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Kenneth Ronald Berry – November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018
Kenneth Ronald Berry (November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018) was an American actor, dancer and singer. Berry starred on the television series F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama’s Family. He also appeared on Broadway in The Billy Barnes Revue, headlined as George M. Cohan in the musical George M! and provided comic relief for the medical drama Dr. Kildare, with Richard Chamberlain in the 1960s.Berry was born in Moline in Rock Island County in northwestern Illinois, one of two children of an accountant, Darrell Berry, and his wife, Bernice. Berry was of Swedish-English descent.
Berry realized he wanted to be a dancer and singer at age 12, as he watched a children’s dance performance during a school assembly. He dreamed of starring in movie musicals and went to the movie theater to see Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in some of his favorite films, including Easter Parade, Royal Wedding, On the Town, and Summer Stock.
Berry immediately started tap dance class and, at age 15, won a local talent competition sponsored by radio and television big band leader Horace Heidt. Heidt asked Berry to join his traveling performance ensemble, “The Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program”, a popular touring group. He toured the U.S. and Europe for 15 months with the program, dancing and singing for the public and at post-World War II United States Air Force bases overseas. Berry made lasting relationships with several of his co-cast members and Horace’s son, Horace Heidt Jr., who later launched a big band and radio career.
Army service After high school graduation, Berry volunteered for the United States Army, and was assigned to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
His first year in the Army was spent in the artillery, where he entered a post talent contest; The winner went on Arlene Francis’ Soldier Parade in New York City. Berry, who always carried his tap shoes with him, worked out a routine and a few hours later won the contest. He headed to New York for his television debut.
Berry’s second and final year in the army was with Special Services, under Sergeant Leonard Nimoy. As a part of Special Services, he toured Army posts and officers’ clubs entertaining the troops, as well as visiting colleges for recruiting purposes. Soon another talent competition was held, the All Army Talent Competition, looking to find service personnel to appear on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town. Berry placed third in the “Specialty Act” category with the song “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” and returned to New York City and television.
The Sullivan appearance was to take place shortly before Berry would muster out of the Army. Nimoy sent telegrams to several studios and talent agents asking them to watch Berry on the show. The performance led to an offer from Twentieth Century Fox and a screen test at Universal Studios. He signed with an agent as soon as he arrived in Hollywood.
Berry accepted Universal’s offer and began as a contract player. Soon he was being groomed to take over for Donald O’Connor in the Francis the Talking Mule movie series; however, Mickey Rooney became available and got the part. At Universal, Berry took full advantage of the studio’s talent development program and later, under the GI Bill of Rights, he took jazz dance, ballet, vocal, and additional acting classes.
The movie musicals Berry admired had already seen their heyday; however, acting, which he once thought of as “something I would do between song and dance routines”, became the basis of his career.
Berry went on to star in the 1969 musical comedy Hello Down There – reissued as Sub a Dub Dub – as Mel Cheever, the nemesis of Tony Randall and Janet Leigh, and with Denver Pyle in 1976’s Guardian of the Wilderness, the story of Galen Clark, the man who created Yosemite National Park. Berry also earned broader success as a Disney star in the films Herbie Rides Again in 1974, with Helen Hayes and Stefanie Powers, and The Cat From Outer Space in 1978, with Sandy Duncan and McLean Stevenson.
In 1956, after being released from Universal, Berry ventured to Las Vegas where he opened for and joined Abbott & Costello in their stage act, performing sketches and song and dance routines at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. While working with Abbott & Costello, he met Dee Arlen, an actress whom he credited with getting him his first big break. This was Berry’s first performance on the Las Vegas strip.
Then, in 1957, Berry was asked by Ken Murray, a well-known vaudeville performer, to join his stage variety show The Ken Murray Blackouts. The Blackouts played to standing-room-only audiences, and Berry was asked to choreograph and perform the opening number for the show when it played the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Berry eventually returned to Las Vegas again in the 1970s at the invitation of Andy Griffith. Griffith, with Berry and Jerry Van Dyke, played Caesars Palace, where Berry performed song and dance numbers sandwiched by Andy and Jerry’s stand-up routines. Actress Dee Arlen referred Berry for a role in the show In League with Ivy at the Cabaret Concert Theatre, a nightclub in Los Angeles. Here he met famed composer–impresario Billy Barnes, the play’s composer. Barnes brought Berry into The Billy Barnes Review ensemble, his next break, and he performed in many of Barnes’ shows in the coming years.
While with Barnes, Berry worked with other performers including his future wife, Jackie Joseph, as well as Joyce Jameson, Bert Convy, Patti Regan, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Lennie Weinrib, and sketch writer/director Bob Rodgers. Several cast albums were made.
In November 1959, the original cast of the Broadway show was replaced two weeks after a legal dispute with the producers over a canceled performance. The cast had missed their flight from Chicago after a promotional appearance on Playboy’s Penthouse and refunds had to be made to the ticket holders. He performed in several stage shows in Los Angeles; the press dubbed him “another Fred Astaire” and “the next Gene Kelly”. His talent was also compared to that of Flamenco Dancer José Greco, the legendary hoofer Donald O’Connor, Ray Bolger, and Jack Donahue Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts was a prime time television talent contest, that ran from 1946 to 1958. The winner got a week’s work on Godfrey’s morning television program, which was simulcast on radio. Berry won in 1957, performed his week on the show, and was then asked back for six more weeks. He traveled with Godfrey and performed on remote broadcasts in an Omaha stock yard, in Seattle at a lumber camp, at the Boeing aircraft plant, and at the San Diego Zoo. Berry came up with a new routine for every show, which aired daily.The Billy Barnes Review was popular with Hollywood, and one evening Carol Burnett was in Los Angeles and saw Berry in the show. She was appearing on The Garry Moore Show in New York and convinced the producers to sign Berry as a guest star. Burnett became a key ally for Berry, using him on her own special, which eventually became CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show. Ken was one of Burnett’s most frequent guest stars along with Jim Nabors and Steve Lawrence. In 1972, Ken and Carol appeared together in the 1972 color remake of Burnett’s Broadway hit, Once Upon A Mattress for CBS.
A notable dramatic performance by Berry was 1982’s TV movie Eunice, which was based on The Carol Burnett Show sketch, The Family. The Family was somewhat of a pilot for Mama’s Family. Berry played Phillip, Eunice’s brother, in the special; however he went on to play Vinton, a different brother, on Mama’s Family.
His collaboration with Carol Burnett continued with the 1993 Long Beach theatrical production of From the Top.The Billy Barnes Review also led to another important connection in his career when he was spotted by Lucille Ball. Ball quickly asked him to join her new talent development program at Desilu, similar to the “talent pools” – known as talent “programs” – that the other studios had. He was under contract with Desilu for six months, performing for both Ball and Barnes at the same time. The reviews for The Billy Barnes Review were largely positive, and additional investors contributed the extra money needed to move the show from the York Playhouse to Broadway, which meant he had to take leave from Desilu.
After returning from New York in 1960, Berry was brought back to Desilu to play Woody, a bell hop, in ten episodes of CBS’s The Ann Sothern Show which was set in a New York hotel called the Bartley House. The character Woody served as a “Greek chorus of one” on the series.
In 1968, Ball asked Berry to guest star on The Lucy Show, where he played a bank client needing a loan to start a dance studio. He performed a tribute to the Fred Astaire number “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” and a duet with Ball for a rendition of “Lucy’s Back in Town”. After numerous smaller roles, Berry was cast as one of three comic relief characters on Dr. Kildare, from 1961 to 1966. A regular on the series, Berry played Dr. Kapish. He also had a role on The Dick Van Dyke Show as a dance instructor several times.Berry continued doing guest roles, but while performing a small part on the short-lived George Burns-Connie Stevens sitcom Wendy & Me, both Burns and Stevens recommended him for the pilot of F-Troop for ABC, a western spoof where he played the accident-prone Captain Parmenter—his first weekly role starring in a sitcom.
Berry’s co-stars were Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. Berry called his time on F-Troop “two years of recess” as the entire cast spent time between takes trying to make each other laugh. His grace and agility allowed him to perform choreographed pratfalls over hitching posts, sabers, and trash cans.
In 1967, during the second year of F-Troop, Dick Linke – who was Berry’s manager, and also managed Andy Griffith and Jim Nabors – pitched an F-Troop stage show to Bill Harrah, founder of Harrah’s Entertainment, which included a casino and hotel in Reno, Nevada. Harrah went for it, and Berry, Larry Storch, Forrest Tucker, and James Hampton put together a show, hiring writers and a choreographer to assist. While performing the Reno show they received word that F-Troop had been canceled due to a financial dispute between the production company and the studio.
The next year Berry was cast in the featured role of Sam Jones, a widowed farmer, on the last few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. He took the lead role on the spin-off Mayberry R.F.D.. In September 1968, Berry led the cast of Mayberry R.F.D., as Griffith’s character receded. Most of the regular characters stayed with the show. Andy and wife Helen left after a few episodes into season two. Series writers used Berry’s “trouper” talents in stories about church revues and talent contests. On the 1970 Mayberry R.F.D. episode “The Charity”, he and co-star Paul Hartman performed a soft shoe routine. Berry sometimes ended a show on the porch at dusk, serenading others with such songs as “Carolina Moon”. In spite of finishing 15th place for season three, Mayberry R.F.D. was canceled in 1971 in what was called “the rural purge”, where shows set in a bucolic locale (The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction) were replaced with the more “hip” fare of Norman Lear (All In The Family) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
After Mayberry R.F.D., Berry starred in several made-for-TV movies, and his own summer replacement variety show on ABC called The Ken Berry ‘Wow’ Show in 1972, which ran for five episodes. This show was an launching pad for future stars Steve Martin, Cheryl Ladd and Teri Garr. In 1973 Sherwood Schwartz wrote a Brady Bunch spin-off called Kelly’s Kids, which featured Berry as the adoptive father of three diverse boys (black, white, and Asian). The pilot failed to interest ABC.
Over the next two decades Berry guest starred on many shows, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Julie Andrews Hour, several Mitzi Gaynor specials, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Donny & Marie Show, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, CHiPs, and The Golden Girls. In 1983, Berry was cast as Vinton Harper in Mama’s Family, a spin-off from The Carol Burnett Show with comic actors including Vicki Lawrence, Dorothy Lyman, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Beverly Archer during six seasons of the show. Mama’s Family aired on NBC from 1983 to 1984 and in repeats until 1985. It was then picked up for first-run syndication from 1986 to 1990. The run totaled 130 episodes.
During and after Mama’s Family, Berry toured the U.S. in various theatrical performances, including multiple performances of Sugar with co-stars such as Donald O’Connor, Mickey Rooney, Soupy Sales, and Bobby Morse, The Music Man with Susan Watson (Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi were in the chorus), I Do! I Do! with Loretta Swit, and Gene Kelly’s A Salute to Broadway with Howard Keel and Mimi Hines. Kelly, Berry’s idol, was set to direct the production, but fell ill.In his younger years, Berry signed with a modeling agency that put him in a variety of spots, including advertisements for tissues, cigarettes, cereal, and a car commercial.
Years later, after signing with a commercial agent, Berry was a spokesman in commercials for Kinney Shoes from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, singing and dancing to the “Great American Shoe Store” jingle. Berry’s first recording experience came with the Billy Barnes cast albums: one from the Broadway performance of The Billy Barnes Review and the second in Billy Barnes’ L.A.
After an appearance on The Andy Williams Show, Williams asked Berry to record a solo album on his new Barnaby label. Backed by a full orchestra, Ken Berry RFD was released in 1970. Berry married Jackie Joseph, a Billy Barnes castmate, on May 29, 1960. They adopted two children together: son John Kenneth in 1964 and daughter Jennifer Kate in 1965. They divorced in 1976. His son John, who later became the co-founder of the Indie rock band Idaho, died in 2016 of brain cancer at the age of 51.
Berry “loved cars and anything with wheels” from the time he was a young child, particularly smaller cars, and maintained a 1966 Mini Moke. An avid motorcyclist, he camped and rode the local Los Angeles mountain ranges.Berry died in Burbank, California on December 1, 2018 at the age of 85.
George Herbert Walker Bush – June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018
George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018)was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. As a member of the Republican Party, he had previously been a U.S. Representative, Ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush; after his eldest son George W. Bush became President of the United States in 2001, he was referred to as “George H. W. Bush”, “Bush 41”, or “George Bush Sr.”
A scion of the Bush family, he was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Bush postponed his university studies, enlisted in the United States Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time. He served until September 1945, and then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas, where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964.
Soon after founding his own oil company, Bush became involved in politics. He was defeated in his first election, for the U.S. Senate in 1964, but won election to the House of Representatives from Texas’s 7th district in 1966. He was re-elected in 1968 but was defeated for election to the Senate again in 1970. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Bush as Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1973, Bush became the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The following year, President Gerald Ford appointed Bush as Chief of the Liaison Office in China and later made Bush the Director of Central Intelligence. Bush ran for president in 1980 and was defeated in the Republican primary by Ronald Reagan, who chose him as his running mate in his successful bid for presidency. During his eight-year tenure as Vice President, Bush headed task forces on deregulation and the war on drugs.
Bush ran a successful campaign in 1988, defeating Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis, becoming the first incumbent vice president in 152 years to be elected president. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: Military operations were conducted in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later. Bush also signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created a trade bloc consisting of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Domestically, Bush reneged on a 1988 campaign promise and signed a bill to increase taxes. In the wake of a weak recovery from an economic recession and the diminution of foreign policy as a major issue in a post-Cold War political climate, he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton.
After leaving office in 1993, Bush was active—often alongside his former opponent Bill Clinton—in humanitarian activities. With George W. Bush’s victory in the 2000 presidential election, Bush and his son became the second father–son pair to serve as president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Bush’s second son, Jeb Bush, served as the 43rd Governor of Florida and sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Bush died on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94 years, 171 days, currently being the longest-lived president in American history.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born at 173 Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924, to Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy (Walker) Bush. The Bush family moved from Milton to Greenwich, Connecticut, shortly after his birth. Bush was named after his maternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker, who was known as “Pop”. In turn, Bush was called “Poppy” as a tribute to his namesake.
Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich. Beginning in 1938, he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he held a number of leadership positions that included president of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of both the varsity baseball and soccer teams.
The United States formally entered World War II in December 1941, following Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Six months later, Bush enlisted into the U.S. Navy immediately after he graduated from Phillips Academy on his eighteenth birthday. He became a naval aviator, taking training for aircraft carrier operations aboard USS Sable. After completing the 10-month course, he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on June 9, 1943 (just three days before his 19th birthday), which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date.
In September 1943, he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron 51 (VT-51) as the photographic officer. The following year, his squadron was based in USS San Jacinto as a member of Air Group 51, where his lanky physique earned him the nickname “Skin”. During this time, the task force was victorious in one of the largest air battles of World War II: the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Bush in his Grumman TBM Avenger aboard USS San Jacinto in 1944
After Bush’s promotion to lieutenant (junior grade) on August 1, 1944, San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. Bush piloted one of four Grumman TBM Avengers of VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chichijima. His crew for the mission, which occurred on September 2, 1944, included Radioman Second Class John Delaney and Lt.(jg) William White.Although his aircraft was hit by flak during the attack, Bush successfully released bombs and scored several hits. With his engine ablaze, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member bailed out; the other man’s parachute did not open. Bush waited for four hours in an inflated raft, while several fighters circled protectively overhead, until he was rescued by the submarine USS Finback. For the next month, he remained in Finback and participated in the rescue of other aviators. Several of those shot down during the attack were executed, and their livers were eaten by their captors. This experience shaped Bush profoundly, leading him to ask, “Why had I been spared and what did God have for me?”
In November 1944, Bush returned to San Jacinto and participated in operations in the Philippines until his squadron was replaced and sent home to the United States. Through 1944, he flew 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to San Jacinto. Bush was then reassigned to a training wing for torpedo bomber crews at Norfolk Navy Base, Virginia. His final assignment was to a new torpedo squadron, VT-153, based at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan. Bush was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in September 1945, one month after the surrender of Japan.
When Bush was still in the Navy, he married Barbara Pierce (1925–2018) in Rye, New York on January 6, 1945. The marriage produced six children: George W. (b. 1946), Robin (1949–1953), Jeb (b. 1953), Neil (b. 1955), Marvin (b. 1956), and Doro (b. 1959). At the time of his wife’s death on April 17, 2018, George H. W. had been married to Barbara for 73 years; theirs was the longest presidential marriage in American history. They had become the longest-married presidential couple in 2000 when their marriage surpassed the 54-year (1764–1818) marriage of John and Abigail Adams.
After Bush received his military discharge, he enrolled at Yale University. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics on an accelerated program that enabled him to graduate in two and a half years, rather than the usual four. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was elected its president. He also captained the Yale baseball team and played in the first two College World Series as a left-handed first baseman. Bush was the team captain during his senior year in 1948, and he met Babe Ruth before a game; the event took place only weeks before Ruth’s death. Like his father, he was also a member of the Yale cheerleading squad. Late in his junior year, he was initiated into the Skull and Bones secret society; his father Prescott Bush had been initiated into the same society in 1917. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa when he graduated from Yale in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. After graduating from Yale, Bush moved his young family to West Texas. His father’s business connections proved useful as he ventured into the oil business, starting as an oil field equipment salesman for Dresser Industries, a subsidiary of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where Prescott Bush had served on the board of directors for 22 years. While working for Dresser, Bush lived in various places with his family: Odessa, Texas; Ventura, Bakersfield and Compton, California; and Midland, Texas.(According to eldest son George W. Bush, then age two, the family lived in one of the few duplexes in Odessa with an indoor bathroom, which they “shared with a couple of hookers”.) Bush started the Bush-Overbey Oil Development company in 1951 and in 1953 co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation, an oil company that drilled in the Permian Basin in Texas. In 1954, he was named president of the Zapata Offshore Company, a subsidiary which specialized in offshore drilling.
Shortly after the subsidiary became independent in 1959, Bush moved the company and his family from Midland to Houston. He continued serving as president of the company until 1964, and later chairman until 1966, when he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives. By that time, Bush had become a millionaire.
Bush’s career in politics began in 1963 when he was elected chairman of the Harris County, Texas Republican Party. The following year, he ran against incumbent Democrat Ralph W. Yarborough in the U.S. Senate race. He presented himself as a young Conservative Republican in contrast to the aging liberal Democrat Yarborough. He campaigned against civil rights legislation pending before Congress, stating that he believed it gave too much power to the federal government. Bush lost the election 56% to 44%, though he did outpoll Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who lost by an overwhelming margin to Lyndon B. Johnson.
Bush and the Harris County Republicans played a role in the development of the new Republican Party of the late 20th century. First, Bush worked to absorb the John Birch Society members, who were trying to take over the Republican Party. Second, during and after the civil rights movement, Democrats in the South who were committed to segregation left their party, and although the “country club Republicans” had differing ideological beliefs, they found common ground in hoping to expel the Democrats from power. In 1966, Bush was elected to a seat in the United States House of Representatives from the 7th District of Texas; he won 57 percent of the ballots cast in a race against Democrat Frank Briscoe, who was the district attorney of Harris County. Bush was the first Republican to represent Houston in the U.S. House. Bush’s representative district included Tanglewood, the Houston neighborhood that was his residence; his family had moved into Tanglewood in the 1960s. His voting record in the House was generally conservative: Bush voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, although it was generally unpopular in his district. He supported the Nixon administration’s Vietnam policies, but broke with Republicans on the issue of birth control, which he supported. Despite being a first-term congressman, Bush was appointed to the powerful United States House Committee on Ways and Means, where he voted to abolish the military draft. He was elected to a second term in 1968.
In 1970, Nixon convinced Bush to relinquish his House seat in order to run for the Senate against Ralph Yarborough, who was a fierce Nixon critic. In the Republican primary, Bush easily defeated conservative Robert J. Morris by a margin of 87.6% to 12.4%. Nixon went to Longview, Texas, to campaign for Bush and gubernatorial candidate Paul Eggers, a Dallas lawyer who was a close friend of U.S. Senator John G. Tower.Former Congressman Lloyd Bentsen, a more moderate Democrat and native of Mission in south Texas, defeated Yarborough in the Democratic primary.Yarborough endorsed Bentsen, who went on to defeat Bush, 53.4 to 46.6%.
Following his 1970 loss, Bush was well known as a prominent Republican businessman from the “Sun Belt”, a group of states in the Southern part of the country.Nixon noticed and appreciated the sacrifice Bush had made of his Congressional position, so he appointed him United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate, and served for two years, beginning in 1971.
His ambassadorship was marked by a notable defeat on the China question. On October 25, 1971, the General Assembly voted to expel the Republic of China and replace it with the People’s Republic of China. Bush was hissed when he got up to speak, and the delegates cheered and danced after defeating a US motion to require a two-thirds supermajority. The resolution then won a two-thirds supermajority anyway, as the United States lost the support of every NATO country.Although Bush condemned the “gladiatorial ugliness” of the debate,he advocated friendly relations with the Chinese delegation.Two months later, Bush even placed himself in the position of depending on a Chinese veto in the 1971 Secretary-General selection. However he did not tell the Chinese, who unexpectedly abstained and allowed Kurt Waldheim to be selected as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
After Bob Dole resigned as chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1972, Nixon named Bush to the position. Bush took over in January 1973 and held this position as the Watergate scandal grew more damaging to Nixon. He initially defended Nixon steadfastly, but as Nixon’s complicity became clear he focused more on defending the Republican Party. As chairman, Bush formally requested that Nixon eventually resign for the good of the Republican party.Nixon did this on August 9, 1974; Bush noted in his diary that “There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died… The speech was vintage Nixon—a kick or two at the press—enormous strains. One couldn’t help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame… indeed a new spirit, a new lift.”
First term, 1981–1985
As vice president, Bush generally maintained a typically low profile while he recognized the constitutional limits of the office; he avoided decision-making or criticizing Reagan in any way. As had become customary, he and his wife moved into the Vice President’s residence at Number One Observatory Circle, about two miles from the White House. After selling the house in Tanglewood, the Bushes declared a room in The Houstonian Hotel in Houston as their official voting address. The Bushes attended a large number of public and ceremonial events in their positions, including many state funerals, which became a common joke for comedians. Mrs. Bush found the funerals largely beneficial, saying, “George met with many current or future heads of state at the funerals he attended, enabling him to forge personal relationships that were important to President Reagan.” As the President of the Senate, Bush stayed in contact with members of Congress and kept the president informed on occurrences on Capitol Hill.
Vice President Bush official portrait (1981)
On March 30, 1981 (early into the administration), Reagan was shot and seriously wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C. Bush was in Fort Worth, Texas, and immediately flew back to Washington D.C. because he was next in line to the presidency. Reagan’s cabinet convened in the White House Situation Room, where they discussed various issues, including the availability of the “nuclear football”. When Bush’s plane landed, he was advised by his aides to proceed directly to the White House by helicopter as an image of the government still functioning despite the attack. Bush rejected the idea, responding, “Only the President lands on the South Lawn.” This made a positive impression on Reagan, who recovered and returned to work within two weeks. From then on, the two men would have regular Thursday lunches in the Oval Office.
President Ronald Reagan with Bush
In November 1982, Bush toured Africa, the first instance of a high United States government official visiting the continent since the Reagan administration began. Bush told reporters that while he would allow for heads of state to dictate how each meeting would transpire, there was an expectation on his part for discussions on the independence of Namibia, adding that the United States was going to retain the position of no settlement in Namibia until Cuban troops in Angola were withdrawn. On November 15, Bush met with United States Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Yuri Andropov in Moscow, Russia, to discuss human rights and arms reductions. Bush later said, “The meeting was frank, cordial and substantive. It gave both sides the opportunity to exchange views on the state of their relations.”
At the end of January 1983, Bush began a seven-day tour of Western Europe intended to promote the arms reduction commitment being advocated for by the Reagan administration.During a February 8 news conference in Paris, Bush said the United States’ invitations for the Soviet Union to consent to a reduction in medium-range missiles were supported by Western Europe, which he stated had also consented to the deployment of new American missiles starting in the latter part of the year. The following day, Bush defended American nuclear arms policy when answering British Secretary General of the Committee on Nuclear Disarmament Bruce Kent.
In September 1983, Bush met with President of Romania Nicolae Ceaușescu, insisting during the meeting that President Reagan intended to push for arms reductions at the Geneva talks with the Soviet Union. Shortly thereafter, Bush said the United States wanted better relations with all countries within the Eastern Bloc though he stressed that NATO would retaliate in the event of any threatening of European military stability by the Soviets, and the vice president assailed the Soviet Union for the Berlin Wall and destroying the
Reagan and Bush in a meeting to discuss the United States’ invasion of Grenada with a group of bipartisan members of Congress in October 1983
In December 1983 Bush flew to El Salvador and warned that country’s military leaders to end their death squads and hold fully free elections or face the loss of U.S. aid. “It is not just the President, it is not just me or the Congress. If these death-squad murders continue, you will lose the support of the American people and that would indeed be a tragedy.” Bush’s aides feared for his safety and thought about calling the meeting off when they discovered apparent blood stains on the floor of the presidential palace of Álvaro Magaña. Bush was never told of the aides’ concerns and a tense meeting was held in which some of Magaña’s personnel brandished semiautomatic weapons and refused requests to take them outside.
Bush was assigned by Reagan to chair two special task forces, on deregulation and international drug smuggling. The deregulation task force reviewed hundreds of rules, making specific recommendations on which ones to amend or revise, in order to curb the size of the federal government. The drug smuggling task force coordinated federal efforts to reduce the quantity of drugs entering the United States. Both were popular issues with conservatives, and Bush, largely a moderate, began courting them through his work.
On June 14, 1984, Bush cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate in favor of the 10-warhead MX missile system.
Second term, 1985–1989
International policy with the Soviet Union was a critical component of the political landscape in the late 1980s. Vice President Bush can be seen here standing with President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, on the New York City waterfront, 1988
Reagan and Bush ran for reelection in 1984. The Democratic opponent, Walter Mondale, made history by choosing a woman, New York Representative Geraldine Ferraro, as his running mate. She and Bush squared off in a single televised vice presidential debate. Ferraro served as a contrast to the Ivy-League educated Bush; she represented a blue-collar district in Queens, New York. This distinction and her popularity among female journalists left Bush at a disadvantage. Regardless, the Reagan-Bush ticket won in a landslide against the Mondale-Ferraro ticket. Early into his second term as vice president, Bush and his aides were planning a run for the presidency in 1988. By the end of 1985, a committee had been established and over two million dollars were raised for Bush.
On July 13, 1985, Bush became the first vice president to serve as acting president when Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon; Bush served as the acting president for approximately eight hours.
In 1986, the Reagan administration was shaken by a scandal when it was revealed that administration officials had secretly arranged weapon sales to Iran. The officials had used the proceeds to fund the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua, which was a direct violation of law. The scandal became known as the Iran–Contra affair. When news of the public embarrassment broke to the media, Bush, like Reagan, stated that he had been “out of the loop” and unaware of the diversion of funds, although this was later questioned. His diaries from that time stated “I’m one of the few people that know fully the details” and as a result of six pardons by Bush, the independent counsel’s final report on the Iran–Contra affair pointedly noted: “The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete.”
In March 1986, Bush outlined the government’s policy on the combating of terrorism. In an interagency task force report presented to President Reagan, Bush publicly stated that the strategy of the federal government was to retaliate without “wantonly” terminating human lives.
In May 1986, Bush underwent a procedure to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek. His spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, said that doctors had found the growth weeks earlier.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Bush, 1986
In September 1987, Bush embarked on a month long trip to Poland and European allied countries. On September 22, Bush cast a tie breaking vote in the Senate to save the Strategic Defense Initiative from receiving a 800 million cut in funding. On September 28, Bush delivered a televised address pledging that the US would forever be aligned with Poland.
On July 3, 1988, the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes accidentally shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 passengers. Bush said that he would “never apologize for the United States of America. Ever. I don’t care what the facts are.”
Bush suffered from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson’s disease that had forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair since at least 2012.He died on November 30, 2018, aged 94, at his home in Houston. Tributes and condolences were offered by former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and incumbent President Donald Trump.
Harry Smith – August 21, 1951 – November 30, 2018
Harry Smith (born August 21, 1951) is an American television journalist, working for NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC as a senior correspondent. He hosted the CBS News morning programs, The Early Show and its predecessor, CBS This Morning, for seventeen years. In July 2011, Smith left CBS News to become a correspondent for NBC News and the now cancelled newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams. He has also served as an anchor for MSNBC, conducting daytime live coverage of breaking news and events since first appearing in November 2015.
He was born in Lansing, Illinois. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theater from Central College, located in Pella, Iowa. Smith began his broadcasting career at Denver, Colorado, radio stations KHOW and KIMN and Cincinnati, Ohio, radio station WLW (1973–81).[clarification needed] From 1981 to 1982, he worked for Denver’s public television station, KRMA-TV. From 1982 to 1985, he served as a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV, the then-CBS affiliate in Denver (the station is now affiliated with ABC). In 1986, Smith joined CBS News as a reporter and was named a correspondent in 1987.
For thirteen years, Smith was a contributor to The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 48 Hours, and CBS News documentaries. The majority of his time at CBS was spent anchoring the CBS morning show. From November 30, 1987 to June 14, 1996, he served as a co-anchor of CBS This Morning. After leaving the show, Smith was featured on the CBS Evening news in a weekly report called “Travels with Harry,” which looked at unique people and places around the country. Starting in 1999, he hosted the A&E Network television series Biography and The History Channel’s Modern Marvels.
On October 28, 2002, Smith returned to the CBS morning show, by that point renamed The Early Show. He hosted the program for eight years before CBS announced that Smith and co-anchors Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price would leave the show at the end of 2010. His last day on the show was December 31, 2010. By that point, Smith had spent a total of seventeen years on a CBS morning show. Upon leaving the program, Smith became a Senior Correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchor for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation, and CBS News Sunday Morning. In addition to his television assignments, Smith delivered a daily Harry Smith Reporting editorial for the CBS Radio Network.
On July 8, 2011, CBS News informed its employees that Smith would depart the network after twenty-five years. NBC News subsequently announced that Smith would join that network and contribute to the prime-time newsmagazine program Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Since the canceling of Rock Center with Brian Williams, Smith has continued to report regularly on various NBC News platforms and substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News. He contributes a weekly story on Sunday mornings on the weekend edition of NBC’s Today in a segment called “Sunday’s with Harry”.
In the fall of 2015, Smith began regularly filling in as co-host on the weekend edition of NBC’s Today alongside his former colleague from The Early Show, Erica Hill. Smith is part of a rotating group of co-hosts that have been filling the co-anchor chair since it was vacated by Lester Holt when he was named anchor of NBC Nightly News. Smith lives in New York City with his wife, sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and their two sons.
He is a cyclist and regularly commutes on a folding bike to the NBC studios in New York City and he also rides a “racing” road bicycle.
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg-August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator, cartoonist, and marine-biology teacher. He was the creator of the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–), which he also directed, produced, and wrote. It has gone on to become the fifth longest-running American animated series.
Born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art. He started his professional career in 1984, instructing marine biology, at the Orange County Marine Institute, where he wrote The Intertidal Zone, an informative comic book about tide-pool animals, which he used to educate his students. In 1989, two years after leaving teaching, Hillenburg enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a career in animation. He was later offered a job on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rocko’s Modern Life (1993–1996) after his success with short films The Green Beret and Wormholes (both 1992), which he made while studying animation.
In 1994, Hillenburg began developing The Intertidal Zone characters and concepts for what became SpongeBob SquarePants. The show premiered in 1999 and has aired since then. He also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), which he originally intended to be the series finale. However, Nickelodeon wanted to produce more episodes, so Hillenburg resigned as the showrunner. He went back to making short films, with Hollywood Blvd., USA (2013). In 2015, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was released; the second film adaptation of the series, it marked Hillenburg’s return to the franchise, wherein he co-wrote the story and acted as an executive producer on the project.
Besides his two Emmy Awards and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg also received other recognition, such as an accolade from Heal the Bay for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness, and the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society. Hillenburg was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017, but stated he would continue to work on his show as long as possible. He died on November 26, 2018, after more than a year of battling the illness. Stephen McDannell Hillenburgwas born on August 21, 1961 at Fort Sill, a United States Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma, where his father, Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr., worked for the U.S. military. His mother, Nancy (née Dufour),taught visually impaired students. When he was a year old, the family moved to Orange County, California, where his father began a career as a draftsman and designer in the aerospace industry. His younger brother, Bryan, eventually became a draftsman/designer as well. Hillenburg had no recollection of life in Oklahoma, only of growing up in Anaheim, California.
When an interviewer asked him to describe himself as a child, he replied that he was “probably well-meaning and naive like all kids.” His passion for sea life can be traced to his childhood, when films by French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made a strong impression on him. Hillenburg said that Cousteau “provided a view into that world”, which he had not known existed.He liked to explore tide pools as a child, bringing home objects that “should have been left there and that ended up dying and smelling really bad.”
Hillenburg also developed his interest in art at a young age. His first drawing was of an orange slice. An illustration which he drew in third grade, depicting “a bunch of army men … kissing and hugging instead of fighting”, brought him the first praise for his artwork, when his teacher commended it. “Of course, this is 1970 … She liked it because, I mean, obviously that was in the middle of . She was, I would imagine, not a hundred percent for the war like a lot of people then. … I had no idea about the implications, really, because I just thought it was a funny idea. I remember that still, that moment when she said, ‘oh my gosh, look at that'”, Hillenburg elaborated.It was then when he knew he “had some skill”. He asserted that his artistry came from his mother’s side, despite his father being a draftsman, noting that his maternal grandmother was “really, really gifted” and a “great painter”. In the 1970s, someone took Hillenburg to the International Tournée of Animation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was “knocked out” by the foreign animated films, including Dutch animator Paul Driessen’s The Killing of an Egg (1977). “That was the film that I thought was uniquely strange and that lodged itself in my head early on,” he recounted.
“I’ve always been interested in art and making things, but I chose not to go to art school because I thought I needed to do something else. Art was a tough way to make a living. I’ve always done both. I just kind of figured that the marine biology would be a career and the art would be something I did for my own self-expression.”
— Stephen Hillenburg
He attended Savanna High School in Anaheim, describing himself as a “band geek” who played the trumpet. At age 15, he snorkeled for the first time; Hillenburg took part in a “dive program” at Woods Coves in Laguna Beach, California, as part of the Regional Occupational Program at Savanna. This experience, as well as subsequent dives, reinforced his interest in, and led to his decision to study, marine biology in college: “The switch clicked and I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I also liked being an artist.” Some of his high-school teachers, who knew of his interest in art and fascination with the ocean, advised him otherwise, saying: “You should just draw fish.” However, the idea of drawing fish seemed boring to him and he was more riveted by “making weird, little paintings”. During a few summers after finishing high school, he worked as a fry cook and lobster boiler at a fast-food seafood restaurant in Maine. (This later inspired SpongeBob SquarePants’ occupation in the television series, which he would begin developing in 1994.)
Hillenburg went to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California as a marine-science major. He minored in art, and claimed that ” blossomed as a painter in Humboldt.” In 1984, he earned his bachelor’s degree in natural-resource planning and interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources. He intended to take a master’s degree, but said it would be in art:”Initially I think I assumed that if I went to school for art I would never have any way of making a living, so I thought it might be smarter to keep art my passion and hobby and study something else. But by the time I got to the end of my undergrad work, I realized I should be in art.”After graduating from college, Hillenburg held various jobs in 1984, including as a park service attendant in Utah and an art director in San Francisco, before landing the job he wanted: teaching children. He hoped to work in a national park on the coast, and eventually found a job at the Orange County Marine Institute (now known as the Ocean Institute), an organization in Dana Point, California, dedicated to educating the public about marine science and maritime history. Hillenburg was a marine-biology teacher there for three years: “We taught tide-pool ecology, nautical history, diversity and adaptation. Working there, I saw how enamored kids are with undersea life, especially with tide-pool creatures.” He stayed at the Dana Point Marina and was also a staff artist. Although “it was a great experience” for him, during this period, Hillenburg realized he was more interested in art than his chosen profession.
While working there one of the educational directors asked him if he would be interested in creating an educational comic book about the animal life of tidal pools. He created a comic called The Intertidal Zone, which he used to teach his students. It featured anthropomorphic forms of sea life, many of which would evolve into SpongeBob SquarePants characters—including “Bob the Sponge”, the comic’s co-host, who resembled an actual sea sponge, as opposed to his later SpongeBob SquarePants character, who resembles a kitchen sponge.He tried to get the comic published, but the publishers he approached turned him down.
At one point during his tenure with the Orange County Marine Institute, Hillenburg started going to animation festivals such as the International Tournée of Animation and Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation where films made by students from the California Institute of the Arts (colloquially called CalArts) were shown. He determined that he wanted to pursue a career in that field.Hillenburg had planned to take a master’s degree in art, but instead of “going back to school for painting”, he left his job in 1987 to become an animator.
In 1989, Hillenburg enrolled in the Experimental Animation Program at CalArts. About this decision, he said: “Changing careers like that is scary, but the irony is that animation is a pretty healthy career right now and science education is more of a struggle.” He studied under Jules Engel, the founding director of the program, whom he considered his “Art Dad” and mentor. Engel accepted him into the program impressed by The Intertidal Zone. Hillenburg said, “also was a painter, so I think he saw my paintings and could easily say, ‘Oh, this guy could fit in to this program.’ I don’t have any animation really.” Hillenburg graduated in 1992, earning a Master of Fine Arts in experimental animation. Hillenburg made his first animated works, short films The Green Beret and Wormholes (both 1992), while at CalArts. The Green Beret was about a physically challenged Girl Scout with enormous fists who toppled houses and destroyed neighborhoods while trying to sell Girl Scout cookies. Wormholes was his seven-minute thesis film, about the theory of relativity. He described the latter as “a poetic animated film based on relativistic phenomena” in his grant proposal in 1991 to the Princess Grace Foundation, which assists emerging artists in American theater, dance, and film. The foundation agreed to fund the effort, providing Hillenburg with a Graduate Film Scholarship. “It meant a lot. They funded one of the projects I’m most proud of, even with SpongeBob. It provided me the opportunity just to make a film that was personal, and what I would call independent, and free of some of the commercial needs,” he said in 2003. Wormholes was shown at several international animation festivals, including: the Annecy International Animated Film Festival; the Hiroshima International Animation Festival; the Los Angeles International Animation Celebration; the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, where it won Best Concept. LA Weekly labeled the film “road-trippy” and “Zap-comical”, while Manohla Dargis of The New York Times opined that it was inventive.
Hillenburg explained that “anything goes” in experimental animation. Although this allowed him to explore alternatives to conventional methods of filmmaking, he still ventured to employ “an industry style”; he preferred to traditionally animate his films (where each frame is drawn by hand) rather than, for instance, make cartoons “out of sand by filming piles of sand changing”. Hillenburg had at least one other short film that he made as an animation student but its title is unspecified.
Hillenburg’s first professional job in the animation business was as a director on Rocko’s Modern Life (1993–1996), Nickelodeon’s first in-house cartoon production. He “ended up finding work in the industry and got a job” at the television network after he met the show’s creator, Joe Murray, at the 1992 Ottawa International Animation Festival, where Wormholes and Murray’s My Dog Zero were both in competition.Murray, who was looking for people to direct Rocko’s Modern Life at the time, saw Hillenburg’s film and offered him a directorial role on the television series. He “friends that a hard time about . … but doors opened when stepped into the animation world,” so he accepted it. He “was planning on being a starving artist”: “several thousand dollars to make a film and I may not make it back—I had loans out. Fortunately, Joe Murray saw my film … and he took a huge chance,” Hillenburg related. Some evidence shows that the idea for SpongeBob SquarePants dates back to 1986, during Hillenburg’s time at the Orange County Marine Institute. He indicated that children’s television series such as The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse (1987–1988) and Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986–1991) “sparked something in.” He continued, “I don’t know if this is true for everybody else, but it always seems like, for me, I’ll start thinking about something and it takes about ten years to actually have it happen, or have someone else believe in it… It took me a few years to get together.”
During the production of Rocko’s Modern Life, Martin Olson, one of the writers, read The Intertidal Zone and encouraged Hillenburg to create a television series with a similar concept. At that point, he had not even considered creating his own series: “After watching Joe tear his hair out a lot, dealing with all the problems that came up, I thought I would never want to produce a show of my own.”However, he realized that if he ever did, this would be the best approach: “For all those years it seemed like I was doing these two totally separate things. I wondered what it all meant. I didn’t see a synthesis. It was great when all came together in. I felt relieved that I hadn’t wasted a lot of time doing something that I then abandoned to do something else. It has been pretty rewarding,” Hillenburg said in 2002. He claimed that he finally decided to create a series as he was driving to the beach on the Santa Monica Freeway one day.
“It finally dawned on me that if I was going to do my own show, all those things I lectured about and obsessed about would make for an interesting world.”
— Stephen Hillenburg
As he was developing the show’s concept, Hillenburg remembered his teaching experience at the Orange County Marine Institute and how mesmerized children were by tide-pool animals, including crabs, octopuses, starfish, and sponges. It came to him that the series should take place underwater, with a focus on those creatures: “I wanted to create a small town underwater where the characters were more like us than like fish. They have fire. They take walks. They drive. They have pets and holidays.” It suited what Hillenburg liked for a show, “something that was fantastic but believable.” He also wanted his series to stand out from most popular cartoons of the time exemplified by buddy comedies such as The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1995). As a result, he decided to focus on one main character: the weirdest sea creature that he could think of. This led him to the sponge: “I wanted to do a show about a character that was an innocent, and so I focused on a sea sponge because it’s a funny animal, a strange one.”In 1994, Hillenburg began to further develop some characters from The Intertidal Zone, including Bob the Sponge.
Bob the Sponge is the comic’s “announcer”. He resembles an actual sea sponge, and at first Hillenburg continued this design because it “was the correct thing to do biologically as a marine-science teacher.” In determining the new character’s personality, he drew inspiration from innocent, childlike figures that he enjoyed, such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Jerry Lewis, and Pee-wee Herman. He then considered modeling the character after a kitchen sponge, and realized that this idea would match the character’s square personality perfectly: “t looked so funny. I think as far as cartoon language goes he was easier to recognize. He seemed to fit the character type I was looking for—a somewhat nerdy, squeaky clean oddball.” To voice the central character of the series, Hillenburg turned to Tom Kenny, whose career in animation had begun with his on Rocko’s Modern Life. Elements of Kenny’s own personality were employed in further developing the character.
In 1997, while pitching the cartoon to executives at Nickelodeon, Hillenburg donned a Hawaiian shirt, brought along an “underwater terrarium with models of the characters”, and played Hawaiian music to set the theme. Nickelodeon executive Eric Coleman described the setup as “pretty amazing”. Although Derek Drymon, creative director of SpongeBob SquarePants, described the pitch as stressful, he said it went “very well”. Nickelodeon approved and gave Hillenburg money to produce the show.
SpongeBob SquarePants was Nickelodeon’s first original Saturday-morning cartoon. It first aired as a preview on May 1, 1999, and officially premiered on July 17 of the same year. Hillenburg noted that the show’s premise “is that innocence prevails—which I don’t think it always does in real life.” It has received positive reviews from critics, and has been noted for its appeal to different age groups. James Poniewozik of Time magazine described the titular character as “the anti-Bart Simpson, temperamentally and physically: his head is as squared-off and neat as Bart’s is unruly, and he has a personality to match—conscientious, optimistic and blind to the faults in the world and those around him.” On the other hand, The New York Times critic Joyce Millman said that the show “is clever without being impenetrable to young viewers and goofy without boring grown-ups to tears. It’s the most charming toon on television, and one of the weirdest. … Like Pee-wee’s Playhouse, SpongeBob joyfully dances on the fine line between childhood and adulthood, guilelessness and camp, the warped and the sweet.”
SpongeBob SquarePants was an immediate hit. Within its first month on air, it overtook Pokémon (1997–) as the highest-rated Saturday morning children’s series. By the end of 2001, the show boasted the highest ratings of any children’s series on television. Nickelodeon began adding SpongeBob SquarePants to its Monday-through-Thursday prime-time block. This programming change increased the number of older viewers significantly. By May 2002, the show’s total viewership reached more than 61 million, 20 million of which were aged 18 to 49. Hillenburg did not expect the show would be very popular even to adults: “I never imagined that it would get to this point. When you set out to do a show about a sponge, you can’t anticipate this kind of craze. We just try to make ourselves laugh, then ask if it’s appropriate for children. I can tell you that we hoped it would be liked by adults. But we really thought the best we could hope for was a college audience.”SpongeBob SquarePants has gone on to become one of the longest-running series on Nickelodeon. “Ten years. I never imagined working on the show to this date and this long. It never was possible to conceive that. … I really figured we might get a season and a cult following, and that might be it,” Hillenburg said in 2009 during the show’s tenth anniversary. Its popularity has made it a media franchise, which is the most-distributed property of MTV Networks. As of 2015, it has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue.
In 2002, Hillenburg halted production of the show after the third season was completed to focus on the making of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie which was released in 2004: “I don’t want to try and do a movie and the series at the same time. We have 60 episodes and that is probably as many as really needs. It is a standard number for a show like this. I have done a little research and people say it is just crazy doing a series and movie at the same time. I would rather concentrate on doing a good job on the movie,” he noted. He directed the film from a story that he conceived with five other writer-animators from the series: Paul Tibbitt, Derek Drymon, Aaron Springer, Kent Osborne, and Tim Hill. The writers created a mythical hero’s quest: the search for a stolen crown, which brings SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick to the surface. In 2003, during the production of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, his mentor Jules Engel died at the age of 94.Hillenburg dedicated the film to his memory.He said that Engel “truly was the most influential artistic person in life.” The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie grossed $140 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics. The review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes rates it 68 percent positive based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. Its consensus states in summary, “Surreally goofy and entertaining for both children and their parents.”
“It reached to a point where I felt I’d contributed a lot and said what I wanted to say. At that point, the show needed new blood and so I selected Paul to produce. I totally trusted him. I always enjoyed the way he captured the SpongeBob character’s sense of humor. And as a writer, you have to move on—I’m developing new projects.”
— Stephen Hillenburg on leaving SpongeBob SquarePants as the showrunner
After completing the film, Hillenburg wanted to end the series “so wouldn’t jump the shark.” “We’re working on episodes 40 through 60 right now, and I always looked at that as a typical run for an animated show. lasted about that long, for example. And I thought now was a good time to step aside and look at a different project. I personally think it’s good not to go to the point where people don’t want to see your show anymore,” Hillenburg said in 2002.However, Nickelodeon wanted to produce more episodes: “The show was such a cash cow for the station that it couldn’t afford not to,” storyboard director Sam Henderson observed.Initially Hillenburg doubted that the network would continue the show without him, saying: “I think respect that my contribution is important. I think they would want to maintain the original concept and quality.”Consequently, he resigned as the showrunner and appointed his trusted staff member Paul Tibbitt to the role.Although he no longer had a direct involvement producing SpongeBob SquarePants, he retained his position as an executive producerand maintained an advisory role, reviewing each episode.While he was on the show, he voiced Potty the Parrot and sat in with Derek Drymon at the record studio to direct the voice actors while they were recording. During the fourth season, Tibbitt took on voicing for Potty, while Andrea Romano replaced the two as the voice director.
In 2014, Tibbitt announced on his Twitter account that Hillenburg would return to the show. However, he did not specify what position the former showrunner would hold. As early as 2012, Hillenburg had already been contributing to another film based on the series,which was first reported in 2011 and officially announced the following year, with Tibbitt as director. Tibbitt also wrote the story with Hillenburg, who ” been in the studio everyday working with.”Besides writing, Hillenburg also executive produced. He said in 2014: “Actually when wraps, I want to get back to the show. … it is getting harder and harder to come up with stories. So Paul and I are really going to brainstorm and come up with fresh material.” Called The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the second film adaptation was released in 2015 to positive critical reception, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 80 percent and an average rating of 6.5/10.It earned $323.4 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film based on an animated television show, behind The Simpsons Movie (2007).
See also: SpongeBob SquarePants § Controversies
Despite its widespread popularity, SpongeBob SquarePants has been involved in public controversies. In 2005, a promotional video showing SpongeBob and other characters from children’s shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance was attacked by an evangelical group because they saw SpongeBob as being used to “advocate homosexuality”. James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the video of promoting homosexuality, because it was sponsored by a pro-tolerance group. The incident prompted questions as to whether SpongeBob is gay. Although the character has enjoyed popularity with gay viewers, Hillenburg had already denied this in 2002, clarifying at the time that he considers the character “somewhat asexual”. After Dobson’s comments, Hillenburg reasserted his position, stating that sexual preference does not play a part in what they are “trying to do” with the series. Dobson later stated that his comments were taken out of context, and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob, the video, or any of the characters in the video, but rather with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation.
In 1998,Hillenburg formed United Plankton Pictures, a television and film production company, which produces SpongeBob SquarePants and related media. It has also helped fund the Humboldt State University Marine Lab.Since 2011, the company has published SpongeBob Comics, a comic-book series based on the cartoon.Hillenburg announced the venture in a 2011 press release, where he said, “I’m hoping that fans will enjoy finally having a SpongeBob comic book from me.”Various cartoonists, including James Kochalka, Hilary Barta, Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, and Jacob Chabot, have contributed to issues of the comic. According to Jeff Lenburg, in his book Who’s Who in Animated Cartoons, Hillenburg was co-writing and co-directing a second animated feature film based on Rob Zombie’s comic-book series, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which was slated for a 2006 release.He helped to write Diggs Tailwagger, a 2007 pilot by Derek Drymon.Hillenburg stated in 2009 that he was developing two other television projects that he did not want to discuss.
In 2010, he began working on Hollywood Blvd., USA, a new short film for animation festivals. In making the two-minute film,he videotaped people walking and animated them in walk cycles. Hillenburg said in 2012, “I hope to get [the film] done. It takes forever.” He was aiming to finish it that fall. In 2013,three years after production began, Hollywood Blvd., USA was released to festivals. Hillenburg characterized it as a “personal film” and said that “it’s not a narrative. It’s just really about people in our town.”Hillenburg married Karen (née Umland), a chef who teaches at the New School of Cooking in Culver City, California,in 1998. Hillenburg deemed her to be the funniest person that he knew.That same year, the couple’s first and only child, son Clay, was born. Hillenburg formerly resided in Hollywood and in Pasadena,and lived with his family in San Marino, Californiauntil his death. His hobbies included surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and performing “noisy rock music” on his guitar. He jammed with his son, who is a drummer, which Hillenburg called “a great way to bond with each other.” He also enjoyed birdwatching at home, but said that he was always “an ocean freak”.
He was known informally as “Steve” among his family, friends, and fans. According to his colleagues, Hillenburg was “a perfectionist workaholic”. He was also known for his private nature. Julia Pistor, co-producer of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, noted that Hillenburg was “very shy”. She went on to say, “He doesn’t want people to know about his life or family. He’s just a really funny, down-to-earth guy with a dry sense of humor who puts his family first and keeps us on our toes in keeping our corporate integrity.” Hillenburg said about himself, “I make animation because I like to draw and create things. I have no real interest to be on camera or to be a celebrity. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I like having my privacy.” Hillenburg disclosed to Variety magazine in March 2017 that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal illness that affects and causes the death of neurons that control the brain and the spinal cord. He released a statement to the publication, in which he said that he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants “for as long as able.” He added, “My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.” At the time, Hillenburg was in the early stages of the disease, according to a source close to him.
Hillenburg died on November 26, 2018, at the age of 57, from complications from ALS.In 1992, one of Hillenburg’s early works, Wormholes, won for Best Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. For SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, winning in the categories of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation in 2010 and 2014, respectively. The show has also received several other awards and nominations, including 17 Annie Award nominations, winning six times, as well as winning two British Academy Children’s Awards, out of four nominations. In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants won its first TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming nomination.
In 2001, Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization, honored Hillenburg with its Walk the Talk award. He was recognized for raising public awareness of marine life through SpongeBob SquarePants.The following year, Hillenburg was given the Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Society, and the Princess Grace Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation (PGF). The PGF introduced the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship in 2017, an annual grant named in Hillenburg’s honor to emerging animators.In 2018, Hillenburg received the Winsor McCay Award at the 45th Annie Awards,and a special recognition at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards “for his contribution and impact made in the animation field and within the broadcast industry.”
Hillenburg worked closely with Murrayon Rocko’s Modern Life for its whole run on the air. Aside from directing, he also produced, wrote and storyboarded for some episodes, and served as the executive story editor.In 1995, during the show’s fourth and final season, he was promoted to creative director, where he helped oversee pre- and post-production. Working on the series enabled him to repay his loans. He later related that he “learned a great deal about writing and producing animation for TV” from his stint on Rocko’s Modern Life.
Emmanuel “Manno” Romain-January 26, 1937 – November 22, 2018
Emmanuel “Manno” Romain-(January 26, 1937 – November 22, 2018)mmanuel “Manno” Romain, 81 years old, passed away on Thursday November 22nd at home surrounded by family members and prayers. Manno was born on January 26th, 1937 at Trou-du-Nord of Mr Dartiguenave Romain and Lydie Lamour. He was married to Marie Therese Volmar and they have 3 children. He spent all his life guaranteeing the well-being and the success of his devoted family, and he was very proud of them. Manno also had an uncompromising love for his native land Haiti and a tremendously loving pride of his cherished Trou-du-Nord.
His beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of his son Carlo, his wife Josette and their daughters Kenya, and Carlsencia, his sons Edwin, Alain and his wife Tumarrow, by his sisters Therese, Justine, Lourdes, his late sister Marie’s children, and by all his nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends and the following families: Romain, Lamour, Volmar, Lemaine, Toussaint, Emeran, Prophete, Lagredelle, Calixte, Mussotte, Charles, Augustin, Salvant, St Vil, and Daniel.
A Viewing will be held on Friday November 30th at Aycock Tradition, 12571 Tradition Pkwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM followed by a Funeral Mass on Saturday December 1st at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 350 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983 at 10:00 AM.
Manno was beloved by all his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Thelma Tidd Curry-July 31, 1931 – November 20, 2018
Thelma Tidd Curry-(July 31, 1931 – November 20, 2018)
Thelma Tidd Curry, 87, passed away into God’s hands on November 20, 2018. She was surrounded in love and prayer by her family. She was born on July 31, 1931, the daughter of Cecil and Ruby (Farrell) Tidd in Dyer Brook, Maine.
Thelma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. An avid traveler and artist, her life’s focus was sharing her love of all things creative as co-owner and teacher at KT’s Craft Shop in Wolcott, CT. In recent years, she became a prolific watercolor artist and quilter. Her artistry can be found in her family’s homes throughout Florida and Connecticut.
She is predeceased by James Wallace Curry, her loving husband of 53 years, son Donald James Curry, her parents, and brothers Floyd and Roger Tidd.
Thelma is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Paul) Gaydos of Stuart, FL, Deborah (Thomas) Charbonneau of Wolcott, CT, Kathy Curry Mascolo (Rick Drewes) of Jensen Beach, FL, and Jamie Curry Scacca of Port St. Lucie, FL; grandchildren Richard Carpentier, Tammy (Carpentier) Bradley, Thomas, Michael, and Jason Charbonneau, Jennifer Hannis, Anthony Scacca, and Ian Curry and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brother, Eugene Tidd of Wolcott, CT, and sisters Hazel Brewer and Alice Mahan of Crystal, ME, sisters-in-laws Dianne Curry, Josephine (Louis) Curry, Donna (Everett) Curry, brother-in-law Philip (Polly) Curry, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, FL. http://www.Dignitymemorial.com
Irvin “Coach / Jim” Montgomery-October 13, 1932 – November 18, 2018
Irvin “Coach / Jim” Montgomery-(October 13, 1932 – November 18, 2018)Irvin passed away into God’s hands on November 18, 2018. He was surrounded in love and prayer by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Denise; loving family including his daughter, Courtney Kline (Joe); grandchildren Nathan and Eli Kline; along with his friends and the Vitalia Community.
Irvin was preceded in death by his parents ; sisters, Marjorie Sexton and Clara Butler.
Irvin is survived by his sister, Mary Hayes, of North Hutchinson Island , Fort Pierce, Florida.
Coach touched many lives. He always wanted to help others and was a kind and caring man. Once you met him, you felt like you knew him forever. He had a bog heart for everyone. He was owner/director of Blue Ridge Camp for 49 years with his partners , Sheila and Morris Waldman.
A Memorial Celebration of life gathering will take place on Saturday , November 24, 2018 from 6-7 pm with a Service honoring Coach’s life at 7 pm at Aycock at Tradition Life Celebration Center , 12571 SW Tradition Parkway Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987.
In lieu of flowers , memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981 or to Sunlight Community Church -Children’s Ministry 477 SW Cashmere Boulevard Port St. Lucie , Florida 34986.
William Russell “Russ” Hamilton III-February 27, 1946 – November 18, 2018
William Russell “Russ” Hamilton III-(February 27, 1946 – November 18, 2018)
Russ was born on February 27, 1946 in Dyersburg, Tennessee to William Russell Hamilton, Jr. and Ethel Hanes Hamilton (both deceased). He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1964, Stetson University in 1972 and Walter F. George School of Law in 1975. He married Suzanne “Sue” Green in 1971.
Russ is survived by his wife, Sue, sister, Martha Hamilton (Collins Kilburn), niece, Betsy Holsopple (Joe), and nephew, Bill Hatch (Tammy). He is pre-deceased by his sister, Barbara Hamilton Edwards.
Russ proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He then practiced law for 43 years. He was an extremely talented labor lawyer, representing an array of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small charitable organizations. He did it all – from jury trials, to creating complex benefit plans, to negotiating union agreements. Despite working in a profession that is by nature often contentious and adversarial, Russ’ clients and adversaries alike held deep respect, trust and affection for him. He was a person of honor, a “true gentleman.”
No one respected Russ more than his professional peers. Even his competitors turned to him for advice on complex matters – he was the classic “lawyer’s lawyer.” Russ helped create and found the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (AFMA), an association of some of Florida’s most prominent management labor lawyers. He was a charter member, past president and was a huge part of AFMA’s success. He also served as Chairman of the Board for Communities Connected for Kids (formerly Devereux).
For many years, Russ enjoyed running marathons, playing tennis, golfing, biking, reading and was a true wine enthusiast.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL. Donations in Russ’ honor can be made to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, 14444 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee, FL 33470, email@example.com
Richard E. Byrne Sr.-October 6, 1928 – November 17, 2018
Richard E. Byrne Sr., 90, passed away November 17th, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Toledo, OH and lived in Port St. Lucie for 49 years, coming from Louisville, KY and before that Southbend, IN.
Mr. Byrne’s was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Survivors include his Daughters, Dianne Marie Perdew, Tara Grace Byrne Stanford, Christine Ann Peterson, Mary Lynn Hall, and Elizabeth Kathleen Kudlak; Sons, David Joseph Byrne, Thomas Edward Byrne, Michael Patrick Byrne, Richard Edward Byrne Jr., and Robert Francis Byrne; Brother, James Byrne; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Joscelyn Byrne.
A Visitation is being held on Friday, November 23rd, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Prayer Service to begin 5:00 PM at Aycock Tradition, 12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. (772) 618-2336.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 beginning 11:00AM at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 350 NW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. (772) 336-9956.
Entombment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Condolences may be registered online at: www.AycockTradition.com
Roy Linwood Clark April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018
Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Roy Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre.
During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and was also skilled on classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”), his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1987, and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.He published his autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, in 1994.
Clark was born April 15, 1933, in Meherrin, Virginia. He was one of seven children. He spent his childhood in Meherrin and in Staten Island, New York. When Clark was 11 years old, his family moved to a home on 1st Street SE in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Washington, D.C., after his father found work at the Washington Navy Yard. At 14, Clark began playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and by age 15 he had already won two National Banjo Championships and world banjo/guitar flatpick championships. He was simultaneously pursuing a sporting career, first as a baseball player and then as a boxer, before dedicating himself solely to music. At 17, he had his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
At the age of 23, Clark obtained his pilot’s certificate and then bought a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer (N1132C), which he flew for many years. This plane was raffled off on December 17, 2012, to benefit the charity Wings of Hope. He has owned other planes, including a Mitsubishi MU-2, Stearman PT-17 and Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond 1A business jet.
Rising country music star Jimmy Dean asked Clark to join his band, the Texas Wildcats, in 1954. Clark was the lead guitarist,and made appearances on Dean’s “Town and Country Time” program on WARL-AM and on WMAL-TV (after the show moved to television in 1955). Dean, who valued punctuality among musicians in his band, fired Clark for habitual tardiness in 1957. Clark left D.C. and never lived there again.He again appeared with Jimmy Dean on his ABC-TV variety show in the early 1960’s as a semi-regular. This show is playing currently on RFD-TV.
In 1960, Clark went out to Las Vegas, where he worked as a guitarist in a band led by former West Coast Western Swing bandleader-comedian Hank Penny. During the very early 1960s, he was also prominent in the backing band for Wanda Jackson—known as the Party Timers—during the latter part of her rockabilly period.
When Dean was tapped to host The Tonight Show in the early 1960s, he asked Clark to appear, introducing him to a national audience for the first time. Subsequently, Clark appeared on The Beverly Hillbillies as a recurring character (actually two: he played businessman Roy Halsey and Roy’s mother, Myrtle). Once, in an episode of the Sunday evening Jackie Gleason Show dedicated to country music, Clark played a blistering rendition of “Down Home”. Later, he appeared in an episode of The Odd Couple, where he played “Malagueña”.
In the mid-1960s, he was a co-host (along with Molly Bee and Rusty Draper) of a weekday daytime country variety series for NBC entitled “Swingin’ Country”, which was cancelled after two seasons. In 1969, Clark and Buck Owens were the hosts of syndicated sketch comedy program Hee Haw, which aired 1969 to 1997. During its tenure, Clark was a member of the Million Dollar Band and participated in a host of comedy sketches. In 1983, Clark opened the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, becoming the first country music star to have his own venue there.
Clark frequently played in Branson during the 1980s and 1990s. He sold the venue (now owned by the Hughes Brothers and renamed the Hughes American Family Theatre) and went back to a light touring schedule, which usually included a performance with Ramona Jones and the Jones Family Band at their annual tribute to Clark’s former Hee Haw co-star Grandpa Jones in Mountain View, Arkansas
In 1963, Clark signed to Capitol Records and had three top ten hits. He switched to Dot Records and again scored hits. He later recorded for ABC Records, which had acquired Dot, and MCA Records, which absorbed the ABC label
Clark endorsed Mosrite, Gretsch, and Heritage guitars, the latter which produced a signature model. In the 1980s, he served as a spokesman for Hunt’s ketchup.
Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard on August 31, 1957, and they had four children together. He made his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Roy Clark Elementary School was named in his honor in 1978. He performed “Yesterday, When I Was Young” at the 1995 funeral of Mickey Mantle.
Clark died on November 15, 2018, at 85 at his Tulsa home due to complications of pneumonia.
On August 22, 1987, Clark was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He played an annual benefit concert at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, the proceeds of which go to fund scholarships for aspiring musicians.
Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, along with Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy. On April 12, 2011, Clark was honored by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was honored by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame as Oklahoma’s Music Ambassador for Children and presented with a commendation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. In 2007, he was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame.
Stan Lee – December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018
Stan Lee(born Stanley Martin Lieber /ˈliːbər/; (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, and publisher who was active from the 1940s to the 2010s. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry.
In collaboration with others at Marvel—particularly co-writer/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. In doing so, he pioneered a more naturalistic approach to writing superhero comics in the 1960s, and in the 1970s he challenged the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to changes in its policies. In the 1980s he pursued development of Marvel properties in other media, with mixed results. Following his retirement from Marvel in the 1990s, he remained a public figurehead for the company, and frequently made cameo appearances in movies based on Marvel characters, on which he received an honorary “executive producer” credit. Meanwhile, he continued independent creative ventures into his 90s, until his death in 2018.
Lee was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the NEA’s National Medal of Arts in 2008. Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York City, in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia (née Solomon) and Jack Lieber, at the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan.His father, trained as a dress cutter, worked only sporadically after the Great Depression, and the family moved further uptown to Fort Washington Avenue, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Lee had one younger brother named Larry Lieber. He said in 2006 that as a child he was influenced by books and movies, particularly those with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles. By the time Lee was in his teens, the family was living in an apartment at 1720 University Avenue in The Bronx. Lee described it as “a third-floor apartment facing out back”. Lee and his brother shared the bedroom, while their parents slept on a foldout couch.
Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. In his youth, Lee enjoyed writing, and entertained dreams of one day writing the “Great American Novel”. He said that in his youth he worked such part-time jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center;delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center; working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer; ushering at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway; and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper. He graduated from high school early, aged 16½ in 1939, and joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project.
With the help of his uncle Robbie Solomon, Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the new Timely Comics division of pulp magazine and comic-book publisher Martin Goodman’s company. Timely, by the 1960s, would evolve into Marvel Comics. Lee, whose cousin Jean was Goodman’s wife, was formally hired by Timely editor Joe Simon.
His duties were prosaic at first. “In those days dipped the pen in ink, I had to make sure the inkwells were filled”, Lee recalled in 2009. “I went down and got them their lunch, I did proofreading, I erased the pencils from the finished pages for them”. Marshaling his childhood ambition to be a writer, young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3 (cover-dated May 1941), using the pseudonym Stan Lee, which years later he would adopt as his legal name. Lee later explained in his autobiography and numerous other sources that because of the low social status of comic books, he was so embarrassed that he used a pen name so that nobody would associate his real name with comics when he some day wrote the Great American Novel. This initial story also introduced Captain America’s trademark ricocheting shield-toss.:11
He graduated from writing filler to actual comics with a backup feature, “‘Headline’ Hunter, Foreign Correspondent”, two issues later. Lee’s first superhero co-creation was the Destroyer, in Mystic Comics #6 (August 1941). Other characters he co-created during this period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books include Jack Frost, debuting in U.S.A. Comics #1 (August 1941), and Father Time, debuting in Captain America Comics #6 (August 1941).:12–13
When Simon and his creative partner Jack Kirby left late in 1941, following a dispute with Goodman, the 30-year-old publisher installed Lee, just under 19 years old, as interim editor.:14 The youngster showed a knack for the business that led him to remain as the comic-book division’s editor-in-chief, as well as art director for much of that time, until 1972, when he would succeed Goodman as publisher.
Stan Lee sits in a office, with several drawings on the background. He is sitting down in front of a table; on that table he is drawing an image.
Lee in the army
Lee entered the United States Army in early 1942 and served within the US as a member of the Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning. His military classification, he says, was “playwright”; he adds that only nine men in the U.S. Army were given that title.Vincent Fago, editor of Timely’s “animation comics” section, which put out humor and funny animal comics, filled in until Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945. Lee was inducted into the Signal Corps Regimental Association and was given honorary membership of the 2nd Battalion of 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the 2017 Emerald City Comic Con for his prior service.
In the mid-1950s, by which time the company was now generally known as Atlas Comics, Lee wrote stories in a variety of genres including romance, Westerns, humor, science fiction, medieval adventure, horror and suspense. In the 1950s, Lee teamed up with his comic book colleague Dan DeCarlo to produce the syndicated newspaper strip My Friend Irma, based on the radio comedy starring Marie Wilson. By the end of the decade, Lee had become dissatisfied with his career and considered quitting the field.
In the late 1950s, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz revived the superhero archetype and experienced a significant success with its updated version of the Flash, and later with super-team the Justice League of America. In response, publisher Martin Goodman assigned Lee to come up with a new superhero team. Lee’s wife suggested that he experiment with stories he preferred, since he was planning on changing careers and had nothing to lose.
Lee acted on that advice, giving his superheroes a flawed humanity, a change from the ideal archetypes that were typically written for preteens. Before this, most superheroes were idealistically perfect people with no serious, lasting problems. Lee introduced complex, naturalistic characters who could have bad tempers, fits of melancholy, and vanity; they bickered amongst themselves, worried about paying their bills and impressing girlfriends, got bored or were even sometimes physically ill.
The first superheroes Lee and artist Jack Kirby created together were the Fantastic Four, based on a previous Kirby superhero team, Challengers of the Unknown, published by DC Comics. The team’s immediate popularity led Lee and Marvel’s illustrators to produce a cavalcade of new titles. Again working with Kirby, Lee co-created the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men; with Bill Everett, Daredevil; and with Steve Ditko, Doctor Strangeand Marvel’s most successful character, Spider-Man, all of whom lived in a thoroughly shared universe.Lee and Kirby gathered several of their newly created characters together into the team title The Avengers[ and would revive characters from the 1940s such as the Sub-Mariner and Captain America.
Comics historian Peter Sanderson wrote that in the 1960s:
DC was the equivalent of the big Hollywood studios: After the brilliance of DC’s reinvention of the superhero … in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it had run into a creative drought by the decade’s end. There was a new audience for comics now, and it wasn’t just the little kids that traditionally had read the books. The Marvel of the 1960s was in its own way the counterpart of the French New Wave… Marvel was pioneering new methods of comics storytelling and characterization, addressing more serious themes, and in the process keeping and attracting readers in their teens and beyond. Moreover, among this new generation of readers were people who wanted to write or draw comics themselves, within the new style that Marvel had pioneered, and push the creative envelope still further.
Lee’s revolution extended beyond the characters and storylines to the way in which comic books engaged the readership and built a sense of community between fans and creators. He introduced the practice of regularly including a credit panel on the splash page of each story, naming not just the writer and penciller but also the inker and letterer. Regular news about Marvel staff members and upcoming storylines was presented on the Bullpen Bulletins page, which (like the letter columns that appeared in each title) was written in a friendly, chatty style. Lee remarked that his goal was for fans to think of the comics creators as friends, and considered it a mark of his success on this front that, at a time when letters to other comics publishers were typically addressed “Dear Editor”, letters to Marvel addressed the creators by first name (e.g. “Dear Stan and Jack”). By 1967, the brand was well-enough ensconced in popular culture that a March 3 WBAI radio program with Lee and Kirby as guests was titled “Will Success Spoil Spiderman”
Throughout the 1960s, Lee scripted, art-directed and edited most of Marvel’s series, moderated the letters pages, wrote a monthly column called “Stan’s Soapbox”, and wrote endless promotional copy, often signing off with his trademark motto, “Excelsior!” (which is also the New York state motto). To maintain his workload and meet deadlines, he used a system that was used previously by various comic-book studios, but due to Lee’s success with it, became known as the “Marvel Method”. Typically, Lee would brainstorm a story with the artist and then prepare a brief synopsis rather than a full script. Based on the synopsis, the artist would fill the allotted number of pages by determining and drawing the panel-to-panel storytelling. After the artist turned in penciled pages, Lee would write the word balloons and captions, and then oversee the lettering and coloring. In effect, the artists were co-plotters, whose collaborative first drafts Lee built upon. Lee recorded messages to the newly formed Merry Marvel Marching Society fan club in 1965.
Following Ditko’s departure from Marvel in 1966, John Romita Sr. became Lee’s collaborator on The Amazing Spider-Man. Within a year, it overtook Fantastic Four to become the company’s top seller. Lee and Romita’s stories focused as much on the social and college lives of the characters as they did on Spider-Man’s adventures. The stories became more topical, addressing issues such as the Vietnam War, political elections, and student activism.Robbie Robertson, introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #51 (August 1967) was one of the first African-American characters in comics to play a serious supporting role. In the Fantastic Four series, the lengthy run by Lee and Kirby produced many acclaimed storylines as well as characters that have become central to Marvel, including the Inhumans and the Black Panther, an African king who would be mainstream comics’ first black superhero.
The story frequently cited as Lee and Kirby’s finest achievement is the three-part “Galactus Trilogy” that began in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), chronicling the arrival of Galactus, a cosmic giant who wanted to devour the planet, and his herald, the Silver Surfer. Fantastic Four #48 was chosen as #24 in the 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time poll of Marvel’s readers in 2001. Editor Robert Greenberger wrote in his introduction to the story that “As the fourth year of the Fantastic Four came to a close, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby seemed to be only warming up. In retrospect, it was perhaps the most fertile period of any monthly title during the Marvel Age.” Comics historian Les Daniels noted that “the mystical and metaphysical elements that took over the saga were perfectly suited to the tastes of young readers in the 1960s”, and Lee soon discovered that the story was a favorite on college campuses. Lee and artist John Buscema launched The Silver Surfer series in August 1968.
The following year, Lee and Gene Colan created the Falcon, comics’ first African-American superhero in Captain America #117 (September 1969). Then in 1971, Lee indirectly helped reform the Comics Code. The U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare had asked Lee to write a comic-book story about the dangers of drugs and Lee conceived a three-issue subplot in The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98 (cover-dated May–July 1971), in which Peter Parker’s best friend becomes addicted to prescription drugs. The Comics Code Authority refused to grant its seal because the stories depicted drug use; the anti-drug context was considered irrelevant. With Goodman’s cooperation and confident that the original government request would give him credibility, Lee had the story published without the seal. The comics sold well and Marvel won praise for its socially conscious efforts.The CCA subsequently loosened the Code to permit negative depictions of drugs, among other new freedoms.
Lee also supported using comic books to provide some measure of social commentary about the real world, often dealing with racism and bigotry. “Stan’s Soapbox”, besides promoting an upcoming comic book project, also addressed issues of discrimination, intolerance, or prejudice.
In 1972, Lee stopped writing monthly comic books to assume the role of publisher. His final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man was #110 (July 1972) and his last Fantastic Four was #125 (August 1972).
Lee became a figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics. He made appearances at comic book conventions around America, lecturing at colleges and participating in panel discussions. Lee and John Romita Sr. launched the Spider-Man newspaper comic strip on January 3, 1977. Lee’s final collaboration with Jack Kirby, The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience, was published in 1978 as part of the Marvel Fireside Books series and is considered to be Marvel’s first graphic novel. Lee and John Buscema produced the first issue of The Savage She-Hulk (February 1980), which introduced the female cousin of the Hulk and crafted a Silver Surfer story for Epic Illustrated #1 (Spring 1980).
He moved to California in 1981 to develop Marvel’s TV and movie properties. He was an executive producer for, and made cameo appearances in Marvel film adaptations and other movies. He occasionally returned to comic book writing with various Silver Surfer projects including a 1982 one-shot drawn by John Byrne,the Judgment Day graphic novel illustrated by John Buscema, the Parable limited series drawn by French artist Mœbius, and The Enslavers graphic novel with Keith Pollard.Lee was briefly president of the entire company, but soon stepped down to become publisher instead, finding that being president was too much about numbers and finance and not enough about the creative process he enjoyed.
Lee stepped away from regular duties at Marvel in the 1990s, though he continued to receive an annual salary of $1 million as Chairman Emeritus. In 1998 he and Peter Paul began a new Internet-based superhero creation, production, and marketing studio, Stan Lee Media. It grew to 165 people and went public through a reverse merger structured by investment banker Stan Medley in 1999, but, near the end of 2000, investigators discovered illegal stock manipulation by Paul and corporate officer Stephan Gordon. Stan Lee Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2001. Paul was extradited to the U.S. from Brazil and pleaded guilty to violating SEC Rule 10b-5 in connection with trading of his stock in Stan Lee Media. Lee was never implicated in the scheme.
In 2001, Lee, Gill Champion, and Arthur Lieberman formed POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment to develop film, television and video game properties. Lee created the risqué animated superhero series Stripperella for Spike TV.
Following the success of Fox Studio’s 2000 X-Men film and Sony’s then-current Spider-Man film, Lee sued Marvel in 2002, claiming that the company was failing to pay his share of the profits from movies featuring the characters he had co-created. Because he had done so as an employee, Lee did not own them, but in the 1990s, after decades of making little money licensing them for television and film, Marvel had promised him 10% of any future profits. Lee and the company settled in 2005 for an undisclosed seven-figure amount.
In 2004, POW! Entertainment went public. Also that year, Lee announced a superhero program that would feature former Beatle Ringo Starr as the lead character.Additionally, in August of that year, Lee announced the launch of Stan Lee’s Sunday Comics, a short-lived subscription service hosted by Komikwerks.com. From July 2006 until September 2007 Lee hosted, co-created, executive-produced, and judged the reality television game show competition Who Wants to Be a Superhero? on the Sci-Fi Channel.
In March 2007, after Stan Lee Media had been purchased by Jim Nesfield, the company filed a lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment for $5 billion, claiming Lee had given his rights to several Marvel characters to Stan Lee Media in exchange for stock and a salary. In June 2007, Stan Lee Media sued Lee; his newer company, POW! Entertainment; and POW! subsidiary QED Entertainment.
In 2008, Lee wrote humorous captions for the political fumetti book Stan Lee Presents Election Daze: What Are They Really Saying? In April of that year, Brighton Partners and Rainmaker Animation announced a partnership with POW! to produce a CGI film series, Legion of 5. Other projects by Lee announced in the late 2000s included a line of superhero comics for Virgin Comics, a TV adaptation of the novel Hero, a foreword to Skyscraperman by skyscraper fire-safety advocate and Spider-Man fan Dan Goodwin, a partnership with Guardian Media Entertainment and The Guardian Project to create NHL superhero mascotsand work with the Eagle Initiative program to find new talent in the comic book field.
Lee promoting Stan Lee’s Kids Universe at the 2011 New York Comic Con
In October 2011, Lee announced he would partner with 1821 Comics on a multimedia imprint for children, Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, a move he said addressed the lack of comic books targeted for that demographic; and that he was collaborating with the company on its futuristic graphic novel Romeo & Juliet: The War, by writer Max Work and artist Skan Srisuwan. At the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, Lee announced his YouTube channel, Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, which airs programs created by Lee, Mark Hamill, Peter David, Adrianne Curry and Bonnie Burton, among others.Lee wrote the book Zodiac, released in January 2015, with Stuart Moore.The film Stan Lee’s Annihilator, based on a Chinese prisoner-turned-superhero named Ming and in production since 2013, was released in 2015.
In his later career, Lee’s contributions continued to expand outside the style that he helped pioneer. An example of this is his first work for DC Comics in the 2000s, launching the Just Imagine… series, in which Lee re-imagined the DC superheroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the Flash. Manga projects involving Lee include Karakuri Dôji Ultimo, a collaboration with Hiroyuki Takei, Viz Media and Shueisha,and Heroman, serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan with the Japanese company Bones. In 2011, Lee started writing a live-action musical, The Yin and Yang Battle of Tao.
This period also saw a number of collaborators honor Lee for his influence on the comics industry. In 2006, Marvel commemorated Lee’s 65 years with the company by publishing a series of one-shot comics starring Lee himself meeting and interacting with many of his co-creations, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Thing, Silver Surfer, and Doctor Doom. These comics also featured short pieces by such comics creators as Joss Whedon and Fred Hembeck, as well as reprints of classic Lee-written adventures.At the 2007 Comic-Con International, Marvel Legends introduced a Stan Lee action figure. The body beneath the figure’s removable cloth wardrobe is a re-used mold of a previously released Spider-Man action figure, with minor changes. Comikaze Expo, Los Angeles’ largest comic book convention, was rebranded as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Presented by POW! Entertainment in 2012.
At the 2016 Comic-Con International, Lee introduced his digital graphic novel Stan Lee’s God Woke, with text originally written as a poem he presented at Carnegie Hall in 1972.The print-book version won the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards’ Outstanding Books of the Year Independent Voice Award.
The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy, education, and the arts. Its stated goals include supporting programs and ideas that improve access to literacy resources, as well as promoting diversity, national literacy, culture and the arts.
Lee donated portions of his personal effects to the University of Wyoming at various times, between 1981 and 2001.
Lee and Jack Kirby appear as themselves in The Fantastic Four #10 (January 1963), the first of several appearances within the fictional Marvel Universe.The two are depicted as similar to their real-world counterparts, creating comic books based on the “real” adventures of the Fantastic Four.
Kirby later portrayed himself, Lee, production executive Sol Brodsky, and Lee’s secretary Flo Steinberg as superheroes in What If #11 (October 1978), “What If the Marvel Bullpen Had Become the Fantastic Four?”, in which Lee played the role of Mister Fantastic.
Lee was shown in numerous cameo appearances in many Marvel titles, appearing in audiences and crowds at many characters’ ceremonies and parties. For example, he is seen hosting an old-soldiers reunion in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #100 (July 1972), in The Amazing Spider-Man #169 (June 1977), as a bar patron in Marvels #3 (1994), at Karen Page’s funeral in Daredevil vol. 2, #8 (June 1998), and as the priest officiating at Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ wedding in New Avengers Annual #1 (June 2006). Lee and Kirby appear as professors in Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #19 (2006).
He appears in Generation X #17 (July 1996) as a circus ringmaster narrating (in lines written by Lee) a story set in an abandoned circus. This characterization was revived in Marvel’s “Flashback” series of titles cover-dated July 1997, numbered “-1”, introducing stories about Marvel characters before they became superheroes.
In Stan Lee Meets Superheroes (2007), written by Lee, he comes into contact with some of his favorite creations.
Lee was parodied by Kirby in comics published by rival DC Comics, as Funky Flashman.
Lee and other comics creators are mentioned in Michael Chabon’s 2000 novel set in the early comics industry The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Under the name Stanley Lieber, he appears briefly in Paul Malmont’s 2006 novel The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril.
In Lavie Tidhar’s 2013 The Violent Century, Lee appears – as Stanley Martin Lieber – as a historian of superhumans.
Lee had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects, including those within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters. He had completed the filmed footage for his cameo in the upcoming fourth Avengers film prior to his death.
Lee was raised in a Jewish family. In a 2002 survey of whether he believed in God, he stated, “Well, let me put it this way… No, I’m not going to try to be clever. I really don’t know. I just don’t know.”
From 1945 to 1947, Lee lived in the rented top floor of a brownstone in the East 90s in Manhattan.He married Joan Clayton Boocock on December 5, 1947, and in 1949, the couple bought a house in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island, living there through 1952. Their daughter Joan Celia “J. C.” Lee was born in 1950. Another child, daughter Jan Lee, died three days after delivery in 1953.
The Lees resided in the Long Island town of Hewlett Harbor, New York, from 1952 to 1980. They also owned a condominium on East 63rd Street in Manhattan from 1975 to 1980, and during the 1970s owned a vacation home in Remsenburg, New York. For their move to the West Coast in 1981, they bought a home in West Hollywood, California, previously owned by comedian Jack Benny’s radio announcer Don Wilson.
In September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a pacemaker, which required cancelling planned appearances at conventions.
On July 6, 2017, his wife of 69 years, Joan, died of complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.
In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a report that claimed Lee was a victim of elder abuse; the report asserted that among others, Keya Morgan, business manager of Lee and a memorabilia collector, had been isolating Lee from his trusted friends and associates following his wife’s death, to get access to Lee’s wealth, estimated to be worth US$50 million. In August 2018, Morgan was issued a restraining order to stay away from Lee, his daughter, or his associates for three years.
Lee died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2018, after being rushed there in a medical emergency earlier in the day.Earlier that year, Lee revealed to the public that he had been battling pneumonia and in February was rushed to the hospital for worsening conditions at around the same time.
Roy Thomas, who succeeded Lee as editor-in-chief at Marvel, had visited Lee two days prior to his death to discuss the upcoming book The Stan Lee Story, and stated “I think he was ready to go. But he was still talking about doing more cameos. As long as he had the energy for it and didn’t have to travel, Stan was always up to do some more cameos. He got a kick out of those more than anything else.”
Charles J. McCourtney, Jr.-January 13, 1936 – November 14, 2018
Charles J. McCourtney, Jr.-(January 13, 1936 – November 14, 2018) Charles J Mccourtney, Age 82, Passed away on November 14, 2018. Predeceased by his wife, Barbara L Mccourtney. Charles is survived by his five daughters (Maryann, Caroline, Susan, Barbara, and Rosemary), three son-in-laws (Jerry, Kelly and Mahmod amin), six grandchildren (Cheryl, Chris, Ben, Ryan, Nick and Luke) and great grandchild Evan and his 5 year old sheltie named teddy.
Charles was born in Lenox Hill hospital in New York City. Charles had 2 siblings Bobby and Judy that predeceased him. He is also predeceased by his best friend Charles Smith.
He was a navy veteran in the Korean War along with being a part of the NYC POLICE auxiliary force. Charles was a volunteer fireman for Mamaro. He was an original member, founder, and paramedic of the rescue squad. He was a chairman and founder of the annual Mamaroneck Christmas parade and party for the kids. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, building models of ships and airplanes, music and dancing, and bowling with his wife on a bowling league. He also enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends at parties and barbecues. His favorite holiday was Christmas and he would spend the entire season decorating his house and making a village under the tree. Charles’ favorite getaway was Disney World, he enjoyed that he got to take his parents, his kids and grandchildren to experience the magic of Disney. Whenever life got stressfull he would often look to mickey mouse for an escape.
He was an honest, compassionate and hard-working man who loved life. He saw the good in everyone. Charles always saw the glass has half full. Charles always had a positive outlook no matter what cards he was dealt. The most important thing to him was his family which also included his pets which he loved with all his heart. Charles was a loving husband amazing father, grandpa, poppop and mentor to all. He was loved and respected by all and will truly be missed.
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.
Robert T. Kenney-October 23, 1933 – November 11, 2018
Robert T. Kenney-(October 23, 1933 – November 11, 2018)Robert T. Kenney, age 85, passed away on November 11, 2018. Bob was born and raised on Long Island. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan Pilgrim Kenney. Bob and Joan had two wonderful children, Lori and their late son Robert Jr. Bob is survived by his daughter, Lori Lehn, son-in-law Gregory Lehn, grandchildren Emily Grier (Alexander) and Geoffrey Lehn, brothers John and Joseph, sister Mary Anne Terech. Pre-deceased by sister Anne Roberts.
Bob worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 42 years, including two years served in the US Marine Corps. Bob and Joan retired to Florida in 1993 and enjoyed 25 wonderful years in Palm City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org/ or to The Martin Health Foundation, Stuart, FL. https://www.martinhealth.org/foundation
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14th from 5-8 pm at Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City. Prayer service 7 pm. Funeral will be at 11 am, Thursday, November 15th at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City.
Toney R. Edwards-April 5, 1944 – November 10, 2018
Toney R. Edwards-(April 5, 1944 – November 10, 2018)William Toney Richard Edwards, 74, restaurateur, designer, and yachtsman died of pancreatic cancer at home in Stuart, Florida, on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The son of Mae Sue Thompson and William Van Buren Edwards, Jr., he was born in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up in Wichita Falls. He is survived by his wife, Maggie Hopp, younger sister Sherri Bilson, and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and older sister, the Rev. Judy Nelson.
Toney is best known as the proprietor of Le Madeleine, a bistro and garden café that he built and opened on 43rd Street just west of Ninth Avenue in 1979, when New York City was better known for crack and crime than haute cuisine. Described by Ruth Reichl as “a small, quite charming, venerable restaurant with a Frenchified air,” Le Madeleine was celebrated for its moderately-priced, upscale menu, and its wine list received many an “Award of Excellence” from The Wine Spectator.
It was also a cornerstone of the Hell’s Kitchen community for nearly three decades. Toney and his crew delivered thousands of meals to homebound victims of the AIDS epidemic, provided food for first responders after 9/11, served meals and babysat for the widows of the local Fire Station, Rescue 1, and offered generous benefits to his remarkably stable roster of fifty employees, including helping more than two dozen gain legal immigrant status. He remained at the helm of Le Madeleine, “which for so many of us was a place we belonged to and grew up in together” as one friend and employee recalled, until its lease was terminated in 2008.
Toney’s passion for the culinary arts began in his early teens when he and some friends drove to New Orleans. He took himself to the venerated Antoine’s Restaurant. There, at the hands of an old-school waiter, he sampled several dishes he had never heard of nor tasted before. Somewhat later, he began building houses, boats, and restaurants, including Austin’s renowned Les Amis Café, the first French bistro in Texas, which opened in 1970 hard by the campus of the University of Texas.
Academically trained in technical theater and design at UT and Yale University, he worked at theaters in Rochester, Minnesota, and Atlanta. After landing in New York, Toney restored the Majestic Theater at BAM and converted two churches into theatrical venues including the Westside Theater, next door to what became Le Madeleine.
He also joined the Durst Organization for whom he managed more than sixty buildings in Manhattan and stabilized seven historic theaters on West 42nd Street in the early 1990s. It was through his work with the Durst Organization that he met Maggie, a photographer, whom he married in 1995 after a decade-long courtship.
In addition to food, wine (he served as vice president of the Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais) and community, Toney was a skilled blue-water sailor and a member of the New York Yacht Club and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, where he was an active racer and winter frostbiter.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County, Inc., 1955 N.E. Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach, FL 34957.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart Chapel, Stuart, FL.
Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.martin-funeral.com.
Peery B. Lewis-September 04, 1929 – November 09, 2018
Peery B. Lewis-(September 04, 1929 – November 09, 2018) Age 89, of Palm City, Florida died on Friday November 9, 2018 in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Mr. Lewis was born on September 4, 1929 in Wellsburg, West Virginia to George M. and Sallie (Brittain) Lewis. Mr. Lewis was raised on a 200-acre farm in Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia in a farm house that was built in 1787. Mr. Lewis graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1951 with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. He had a storied college basketball career at William & Mary and was twice named All Southern Conference. He received a Master’s Degree in Education from William and Mary as well. Mr. Lewis received the National Defense Service Medal following almost two years’ service in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lee Virginia. He was honorably discharged from service in June 1954 and transferred to the Army Reserve to complete 8 years’ service under the Universal Military Training and Service Acts. Mr. Lewis started his career as a high school math teacher and basketball coach in Portsmouth Virginia where he met his future bride, Betty C. Lewis. Throughout the years, Mr. Lewis administered, coached and supported many youth sports programs and teams. In business, Mr. Lewis held roles of increasing levels of responsibility in the insurance industry ultimately terminating service as the Chief Administrative Officer with information technology oversight at Life Investors Insurance Company of America (later Aegon, Transamerica) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. Lewis moved to Florida in 1987 and along with a partner founded a benefits administration company known as Flex Systems. Mr. Lewis sold Flex Systems and retired from business in 1999.
Mr. Lewis married Betty Jane Chapman on August 18, 1956 and their loving marriage lasted nearly 52 years. Betty predeceased Mr. Lewis in 2008.
Mr. Lewis was a resident of Palm City, Florida since 1987. He was a long-time member of Palm City Presbyterian Church and over 30-year member of Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club where he and Betty were avid golfers. Mr. Lewis spent the last two years as part of the Allegro senior living community in Stuart, FL.
Knowing Mr. Lewis was to experience his playful, loving kindness every day. Throughout his life, Mr. Lewis carried a passion and holy commitment to service for others, particularly his family. Mr. Lewis valued and invested in education and frequently remarked with pride about the many achievements and travels of his grandchildren, grand-nieces / nephews.
Mr. Lewis was predeceased by his mother, Sallie Brittain Lewis, his father, George Markley Lewis, and by his brother, George Markley Lewis Jr and sister-in-law Joy Lewis.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his sons, Peery B. Lewis, Jr and his wife Cecilia of Palm City Florida; David M. Lewis of New Port Richey, Florida; his grandchildren: Britt, Nicholas & Veronica Lewis and Jessica, Mackenzie and David Michael Lewis; and nieces and nephews, including: Mark and Jim Lewis, Maggie Stevens, Becky Binder, Scott and Lee Chapman, Carey Chamberlain and Van Chapman (latter pre-deceased). Also surviving are numerous great nieces / nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11A.M., on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, FL. A Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, Florida. An inurnment will take place at a later date in Bethany, West Virginia.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bethany College (Mark and Sallie Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund) in care of Sven M. de Jong, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Bethany West Virginia 26032 (www.bethanywv.edu) or to Palm City Presbyterian Church in care of Rev Dr. Brad Klostreich at 2700 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, FL 34990 (www.palmcitypres.org).
Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Hills Funeral Home, 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL 34990. A guest registry may be signed at the Visitation event or at www.foresthillsfunerals.com.
Anthony “Tony” G. Catlender-December 7, 1942 – November 8, 2018
Anthony “Tony” G. Catlender-(December 7, 1942 – November 8, 2018) Anthony Gerard Catlender entered into Eternal Life Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at home after a short illness. He was the loving husband of Arisleida Catlender. Born December 7th, 1942 in London, England of Dutch parents Cornelia and Gerard Catlender.
He became an Electrical Engineer with a MSEE degree. A career he cherished for over 50 yrs. His employers ranged from Raytheon Co. (defense contractor) in MA to the NAIC (Arecibo Observatory) in Puerto Rico, Rhode and Swartz in OR, and John Deere in Fargo, ND from where he retired January 2017.
A Faithful Catholic parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in PSL.
Besides his long time wife Arisleida, he is survived by his brother Robin his children Jeffrey, Jason and Kamelish. His grandchildren Victoria, Zakary, Megan, Sydney and Kenyon; along with eight nephews and nieces . Was predeceased by his sisters Louisa and Dini.
Tony was an avid reader he also enjoyed traveling as much as spending Family Time every chance he could. His hobbies ranged between tinkering with electronics that he successfully sold in Ebay and collecting coins, stamps and wind up toys.
Tony’s family will welcome relatives and friends on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at Aycock at Tradition of Port St. Lucie commencing at 4:00 PM EST for a Religious Ceremony followed by a Celebration of his Life.
Tony was a caring, compassionate exceptional human being. Touched by all, he never met a stranger. A true Friend, Faithful Husband, and nurturing father and grandfather.
Tony is survived by his loving wife, Arisleida; his brother Robin and children Jeffrey, Jason and Kamelish; grandchildren Victoria, Zakary, Megan, Sydney and Kenyon; along with eight nephews and nieces . He was predeceased by his sisters, Louisa and Dini.
Irving M. Levin-March 19, 1923 – November 8, 2018
Irving M. Levin-(March 19, 1923 – November 8, 2018) Irving M. Levin, 95, died peacefully at his home in the Summerfield community, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 with his wife of 41 years the former S. Frances Kelley, at his bedside.
During WWII, Irv, proudly served his country from 1941-1945 in the U. S. Army Air Corps. Irv was a B29 Flight Engineer on bombing raids over Japan in the 93 Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, 314th Wing, 20th Air Force North Field, Guam.
After separation from the service, Irv enjoyed a long and productive career at the MIT Instrumentation Lab and Charles Stark Draper Lab in Cambridge, MA. He participated in numerous projects including testing the first inertial guidance system.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with Visitation starting at 10:30 am and a Service at 11:00 am with full U.S. Army Military Honors at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Irv can be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997.
Easton “Massa” DeSouza-May 6, 1943 – November 5, 2018
Easton “Massa” DeSouza-(May 6, 1943 – November 5, 2018) Easton “Massa” DeSouza was born on May 6, 1943 and passed away on November 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
Surviving Children by Age:
Merlyn (June) Richardson
Vilma (Mary) Boreland
Evel (Lee) Clark
Crafton (Monte) DeSouza
Carmen (Dolly) DeSouza
Millicent (Joy) Matheson
Merlyn (June) Richardson
Tyriah Marlene Brooks
Kevin DeSouza II
Devon DeSouza II
Teniah Marlene Brooks
Tavian Jackson DeSouza
Charles E. (Gene) Burnett-September 25, 1938 – November 4, 2018
Charles E. (Gene) Burnett-(September 25, 1938 – November 4, 2018)t is with great sadness that I announce the sudden and unexpected passing of my husband, Gene, on November 4, 2018. Gene was 80 years old, a native Floridian, born in Cedar Key, FL. He served in the Navy from 1958-1963. He worked for many years as a pilot for Eastern Arilines, a profession he dearly loved. He retired as a Captain on the A-300 Airbus in 1987. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, loved him, and understood his unique and colorful sense of humor. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Justine (Juddy); three daughters: Brenda Davies, Cindy Watson, and Lynda Owen; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother: Michael Burnett. Per his request, no services are scheduled.
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Joseph J. Celli-January 22, 1926 – November 2, 2018
Joseph J. Celli-(January 22, 1926 – November 2, 2018)
oseph J. Celli, 92, a resident of Jensen Beach, FL, departed this life Friday, November 2, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; stepson, Randy; and many other loving family members and friends. Joseph was a World War II Army Veteran and was also the recipient of the Veteran Hall of Fame medal from Florida Governor, Rick Scott. He was the President of Seatrain Lines, Inc., the founder of Big Heart Brigade, and a board member for Planning and Zoning with Martin County. He was also a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW (Service Officer), DAV, Am Vets, and the Blind Rehabilitation Center (Blind Veteran’s of America). Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at Aycock Funeral Home, 950 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, where vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Committal services with Army Honors will be held 2:15 p.m. Friday, November 9, at South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 South State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449.
Doyle C Smith-June 15, 1934 – October 31, 2018
Doyle C Smith-(June 15, 1934 – October 31, 2018) Doyle C. Smith, 84 years young, passed away peacefully the evening of October 31, 2018 at the IRMC in Vero Beach. Doyle was one of three children born in Quinter, KS to Marleah and Eldon Smith. After graduation from Quinter High School he attended McPherson College for two years then transferred to Kansas State University where he received a degree in Medical Technology followed by directing several clinical laboratories in several states. He returned to Kansas State and obtained a Master of Science Degree, after which time he spent over 20 years at the FDA, which included attending a professional advancement program at Harvard Business school and rounded out his career in the pharmaceutical industry in areas of drug development and compliance. Although he obtained a rather high level of education, he was always proud of being a farm boy and he knew a lot about a lot of things. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lou Ellen Philips-Smith, a close knit brother, WWilliam E and wife Andrea Smith, a son in law and daughter in law, Brian and Paula Phillips and two adorable grandchildren, Lilly Ann and, Brycen Phillips. His favorite pass times were playing golf, traveling with family, creating electronic albums, cooking, dancing, joking and sharing good times. He is sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at Hillcrest Funeral Home in Ft. Pierce Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018 beginning at 10:00 am.
Harry G Von Oehsen-December 31, 1932 – October 31, 2018
Harry G Von Oehsen-(December 31, 1932 – October 31, 2018)Harry G Von Oehsen was born on December 31, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on October 31, 2018.
Marie Annette Jean-Philippe-July 26, 1942 – October 30, 2018
Marie Annette Jean-Philippe-(July 26, 1942 – October 30, 2018)Marie Annette Jean-Philippe was born on July 26, 1942 and passed away on October 30, 2018
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Sandra Feeley-February 8, 1938-October 29, 2018
Sandra Feeley-(February 8, 1938-October 29, 2018) Sandra “Sandy” Winnifred Feeley, 80, of Jensen Beach, FL, passed away with her family by her side.
Born February 8, 1938 in Brockton, MA to William MacKenzie and Dorothy “Morrison” MacKenzie.
In the Cape Cod, MA., area she had been a substitute teacher at Sandwich High School and taught 7th and 8th grade English and Reading at Mashpee Middle School for 30 years.
Sandy retired from teaching in 2003. As a child she lived in Avon, MA. where she graduated High School, then Stonehill College with he Bachelors Degree and received her Master’s from Bridgewater State College.
She had lived in Sharon, MA., Tolland, CT., and Sandwich, MA., from 1970 until her retirement. She and her husband Paul had been a snowbirds coming to Jensen Beach since 2005.
She was so proud of raising her 3 sons. She had been the Head Cheerleading Coach, headed the English Department, enjoyed skiing and loved her Boston Red Sox.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Paul Feeley of Sandwich, MA and Jensen Beach, FL; her three children Sean of Verona, NJ., Brendan of Delray Beach, FL., Darren of Falls Church, VA; seven grandchildren Christine, Lauren, Carolyn, Emerson, Finn, and Elle; her siblings Billy, Cassie, Nancy, Paul, Johnny, Mary, Patty, Cheryl, Richard and 24 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Carol.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday November 16th at 11 A.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church 2330 Mariposa Ave. Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory 961 S. Kanner Hwy. Stuart, FL. 1(772)223-5550. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be found at www.martin-funeral.com
Harry G. Fritz, Jr.-December 28, 1951-October 28, 2018
Harry G. Fritz, Jr.-(December 28, 1951-October 28, 2018)Harry G Fritz, Jr. 66, of Port St. Lucie, FL, was born in Paris Island SC.
He proudly served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War . He served for 7 years, Harry was involved with many veterans organizations.
Harry was a wonderful husband of 36 years to his best friend Gail Fritz. Harry is survived by his wife Gail, sister Linda Beverly and her husband Ronald Beverly. Harry was an avid animal lover, and is also survived by his three dogs Lucky, Misty, Dakota, and three cats Lexie, Cally and Hannah.
A Service will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. Immediately followed by a an Internment at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL with Honors presented by the U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Harry can be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted in the care of Martin Funeral Home, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting www.Martin-Funeral.com
Janis C Napier-March 31, 1951 – October 27, 2018
Janis C Napier-(March 31, 1951 – October 27, 2018)Janis C. Napier, age 67, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on Saturday October 27, 2018. Janis was born March 31, 1951.
Services for Janis will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Aycock Funeral Home, 6026 North US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946. Janis will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 6026 North Us Highway 1, Fort Pierce, Florida 34946.
Janis was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida
Janis was the Daughter of the late Calaway and Evelyn Adkins Napier. She was a retired CNA. In her earlier years, Janis was involved with the Martin County Fair association, involved mainly with the entertainment for Fair time. Janis was a Charter Member of the Treasure Coast Church of God in Port St. Lucie, Fl.. She loved to sing, and was part of the Echo’s of Praise Quartet.
Janis is survived by her husband of 46 years, Michael R. Napier of Vero Beach Fl.. Her Son and Daughter-in-law Michael and Jessica Napier. A Daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Russell McNulty, their son Jeremiah Napier, and daughter Cathrine Napier.
Her four grandchildren, Benjamin, Rebecca, Aidan, and Michael. There were five other grand babies that never came into this present world.
Janis has a sister and Brother-in-law Patricia and John Kelley. Six Nieces and Nephews.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.aycock-hillcrest.com for the Napier family.
LaDon M. Johnson-February 22, 1929-October 25, 2018
LaDon M. Johnson-(February 22, 1929-October 25, 2018) LaDon Johnson, 89, of Stuart, FL, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018, after enjoying her blessed life’s journey from the family farm in Faribault, Minnesota to the sun-kissed beauty of Stuart, Florida.
As a young woman, she attended MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, where she developed her passion for singing. It is there where she met her husband of 53 years, Wally Johnson (deceased). They sang together at over 500 events, including TV and charity benefits.
Her devotion to Wally and her passion for music inspired many. LaDon enjoyed an active life including tennis, skiing, and golf. The Mariner Sands Chapel Choir and the game of Mahjong brought her many special friendships and great joy over the years.
LaDon was an optimistic woman, always striving for the best in life for herself, Wally, and others.
She is survived by her brother James and his wife Barb of Brainerd, Minnesota, along with many nieces and nephews, in-laws, special friends, and extraordinary caregivers.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 SE Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of LaDon can be made to the Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 SE Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997 or the Johnson Memorial Cemetery c/o Lonnie Johnson, 16953 Par Circle SW, Pine City, MN 55063
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 www.martin-funeral.com
Jennifer Anne Wren-November 6, 1973-October 24, 2018
Jennifer Anne Wren-(November 6, 1973-October 24, 2018)Jennifer Anne Wren,44, of Palm City died October 24th, 2018.
Jennifer was Born in Stuart, Florida on November 6th, 1973 to parents Faye Bridges Wren and Marvin M. Wren.
After graduating from St. Edwards School in Vero Beach, she attended Roanoke College, in Salem, Virginia, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in May 1995.
Jennifer returned to Stuart for a brief period and then moved to Boston, MA. where she worked in Corporate Marketing for First Boston Financial Group, Bose Corporation, and Third Screen Media.
She lived in the the Beacon Hills section of Boston for ten years, returning to Stuart area in the summer of 2007.
Survivors include her parents Marvin and JoAnne Wren of Palm City.
She was preceded in death by her younger brother Christopher (Bo) Wren and her mother Faye Jemison.
Jennifer was very much loved and will be greatly missed and always remembered by her father and her family, as well as her many friends in the Boston and Stuart areas.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home / Stuart Chapel.
Eleanor N. Weaver-September 5, 1941 – October 20, 2018
Eleanor N. Weaver-(September 5, 1941 – October 20, 2018) Eleanor N. Weaver was born on September 5, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on October 20, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, FL
Philip Weaver, Husband
Kathy Lawlor, Daughter
Tara Weaver, Daughter
Harold Atkins, Son
John Atkins, Son
Tony Atkins, Son
Philip Weaver, Son
Mrs. Weaver also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Eleanor is predeceased by her daughter, Tammy.
Thomas A. Haack-April 5, 1944 – October 18, 2018
Thomas A. Haack-(April 5, 1944 – October 18, 2018)Thomas “Tom” A. Haack, 74,passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Haack, of Palm City, FL.; his sister Elaine Steinberg (Lloyd) of Ocala, FL; nephews Paul Steinberg (Leigh) of Ocala, FL and John Steinberg (Jamie) of Herndon, VA; and niece Lori Guerra (Juan) of Ocala, FL.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave, Palm City, FL 34990.
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com
Regina Ann Cantone-July 28, 1938 – October 17, 2018
Regina Ann Cantone-(July 28, 1938 – October 17, 2018) We regret to inform you that our beloved Regina Ann Cantone passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer. Regina was born in Thomas, West Virginia to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cantone on July 28, 1938. In June of 1943, the family moved to Cumberland, Maryland, where she attended St. Peters and Paul School and graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1956. Regina worked for Schwab for over 20 years before retiring and moving to Florida in 1997. She was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Regina is survived by her four sisters, Josephine, Irma and Geraldine Cantone and Amy Fazio; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 2330 SE Mariposa Avenue, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952.
JOHN A. MARCHIONE-December 6, 1924 – October 15, 2018
JOHN A. MARCHIONE-(December 6, 1924 – October 15, 2018)John A. Marchione, 93 of Fort Pierce, and River Forest, IL, passed away October 15, 2018 at his home in River Forest IL. John was born in Jamaica, Queens, NY. He was employed by Long Island Lighting (LILCO) in New York and Apple Industries in Fort Pierce. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Tech Sargent. Predeceased by his parents, Nicola and Vita Mary Spano Marchione, and his wife, Angelina “Lee” Pomarico Marchione and his baby son John Michael. John is survived by his daughters; Vita Rokaw and husband Barry, Marietta Dethlefsen and husband Neil, and Donna Wyatt Brummer. Grandchildren; Amanda Rokaw (Kent Baughman), Brian Rokaw (Gabriella Sosa), Alexander Rokaw (Alexandra Ortiz), Nicholas Dethlefsen (Melissa Swart), Richard Dethlefsen (Caitlin Gilmartin), Derek Dethlefsen, Crystal Brummer (Jason Hussong) . Great Grandchildren; John, Martin, Lara, Dethlefsen Cannon, Carson, Kerry Baughman, Sebastian Rokaw.
Ernest R. Swanson-May 26, 1944 – October 14, 2018
Ernest R. Swanson-(May 26, 1944 – October 14, 2018) Ernest Richard “Ernie” Swanson, 74, of Stuart, Florida, died peacefully October 14, 2018 with his wife and children by his side. He was born to Elmer Richard Swanson and Lucille Leatricia Corvino Swanson in Newark, New Jersey.
Ernie was a musician, vocalist, instructor and entertainer and began his career at the age of 11 as a child actor in off-Broadway productions. He switched his interest to music in his teens and played with and backed up top recording artists, in addition to leading his own band, The Crescents for over 30 years. He played and taught many styles of music “from rock to Bach.” Among his numerous interests, Ernie was a gourmet cook, a talented painter in oils, a recognized draftsman, an ardent motorcyclist, SCUBA diver, golfer, and he was a black belt in Taekwondo.
He is survived by his wife Jenny Swanson of Stuart, Florida; his son Stephen Swanson (Nadia) of Morris Plains, New Jersey; his daughter Susan Swanson Waddell (Chris) of Weaverville, North Carolina; his sister Letitia Albee of Weaverville, North Carolina; six beloved grandchildren; and his long-coat Chihuahua therapy dog, Poco. He is also survived by Eve Farley.
A celebration of Ernie’s life is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018 with 11:00 am visitation and 12:00 noon Service at the Stuart Chapel of Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 961 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast or the American Cancer Society.
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com
Timothy D. Melton-March 3, 1966 – October 13, 2018
Timothy D. Melton-(March 3, 1966 – October 13, 2018)Today we said goodbye to our friend and family member Timothy Dwayne Melton (Koehn). From an early age it was apparent that Tim had a love affair with the water. His life was spent living and working on and around the sea. Timmy leaves behind his family and friends to cherish his memory.
We would like to thank the staff of Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL for being so caring and taking amazing care of Timmy in his final days. We would also like to thank all of his friends who stopped in to share time with Timmy over the past week. His family appreciates all of your kind words and support. Most of all we want to give special thanks to Timmy’s very closest friends and super-brothers, Brett and Todd. Your love and support of Timmy has been truly amazing.
For those of you looking to celebrate Timmy, please consider a donation in Timmy’s name to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1000 SE Ruhnke St, Stuart FL, 34994.
A celebration of life with friends and family will be held at a later date. As soon as we have finalized the details, they will be shared on Tim’s Facebook page.
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com
Vincent Anthony Amore Sr.-December 25, 1929 – October 12, 2018
Vincent Anthony Amore Sr.-(December 25, 1929 – October 12, 2018)Vincent A. Amore December 25th, 1929-October 12th, 2018
Vincent A. Amore, 88, peacefully passed away, Friday, October 12th, 2018, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. Vincent was born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. For the last 22 years, he has lived in Ft. Pierce, FL. Vincent is a decorated Korean War Veteran. He was in the Army 3rd Infantry Division Combat Zone in Korea. Military Honors: Bronze Star for Bravery, Three Battle Stars, Purple Heart, 3rd Infantry Division Commendation and a Certificate of Recognition for his heroism. He was also a 29-year active Commander for the DAV-Disabled Veterans Association. Vincent was also an honored member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. After the war, Vincent returned home and became a Master Carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Amore, his 4 children, Salvatore Amore of Viera, FL, Vincent Amore of Palm Bay, FL, Marianne Giardina of Palm Coast, FL and Dianna Amore of Schoolcraft, MI, as well as 2-step daughters, Pam Galus of Vero Beach, FL and Caroline Mantia of Brooklyn, NY. Vincent is also survived by his 8-grandchildren and 18-great grandchildren.
Beverly Ames-July 31, 1926 – October 10, 2018
Beverly Ames-(July 31, 1926 – October 10, 2018) Beverly S. Ames, 92, of Port St Lucie, FL died peacefully Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at her residence in Port St Lucie.
She was born in The Bronx, New York; daughter of the late Charles and Esther Cohen Meyerson and has resided on the Treasure Coast for the past several years.
Beverly was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and loved her family, extended family and friends with all of her heart. She loved to read and work crossword puzzles. She also loved to fish and watch football, in particular, her beloved New York Football Giants.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Ames and a sister, Joan Tirsch.
Survivors include her son, Fred Ames and wife Toni of McLean, VA; daughter Ilene Lesin and her husband, Martin of Jensen Beach, FL; grandchildren, Debra Serebrin and her husband Jonathan of Smyrna, GA; Carrie Young and her husband A.J. of Port St Lucie, Fl; Caroline Caruthers and her husband Jeremy of Chicago, IL; great grandchildren Jacob and Matthew Young of Port St Lucie FL; Ellie and Hannah Serebrin of Smyrna, GA; Sawyer and Oliver Caruthers of Chicago, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:00pm at Temple Beit HaYam 951 SE Monterey Commons Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996 with Rabbi Matthew Durbin officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund c/o Temple Beit HaYam.
Theresa Mae Molgano-June 4, 1927 – October 8, 2018
Theresa Mae Molgano-(June 4, 1927 – October 8, 2018) THERESA MAE MOLGANO, 91, beloved Mother of Jo-Ann and Fr. James E. Molgano, went peacefully to her Heavenly reward on Monday, October 8, 2018. Theresa (Terry) was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, James Michael ( October 25, 2013) and her beloved daughter Kathleen, who passed away suddenly in February 2015.
Theresa is also survived by her 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren: Ms. Pamela Dixon, Mrs. Kristen (Michael) Conway, Mrs. Jaime (Keith) Steinberg, and Mr. Douglas (Jennifer) Raudebaugh; Alyssa Jackson, Zachery Raudebaugh, Madison Raudebaugh, Kyle Steinberg, Kevin Steinberg, Christopher Riley and Grace Conway, respectively.
Our dear and precious earthly Mother was not only the matriarch of our family of origin but more importantly, the faithful daughter of God Our Heavenly Father and Our Blessed Mother Mary. Her stalwart faith and unconditional maternal love was generously experienced by all who knew her, as she exemplified in unassuming ways the heroic virtues of a saintly and holy woman, much like her Patron Saint, the Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11am in St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Jensen Beach, Florida. Visitation will precede Holy Mass in the Church from 10am to 11am. Interment will be private following Mass of Christian Burial.
If you wish to offer an expression of sympathy, in gratitude, we ask, that a bequest be made in our Mother’s memory to the Parish of St. Martin de Porres. God bless you!
Margaret L. Gahn-November 7, 1934 – October 7, 2018
Margaret L. Gahn-(November 7, 1934 – October 7, 2018)Margaret L. Gahn, 83, Resident of Vero Beach, Fl passed away on October 7, 2018 in Port St Lucie, Florida.
Margaret was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to James Lambert and Margaret Lambert on November 7, 1934. She worked as an accountant for more than 40 years. She loved life to the fullest and lived every day for the Lord. She was a humble and caring person who would always lend a helping hand to anyone when needed. Anyone who knew her would know how much she loved her cats. All through her life she always had one either in her lap or close nearby. She was a very accomplished piano player and when able, would spend hours singing and rejoicing God’s praises. Her children and grandchildren were her life and she always made time for them no matter what the circumstances were. She will be sorely missed by all.
Margaret is preceded in death by her mom, Margaret Lambert, father, James Lambert and her brother, Bill Lambert.
Margaret is survived by her children; Susan Slimak, of Texas; Eileen Garthwaite, of Texas; Colleen Goff, of Georgia; Kevin Garthwaite, of Florida; Michael Faxon, of Florida and James Gahn, of Florida. She is also survived by her brothers, James Lambert, of Florida; Tom Lambert, of Florida and Dewey Lambert of Washington State; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:00pm at Aycock Funeral Home and Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Fort Pierce, FL.
Donations may be given to Treasure Coast Hospice.
The family of Margaret Gahn wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Treasure Coast Hospice for all the wonderful care they provided her in her final days.
Patricia P Schweikert-March 6, 1939 – October 6, 2018
Patricia P Schweikert-(March 6, 1939 – October 6, 2018)atricia A. Peeples Schweikert, 79, of Jensen Beach, FL, passed away on October 6, 2018 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL.
Born in Chattanooga, TN, Patricia had previously lived in Monterey, CA and Broward County, FL before moving to the Jensen Beach area in 1988.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Stuart and prior to retirement was an English Professor. Patricia taught at many colleges, and most recently worked in the CPI Lab at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. She loved to read and do crossword puzzles, and was a nightly Jeopardy contestant.
Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, James Schweikert, of Jensen Beach, FL; son, Bill Schweikert (Julie) of Fellsmere, FL; daughter, Jamie Cummings (Steve) of Port St Lucie, FL; grandchildren, Brittany, Natalie, William and Hollie; niece, Leona and grandniece, Ashley Kitchings, both of Oakridge, TN.
She was predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Erie, along with her sister, Judy.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm with a memorial service starting at 2:00pm at Aycock Funeral Home in Jensen Beach, FL.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at https://www.cff.org/ or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society at https://www.nationalmssociety.org.
Mary E Keaton – September 1, 1933 – October 1, 2018
Mary E Keaton – (September 1, 1933 – October 1, 2018)Mary Elizabeth Keaton (McLaughlin), age 85, passed away October 1st, 2018 at her home in Fort Pierce, FL.
Mary was born September 1st, 1933 in Frankford, West Virginia to Agnes McLaughlin Chandler (Keen) and Thomas McLaughlin. She married Harold Lee Keaton on February 21st,1949.
She was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father, sister Jeanne Opre, brother Maurice McLaughlin and son Robert Keaton. She is survived by her sons, Raymond Keaton and Michael Keaton (his wife Angela); daughters, Cindy Schottie and Shirley Batsche; sisters Brenda Pittman and Debbie Hudson; brother Jess Chandler; grandsons, Robert Colon, Brian Colon, Bruce Batsche II and Kenneth Keaton; granddaughters, Amy Case, Brynn Bolinsky, Michaela Keaton, Elizabeth Keaton, Kameron Keaton, Andrea Keaton and 13 great grandchildren.
Mary was a kind and giving person who put all of her loved ones first. She took care of her family and friends tirelessly from the time she was a young girl and never ceased in her selflessness until her final days. She was a devoted mother and wife and spoiled her grandchildren. She was a loving nanny to many children. Mary loved flowers, working in her garden and decorating her beautiful home especially for Christmas. She was the rock of her family and her love and kindness will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
Ruth D Rorke-October 2, 1955 – September 30, 2018
Ruth D Rorke-(October 2, 1955 – September 30, 2018)
Beloved wife of Stafford for 45 years, treasured mother of Coral and Claire, sister to Bernard and half-brother Charlie, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, cousin, aunt; and steadfast servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Ruthie passed peacefully into His grace at the tender age of 62, just 2 days shy of her 63rd birthday following a lengthy, valiant and dignified struggle with cancer. Born in the sleepy-hollow mountain-region town of Fouriesburg, Orange Free State, South Africa, her humble formative years shaped the wonderful person we adored. Ruth fully supported the 1993 family migration to Canada and subsequently to the United States. The pain of her passing and the void in our lives is mitigated by the memories of a truly remarkable, gentle, soft-hearted soul; a loving, caring, teaching mother; compassionate, funny, with an endearing disposition touching all who encountered her warm and friendly embrace. God’s creatures, unafraid, were drawn to her tenderness. Well-travelled to over 60 countries
and with a short period of residence in New Zealand too, Ruthie marveled at the wonder of God’s creations and peoples. Her 2 years and 4 months in Port Saint Lucie were among the happiest days of her 62 years, spent among new-found, caring neighbors, friends, church and Bible study groups. Her worldwide network of contacts is astounding. While Ruthie recently rejoiced at the engagement of Claire to Kyle, sadly she will not be physically present to witness the welcoming of our newest family members. We know she will be there in spirit. There are no adequate words to describe how deeply a soulmate, mother and sister will be missed. Until we meet again……
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Vitalia Captiva Club Ballroom on Monday October 8 at 11am. Colorful, casual attire please. The family requests no flowers to the home. Donations may be made to the Patient Advocate Foundation: https://www.patientadvocate.org/get-involved/donate/
Sheila D Grawe-December 27, 1923 – September 30, 2018
Sheila D Grawe-(December 27, 1923 – September 30, 2018)SHEILA DOROTHY (GOULETTE) GRAWE Franklin, NC – Sheila Dorothy “Donnie”
(Goulette) Grawe, 94, passed away surrounded by family on September 30, 2018, in her home at the Franklin House in Franklin, North Carolina.
Sheila was born December 27, 1923, in Dexter, Maine, daughter of Mahile and Edith (Carette) Goulette. Sheila left Dexter and became a beautician at
the age of 16. While working in Portsmouth, New Hampshire she met her future husband George Grawe who was enlisted in the Coast Guard. Sheila
married George on February 27, 1943 and enjoyed 63 years of marriage. While raising their five children, Sheila assisted George in the many
restaurants that she and George owned and operated in Gettysburg, PA and Vero Beach, FL. In retirement, George and Sheila moved to Florida and
Sheila enjoyed golf, playing cards and she especially loved playing slot machines. One of Sheila’s favorite trips was to Las Vegas, Nevada with all of her
children. Sheila is survived by her four daughters, Janice and husband William Shelley of Franklin, NC; Nancy and husband Tom Cornelius of Mount
Dora, FL; Sheila and husband Jerry McKim of Gettysburg, PA; Georgene and husband Jim Eisenberg of West Palm Beach, FL; and her son, George
Grawe Jr. and wife Mary of Arlington Heights, IL; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Mahile and Edith
Goulette; husband, George Grawe Sr; son Raymond Grawe; brothers, Vallair, Cassimer, Bernard and Rudolph; and sisters Imogene Keene, Eleanor
Mace, Connie Tetu and Rita Larson. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church, in Vero Beach, Florida with a private interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheila’s memory can be made to: Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the Alzheimer’s
Association Illinois Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090/6011, https://www.alz.org/illinois . Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral
Home, Ft. Pierce
Joyce G. Schultz-July 10, 1928 – September 29, 2018
Joyce G. Schultz-(July 10, 1928 – September 29, 2018) Joyce Gideon Coulter Schultz, 90, passed away on September 29, 2018 at Treasure Coast Hospice.
She was born in Ft. Pierce, FL and was a life-long resident of Jensen Beach and enjoyed living along the Indian River Lagoon. She was a homemaker, managed Tradewinds Cottages and also owned a lingerie shop in Stuart.
She was predeceased by her parents, Seymour and Lucy Gideon; brothers, Lawrence Gideon, Louis Gideon, Blount Gideon, and Richard Gideon; and her husband Louis Schultz.
She is survived by her three children, Susan Olson (Gerald) of Sebastian, Joanne Figdore of Boca Raton, and Curtis Coulter of Jensen Beach; her four grandchildren, Jane Olson, Cathryn Olson, Jennifer Tidmore, and Todd St. Clair; her seven great grandchildren, Cristofer, Hannah, Thomas, Justin, Emma, Anthony and Noah.
A memorial of will be held at Aycock Funeral Home Chapel in Jensen Beach on October 28, 2018 at 12:30pm. Interment will be at a later date at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Treasure Coast Hospice of Stuart.
She is survived by her three children, Susan Olson (Gerald) of Sebastian, Joanne Figdore of Boca Raton, and Curtis Coulter of Jensen Beach; her four grandchildren, Jane Olson, Cathryn Olson, Jennifer Tidmore, and Todd St. Clair; her seven great grandchildren, Cristofer, Hannah, Thomas, Justin, Emma, Anthony and Noah.
Diane D. Harrison-March 30, 1951 – September 26, 2018
Diane D. Harrison (March 30, 1951 – September 26, 2018)
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
Carole Y L Gooden-September 4, 1942 – September 24, 2018
Carole Y L Gooden-(September 4, 1942 – September 24, 2018) Carole Y.L. Gooden, 76, passed away on Sept 24, 2018, at her home in Port St. Lucie, FL. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Carole had been a resident of Florida since 1982, after living on various islands in the Caribbean. Carole was an educator for over five decades, first teaching Biology and Chemistry at St. Andrews Technical High School in Kingston, Jamaica. She served as librarian at various schools in St. Lucie County, with Windmill Pointe Elementary being her longest tenure. She fin-ished her career as District Media Specialist for the county where she spearheaded projects such as Kids Cable, which allowed students from all grades the opportuni-ty to run the school board’s cable access channel, from on-camera talent to control room operations. For years, Carole was lovingly known as “The Story Lady” for her countless episodes of Story Time on the school board’s cable access channel, where she would read children’s books on air. Carole was very involved with her church of over 30 years, Holy Faith Episcopal, as she served many years as the church organist and Senior Warden.
Carole is survived by her daughter, Terri-Anne; son, Timothy, of Denver, CO; three grandchildren, Thomas Sacchi, Joseph Sacchi, and Cynecia Brend; her sister, Aileen Palmer; and her nephew Duane Palmer.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to St. Lucie County public libraries. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 11am at Holy Faith Episcopal, 6990 US-1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953. There will be a viewing open to the public at 10am and a reception at the church immediately following service.
Carole is survived by her daughter, Terri-Anne; son, Timothy, of Denver, CO; three grandchildren, Thomas Sacchi, Joseph Sacchi, and Cynecia Brend; her sister, Aileen Palmer; and her nephew Duane Palmer.
Kenneth Lincoln Schlamp-February 12, 1928 – September 23, 2018
Kenneth Lincoln Schlamp- (February 12, 1928 – September 23, 2018) Kenneth Lincoln Schlamp passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the age of 90 in Palm City, FL., with his loving wife by his side.
Mr. Schlamp was born in 1928 on Staten Island, NY, the third son of the late Adam and Anna Schlamp.
His early education was on Staten Island. From 1946-48 he served in the U.S. Navy as an aerographer on weather ships in the North Pacific.
In 1951 he married his life partner, the former Katherine Carstens in New Dorp Moravian Church.
He received his degree in Bachelor of Science in Business from Wagner College in 1953.
“Ken” and “Kay” raised their two children in Westerleigh, Staten Island before moving to New Jersey in 1978.
Mr. Schlamp was a partner in Carstens Electrical Supply Co., a wholesale distributor of electrical construction materials in the NY-NJ area, founded by his father-in-law, Godfrey Carstens, ST., in the 1930s.
“Ken” was a member of the Board of Staten Island YMCA; The Staten Island Jaycees; The Rotary Club of Staten Island; The Board of Governors of Llewellyn Park, NJ; The Board of Rock Spring Country Club, NJ; The Eastern and National Assn’s. of Electrical Wholesalers; and the Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, FL.
Mr. Schlamp was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed skiing and tennis with his family at their Vermont vacation home for many years.
He is survived by his wife, “Kay” of 66 years; his dear children; daughter, Katherine Susan Cahill and son-in-law, Vincent, of Maplewood, NJ; his son, Steven Kenneth Schlamp, and daughter-in-law, Dorothy of Juno Beach, FL; his beloved grandchildren, Christopher Thomas Cahill and Caroline Rose Cahill. He was also blessed with two step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren several nieces and nephews.
There will be a private family service and inurnment at the Mariner Sands Chapel Memorial Garden in Stuart, FL.
In lieu of flowers, we thank you for any donations given in Mr. Schlamp’s memory to the Mariner Sands Chapel, 6500 Congressional Way, Stuart, FL 34997.
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com.
Imanuel Levi Terilus-July 16, 2017 – September 23, 2018
Imanuel Levi Terilus-(July 16, 2017 – September 23, 2018)
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.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.aycocktradition.com for the Ramdass family.
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
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 www.alz.org in Virgils memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City. www.foresthillspalmcityflorida.com.
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 www.humanesociety-tc.org or to AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706 or on line at https://support.amvets.org 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 www.treasurehealth.org 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 www.humanesociety-tc.org 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 https://www.gofundme.com/burial-expenses-cliff-desmond-sr
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com.
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com
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.
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. McCain barred using the Jeremiah Wright controversy in ads against Obama, 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. 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. 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 VegasDeluxe.com 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 www.AycockTradition.com
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 www.Martin-Funeral.com or http://www.martinfuneralhomecrematory.com.
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
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 www.aycockjensenbeach.com.
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 www.aycockjensenbeach.com 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 (aspca.org) in memory of Barbara Jackson (email recipient: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 www.curemeso.org or for Treasure Coast Hospice at Treasure Health, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997, or at 772-403-4500 or on line at www.treasurehealth.org 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 www.memorymatters.org 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 www.treasurehealth.org
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, www.ataxia.org.
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.
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
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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