P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP

P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP photo

P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP

P/C Robert J. Seiferman, AP, of Middletown Sail & Power Squadron/1 passed away on 18 June 2016. He was an Emeritus Member with 52 merit marks. Rob first joined United States Power Squadrons in 1958. He was a long-time dedicated member and remained active in the Middletown squadron until the week before his passing.

Rob had extensive knowledge of boating through his career in the marine industry. He had a passion for knowledge and shared it with anyone who wanted to learn. Over the years, he taught and proctored many USPS courses and seminars. He will be sorely missed.

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P/C John J. Gaffney, P

P/C John Gaffney, P, was a very active member of the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron/22). He was a past commander and involved in many activities and had several duties, one of which was coordinating the two local boat shows (Fort Myers and Bonita Springs) in the spring and fall of each year. He had been with the squadron 15 years. He was also involved in numerous other organizations, giving of himself selflessly and held together some that were teetering on disbanding. John had recently lost his wife and was himself battling cancer for a couple of years. He stayed active, especially enjoying lots of quality time with his family, especially his granddaughter. He was loved and respected by all that knew him. A truly great person.

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P/Lt/C Anne Schetter-Clark, JN

Anne Schetter-ClarkIt is with a very heavy heart that we announce the death of P/Lt/C Anne Schetter-Clark, JN, due to complications from uterine cancer. She was the beloved wife of Stephen Clark; loving mother of Rebecca Clark, Travis Clark, Caitlin Schetter, Mike Schetter, Eric (Liz) Clark, and Christine (Luke) Nezda; cherished sister of Greg (Denise) Ahlstrom and Dirk Ahlstrom; loving daughter of Marilyn Ahlstrom Tyler and the late Richard Tyler, and the late Beverly Burnside; fond sister-in-law of Ray (Judy) Clark and David Clark; dear aunt of several nieces and nephews; and loving grandmother of two.

Anne was born in San Diego, California, to parents Richard Tyler and Beverly Burnside and was raised by her stepmother, Marilyn Ahlstrom Tyler, and Richard Tyler. Anne graduated from San Diego State, with a degree in accounting and became a certified public accountant. Later, Anne attended law school, becoming a member of the California Bar on 2 Dec. 2009.

Anne had a passion for travel, journeying with Steve, the children, and the Ahlstrom family across the globe. Summers in Washington were Anne’s favorite, when she and Steve would lounge on the deck of their yacht with Ozzie, the family’s Portuguese Water Dog. Anne was also the treasurer for Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron.

A memorial to celebrate Anne’s life will take place on 30 April at 2 p.m. in Blakely Hall at 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Anne’s name to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP

P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP

P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP

P/Stf/C Rodney G. Landsman, AP, passed away 23 Feb. 2016. He was the beloved husband of nearly 61 years to Dr. Sandra G. Landsman, loving father of Victoria Peterson, Jonathan and Lisa Landsman, Faith Landsman and Teri Mehrman, and Jill Landsman. He was also the loving brother of Rubyjean and Richard Gould, cherished grandfather of Aaron and Sarah Landsman and Michael Peterson, and uncle, cousin and dear friend to many.

He served as National Jewish Chaplain, District 8 Chaplain, and past Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron Chaplain.  As a Life Member of the United States Power Squadrons, he served on national, district and squadron committees. Rod served as past Chaplain as well as treasurer for District 8 and Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron.

He was an avid world traveler and an internationally recognized artist. He studied at Cranbrook Institute of Arts, Chicago Institute of Arts and Wayne State University. Rod was a lifelong educator and orchid enthusiast. Those who had the privilege knew he was a gentle, kind, caring and thoughtful man.

At District 8’s Fall Conference last year, when he gave his invocation, “the words he chose to use had been carefully selected to say thank you for the friendships he had made realizing that this was probably the last opportunity he would have to be with us and was choosing his time to say goodnight to us all.”

Please keep Rod in your hearts, and comfort Sandy and their children as they heal, surrounded by precious memories.

Using his own words which were synonymous to Rod, “And let us all say together, Amen.”

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Lt Richard G. Dexter, JN

Longtime denizen of the Maine coast, Richard George “Dick” Dexter, 84, died at his residence on Dogfish Head on Sunday, 29 Nov. 2015. He was born in Boston on 23 Jan. 1931 to Anne N. and Willis P. Dexter. Dick’s piercing blue eyes and frank ways of expressing himself with his thick Boston accent will be long remembered and missed.

Dick Dexter

Dick Dexter

In the early 1980s, he settled permanently on Dogfish Head in the cottage built by his father during the 1950s. The land had been purchased by his great‐grandfather in 1889.

Always learning and yearning for knowledge, Dick could converse on any number of topics, his favorites being sailing, food and Model T Fords. People have said of him that he was never lacking in words. In later years, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in 1986. It meant commuting back and forth from Maine to Boston for many weeks before graduating.

His membership in many organizations amounted to much more than simply being on a membership role. He was an active member of Wawenock Sail & Power Squadron, achieving the grade of JN. He instructed many courses and most recently served as flag lieutenant. His love of boating, especially sailing, gave him and his friends much enjoyment. During the 1970s, he crewed on an ocean racer out of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to such destinations as Newport, Rhode Island; Bermuda; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Monhegan Island and Portland in Maine. He sailed his boat out of Southport Island for many years as well. Dick will be sorely missed by his squadron.

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P/D/C Robert Newsom, P

By P/D/C Adriaan Veldhuisen, SN

Bob Newsom joined United States Power Squadrons in 1977 and earned 30 merit marks. Stop and think about that: He was an active contribution to our organization for more than 30 years!

Bob NewsomBob joined Helix Power Squadron, now disbanded, 38 years ago where he ultimately rose to the rank of their squadron commander. He then joined San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron, was active at the district level, and rose to the rank of district commander in 1993.

Bob celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary in June this year and went on a cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage in August. He passed away on Monday, 7 Sept. at Merci Hospital. His wife, Mary-Lou, told me that his death certificate reads, “Failure to thrive,” and we were able to laugh about that.

When I served as squadron commander in the year 2000, my mentors were E. Brian Smith and Bob Newsom. Also later, when I served as district commander in 2005, I could always count on Bob and a few like him for advice. At USPS, and San Luis Rey squadron in particular, we take support and mentoring very seriously. In other words, I learned from the best.

So here’s to Bob Newsom: May the road rise up to meet you and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Josephine B. Altstetter, SN

Josephine Barr Altstetter, 88, of Dearborn, Michigan, passed away on 10 Aug. 2015 under the care of Ford Village Hospice in Dearborn, Michigan, from bone cancer. Josephine married John Altstetter of Lima, Ohio, on 16 June 1951. Recently they celebrated 65 years of marriage together at the Ford Yacht Club in Gross Ile, Michigan, with their family.

Josephine was a long-time member and supporter of the College of Wooster Alumni Association, AAUW, American Association of University Women, Ford Yacht Club, United States Power Squadrons, FMCA, Family Motor Coach Association, Nomads, Stark County Foundation, and the Florence E. Barr Memorial Scholarship at GlenOak High School.

Josephine is survived by her husband John Altstetter, son Jeff, daughter Nancy and their families, one great grandchild, sister Lois Barr Cook, and brother Roy Barr and his wife Carol.

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P/C Donald E. Jefferson

Donald E. Jefferson, 68, of Hyde Park in Boston, Massachusetts, passed away 15 Aug. 2015. He was past commander of the Great Blue Hill Sail & Power Squadron.

Donny was the former husband of the late Kathleen (Hayward) Jefferson and son of the late Ernest and Hazel (Jewett) Jefferson. He was father to Wendy Jefferson of Wareham, Donald E. Jefferson Jr. of Plymouth, Samantha Jefferson of Springfield and Selena Jefferson of Canton and brother of David Jefferson of Florida and the late Diane Princiotti. He was also the loving Grampy of Cameron, Danielle, Jason, Victor, Austin, Thomas, Taylor and Skyler. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

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