister, Jodi fought a courageous two year battle against cancer, promising everyday she was going to “beat it”. The “fighter” in Jodi was how she lived her life, determined to fight for what she wanted and always willing to support someone in need.

Surrounded by her family, Jodi passed away the way she wanted, peacefully and surrounded by her family.

Clifford E Desmond Sr-August 22, 1937 – September 10, 2018

Clifford E Desmond Sr (August 22, 1937 – September 10, 2018)Clifford Edward Desmond Sr., passed away peacefully at Treasure Health Hospice House in Fort Pierce, Florida on September 10, 2018. Born in Winchendon, Massachusetts, August 22, 1937, to Leslie and Cora Desmond Clifford lived in Winchendon Massachusetts prior to relocating to Fort Pierce, FL. Clifford is predeceased by his parents Leslie Desmond Sr. and Cora Holmes Desmond and the last surviving son. He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Lillian Murdock Desmond, sons Clifford Edward Desmond Jr (Karen Marie Hart), Scott Desmond (Denise Lynn), James Desmond Sr.(Clarietta “Sissy”), Thomas Alan Desmond (Dorothy), daughters Lucille Ann Desmond Vandevere (David), Darlene Ann Desmond (Jorge Luna), Angelina Leilani Desmond, brothers Leslie Desmond Jr, Donald Desmond, David Desmond, sisters Patricia Desmond Divoll, Doris Desmond Nicholls, Lois Desmond Abare, grandchildren Lida Kay Desmond, Tonya Sue Boyd (Aaron), Nancy Marie Ashe Triolo (Michael), Thomas Edgar Ashe Jr., Daniel Desmond, Patrick Desmond, Sean Desmond, James Desmond Jr. (Kristen), Brandon (Jessica) Desmond, Bradley Desmond (Shelly Umbarger), Thomas Desmond Jr., Nancy Desmond York, Charlene Desmond, Marc Flowers (Debbie Elliott), Ashley Flowers Oleskewicz (Lance), Joshua Desmond, Jessica Desmond, Brittany Desmond, Anna Desmond, and great grandchildren, Tesla Jenkins, James Jr., Steven Boyd, Billie Boyd, Michael Delong, Gabriel Scott, Nicholas Scott, Isabella Scott, Lilly Horton, Jazmine Desmond, McKenzie Desmond, Riley Desmond, Skyla Desmond, Brooklyn Desmond, Branden Desmond, Colton Desmond, Tyler York, Devin Oleskewicz, Madison Oleskewicz. Braden Oleskewicz, Matthew Flowers, and 21 great grandchildren. A visitation will be at Aycock Funeral Home 6026 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL, 34946 on Friday September 14, 2018 from 10 to 11 am followed by a funeral service by Pastor Wallace Cooley from Liberty Baptist Church at 11 with the Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The family has set up a go fund me page to help with expenses

Alpheus Forbes-December 5, 1935 – September 9, 2018

Alpheus Forbes (December 5, 1935 – September 9, 2018)Alpheus Forbes was born on December 5, 1935 and passed away on September 9, 2018.

Brian R. Battjer, Sr-January 27, 1947 – September 08, 2018

Brian R. Battjer, Sr (January 27, 1947 – September 08, 2018) Brian R Battjer, husband, father, grandfather and golf enthusiast – died on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 in Palm City, FL after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 71.

Brian was born in Long Branch, NJ on January 27, 1947 to Henry J. Battjer and Connie Rapp. He was a social beach-lover who spent his summers caddying at the local golf course before going off to Syracuse University where he majored in Economics and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

In 1967 his roommate set him up on a blind date with his girlfriend’s sister, Stephanie Miskovich, and by 1970 they were married and living in Pennsylvania.

He started his career at Western Electric in 1969, and continued to work in telecommunications throughout his career as a Product Manager at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He enjoyed the camaraderie and fast-pace of work and traveled extensively helping negotiate several large joint-ventures throughout Asia, South America & Australia.

After short-stints in Pennsylvania and Colorado, Brian and Stephanie returned to New Jersey where they raised their two sons. Brian was an active father and his family has fond memories of New England summer road trips, ski vacations, his impressive collection of jokes, and having their extracirricular activities adoringly recorded by their father with his ever-present video-camera.

He retired in 2001 and spent 7 years as a Roxbury High School substitute teacher before eventually moving down to Palm City, Florida in 2008.

Brian is survived by his wife of 48-years, Stephanie; his brother, Bruce of Palm City, FL; sons, Brian, Jr of New York, NY; and Brett, his wife, Amy, and grandsons Maxwell & Samson of Washington DC.

Please feel free to share a remembrance, message of condolence or light a virtual candle with the family through this online guestbook. Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Florida.

Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds Jr.-February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018

Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018)Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).

His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of subsequent box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997)

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was the son of Harriette Fernette “Fern” (née Miller; 1902–1992) and Burton Milo Reynolds (1906–2002). He had Dutch, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and is also said to have had Cherokee roots. During his career, he often claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, but said in 2015 that he was actually born in Lansing, Michigan. He was born on February 11, 1936,and in his autobiography stated that Lansing is where his family lived when his father was drafted into the United States Army. He, his mother, and his sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and lived there for two years. When his father was sent to Europe, the family moved to Lake City, Michigan, where his mother had been raised. In 1946, the family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to the north side of West Palm Beach, Florida.

During 10th grade at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers. After graduating from Palm Beach High, he attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and played halfback. While at Florida State, he roomed with college football broadcaster and analyst Lee Corso, and also became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He hoped to be named to All-American teams and have a career in professional football, but he injured his knee in the first game of his sophomore season, and later that year lost his spleen and injured his other knee by a car accident. These injuries hampered his abilities on the field, and after being beaten in coverage for the game-winning touchdown in a 7-0 loss to North Carolina State on October 12, 1957, he decided to give up football.

Ending his college football career, Reynolds thought of becoming a police officer, but his father suggested he finish college and become a parole officer. To keep up with his studies, he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring Lake Park. In his first term at PBJC, he was in an English class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed him into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast him in the lead role based on having heard him read Shakespeare in class, leading to his winning the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance. In his autobiography, he refers to Duncan as his mentor and the most influential person in his life.

The Florida State Drama Award included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theater, in Hyde Park, New York. Reynolds saw the opportunity as an agreeable alternative to more physically demanding summer jobs, but did not yet see acting as a possible career. While working there, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped him find an agent, and was cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. After his Broadway debut Look, We’ve Come Through, he received favorable reviews for his performance and went on tour with the cast, driving the bus and appearing on stage.

After the tour, Reynolds returned to New York and enrolled in acting classes, along with Frank Gifford, Carol Lawrence, Red Buttons and Jan Murray. After a botched improvisation in acting class, Reynolds briefly considered returning to Florida, but he soon gained a part in a revival of Mister Roberts, in which Charlton Heston played the starring role. After the play closed, the director, John Forsythe, arranged a film audition with Joshua Logan for Reynolds. The film was Sayonara (1957). Reynolds was told that he could not be in the film because he looked too much like Marlon Brando. Logan advised Reynolds to go to Hollywood, but Reynolds did not feel confident enough to do so. He worked in a variety of jobs, such as waiting tables, washing dishes, driving a delivery truck and as a bouncer at the Roseland Ballroom. Reynolds writes that, while working as a dockworker, he was offered $150 to jump through a glass window on a live television show

He began acting on television in the late 1950s, and made his film debut in Angel Baby (1961). Following a regular role as Ben Frazer in Riverboat, he joined the cast of Gunsmoke as “halfbreed” blacksmith Quint Asper, and performed that role during the years just before the departure of Chester Goode and just after the appearance of Festus Haggen. He used his television work to secure leading roles for low-budget films and played the titular role in the spaghetti western Navajo Joe (1966), before playing the title character in police drama Dan August (1970–71). He later disparaged the series, telling Johnny Carson that Dan August had “two forms of expression: mean and meaner.”

Reynolds appeared on ABC’s The American Sportsman hosted by outdoors journalist Grits Gresham, who took celebrities on hunting, fishing and shooting trips around the world. Saul David considered Reynolds to star in Our Man Flint, but Lew Wasserman rejected him. He had the lead in Impasse (1969) and Shark!, the latter with director Sam Fuller who disowned the rough cuts. Albert R. Broccoli asked Reynolds to play James Bond, but he turned the role down, saying “An American can’t play James Bond. It just can’t be done.”

Reynolds had his breakout role in Deliverance and gained notoriety when he posed naked in the April 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan. During the 1970s, Reynolds played leading roles in a series of action films and comedies, such as White Lightning (1973), The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (also 1973), Lucky Lady (1975) or Smokey and the Bandit (1977). He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Gator, the sequel to White Lightning. During the 1980s, his leading roles included The Cannonball Run (1981) and Malone (1987) and All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989). After starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s second film Boogie Nights (1997), Reynolds refused to star in Anderson’s third film, Magnolia (1999). Despite this, Reynolds was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Boogie Nights.

He voiced Avery Carrington in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City released in 2002. He had support parts in Miss Lettie and Me (2003) and Without a Paddle (2004), and two high-profile films: the remake of The Longest Yard (2005) and The Dukes of Hazzard (2005). Reynolds turned in a critically acclaimed performance in the drama The Last Movie Star (2017), one of his last films. In May 2018, he joined the cast for Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but died before shooting his scenes.

co-authored the 1997 children’s book Barkley Unleashed: A Pirate’s Tail, a “whimsical tale illustrates the importance of perseverance, the wonders of friendship and the power of imagination”.

In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am and in 1983 sang along with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Despite his lucrative career, in 1996 he filed for bankruptcy, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a divorce from Loni Anderson and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains. The filing was under Chapter 11, from which Reynolds emerged two years later.

Reynolds’ close friends included Johnny Carson, James Hampton, Dom DeLuise, Jerry Reed, Charles Nelson Reilly, Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Tawny Little, Dinah Shore and Chris Evert. Reynolds was married to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. He and Anderson adopted a son, Quinton. They separated after he fell in love with a cocktail waitress, with whom he later traded lawsuits which were settled out of court. He and Shore were in a relationship in the early 1970s for about five years. He had a relationship from about 1977 to 1982 with actress Sally Field.

In the late 1970s, Reynolds opened Burt’s Place, a nightclub restaurant in the Omni International Hotel in the Hotel District of Downtown Atlanta, and briefly operated a second version at Lenox Square. He was a life-long fan of American football, a result of his collegiate career, and was a minority owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL from 1982 to 1986. The team’s name was inspired by the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and Skoal Bandit, a primary sponsor for the team as a result of also sponsoring Reynolds’ race team.

Reynolds co-owned a NASCAR Winston Cup team, Mach 1 Racing, with Hal Needham, which ran the #33 Skoal Bandit car with driver Harry Gant. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Florida State University in 1981 and later endorsed the construction of a new performing arts facility in Sarasota, Florida. He also owned a private theater in Jupiter, Florida, with a focus on training young performers looking to enter show business. In 1984, he opened a restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, ‘Burt and Jacks’, that he co-owned with Jack Jackson.

While filming City Heat, Reynolds was struck in the face with a metal chair and had temporomandibular joint dysfunction. He lost thirty pounds from not eating. The painkillers he was prescribed led to addiction, which lasted several years. He underwent back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery in February 2010

On August 16, 2011, Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation filed foreclosure papers, claiming Reynolds owed US$1.2 million on his home in Hobe Sound, Florida. He owned the Burt Reynolds Ranch, where scenes for Smokey and the Bandit were filmed and which once had a petting zoo, until its sale during bankruptcy. In April 2014, the 153-acre (62 ha) rural property was rezoned for residential use and the Palm Beach County school system could sell it to residential developer K. Hovnanian Homes. Reynolds also once purchased a mansion on a tract of land in Loganville, Georgia, while married to Loni Anderson.

Reynolds died at a Florida hospital on September 6, 2018. He had heart problems for a number of years. He was 82. His ex-wife Loni Anderson issued a statement including that she and their son Quinton would miss him and “his great laugh”.

On the day of Reynolds’ death, Antenna TV (which airs the talk show nightly) aired an episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from February 11, 1982, which features an interview and a This Is Your Life-style skit with him. The local media in Atlanta and elsewhere in the state noted on their TV news programs that evening that he was the first to make major films in Georgia, all of which were successful, which helped make the state one of the top filming locations in the country.

Arthur W. Peterson, Sr.-October 1, 1920 – September 4, 2018

Arthur W. Peterson, Sr.(October 1, 1920-September 4, 2018) Arthur W. Peterson, Sr. 97, of Stuart, FL, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Born in Augusta, ME to Axel Peterson and Carin Olson on October 1, 1920. He served in the U.S. Navy durning WW II, The Korean War and the Cold War. He later became an an Airline Pilot for Braniff Airlines for many years.

He was of the Baptist faith. He was a fun loving man and enjoyed watching and taking part in Real Estate, Investing, watching CNN and The 700 Club.

He is survived by his four children Linda Peterson, of Hobe Sound, FL, Karen (Greg) Ten Broeck, of Reno, NV, Sandy Daul Ervin (David) of Palm City, FL and Aurthur “Bill” Peterson, of Stuart, FL; his nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

A Going Home Celebration will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL. Friends may visit prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Burial will follow at the South Florida National Cemetery with full U.S. Military Honors of the U.S. Navy.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Brian Craig Albrecht – February 26, 1988 – September 3, 2018

Brian Craig Albrecht – (February 26, 1988 – September 3, 2018) Brian Craig Albrecht, 30, of Denver, Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Riverside, California as a result of injuries sustained while doing what he loved best, speed paragliding. He was born February 26, 1988 in Jacksonville, NC, the son of Bruce and Mary (Boneau) Albrecht of Palm City, FL, formerly of Virginia.

Brian always lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed doing anything outdoors in the fresh air and blue skies. He is a Certified Physical Trainer at Colorado Athletic Club. He was an accomplished five diamond snow skier, former competitive body builder, Certified Sky Diver, Rock Climber and Mountain Biker. At the time of his passing, Brian was working towards his bachelor’s degree.

Brian is survived by his loving parents, Bruce and Mary Albrecht of Palm City, Florida, his sisters Meredith Hutchens and her husband Brady and their two children Charlie and Benny all of Stuart, Florida and Amanda Albrecht of Palm City, Florida and his maternal Grandfather Charles Boneau and his wife Karen of Farmingham, MA.

A Wake Service will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 772-223-5550. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10:00 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1454 SW Mapp Rd, Palm City, FL.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

Arcangelo “Angelo” Violi-May 19, 1921 – September 3, 2018


Arcangelo “Angelo” Violi-(May 19, 1921 – September 3, 2018)Arcangelo “Angelo” Violi was born on May 19, 1921 and passed away on September 3, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Palmina Caselli-April 19, 1929 – September 2, 2018


Palmina Caselli-(April 19, 1929 – September 2, 2018) Palmina Caselli was born on April 19, 1929 and passed away on September 2, 2018

Laura Laue Dunlop-April 03, 1919 – September 01, 2018

Laura Laue Dunlop-(April 03, 1919 – September 01, 2018)

Laura L. Dunlop (nee Laue). Passed away September 1, 2018 at the age of 99.

Beloved wife of the late Ward C. Dunlop. Beloved mother of Terry (Joanna) Dunlop and Pam (Tom) Becker. Loving grandmother of Steven Swaim and the late Greg Swaim. Also preceded in death by parents Louis and Laura Laue, brother Edward (Sally) Laue, sisters Dorothy (George) Bagemihl and Edna (Lester) Birbaum.

Further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends in Milwaukee, WI and Stuart, FL, most specially Barbara (Ron) Nelson and Kim (Mark) Shogren who helped with her care. Grew up in Shorewood WI. Graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison in 1940, member of Alpha Phi sorority. Married Ward C. Dunlop in 1942; was an Air Force wife until the end of World War II. Did volunteer work at Children’s Hospital and VNA in Milwaukee.

Former member of Tripoli Golf Club in Milwaukee and North Shore Congregational Church. In later years, she spent summers in Mequon, WI and winters in Palm City, FL where she was a member of Martin Downs Country Club, golfing until she was 93.

Will be remembered as a totally supportive wife and the kindest, most caring mother, grandmother, and aunt. She had an energy that belied her years.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, September 24 at 4:45 p.m. at Allegro Sr. Living Community, 3400 SE Aster Lane, Stuart FL 34994. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation (3006 Bee Caves Rd. suite D206, Austin TX 78746-5579), or the charity of your choice appreciated.

Frank W. Bell Jr.-May 10, 1921 – August 31, 2018

Frank W. Bell Jr.-(May 10, 1921 – August 31, 2018) A native Floridian, Frank Bell was born on Merritt Island and raised in Lake Worth. He attended Palm Beach Junior College and later transferred to University of Florida. Before his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was sent to Italy, where he flew 35 sorties over Europe. For his service during WWII, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals, the European Battle Theater Ribbon with seven Battle Stars, and was discharged with the rank of captain.

Pan American World Airways hired Frank in July of 1945, and in 1946 he and Catherine were married. Initially stationed in New York, he transferred to Miami in 1953, where he was based until his retirement in 1982. While flying for Pan Am, he also studied and, in 1966, received a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Miami.

Frank and Cathy moved from Coral Gables to Palm City in 1988, and several years later they moved into Sandhill Cove, where they resided for almost twenty years. Frank served on several committees there and was proud to have organized the Sunday NFL Huddle.

Frank and Cathy enjoyed 72 years of marriage. They have two children, Fran Farinos (Jose), and Chris (Mary Jean); four grandchildren, Rachel Nuhn (Dirk), Quinton (Tiffany), Amanda Zeigler (Rob), and Jose, Jr. (Emily); and four great grandchildren, Teagan, Ethan, Madilyn, and Abigail.
He will be remembered for his kindness and sense of humor, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Robert J. Needham-October 6, 1949 – August 29, 2018

Robert J. Needham-(October 6, 1949 – August 29, 2018)Robert (Bob) John Needham died Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Martin Memorial Hospital, Stuart, FL. He was the loving, devoted husband of Maryanne Therese and loving father of Jack Robert. Born October 6, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA, Bob was the son of John J and Thelma Needham.

Mr. Needham moved with his family to Hobe Sound, FL 18 years ago. He was a regional sales manager in the beverage industry. Among his many favorites, besides his family and friends, he enjoyed the beach, golf, chess, reading, music, trivia and exploring Science, Nature and History.

He grew up in Willow Grove, PA, where he graduated from Upper Moreland High School and received a Bachelor’s of Art degree in English from Penn State University.

He will be sadly missed by all who had the wonderful privilege of knowing him, especially his wife and son.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Judith Ellen Johnson-March 30, 1956 – August 28, 2018

Judith Ellen Johnson-(March 30, 1956 – August 28, 2018)Judith Ellen Johnson was born on March 30, 1956 and passed away on August 28, 2018

Thersa Maria Schrader-March 11, 1914 – August 28, 2018

Thersa Maria Schrader-(March 11, 1914 – August 28, 2018)Thersa Maria Schrader was born on March 11, 1914 and passed away on August 28, 2018

Marina Gates Briggs-September 9, 1978 – August 27, 2018

Marina Gates Briggs-(September 9, 1978 – August 27, 2018)Marina Christabel Gates Briggs, beloved wife of Gary Briggs and beloved daughter of David and Diane Gates, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Woodstock, Georgia.

She was compassionate at her job as a nurse and loving to her children and family.

The viewing will be at Aycock \Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, Florida on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 6-8 PM. Funeral Services will be at Saint Andrews Church in Fort Pierce on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:30 AM. Committal prayers will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Garden in Fort Pierce. Flowers are welcome to be sent to Aycock Funeral Home.

Alyse M. Mullinax-April 10, 1988 – August 27, 2018

Alyse M. Mullinax-(April 10, 1988 – August 27, 2018)Alyse McKena Mullinax , 30, of Stuart, FL. entered into her eternal rest on August 27, 2018 with her family by her side after a courageous 5 year battle with brain cancer. She was born April 10, 1988 in Stuart, FL. and was a lifelong resident of Martin County. Alyse loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting with her father as well as diving and spend time on the water with her family. Alyse attended First Baptist Christian School in her elementary years and graduated from Clark Advanced Learning Center.

She began work at 15 in her father’s business, Lenco Marine, Inc. She thoroughly enjoyed her work and was promoted to serve as Customer Service Manager before her early retirement due to her declining health.

Alyse attended Grace Place for most of her life. She is survived by her daughter Mae, son Mathias, parents Sam and Dee Ann, sister Amanda, sister in law Maggie, Reif and Crystal Mims and their daughters Elena and Aliva Tapia.

Alyse’s Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday morning, August 31, 10am at Forest Hills Chapel, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL. Visitation will be Thursday evening, August 30 from 5-8pm at Forest Hills Chapel.

Lois Eileen Woodhouse-August 31, 1930 – August 27, 2018

Lois Eileen Woodhouse-(August 31, 1930 – August 27, 2018)Lois Eileen Woodhouse passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Vero Beach, Florida on 8/27/2018. Born in Dubuque, Iowa on 8/31/1930, Lois lived most of her life in Muscatine, Iowa. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and taught grade school for several years. Lois was married to Dr. Joseph M. Woodhouse for 55 years. The couple moved to Vero Beach in 1997. Her interests included bridge and politics. Lois will always be remembered as a devoted wife and beautiful, loving mother. She is survived by her beloved six children and their spouses including Julie Clark of Bartow, Florida, Kathy Wilson and Bob Fine of Naples, Florida, Joe and Angela Woodhouse of Muscatine, Iowa, Sherry Woodhouse of Coral Springs, Florida, David and Kelly Woodhouse of Vero Beach, Florida and Jennifer Barnes of Tiburon, California, six grandchildren including Matthew and Sara Sherman, Tara Correia and Grant, Jessica and Gavin Barnes, sisters Naomi Orsay and Caroline Rizwold and brothers John Stumme, Lawrence Stumme and Wayne Stumme. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph Woodhouse, parents Lawrence and Esther Stumme, brother Luther Stumme and sister Kathryn Tutton. Lois is also survived by her best friend Teri Griffin of Vero Beach. The family will receive friends starting at 11 AM and the memorial service will be held at 12 PM on September 8, 2018 at Aycock Funeral Home, 6026 North US-1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Ft. Pierce.

Robert Kelly Cook-January 29, 1946 – August 26, 2018
Robert Kelly Cook-(January 29, 1946-August 26, 2018)Robert Kelly Cook passed away on August 26th, 2018 at his home in Stuart, FL surrounded by his loving family.

Born 1946 in Three Rivers, Michigan to parents Robert E and Virginia Kelly Cook, followed by three younger sisters. The family moved to Fortville, Indiana where he attended local schools until his Sophomore year when he transferred to Scecina High School in Indianapolis. In high school he stayed busy with Cross Country and School Leadership programs until graduation in 1964. Kelly attended Indiana University, pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon and helped their ‘Little 500’ cycling team to big wins. During his senior year he eloped and married Cheryl Hoover at IU’s Beck Chapel on October 27, 1967 with sorority sisters and fraternity brothers in attendance. Upon their graduation in 1968 they returned to Fortville. Kelly worked and later owned Abrasive Products while Cheryl taught and coached at the local high school.

After babies Christopher Kelly, Charles Robert and James Patrick (J.P.) the Cook family made Florida their permanent home. Kelly “temporarily retired” as he would later say many more times after their move. The retirement didn’t last long and he continued to help many businesses become successful with his strong sales knowledge and leadership abilities. He volunteered in youth sports at the YMCA, helped shape his children’s schooling through active participation in PTA and steadfastly served his neighborhood through multiple Board positions.

One of his biggest love’s is fishing. He loves to fish, teach others to fish, and build rods to catch those fish. Boats and trucks came and went but his love of fishing never faltered. He is fortunate to enjoy 17 fishing trips to Costa Rica and many weeks spent at the Big Pine Key Fishing lodge with countless nights underneath the Bahia Honda Bridge all with the intent of hooking, jumping and catching his favorite fish, Tarpon.

Kelly is a special guy with a quick wit. He is a straight shooter, good friend, great father, and a wonderful husband of 50 years. His spirit will guide us forever.

Kelly is preceded in death by parents Robert E and Virginia Cook and son Christopher K. Cook. He is survived by wife Cheryl, son’s Charlie (Tori) and J.P. (Erica), and three sisters, Patricia (Warner), Colleen (John) and Kathy.

The family will hold a service at Martin Funeral Home in Stuart at 11am on Saturday September 15th. Visitation is from 10-11am. Casual attire with colors (especially blue), Hawaiian and fish patterns are encouraged. For memorial contributions, the family has designated the American Cancer Society, Hospice or Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (another helping hand in the ongoing water management crisis).

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018)

John Sidney McCain III- August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018 was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.

McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and followed his father and grandfather—both four-star admirals—into the U.S. Navy. He became a naval aviator and flew ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. While on a bombing mission during Operation Rolling Thunder over Hanoi in October 1967, McCain was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. The wounds that he sustained during the war left him with lifelong physical disabilities. He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served two terms. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and easily won reelection five times, the last time in 2016.

While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain also had a media reputation as a “maverick” for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the 1980s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, which eventually resulted in passage of the McCain–Feingold Act in 2002. He was also known for his work in the 1990s to restore diplomatic relations with Vietnam, and for his belief that the Iraq War should have been fought to a successful conclusion. McCain chaired the Senate Commerce Committee and opposed pork barrel spending. He belonged to the bipartisan “Gang of 14” which played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nominations.

McCain entered the race for the Republican nomination for President in 2000, but lost a heated primary season contest to Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He secured the nomination in 2008 after making a comeback from early reversals, but was defeated by Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the general election, losing by a 365–173 electoral college margin. He subsequently adopted more orthodox conservative stances and attitudes and largely opposed actions of the Obama administration, especially in regard to foreign policy matters. By 2013, however, he had become a key figure in the Senate for negotiating deals on certain issues in an otherwise partisan environment. In 2015, McCain became Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In 2017, the year before his death at age 81, he reduced his role in the Senate after a diagnosis of brain cancer.

Formative years and education

John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, to naval officer John S. McCain Jr. and Roberta (Wright) McCain. He had a younger brother named Joe and an elder sister named Sandy. At that time, the Panama Canal was under U.S. control.

McCain’s family tree includes Scots-Irish and English ancestors. His father and his paternal grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., were also Naval Academy graduates and both became four-star United States Navy admirals. The McCain family followed his father to various naval postings in the United States and the Pacific.

Altogether, he attended about 20 schools. In 1951, the family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria. He excelled at wrestling and graduated in 1954. He referred to himself as an Episcopalian as recently as June 2007 after which date he said he came to identify as a Baptist.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, McCain entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was a friend and informal leader there for many of his classmates, and sometimes stood up for targets of bullying. He also became a lightweight boxer. McCain did well in academic subjects that interested him, such as literature and history, but studied only enough to pass subjects that gave him difficulty, such as mathematics. He came into conflict with higher-ranking personnel and did not always obey the rules, which contributed to a low class rank (894 of 899), despite a high IQ. McCain graduated in 1958.

McCain began his early military career when he was commissioned as an ensign and started two and a half years of training at Pensacola to become a naval aviator. While there, he earned a reputation as a man who partied. He completed flight school in 1960 and became a naval pilot of ground-attack aircraft; he was assigned to A-1 Skyraider squadrons aboard the aircraft carriers USS Intrepid and USS Enterprise in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. McCain began as a sub-par flier who was at times careless and reckless; during the early to mid-1960s, two of his flight missions crashed and a third mission collided with power lines, but he received no major injuries. His aviation skills improved over time, and he was seen as a good pilot, albeit one who tended to “push the envelope” in his flying.

At age 28 on July 3, 1965, McCain married Carol Shepp, who was a model from Philadelphia. McCain adopted her two young children Douglas and Andrew. He and Carol then had a daughter named Sidney.

McCain requested a combat assignment, and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal flying A-4 Skyhawks. His combat duty began when he was 30 years old in mid-1967, when Forrestal was assigned to a bombing campaign, Operation Rolling Thunder, during the Vietnam War. Stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin, McCain and his fellow pilots became frustrated by micromanagement from Washington, and he would later write that “In all candor, we thought our civilian commanders were complete idiots who didn’t have the least notion of what it took to win the war.”

On July 29, 1967, McCain was a lieutenant commander when he was near the epicenter of the USS Forrestal fire. He escaped from his burning jet and was trying to help another pilot escape when a bomb exploded; McCain was struck in the legs and chest by fragments. The ensuing fire killed 134 sailors and took 24 hours to control. With the Forrestal out of commission, McCain volunteered for assignment with the USS Oriskany, another aircraft carrier employed in Operation Rolling Thunder. Once there, he would be awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for missions flown over North Vietnam.

McCain’s capture and subsequent imprisonment occurred on October 26, 1967. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. McCain fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected from the aircraft, and nearly drowned after he parachuted into Trúc Bạch Lake. Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. McCain was then transported to Hanoi’s main Hỏa Lò Prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton”.

Although McCain was seriously wounded and injured, his captors refused to treat him. They beat and interrogated him to get information, and he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was an admiral. His status as a prisoner of war (POW) made the front pages of major newspapers.

McCain spent six weeks in the hospital, where he received marginal care. He had lost 50 pounds (23 kg), was in a chest cast, and his gray hair had turned as white as snow. McCain was sent to a different camp on the outskirts of Hanoi. In December 1967, McCain was placed in a cell with two other Americans who did not expect him to live more than a week. In March 1968, McCain was placed into solitary confinement, where he would remain for two years.

In mid-1968, his father John S. McCain Jr. was named commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater, and the North Vietnamese offered McCain early release because they wanted to appear merciful for propaganda purposes, and also to show other POWs that elite prisoners were willing to be treated preferentially. McCain refused repatriation unless every man taken in before him was also released. Such early release was prohibited by the POWs’ interpretation of the military Code of Conduct which states in Article III: “I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy”. To prevent the enemy from using prisoners for propaganda, officers were to agree to be released in the order in which they were captured.

Beginning in August 1968, McCain was subjected to a program of severe torture. He was bound and beaten every two hours; this punishment occurred at the same time that he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries brought McCain to “the point of suicide,” but his preparations were interrupted by guards. Eventually, McCain made an anti-U.S. propaganda “confession”. He had always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, “I had learned what we all learned over there: every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine.” Many U.S. POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract “confessions” and propaganda statements; virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors. McCain received two to three beatings weekly because of his continued refusal to sign additional statements.

McCain refused to meet various anti-war groups seeking peace in Hanoi, wanting to give neither them nor the North Vietnamese a propaganda victory. From late 1969, treatment of McCain and many of the other POWs became more tolerable, while McCain continued actively to resist the camp authorities. McCain and other prisoners cheered the U.S. “Christmas Bombing” campaign of December 1972, viewing it as a forceful measure to push North Vietnam to terms.

McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years until his release on March 14, 1973. His wartime injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head. After his release from the Hanoi Hilton, McCain returned to the site with his wife Cindy and family on a few occasions to come to grips with what happened to him there during his capture.

McCain was reunited with his family when he returned to the United States. His wife Carol had suffered her own crippling ordeal due to an automobile accident in December 1969. As a returned POW, McCain became a celebrity of sorts.

McCain underwent treatment for his injuries that included months of grueling physical therapy. He attended the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. during 1973–1974. McCain was rehabilitated by late 1974 and his flight status was reinstated. In 1976, he became commanding officer of a training squadron that was stationed in Florida. He improved the unit’s flight readiness and safety records, and won the squadron its first-ever Meritorious Unit Commendation.During this period in Florida, McCain had extramarital affairs and his marriage began to falter, about which he later stated, “The blame was entirely mine”.

McCain served as the Navy’s liaison to the U.S. Senate beginning in 1977. In retrospect, he said that this represented his “real entry into the world of politics and the beginning of my second career as a public servant.” His key behind-the-scenes role gained congressional financing for a new supercarrier against the wishes of the Carter administration.

In April 1979, McCain met Cindy Lou Hensley, a teacher from Phoenix, Arizona, whose father had founded a large beer distributorship. They began dating, and he urged his wife Carol to grant him a divorce, which she did in February 1980; the uncontested divorce took effect in April 1980.The settlement included two houses, and financial support for her ongoing medical treatments due to her 1969 car accident; they would remain on good terms. McCain and Hensley were married on May 17, 1980, with Senators William Cohen and Gary Hart attending as groomsmen. McCain’s children did not attend, and several years would pass before they reconciled. John and Cindy McCain entered into a prenuptial agreement that kept most of her family’s assets under her name; they would always keep their finances apart and file separate income tax returns.

McCain decided to leave the Navy. It was doubtful whether he would ever be promoted to the rank of full admiral, as he had poor annual physicals and hadn’t been given a major sea command. His chances of being promoted to rear admiral were better, but McCain declined that prospect, as he had already made plans to run for Congress and said he could “do more good there.”

McCain retired from the Navy on April 1, 1981, as a captain. He was designated as disabled and awarded a disability pension. Upon leaving the military, he moved to Arizona. His numerous military decorations and awards include the Silver Star, two Legions of Merits, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal.

U.S. Congressman

McCain set his sights on becoming a congressman because he was interested in current events, was ready for a new challenge, and had developed political ambitions during his time as Senate liaison. Living in Phoenix, he went to work for Hensley & Co., his new father-in-law Jim Hensley’s large Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship. As vice president of public relations at the distributorship, he gained political support among the local business community, meeting powerful figures such as banker Charles Keating Jr., real estate developer Fife Symington III (later Governor of Arizona) and newspaper publisher Darrow “Duke” Tully. In 1982, McCain ran as a Republican for an open seat in Arizona’s 1st congressional district, which was being vacated by 30-year incumbent Republican John Jacob Rhodes. A newcomer to the state, McCain was hit with charges of being a carpetbagger. McCain responded to a voter making that charge with what a Phoenix Gazette columnist would later describe as “the most devastating response to a pPotentially troublesome political issue I’ve ever heard”:

Listen, pal. I spent 22 years in the Navy. My father was in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Navy. We in the military service tend to move a lot. We have to live in all parts of the country, all parts of the world. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the First District of Arizona, but I was doing other things. As a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi.

McCain won a highly contested primary election with the assistance of local political endorsements, his Washington connections, and money that his wife lent to his campaign. He then easily won the general election in the heavily Republican district.

In 1983, McCain was elected to lead the incoming group of Republican representatives, and was assigned to the House Committee on Interior Affairs. Also that year, he opposed creation of a federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but admitted in 2008: “I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support for a state holiday in Arizona.”

At this point, McCain’s politics were mainly in line with President Ronald Reagan; this included support for Reaganomics, and he was active on Indian Affairs bills. He supported most aspects of the foreign policy of the Reagan administration, including its hardline stance against the Soviet Union and policy towards Central American conflicts, such as backing the Contras in Nicaragua. McCain opposed keeping U.S. Marines deployed in Lebanon citing unattainable objectives, and subsequently criticized President Reagan for pulling out the troops too late; in the interim, the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing killed hundreds. McCain won re-election to the House easily in 1984, and gained a spot on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In 1985, he made his first return trip to Vietnam, and also traveled to Chile where he met with its military junta ruler, General Augusto Pinochet

In 1984, McCain and Cindy had their first child together, daughter Meghan, followed two years later by son John Sidney (Jack) IV, and in 1988 by son James (Jimmy).

In 1991, Cindy McCain brought an abandoned three-month-old girl needing medical treatment to the U.S. from a Bangladeshi orphanage run by Mother Teresa. The McCains decided to adopt her and named her Bridget.
First two terms in U.S. Senate

McCain’s Senate career began in January 1987, after he defeated his Democratic opponent, former state legislator Richard Kimball, by 20 percentage points in the 1986 election. McCain succeeded longtime American conservative icon and Arizona fixture Barry Goldwater upon the latter’s retirement as U.S. senator from Arizona.

Senator McCain became a member of the Armed Services Committee, with which he had formerly done his Navy liaison work; he also joined the Commerce Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee. He continued to support the Native American agenda. As first a House member and then a senator—and as a lifelong gambler with close ties to the gambling industry—McCain was one of the main authors of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which codified rules regarding Native American gambling enterprises. McCain was also a strong supporter of the Gramm-Rudman legislation that enforced automatic spending cuts in the case of budget deficits.

McCain soon gained national visibility. He delivered a well-received speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, was mentioned by the press as a short list vice-presidential running mate for Republican nominee George H. W. Bush, and was named chairman of Veterans for Bush.

McCain became embroiled in a scandal during the 1980s, as one of five United States senators comprising the so-called Keating Five. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in lawful political contributions from Charles Keating Jr. and his associates at Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, along with trips on Keating’s jets that McCain belatedly repaid, in 1989. In 1987, McCain was one of the five senators whom Keating contacted in order to prevent the government’s seizure of Lincoln, and McCain met twice with federal regulators to discuss the government’s investigation of Lincoln. In 1999, McCain said: “The appearance of it was wrong. It’s a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do.” In the end, McCain was cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee of acting improperly or violating any law or Senate rule, but was mildly rebuked for exercising “poor judgment”. In his 1992 re-election bid, the Keating Five affair was not a major issue, and he won handily, gaining 56 percent of the vote to defeat Democratic community and civil rights activist Claire Sargent and independent former governor, Evan Mecham.

McCain developed a reputation for independence during the 1990s. He took pride in challenging party leadership and establishment forces, becoming difficult to categorize politically.

As a member of the 1991–1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, chaired by fellow Vietnam War veteran and Democrat, John Kerry, McCain investigated the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, to determine the fate of U.S. service personnel listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War. The committee’s unanimous report stated there was “no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia.” Helped by McCain’s efforts, in 1995 the U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with Vietnam. McCain was vilified by some POW/MIA activists who, unlike the Arizona senator, believed large numbers of Americans were still held against their will in Southeast Asia. Since January 1993, McCain has been Chairman of the International Republican Institute, an organization partly funded by the U.S. government that supports the emergence of political democracy worldwide.

In 1993 and 1994, McCain voted to confirm President Clinton’s nominees Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg whom he considered to be qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court. He would later explain that “under our Constitution, it is the president’s call to make.” McCain had also voted to confirm nominees of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

McCain attacked what he saw as the corrupting influence of large political contributions—from corporations, labor unions, other organizations, and wealthy individuals—and he made this his signature issue. Starting in 1994, he worked with Democratic Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform; their McCain–Feingold bill attempted to put limits on “soft money”. The efforts of McCain and Feingold were opposed by some of the moneyed interests targeted, by incumbents in both parties, by those who felt spending limits impinged on free political speech and might be unconstitutional as well, and by those who wanted to counterbalance the power of what they saw as media bias. Despite sympathetic coverage in the media, initial versions of the McCain–Feingold Act were filibustered and never came to a vote.

The term “maverick Republican” became a label frequently applied to McCain, and he also used it himself. In 1993, McCain opposed military operations in Somalia. Another target of his was pork barrel spending by Congress, and he actively supported the Line Item Veto Act of 1996, which gave the president power to veto individual spending items but was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1998.

In the 1996 presidential election, McCain was again on the short list of possible vice-presidential picks, this time for Republican nominee Bob Dole. The following year, Time magazine named McCain as one of the “25 Most Influential People in America”.

In 1997, McCain became chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee; he was criticized for accepting funds from corporations and businesses under the committee’s purview, but in response said the small contributions he received were not part of the big-money nature of the campaign finance problem. McCain took on the tobacco industry in 1998, proposing legislation that would increase cigarette taxes in order to fund anti-smoking campaigns, discourage teenage smokers, increase money for health research studies, and help states pay for smoking-related health care costs.Supported by the Clinton administration but opposed by the industry and most Republicans, the bill failed to gain cloture.

In November 1998, McCain won re-election to a third Senate term; he prevailed in a landslide over his Democratic opponent, environmental lawyer Ed Ranger. In the February 1999 Senate trial following the impeachment of Bill Clinton, McCain voted to convict the president on both the perjury and obstruction of justice counts, saying Clinton had violated his sworn oath of office. In March 1999, McCain voted to approve the NATO bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, saying that the ongoing genocide of the Kosovo War must be stopped and criticizing past Clinton administration inaction. Later in 1999, McCain shared the Profile in Courage Award with Feingold for their work in trying to enact their campaign finance reform, although the bill was still failing repeated attempts to gain cloture.

In August 1999, McCain’s memoir Faith of My Fathers, co-authored with Mark Salter, was published; a reviewer observed that its appearance “seems to have been timed to the unfolding Presidential campaign.” The most successful of his writings, it received positive reviews, became a bestseller, and was later made into a TV film. The book traces McCain’s family background and childhood, covers his time at Annapolis and his service before and during the Vietnam War, concluding with his release from captivity in 1973. According to one reviewer, it describes “the kind of challenges that most of us can barely imagine. It’s a fascinating history of a remarkable military family.”

McCain announced his candidacy for president on September 27, 1999, in Nashua, New Hampshire, saying he was staging “a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests, and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve”. The frontrunner for the Republican nomination was Texas Governor George W. Bush, who had the political and financial support of most of the party establishment.

McCain focused on the New Hampshire primary, where his message appealed to independents. He traveled on a campaign bus called the Straight Talk Express. He held many town hall meetings, answering every question voters asked, in a successful example of “retail politics”, and he used free media to compensate for his lack of funds. One reporter later recounted that, “McCain talked all day long with reporters on his Straight Talk Express bus; he talked so much that sometimes he said things that he shouldn’t have, and that’s why the media loved him.” On February 1, 2000, he won New Hampshire’s primary with 49 percent of the vote to Bush’s 30 percent. The Bush campaign and the Republican establishment feared that a McCain victory in the crucial South Carolina primary might give his campaign unstoppable momentum.

McCain’s Gallup Poll favorable/unfavorable ratings, 1999–2009

The Arizona Republic would write that the McCain–Bush primary contest in South Carolina “has entered national political lore as a low-water mark in presidential campaigns”, while The New York Times called it “a painful symbol of the brutality of American politics”. A variety of interest groups, which McCain had challenged in the past, ran negative ads. Bush borrowed McCain’s earlier language of reform, and declined to dissociate himself from a veterans activist who accused McCain (in Bush’s presence) of having “abandoned the veterans” on POW/MIA and Agent Orange issues.

Incensed, McCain ran ads accusing Bush of lying and comparing the governor to Bill Clinton, which Bush said was “about as low a blow as you can give in a Republican primary”. An anonymous smear campaign began against McCain, delivered by push polls, faxes, e-mails, flyers, and audience plants. The smears claimed that McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock (the McCains’ dark-skinned daughter was adopted from Bangladesh), that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that he was a homosexual, and that he was a “Manchurian Candidate” who was either a traitor or mentally unstable from his North Vietnam POW days. The Bush campaign strongly denied any involvement with the attacks.

McCain lost South Carolina on February 19, with 42 percent of the vote to Bush’s 53 percent, in part because Bush mobilized the state’s evangelical voters and outspent McCain. The win allowed Bush to regain lost momentum. McCain would say of the rumor spreaders, “I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like those.” According to one report, the South Carolina experience left McCain in a “very dark place”.

McCain’s campaign never completely recovered from his South Carolina defeat, although he did rebound partially by winning in Arizona and Michigan a few days later. He made a speech in Virginia Beach that criticized Christian leaders, including Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, as divisive conservatives,declaring “… we embrace the fine members of the religious conservative community. But that does not mean that we will pander to their self-appointed leaders.” McCain lost the Virginia primary on February 29, and on March 7 lost nine of the thirteen primaries on Super Tuesday to Bush. With little hope of overcoming Bush’s delegate lead, McCain withdrew from the race on March 9, 2000. He endorsed Bush two months later, and made occasional appearances with the Texas governor during the general election campaign.

McCain began 2001 by breaking with the new George W. Bush administration on a number of matters, including HMO reform, climate change, and gun legislation; McCain–Feingold was opposed by Bush as well. In May 2001, McCain was one of only two Senate Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts. Besides the differences with Bush on ideological grounds, there was considerable antagonism between the two remaining from the previous year’s campaign. Later, when a Republican senator, Jim Jeffords, became an Independent, thereby throwing control of the Senate to the Democrats, McCain defended Jeffords against “self-appointed enforcers of party loyalty”. Indeed, there was speculation at the time, and in years since, about McCain himself leaving the Republican Party, but McCain had always adamantly denied that he ever considered doing so. Beginning in 2001, McCain used political capital gained from his presidential run, as well as improved legislative skills and relationships with other members, to become one of the Senate’s most influential members.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, McCain supported Bush and the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. He and Democratic senator Joe Lieberman wrote the legislation that created the 9/11 Commission, while he and Democratic senator Fritz Hollings co-sponsored the Aviation and Transportation Security Act that federalized airport security.

In March 2002, McCain–Feingold, officially known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, passed in both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush. Seven years in the making, it was McCain’s greatest legislative achievement.

Meanwhile, in discussions over proposed U.S. action against Iraq, McCain was a strong supporter of the Bush administration’s position. He stated that Iraq was “a clear and present danger to the United States of America”, and voted accordingly for the Iraq War Resolution in October 2002. He predicted that U.S. forces would be treated as liberators by a large number of the Iraqi people. In May 2003, McCain voted against the second round of Bush tax cuts, saying it was unwise at a time of war. By November 2003, after a trip to Iraq, he was publicly questioning Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, saying that more U.S. troops were needed; the following year, McCain announced that he had lost confidence in Rumsfeld.

In October 2003, McCain and Lieberman co-sponsored the Climate Stewardship Act that would have introduced a cap and trade system aimed at returning greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels; the bill was defeated with 55 votes to 43 in the Senate. They reintroduced modified versions of the Act two additional times, most recently in January 2007 with the co-sponsorship of Barack Obama, among others.

In the 2004 U.S. presidential election campaign, McCain was once again frequently mentioned for the vice-presidential slot, only this time as part of the Democratic ticket under nominee John Kerry.McCain said that Kerry had never formally offered him the position and that he would not have accepted it if he had. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, McCain supported Bush for re-election, praising Bush’s management of the War on Terror since the September 11 attacks. At the same time, he defended Kerry’s Vietnam War record. By August 2004, McCain had the best favorable-to-unfavorable rating (55 percent to 19 percent) of any national politician; he campaigned for Bush much more than he had four years previously, though the two remained situational allies rather than friends.

McCain was also up for re-election as senator, in 2004. He defeated little-known Democratic schoolteacher Stuart Starky with his biggest margin of victory, garnering 77 percent of the vote.

In May 2005, McCain led the so-called Gang of 14 in the Senate, which established a compromise that preserved the ability of senators to filibuster judicial nominees, but only in “extraordinary circumstances”. The compromise took the steam out of the filibuster movement, but some Republicans remained disappointed that the compromise did not eliminate filibusters of judicial nominees in all circumstances. McCain subsequently cast Supreme Court confirmation votes in favor of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, calling them “two of the finest justices ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court.”

Breaking from his 2001 and 2003 votes, McCain supported the Bush tax cut extension in May 2006, saying not to do so would amount to a tax increase. Working with Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, McCain was a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, which would involve legalization, guest worker programs, and border enforcement components. The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act was never voted on in 2005, while the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 passed the Senate in May 2006 but failed in the House. In June 2007, President Bush, McCain, and others made the strongest push yet for such a bill, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, but it aroused intense grassroots opposition among talk radio listeners and others, some of whom furiously characterized the proposal as an “amnesty” program,and the bill twice failed to gain cloture in the Senate.

By the middle of the 2000s (decade), the increased Indian gaming that McCain had helped bring about was a $23 billion industry. He was twice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, in 1995–1997 and 2005–2007, and his Committee helped expose the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. By 2005 and 2006, McCain was pushing for amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that would limit creation of off-reservation casinos, as well as limiting the movement of tribes across state lines to build casinos.

Owing to his time as a POW, McCain was recognized for his sensitivity to the detention and interrogation of detainees in the War on Terror. An opponent of the Bush administration’s use of torture and detention without trial at Guantánamo Bay (declaring that “even Adolf Eichmann got a trial”), in October 2005, McCain introduced the McCain Detainee Amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill for 2005, and the Senate voted 90–9 to support the amendment. It prohibits inhumane treatment of prisoners, including prisoners at Guantánamo, by confining military interrogations to the techniques in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Interrogation. Although Bush had threatened to veto the bill if McCain’s amendment was included, the President announced in December 2005 that he accepted McCain’s terms and would “make it clear to the world that this government does not torture and that we adhere to the international convention of torture, whether it be here at home or abroad”. This stance, among others, led to McCain being named by Time magazine in 2006 as one of America’s 10 Best Senators. McCain voted in February 2008 against a bill containing a ban on waterboarding, which provision was later narrowly passed and vetoed by Bush. However, the bill in question contained other provisions to which McCain objected, and his spokesman stated: “This wasn’t a vote on waterboarding. This was a vote on applying the standards of the field manual to CIA personnel.”

Meanwhile, McCain continued questioning the progress of the war in Iraq. In September 2005, he remarked upon Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers’ optimistic outlook on the war’s progress: “Things have not gone as well as we had planned or expected, nor as we were told by you, General Myers.” In August 2006, he criticized the administration for continually understating the effectiveness of the insurgency: “We not told the American people how tough and difficult this could be.” From the beginning, McCain strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007. The strategy’s opponents labeled it “McCain’s plan” and University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato said, “McCain owns Iraq just as much as Bush does now.” The surge and the war were unpopular during most of the year, even within the Republican Party, as McCain’s presidential campaign was underway; faced with the consequences, McCain frequently responded, “I would much rather lose a campaign than a war.” In March 2008, McCain credited the surge strategy with reducing violence in Iraq, as he made his eighth trip to that country since the war began.

McCain formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States on April 25, 2007 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He stated that: “I’m not running for president to be somebody, but to do something; to do the hard but necessary things, not the easy and needless things.”

McCain’s oft-cited strengths as a presidential candidate for 2008 included national name recognition, sponsorship of major lobbying and campaign finance reform initiatives, his ability to reach across the aisle, his well-known military service and experience as a POW, his experience from the 2000 presidential campaign, and an expectation that he would capture Bush’s top fundraisers. During the 2006 election cycle, McCain had attended 346 events and helped raise more than $10.5 million on behalf of Republican candidates. McCain also became more willing to ask business and industry for campaign contributions, while maintaining that such contributions would not affect any official decisions he would make. Despite being considered the front-runner for the nomination by pundits as 2007 began, McCain was in second place behind former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani in national Republican polls as the year progressed.

McCain had fundraising problems in the first half of 2007, due in part to his support for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which was unpopular among the Republican base electorate. Large-scale campaign staff downsizing took place in early July, but McCain said that he was not considering dropping out of the race. Later that month, the candidate’s campaign manager and campaign chief strategist both departed. McCain slumped badly in national polls, often running third or fourth with 15 percent or less support.

The Arizona senator subsequently resumed his familiar position as a political underdog, riding the Straight Talk Express and taking advantage of free media such as debates and sponsored events. By December 2007, the Republican race was unsettled, with none of the top-tier candidates dominating the race and all of them possessing major vulnerabilities with different elements of the Republican base electorate. McCain was showing a resurgence, in particular with renewed strength in New Hampshire—the scene of his 2000 triumph—and was bolstered further by the endorsements of The Boston Globe, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and almost two dozen other state newspapers, as well as from Senator Lieberman (now an Independent Democrat). McCain decided not to campaign significantly in the January 3, 2008, Iowa caucuses, which saw a win by former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee.

McCain’s comeback plan paid off when he won the New Hampshire primary on January 8, defeating former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney in a close contest, to once again become one of the front-runners in the race. In mid-January, McCain placed first in the South Carolina primary, narrowly defeating Mike Huckabee. Pundits credited the third-place finisher, Tennessee’s former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, with drawing votes from Huckabee in South Carolina, thereby giving a narrow win to McCain.A week later, McCain won the Florida primary, beating Romney again in a close contest; Giuliani then dropped out and endorsed McCain.

On February 5, McCain won both the majority of states and delegates in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, giving him a commanding lead toward the Republican nomination. Romney departed from the race on February 7. McCain’s wins in the March 4 primaries clinched a majority of the delegates, and he became the presumptive Republican nominee.

McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Had he been elected, he would have become the first president who was born outside the contiguous forty-eight states. This raised a potential legal issue, since the United States Constitution requires the president to be a natural-born citizen of the United States. A bipartisan legal review, and a unanimous but non-binding Senate resolution, both concluded that he is a natural-born citizen. If inaugurated in 2009 at the age of 72 years and 144 days, he would have been the oldest U.S. president upon becoming president, and the second-oldest president to be inaugurated after Reagan at his second inaugural.

McCain addressed concerns about his age and past health issues, stating in 2005 that his health was “excellent”. He had been treated for a type of skin cancer called melanoma, and an operation in 2000 for that condition left a noticeable mark on the left side of his face. McCain’s prognosis appeared favorable, according to independent experts, especially because he had already survived without a recurrence for more than seven years.In May 2008, McCain’s campaign briefly let the press review his medical records, and he was described as appearing cancer-free, having a strong heart, and in general being in good health.

McCain clinched enough delegates for the nomination and his focus shifted toward the general election, while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fought a prolonged battle for the Democratic nomination. McCain introduced various policy proposals, and sought to improve his fundraising. Cindy McCain, who accounts for most of the couple’s wealth with an estimated net worth of $100 million, made part of her tax returns public in May. After facing criticism about lobbyists on staff, the McCain campaign issued new rules in May 2008 to avoid conflicts of interest, causing five top aides to leave.

When Obama became the Democrats’ presumptive nominee in early June, McCain proposed joint town hall meetings, but Obama instead requested more traditional debates for the fall. In July, a staff shake-up put Steve Schmidt in full operational control of the McCain campaign. Rick Davis remained as campaign manager but with a reduced role. Davis had also managed McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign; in 2005 and 2006, U.S. intelligence warned McCain’s Senate staff about Davis’s Russian links but gave no further warnings.

Throughout the summer of 2008, Obama typically led McCain in national polls by single-digit margins, and also led in several key swing states. McCain reprised his familiar underdog role, which was due at least in part to the overall challenges Republicans faced in the election year. McCain accepted public financing for the general election campaign, and the restrictions that go with it, while criticizing his Democratic opponent for becoming the first major party candidate to opt out of such financing for the general election since the system was implemented in 1976. The Republican’s broad campaign theme focused on his experience and ability to lead, compared to Obama’s.

On August 29, 2008, McCain revealed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his surprise choice for running mate. McCain was only the second U.S. major-party presidential nominee (after Walter Mondale) to select a woman for his running mate and the first Republican to do so; Palin would have become the first female Vice President of the United States if McCain had been elected. On September 3, 2008, McCain and Palin became the Republican Party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees, respectively, at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota. McCain surged ahead of Obama in national polls following the convention, as the Palin pick energized core Republican voters who had previously been wary of him. However, by the campaign’s own later admission, the rollout of Palin to the national media went poorly, and voter reactions to Palin grew increasingly negative, especially among independents and other voters concerned about her qualifications. McCain said later in life that he expressed regret for not choosing the independent Senator Joe Lieberman as his VP candidate instead.

On September 24, McCain said he was temporarily suspending his campaign activities, called on Obama to join him, and proposed delaying the first of the general election debates with Obama, in order to work on the proposed U.S. financial system bailout before Congress, which was targeted at addressing the subprime mortgage crisis and liquidity crisis. McCain’s intervention helped to give dissatisfied House Republicans an opportunity to propose changes to the plan that was otherwise close to agreement. After Obama declined McCain’s suspension suggestion, McCain went ahead with the debate on September 26. On October 1, McCain voted in favor of a revised $700 billion rescue plan. Another debate was held on October 7; like the first one, polls afterward suggested that Obama had won it. A final presidential debate occurred on October 15.

During and after the final debate, McCain compared Obama’s proposed policies to socialism and often invoked “Joe the Plumber” as a symbol of American small business dreams that would be thwarted by an Obama presidency.[254][255] McCain barred using the Jeremiah Wright controversy in ads against Obama,[256] but the campaign did frequently criticize Obama regarding his purported relationship with Bill Ayers. McCain’s rallies became increasingly vitriolic, with attendees denigrating Obama and displaying a growing anti-Muslim and anti-African-American sentiment. During a campaign rally in Minnesota, Gayle Quinnell, a 75-year old McCain supporter said she did not trust Obama because “he’s an Arab”, McCain pointedly replied to the woman, “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” McCain’s response was considered one of the finer moments of the campaign and was still being viewed several years later as a marker for civility in American politics. Down the stretch, McCain was outspent by Obama by a four-to-one margin. Meghan McCain said that she cannot “go a day without someone bringing up (that) moment,” and noted that at the time “there were a lot of people really trying to get my dad to go (against Obama) with … you’re a Muslim, you’re not an American aspect of that,” but that her father had refused. “I can remember thinking that it was a morally amazing and beautiful moment, but that maybe there would be people in the Republican Party that would be quite angry,” she said.

The election took place on November 4, and Barack Obama was projected the winner at about 11:00 pm Eastern Standard Time; McCain delivered his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona about twenty minutes later.[264] In it, he noted the historic and special significance of Obama becoming the nation’s first African American president. In the end, McCain won 173 electoral college votes to Obama’s 365; McCain failed to win most of the battleground states and lost some traditionally Republican ones. McCain gained 46 percent of the nationwide popular vote, compared to Obama’s 53 percent.

Following his defeat, McCain returned to the Senate amid varying views about what role he might play there. In mid-November 2008 he met with President-elect Obama, and the two discussed issues they had commonality on.[268] Around the same time, McCain indicated that he intended to run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2010. As the inauguration neared, Obama consulted with McCain on a variety of matters, to an extent rarely seen between a president-elect and his defeated rival, and President Obama’s inauguration speech contained an allusion to McCain’s theme of finding a purpose greater than oneself.

Nevertheless, McCain emerged as a leader of the Republican opposition to the Obama economic stimulus package of 2009, saying it had too much spending for too little stimulative effect. McCain also voted against Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor—saying that while undeniably qualified, “I do not believe that she shares my belief in judicial restraint”—and by August 2009 was siding more often with his Republican Party on closely divided votes than ever before in his senatorial career. McCain reasserted that the War in Afghanistan was winnable and criticized Obama for a slow process in deciding whether to send additional U.S. troops there.

McCain also harshly criticized Obama for scrapping construction of the U.S. missile defense complex in Poland, declined to enter negotiations over climate change legislation similar to what he had proposed in the past, and strongly opposed the Obama health care plan. McCain led a successful filibuster of a measure that would allow repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards gays. Factors involved in McCain’s new direction included Senate staffers leaving, a renewed concern over national debt levels and the scope of federal government, a possible Republican primary challenge from conservatives in 2010, and McCain’s campaign edge being slow to wear off. As one longtime McCain advisor said, “A lot of people, including me, thought he might be the Republican building bridges to the Obama Administration. But he’s been more like the guy blowing up the bridges.”

In early 2010, a primary challenge from radio talk show host and former U.S. Congressman J. D. Hayworth materialized in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Arizona and drew support from some but not all elements of the Tea Party movement. With Hayworth using the campaign slogan “The Consistent Conservative”, McCain said—despite his own past use of the term on a number of occasions—”I never considered myself a maverick. I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities.” The primary challenge coincided with McCain reversing or muting his stance on some issues such as the bank bailouts, closing of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, campaign finance restrictions, and gays in the military.

When the health care plan, now called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed Congress and became law in March 2010, McCain strongly opposed the landmark legislation not only on its merits but also on the way it had been handled in Congress. As a consequence, he warned that congressional Republicans would not be working with Democrats on anything else: “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.” McCain became a vocal defender of Arizona SB 1070, the April 2010 tough anti-illegal immigration state law that aroused national controversy, saying that the state had been forced to take action given the federal government’s inability to control the border. In the August 24 primary, McCain beat Hayworth by a 56 to 32 percent margin. McCain proceeded to easily defeat Democratic city councilman Rodney Glassman in the general election.

In the lame duck session of the 111th Congress, McCain voted for the compromise Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010,but against the DREAM Act (which he had once sponsored) and the New START Treaty.Most prominently, he continued to lead the eventually losing fight against “Don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal.In his opposition, he sometimes fell into anger or hostility on the Senate floor, and called its passage “a very sad day” that would compromise the battle effectiveness of the military.

While control of the House of Representatives went over to the Republicans in the 112th Congress, the Senat In November, McCain and Senator Carl Levin were leaders in efforts to codify in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that terrorism suspects, no matter where captured, could be detained by the U.S. military and its tribunal system; following objections by civil libertarians, some Democrats, and the White House, McCain and Levin agreed to language making it clear that the bill would not pertain to U.S. citizens.

In the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries, McCain endorsed former 2008 rival Mitt Romney and campaigned for him, but compared the contest to a Greek tragedy due to its drawn-out nature with massive super PAC-funded attack ads damaging all the contenders. He labeled the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision as “uninformed, arrogant, naïve”, and, decrying its effects and the future scandals he thought it would bring, said it would become considered the court’s “worst decision … in the 21st century”. McCain took the lead in opposing the defense spending sequestrations brought on by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and gained attention for defending State Department aide Huma Abedin against charges brought by a few House Republicans that she had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

McCain continued to be one of the most frequently appearing guests on the Sunday morning news talk shows. He became one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, saying it was a “debacle” that featured either “a massive cover-up or incompetence that is not acceptable” and that it was worse than the Watergate scandal. As part of this, he and a few other senators were successful in blocking the planned nomination of Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State; McCain’s friend and colleague John Kerry was nominated instead.

Regarding the Syrian civil war that had begun in 2011, McCain repeatedly argued for the U.S. intervening militarily in the conflict on the side of the anti-government forces. He staged a visit to rebel forces inside Syria in May 2013, the first senator to do so, and called for arming the Free Syrian Army with heavy weapons and for the establishment of a no-fly zone over the country. Following reports that two of the people he posed for pictures with had been responsible for the kidnapping of eleven Lebanese Shiite pilgrims the year before, McCain disputed one of the identifications and said he had not met directly with the other. Following the 2013 Ghouta chemical weapons attack, McCain argued again for strong American military action against the government of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and in September 2013 cast a Foreign Relations committee vote in favor of Obama’s request to Congress that it authorize a military response. McCain took the lead in criticizing a growing non-interventionist movement within the Republican Party, exemplified by his March 2013 comment that Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Representative Justin Amash were “wacko birds”.

During 2013, McCain was a member of a bi-partisan group of senators, the “Gang of Eight”, which announced principles for another try at comprehensive immigration reform. The resulting Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 passed the Senate by a 68–32 margin, but faced an uncertain future in the House. In July 2013, McCain was at the forefront of an agreement among senators to drop filibusters against Obama administration executive nominees without Democrats resorting to the “nuclear option” that would disallow such filibusters altogether. However, the option would be imposed later in the year anyway, much to the senator’s displeasure. These developments and some other negotiations showed that McCain now had improved relations with the Obama administration, including the president himself, as well as with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and that he had become the leader of a power center in the Senate for cutting deals in an otherwise bitterly partisan environment. They also led some observers to conclude that the “maverick” McCain had returned.

McCain was publicly skeptical about the Republican strategy that precipitated the U.S. federal government shutdown of 2013 and U.S. debt-ceiling crisis of 2013 in order to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act; in October 2013 he voted in favor of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, which resolved them and said, “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.” Similarly, he was one of nine Republican senators who voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the end of the year. By early 2014, McCain’s apostasies were enough that the Arizona Republican Party formally censured him for having what they saw as a liberal record that had been “disastrous and harmful”. McCain remained stridently opposed to many aspects of Obama’s foreign policy, however, and in June 2014, following major gains by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive, decried what he saw as a U.S. failure to protect its past gains in Iraq and called on the president’s entire national security team to resign. McCain said, “Could all this have been avoided? … The answer is absolutely yes. If I sound angry it’s because I am angry.”

McCain was a supporter of the Euromaidan protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his government, and appeared in Independence Square in Kiev in December 2013. Following the overthrow of Yanukovych and subsequent 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine, McCain became a vocal supporter of providing arms to Ukrainian military forces, saying the sanctions imposed against Russia were not enough. In 2014, McCain led the opposition to the appointments of Colleen Bell, Noah Mamet, and George Tsunis to the ambassadorships in Hungary, Argentina, and Norway, respectively, arguing they were unqualified appointees being rewarded for their political fundraising. Unlike many Republicans, McCain supported the release and contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture in December 2014, saying “The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.” He added that the CIA’s practices following the September 11 attacks had “stained our national honor” while doing “much harm and little practical good” and that “Our enemies act without conscience. We must not.” He opposed the Obama administration’s December 2014 decision to normalize relations with Cuba.

As the 114th United States Congress assembled in January 2015 with Republicans in control of the Senate, McCain became chair of the Armed Services Committee, a longtime goal of his. In this position, he led the writing of proposed Senate legislation that sought to modify parts of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 in order to return responsibility for major weapons systems acquisition back to the individual armed services and their secretaries and away from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As chair, McCain has tried to maintain a bipartisan approach and has forged a good relationship with ranking member Jack Reed. In April 2015, McCain announced that he would run for a sixth term in Arizona’s 2016 Senate election. While there was still conservative and Tea Party anger at him, it was unclear if they would mount an effective primary challenge against him. During 2015, McCain strongly opposed the proposed comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, saying that Secretary of State Kerry was “delusional” and “giv away the store” in negotiations with Iran. McCain supported the Saudi Arabian-led military intervention in Yemen against the Shia Houthis and forces loyal to former President

McCain accused President Obama of being “directly responsible” for the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting “because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures.”

During the 2016 Republican primaries, McCain said he would support the Republican nominee even if it was Donald Trump, but following Mitt Romney’s March 3 speech, McCain endorsed the sentiments expressed in that speech, saying he had serious concerns about Trump’s “uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues”. Relations between the two had been fraught since early in the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016, when McCain referred to a room full of Trump supporters as “crazies”, and the real estate mogul then said of McCain: “He insulted me, and he insulted everyone in that room… He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured… perhaps he was a war hero, but right now he’s said a lot of very bad things about a lot of people.” Following Trump becoming the presumptive nominee of the party on May 3, McCain said that Republican voters had spoken and he would support Trump.

McCain himself faced a primary challenge from Kelli Ward, a fervent Trump supporter, and then was expected to face a potentially strong challenge from Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election. The senator privately expressed worry over the effect that Trump’s unpopularity among Hispanic voters might have on his own chances but also was concerned with more conservative pro-Trump voters; he thus kept his endorsement of Trump in place but tried to speak of him as little as possible given their disagreements. However McCain defeated Ward in the primary by a double-digit percentage point margin and gained a similar lead over Kirkpatrick in general election polls, and when the Donald Trump Access Hollywood controversy broke, he felt secure enough to on October 8 withdraw his endorsement of Trump. McCain stated that Trump’s “demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults” made it “impossible to continue to offer even conditional support” and added that he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, but would instead “write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president.” McCain, at 80 years of age, went on to defeat Kirkpatrick, securing a sixth term as United States Senator from Arizona.

In November 2016, McCain learned of the existence of a dossier regarding the Trump presidential campaign’s links to Russia compiled by Christopher Steele. McCain sent a representative to gather more information, who obtained a copy of the dossier. In December 2016, McCain passed on the dossier to FBI Director James Comey in a 1-on-1 meeting. McCain later wrote that he felt the dossier’s “allegations were disturbing” but unverifiable by himself, so he let the FBI investigate.

On December 31, 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia, McCain stated that the United States should strengthen its sanctions against Russia. One year later, on December 23, 2017, the State Department announced that the United States will provide Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities”.

McCain chaired the January 5, 2017, hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee where Republican and Democratic senators and intelligence officers, including James R. Clapper Jr., the Director of National Intelligence, Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command presented a “united front” that “forcefully reaffirmed the conclusion that the Russian government used hacking and leaks to try to influence the presidential election.”

In June 2017, McCain voted to support Trump’s controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

Repeal and replacement of Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) was a centerpiece of McCain’s 2016 re-election campaign, and in July 2017 he said, “Have no doubt: Congress must replace Obamacare, which has hit Arizonans with some of the highest premium increases in the nation and left 14 of Arizona’s 15 counties with only one provider option on the exchanges this year.” He added that he supports affordable and quality health care, but objected that the pending Senate bill did not do enough to shield the Medicaid system in Arizona.

In response to the death of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died of organ failure while in government custody, McCain said that “this is only the latest example of Communist China’s assault on human rights, democracy, and freedom.”

McCain underwent a minimally invasive craniotomy at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 14, 2017, in order to remove a blood clot above his left eye. His absence prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Five days later, Mayo Clinic doctors announced that the laboratory results from the surgery confirmed the presence of a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive brain tumor. Standard treatment options for this tumor include chemotherapy and radiation, although even with treatment, average survival time is approximately 14 months. McCain was a survivor of previous cancers, including melanoma.

President Trump made a public statement wishing Senator McCain well, as did many others, including President Obama.On July 19, McCain’s senatorial office issued a statement that he “appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective.” On July 24, McCain announced via Twitter that he would return to the United States Senate the following day.

McCain returned to the Senate on July 25, less than two weeks after brain surgery. He cast a deciding vote allowing the Senate to begin consideration of bills to replace Obamacare. Along with that vote, he delivered a speech criticizing the party-line voting process used by the Republicans, as well as by the Democrats in passing Obamacare to begin with, and McCain also urged a “return to regular order” utilizing the usual committee hearings and deliberations. On July 28, he cast the decisive vote against the Republicans’ final proposal that month, the so-called “skinny repeal” option, which failed 49–51.

McCain did not vote in the Senate after December 2017, remaining instead in Arizona to undergo cancer treatment. On April 15, 2018, he underwent surgery for an infection relating to diverticulitis and the following day was reported to be in stable condition.
McCain’s family announced on August 24, 2018, that he would no longer receive treatment for his cancer. The next day, at 16:28 MST (23:28 UTC), he died with his wife and family beside him at his home in Cornville, Arizona, four days shy of his 82nd birthday.

McCain will lie in state in the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on August 29, followed by a service at North Phoenix Baptist Church on August 30. His body will then travel to Washington to lie in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol on August 31, before a service at the Washington National Cathedral on September 1. He will then be buried at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery, next to his Naval Academy classmate Admiral Charles R. Larson.

Tributes were widely given on social media, including from Congressional colleagues, former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, German foreign minister Heiko Maas, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and former Vietnamese ambassador to Washington Nguyen Quoc Cuong, also sent condolences. Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt, who ran the Hỏa Lò Prison when McCain was held there, remarked “At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance. Later on, when he became a US Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Việt Nam-US relations so I was very fond of him. When I learnt about his death early this morning, I feel very sad. I would like to send condolences to his family.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has the authority to appoint McCain’s interim replacement until a special election is held in 2020 to determine who will serve the remainder of McCain’s term, which ends in January 2023. Under Arizona law, the appointed replacement must be of the same party as McCain, a Republican. The potential appointees include McCain’s widow Cindy, former Senator Jon Kyl, and former Representatives Matt Salmon and John Shadegg.

Prior to his death, McCain requested that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogize him at his funeral, and asked that President Donald Trump not attend

In addition to his military honors and decorations, McCain was granted a number of civilian awards and honors.

In 1997, Time magazine named McCain as one of the “25 Most Influential People in America”. In 1999, McCain shared the Profile in Courage Award with Senator Russ Feingold for their work towards campaign finance reform. The following year, the same pair shared the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government. In 2005, The Eisenhower Institute awarded McCain the Eisenhower Leadership Prize. The prize recognizes individuals whose lifetime accomplishments reflect Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy of integrity and leadership. In 2006, the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award was bestowed upon McCain by the National Park Trust.The same year, McCain was awarded the Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Service Award by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, in honor of Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson. In 2007, the World Leadership Forum presented McCain with the Policymaker of the Year Award; it is given internationally to someone who has “created, inspired or strongly influenced important policy or legislation”. In 2010, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia awarded McCain the Order of National Hero, an award never previously given to a non-Georgian. In 2015, the Kiev Patriarchate awarded McCain its own version of the Order of St. Vladimir. In 2016, Allegheny College awarded McCain, along with Vice President Joe Biden, its Prize for Civility in Public Life. In August 2016, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, awarded McCain with the highest award for foreigners, the Order of Liberty. In 2017, Hashim Thaçi, the President of Kosovo, awarded McCain the “Urdhër i Lirisë” (Order of Freedom) medal for his contribution to the freedom and independence of Kosovo, and its partnership with the U.S. McCain also received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in 2017.

McCain received several honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. These include ones from Colgate University (LL.D 2000),The Citadel (DPA 2002),Wake Forest University (LL.D May 20, 2002), the University of Southern California (DHL May 2004), Northwestern University (LL.D June 17, 2005), Liberty University (2006), The New School (2006), and the Royal Military College of Canada (D.MSc June 27, 2013). He was also made an Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin in 2005.


Richard N. Glick-May 29, 1935 – August 24, 2018

Richard N. Glick-(May 29, 1935 – August 24, 2018)Richard N. Glick, Age 83, of Port St. Lucie, FL. passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on August, 24, 2018.

He was born in Newark, NJ and attended Weequahic High School. Richard graduated from Muhlenberg College and lived in NJ for much of his life and moved to Florida in 2006.

He was involved in many activities over the years and was a former president of the Cascades Men’s Club. Richard was an avid sports fan, card player and beach enthusiast, but his greatest love was for his family.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Judy Glick, daughter Lisa Grier and her husband Doug; daughter Lauren Glick; son Adam Glick and his wife Christine; and grandchildren Justin, Mitchell, Alyson, Jared, Zachary and Evan.

Those who wish to pay their respects can visit the home of Judy Glick, 387 NW Breezy Point Loop, Port St. Lucie, FL. on Sunday, September 16th from 1-4pm. Shiva will be observed at 7pm.

Judith Glick, Wife
Lisa Grier, Daughter
Lauren Glick, Daughter
Adam Glick, Son
Richard is also survived by his 6 grandchildren: Justin, Mitchell, Alyson, Jared, Zachary, Evan.

Robin Douglas Leach-29 August 1941 – 24 August 2018

Robin Douglas Leach (29 August 1941 – 24 August 2018) was an English entertainment reporter and writer from London. Beginning his career as a print journalist, first in England and then in the United States, he became best known for hosting the television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous from 1984 to 1995. The show focused on profiling well-known celebrities and their lavish homes, cars and other materialistic details. His voice is often parodied by other actors with his signature phrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

Leach was born in London, the son of Violet Victoria (Phillips) and Douglas Thomas Leach, a sales executive. During grammar school at Harrow High School, 10 miles (16 km) from London, he edited a school magazine, The Gayton Times, at age 14. At age 15 he became a general news reporter for the Harrow Observer and started a monthly glossy town magazine at age 17. Leach moved on to the Daily Mail as Britain’s youngest “Page One” reporter at age 18. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States, maintaining his English accent throughout his life (which would become a trademark of his when he began working in television years later). He wrote for several American newspapers, including New York Daily News, People and Ladies’ Home Journal, before launching GO Magazine in 1967 and then became show business editor of The Star.

Leach got his start in television as a regular contributor to AM Los Angeles, with Regis Philbin & Sarah Purcell on KABC-TV. Other television work includes reporting for People Tonight, on CNN and Entertainment Tonight and helping start Good Morning Australia, as well as the Food Network. Leach was also a guest at the World Wrestling Federation’s WrestleMania IV, where he read the rules for the championship tournament. Leach hosted an exposé documentary of Madonna — Madonna Exposed — for the Fox network in March 1993. The documentary was a biography of Madonna, focusing on her career and publicity stunts. Before the documentary aired, he gave Madonna a cell phone number; he claimed that at any point during the airing Madonna could call Leach and argue any point. Madonna never called and the documentary continued without incident. He also hosted the Lifestyles spinoff Fame, Fortune and Romance, along with future Today Show host Matt Lauer.

Leach hosted The Surreal Life: Fame Games on VH1 in 2007. He also served as the public address announcer for the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Starting in 1999, he resided in Las Vegas. He wrote for the Las Vegas Sun and the daily website from 2008 through June 2016, when he was hired by Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Leach appeared in the 2006 documentary film Maxed Out, which chronicled the rise of the credit card industry in the United States and the concurrent increased personal debt among working-class people. Leach remarked, “Nobody would watch Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown”. The comment was highlighted by a review in The Baltimore Sun. each died on 24 August 2018 at the age of 76 from complications of a stroke he had suffered while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas on October 21, 2017.

Norah Kathleen Murphy Bigelow-January 8, 1937 – August 23, 2018

Norah Kathleen Murphy Bigelow (January 8, 1937-August 23, 2018) Our beautiful, much-loved and richly talented caili ́n, Norah Kathleen Murphy Bigelow, was granted the peace she so richly deserved on August 23, at Hay-Madeira Hospice House in Stuart, Florida.

Preceded in death by her husband and childhood sweetheart, John G. S. Bigelow, and a brother, Jerome Murphy.

Survived by sons Michael Martin, of Tampa, and Kerry Martin, of Auckland, NZ; stepsons David Hutchinson, of Shawnigan Lake, B.C., John “Bear” Bigelow and Kevin Bigelow, of Minneapolis; and stepdaughter, Elizabeth Haslam, of Duncan, B.C.; cousins Nuala and Fiona, of England; cousin Allie, of Canada; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and Virginia Bigelow Foy, Norah’s sister-in-law, advocate and caregiver since the death of her beloved husband in February, 2014.

Norah’s creative spirit endures in her many sculptures and paintings, as it lives on in all whose lives she touched so authentically.

Flowers gratefully declined. Her family appreciates donations in her memory to Hospice of Martin County or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Louella Marie McGuirk- August 2, 1928 – August 23, 2018

Louella Marie McGuirk-(August 2, 1928 – August 23, 2018)Louella Marie McGuirk was born on August 2, 1928 and passed away on August 23, 2018.

Talbert “Tim” Marvin SIMMONS-March 14, 1936 – August 22, 2018

Talbert “Tim” Marvin SIMMONS-(March 14, 1936 – August 22, 2018) In Loving Memory Talbert M Simmons a/k/a Tim M Simmons, 82 of Vero Beach, FL died August 22, 2018 at his residence in Ft. Pierce, FL peacefully in his sleep. Tim was born on March 14, 1936 in Memphis, TN, the son of the late C.T. Simmons and Hermone Miller. He graduated from Vero Beach High School. He was a US Air Force Veteran. Has was part of the Tactical Air Command, 501st Squadron 345th Bomb Wing. Tim worked as a Production Manager for Lambeth Groves Service for 40 plus years. He was an accomplished Citrus Grower. Tim’s hobbies included Fishing, Hunting, Building Hunting Buggies, Boating, Lobstering, Diving, Building Race Cars, Dancing and Having Fun. Family members include; one sone Timothy M Simmons and his wife, Karen D. Simmons of Ft. Pierce and one daughter Rene M. Cox and her husband Frank Cox of Vero Beach, FL; Four grandchildren, Lacy Cox, Cali Simmons, Cameron Cox, Tyler Cox, and 2 Great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was survived by one brother Albert Simmons and by one sister Sue Knight Herring, and several cousins. There will be a visitation from 10 am to 11 am followed by, a memorial Service on Friday, August 31, 2018, 11:00am at Aycock Funeral Home located at 6026 N US Highway 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946. Burial will take place on Saturday September 1, 2018 at 11 a, at Rosehill Cemetery 1615 Old Boggy Creek Road Kissimmee, FL 34741 with military honors.

Louis R Mamo-September 10, 1927 – August 22, 2018

Louis R Mamo-(September 10, 1927 – August 22, 2018)

Louis R. Mamo, 90, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at The Gardens of Port St. Lucie Assisted Living.

He was born in Detroit, MI and lived in Port St. Lucie for 29 years, before coming from Miami, FL.

While in Miami, Louis manufactured and owned Seminole Boat Trailers. He also worked at Miami Crane Service for many years until retirement.

Mr. Mamo is survived by his sons, Michael Mamo of Port St Lucie, FL and Mark Mamo of North Augusta, SC; five grandchildren, Michael, Kimberly, Sara, Brian, and Eric; 13 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Condolences may be registered online at

Edward Calhoun King-September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018

Edward Calhoun King (September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018) was an American musician. He was the guitarist for the psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and guitarist and bassist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996.

ing was one of the founding members of Strawberry Alarm Clock, formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s. The band’s largest success was with the single “Incense and Peppermints”, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. While with the band he played both electric guitar and bass guitar.

King met the members of Jacksonville, Florida-based Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd when the band opened for Strawberry Alarm Clock on a few shows in early 1968. It wasn’t until 1972 that he joined Skynyrd,replacing Leon Wilkeson on bass, who had left the band briefly. Wilkeson rejoined the band, and King switched to guitar, creating the triple-guitar attack that became a signature sound for the band.

His guitar playing and songwriting skills were an essential element on the band’s first three albums: (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), Second Helping and Nuthin’ Fancy. King co-wrote “Sweet Home Alabama”, and his voice counted the “one, two, three”, before he launched into his famous riff to start the song. Other songs that King wrote or co-wrote include “Poison Whiskey”, “Saturday Night Special”, “Whiskey Rock-a-Roller” and “Workin’ For MCA”.

Band biographer Mark Ribowsky said that King was the outsider in Lynyrd Skynyrd as he was the only non-Southerner, but that King made the band professional. King detailed his initial exit from the band in the documentary If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd, saying “Ronnie and my guitar roadie who changed my strings were thrown in jail in Ann Arbor. They didn’t arrive…until 10 minutes before we went on. I had to play on old strings and I broke two strings during ‘Free Bird’. After, Ronnie was riding me, and a lightbulb went off and I said, “That’s it.” I went back to my room, packed up my stuff and left.”

King decided to leave the band in 1975 during the “Torture Tour”. He was replaced in 1976 by Steve Gaines, who shared King’s birthdate. Gaines was killed in a plane crash along with his sister Cassie Gaines and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant on October 20, 1977.

King was one of the guitarists in the reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, and played a major role. He was forced to leave the band again in 1996 because of congestive heart failure.

King, along with all pre-crash members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006

In 2011, King underwent a successful heart transplant. In 2017, he appeared as a customer in the Discovery Channel docudrama Moonshiners, buying $30,000 worth of premium gin.

In the documentary If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd, band member Gary Rossington commented on King’s business-minded nature while in the band. In the film, Rossington stated that King would “stop and buy $100 worth of Slim Jims and have him in a briefcase and, driving an hour or two, you get hungry, he’d sell them to us and triple the price.”

According to a Nashville news station WTVF, King had been battling cancer in the months prior to his death King died in his Nashville, Tennessee home on August 22, 2018 at 68 years of age. His death was announced through his personal Facebook page.

Lynyrd Skynyrd member Gary Rossington released a statement after King’s death stating, “Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player. I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

John Henry Nielsen -May 05, 1930 – August 19, 2018

John Henry Nielsen -(May 05, 1930 – August 19, 2018)

John Henry Nielsen, 88, of Palm City, passed away August 19, 2018 at Stuart Nursing & Rehabilitation in Stuart. He was born in Teaneck, NJ and has been a resident of Palm City since 1993, having relocated from Berkeley Heights, NJ. John had been a chemical Engineer in the Pharmaceutical Industry working for Merck & Co, INC, and retired after 38 years. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Loretta F. Nielsen of Palm City; daughter, Dr. Loretta Nielsen of CA; son, Michael John Nielsen (Carol Ann) of NJ; daughter, Wendy Brancaccio (Peter) of Stuart and 2 grandchildren, Kristen Brancaccio and Lauren Brancaccio, both of California.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 , at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City Chapel.

Robert J. Bob Dobens-October 1, 1946 – August 16, 2018

Robert J. Bob Dobens-(October 1, 1946 – August 16, 2018)Robert J. “Bob” Dobens passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Stuart following complications from diabetes. He was 71.

Born on October 1, 1946 in Manchester, NH, Bob graduated from Manchester Central High School, class of 1964, and later attended Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH, where he played baseball. He put himself through college by working at the Manchester Union Leader newspaper, and after graduation began his career there as a reporter.

Bob moved to Stuart in 1982, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Strunz. They married in 1991. It was on the Treasure Coast that Bob began his photography business. He became the leading social photographer in Martin County, and was known and beloved by all those he helped and whose lives he touched through his talent.

It is not an exaggeration to say that this smiling man behind the camera helped dozens of local non-profit organizations and thousands of people through his selfless generosity and photographic skills. He donated countless hours to various charities through his photography, for which he was named the Unsung Hero of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Treasure Coast Chapter.

Despite challenges over the last few years brought on by diabetes, Bob continued to take pictures. He always said that he’d never retire because for him photography was never work – it was fun, and it was his life.

All who knew Bob can testify to his passion for baseball, particularly for the Boston Red Sox. Over a span of six years, he and his brother Peter visited every Major League Baseball park in the country. Bob was a wealth of knowledge on everything about baseball and the Red Sox.

Bob is survived by his daughters, Kimberly Ezzo (Trevor), Jennifer Bouchard (Rob) and Allison Bergeron (Rob); grandchildren Sarah, Megan and Emma Ezzo; Hunter, Joshua and Kevynn Knoettner and Olivia Bergeron; his brothers, Tom Dobens; Peter (Barbara) Dobens; his sisters, Ann Dobens and Martha (Frank) Forward; three nieces and one nephew. He is predeceased by his wife, Barbara; parents, Raymond and Pauline (Martel) Dobens; and brother Chuck Dobens. Two friends who are like family and have been with Bob throughout his journey in Florida are Gene Brown and Steve Browning.

Memorial Donations in loving memory of Bob can be made to: Helping People Succeed, 1601 NE Braille Place, Jensen Beach, FL 34957 or the Martin Health Foundation, 2135 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996 or the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997. If you have a personal connection with Bob through another charity, please donate to that charity in his honor.

A Chapel Service will be held at Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 10:00 am to be immediately followed by a Celebration of Bob’s life at 12:30 pm at Helping People Succeed, 1601 NE Braille Place, Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting or

Aretha Louise Franklin-March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. She embarked on a secular career in 1960 at age 18, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success. She achieved commercial success and acclaim after signing to Atlantic Records in 1966, with songs such as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, and “I Say a Little Prayer”.

By the end of the 1960s, she was being called “The Queen of Soul”. She recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. She left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records, finding success with the albums Jump to It (1982) and Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985) and with her part in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. She received international acclaim for singing the opera aria “Nessun dorma” at the Grammy Awards of 1998, replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that year, she scored her final Top 40 song with “A Rose Is Still a Rose”, and her stage performance at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 was highly praised.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin’s other well-known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Call Me”, “Ain’t No Way”, Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Day Dreaming”, “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”, “Something He Can Feel”, “Jump to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”. She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. She is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008 she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.

On March 25, 1942, Aretha Louise Franklin was born at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara (née Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin. Her father was a Baptist minister and circuit preacher originally from Shelby, Mississippi, while her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. Her parents both had children, three in total, from outside their marriage. The family relocated to Buffalo, New York, when Aretha was two. Before her fifth birthday, in 1946, C. L. Franklin permanently relocated the family to Detroit, where he took over the pastorship of the New Bethel Baptist Church. Aretha’s parents had a troubled marriage because of her father’s philandering. In 1948, the couple separated, with Barbara relocating back to Buffalo with her son, Vaughn, from a previous relationship. Contrary to popular belief, her mother did not abandon her children; not only did Aretha recall seeing her mother in Buffalo during the summer, but Barbara also frequently visited her children in Detroit. A
retha’s mother died of a heart attack on March 7, 1952, before Aretha’s tenth birthday. The news of her mother’s death was broken by her father, who had gathered Aretha and her siblings in the kitchen to tell them and that he “could not have been more understanding.” Several women, including Aretha’s grandmother, Rachel, and Mahalia Jackson took turns helping with the children at the Franklin home. During this time, Aretha learned how to play piano by ear.

Aretha’s father’s emotionally driven sermons resulted in his being known as the man with the “million-dollar voice” and earning thousands of dollars for sermons in various churches across the country. His celebrity status led to his home being visited by various celebrities, among them gospel musicians Clara Ward, James Cleveland and early Caravans members Albertina Walker and Inez Andrews as well as Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Ward was not only a visitor to the home, but was romantically involved with Aretha’s father, though “she preferred to view them strictly as friends.” Ward also served as a role model to the young Aretha. Franklin attended Northern High School but later dropped out during her sophomore year

Beginnings (1952–1960)

Just after her mother’s death, Franklin began singing solos at New Bethel, debuting with the hymn, “Jesus, Be a Fence Around Me.” When Franklin was 12, her father began managing her, bringing her on the road with him during his so-called “gospel caravan” tours for her to perform in various churches. He helped his daughter sign her first recording deal with J.V.B. Records. Recording equipment was installed in New Bethel Baptist Church and nine tracks were recorded, featuring Franklin on vocals and piano. In 1956, J-V-B released Franklin’s first single, “Never Grow Old”, backed with “You Grow Closer”. A second single, “Precious Lord (Part One)” backed with “Precious Lord (Part Two)” was issued in 1959. These four tracks, with the addition of “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood”, were released on side one of the 1956 album, Spirituals (J-V-B 100), which was reissued in 1962 under the same title by Battle Records (Battle 6105). In 1965, Checker Records released Songs of Faith, featuring the five tracks from the 1956 Spirituals album, with the addition of four previously unreleased recordings.

Franklin sometimes traveled with The Soul Stirrers during this time. According to music producer Quincy Jones, while Franklin was still young, Dinah Washington let him know, “Aretha was the ‘next one’”. In 1958, Franklin and her father traveled to California, where she met Sam Cooke. At the age of 16, Franklin went on tour with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in 1968 sang at his funeral.

As a young gospel singer, Franklin spent summers on the circuit in Chicago, staying with Mavis Staples’ family. After turning 18, Franklin confided to her father that she aspired to follow Sam Cooke in recording pop music, and moved to New York. Serving as her manager, C. L. agreed to the move and helped to produce a two-song demo that soon was brought to the attention of Columbia Records, who agreed to sign her in 1960. Franklin was signed as a “five-percent artist”. During this period, Franklin would be coached by choreographer Cholly Atkins to prepare for her pop performances. Before signing with Columbia, Sam Cooke tried to persuade Franklin’s father to have his label, RCA, sign Franklin. He had also been courted by local record label owner Berry Gordy to sign Franklin and her elder sister Erma to his Tamla label. Franklin’s father felt the label was not established enough yet. Franklin’s first Columbia single, “Today I Sing the Blues”, was issued in September 1960 and later reached the top ten of the Hot Rhythm & Blues Sellers chart.

The Columbia era (1961–1966)

In January 1961, Columbia issued Franklin’s first secular album, Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo. The album featured her first single to chart the Billboard Hot 100, “Won’t Be Long”, which also peaked at number 7 on the R&B chart.Mostly produced by Clyde Otis, Franklin’s Columbia recordings saw her performing in diverse genres such as standards, vocal jazz, blues, doo-wop and rhythm and blues. Before the year was out, Franklin scored her first top 40 single with her rendition of the standard, “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody”, which also included the R&B hit, “Operation Heartbreak”, on its b-side. “Rock-a-Bye” became her first international hit, reaching the top 40 in Australia and Canada. By the end of 1961, Franklin was named as a “new-star female vocalist” in DownBeat magazine. In 1962, Columbia issued two more albums, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin and The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin, the latter of which reached No. 69 on the Billboard chart.

In the 1960s during a performance at the Regal Theater, a WVON radio personality announced Franklin should be crowned, “the Queen of Soul”. By 1964, Franklin began recording more pop music, reaching the top ten on the R&B chart with the ballad “Runnin’ Out of Fools” in early 1965. She had two R&B charted singles in 1965 and 1966 with the songs “One Step Ahead” and “Cry Like a Baby”, while also reaching the Easy Listening charts with the ballads “You Made Me Love You” and “(No, No) I’m Losing You”. By the mid-1960s, Franklin was netting $100,000 from countless performances in nightclubs and theaters. Also during that period, she appeared on rock and roll shows such as Hollywood A Go-Go and Shindig!. However, she struggled with commercial success while at Columbia. Label executive John H. Hammond later said he felt Columbia did not understand Franklin’s early gospel background and failed to bring that aspect out further during her period there.

In November 1966, after six years with Columbia, Franklin chose not to renew her contract with the company and signed to Atlantic Records. In January 1967, she traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record at FAME Studios and recorded the song, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Franklin only spent one day recording at FAME, as an altercation broke out between manager and husband Ted White, studio owner Rick Hall, and a horn player, and sessions were abandoned. The song was released the following month and reached number one on the R&B chart, while also peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Franklin her first top-ten pop single. The song’s b-side, “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, reached the R&B top 40, peaking at number 37. In April, Atlantic issued her frenetic version of Otis Redding’s “Respect”, which shot to number one on both the R&B and pop charts. “Respect” became her signature song and was later hailed as a civil rights and feminist anthem.

Franklin’s debut Atlantic album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, also became commercially successful, later going gold. Franklin scored two more top-ten singles in 1967, including “Baby I Love You” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. Her rapport with producer Jerry Wexler helped in the creation of the majority of Franklin’s peak recordings with Atlantic. In 1968, she issued the top-selling albums Lady Soul and Aretha Now, which included some of Franklin’s most popular hit singles, including “Chain of Fools”, “Ain’t No Way”, “Think” and “I Say a Little Prayer”. That February, Franklin earned the first two of her Grammys, including the debut category for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. On February 16, Franklin was honored with a day named for her and was greeted by longtime friend Martin Luther King Jr. who gave her the SCLC Drum Beat Award for Musicians two months before his death. Franklin toured outside the US for the first time in May, including an appearance at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam where she played to a near hysterical audience who covered the stage with flower petals. She appeared on the cover of Time magazine in June.
Franklin’s success expanded during the early 1970s, during which she recorded top-ten singles such as “Spanish Harlem”, “Rock Steady” and “Day Dreaming” as well as the acclaimed albums Spirit in the Dark, Young, Gifted and Black, and her gospel album, Amazing Grace, which sold more than two million copies. In 1971, Franklin became the first R&B performer to headline Fillmore West, later that year releasing the live album Aretha Live at Fillmore West. Franklin’s career began to experience problems while recording the album, Hey Now Hey, which featured production from Quincy Jones.

Despite the success of the single “Angel”, the album bombedupon its release in 1973. Franklin continued having R&B success with songs such as “Until You Come Back to Me” and “I’m in Love”, but by 1975 her albums and songs were no longer top sellers. After Jerry Wexler left Atlantic for Warner Bros. Records in 1976, Franklin worked on the soundtrack to the film Sparkle with Curtis Mayfield. The album yielded Franklin’s final top 40 hit of the decade, “Something He Can Feel”, which also peaked at number one on the R&B chart. Franklin’s follow-up albums for Atlantic, including Sweet Passion (1977), Almighty Fire (1978) and La Diva (1979), bombed on the charts, and in 1979 Franklin left the company.

In 1980, after leaving Atlantic Records, Franklin signed with Clive Davis’s Arista Records and that same year gave a command performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of Queen Elizabeth. Franklin also had an acclaimed guest role as a waitress in the 1980 comedy musical The Blues Brothers.Franklin’s first Arista album, Aretha (1980), featured the No. 3 R&B hit “United Together” and her Grammy-nominated cover of Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”. The follow-up, 1981’s Love All the Hurt Away, included her famed duet of the title track with George Benson, while the album also included her Grammy-winning cover of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin'”. Franklin achieved a gold record—for the first time in seven years—with the 1982 album Jump to It. The album’s title track was her first top-40 single on the pop charts in six years.

In 1985, inspired by a desire to have a “younger sound” in her music, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? became her first Arista album to be certified platinum. The album sold well over a million copies thanks to the hits “Freeway of Love”, the title track, and “Another Night”. The following year’s Aretha album nearly matched this success with the hit singles “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Jimmy Lee” and “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me”, her international number-one duet with George Michael. During that period, Franklin provided vocals to the theme songs of the TV shows A Different World and Together. In 1987, she issued her third gospel album, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, which was recorded at her late father’s New Bethel church, followed by Through the Storm in 1989. Franklin’s 1991 album, What You See is What You Sweat, flopped on the charts. She returned to the charts in 1993 with the dance song “A Deeper Love” and returned to the top 40 with the song “Willing to Forgive” in 1994.

In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song “A Rose Is Still a Rose”, later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of “Nessun dorma” at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. Her final Arista album, So Damn Happy, was released in 2003 and featured the Grammy-winning song “Wonderful”. In 2004, Franklin announced that she was leaving Arista after more than 20 years with the label. To complete her Arista obligations, Franklin issued the duets compilation album Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen in 2007. The following year, she issued the holiday album This Christmas, Aretha, on DMI Records.

After being raised in Detroit, Franklin relocated to New York City in the 1960s, where she lived until moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. She eventually settled in Encino, Los Angeles where she lived until 1982. She then returned to the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to be close to her ailing father and siblings. Franklin maintained a residence there until her death. Following an incident in 1984, she cited a fear of flying that prevented her from traveling overseas; she performed only in North America afterwards. Franklin was the mother of four sons. She first became pregnant at the age of 12 and gave birth to her first child, named Clarence after her father, on January 28, 1955. According to the news site Inquisitr, “The father of the child was Donald Burk, a boy she knew from school.” On January 22, 1957, then aged 14, Franklin had a second child, named Edward after his father Edward Jordan. Franklin did not like to discuss her early pregnancies with interviewers.

Both children took her family name. While Franklin was pursuing her career and “hanging out with “, Franklin’s grandmother Rachel and sister Erma took turns raising the children. Franklin would visit them often. Franklin’s third child, Ted White Jr., was born in February 1964 and is known professionally as Teddy Richards. He has provided guitar backing for his mother’s band during live concerts. Her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham was born in 1970 and is the child of her road manager Ken Cunningham.

Franklin was married twice. Her first husband was Theodore “Ted” White, whom she married in 1961 at age 19. Franklin had actually seen White the first time at a party held at her house in 1954.
] After a contentious marriage that involved domestic violence, Franklin separated from White in 1968, divorcing him in 1969. Franklin then married her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, on April 11, 1978 at her father’s church. By marrying Turman, Franklin became stepmother of Turman’s three children from a previous marriage. Franklin and Turman separated in 1982 after Franklin returned to Michigan from California, and they divorced in 1984. At one point, Franklin had plans to marry her longtime companion Willie Wilkerson. Franklin and Wilkerson had had two previous engagements stretching back to 1988. Franklin eventually called the 2012 engagement off. Franklin’s sisters, Erma and Carolyn, were professional musicians as well and spent years performing background vocals on Franklin’s recordings. Following Franklin’s divorce from Ted White, her brother Cecil became her manager, and maintained that position until his death from lung cancer on December 26, 1989. Sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma died from throat cancer in September 2002. Franklin’s half-brother Vaughn died two months after Erma in late 2002. Her half-sister, Carol Kelley (née Jennings; born 1940) is C. L. Franklin’s daughter by Mildred Jennings, a then 12-year-old congregant of New Salem Baptist Church in Memphis, where C. L. was pastor.

Franklin was performing at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, on June 10, 1979, when her father, C. L., was shot twice at point blank range in his Detroit home. After six months at Henry Ford Hospital, still in a state of coma, C.L. was moved back to his home with 24-hour nursing care. Aretha moved back to Detroit in late 1982 to assist with the care of her father, who died at Detroit’s New Light Nursing Home on July 27, 1984.

Some of her music business friends have included Dionne Warwick, Mavis Staples, and Cissy Houston, who began singing with Franklin as members of the Sweet Inspirations. Cissy sang background on Franklin’s hit “Ain’t No Way”. Franklin first met Cissy’s daughter, Whitney, in the early 1970s. She was made Whitney’s honorary aunt, not a godmother as has been occasionally misreported, and Whitney often referred to her as “Auntie Ree”.

When Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012, Franklin said she was surprised by her death. She had initially planned to perform at Houston’s memorial service on February 18, but was unable to attend due to a leg spasm.Franklin was a registered Democrat

Franklin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985,
and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her a Grammy Legend Award in 1991, then the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Franklin was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1994, recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999, and was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

She was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005.Franklin received honorary degrees from Harvard University and New York University in 2014,as well as honorary doctorates in music from Princeton University, 2012; Yale University, 2010; Brown University, 2009; University of Pennsylvania, 2007; Berklee College of Music, 2006; New England Conservatory of Music, 1997; and University of Michigan, 1987. Franklin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Case Western Reserve University 2011 and Wayne State University in 1990 and an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Bethune–Cookman University in 1975

Franklin became the second woman inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. She was the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year, performing at the Grammys days later. Following news of Franklin’s surgery and recovery in February 2011, the Grammys ceremony paid tribute to the singer with a medley of her classics performed by Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, and Yolanda Adams. That same year she was ranked 19th among the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time top artists,and ranked first on the Rolling Stone list of Greatest Singers of All Time.In 2013, she was again ranked first in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers” list. When Rolling Stone listed the “Women in Rock: 50 Essential Albums” in 2002 and again 2012, it listed Franklin’s 1967, “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”, number one. Inducted to the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012, Franklin was described as “the voice of the civil rights movement, the voice of black America” and a “symbol of black equality”.
Asteroid 249516 Aretha was named in her honor in 2014.

“American history wells up when Aretha sings,” President Obama explained in response to her performance of “A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll—the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope”. Franklin later recalled it as one of the best nights of her life. On June 8, 2017, the City of Detroit honored Franklin’s legacy by renaming a portion of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell Streets, “Aretha Franklin Way”.On January 29, 2018, Gary Graff confirmed that Jennifer Hudson will take the role to play Franklin in her coming biopic. The news was announced by the film’s executive producer Clive Davis, who made public their decision on the choice of actors casting in the film two days before Graff’s article was published. An all-star tribute concert to Franklin, celebrating her music, is scheduled for November 14, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Pantelis “Peter” Karaconstantis

January 28, 1938 – August 15, 2018

Pantelis “Peter” Karaconstantis-(January 28, 1938 – August 15, 2018) Pantelis (Peter) Karaconstantis, of Chios, Greece, age 80, passed away on August 15, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in Vero Beach, FL. Peter is preceded in death by his parents Lambros and Katerina Karakonstanti, three brothers, and three sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife of thirty eight years, Catherine (Kay) Karaconstantis. Peter is also survived by three sisters, Stella Paras of New Jersey, Hariklia Karaconstanti of Chios, Greece, and Filia (Taki) Plianthos of New Jersey. Peter is survived by his children, Donna Dilks, Peter Karaconstantis Jr., Katherine Karaconstantis LaLime (John), Peter Dardaganis (Ruth), Faye Paskas (Marty); grandchildren, Michael Dilks (Heidi), Tina Dilks (John), Alex Karaconstantis (Day), John LaLime Jr., Erika Potosky (Ryan), Amanda Young (Aaron), Kia Meyer (John), Kayla Hunsicker (Kyle); great grandchildren, Karli Dilks, Linzi Dilks, Michael Dilks, Nikolas Dilks, Blakesley Howard, Evan Potasky, Sunny Faye Hunsicker; and many nieces and nephews.

Peter came to this country after serving in the Greek Merchant Marines as a young man. His passion for restaurants and cooking began at the beloved Cedar Lane Grill in Teaneck, New Jersey, to finally own and operate his own restaurants in New Jersey. Among many things, Peter was an exemplary chef, faithful Mets fan, dedicated family man, and devout Greek Orthodox Christian. Affectionately known as “Pete the Greek”, Peter could be found fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family. A viewing will be held at Aycock Funeral Home at 6026 N US Highway 1, of Fort Pierce, FL on August 19 between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. A funeral will be held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Monday August 20 at 11:00 am at 2525 South 25th Street of Ft. Pierce, FL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church or the VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach.

Lambros Karakonstanti, Father
Katerina Karakonstanti, Mother
Catherine “Kay” Karaconstantis, Wife
Stratis Karakonstanti, Brother
Stefanos Karakonstanti, Brother
Sevasmia Mattes, Sister
Isidor Karakonstanti, Brother
Thespina Kalaitzis, Sister
Stella Paras, Sister
Poludi Apostolidakis, Sister
Hariklia Karakonstanti, Sister
Filia Plianthos, Sister
Taki Plianthos, Brother-in-law
Donna Dilks, Daughter
Peter Karaconstantis Jr., Son
Katherine Karaconstantis LaLime, Daughter
John LaLime, Son-in-law
Peter Dardaganis, Son
Ruth Dardaganis, Daughter-in-law
Faye Paskas, Daughter
Michael Dilks, Grandson
Tina Dilks, Granddaughter
Alex Karaconstantis, Grandson
John LaLime Jr., Grandson
Erika Potosky, Granddaughter
Ryan Potosky, Grand-Son-in-Law
Amanda Young, Granddaughter
Aaron Young, Grand-Son-in-Law
Kia Meyer, Granddaughter
John Meyer, Grand-Son-in-Law
Kayla Hunsicker, Granddaughter
Kyle Hunsicker, Grand-Son-in-Law
Great grandchildren, Karli Dilks, Linzi Dilks, Michael Dilks, Nikolas Dilks, Blakesley Howard, Evan Potasky, Sunny Faye Hunsicker; and many nieces and nephews.

Anna Marie Ryan-Mascio-May 1, 1924 – August 14, 2018

Anna Marie Ryan-Mascio-(May 1, 1924 – August 14, 2018)Anna Marie Ryan-Mascio was born on May 1, 1924 and passed away on August 14, 2018

Faustino Goncalves-October 14, 1939 – August 14, 2018

Faustino Goncalves-(October 14, 1939 – August 14, 2018) Faustino Goncalves. 78, of Port St. Lucie, Florida passed away on August 14, 2018 under hospice care in Jupiter Medical Center.

Born in Portugal, he had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 2 months coming from Dandridge, Tennessee.

Prior to retiring he worked for Friendly’s Ice Cream.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Fernanda Gonslaves of Port St. Lucie; his children, Antonio Gonslaves and his wife Shelly of Jupiter, Aurora Levin and her husband Ralph of Dandridge, TN and Fatima Baldwin and her husband David of West Palm Beach, FL; his brother, Abilio Gonslaves and his wife Irene of Dandridge, TN; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be form 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel with a prayer service at 1:00 PM. Entombment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Harry C. Lambourne-November 28, 1942 – August 11, 2018
Harry C. Lambourne-(November 28, 1942 – August 11, 2018)It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Harry Clark Lambourne announce his passing on August 11, 2018.

Harry was born November 28, 1942, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where his father was undergoing flight training with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Upon graduation from high school in Billings, Montana, Harry served his country by joining the United States Air Force. Harry fulfilled his dream to be a commercial airline pilot when he was hired by Frontier Airlines in 1972. After an early retirement from Frontier, Harry worked for Flight Safety International. He later worked as a government contractor in Nicaragua, where he met his wife Tania. Harry is survived by Tania, his children, and his sisters.

Harry will be remembered for his love of sports, especially baseball and basketball, his brilliant mind, and his quick wit. He loved making people laugh and was frequently described “as the funniest person I’ve ever met.”

Harry’s Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am, August 25th, at Aycock at Tradition, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987. He will be missed and never forgotten.

Ada Frances (Anne) Brackett Lambourne, Mother
Robert Park Lambourne, Father
Tania Lambourne, Wife
Harriett Amparo Lambourne, Daughter
Robert Curtis Lambourne, Son
John Harry Lambourne, Son
Sara Michelle Lambourne, Daughter
Michelle Anne Lambourne Blinderman, Sister
Dennis Blinderman, Brother-in-law
Cherie Maxine Lambourne, Sister
Mary Maxine Brackett Mize, Aunt
Alice Jane Brackett Tyrrell, Cousin

Barbara “Barbie” Charlotte Roche-September 17, 1935 – August 10, 2018

Barbara “Barbie” Charlotte Roche-(September 17, 1935 – August 10, 2018)Barbara Charlotte Roche, affectionately known as “Barbie”, 82, passed away on August 10, 2018 in Stuart, Florida.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth Fillmore. Mrs. Roche moved to the Hobe Sound area 35 years ago.

She was a CNA and prior to retirement worked for Lifecare for almost 20 years. Mrs. Roche frequented Sandsprit Park and enjoyed watching the birds. She loved to go to any casino with friends and family. Barbara loved visiting her daughter Kathleen’s house every Sunday for dinner with family, enjoyed her evening’s at home with her son John and loved visiting her daughter Debra in Connecticut to view the fall foliage.

She is truly loved and will be missed by many. She is survived by her son, John H. Roche, Jr of Hobe Sound, FL; daughter, Debra Roberts and daughter-in-law Meredith Fortin of Newington, CT; daughter, Kathleen Ellert and son-in-law Adolf Ellert of Hobe Sound, FL; cherished grandchildren, Melissa Tims and husband Joshua, Matthew Roberts and fiancée Shauneal Henson, Ryan Roberts and Chelsea Rindels, Michael Roche, Chelsey Brewer and husband Kyle, Nicholas Ellert, Alex Ellert and Anna Kellogg, Barret Ellert and Courtney Oliveira, Samantha Fortin and Jake Downey, Elizabeth Fortin and fiancé Michael Bates; great grand children, Kaliyla and Turner Tims, Alivia and Gage Roberts, baby Ellert due in January 2019, Jolene and August Downey, Caleb and Charlotte Bates; brother, Richard Fillmore of El Cerrito, CA; sister, Joan Gentile of Hingham, MA; brother, Robert Fillmore and wife Carol of Palm Harbor, FL; her caregivers Silvia and Rebecca as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Roche was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, John H. Roche, Sr.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 12:00PM at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, FL.

Alexander F Raczynski- October 10, 1926 – August 10, 2018

Alexander F Raczynski-(October 10, 1926 – August 10, 2018) lexander Frederick Raczynski, 91, of Port St Lucie, passed away on Friday August 10th at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Alex was born in Manchester Conn., and has been a longtime resident of Port St Lucie. He was a retired Staff Sargent with the United States Air Force working in the construction field. He had served in WWII, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. Mr. Raczynski is predeceased by his two sons; Michael, and Paul. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marilyn ( Fischberg) Racczynski, son Mark, and daughter Donna, and granddaughter Sheila..

His viewing will be held 10:00 to 11:00 am Friday, August 17th at Aycock Funeral Home-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 6026 N US Hwy 1, Fort Pierce. Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 am. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens after the Service. Donations in his Memory may be made to; The Van Duser Foundation, 2311 S 35th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.

Alexander Raczynski, Father
Josephine Raczynski, Mother
Michael Raczynski, Son
Paul Raczynski, Son
Marilyn Fischberg Raczynski, Wife
Mark Raczynski, Son
Donna Raczynski, Daughter
Sheila Raczynski, Grandchild

Jane M. Jackson-August 06, 1936 – August 09, 2018

Jane M. Jackson-(August 06, 1936 – August 09, 2018)Jane Marie Jackson, 82, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away on August 9, 2018 at Indian River Memorial Medical Center, Vero Beach, Florida.

Born in Springlake Heights, New Jersey, she had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 29 years coming from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her children, Joseph Jackson, James Jackson and his wife Genny, Theresa Gunter and her husband Jerry, Bruce Jackson, Denise Edmonds Jackson and her husband Le Edmonds and Jane Harrington; 7 grandchildren, James, Mark, Brian, Kyle, Jessica, Crystal and Megan and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Jackson in 2016.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM with a service at 11:00 AM at Forest Hills Palm City Chapel, Palm City, Florida. Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Andrew Denick-July 4, 1926 – August 8, 2018

Andrew Denick-(July 4, 1926 – August 8, 2018)

Andrew Denick of Jensen Beach went home to be with the Lord and his loving wife of 59 years Dorothy Pavarini Denick, who preceded him, on August 8th. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 4th 1926 and up until the age of 12 thought the whole country was celebrating his birthday. He is survived by his son Drew with wife Pam of Palmetto, Florida and their children Andy and Stephanie and the grandchildren AJ, Jacob, Kelub, Sunny Mae and Cayson. He is also survived by daughter Jude and her husband Glenn Muse of Jensen Beach. Along with grandchildren Nicholas Vitellaro of Melbourne, Florida and Gina Vitellaro Harding of Warrensburg, MO. from deceased daughter Denise. He was an active member of St. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church of Fort Pierce working in the Slavic Kitchen and fondly thought of as the “Dough Boy”. Andrew served in WWII in the 5th Armored Tank Division of the Army during the European occupation. He participated in Numerous Veterans Day and Memorial Day parades in Stuart in his beloved 1941 Packard. He loved to listen and dance to polkas with his bride, Dottie, and continue to do so in heaven as they are reunited once again. They also shared an interest Civil War history and visited many battlefields and historic sites plus had a large collection of Civil War book and relics. They also shared a common interest of electric trains having one entire room in the house dedicated to a train display. He also loved to read about WWII and had a large collection of books but never found a picture of himself in one. Well, loved, the life of every party and always had a joke to tell. He will be truly missed by all until we meet at the Eastern Gate. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to his beloved church St. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church, 1002 Bahama Ave., Fort Pierce, Florida 34982. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL. Please sign our on line web site at

He is survived by his son Drew with wife Pam of Palmetto, Florida and their children Andy and Stephanie and the grandchildren AJ, Jacob, Kelub, Sunny Mae and Cayson. He is also survived by daughter Jude and her husband Glenn Muse of Jensen Beach. Along with grandchildren Nicholas Vitellaro of Melbourne, Florida and Gina Vitellaro Harding of Warrensburg, MO. from deceased daughter Denise.

ALINE L WILLIAMS-August 23, 1930 – August 7, 2018

ALINE L WILLIAMS-(August 23, 1930 – August 7, 2018)Aline L. Williams, 87, passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart FL. She was born in Annadale, NJ and worked in banking for many years in Clinton, NJ. She moved to Florida in the late 1980. She wrote poems and in her later years took up playing Bingo. Aline donated her time and money to various organizations. Survivors include sister in law Dottie Williams and close friends Kim Sargent, Linda Hay and Scott Sargent. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence Williams In Lieu of flowers contribution may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Sea Coast National Bank, 11711 SE US Highway #1, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 and in her name to Venture III, 10701 South Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957. Please visit and sign our online guest register book at Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida.

Jean Beatrice Maniscalco-September 17, 1930 – August 06, 2018

Jean Beatrice Maniscalco-(September 17, 1930 – August 06, 2018)Jean Beatrice Maniscalco, 87, of Palm City, passed away on August 6, 2018 at Salerno Bay Manor, Stuart, Florida.

Born in Chicago, IL, she had been a resident of Palm City for 40 years coming from Chicago.

Before retiring she was a telephone operator with Illinois Bell.

Survivors include her children, Sandra Rothstein and her husband Rubin of Port St. Lucie, FL, Mickey Maniscalco and his wife Janice, Debbie Maniscalco and Marci Olson and her husband Ed, all of Palm City; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael Maniscalco Sr., her sons, James Maniscalco and Dale Maniscalco and her granddaughter, Amy Olson.

There will a memorial gathering on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM with a service at 2:00 PM at Forest Hills Palm City Chapel.

Mary K Rooney-July 10, 1924 – August 6, 2018

Mary K Rooney-(July 10, 1924 – August 6, 2018) Mary K. Rooney, 94, passed away on August 6, 2018 at her residence in Hobe Sound, FL.

Born in Moville, Ireland, Mrs. Rooney moved to Stuart in 1988 coming from West Babylon, New York.

She was a school crossing guard, but her most important job was being a mother, and grandmother. Mrs. Rooney was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and loved to play Mahjong.

Mrs. Rooney is survived by her daughter, Ellen McChesney; son, Peter Rooney Jr.; her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years , Peter Rooney Sr. in 2011.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Ellen McChesney and son, Peter Rooney Jr; many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Rooney Sr.

“Aunt” Sally E. Ladue-March 10, 1926 – August 04, 2018

“Aunt” Sally E. Ladue-(March 10, 1926 – August 04, 2018) Sally E. Ladue, (Aunt Sally) 92, of Stuart, passed away August 4, 2018 at Stuart Nursing & Restorative Care Center. She was born in St. Albans, VT, and had been a resident of Stuart since 2002, having relocated from Orlando. She had been a bookkeeper for the OUC, Orlando Utilities before retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart.

She is survived by her family; Nephews, Christopher Ladue (Anne) of Stuart, Geoffrey Ladue (Eileen) of Missouri, John Ladue of Sharon, NH, and James Ladue (Bev) of S. Windsor, CT; and her nieces, Mary Lee Young (Darryl) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Carol Ann Ladue of S. Windsor, CT and Christine Ladue Condel (Michael) of Ellington, CT.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, August 16th at 12 noon.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Transportation Ministries, 1200 SE. 10th St., Stuart, FL 34996, in Sally’s memory.

Christopher D. VonEsslinger-March 29, 1968 – August 1, 2018

Christopher D. VonEsslinger-(March 29, 1968 – August 1, 2018)

Christopher D. VonEsslinger of Palm City, Florida passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Christopher was born in West Palm Beach on March 29, 1968, raised in Hobe Sound, and was a graduate of South Fork High School. He is preceded in death by his parents Michael VonEsslinger and his mother Gloria. He is survived by his birth father, James Ashburn, his wife LaMar and son Owen, as well as brother Jimmy John (Kathy) and sister Heather LaFary (Jeff), and several nieces and nephews, Brittany and James VonEsslinger, Travis and Trevor Eve and Kristopher and Brook LaFary.

In lieu of flowers there will be a GoFund Me page set up for Owen VonEsslinger to assist in his college education.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30, followed by a service at 6:30 at Aycock Funeral Home Young & Prill Chapel, 6081 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34997.

Sean Patrick Thornton-February 28, 1981 – August 1, 2018

Sean Patrick Thornton-(February 28, 1981 – August 1, 2018) Sean Patrick Thornton was born on February 28, 1981 and passed away on August 1, 2018.

Joeseph John Perreca – May 6, 1922 – August 1, 2018

Joeseph John Perreca – (May 6, 1922 – August 1, 2018) Joseph Perreca, 96 yrs, passed away on Wednesday, August 1st 2018 at Port Saint Lucie Medical Center in Port Saint Lucie Florida

Joseph was born in Hoboken New Jersey in May of 1922, after marriage to Josephine he raised his family in Brentwood, New York. When Jo and his wife Josephine decided to retire they moved to Spanish Lakes in Fort Pierce where they lived for over 26 years. After Josephine’s Passing Joe moved to Port Saint Lucie to live with his daughter Judy and his son in law.

In December of 1942 Joseph joined the Army, where he fought in combat in Africa and later in Italy earning the award of Combat Infantryman’s Badge for exemplary conduct in action against the enemy. Joseph was seriously wounded in Italy and was awarded the Purple Heart. Due to his wounds he was sent home and honorably discharged in December of 1944.

Survivors include his daughter Judy Huron and Rachelle Zarza of Port Saint Lucie, along with his grandchildren Ryan Huron, Erika Huron, Stephanie Zarza and Steven Zarza.

A visitation will be held from 10- 12 am on Sunday August 5th at Aycock Funeral Home in Fort Pierce Florida on US1 at “Hillcrest Memorial Gardens”. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. John of the catholic church in Vero Beach MondayAugust 6th at 1:00 pm. Then returning to the Aycock Funeral home on US 1 in Fort Pierce for the internment ceremony along with a Military honor guard.

Alfred Perreca, Father
Raffaella Perreca, Mother
Josephine Perreca, Wife
Judy Huron, Daughter
Don Huron, Son-in-law
Rachelle Zarza, Daughter
Ryan Huron, Grandson
Erika Huron, Granddaughter
Stephanie Zarza, Granddaughter
Steven Zarza, Grandson

Cecelia “Sam” Graham Harrison-July 26, 1947 – July 22, 2018

Cecelia “Sam” Graham Harrison-(July 26, 1947 – July 22, 2018) ecelia Graham Harrison “Sam”, 70, went to be with the Lord, after a battle with cancer, surrounded by her family on July 22nd, 2018 in Melbourne, FL. She was born on July 26th, 1947 in Plant City, FL and grew up back and forth between FL and Colorado. Cecelia married Robert W. Harrison on June 19th, 1965 in Cocoa, FL and lived in Fort Pierce, FL where they raised two children, Yvette and Mark. Cecelia was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was always willing to help anyone. She was a craft enthusiast and loved making her wreaths. She loved spending time with friends and family. She especially loved shopping, donuts, ice cream, cookies (Snickerdoodles), soft blankets and her dogs! Her presence will be missed forever and her memory cherished by all who knew and loved her. Now she can honestly say it’s just another day in paradise. Cecelia was preceded by her husband of 38 years Robert W. Harrison. She is survived by her two children, Yvette Harrison of Melbourne, FL and Mark Harrison of Fort Pierce, FL, four grandchildren: Brent Harrison, Megan Harrison, Dalton Harrison and Chase Clothier, two great granddaughters, Kendall Harrison and soon to be Leilani Hassaid; and the bestest sister Yvonne Sorenson (Bill) of Ocoee, FL and brother Nick Graham (Robin) of Ocoee, FL; and special nephews Bob Sorenson (Jody), Shane Sorenson (Michelle), Shawn Sorenson (Sherilyn) and numerous nieces and nephews, and her friend and roommate Theresa Heen.

Earl Vernon Graham, Father
Laura Wilma Taylor, Mother
Robert W Harrison, Husband
Yvette Harrison, Daughter
Mark Harrison, Son
Brent Harrison, Grandchild
Megan Harrison, Grandchild
Dalton Harrison, Grandchild
Chase Clothier, Grandchild
Kendall Harrison, Great Granddaughter
Leilani Hassaid, Soon to Be Great Granddaughter
Yvonne Sorenson, Best Sister
Bill Lewis, Brother-in-law
Nick Graham, Best Brother
Robin Graham, Sister-in-law
Bob Sorenson, Nephew
Jody Sorenson, Niece-in-law
Shane Sorenson, Nephew
Michelle Sorenson, Niece-in-law
Shawn Sorenson, Nephew
Sherilyn Sorenson, Niece-in-law
and numerous nieces and nephews, and her friend and roommate Theresa Heen.

John Culver Deware-November 26, 1934 – July 20, 2018

John Culver Deware-(November 26, 1934 – July 20, 2018)-John Culver Deware, 83, of Palm City, Florida passed away on July 20, 2018 at his home.

Born in Lowell, Mass, he grew up in Hyannis on Cape Cod.

John attended University of New Hampshire, where he was Captain of the All American lacrosse team, a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, and a member of the US Air Force ROTC.

After graduation from UNH, he joined the Air Force attaining the rank of Captain. He flew B-52 bombers on the Mediterranean run during the Cold War.

He was a Mortgage Banker in commercial real estate at Dorman & Wilson, White Plains, NY for 32 years, retiring as Executive Vice-President.

An avid skier for most of his life, he spent winters skiing in Vermont and in the Rockies, and loved boating on Long Island Sound and along the New England coastline.

He had been a resident of Palm City for 2 ½ years, having moved down from Old Saybrook, CT.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Pamela Deware of Palm City, his daughters, Jennifer McArthur of Fairfield, CT and Jill Wattles and her husband Stan of Stuart, FL. He also leaves behind four beautiful grandchildren, Madeline McArthur of Chicago, IL, Caroline Wattles of Stuart, Sydney McArthur of Los Angeles, CA, and Lucas Wattles of Stuart.

There will be a memorial service at 1:30 PM on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL with military honors provided by the Base Honor Guard of Patrick Air Force Base.


Alvin N. Bobrick – July 20, 2018

Alvin N. Bobrick, 83, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on July 20, 2018 at his residence.

Born in New York, New York, he had been a resident of Palm City for 25 years coming from Boynton Beach, FL.

Prior to retiring he was a senior court clerk for the New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, NY.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years Charlotte Bobrick and his son Mitchell Bobrick and his wife Linda all of Palm City. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Bernice Welford and Sheila Bobrick


Barbara A Jackson-January 5, 1934 – July 19, 2018

Barbara A Jackson-(January 5, 1934 – July 19, 2018) Barbara A. Jackson, 84, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2018.

Barbara was born on January 5, 1934, in Rockford, Illinois. Shortly after completing her schooling, she began her career as a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines, where she served passengers with her beautiful smile and warm personality (even President Truman would ask specifically for her on his flights). In 1957, Barbara married Robert C. Jackson in Rockford, Illinois. In 1958, Barbara became a mother when the joy of her life, Lauri, was born. In 1960, her son Jon, the pride of her life, was born. In 1968, Barbara moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida where her family lived. While in Ft. Pierce, she worked in the medical field as a phlebotomist, owned a dog grooming shop, worked for FP&L and the U.S. Post Office. She also enjoyed her job at the Shopper and loved living in the same building as she worked so she could be close to her children when they arrived home from school. She cared for her grandparents and parents as they ended their journey here on earth. After retiring, she and her cousin Kathy migrated north to Palm Bay, Melbourne, Deltona and Debary.

Nearly everyone that met Barbara was drawn to her warm heart. She always managed to see the good in everyone. Everyone knew Barbara’s proudest achievement in life was being a mom and grandmother. She loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally and her happiest moments were those shared with them. Second to her love of her family was her love for all animals. Barbara’s many, many animals were family to her and she loved them as unconditionally as her children and grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Lauri (Don) Davenport of Lake Mary, Florida; son Jon (Claudia) Jackson of Fort Pierce, Florida; grandchildren Adam Davenport, Ben Davenport, Andrew (Katelyn) Davenport, and Tori Jackson; nephew Allen (Kiy) Abrahamson and their daughters Tealia and Leelu, cousin Kathy Nelson, cousin Maureen Pierson and her daughters Laura and Rachel.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Geraldine and George Abrahamson, her grandparents Harry and Louise Tuttle, her brother Dale Abrahamson, sister-in-law Billie Sue Abrahamson, and cousin Donna Bennyhoff.

Barbara’s funeral service will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm at Aycock Funeral Home, 6026 North US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, Florida. Viewing will be held at 11:30 am preceding the funeral service. Burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA ( in memory of Barbara Jackson (email recipient:

George Abrahamson, Father
Geraldine Tuttle Abrahamson, Mother
Harry Tuttle, Grandfather
Louise Tuttle, Grandmother
Dale Abrahamson, Brother
Billie Sue Abrahamson, Sister-in-law
Donna Bennyhoff, Cousin
Lauri Davenport, Daughter
Don Davenport, Son-in-law
Jon Jackson, Son
Claudia Jackson, Daughter-in-law
Adam Davenport, Grandchild
Ben Davenport, Grandchild
Andrew Davenport, Grandchild
Katelyn Davenport, Grand-Daughter-in-Law
Tori Jackson, Grandchild
Allen Abrahamson, Nephew
Kiy Abrahamson, Niece in law
Tealia Abrahamson, Great Niece
Leelu Abrahamson, Great Niece
Kathy Nelson, Cousin
Maureen Pierson, Cousin
Laura Pierson, Second Cousin
Rachel Pierson, Second Cousin

Robert P. Lord-May 21, 1955 – July 19, 2018

Robert P. Lord-(May 21, 1955 – July 19, 2018)Robert P. Lord, 63, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on July 19, 2018 at Treasure Coast Hospice, Stuart.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he had been a resident of Stuart for 14 years coming from Boynton Beach, FL.

He was the owner of Diverse Tech Services in Boynton Beach.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Lola Theresa Lord of Stuart, daughters, Dawn Hrynkiw(Jason) Jupiter, FL; Tracee Sama (Nick) Boynton Beach; Gina Neidigh (Rick) Stuart; Kristy Brown (Tim) Stuart and Bobbi Schmidt (Adam) Port St. Lucie, FL; 18 grandchildren; sister, Karen Roe of Lakeland, FL; brother, Christopher Lord of Long Island, NY; brother Anthony Lord of Fort Lauderdale, FL and sister, Constance Lord of Middle Village, NY.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. A funeral service will be at 2:00 PM.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, c/o We Work, 641 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 or on line at or for Treasure Coast Hospice at Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at in Robert’s memory.


James Thomas Collins-January 15, 1940 – July 15, 2018

James Thomas Collins-(January 15, 1940 – July 15, 2018) JAMES “Jim” Thomas Collins, dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather passed away peacefully at his home in Palm City, Florida on July 15, 2018 at the age of 78. He was born January 15, 1940 to Mary “Holly” Carolynn and Wilburn “Jack” Woodburn Collins in Richmond, Indiana. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Jim was offered a full academic and football scholarship to both Dartmouth and Southeast Missouri State University. Attending S.E. M. State, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He moved back to his home town and opened a successful real estate business, Collins Real Estate. In the late 60’s Jim switched gears and went back to school earning a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University and Doctoral Studies in Psychology at the University of Florida. In 1997 he co-founded a successful homecare company with his wife and daughter Juli called VIP America, now in its 21st year, covering 16 counties and 3 offices. Jim’s commitment to his Lord and Savior was evident in his active participation in his church. He served in many capacities including community outreach, deacon and elder positions and home groups. His early civic contributions included membership in the Rotary Club; Young Businessmen Ambassador for Rotary International in Southeast Asia; Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Associations and an active advocate to the state legislature on behalf of the nurse registry industry. His early hobbies were sports of all types, Enduro racing, Motorcross racing, including earning a sponsorship with Honda to race and mathematics. His loves were spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved listening to country music and it wasn’t uncommon for him to break out in chorus when with is family with songs like “On the Road Again.” Jim will be greatly missed by his wife Joan and their children: Daughter Jill and her husband Preston Ball and their children: Staci, Ashley and her husband Mike Skipper; Leah and her husband Andrew Young and their son Caden; Isaac and his wife Kristine and their son Jaxon; Jesse and his wife Rebekah and their son Asher; Jared, Rebekah, Jada and Preston “PJ”. Daughter Juli and her children: Josh Smith and Kati and her husband Justin Marlar and their children Kash and Kai. Son Josh and his wife Tonia and their children: Megan, Max and his wife Kayla, Kaitlin and Summer. Jim’s brother is William Steven Collins. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 21 at 2 pm at Highpoint Church, 2250 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. There will be a reception following with food provided.

Micah Liam Ewing-March 6, 1998 – July 14, 2018

Micah Liam Ewing-(March 6, 1998 – July 14, 2018)icah Liam Ewing, 20, of Stuart, Florida passed away on July 14, 2018. Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Micah graduated from Martin County High School in 2017. He was a marine technician for Whitaker Boat Works, a job he truly loved as he aspired to build his own some day. Micah loved going to Disney World with his family, and was an avid gamer. He was a diehard Miami Dolphin fan and during hockey season, he would root for the Boston Bruins. Micah was an awesome son, brother, uncle, nephew, boyfriend and friend…he is truly loved and will be forever missed. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Michael Jr. and Tracey Ewing of Stuart, FL; mother and step-father, Wendy and Clemens Kreutz of Switzerland; paternal grandparents, Michael Sr. and Brenda Ewing; maternal grandmother, Sabrina Barrett; sister, Elizabeth “Libby” Ewing; uncle, Jeff Ewing; aunt, Sara Williams; step sister, Carolyn-Ann Suggs; step brothers, Harrison Mitchell and Jacob Suggs; nephews, Maverick and Kai; girlfriend, Hannah Mendoza, along with many cousins, and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 12:00PM-1:00PM at Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel in South Stuart, with a funeral service to begin at 1:00PM. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Young and Prill Chapel.

William Kenna Rector Jr.-June 21, 1935 – July 13, 2018

William Kenna Rector Jr.-(June 21, 1935 – July 13, 2018)Bill was born to the late William “Kenna” Rector, Sr. and Dorothy McCoy Rector, on June 21, 1935, in Ravenswood, West Virginia. He spent his childhood in Ravenswood where he excelled in academics as well as athletics. He attended the University of Virginia on a full scholarship, where he earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees. He continued his football career as quarterback for the Cavaliers and was a cadet in the Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduation in 1957, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and on June 12, 1957, he married his sweetheart, Beverly Joy Snyder.

Over the following 26 years, he served in world wide assignments in Strategic Air Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Training Command, and Air University. He completed three overseas tours at Ernest Harmon AFB, Newfoundland, Canada; Tan Son Nhut AB, Republic of Vietnam, and Clark Air Base, Philippines. Colonel Rector retired from active duty in August, 1984, after receiving numerous military awards, including the Bronze Star medal. During his service, he earned another Masters and a Doctoral Degree in Education from Auburn University in Alabama.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Bill started a second career with Wackenhut Security and eventually fully retired from the workforce in 2000 from Omniplex in Virginia. Bill and Bev then moved to Leesburg, Florida, to enjoy the sunshine and sunsets. They later moved to San Antonio, Texas, for a few years before eventually settling at Traditions in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 2016.

Bill dearly loved his wife and family. He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 61 years; daughters – Kim, Tracy and Paige; their husbands – Dan Powers, Joe Fazzone and Patrick Dugan; grandchildren – Colin Lightfoot, Tony, Alex, and Claire Fazzone, Kevin and Michael Dugan; great-grandchildren – Adrian Fazzone and Reilynn Lightfoot; sisters – Connie Ritchie and Nancy Short; brother-in-law, Allen Short; and five nephews and one niece and their families.

His passions were lifelong learning, reading, sports, travelling, reminiscing and sunsets. He served his community, his country, and his God. He volunteered as a mentor for Mended Hearts in Leesburg where he helped patients recovering from heart surgery. Organizing class reunions and ceremonies for veterans also kept him active. Bill and Bev were members of the United Methodist Church. He was a man of integrity with a sense of humor and was respected by those who knew him. He will be honored in a pending induction into Ravenswood Football Hall of Fame.

A memorial service will be held July 21, 2018, 11:00 AM, at Aycock at Tradition, Life Celebration Center, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987. His ashes will be interred at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made in memory of William K. Rector, Jr. to the American Heart Association or to: JCCF “We Care Fund” 108 North Church Street, Ripley, WV 25271. “We Care” has been established in response to the recent school shootings across the nation as a means to support the improvement of school security in Ravenswood and Jackson County, a fitting tribute to Bill since education, security, and Ravenswood are all dear to his heart.

Beverly J. Rector, Wife
Kim Powers, Daughter
Dan Powers, Son-in-law
Tracy Fazzone, Daughter
Joe Fazzone, Son-in-law
Paige Dugan, Daughter
Patrick Dugan, Son-in-law
Connie Ritchie, Sister
Nancy Short, Sister
Allen Short, Brother-in-law
Bill is also survived by his six grandchildren – Colin, Tony, Kevin, Alex, Mike, and Claire; and two great-grandchildren – Adrian and Reilynn.

Norman G. Cloutier-July 3, 1936 – July 12, 2018

Kathleen Joy Kinsel-March 03, 1944 – July 12, 2018

Kathleen Joy Kinsel-(March 03, 1944 – July 12, 2018)Kathleen Kinsel, 74, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away on July 12, 2018 at Tradition Medical Center, St. Lucie West.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, she had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 32 years coming from her birthplace.

Prior to retirement she was a cosmetics manager for Walgreen’s Pharmacies.

Survivors include her husband 51 years, John A. Kinsel of Port St. Lucie; her daughter, Kelly Kinsel of Riviera Beach, FL; her son; Scott Kinsel of Port St. Lucie; her brother, Terry Jagiel of Toledo, OH and her sister, Linda Bean of Harrogate, TN.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City, FL. The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow immediately in the Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Peter Haritakis-May 06, 1954 – July 11, 2018

Peter Haritakis-(May 06, 1954 – July 11, 2018)Peter Haritakis, 65, of Stuart, Florida, passed away on July 11, 2018 at Martin Medical Center, Stuart.

Born in Oceanside, New York he had been a resident of Stuart for 35 years.

He had served in the U.S. Navy. He received an Associate in Arts degree from Indian River State College. He was a Christian.

He was a mail carrier/postman for the Unit States Postal Service for of 20 years serving Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Survivors include his sisters, Florence Oakowsky and her husband Dale of Murphy, NC and Christine Herman of Stuart; nieces, Rebecca and Victoria; nephew, Paul and other member of the Oakowsky family including Mary Oakowsky. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Olga Haritakis.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Palm City Chapel.

Christine M. Quaglia-August 16, 1936 – July 8, 2018

Christine M. Quaglia-(August 16, 1936 – July 8, 2018)Christine M. Quaglia, 81, of Jensen Beach passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Treasure Coast Hospice residence in Ft. Pierce, FL. Christine was born in Greenwich, CT. She had been a resident of St. Lucie County and Martin County for the past fifteen years coming from Howell, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Quaglia and her brother, Thomas Gerardi. Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, James A. Quaglia, Sr.; two sons, Robert Quaglia and his wife Lisa; James A. Quaglia, Jr.; eight grandchildren, Nicolas Quaglia, Eric Quaglia, George Rosko, Jr. and his wife Farra, Cassandra Krotchko and her husband Michael, Leah Rosko-Cariddo, Stephen Rosko and his wife Donna, Marissa Fazio and her husband John, David Rosko and his wife Cristina and sixteen great grandchildren. A Gathering will be held from 1:00pm – 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Aycock Funeral Home, 6026 North US Highway #1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946. A Celebration of Christine’s Life will follow at 2:00pm in our chapel. Contributions may be made “In Memory” of Christine M. Quaglia, P.O Box #1, Howell, New Jersey 07731.

Thomas Gerardi, Father
Marie josephine Muro Gerardi, Mother
Thomas Gerardi, Brother
Michael Quaglia, Son
James A Quaglia Sr, Husband
Robert Quaglia, Son
Lisa Quaglia, Daughter-in-law
James A Quaglia Jr, Son
Nicolas Quaglia, Grandson
Eric Quaglia, Grandson
George Rosko Jr, Grandson
Farra Rosko, Grand-Daughter-in-Law
Cassandra Krotchko, Granddaughter
Michael Krotchko, Grand-Son-in-Law
Leah Rosko-Cariddo, Granddaughter
Stephen Rosko, Grandson
Donna Rosko, Grand-Daughter-in-Law
Marissa Fazio, Granddaughter
John Fazio, Grand-Son-in-Law
David Rosko, Grandson
Cristina Rosko, Grand-Daughter-in-Law
and sixteen great grandchildren.

Donna L. Williams – January 04, 1955 – July 08, 2018

Donna L. Williams – (January 04, 1955 – July 08, 2018) She was born in Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY. She moved to Florida 12 years ago from New York. She had worked in several different industries, including a manager for a pre-school, administrative work, including Forest Hills Funeral Home. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and the AMVETS Auxiliary.

Donna fully enjoyed life. She loved to ride motorcycles and to laugh and have a good time.

Donna is survived by her sons, Jason Minardi and Christopher Minardi, both of Long Island, NY; step-mother Doris Hahn of Jensen Beach and Cousin James Eppolito of Palm City.

A gathering will take place 2:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City Chapel. A memorial service will take place at 3:30pm.

Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City Chapel.

Martha H. “Marti” Bruton of Port St. Lucie, Florida-February 22, 1931 – July 6, 2018

Martha H. “Marti” Bruton of Port St. Lucie, Florida-(February 22, 1931 – July 6, 2018) Martha H. Bruton, “Marti”, 87, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away on July 6th, 2018 at the Martin Medical Center, Stuart, Florida.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for 28 years coming from New City, New York.

Martha was a homemaker and had been a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie. She was very active and a past President of the Port St. Lucie Newcomers Club and an active member of the VIP’s of Port St. Lucie. She was very instrumental in providing various charities assistance in St. Lucie County.

Survivors include her sons, John Bruton Jr of Decatur, GA, Michael Bruton and wife Anita of Suffern, NY, Christopher Bruton of Fort Pierce, FL, her daughter Karen Bruton D’Alessio of Palm City, FL, and her grandchildren Matthew Bruton, Amanda Bruton and Mark D’Alessio. She was preceded in death by her husband John Bruton Sr.

Martha’s family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 on Friday, July 20th, at the Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL, followed by entombment in Forest Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorial donations, in Marti’s honor, may be made to the Post-Polio Health International, 4207 Lindell Blvd #110, St. Louis, MO 63108.

Cecelia Pearl Kullman-November 13, 1963 – July 06, 2018

Cecelia Pearl Kullman-(November 13, 1963 – July 06, 2018) Cecelia Pearl Kullman, 54, of Palm City, Florida, passed away on July 6, 2018 at her home.

Born in Waukegan, Illinois, she had been a resident of Martin County Florida for 43 years.

She had been a preschool teacher at the First United Methodist Church, Stuart.

She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and is survived by her husband of 20 years, Bruce Kullman; her son Richard Welker and his wife Victoria; her daughter, Stephanie Cordell and her husband Michael; her daughter Natalie Davis and her husband Landon and her daughters Kristi and Hailey Kullman; her grandchildren, Bailey and Richard Welker; her mother, Shirley Thorne; four brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Forest Hills Funeral Home Palm City, FL A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City. Interment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Palm City.

Adam Alexander Choby- March 21, 1987 – July 3, 2018

Adam Alexander Choby- (March 21, 1987 – July 3, 2018) It is with great sadness that the family of Adam Choby announce his passing on Tuesday July 3rd, 2018 at the age of 31 years. Adam will be lovingly remembered by his Mother Vicki and Father Alex Choby, Sister Elizabeth (Choby) Lattanzio. Adam will also be fondly remembered by his Aunt Terry and Uncle Dan Charest, Uncle Scott Levasseur, his Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Bill Sheaf, Aunt Suzanne and Uncle Tom Carducci his cousins William Sheaf, John Sheaf, Ashely Sheaf, Rachel Logan, Amanda Beck, Danielle Costello, Kate Florendo and his nephew Luca Lattanzio.

Adam is a native of Shamong, New Jersey where he attended Seneca High School. He was a National Honor Society student, Captain of the Varsity Football team, Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Upon graduation from high school Adam attended Florida State University where he majored in mechanical engineering and graduated in 2010. After college Adam began his career specializing in oil and gas pipeline engineering. More recently, before his death he passed the Professional Engineer (PE) exam. Besides living in New Jersey and Florida, Adam lived in Houston for most of his working days.

Adam enjoyed life especially traveling abroad. In 2017 he did a world tour throughout Europe, Thailand, and Indonesia. Besides traveling he enjoyed snowboarding in Vail, fishing in Florida, and playing golf with family and friends. Adam cherished his friends from high school, college and work. We will always remember his big smile and easy laughter.

A Mass will be celebrated in memory of Adam on Saturday August 4, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 350 NW California Blvd in Port St. Lucie Florida. Following mass will be a procession to Aycock at Tradition, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL for a celebration of life reception.

Adam was a wonderful young man that was loved by all who knew him. He will be missed and never forgotten.

Wade E. Payne- April 13, 1935 – July 3, 2018

Wade E. Payne- (April 13, 1935 – July 3, 2018) Wade E Payne, 83, of Fort Pierce, passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2018. He was born on June 13th, 1935, North Carolina, the son of Glen and Bertha Stevenson Payne.

Wade move to New Jersey and worked for the Port Authority NYNJ for 28 ½ years before retiring to Fort Pierce, FL.

He is preceded by his parents, and 4 siblings. He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years Rosemarie Cash Payne, daughter Debra Ann Payne Obarrio (Jose), brother’s Charles Payne, Wallace Payne, Douglas Payne, sister Glanda Payne and grandson Christopher Obarrio.

A visitation will be held at Aycock Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, on Friday July 20th, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00, with a service at 2 in lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Glen Payne, Father
Bertha Stevenson Payne, Mother
Myrtle Payne, Sister
Helen Payne Walls, Sister
Pauline “Polly” Payne Teaque, Sister
Kenneth Payne, Brother
Rosmarie Cash Payne, Wife
Debra Ann Payne Obarrio, Daughter
Jose Obarrio, Son-in-law
Charles Payne, Brother
Wallace Payne, Brother
Douglas Payne, Brother
Glanda Payne, Sister
Christopher Obarrio, Grandson

Joseph D. Coletti -July 25, 1944 – July 02, 2018

Joseph D. Coletti -(July 25, 1944 – July 02, 2018) Joseph D. Coletti, 73, of Jensen Beach, Florida, passed away on July 2, 2018 at his daughter’s home.

Born in Bronx, New York, he had been a resident of South Florida for 43 years coming from New York City.

Prior to retirement he was the director of procurement for UFC Aerospace.

Survivors include his wife, Maryann Coletti of Jensen Beach; his daughter, Dawn Potter of Jensen Beach; his son, Christopher Coletti and his wife Wendy of Alpharetta, GA and his grandchildren, William Potter IV, Ryan Potter, Vianne Coletti and Addison Potter. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Grieme and Constance LeRay and his brother, Edward J. Coletti.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Forest Hills Palm City Chapel with a prayer service at 1:00 PM. Entombment will follow immediately in Forest Hills Memorial Park.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to the National Endowment for Alzheimer’s Research, 2730 Spruce Street, Suite 101, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or at 215-778-4961 or on line at or can may be made for Treasure Coast Hospice at Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at

Cecile M. Williams-October 25, 1963 – July 02, 2018

Cecile M. Williams-(October 25, 1963 – July 02, 2018) Cecile Williams, 54, of Port St. Lucie, passed away unexpectedly July 2, 2018. She was born in Jamaica and relocated to the United States in 1986, settling in New York. In 1989, she moved to Port St. Lucie.

Cecile was a Pastor at First Born Church of Jesus Christ in Port St. Lucie.

She loved to cook, go fishing, and serve the community. Cecile had the biggest heart, and was always giving to her friends and family in any way that she could help.

She is survived by her sons, Thaddeus Walters of Gastonia, NC and Eric Williams Jr. of Port St. Lucie; her mother, Dorothy York of Jamaica and many siblings, including Oneil York of Port St. Lucie, Marsha of Ft. Lauderdale, Barbara Anderson, George York, Kevin York and Johnnie York, all of Jamaica. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Williams Sr. in 2017.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City.

Josephine Merlino-October 12, 1943 – July 1, 2018

Josephine Merlino-(October 12, 1943 – July 1, 2018)Josephine Merlino, 74, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida, departed this life Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Josephine is survived by her daughters, Bridget Stevens and Lisa Cole; son, Joseph Antonelli; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Aycock at Tradition, 12571 SW Tradition Pkwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, at St. Lucie Catholic Church, 280 SW Prima Vista Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Ataxia Foundation, 600 Hwy 169 South, Suite 1725, Minneapolis, MN 55426,

Bridget Stevens, Daughter
Lisa Cole, Daughter
Joseph Antonelli, Son
Josephine is also survived by 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.



Richard Shaw Hall Jr. December 9, 1944 – April 1, 2018

Richard Shaw Hall, Jr. December 9, 1944- April 1, 2018 – Was an American publisher with a marketing and sales background. Mr. Hall was born on Staten Island, in New York City. He attended Port Richmond High School where he experienced his first exposure to the world of publishing when he, for 4 years, worked on the school’s yearbook.

He attended City College of New York (Staten Island) from 1963 and 1964. He then embarked on an adventure to Kentucky, Morehead State University where he finished his undergraduate degree with majors in History, Sociology and Psychology, with minors in Business and Biology.

He returned to New York and began a teaching career in the field of Special Education specifically “Learning Behavioral Disabilities” at the secondary level (7th grade – 12th grade) at the 600 school on Staten Island housed on the Mt Loretto campus.

He attended Columbia University Graduate School with an emphasis in “Behavioral Psychology”.

After several lengthy teachers strikes he was offered an opportunity to move to Columbus, Ohio working for B.F. Skinner, designing and implementing behavioral modification programs imbedded in curriculum. He also did field research in that field and staff development. From 1969 – 1972 he was on loan to the University of Pittsburg (Leaning Resource Development Center) working with a field research program called I.P.I (Individualized Prescribed Instruction). In 1970, when the publishing rights for I.P.I. was acquired by New Century Education Corporation, Mr. Hall returned to the world of publishing. He remained with New Century until 1975.

During this time Mr. Hall was involved with Open Court publishing, editing the synthetic phonics “Foundation” program.

From 1976 to 1979 Mr. Hall became aware of school of educational thought spearheaded by Dr. Arthur Whimby, author of” Intelligence Can Be Taught” and began a relationship with a company called I.S.I (Innovative Sciences, Inc.) who brought behavioral management techniques together with the cognitive learning strategies of Whimby.

In 1979 he joined the Ohio based C.O.I.N. (Coordinated Occupational Information Network) an information database serving the guidance counselors across the country.

In 1986 after the sale of C.O.I.N. to Bell & Howell, Mr. Hall joined the Marketing and Sales department of Cambridge Book Company.

He achieved his highest success with Out2News, an online publishing newspaper effort created for the local Treasure Coast Community with a News/citizen journal emphasis. He called it the “Happy” news!

Perhaps the most important roll Mr. Hall prized was that of loving husband and devoted father. He adored his family and put them first in all that he did.

He is survived by his wife Robin Hall of 37 years, son Richard Shaw Hall III, son Andrew Shaw Hall and daughter in law Erica Hall and close family friend Sasha Dacosta.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in memory of: Richard S Hall Scholarship to Martin County Youth Leadership 1650 South Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34994.

John Hicks March 21, 1951 – October 30, 2016

John Charles Hicks Jr. (born March 21, 1951) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is best remembered for being the last lineman to be runner-up in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.

In 1970, Hicks came onto the Buckeye scene and won the job as a starting tackle. He unfortunately missed his sophomore year due to a knee injury, but rebounded to put together two spectacular seasons in 1972 and 1973. During Hicks’ three years, Ohio State posted a 28-3-1 record, and each year, Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship and went to the Rose Bowl, making Hicks the first person from OSU to play in three Rose Bowls.

In 1972 Hicks was recognized as a First Team All-America selection and earned his first of two All-Big Ten honors. He repeated his All-Conference honors his senior year and again earned All-America honors, this time as a unanimous selection. His stellar senior season and dominance of the line of scrimmage caught the eye of the voters as Hicks won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s most outstanding lineman and the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman.

The 6-3, 258 pound tackle started as a sophomore in 1970, freshman weren’t eligible, and helped them go to the Rose Bowl. In 1971, he started off the season in dominant fashion before injuring his knee and missing the last six games of the season. He came back to become an All-American in 1972 helping the Buckeyes to go back to the Rose Bowl. Then he had his monster 1973 season. A first round draft pick of the New York Giants, injuries would put a halt to his pro career.

Hicks was the first player to ever start in three Rose Bowls and was part of a monster Ohio State team. The unbeaten Buckeyes lost to Stanford 27-17 in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Next year at the 1973 game, Ohio State got steamrolled by USC 42-17. But the 1974 Rose Bowl game would be unbeaten Ohio State’s year to steamroll USC 42-21 as Hicks (Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson?) led the way to 323 rushing yards.

Hicks played for the New York Giants from 1974 through 1977. In April 1978, the Giants traded Hicks to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for offensive lineman Jim Clack and wide receiver Ernie Pough. Hicks never played for the Steelers.

Hicks is married to his wife Cindy, the father of three daughters and one son, and has three granddaughters and one grandson.

Out2martincounty.comCommentary by Richard Hall:

John Hicks was a friend and business associate and I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing.

I originally met John when he was still in school. A friend of mine was, at the time, dorm administrator of Stradley Hall (the athletic dorm).

I again had the privilege  of meeting John in 1975 when circumstances presented an opportunity to enter into a business enterprise with the newly crowned NFL “Rookie of the Year”. Our venture only lasted one year but what an interesting year it was.

John did the best imitation of Woody Hayes, whom he and many of the team affectionately called “the old man”, I have ever heard.

John Hicks wasn’t just among the greats ever to play football at Ohio State, he was “a giant,” two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin said. “In all that he did, he was a giant on and off the field.”

John passed away overnight due to complications from diabetes, his family acknowledged. He was 65.

“I knew this was coming, but it just hurts to know that he’s gone,” Griffin told The Columbus Dispatch.

A two-time All-American in 1972 and ’73, Hicks won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in ’73 as the nation’s outstanding lineman. He also finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, a monumental achievement for a right tackle.

He later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Ohio State athletics hall of fame and the hall of fame for the Rose Bowl, in which he started for the Buckeyes in trips there after the 1970, ’72 and ’73 seasons. He was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1974 but injuries blunted his pro career.

“Everyone knows what he did on the field,” Griffin said. “But overall, he was just a terrific man. What he did off the field was also unbelievable.”

Along with founding and running his own real estate development company, Hicks was deeply involved in myriad organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio and the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

He also was known to never turn down a call from his former teammates and other Buckeyes, being given the nickname “The Godfather” by his fellow Ohio State alumni, and for all the right reasons, Griffin said.

“Anytime someone needed help they’d call John,” Griffin said.

Among the causes Hicks took up was that of former Buckeyes and NFL safety Jack Tatum, whose battle with the ravages of diabetes eventually led to his untimely death at 61 in 2010. Hicks arranged several fund-raising efforts to help defray the costs of Tatum’s plight.

“He’d be organizing folks to help, whoever it was that needed the help,” Griffin said, his voice cracking with emotion. “He was just unbelievable, man.”

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, a Cleveland native like Hicks, seconded that notion.

“I have known John since I was in high school in Cleveland; he was one of my idols,” said Smith, who went on to play football at Notre Dame in the mid-1970s. “His impact on our community cannot be measured. He was a man’s man.”

Raymond C. Smith January 5, 1922 – June 6, 2010

Out2martincounty.comSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Raymond C. Smith, 88, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., a World War II veteran who enjoyed traveling, died June 6 in the Cape Canaveral home of his daughter, Lynne Smith Danesh.

Born on Staten Island, Mr. Smith graduated from Port Richmond High School. He began a 36-year career at Procter & Gamble, which was interrupted when he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Mississippi during the second World War. He enrolled in the Army’s pre-medical program at the University of Mississippi but his studies ended when the war did.

When Mr. Smith returned to Staten Island, he resumed working at Duncan Heins Division of Procter & Gamble in Port Ivory, Staten Island while taking night classes at Wagner College, Grymes Hill, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955 and a master of business administration degree in 1964. Proud of his alma mater, he continued to support the school until his death.

After retiring in 1976 as a manager, Mr. Smith and his wife of 56 years, the former Rita Quinn, traveled to south Florida and lived aboard their yacht, Gingham, until finally settling in Satellite Beach, Fla., amid a group of Staten Island retirees.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith traveled the world, be it by land, air, or sea. After his wife’s death in 1998, Mr. Smith fulfilled their dream to pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

An Episcopalian, Mr. Smith was a member of St. Andrew’s Parish, Richmond; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Fla., and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa, Fla.

In addition to his daughter, Lynne, Mr. Smith is survived by another daughter, Patricia A. Korol; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne. There will be a mass at 11 a.m. on July 17 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa.

Richard Shaw Hall Sr. Decorated Naval Aviator

Dies at 86 in Palm City

Richard (Dick Hall) Hall founder of Libre House Publishing of Princeton, New Jersey and Chem-Pro Marketing of Staten Island, New York died September 28, 2007 after a brief illness in Palm City, Florida.

He is survived by his two sons Richard S. Hall, Jr. and daughter in-law Robin Hall of Palm City, Florida and Gregory H. Hall and daughter in-law Debbie Hall of Staten Island. He was also survived by three grand children Dana Carole Hall Reese of Los Angeles, Richard S. Hall III of Palm City and Andrew S. Hall also of Palm City. Mr. Hall had two great grand children Charles and Smyth Reese of Los Angeles. He also was survived by 2 siblings, older brother Norman Hall (91)of Whiting, New Jersey and younger sister Doris Zdanowicz of New Jersey as well.

He was married to Alice M. Baker for 60 years also of Staten Island.

Noted “Who’s Who” business and finance entrepreneur was probably best know for his “Cost estimation” articles in McGraw Hill’s publication Chemical Engineering. He led the way to computerized cost estimation in the stainless steel industry.

From modest means in his early years it might be said that he was a product of the depression and World War II. Born on Staten Island, New York on April 21, 1921 he attended Public School #30 in The Westerleigh area of the island. He graduated from port Richmond High School in 1939 and proceeded to go to work in Manhattan for the U.S. Nickel Company. Later in 1941 he worked at The Bethlehem Ship yard where he worked as an electricians apprentice on ships including the Destroyer Juno.

He enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in April 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was first assigned to The Naval Civil Pilot Training Program at Syracuse University from June to October 1942; United States Naval Preflight School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., from January to March 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Glenview, Illinois, from March – July 1943; United States Naval Air Training Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, July 1943 – February 1944; graduated and commissioned Ensign U.S.N.R. (Naval Aviator) on February 9, 1944.

Assigned U.S. Naval Operational Training Center, Banana River, Florida from February -April 1944; assigned to Navy Squadron VPB26, Charleston, S.C. to Fleet Air Wing 17, serving with the fleet in the central and western Pacific theaters. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals for “Meritorious Service” in China, Korean and Japanese mainland theaters of operation. He was promoted to Lt. (JG) in April 1945. Was a member of the first Naval Aviation Squadron to land in the Tokyo Bay area simultaneous with the fleet’s arrival in September, 1945. He served several weeks with the occupation forces in Japan.

Reassigned to Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Ordered to Fleet Headquarters, New York via NAS Alameda, California for release from active duty on January 6, 1946.

Mr. Hall attended Wagner College, Staten Island, New York from 1946 to 1948. He then went to work as a sales representative for New York Refrigeration Co., Long Island, N.Y., 1947. Sales Representative for Doyle & Roth Manufacturing Co., Brooklyn, NY from 1947 to 1954; Advertising Sales Manager, 1954 – 1963; Vice President 1963 – 1970. Vice President of Walster Corp. Simpson, Pa. 1962 – 1970; Chem-Pro Marketing Services, Staten Island, N.Y., 1966 – 1970; Vice President, Chem-Pro Associates, 1970; President, Richard S. Hall & Associates Ltd., Staten Island, NY from 1970 – 1987.

For 20 years he was a Biographee of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, and the International Biographee.

He served on American Standards Association committee establishing “Standards for Tubular Heat Exchangers for the chemical industry”, a collaborative effort between the American, and the Tubular Exchanger Manufactures Association.

Retiring in 1987 he joined and actively participated in the Services Corps of Retired Executive, co-chairing-in a collaborative effort with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce–a series of seminars on international trade.

He was a member of the Chemists Club, American Association of Cost Engineers, Association of Naval aviation, Service Core of Retired Executives, The Planetary Society, National Space Society, and International Trade Advocacy Group.

After the death of his loving wife in 2003 and in ill health, he moved to Palm City, Florida to live with is son Richard and his family.

In his later years he was active with The Martin County Council On Aging, The V.I.P. (Visually Impaired Persons), The Palm City Art Associates.

Mr. and Mrs. Hall will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The family has expressed that in lue of flowers please make a donations to Hospice of The Treasure Coast.

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