|This page will log the passing of the sailors we all knew. If you know of the passing of one of our shipmates, please relay as much of the information you know to me. Example of information needed: name, date of death, regular ship and years at sun. Any information will be appreciated.|
|Captain Robert W. McKnett Jr., 66 December 17, 1995|
Russell W. Murray, 65
Russell W. Murray Of Millsboro, DE. Age 65. Died Thursday, May 6, 1999 at Millsboro Nursing Center. Service: 2 pm Sunday, May 9 at WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 211 Washington St., Millsboro. Visitation: 12 noon Sunday.
Mr. Murray was born in Selbyville, DE, son of the late Irving W. and Anne Hudson Murray. He did auto body work for 19 years for Raymond S. Goslee, Kersey Motors and Cordrey Ford. He also worked 17 years for Sun Transport, Marcus Hook, PA, retiring in 1991. After that he worked part time for Intervet, Millsboro until his illness. He served 14 years with the Millsboro Fire Company and VFW Post 7422 Ambulance, Millsboro. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War serving on the U.S.S. Henry W. Tucker and U.S.S. Gatling.
Mr. Murray is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joyce Hitchens; 4 children, Rhonda Timmons and Dennis Murray of Millsboro, Russell W. Murray, Jr. of Laurel and Kandy Malone of Dagsboro; 3 grandchildren, Tyler, Jordan and Caitlin; mother in law, Effie Dennis of Millsboro; 2 brothers, Clifford Murray of Dagsboro and Carl Murray of Frankford; 6 sisters, Harriet Wingate and Barbara Franklin, both of Frankford, Hilda Anderson of Millsboro, Agnes Melson and Betty Lou Townsend, both of Dagsboro, and Katherine Horn of Linwood, PA.
The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Chapter, 321 E. 11th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Lyon, Radio Operator
Capt. Donald H. VOGE
Donald H. Voge Age 65, a master mariner, died Friday, May 10, 2002.
He was born in State Island, NY on December 27, 1936 and was the son of Erwin and Elizabeth. Upon graduation from St. Peter's High School, he began his career in the merchant marines with Sun Oil Company. By the age of 27 he had worked from an ordinary seaman to a captain, where he remained until 1996 and retired after a 42-year career. During his career, he wrote pilotage that included all 5 Great Lakes and most inland waters from ME to Boston Harbor, the Cape Cod Canal, Long Island Sound, New York Harbor, Delaware River, the C&D Canal, Chesapeake Bay and various ports along FL and the Gulf coast. He was one of the first captains to ride the Arco Fairbanks in 1977 to write pilotage for the then new port of Valdez, AK. In 1977, he went ashore for Sun Oil Company as a port captain in the ship repair division and later became the manager of the tug and barge division. In 1987, Captain Voge resumed his sailing career as captain of the Philadelphia Sun, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. During his sailing years, Captain Voge loved nothing more than when one of his family members could be aboard for the trip. His wife, Patricia, was the first wife of a Sun Oil seaman to make a trip aboard the Texas Sun in February 1975. She made numerous trips over the years and was aboard for his last voyage that ended in Sun Station, TX.
After some consulting work mainly as an expert witness in maritime cases, Captain Voge began work in his second career as a port captain in Maritrans, Inc. in 1999.
Captain Voge was the recipient of several awards including a Citation of Merit from the National Safety Council. The vessel SS Texas Sun won the 1995 annual contest for an outstanding display of seamanship and teamwork in the rescue of 2 survivors adrift for 5 days in a cabin cruiser off the coast of Jacksonville, FL. He also won a General Chairmanship Award from the National Safety Council in 1979 in recognition of his paper entitled "Cargo Tank Inerting, the Safe Way." In 1990, Captain Voge adopted an elementary school in Mt. Vernon, MO, teaching the students about life as a mariner. The students and crew corresponded back and forth and Captain Voge even made a trip to Mt. Vernon Elementary to meet with the students.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; mother, Elizabeth; brother, Jack; 2 sons, David and Robert and their wives, Jennifer and Judy; 4 grandchildren, Samantha, Bryan, Joey and Stephanie; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Wednesday, May 15 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 4701 Weldin Rd., Wilmington, DE. Interment will be in the Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, PA. Friends may call 7-9 pm Tuesday evening, May 14 at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.
Van Robert "Cojack" Postelle, 56
POSTELLE VAN ROBERT 'COJACK', Dec. 31, 2002, age 56, of Chester, father of Hesaam N. Sonnebeyatta, brother of LaVon Postelle, Reginald Trippley, William Trippley, Vernoda Stillis and Betty J. Carter; grandfather of Raushan, Isaiah and Briana Sonnebeyetta, and Daisha Dowson; also survived by daughter-in-law Deidre Sonnebeyatta, sisters-in-law Christine Hamilton and Paula A. Postelle, brother-in-law Tyrone Carter and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Service will be held Tues. Jan. 7, 11 A.M. at the Providence Baptist Church, 1100 W. 2nd St., Chester. Viewing 9 to 11 A.M. at the church. Int. Fri. Jan. 10, 2003 at Haven Memorial Cem. Arr. EARL L. FOSTER FUNERAL HOME, Chester PA.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 1/5/2003.
Written about Cojack: Sailed with Cojack
on the Sun ships many times; it was always a pleasure. I believe he had a
rough go of it at times in his life, but he hung in there and was truly a
good shipmate. He enjoyed a hearty laugh and had a positive outlook on life
despite the challenges that were dealt to him. May he rest in peace; I will
always remember Cojack (always thought it was "Kojak" like the show!) - he
made a mark on my life!
Steven C. Groneman.
Senior Lecturer at CME - New York since 1998. died in
December 2002 after a long. courageous battle with cancer. He taught
various courses including Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS).
Joseph R. Fraley Sr. Merchant seaman,56
Joseph R. Fraley Sr., 56, a merchant seaman who cherished the time he was able to spend with his family, died Monday Feb. 17, 2003 of an embolism at
Mount Diablo Medical Center in Concord, Calif.
Mr. Fraley had gone by train from his home in Media to begin a cruise and was stricken as he reached his ship’s gangway, said his wife, Anita.
Mr. Fraley grew up in Springfield, Delaware County, and graduated from Springfield High School in 1964. He joined the Merchant Marine at age 19, working first for Sun Oil and then Maritrans Inc., after Sun sold vessels to the shipping company in 1997.
Mr. Fraley rose to chief mate during his career in the maritime industry.
When he was on dry land, he enjoyed playing golf and cooking, but he derived most pleasure from being with his family, his wife said.
In addition to his wife of 31 years, Mr. Fraley is survived by sons Joseph Jr. and Randall; a brother and a sister.
Viewings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Rigby, Harting & Hagan Funeral Home, 15 E. Fourth St., Media. Services will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m., Monday. Burial will be in Media Cemetery Media.
Memorial donations may be made to the Seaman's Church Institute, attention: the Rev. Mary Grambsch, 241 Water St., New York, N.Y. 10038.
Clarence B. Lemmon, gifted mechanic,
Clarence B. Lemmon, 72, of Newark, died on Sunday, July 11, 2004 at his home.
Mr. Lemmon was born in Newark on December 20, 1931, son of the late McKinley and Gertrude (Schaen) Lemmon, and served his country in the U.S. Army.
Until his retirement, he had worked as a pumpman for the Merchant Marine at Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook, Pa.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed membership in the New Castle Moose Lodge and restoring vintage cars.
A gifted mechanic and handyman, Mr. Lemmon will be remembered by family and friends for his ability to complete any home project, no matter how difficult, and also for his kindness in helping anyone in need at any time.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Barbara J. (Schmidt) Lemmon; two children, Daniel A. Lemmon and Wendi M. Rader, both of Newark; two grandsons, Daniel A. Lemmon, Jr. of Smyrna; and Kenneth L. Rader of Newark.
A funeral service was scheduled for July 16 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home in Newark. Interment is in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, DE 19806.
Horace ‘Buddy Wells Jr.,
Retired Merchant Marine
Horace “Buddy” Wells Jr., 59, of Millsboro, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at home.
Mr. Wells was born in Lewes and retired after more than 26 years with Sun Oil-Sun Transport Co. in the Merchant Marines. He also worked for nine years at Bethany Bay Golf Course. He was a NASCAR fan but most of all loved camping with friends and his kids and was a loving father.
Mr. Wells was an especially active Mason, belonging to The Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Delaware, Lodge 37 in Dagsboro, where he was a past master, the Doric Lodge 30 in Millville; the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Delmarva Forest 201 and the Frankford Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star 12.
He was also active in the Moose International and the Elks Lodge 2173 in Selbyville and a charter member of Moose Lodge 646 in Lewes.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sandy d. Wells of Millsboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael L. and Kendra Wells of Millsboro; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dana Lynn Wells and Michele L. and Douglas Vickers, all of Millsboro; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Margaret and Richard Denis of Bishopville,k Md. and Etta and Bert Ritter of Lewes; his special uncle with whom he lived, Charles West; and five grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro. Services will be noon, Saturday, Aug. 7, at the funeral home, where friends may also call at 11 a.m.
The Rev. James Carmean will officiate. Burial will be in Millsboro Cemetery.
Charles J. Vinson Sr., retired engineer
Charles J. Vinson Sr., 70, of Houston, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at home.
Mr. Vinson retired after 28 years with the Sun Oil Co. as chief engineer with licenses in diesel and steam engineering. After retiring he owned and operated Vinson’s Repair Service for eight years.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Frances C. Vinson; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Larry F. and Marion Vinson of Felton and Charles J. Vinson Jr. and David W. and Kimberly Vinson, all of Houston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dottie Jean and Bill Robinson of Dutton, Ala., Mary Frances Vinson of Salisbury, Md., and Susan C. and James M. Payton Sr. of Milton; two brothers, Billy J. Vinson of Florida and Steven Vinson of Tennessee; two sisters, Emma Pemberton and Barbara Chambers, both of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Berry Short Funeral Home, Milford, with burial in Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.
William Daniel Hutson, Jr., Merchant Mariner
Age 82, formerly of Northminster, north Wilmington, DE, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2006, in Greensboro, NC.
Mr. Hutson was born in SchoolfieId, VA. He served his country in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was a seaman for Sun Oil Co. and retired as the senior chief engineer. Mr. Hutson was a member of Chester Bethel United Methodist Church in Wilmington, DE. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Chester Lodge #236 and was also a member of the Del Vets VFW Post.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorine Sakers Hutson, who passed away in 1984. Survived by his daughters, Debra Hutson of Mukilteo, WA and Terry Vuncannon of NC; brothers, Philip Hutson of Greensboro, NC and Edward E. Hutson of GA; sister, Kay Blankenship of Durham, NC; 4 grandchildren, Maggie, Michael Cary, Grace and William; and 2 great grandchildren, lan and Sophie.
A graveside service will be conducted by the Chester Lodge #236 at Chester Bethel Cemetery, 2619 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, DE, at 2 pm on Monday, January 9, 2006.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2306 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19805.GEBHART FUNERAL HOMES Of New Castle County [published 01/08/2006]
Ronald Lee Emory 56 "Big Em"
Ronald L. Emory, of Milford, DE, was lost at sea on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, following a tugboat accident 30 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, NC.
Ron was born in Milford, DE, son of Cecil Layton and Rose Marie Fassel Emory. He graduated Milford High School in 1967. He was a Navy veteran, serving from November 1968-November 1971, including a tour of Vietnam. After serving in the Navy, he returned home and worked for Sun Oil Company, sailing on Sun tankers as a quartermaster. He worked for Maritrans a Tug -Towing Company, from 1978 until the present. He also worked part-time on the Cape May Lewes Ferry. He loved working on the water, as though it was his second home, but he cherished his time home with his family and friends. He was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, The Milford Historical Society, and the VFW. Ron's kindness, generosity and big heart will be missed by all he touched.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan Jackson Emory; 2 children, Zachary Lee and Hilary Louise Emory; his parents, Cecil Layton and Rose Marie Fassel Emory; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Emory Perry and Gregg Perry, and their children, Rhett and Trey; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Cindy Emory; stepson, John Butler; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Barbara Jackson Thommes and Terry Thommes, and their children, Alex and Leanna; and mother-in-law, Helga W. Jackson.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2006, at Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Avenue, Milford, DE 19963.
Directions to the church can be found at www.reformation-lutheran.net.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a memorial fund in his memory at Reformation Lutheran Church.
James J. Muzyk, 71
James J. Muzyk, 71, a historian and restaurateur, of Marcus Hook, died Feb. 8, 2006 at home.
He was born at Taylor Hospital, the son of Sophie Ciesielka and Joseph Muzyk. He was raised in Nether Providence and at age 18, in
1952 moved to Marcus Hook and joined Sun Oil - Sun Transport, working his way up to chief steward. Mr. Muzyk traveled around the
world three times during his 20 years of employment, crossing the equator each time. He then retired and established his own restaurant
in 1972 at Tanglewood Resort, Lake Wallenpaupak, Hawley, Pa., in the Pocono Mountains, where patrons traveled across state lines to
have his famous chicken cordon bleu.
He returned to.,his beloved roots in Delaware County in 1979, where he was involved with membership in the Heritage Commission of Delaware County, Marcus Hook Community Development Corp., Marcus Hook Library Board, Shade Tree Commission, Chichester/Marcus Hook Historical Society and Delaware County Historical Society.
In November 2005, he was honored by Marcus Hook Mayor George McClure and the borough council as the first appointment to the Marcus Hook Historic Commission for his many years of research and dedication as a local historian.
Survivors: Beloved soul mate, Jane Priese and extended family.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Old St. Martin's Church, 225 Church St., Marcus Hook.
Visitation: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday prior to his memorial service.
Contributions: Marcus Hook Community Corp., 1015 Green St., Marcus Hook, PA 19061. Please note on check: James J. Muzyk Historical Fund.
Arrangements: Moreland-Pagano Funeral Home, Trainer.
Wayne A. McMaster,
Former Merchant Marine
Wayne Allen McMaster, 52, of Rehoboth Beach, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, after a long illness.
He was born and raised in Boothwyn, Pa., son of the late Joseph and Dorothy Price McMaster. He was a member of the Reliance Fire Company in Boothwyn, Pa. After graduating from Chichester High School in 1972, he joined the Merchant Marines, working as a seaman for the Sun Oil Co. of Marcus Hook, Pa. For the past 28 years he lived in Rehoboth Beach, where he had been disabled for some time.
He is survived by his sister, Joanne James and husband, Lou, of Milton; three brothers, Larry McMaster and wife, Dee, James “Tick” McMaster and Dennis Keith McMaster and wife, Donna, all of Boothwyn, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services will be held Saturday, April 8, at Lawncroft Cemetery, Linwood, Pa.
The family requests donations be made to Beebe Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.
Henry Herbert, 88, Worked for Sun Oil Co.
Henry "Harry" "Flip" Herbert, 88, of Aston, died Aug. 22, 2006 at home.
Born in Quincy, Mass. Mr. Herbert had lived in Aston for the past 23 years.
Mr. Herbert was employed by the marine division of the Sun Oil Co. for more than 35 years until his retirement in 1970.
During WWII he had served on tankers in the transportation of oil.
Mr. Herbert was an avid golfer and enjoyed dancing. He was an Eagles fan. He was a member of Lafayette Lodge 14 F&AM of Wilmington, Del. and the Moose Lodge and the VFW, Woodlyn.
He was the husband of the late Charlotte Elliott Herbert, who died in 2002. He was the brother of the late Fred, Edward and Russell Herbert and Marion Keeley.
Survivors: Stepchildren, Shirley Borowy of Glen Mills, Lorraine Bundick of Lake Wales, Fla., John Clineff of Boothwyn; brother, John Herbert of Wallingford; 11 step-grandchildren; 18 step great-grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Monday at the Minshall ShropshireBleyler Funeral Home, Middletown and Knowlton Road, Middletown.
Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston. Contributions: Crozer Hospice, One Medical Center Blvd., Upland, PA 19013.
William "Billy” Kegley, 76, Worked for
Acme, Sun Oil
William "Billy" Kegley, 76, of Aston, died May 9, 2006 at home.
He was born in Olive Hill, Ky. He was a veteran of the Korean War, worked for Sun Oil and had been a merchant seaman and member of American Legion Post 926 and Parkside Seniors Club. He resided in Aston for 50 years.
He was the son of the late T.D. Kegley and Laurel Erwin.
Survivors: Wife, Josephine Luther Kegley; brother, Gary Paul Reynolds.
Celebration of Life Service: 1 p.m. June 3, main chapel of D'Anjolell-Stigale Memorial Home, 3260 Concord Road, Aston.
Visitation: 11 a.m. June 3 at the funeral home. Burial: At a later date
Contributions: St. ,Joseph Building Fund, 3255
Concord Road, Aston, PA 19014 or Crozer Hospice, 1 Medical Center Boulevard, Upland, PA 19013.
Johnnie “Butts” Harris, 69
Retired merchant seaman for Sun Oil Co.
Johnnie "Butts" Harris, 69, of Chester, died July 7, 2006 at home. Born in Chester, he was a resident of the city all his life. Mr. Harris was a retired merchant seaman for Sun Oil Co. He was educated in the Chester schools. He was the son of the late Oscar Townsend and Ursula Farmer Scott. Mr. Harris was the twin brother of the late James Harris; and brother of the late Robert Harris, Pearl Tilghman and Shirley Harris.
Survivors: Son, John Thomas Hamm of Sharon Hill; daughters, Nadine A. Brown-Evans, Kelly McCready and Latisha Green, all of Chester, Michele Rice-Wilson of Linwood, Lakisha Green of Linwood, Mynisha Green of Upper Darby; brothers, Leon Harris of Chichester, Thomas Harris of Chester; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke Community Christian Church, Fourth Street and Central Avenue, Chester.
Visitation: 9-11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Burial: Haven Memorial Cemetery, Chester Township. The family will assemble at 1509 Perkins St., Chester. Arrangements: Earl L. Foster Funeral Home.
Richard G. Tompkins, 83, Retired from Sun
Richard G. "Dick" Tompkins, 83, of Chester, a retired Sun Oil Co. employee, died Sept. 14, 2006 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Tompkins was a resident of Prospect Park for 50 years before moving to Chestnut Ridge in Chester a year ago.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Merchant Marine. He was employed in marine operations at Sun Oil for 41 years until his retirement in 1982.
He was a 47-year member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Prospect Park, where he served on the board of trustees for a period of time.
He was an excellent bowler and bowled on the Olivet Church Team in the Ridley Church Bowling League for a number of years. He also enjoyed playing golf in his spare time.
Mr. Tompkins will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and church member.
Survivors: Wife, Faith Hanson Tompkins; sons, Gregory S. Tompkins of Ridley Park, Christopher T. Tompkins of Aston and Kevin R. Tompkins of Norwood; sister, Molly Manning of Florida; five grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Olivet Presbyterian Church, 10th and Washington Avenues, Prospect Park.
Visitation: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at
Burial: Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Marple.
Contributions: Memorial Fund of Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1001 Washington Ave., Prospect Park, PA 19076.
Lorraine G. McConnell Secretary, 76
Lorraine Gorbey McConnell, 76, of Prospect Park, a retired secretary at Sun Transport Co. and former "first lady" of Prospect Park, died of heart failure Saturday, May 20, 2006 at Riddle Village, a retirement community in Media.
Mrs. McConnell's first job as a secretary was at the Baldwin Line-Hamilton locomotive company in Eddystone. In the 1970s, she worked at Widener University and later for the Federal Aviation Administration at Philadelphia International Airport. She was a secretary at Sun Oil Transport Co. in Aston for several years before she retired.
Mrs. McConnell was married to William P. McConnell Sr. for more than 50 years. In the 1960s and 1970s, he served as mayor of Prospect Park and Mrs. McConnell was his "first lady."
"She took care of her family," said the couple's son William Jr. "If it wasn't for that, my father wouldn't have been able to accomplish what he did."
Mrs. McConnell was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal. Church, several Sun Oil clubs, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Her husband died in 2001. In addition to her son, Mrs.
McConnell is survived by a daughter, Deborah Yon; one sister; and two grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood. Services are at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. James Episcopal Church, 11th and Lincoln Avenues (Route 420), Prospect Park. Burial is private.
Norwood G. “Woody” Tatman
Norwood G. Tatman, "Woody", age 63, of Kirkwood, PA, passed away March 31, 2006, in a nursing home in Jackson, TN, near the home of his oldest son, Woody.
Born in Wilmington, DE to the late Norwood W. and Jeanette Tatman, he resided in Wilmington for 47 years before moving to Lancaster County, PA in 1989. A graduate of Brandywine High School, class of 1960, he graduated from Kings Point US Merchant Marine Academy in 1965. He was a retiree of Sun Oil Co., in Aston, PA, with 31 years of dedicated service of overseas fleet management. Woody was active with the Boy Scouts during each of his 3 sons' extensive participation. He very much enjoyed spending time with his family in Chincoteague, VA at their vacation home, where he enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing, clamming, digging oysters and sailing. He enjoyed trips with the family, especially skiing and motorcycling. He favored making chili, succotash, and fried potatoes with breakfast, to name a few.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Morenté-Tatman; and 3 sons, Woody, husband of Beth, of Medina, TN, Eric, husband of Victoria, of Quarryville, PA, and Derric, husband of Cynthia, of Quarryville, PA. He was the beloved "Poppie" to 3 granddaughters, Maria, Leah and Marlena; and brother to Bruce Tatman, of Wilmington, DE.
A private memorial service will be held in Chincoteague, VA.
In memory of Woody, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl.17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 (800-272-3900/www.alz.org).
Arrangements by ARRINGTON FUNERAL GROUP, Jackson, TN
LEONARD "Lenny" WILSON
Leonard G. Wilson, Age 80, of Pike Creek, DE, died at home on Thursday, December 28, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Chester, PA on August 8, 1926, Mr. Wilson was the son of the late Hector D. Wilson and Wilhelmina Friedman Wilson. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII, in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns aboard the USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD752), from November 1942-August 1946. Mr. Wilson retired after 36 years of service from Sun Oil Company, in the Marine Transit Division.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by, his brother, Donald H. Wilson; his sister, Elizabeth J. Bedwell; and his niece, Rachel E. Fie. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia J. Prinsen Wilson; his daughter, Donna L. Sloniewski and her husband, Joseph, of Wilmington, DE; his son, Leonard J. Wilson, of Wilmington, DE; his daughter, Susan Simpson VanAtta and her husband, Steven, of Pilesgrove, NJ; his grandchildren, Alison & Taylor Sloniewski, Zachary Gaunt & Ian G. VanAtta; his sister, Susan H. Fie and her husband, Edward, of Bear, DE; and his brother, Alan Wilson and his wife, Ann, of Las Vegas, NV.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at the DOHERTY FUNERAL HOME 3200 Limestone Rd., Pike Creek, on Thursday January 4, 2007, at 11:30 am, where friends may visit after 10 am. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. DuPont St. Wilmington, DE 19806.
Walter K. Oliver
Age 84, died peacefully on December 31, 2006 surrounded by his loving family after a short illness.
Ollie retired in 1982 with 42 years of service with the Sun Oil Company. Mr. Oliver served his country in the Merchant Marines and was very proud of his many fraternal and non fraternal affiliations. He was a member of Penn Lodge # 709 F &AM, The Tall Cedars of Lebanon Penn Forest # 21, Delaware Consistory and the Shrine Club of Delaware. Ollie was past president of the Nur Temple Patrol and belonged to the Diamond State Shepherds Club of Nur Temple. He was a Alumni of the Natural Assoc. of Civilian Conservation Corps and the Sun Oil Retiree Honor Club.
He survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Helen Steward Oliver; his children, Carol Ann Gartner and her husband, Ted, of Ridgecrest CA, W. Kent Oliver Jr., of Ellabell GA and twins, Thomas W. Oliver and Denise H. Gregg, both of Wilmington, DE; 1 brother, Joseph C. Oliver; and 1 sister, Mabel Ward. Survivors also include his brother-in-law, Thomas B. Steward, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grand-children & a host of nieces & nephews.
Services will be Sat., Jan. 6, 2007 at 10:30 am, in the MCCRERY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville, where friends may call 1 hour prior. Viewing will also be held Fri. evening from 7-9 pm. Masonic Services will be held at 7:30 pm. Burial will follow the services, Sat., in Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston PA.
Contributions can be made in Ollie's memory to Vitas Health Care, 100 Commerce Drive Ste. 302, Newark DE 19713.
Donald G. Johnston, 70,
Retired Sun Oil employee; Aston resident Donald G. Johnston, 70, of Aston, a retired Sun Oil employee, died Nov. 8, 2006 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Born in Darby, he was a graduate of Collingdale High School.
Mr. Johnston was payroll master for Sun Oil's transport department for 41 years, retiring in 1995.
He served in the Army National Guard and was the recipient of the General Thomas J. Stewart Medal.
Mr. Johnston was devoted to his family and enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events.
He was the son of the late Willis Johnston.
Survivors: Wife of 47 years, Barbara C. Howard Johnston; daughter, Diana Venuti of Aston; sons, Donald Johnston Jr., Daniel Johnston, Douglas Johnston, all of Aston; mother and stepfather, Lillian Johnston Wagner and William Wagner; brother, Earl Johnston of Newtown Square; nine grandchildren. .
Service: Was held Saturday.
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston. Contributions: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Arrangements: Minshall-Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Middletown and Knowlton roads, Middletown.
|Jack Barnes (Fat Jack) August 2006|
James B. '”Pat” Jones Jr., 76, Truck
James B. "Pat" Jones Jr., 76, of Aston, died Sept.15, 2006 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
Born and raised in Chester, Mr. Jones was a resident of Aston for the last year. Previously, he was a resident of Eddystone for 45 years.
In high school, he was a member of the Chester High marching band and played the trumpet. In later years, he played "Taps" for various functions.
Mr. Jones worked for Urie & Blanton in Twin Oaks for 31 years, as a truck driver.
He was a member of Teamsters Local 312, and sailed on ships for Sun Oil Refinery.
He was the son of the late James B. and Mary I Redgraves Jones Sr., and the brother of the late Gertrude Jones.
Survivors: Wife of 56 years, Lorraine L. Campbell; children, James B. Jones III and Wayne F. Jones; siblings, Thomas Jones of Virginia, Doris Clarke of Aston; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Joseph A. Ward Funeral
Home Inc., 1459 Market St., Linwood.
Visitation: 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial: Lawn Croft Cemetery, Lower Chichester.
Contributions: Crozer Hospice, 1 Medical Center
Blvd., Upland, PA 19013.
George Van Dyne Larimer, 91
George Van Dyne Larimer died November 22, 2006 at age of 71 in Cobblestone at Parks Springs. He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the Pennsylvania Schoolship USS Annapolis in 1937 with a Third Mates License. Sailing to the far east, he was in Bombay, India when war was declared by Britain against Germany in 1939. Being a neutral ship, it sailed for home with large American Flags painted on each side and illuminated at night. Joining Sun Oil Company, he sailed on a Tanker intercoastal until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Germany declared war on the United States and their U-Boats sank a good fifty percent of the American Merchant ships in the Gulf and East Coast which were unarmed. After four months they took his ship into the shipyard and placed a World War 1 six inch gun on the stern but had no ammunition for the old gun. With a sister ship he sailed for the West Coast, (two days apart from New Orleans. His ship had no wireless asit broke down, and had no news of the other ship being.. torpedoed and sunk losing all hands. When they reached Panama it was thought she had also been sunk due to no communication. At San Pedro, she was armed with newer guns with ammunition that fired. She made a trip to Pearl Harbor and when she returned, her run was from Los Angeles to the Islands of the South Pacific, each trip taking two months as her top speed was only ten knots. Early in 1943 he was transferred to the East Coat to a newer and faster ship, later becoming Master. The run was from the East Coast refineries to Great Britain with aviation gasoline and new fighter planes carried on a special deck built for that purpose. When the invasion of Normandy was made, the ships last cargo was discharged in Bombay and the planes in Iran for the Russians. She loaded in Iran and discharged the cargo in Durban South Africa and sailed for home.. On the way the news of the surrender of Japan was received as well as the death of Roosevelt. Loading in Philadelphia, he fled for the Panama Canal with a cargo for Saipan in the Mariana Islands and Aso Iwo Jima. When the Atom Boamb was dropped he was at the Island of Saipan having discharged his cargo, and sailed for home. On the passage home Japan surrendered. When his ship reached the Gulf of Mexico, He was detached and the company took hint ashore. He later became Port Captain and when the company divided the ships and Marine Department from the main company, calling it Sun Transport, he became the first President. He married Alvita Carriker the mother of two children in 1972 and in 1975 retired after 38 years with the company, residing in Wilmington Delaware. They bought a 45 foot sailing vessel and sailed the east coast from Maine to the Bahamas and to Bermuda. In 1979 they settled at the Landings in Savannah after building a new home. He was an active golfer for several years, a talented artist and loved to write about his sea experiences. He was a member of the Skidaway Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Alvita; daughter, Diane Paul and son Thomas Larimer both of Wilmington, DE. Instead of flowers please send donation to a charity of choice. Wages & Sons Funeral Home (770) 469-9811. Savannah Morning News, Thursday, November 23, 2006
Thornton Lewis Gray
Thornton (TL) Gray of Brooksville, succumbed early Tuesday morning, June 5, in Lake Worth, Florida after battling a series of strokes. Mr. Gray was born in the front room at Breezemere Farm, on Orcutt’s Harbor.
His mother was Julia Smith Gray, from a family of teachers for whom Smith Cove is named. She began taking in summer guests at Breezemere when TL was a young boy, while his father, Thurman, skippered his schooner, the Emilie Belle. TL was schooled in Brooksville, transporting himself to and from Breezemere in his high school years on his beloved Indian motorcycle, in good weather and bad. The son and grandson of schooner captains, Mr. Gray signed on after high school with several other Brooksville friends and relatives to crew on large, private yachts. He told many fascinating stories about his years on the Vanderbilt and Fisher yachts, sailing off Miami and in the Great Lakes. These happy years were to be the beginning of a professional life spent at sea. When World War II broke out, and the Vanderbilt yacht, Alva, was commandeered by the government for military use, Mr. Gray was offered, but declined, a commission in the U.S. Navy and signed on as an engineer with the tanker fleet of Sun Oil Company. Long before those who served in the Merchant Marine were belatedly accorded veteran status, Mr. Gray would remind anyone who would listen that a higher percentage of Merchant Mariners perished in World War II than of those in the Army, Navy or Air Force. Mr. Gray himself narrowly escaped death when a tanker he was aboard caught fire off Staten Island. Ten of his 15 shipmates were lost that night. On one of his trips along the east coast, at a stop-over in Providence, he was introduced by a fellow crew member to Edith Carstensen. They were married in 1947 and were to share full lives together for more than fifty years, their first half of those in Wilmington, Delaware, where their three daughters, Linda, Nancy and Cindy were raised and schooled. Mr. Gray was to become the youngest chief engineer in the Sun Oil fleet, keeping their signature vessel, the Sunoco, in continuous operation long beyond her projected useful life. He was retired in 1969 at age 52 because of severe hearing loss. He and Edie returned to TL’s home on Buck’s Harbor that had been built by his grandfather, Captain George Gray, in 1895. TL had "bought" the house from his widowed grandmother, Lettie Gray, in 1940, for a modest sum and the promise, lovingly and faithfully kept, that he would take care of her for the rest of her life. TL later learned that she had spurned much higher offers from wealthy summer residents. He was proud to be one of very few Brooksville natives, many his relatives, who have retained ownership of their waterfront property. He loved to sit in the shop where his grandfather built yawl boats, looking down at Buck’s Harbor, checking his boats. He loved even more welcoming the many friends he had made over the years, and many strangers too, who came to make dooryard calls. During his and Edie's retirement years together in Brooksville, TL again bought a motorcycle on which they would frequently take day trips. Following the traditions of his years at sea, TL kept a meticulous daily log in his tide charts, noting all of their trips and visits and other significant events. He loved to celebrate birthdays, particularly his own. The best of all of these celebrations was last June 28, his 90th birthday. That year, as in all prior years, he enjoyed reading the many cards and letters he received and tucked them all away for safekeeping. After he lost Edie to a heart attack in 1994, Mr. Gray continued their tradition of spending the winters in Del Ray Beach, Florida, in a condominium owned by his aunt. In recent years he became quite close with Marion Black, the widow of an old Brooksville buddy, Vernor Black, who had lived in Lake Worth. The last winters of TL’s life were spent with Marion in Lake Worth. Few who encountered TL in his last years were not told of his dream of buying a big, black Harley Davidson to ride around Brooksville. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Gray was predeceased by two brothers, Carlton and Gerald.
He is survived by three daughters, Linda Lindsay and husband Stephen of Wellesley Hills, MA and Brooksville, Nancy J. Gray of Hull, MA and Cynthia A. Gray of Brewster, MA and Winchester, MA; two grandsons, Penn Gray Lindsay and his wife, Siobhan and Stephen P. Lindsay, Jr.; a great-grandson, his namesake, Thornton Gray Lindsay, who begins the fourteenth generation of Grays in Brooksville. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Sunday, July 1, 2007 at Edgewood Cemetery, Brooksville. Contributions in Thornton’s memory may be made to the Peninsula Ambulance Corp, P O Box 834, Blue Hill, ME 04614
Norman E. "Bud" Nye
Mr. Norman E. "Bud" Nye, age 68, of St. Georges Heights, DE, died on Sunday, October 28,2007, at his home.
Mr. Nye was born in Chester, PA, on September 15,1939, a son of the late Charles Linford Nye and Emma H. Downie Nye. A great lover of the sea, he proudly served his country in the US Navy. He later worked as a steward aboard oil tankers for the Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook, PA, retiring on June 1,1995 after a 34-year career. Mr. Nye will be remembered most of all as a devoted family man, who delighted in camping, canoeing, traveling, and sharing food times and laughter with is loving wife and children.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, he is survived by his wife of 28 years, Gloria Dale Nye; his son, Norman C. Nye of Newark, DE; 2 stepsons, James Simpler of Newport, DE; and William Simpler of St. Georges, DE; 6 grandchildren; a brother, Fred Nye of Millsboro, DE; 5 sisters, Vivian Hook of Glen Riddle. PA; Elaine Elton of Media, PA; Selina Reader and Evelyn Monaco, both of Boothwyn, PA; and Martha Swafford of Seaford, DE; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 4 sisters, Tommy, Billy, Gloria, Grace, Fran, Joan and Charles.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, November 2, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call after 10 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 5610 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808. To sign guest register, visit: www.spicer-mullikinfuneralhomes.com
SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213
Donald W. Watkins, 81
Aston resident; World War II veteran
Donald W. Watkins, 81, a World War II veteran of Aston, died Aug. 3, 2007 at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
Born in Plains, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Mary Moughan Watkins. Mr. Watkins lived in Wilkes-Barre and Upland before moving to Aston, where he resided for 50 years.
He worked as a pilot for the Marine Division of Sun Co. for 33 years before retiring in 1984. After retiring, Mr. Watkins worked with special-needs children at Elwyn Industries.
Mr. Watkins served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Church of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph Holy Name Society.
Mr. Watkins was also a member of the American Legion Post 926 and a former member of the Aston Athletic Association.
Mr. Watkins enjoyed sports and horse racing. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was the brother of the late Thomas Watkins, Dorothy Smith, John Watkins and Joan Schmoll.
Survivors: Wife of 60 years, Lois Hutchinson Watkins; son, Gary Watkins of Aston; daughters Donna Salak of the Linwood section of Lower Chichester, Bonnie Watkins of Aston; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, 3255 Concord Road, Aston.
Visitation: 7-9 tonight at the White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 3551 Concord Road, Aston, and 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Burial: Lawn Croft Cemetery, Lower Chichester.
Contributions: American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 101, West Chester, PA 19382.
Neil E. St.Clair Jr., 65
Drexel Hill resident; former chief engineer
Neil E. St.Clair Jr., 65, of the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby and formerly of Gladwyne, a former chief engineer, died Aug. 7, 2007 at home.
He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from
Lower Merion, Harriton High School in Rosemont. Mr. St.Clair was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Lansdowne No. 711 and was a volunteer on the USS New Jersey battleship. He enjoyed country dancing in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. His hobby was railroad history and collecting H.O. trains.
Mr. St.Clair was a member of the Coachman Camping Club since 1983. He had been camping in every state including Alaska and most Canadian provinces. He was a member of the Personal Computer Users Club of Delaware County. He was a former Eagle Scout and was talented in woodworking, remodeling and building. He had a love for all animals.
Survivors: Wife since 1963, Norma Beatty; parents, Neil E. St.Clair Sr. and Louise Harrison; daughters, Debbie Erpel of Douglassville, Kim Kelley of Aston and Tina Curtis of Rockport, Texas; brothers, Lee and Linden St.Clair; sister, Margaret St.Clair; 15 grandchildren.
Life Celebration: To be held at a later date.
Contributions: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103, or Masonic Lodge Lansdowne No. 711, c/o Latimere Myers, 100 S. Shadeland Ave., Apt. 318, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.
Arrangements: Spencer T. Videon Funeral Home, 400 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill.
Subject: Neil E. St.Clair, Jr.
Grace Gorbey Connel, 72
Grace Gorbey Connell, 72, of Media, formerly of Prospect Park for many years, died Aug. 23, 2007 at Naamans Creek Country Manor in Bethel.
Born in Chester, Ms. Connell was a 1953 graduate of the former Prospect Park High School and a 1957 graduate of Lebanon Valley College. She was a member of Lebanon Valley's alumni association.
Ms. Connell worked at Hercules Inc. in Wilmington, Del., and also at Sun Transport Inc. as a fleet staffing coordinator for the Marine Department until her retirement.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Prospect Park, and was a member of the Sun Honor Club and the Delaware Valley Sun Retiree Association.
She loved trips to the Jersey shore. She enjoyed the theater, fine arts, and especially enjoyed fine dining.
She was the daughter of the late James and Grace Gorbey, and the sister of the late Lorraine McConnell.
Survivors: son, Marshall J. Connell, Claymont, Del.; two grandchildren; niece and nephew.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday, St. James Episcopal Church, llth and Lincoln avenues, Prospect Park.
Visitation: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood. To send condolences, visit www.griffithfuneralchapel.com
Contributions: St. James Episcopal Church, llth and Lincoln avenues, Prospect Park, PA 19076 or the American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 403, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.
James E. Todd Sr, 63
James E. Todd Sr, 63, died early Saturday morning November 24, 2007
at his home in Pennsville Township. A devoted husband and father, James had lived in the area for the past 30 years.
James grew up in Paulsboro with his parents, Isabella L. Mason and Frederick Todd, and graduated Paulsboro High School Class of 1962. He worked for Sun Oil for 37 years as a Merchant Seaman and continued the past ten years in the same profession under the American Maritime Officers Union.
Always able to make people smile with his quick wit and aptly timed humor, James made everyone he came in contact with comfortable. His hobbies included reading, leatherwork, and woodworking. Willing, able, and knowledgeable, James was the ideal and ever-ready handyman. To his family, he will be remembered as a comforter, comic, encyclopedia, news reporter, encourager, advisor, husband, and father.
James is survived by his wife Audrey L., mother-in-law Melissa Courter, his children Danielle, Crystal, Curtis, and Codie, as well as James E. Jr., Tricia, and Shawn, and his grandchildren Kristina, Santana, Chelsey, Jessika, and C.J. Also survived by his brother, Robert.
James will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the LAUGHREY FUNERAL HOME, Pennsville where friends may call from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Burial will be private.
Published in the Today's Sunbeam on 11/27/2007.
Wilbert E. Kipp, 89
Wilbert E. Kipp, of Dover, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. He was 89.
Mr. Kipp was born March 14, 1918, in Stratford, N.J.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II at Guadalcanal. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor.
Mr. Kipp retired after 30 years from Sun Oil where he worked as a merchant marine on a tanker.
He was a member of the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2 in Dover.
He enjoyed salt water and fresh water fishing in the Delaware Bay. Mr. Kipp was a member of the Silver Lake Fishing Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Colvin Kipp in 1991.
Mr. Kipp is survived by two friends, Calvin Durham of Dover and Jim Dykes of Smyrna.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior.
Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
Published in the NewsZapDE on 1/24/2008.
Fred Howe Cushman, 85
Fred Howe Cushmange, 85, passed away peacefully at Heartland Hospice House.
He was born April 12, 1923 in Taunton, MA. Fred served as a Merchant Marine during WWII, and was employed by Sun Oil Co. as a Merchant Marine Officer for 41 years, retiring as a first mate. As a merchant seaman he traveled all over the world. He was a longtime resident of Wilmington, DE where he was a member of Concord Lodge #625 F&AM and a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. Fred was a member of the Nur-Shrine, the Fife & Drum Corps, and also did a lot of volunteer work benefiting the Shriners Hospital for Children
Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Edith Cushman. He is survived by his 4 daughters, Christine Campbell (Cecil) of Elkton, MD, Claire Van Kavelaar (Robert) of Wilmington, DE, Cynthia Wagner (Mark) of Wilmington, DE, and Carolyn Nesbitt (Edmund) of Wilmington, DE; 4 grandchildren, Jordan Wagner, Sean Nesbitt, Elizabeth Wagner, and Catelin Campbell; brother, Gene Cushman and sister, Ruth Byran of Taunton, MA; and brother-in-law, Mickey Vernon of Granite Run, PA.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Masonic Home for their compassionate care.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 10, at the McCRERY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 S. of Silverside Rd.), Wilmington, DE 19803 where a funeral service will be conducted the following day at 10 am. Interment will follow the funeral service at Lawncroft Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made in Fred's name to Heartland Hospice House, 5661 Ocheltree Lane, Wilmington, DE 19808.
Capt. Harry F. “Cap” Wiseman, 96
Capt. Harry F. “Cap” Wiseman, 96, of Middlebury died
Friday, May 16, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. He was
born March 2, 1912, in North Troy, N.Y. (formerly Lansinburgh), the son of
the late Captain Roger and Hilda Horton Wiseman.
Frank T. Gibala, 81,
Frank T. Gibala, 81, a longtime Trainer resident and merchant marine/seaman for Sunoco, died June 12 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
He was born and raised in Chester. He lived many years in Chester before moving to Trainer 40 years ago. Mr. Gibala was a seaman 25 years for Sunoco, transporting oil on oil tankers.
He was a son of the late Anthony Gibala and Katherine Smagala Gibala.
Survivors: Sister, Helen Jabluszewski of Ormand Beach, Fla.
Arrangements: Kaniefski-Kendus-D�Anjolell Memorial Home of Trainer.
REV. MARJELL ODIS DOBBS, 83
Rev. Marjell Odis Dobbs, 83, died Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at his home in Madison. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. EDT at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel, with graveside burial service at 3 p.m. at Swift Creek Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lake Butler, Fla. The family will receive friends Friday, August 15, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel (850-973-2258). He moved to Madison in 1966 coming from Raiford, Fla. He was a Veteran in the US Navy during World War II. He was a Merchant Marine Engineer for Sun Oil Co., and was a member of First Baptist Church, Madison. He is survived by his wife, Nell Agner Dobbs of Madison, Fla.; two sons, Dr. Quincy Oad (Hoshing Kwong) Dobbs of Flint, Mich., and Jesse Daniel (Pryncess) Dobbs of Madison; two daughters, Sara Dene (Robert) Gwin of Chickasaw, Ala., Alpha Nita (Berkley Burel) Schweighoffer of Hampton, Ga.; four sisters, Emaline Dockery of Lake Butler, Kathryn (Orin, Jr.) Reddish of Lake Butler, Joyce Carlton of Palatka, Fla., and Bettie Brancati of Starke, Fla.; four grandchildren, Natalie Alexis Schweighoffer, Robert Sidney Gwin III., Rhett Samuel Gwinn, and Jesse Daniel Dobbs II. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie Oad Dobbs and Alpha Elizabeth Hurst Dobbs; a brother, Alvin Dobbs; two sisters, Leoma Whitehead and Mary Lou Whitehead; and two infant brothers.
William Franklin “Bill” Sill, Jr., 81
William (Bill) Franklin Sill Jr. and his wife Mary have made Fort Walton Beach, Fla., their
home for the last 15 years. Bili passed quietly away Sept. 2, 2008, after a long battle with
Bill was born in Atlantic City, N.J., and graduated from Upland's Eddystone High in 1939.
He joined the Navy early, attended Signals School, and served throughout World War II.
He was most proud of his Gunners Mate posting on the LCI (L)-64 and LCI (L)-39 while
assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and Bili participated in the New Georgia Group,
Treasury-Bougainville, Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Leyte and Southern Philippines
Following WWII, Bill began a long and fulfilling career with the Sun Oil Co. (today known
as Sunoco). For more than 35 years he sailed the Eastern Sun and the Ohio Sun the
world over. His knowledge, adventures and stones were legendary.
He was married to Mary B. Remm (Boyer) of Lewisburg, Pa., in 1977 and they lived their
early retirement in Ashdown, Ark., before deciding to return to the water and moving to
Fort Walton Beach.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Mary; sister, Betty and her husband Joe; niece, Diane;
and stepchildren, Jon, Nancy, Cheryl and Mike.
Bill will be returned to his beloved sea following simple family services.
Sherman H. Foultz, 70
Sherman H. “Sonny” Foultz, 70, of Peach Bottom, PA passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of L. Margaret Floyd Foultz, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.
Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Charles W. Foultz, Jr. and Laura A. Dissinger Foultz.
Sonny was employed for over 25 years in the Merchant Marine as an Engineer with Sunoco, Marcus Hook, retiring in 1993. He also had been employed with Lukens Steel, Coatesville as a crane operator and served in the U. S. Navy.
He was a member of the former Blessed Hope Bible Tabernacle in Oxford and he attended Wrightsdale Baptist Church in Peach Bottom. He was a member of the Wakefield Ambulance Association, Inc., Peach Bottom and the Wakefield Lions Club.
Surviving, in addition to his loving wife Margaret, are three sons, James Foultz and his wife, Michelle of Peach Bottom, Mitchell Foultz and his wife, Ann of Okinawa, Japan, and Joseph Foultz and his wife, Jacquelin of Peach Bottom; seven grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Foultz of Malvern; and three sisters, Ellen Jones of Nottingham, Carolyn Newbert of Maine and Bonnie Hutchins of Peach Bottom.
In addition to his parents, Sonny was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard Foultz, Elwood Foultz and Charles Foultz III.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA, where family and friends called from 10-11 a.m.
Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wakefield Ambulance Association, Inc., 2203 Robert Fulton Hwy., Peach Bottom, PA 17563.
Janis E. Will White,
Formerly of Aston
Janis E. Will White, of Wilmington, Del., and formerly of Aston, died Nov. 10, 2008 at home.
Born in Chester, she had been a resident of Aston before moving to Wilmington.
She graduated from Chester High School in 1962 and attended West Chester State University and Neumann College.
Mrs. White worked at Sunoco, Inc. for 45 years, where she was an office assistant. She began working for Sun Ship Building in 1962 and transferred to Sun Transport, Inc. to work with the president in 1977. Thereafter worked for six of the presidents.
In 1995 she transferred to Engineering Services in Philadelphia, where she worked until her death.
Mrs. White was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wilmington.
She was devoted to her family, enjoyed working at home, gardening and re-decorating.
She was devoted to her cats, Murphy and Brady, and enjoyed aerobics, dancing and traveling.
Mrs. White served as a top fund raiser on the Sunoco Team for the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon for more than 35 years.
She was the daughter of the late Paul W., Sr. and Edna Mae Anderson Will, and was the sister of the late Paul W. Will, Jr.
Survivors: Son, Jeffery Howard of Bear, Del.; sister, Nancy C. Waskiewicz of Prince Frederick, Md.; two grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday, The Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Middletown and Knowlton roads, Middletown.
Visitation: 9 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
Burial: Lawn Croft Cemetery, Lower Chichester.
Contributions: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.
Capt. George Victor Poyntz Davis, 81,
Formerly of Ardmore
Capt. George Victor Poyntz Davis, 81, recently of the Westmorland House and formerly of Ardmore, died Nov. 26 at Kendal at Longwood Nursing Home in Kennet Square.
Mr. Davis was born in New York City and had lived in Louisville, Ky., Ardmore and Philadelphia before receiving a senatorial nomination to attend the Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, N.Y., in 1945.
He graduated 11th in his class in 1949 and enlisted in the United
States Naval Reserve with the rank of Ensign. That same year, he joined the Sun Oil Co.
Mr. Davis became a Ships’ Master (Captain) in 1958 and traveled the world transporting oil from his home base in Marcus Hook. In 1977, he became the manager of the U.S. Sun Transport fleet.
Mr. Davis retired in 1984 but continued to travel, this time by car across the western United States with his son, Tim. He was one with nature and a member of the Tyler Arboretum in Swarthmore.
Mr. Davis also went on safari to Africa with his brother, Rod, in 1986 in search of mountain gorillas, where the two photographed creatures in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
The pair also explored the New Jersey Pine Barrens in search of indigenous snakes, some of which became pets, and were avid birdwatchers who teamed up to band newborn blue birds.
Mr. Davis enjoyed gardening, cards, and sports – golf was his latest interest in that realm.
He was the father of the late Robert J. Davis.
Survivors: Wife of 58 years, Marjorie Bowden Davis; sons, Victor R. Davis, Timothy J. Davis; brothers, J. Rogers Davis Jr., Derek Davis; four grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday, Stretch Funeral Service Inc., 236 E. Eagle Road, Havertown, PA. 19083.
Visitation: 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial: SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.
Enoch R. "Sonny" Gale, III, 81
Age 81, of Ocean View, DE, passed away on Sunday January 4, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family and friends.
Enoch was born in Louisville, KY and was raised in Rehoboth Beach, DE by his parents, the late Enoch R. II and his mother Ruth. He retired from Sun Oil Transport in 1982, after traveling all over the world as a navigational officer for 32 years.
Enoch is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carol A. Gale; son, Stanley Gale of West Chester, PA; 7 daughters, Anna Lynne Mummert of Hagerstown, MD, Carol Becker of Wilmington, DE, Nancy Marshall of Woodlyn, PA, Donna Hitch of Frankford, DE, Sandra Mudry of Ocean View, DE, Cheri Anderson of Cambridge, MD, Lisa Autry of Mascoutah, IL; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Dodge; brothers, Tommy, Albert, and Bill Gale. Enoch was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bobby Gale and a daughter, Laurie Lynne Gale.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 9, at 12 noon, at the chapel of MELSON FUNERAL SERVICES on West Avenue in Ocean View, where friends may call after 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Enoch's memory to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Eiferman, Lester E.
EIFERMAN,Lester E. Jan. 8, 2009. Brother of the late Arnold (Edith) Eiferman, Uncle of Ted (Carol) Eiferman and the late Barry (Sharon Eiferman. Great Uncle of Kenneth (Barbara) Eiferman. Relatives and friends are invited to services Sunday 11AM at BERSCHLER AND SHENBERG, 101 Medford -Mt. Holly Rd., Medford, NJ. Entombment at Locustwood Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Jewish War Veterans, Cherry Hill Post 126, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.
Roy G. Harris , 75
SHAMOKIN - Roy G. Harris, 75, of 313 N. Sunbury St., passed away on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Shamokin Area Community Hospital.
Roy was born July 15, 1933, in Marion, N.C.
An Air Force veteran and a retired Merchant Marine, he is survived by his loving daughter, Dina M. Harris of Shamokin.
Services will be private.
Arrangements were entrusted to the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township.
Published in The Daily Item on 2/5/2009
John Barbosa, 89
John Barbosa John Barbosa of Chestertown, MD, formerly of Aston, PA,died Sunday March 15, 2009 at his home in Chestertown, MD. He was 89. John Barbosa was born March 28, 1919 in Port Arthur, Texas the son of the late Leo Barbosa and Carmen Salaza. Mr. Barbosa worked as a Chief engineer and Port engineer for 45 years in the Merchant Marines where he also served during WWII and retired from Sun Oil Co. Mr. Barbosa was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chestertown, MD, a member of the Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post 36 in Chestertown and the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Barbosa enjoyed small engine repair, going to the Crumpton Sale every Wednesday, woodworking, boating, hunting, reading, listening to Mexican music and living life to the fullest. In addition to his parents Mr. Barbosa was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Irene Barbosa, one sister, Lupe Dominquies and two brothers, Mike and Jessie Barbosa. He is survived by his wife, Helen Barbosa of Chestertown, MD, two sons, John Barbosa and wife Donna of Aston, PA, Joseph Barbosa and wife Barbara of Aston, PA, two daughters, Betty Sparklin and husband Ralph of West Chester, PA, Doris Hansen and husband Flemming of Bethany Beach, DE, one step son, James Reynolds and wife Dee of Nashville, TN, three step daughters, Sharon Stafford and husband Sonny of Chesterown, MD, Penny Usilton and husband Mitch of Rock Hall, MD, Kim King and husband Mike of Chesapeake Beach, MD, two brothers, Roy Barbosa and wife Mercedes of Texas, Ellise Barbosa and wife Estel of Port Arthur, TX, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grand children. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chestertown, MD. Interment will be held in Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, PA at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to Chester River Home Care and Hospice, 6602 Church Hill Rd. Chestertown, MD. 21620
MONLEY, Machel, Jr., 60
MONLEY, Machel, Jr. Of Blackwood, he passed on Mar. 18,
2009 at the age of 60. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Mouzon (NY);
cousins, Karen Cockerham (NY) and Vince Pilgrim (CA); and many cousins,
relatives and friends. Services will be held 11 AM Tues. at Grace Temple
Baptist Church, Charleston Ave., Lawnside where friends may call after 9 AM.
Interment will be private. Arrangements by CARL MILLER FUNERAL HOME, Camden
Gary Gaydos, 62
Gary John "Pa Smurf" Gaydos, 62, of Hildreth Road, died unexpectedly, Thursday, June 11, 2009 at a local hospital. He was born in Lewiston, November 19, 1946, the son of John and Katherine Karsmar Gaydos. He graduated from Lisbon High School and received an engineering degree from Maine Maritime Academy in 1969. He was commissioned as a Lt. JG and later became a Lt. in the U.S. Navy. He married Suzanne I. Moody in Lisbon Falls, Sept. 25, 1971. Mr. Gaydos was employed as a 2d Marine Engineer for Sunoco Oil from 1969 to 1994. He has recently been employ ed at Foreign Auto in Harpswell. Gary enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening, camping, hunting and taking care of his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of Harpswell; three sons, Matthew G. Gaydos and his fiance, Jeannette Morissette of Wales, Randall J. Gaydos and Gaven T. Gaydos both of Harpswell; a brother, John Gaydos and his wife, Terry of S. Portland; three grandchildren, Giavanna, Logan and Gabrielle; and many nieces and nephews.
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2:00PM to 4:00PM on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at Brackett Funeral home (map/driving directions)
6:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at Brackett Funeral home (map/driving directions)
10:00AM at Brackett Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 (map/driving directions)
West Harpswell Cemetery
South Harpswell, Me (map/driving directions)
Elias C. Gould, 94
Of Wilmington, DE, age 94, died April 4, 2009. He is survived by his wife and his children. A service will be private. Arrangements by CREMATION SERVICE OF DELAWARE.
ZARNICH NICHOLAS E., 91
Age 91, of Whitehall, at home after a brief illness with special friend and caregiver Janet Walther by his side, on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. Son of the late Joseph and Katarina Zarnich; brother of the late Joseph A. (the late Betty), Rose and Amanda Zarnich; uncle of Joseph H. Zarnich and Christine Zarnich; grand uncle of Joseph H., Jr. and Tammy Lynn Kane; great grand uncle of Andrew Zarnich and Alyssa Kane. Also survived by close friend Patrick Hefferan. Nick served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII and for 30 years after as a navigator and second mate for Sun Oil Co., retiring in 1970. Nick also worked as a security guard for Maidenbridge Apts., Whitehall and in maintenance for both St. Winifred and St. Gabriel. He adored children and made them an important part of his life. He was a lifetime member of St. Gabriel and was involved in several aspects of the church including ushering, bingo or wherever else he was needed. Nick loved dancing, playing cards and Notre Dame football. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral prayer on Saturday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin Church at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Gabriel School Fund, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pgh., PA 15236. Please send condolences at WWW.JOHNFSLATER.COM
Norman Walls, Jr. , 71
Norman E. Walls, Jr., 71, of Oxford, formerly of Wallingford and West Chester passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at his home.
He was the husband of Gwendolyn Boulden Walls, with whom he shared 17 years of marriage.
Born in Collingdale, he was the son of the late Captain Norman E., Sr. and Marguerite L. Hollingsworth Walls.
Norman was a graduate of West Nottingham Academy, Colora, MD and Nether Providence High School in Wallingford. He retired from Sun Oil Company, Marcus Hook, where he was employed in the merchant marine.
Norman had a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed gardening, boating and all activities associated with the water.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Norman E. Walls, III of Parkesburg; three daughters, Linda Walls of West Chester, Katherine Lawrence of Sadsburyville and Kimberly Walls of Frazer; one step-son, G. Spencer Hart, IV of Newport, DE; one step-daughter, Christina B. Rahm of Royersford; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, James A. Walls of Wallingford and Gary Walls of Moylan; and one sister, Marguerite Hixson of Boonton, NJ.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2009 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA.
Friends called from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Interment was in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380
William B. “Bill” Bush, 88
Retired Merchant Marine Captain
LAUREL - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, William B. "Bill" Bush, ret. Merchant Marine Captain, on Dec. 9, 2009. He is survived by two children, son, Thomas R. Bush (Rob) and his wife Joanne of Laurel, and a daughter, Betty Jane Ellis (B.J.) and her husband Steve of Seaford. In addition, he is survived by two sisters, Dora Simpson, Millsboro, and Anna Virginia Walker, Inverness, Miss.; four grandchildren, Suzanne McDonald, Denver, Pa., Christopher Bunting, Seaford, Eric A. Bunting, Philadelphia, Pa., and Claude James (C.J.) Ellis, Seaford; and four great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
William was preceded in death by his wives, Florence E. Bush (P!ummer), Lucille Bush, (Hill) and Rose Kovats Smith; and a daughter, Linda A. Bunting. William was born in Ocean City, Md., on April 1922, the son of Thomas (Tunis) E. Bush (Edelenbosch) and Anna V. Bush (Richardson). He attended Sunny Hills Schoo!, Hockessin, DE, later known as Sanford Preparatory School, where he graduated in 1940. He served in World War II as a corporal in the United States Marine Corp. He participated in major sea battles including Midway, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal and Tulagi. He was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Yorktown CV-5. He received a purple heart, a silver star and a bronze star for his service to our country. William attended Asbury College where he studied for the ministry. After leaving the ministry, he followed in his father's footsteps as a Merchant Marine Captain. He worked for Sun Oil Company, Marcus Hook, Pa., and Saving Towing, Texas, until his retirement at the age of 70. William was a life member of the American Legion Post #19, Laurel, a lifetime member of the D.A.V., Chapter 9, Seaford, a member of the Yorktown CV-5 Club, Inc., and a member of the Masonic Temple Lodge #9,A.F. & A.M., Milford. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Alzehiemer’s Association in loving memory of William B. Bush. Donations can be sent to: Jamie A. Magee, Sussex Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association DVC, P.O. Box 625, Georgetown, DE 19947. Interment will be held privately. The Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Horne Laurel, DE is serving the Bush family.
Elder Earl Foxworth, Sr., 66
Elder Earl Foxworth, Sr. was born January 13, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Herbert and Mary Foxworth. He joined the Springville United Methodist Church as a child and remained very active during his youth. He was educated in the Marion County Public School System.
After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Air Force. He served honorably for four years, including two tours in Vietnam. He furthered his studies at Texas Western University (El Paso, TX) and Francis Marion University (Florence, SC).
Upon returning to Marion, he met and married Frieda Smith Foxworth in 1969. In the early 70’s, he served as a police officer in the city of Marion for seven years. He began working for Sun Transport as a Merchant Marine in 1978. He served faithfully for twenty-one years, until retirement. After his retirement, he joined the Mt.Olive SDA Church in 2001 and served as an Elder until his health began to fail.
Elder Foxworth departed this earthly life on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at his home. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed. He leaves to mourn; his wife Frieda of Marion; one son: Earl Jr. (Kimberly) of Charlotte; five daughters: Bridget Felder (Larry) and Crystal of Columbia, SC, Linda MacFarlane of Atlanta, Georgia, Kenyetta of Marion, SC, and Kelette (Jaquinn) of Ashburn, VA; three grandchildren: Brittany, Shawn and Tre’; and a host of family and friends.
Letter from Earl's daughter:
William E. Shaw Sr., 82
Retired Sun Oil engineer; devoted family man
William E. Shaw Sr., 82, of Lansdowne, a Sun Oil engineer, died Jan. 28, 2010 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Born in Norfolk, Va., he was a second engineer at Sun Oil Co.
Mr. Shaw was an avid Phillies, Eagles and Penn State fan.
He also loved going on casino trips and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Mr. Shaw was the widower of Doris Dempsey Shaw and the son of the late D’arcy Shaw and Leona Collins.
Survivors: Sons, William E. Shaw Sr., Thomas Shaw of Lansdowne; daughters, Nancy Shaw of Lansdowne, Luann Dorton of Clifton Heights; sisters, Mary Drass of East Lansdowne, Roberta Shelling of Sharon Hill; brother, D’arcy P. Shaw Jr. of Chesapeake, Va.
Service: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Spencer T. Videon Funeral Home, 400 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill.
Visitation: After 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial: Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia, Pa.
Contributions: American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
Richard C. Walters, Sr., 82
Richard C. Walters, Sr., 82, of Allentown, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Christine (Nigro) Walters. Born in Allentown, Richard was the son of the late Harvey and Anna (Wink) Walters. He was a WWII Navy Veteran for 3 ½ years. Richard then sailed for Sun Oil Co. for 31 ½ years and attained the rank of Chief Engineer. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Allentown, a 32 Degree Mason and Post Master for Greenleaf Lodge #561 in Allentown, the Rajah Temple of Reading, the Lehigh Valley High 12 Club #493 of Allentown, the Scottish Rite Consistory of Allentown and the Fullerton American Legion Post #367. He was a lifetime member of N.E.R.C. where he was a past secretary, a lifetime member of the Mercantile Club in Emmaus, the Emmaus Nest of Owls, the Emmaus Fire Co. 1 &2 and a lifetime member of the Franklin Fire Co. Richard’s hobbies were reading, drawing, hunting and fishing.
He will be sadly missed by his entire family. Sons- Richard Walters, Jr. and wife Monica Karol of Catasauqua Robert Walters, Sr. of Danielsville Jon Walters of Allentown Daughters- Laureen Meckes and husband Richard of Northampton Jennifer Hartman of Valley Center, CA 8 Grandchildren 5 Great Grandchildren He was predeceased by his sister- Betsy Ann Bellesfield- Moore and brothers- Alfred Walters, Clifford Walters and Raymond Walters.
A viewing will be held on Monday 8:30- 9:45AM in the church with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM on Monday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 801 N 11th St Allentown 18102. Burial to follow in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the church care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N Front St Allentown 18102.
Leo Yurkiewicz, 83
Leo Yurkiewicz, 83, formerly of West Chester, passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.
Born in Mt. Carmel in July 1926, he was the son of Walter and Stella Yurkiewicz.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty; one brother, Al of Mt. Carmel; and two sisters, Rita Shaffer of New Jersey and Theresa Kamiski of Philadelphia.
He served in the U.S. Navy for four years.
He was employed by Sun Oil Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1988.
He lived in West Chester for 35 years before moving to retire in Florida 25 years ago.
He enjoyed reading, watching news on TV, bowling and shuffleboarding.
An avid Phillies fan, he attended several spring training games in Clearwater, Fla.
Warren E. Fields, 79
Longtime Sun Co. employee; longtime Aston resident
Warren E. Fields, 79, of Aston, a longtime Sun Co. employee, died March 22, 2010 at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Middletown.
Born in Everett, Wash., Mr. Fields resided in Glenolden before moving to Aston 55 years ago.
He worked for the Sun Co. for 35 years and volunteered with the Aston Township police and fire departments.
More recently, Mr. Fields worked as a crossing guard for the Penn-Delco School District.
He was a member of Mount Hope United Methodist Church in Aston, where he served on the administrative board of directors, the ushers and also directed traffic.
He was a member of NCHA Seniors, Sun Honor Club, Sun Sapphire Club, Aston Seniors, REACT, Delaware County Fire Police Association, and the Green Ridge and Felton fire companies.
He was a NASCAR and Phillies fan who enjoyed sewing, miniature golf, traveling, arts and crafts, woodworking, painting, camping and taking trips with his wife in their RV.
Mr. Fields was the son of the late William Earl and Frances Louisa Knolls Fields. He was the widower of June E. Bishop Fields, who died in 2004. He was the brother of the late William “Howard” Fields and Eloise Engelson.
Survivors: Wife, Ann Joan Hoskins-Fields; sons, Warren Fields of Lutz, Fla., Ralph Fields of Aston; daughter, Karen Fields of Aston; stepson, Anthony R. Hoskins of Aston; sister, Wilma E. Schroedl of Laferia, Texas; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Mass: 10 a.m. today, Nativity BVM Catholic Church, 30 E. Franklin St., Media.
Visitation: 8:45-9:45 a.m. today at the church.
Burial: Edgewood Memorial Park, Concord.
Contributions: Aston Township police or fire department, 5021 Pennell Road, Aston, PA 19014.
Arrangements: White-Luttrell Funeral Home, Aston.
James Marshall, 87
James Walton Marshall, 87, of Sunset Beach, died May 7, 2010 at Universal Healthcare in Bolivia.
He was born in Upland, Pa., on April 5, 1923, a son of Walton and Dorothy Cluelow Marshall. He was a U.S. Merchant Marine Chief Engineer employed by Sun Transport, and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He was Past Master of the Shallotte Masonic Lodge #727 AM&FM. He was a 33rd-degree Mason, a member of the Sudan Temple Shrine, a member of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine and a charter member of the Elks Lodge in Calabash.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Allison Marshall, and his son, Walton Marshall.
Surviving are his two daughters, Jimmie Ebright and husband Edward of Hummelstown, Pa., and Beth Newsom and husband Steven of Vallejo, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were in the Chapel of Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.
Memorials may be made the Sudan Temple Crippled Children’s Fund, PO Box 490, New Bern, NC 28563 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 4390, Chapel Hill, NC 27515.
Online condolences may be sent to www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Peter "Pete" Savitski , 90
Peter Savitski (Pete), age 90 of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 in New Jersey. Mr. Savitski was born October 24, 1919. At a young age, he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression serving in various parts of the country. He became a Merchant Marine during WWII making many trips across the Atlantic witnessing the bombing of Naples, submarine attacks and many other events. After the war, Pete continued to travel around the world working for Sunoco for almost 40 years where he rose to the rank of Chief Mate-Operations Officer aboard Sun’s fleet of oil tankers.
In his retired years, he was devoted to and loved dearly his three grandchildren Vincent, Lisa, and Marci D’AGOSTINO. Grandpop enjoyed bowling at Prices Lane and playing volleyball at the Senior Fraims Center. He was also dedicated to taking care of his cockatiel Nebby who you could always find perched on his shoulder. Pete also enjoyed Saturdays at Delaware Park and Phillies games, not to mention countless little league games. Grandpop was always there when you needed him, whether it was a trip to McDonalds, a ride home from school, talks about college and our careers, or just good advice. We loved him very much and will miss his stories, crazy comments, and his strength & guidance. His sense of humor coupled with his tell-it-like-it-is attitude always made for a fun time.
He is survived by his daughter Kathryn D’Agostino and her husband Mark, his grandchildren Vincent, Lisa and Marci D’Agostino, all from Gibbstown, NJ. Also brothers William from MA, Alfred from PA and Marion from FL and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife Marie, his son Paul, sisters Helen and Pauline and brothers Edward and Stanley.
There will be a committal service at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Bear, DE on Wednesday, June 2 at 11:00 am. Contributions in Pete’s memory may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 600 Highland Dr., Westampton, NJ 08060. Funeral arrangements made by NICHOLS-GILMORE FUNERAL HOME, Newport, DE. Condolences can be shared at www.nicholsgilmore.com.
Chandler Noren Caughie Sr., 94
Birth: 7/1/1915 Death: 5/25/2010
Graveside service, June 3, 2010, 1:00 PM at Masonic Memorial Park, 455 North St SE, Tumwater, WA.
Interment: Masonic Memorial Park, Tumwater, Washington
Obituary: Chandler Noren Caughie Sr., 94, of Olympia passed away May 25, 2010 at St. Peter Hospital. Chandler was born July 1, 1915 in Bremerton, WA to Earl Robert and Ella E. (Anderson) Caughie. He attended school in Bremerton and Olympia. In June of 1952, Chandler married, Orpha Stangland. He served his country as a CW04 in the United States Navy. Chandler worked for Boeing Aircraft from 1958 – 1971, as a real estate agent 1973 – 1976, and for Sun Oil 1977. He was an avid Ham Radio Operator, had a strong interest in the Republican Party, and was a Lutheran with strong Christian Beliefs. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Lacey. Chandler was known as an avid storyteller, proud of his accomplishments, and loved life.
Surviving Chandler are his wife, Orpha; sons, Wayne of Kent, WA and Chandler Jr. of Olympia; daughters, Ella Wilson of Golden Valley, AZ and Susan Caughie of Bremerton; 3 grandchildren; a brother, Robert Caughie of Bremerton, WA; and a sister, Eleanor Hertz also of Bremerton.
Richard Herman, 85
Upper Chichester resident; Navy veteran
Richard Herman, 85, of the Boothwyn section of Upper Chichester, a Navy veteran, died June 28, 2010 at Riddle Memorial Hospital.
Born in Allentown, Lehigh County, Mr. Herman was raised and educated there.
A resident of the Naamans Manor Nursing Home for the last six years, Mr. Herman spent most of his life living in the Linwood section of Lower Chichester.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, serving in the European Theater and the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Mr. Herman was awarded the European Theater Ribbon (two stars), the Pacific Theater Ribbon (three stars), Good Conduct and Victory medals. He worked as a merchant mariner for the Sun Oil Co. in Marcus Hook for 38 years before retiring in 1982. Mr. Herman was a member of the company’s Sapphire and Honor clubs and bowling team.
He was a member of the VFW Post in Chester, the Chichester Senior Citizens Club and the AARP.
Mr. Herman was the father of Jeffrey Herman, who died in 2008, and the son of the late Robert P. and Ida Crossly Herman.
Survivors: Wife of 63 years, June A. Bernhard Herman; sons, Bruce E. Herman of Prospect Park, Robert P. Herman of Aston, Richard K. Herman of Oxford, Chester County; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ward Funeral Home, 1459 Market St., Linwood, Lower Chichester.
Visitation: After 7 tonight and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial: Lawn Croft Cemetery, Lower Chichester.
Contributions: Good Shepherd Home, 543 St. John St., Allentown, PA 18103.
Frank E. Sill, 93
World War II veteran; Merchant Marine
Frank E. Sill, 93, of Upper Chichester, died November 4, 2010, at home. Mr. Sill was born, raised and lived his entire life in Delaware County. Mr. Sill was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army in Europe.
He retired as a merchant seaman in 1982 from the Sun Oil Co. with 23 years of service. He was a devoted family man who delighted in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Frank Sill, his brother William Sill and sister Margaret Gargano.
Survivors: Mr. Sill is survived by his loving wife, Alma (nee Clark); his daugh¬ter, Laraine and son-in-law Donald Barrett of Concord Township; brother, James Sill of Linwood; sisters, Eunice Porter of Boothwyn and Madeline Dzipbcyznski of Marcus Hook; grandchildren, Mark Barrett of Wilmington, Del., and Lynn Carr of Bethel Township; great-grandchildren, Madison and John Carr.
Service: Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Graveside Service at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 4010 Concord Road, Aston, on Monday November 8, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Contributions: In his memory to Disabled American Veterans, DAY Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 would be appreciated.
Online Condolences: www.carrfuneralhome.net.
Captain Jacob Richard Lockwood, 94
Senior Ship's Master for Sun Company
Fleet Captain Jacob Richard Lockwood, died Thursday, November 11, 2010 at Neighborhood Hospice of West Chester. Known to family and friends as 'The Captain' or “J.R.”. He was a Retired Senior Ship's Master for Sun Company Fleet.
Born June 4, 1916 in Albany, Missouri. Eldest son of the late Ernest C. Lockwood and Ellen G. Hendrix Lockwood. Captain Lockwood grew up in Edgerton and Stanbury, Missouri, and graduated from high school in 1934. His High School graduation gift was a one-way bus ticket to Springfield, PA, where he worked in the Dry Cleaning store of his Uncle Charles Lockwood.
In 1936 he went to sea for the Sun Oil Company starting as a messman on the M/V Southern Sun. In 1945 he became one of the youngest ship's masters at the age of 29, and served in the Sun Oil Company fleet for 45 years. During World War II, Captain Lockwood sailed convoys transporting oil in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was a member of the Council of American Master Mariners and holds the USCG Meritorious Service Award.
Captain Lockwood was married for nearly 53 years to the late Anita Harriet Kramer Lockwood who died in 1995. He is also pre-deceased by his sister Margaret L. Zaruk and brother Wayne L. Lockwood, who was lost at sea in WWII.
An Eagle Scout at age 16, Captain Lockwood contin¬ued throughout his life to be active with the Boy Scouts of America. Two of Captain Lockwood's Grandsons became Eagle Scouts marking three generations of Eagle Scouts. He conferred the rank of Eagle Scout on his Grandsons Joshua Lockwood in 2008, and Bret R. Robinson in 2001.
Captain and Mrs. Lockwood were volunteers with the American Red Cross. They also volunteered with the McDonald's LPGA tournament for many years working the leader boards and crowd control. His work with the Tyler Arboretum included serving as the guide and resi¬dent expert on the Painter Library on the arboretum's grounds.
He was a member of Middletown Presbyterian Church, and is the author of that Church's definitive graveyard his¬tory. Captain Lockwood was a member of Chester Lodge #236 F&AM, where he served as Chaplain for eleven years.
He enjoyed writing stories about his boyhood and life experiences. Several of these stories were published in the Granite Farms Times, the newsletter for Granite Farms estates where he lived the last 15 years of his life.
Survivors: 2 Daughters Patricia Robinson-Linder of Wallingford, PA, and Joanne L. Kinsey of Exton, PA; Son Richard C. Lockwood of Pittsburgh, PA; 4 Grandchildren Kara R. Kinsey, Bret R. Robinson, Christian R. Kinsey and Joshua R. Lockwood; Brother Gale Lockwood.
Service: Funeral Service 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 19th, at Middletown Presbyterian Church, 273 S. Old Middletown Road, Elwyn, PA, where friends may call after 10:00 a.m. A Masonic service by Chester Lodge #236 F&AM will take place at 10:45 a.m.
Interment: Will immediately follow in Middletown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Elwyn.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers contributions may be given to the National Eagle Scout Association, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P. 0. Box 152079, Irving TX 75015-2079. Checks payable to NESA.
Arrangements: Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home of Middletown Twp., Media, PA.
L. Mellen, Jr., 72
Richard L. Mellen, Jr., 72 of West Chester, passed away Friday August 26, 2011 at Lifecare Hospital in West Chester.
He was the loving husband of Carol Latona Mellen of West Chester, father of Jenny Mellen of Devereux, PA and Rich Mellen of Dunkirk, MD. He is also survived by his favorite daughter-in-law, Erika Mellen and the two best granddaughters ever, Joanna and Natalie.
He is further survived by his sisters Margo Meehan of Naples, FL and Betsy Hills of Laguna Niguel, CA and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Ketchikan Alaska, he was the son of the late Richard L. Mellen and the late Margaret Mellen Fabik. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps, attended the University of Maryland and had a career as a Sea Captain for Sun Oil Company.
He enjoyed attempts at golf, Fox News, and bridge games with family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service, 11:00 am, Thursday, September 1, 2011, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Rd., West Chester, PA 19382.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Devereux Pennsylvania, 444 Devereux Drive, P.O. Box 638, Villanova, PA 19085 or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith and Boyd Funeral Home Inc., West Chester 610.696.1181, www.DellaFH.com.
G. Kilpatrick, 90
September 11, 1922 - September 17, 2012
Thomas G. Kilpatrick, 90 of Boothwyn, PA died on September 17, 2012 at Naamans Creek Country Manor. Born to the late Thomas J. and Blanche Lockhardt Kilpatrick in Montaque, MA, he resided the past 48 years in Boothwyn, PA, previously residing in Media, PA. A Radio Officer for Sun Oil for 40 years, he retired in 1983. Thomas was a member of the Concord Masonic Lodge 625 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Nur Temple of Wilmington, DE, where he was in the Colonial Fife and Drum Corp. He had a love of music and played the Baritone and Flute in several bands. A veteran, he served in the Coast Guard during WWII. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie E. Berry Kilpatrick. Survivors: daughter, Barbara A. Kvech, 3 grandchildren, Amy Dorn, Tom Kvech and Kevin Kvech and 9 great grandchildren
Services: Thursday, 12:00 Noon with a 11:30AM
Masonic Service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 576 Concord Rd.,
November 6, 1946 - April 12, 2013
Hergenrather lost his long (15 + years), tough battle with cancer on April
12, 2013. Here is an interesting article about Joe, written by the mother of
Mike Rowe ("Dirty Jobs"), who was Joe's cousin. Joe had an interesting life,
highlighted by sailing for both a living and for enjoyment, inventing
something, and being aboard a sinking oil tanker and doing what he could to
save her and the lives of his shipmates. If you have a moment please read
this article. Rest in peace, JJH, you were one of a kind.
"Butch" W. Kates Sr., 71
Minor "Butch" W. Kates Sr., 71 of Wimington, DE, passed away at home in the care of his loving wife and family on July 27, 2013. Butch was born to the late Paul R. Sr. and Gertrude H. Umberger Kates in Upland, PA and raised in Linwood, PA. He resided for the past 10 years in Wilmington, DE, previously residing in Lewes, DE for 7 years as well as Boothwyn, PA. He graduated from Chichester High School, class of 1959. After graduation, he was hired by Sun Oil Co. to work aboard their oil tankers. He worked his way up the ranks from wiper to chief engineer. Butch was 31 years old when he received his chief's license making him the youngest chief in the Sun Oil fleet of ships. Sun Oil changed their shipping department to Sun Transport and in 1997, after Butch had worked for them for 38 years, the ships were sold. Butch was a proud of his profession and loved his job, but he missed being away from his family. He continued his career working on the Cape May Lewes Ferry until his retirement in 2003. Butch enjoyed boating, fishing and reading. He was an avid Eagles fan and was a member of Concord Masonic Lodge 625 F&AM, Del Vet Post #1 and the Sun Honor Club. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Roux. Butch is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy Vence Kates, children, Minor "Butch" Jr. (Denise) Kates, Denise Kates Sivick and Kelly (Darren) Alles, 2 siblings, Paul Jr. (Beverly) and Alberta Roux, 5 grandchildren, Justin and Summer Kates, Joe and Jordan Sivick and Annelie Alles. Funeral Service, Wednesday, 10:00AM at the Pagano Funeral Home, 3711 Foulk Rd. Garnet Valley, Pa. where friends may call Tuesday 7-9 PM and Wednesday, 9-10AM. Interment, Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, PA. Donations in his memory to the NPF (National Parkinson Foundation) atWWW.parkinson.org/plannedgiving Online condolences may be made by visitingwww.paganofuneralhome.com
Peter J. Brezza,
Peter J. Brezza, age 91, retired VP of Sun Oil Overseas and Sun Transport, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at Compassionate Care Hospice on Saturday, August 11, 2012.
Born March 7, 1921 in Marcus Hook, PA, Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen, his daughters, Diane Smith (Dale) of Wilmington and Robin Johnson, of Frisco, Texas and his grandchildren, Dallas Smith, Courtney Johnson and Justin Johnson.
After a Congressional Appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, Peter began a lifetime love affair with the ocean and all things nautical. During WWII Peter saw service in the Pacific aboard Merchant Marine oil tankers. He then began a long and illustrious career at Sun Oil Company, first as an officer on ocean-going tankers, next as Marine Personnel Manager, and finally as a VP where he oversaw the financing, construction, crewing and operation of three supertankers constructed by Sun Oil in Sweden and Portugal. He and his wife traveled the world throughout his career.
After his retirement, Pete remained active. He was the original owner of "The Front Porch' restaurant and lounge in Wilmington, completed an renovation of a home on the National Register of Historic Places in the Trinity area of Wilmington, and served as an independent contractor representing several travel agencies.
Pete was a life-long member of St. Helena's Catholic Church where he coached his daughters, Diane and Robin, in addition to many CYO championship girls' basketball teams. Pete (Poppop) loved traveling, the ocean, thunderstorms, singing, his three "girls" and his beloved grandchildren.
Family and friends may call Thursday night, August 16 from 7-9pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00am on Friday, August 17, at Saint Helena's Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. A Private Interment will follow at the Delaware Veteran's Cemetery, Bear, DE.
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Gaylor A. Gray, 95
Gaylor A. Gray, 95, died August 17, 2012 at a Penobscot healthcare facility. He was born in Sedgwick, November 7, 1916 the son of George and Gladys (Grindle) Gray.
Mike, as he was known to most, grew up in Blue Hill and graduated from George Stevens Academy in the class of 1935. Mike was a Merchant Marine officer, sailing the North Atlantic in Liberty ships during WWII. Following the war, he joined Sun Oil Company (Sunoco) as a radio officer in their tanker fleet. He was employed by them for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alma B. Gray; daughter, Bonnie Scholl and her husband Harrison of Burnett, TX; son, Scott Gray and his partner Edward Griffin of Blue Hill; three grandchildren, Tanya Blake, Heather Peacock, and Allisan Gray; and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at noon, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the family cemetery at 892 Kingdom Road, Blue Hill. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Scott and Edward’s home.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mike’s memory may be made to George Stevens Academy, 23 Union St. Blue Hill 04614
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St. Blue Hill
Clyde Eugene Fry, 72
Clyde Eugene "Skeeter" Fry, formerly of Chadds Ford, PA age 72, passed away on December 20, 2014 in The Villages Hospital located in The Villages, Florida. Skeeter was born November 28, 1942 in Chester, PA to Donald & Sarah (Amerman) Fry. Skeeter was one of seven children, Donald, Clyde, Michael, Thomas, Gary, Sandra & William. While in high school, he enjoyed playing football. He graduated in 1961 from Chichester High School in Boothwyn, PA. After high school, he gained employment at the Sun Oil Company located in Marcus Hook, PA. He secured a position in the Marine Department where he excelled to Master Captain of Unlimited Tonnage and was licensed for Supertankers sailing around the world. He was the youngest Sun Oil Captain at that time. He was drafted into the Army and became a Helicopter Mechanic and Instructor at Ft. Sill, OK. After he completed his two year commitment, he returned to Sun Oil to further advance his career. Skeeter retired from Sun Oil in 1991. Skeeter was known locally for his 1966 yellow Corvette. He was also known for his positive energy, sharing his humorous personality with everyone he touched. He had great love for family and friends. One of his most favorite things to do was hosting Christmas & Super Bowl parties. He had nicknames for all of his nieces & nephews which provided a unique identity for each child. He resided in Chadds Ford, PA prior to relocating to The Villages. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge - Lucius H. Scott, No. 352, F & A M in Chester, PA. In addition, he was a member of the Florida Sons of the American Revolution - The Villages Chapter. Once he arrived in The Villages, Skeeter proudly purchased his custom "hot rod" golf cart in gold. He had tremendous love for his dogs (children) "Killer" & "Porky". Every St. Patrick's day, he would have the "children" dyed green for the annual parade. He was an avid reader and passed on top sellers to friends and family. Skeeter's favorite hobbies were golf and happy hour with friends. He really enjoyed spending time with childhood friends & family from the PA area who would come to visit and join in a round or two of golf or just hang out with him. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Donald W. Fry Jr., Michael Fry, and William Fry, his nieces Wendy Foster and Jamie Schnaitman, his nephew Thomas Fry Jr., and his beloved companion Killer. Skeeter is survived by brothers Thomas (Teresa) - St Petersburg, Fl, Gary (Toni) - Boothwyn, PA & sister Sandra Schnaitman - Downingtown, PA Nieces: Donna Lee (Mike) Little, Shelley Osking, Shannon Albright, Courtney (John) Truluck, Lori Fry and nephews Michael (Christine) Fry, David Fry & James (Kacey) Schnaitman. Great nephews - his son Shanen "the dude", Zach, Hunter, Mitchell, Logan & Riley. Great nieces - Lindsay, Bridget & Summer. Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Skeeter's name to your favorite charity . The family will be organizing a celebration of Skeeter's beautiful life in early 2015. RIP Captain Fry!
Cornelius Joost VANMAAREN, 88
Joost aka "Neal" or "Captain van" or "Ole Wooden Shoes" or "Kees", born Dec. 9, 1927 in Rotterdam, Holland, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Tarpon Springs. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helga (nee Hunsbedt) vanMaaren; his children, Patricia Malave (Pete), Shirley Reth (Mike), and Dirk vanMaaren (Michelle). He was predeceased by three grandsons. He is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He will be buried at sea.
Edward D. Evans, 61
Edward D. Evans of New Castle, Delaware died April 4, 2015 at Heartland Hospice Residence in Wilmington, DE. Mr. Evans was born in Chester the son of the late Thomas J. and Clare nee Mortimer Evans. He attended Holy Saviour Elementary School and graduated from Chichester High School. He was employed as an operator at Valero and Delaware City Refinery for 22 years. Prior to working at the refinery he was a merchant marine. Mr. Evans was a history buff, a fisherman and hunter. He was a die hard Eagles fan for many years. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Thomas J. Evans (Betty). He is survived by his daughters Angela, Jillian, and Candice Evans, brothers Mike (Nancy), Dave (Sue), John (Carol) sisters Patricia Lutz (Charley), Mary Edge (Terry), and Clare Gormely and one Grandchild. Services and interment private at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be sent to www.CarrFuneralHome.net.
Neal James Markle, 74
Neal James Markle passed away on Oct. 28, 2015, at Nottingham Village in Northumberland. A long-time resident of Northumberland, he grew up in Sunbury and graduated from Sunbury High School in 1959 and Susquehanna University in 1963. During high school and college, he played football and wrestled. Neal served in the Coast Guard for three years during the Viet Nam War, achieving the rank of lieutenant. As a Third Mate Officer in the merchant marine, he navigated oil tankers for Sun Oil Company, sailing from California to Alaska and through the Panama Canal for nearly 20 years. Neal was an affable, generous, and easy-going person who loved reading and boating. He enjoyed travel, but loved Central Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna River. In the mid-1990s, he was a member of the Northumberland Borough Council. A member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley, he served as the treasurer of the board of trustees. He additionally served on the board of the Priestly Chapel Associates and was a member of the Northumberland Boat Club. He was born in Pittsburgh on December 20, 1941, to Neal S. Markle and Sara (Sally) Brosius Markle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret “Meg” (Kaufman) Markle and daughter, Elizabeth Markle. His first marriage to the late Mary Elizabeth Harner, of Berwick, ended in divorce. He is survived by his brother, David Markle, of Oceanville, New Jersey; daughter Sara Markle-Elder, son-in-law Edward Elder; and grandchildren Elizabeth and David, in Washington, DC. He is also survived by his brother in spirit, Mike Egan and his wife, Faith. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 309 Water St., Northumberland, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Route 11, Northumberland. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; or the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
John James Commiskey, Sr., 84
John Commiskey, Sr. passed away at home Sept. 13, 2016 surrounded by family. Husband of the late Mary Rae Commiskey, he is survived by a son, two daughters, and six grand-children. John retired from Sun Oil as a Merchant Marine Captain with over 30 years' service. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday Sept.19 at Brandywine Valley Funeral Care, 412 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington. The visitation will begin at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive Suite 302 Newark DE 19713. For online condolences please visit Brandywinevalleyfc.com
Billie J. Vinson, 80
Billie J. Vinson, 80 of Aston passed away on Jan. 16, 2017 at Conner-Williams nursing home where he had been a resident for the past year. Born and educated in South Pittsburg, TN he served in the US Army before residing in Aston for the past 58 years. Billie was employed by the Sun Oil Marine Dept. where he worked as a steward for 42 years, retiring in 1997.
Billie is proceeded in death by his parents, John & Ruby Vinson, brothers Charles & Steven Vinson.
He leaves to cherish is his memory, his loving wife of 58 years Adell (nee Lewis). Devoted father of Kevin (Sharon) Vinson, Michele (Chris) Thomas. Also survived by his grandchildren Brittany & Skylar Vinson, Arielle & Erin Thomas and his great grandchild Haylee Vinson Dusel. Brother of Barbara Chambers of Newark, De. and Emma Pemberton of Tellico Plains, Tn. and many loving nieces & nephews.
Per Billie’s wishes service and interment will be private.
Donations: In Billie’s memory donations in his name can be made to Alzheimer’s Association 399 Market St. suite 102 Phila. Pa. 19106
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