P/C Jack Yeigh, AP

Jack Yeigh, a long-time member and past commander of Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron passed away on 22 July 2015 at the age of 85.

Jack Yeigh

Jack Yeigh

Jack was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He served three years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the USS Waller.  He later attended the University of Delaware and had a successful sales career in the automotive industry.  While at Delaware, he met his wife of 58 years, Joan D. Yeigh, who pre-deceased him.  Joan was also a past Commander of the KNSPS.

Jack was an avid power boater where he undertook race committee duties for more than 40 years at a number of New Jersey and Maryland Yacht clubs.  Most recently he has been a member of the Kent Island Yacht Club. His passion of the last several decades was boater safety and education as an active member of KNSPS.

Jack is survived by his son John, daughter-in-law Karen, and two grandchildren Megan and Evan, of Severna Park, maryland.  In keeping with Jack’s wishes, he will return to the oceans for his final voyage in a small private ceremony.  In lieu of flowers, he had asked that memorial donations be made to the Power Squadron Educational Fund.

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Charles Bollinger, AP

Charles “Chuck” Bollinger, AP, passed away on 3 Aug. 2015 early in the morning. He has been a member of the Seattle Sail &Power Squadron since 1979. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 57 years, Katharine from Juneau (Scott and kids), son Richard, adorable cat, and boat Vala.

We shared many good times with Chuck.  One of my favorite memories is of Chuck laughing during the SSAPS Blues Brothers rendezvous in Brownsville where he dressed up as a member of the blues band.  He always participated in my costume requests and dressed as Walter for our “Big Lebowski” rendezvous. He made fancy grilled pannini sandwiches for our lunch and soup from his boat Vala on the docks. For happy hour he made an incredible layered sun-dried tomato, cream cheese, pesto and pine nut appetizer. Chuck sent out our electronic e-blasts for many years.  We will miss you Chuck! You always had a smile for us.

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P/C Carl V. Larson, JN

On 27 June 2015, after 99 years, P/C Carl Larson, JN, embarked on his last voyage. The tides of life have ebbed for a shipmate, and we honor his memory. Carl was a valued member of the Seattle Sail & Power Squadron since 1943 and earned 33 merit marks. He was the SSPS commander in 1961. Carl was our navigation instructor. Carl and his wife, Maxine, enjoying boating on their boat Polaris.

Carl passed away in the company of loving family members following complications from a fall. Carl was born in Seattle to Carl Johan Larson and Augusta K. Peterson. He attended West Seattle High School and the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering.

Carl worked as an engineer with the Boeing Company for over 30 years. He was a life member of the Queen City Yacht Club in Seattle and a 50-year member of the Seattle Sail & Power Squadron where for many years he volunteered as an instructor teaching navigation and boating safety skills to new boaters. Carl was also a licensed ham radio operator.

Carl was most happy when spending time on the water with his family and friends. He began sailing as a young man and enjoyed sailing and cruising in Washington and British Columbia waters every summer for most of his life.

Carl’s lifelong health and vitality were undiminished until only the last couple of years. Friends and family knew him as an accomplished, humble and loving man with an endearing wit and a lighthearted zest for life.  He delighted in helping those around him at every opportunity and would go well out of his way to lend his hand.

Carl was preceded in death by his son, Rolf Larson, who died in 1991 at the age of 40.

Carl is survived by his dearly loved wife, Maxine, with whom he had spent the last 37 years in great happiness as they sailed, hiked, biked, traveled and cherished each other’s company.  Carl is also survived by his son Gregg (Bo) Larson and daughter Kristi Larson, both of whom loved him deeply and feel very lucky to have had him as their father, and by his step-daughters Jan Connelly, Kathy Tankersley and Cindy Brechwald.

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William Joseph Armstrong

William Joseph Armstrong, 77, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, 18 July 2015 at his home.

Bill Armstrong

Bill Armstrong

Born in Geneva, Illinois, he was a graduate of St. Charles High School and the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He worked as an industrial designer at General Electric, making his way up to design manager, and belonged to the GE Elfun Society. Bill was a member of the Armstrong Scottish Society and Christ Lutheran Church, and he was with the United States Power Squadrons since 1980. As a member of the Louisville Sail & Power Squadron, he had a passion for boating on the Ohio River. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren and always provided for them.

He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Lu Armstrong; son-in-law, Bob Allgeier; brother, Richard Armstrong; and brother-in-law, David Vanhoosier.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Kathie Armstrong; children, Bill (Cathy), Beth Allgeier, Tim (Melissa), Jeff (Lisa) and Robert (Jennifer); brother, Joe (Rose); sister, Mary Ann Vanhoosier; sister-in-law, Shirley Armstrong; grandchildren, Ben Allgeier and Blake, Brooke, Logan, Mattie, Kirby, Alex and Jake Armstrong; and great-grandson, Ethan.

His memorial service was held on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church. Visitation was at Highlands Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to his church.

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P/R/C Samuel “Skip” A. Woodruff Jr., AP

Dr. Samuel “Skip” Amos Woodruff Jr., died 14 June 2015 after a long illness. He was 74. Skip was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

Skip Woodruff

P/R/C Skip Woodruff, AP

Skip was born 18 March 1941 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, to Samuel Amos Woodruff Sr. and Melba (Daley) Woodruff, the oldest of three children. His family moved to Columbus, Ohio, in the mid-1940s. Skip became an Eagle Scout at 17. As a young man, he often traveled to Europe with his mother, a foreign language professor at Ohio State University. He learned to love France and the French culture, and furthered some of his scouting adventures there.

Skip graduated from the University School in 1959, where he was a star athlete, lead performer in the school’s theater program, and student body president. In 1963, he married Susan (“Sudie”) Davis, his high school sweetheart. He went on to graduate from Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry in 1967.

Skip and Sudie worked together for 48 years, establishing a successful dental practice in Worthington, Ohio. In 1975, he was awarded “Boss of the Year” award from the Columbus Dental Assistants Society, and his practice was awarded the Green Jersey Award for outstanding business development from Mercer Advisors in 2008.

Skip’s interests were numerous and varied. He was a Boy Scout leader at Worthington United Methodist Church in the 1970s, president of the Clintonville Academy Parents’ Association in the mid-1980s and a founding member of central Ohio’s Grandparents Living Theater group in 1989. He earned his private pilot’s license and tried sky-diving, spelunking, and repelling. He loved his 1978 Suzuki motorcycle and was a big OSU basketball and football fan. He was passionate about watching the Tour De France every year. As a member of the Ohio River Valley Airedale Terrier Club, he was instrumental in developing the Hunting/Working Committee for the club.

Skip enjoyed sailing and was a life member of the Columbus Sail & Power Squadron. He served as commander, District 29 commander, and Chairman of the National Environmental Committee. He taught several classes in safe boating, weather and leadership.

For many years, Skip also served as president of the Alumni Association of University School. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a devoted choir member at St. Andrew Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.

Skip loved his family deeply, and his friendships lasted a lifetime. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 52 years, Sudie Davis Woodruff; daughters Sarah (Mark) Obermiller and Marie (Rob) Chiller; his sister, Steffanie (John) Haueisen; brother-in-law, Hugh (Cheryl) Davis; niece, Kristen (Jesse) Kmiec; nephew, Scott (Jenny) Davis; grandchildren, Libby, Mollie and Dominic Obermiller; great-nephew, Ash Kmiec; great-nieces, Neveah and Madison Davis; numerous in-laws and many friends. Skip is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Peter Alden Woodruff.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus of St. Andrew, Knights of Columbus Council #11275, 1899 McCoy Rd, Columbus, OH 43220.

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P/R/C Robert A. Green, N

By Gregory T. Scotten

On 6 Feb. 2015, Past Rear Commander Robert A. Green, N, passed away peacefully. He is survived by his wife, Linda-Sue, four children, and nine grandchildren.

Bob Green

P/R/C Bob Green, N

In 1968 Bob purchased a 32-foot cruiser and joined Northern New Jersey Power Squadron to learn about boating. He soon became public relations officer, attracting large boating classes with his aggressive publicity efforts. Bob served as district PR officer before chairing the Public Relations Committee.

He created national interest for boating courses with public service announcements involving renowned showman Joey Bishop, actor John Wayne, and sports celebrity Joe Namath. Bob got New York’s WNBC-TV to run 13 half-hour segments presenting a mini-boating course.

Bob then served as commander of his squadron and district. In 1985 he chaired the Safety Committee. He persuaded the Hearst Corporation to invest $300,000 for an 86-minute USPS Video Boating Course with closed captioning for the hearing impaired, which he arranged through Gallaudet University.

Bob later chaired three United States Power Squadrons anniversary committees. He convinced all 52 state and territorial governors to sign the USPS 90th anniversary proclamation. For the USPS 100th anniversary, he helped obtain a letter from President Barack Obama.

Bob secured several grants, including a $206,000 small boat safety grant and a $200,000 Aquatic Resources Grant. Both involved sharing video productions.

As Marketing/Public Relations Committee chair and a member of the Operating Committee in 2007, Bob helped design an online version of PRO-LOG, the public relations guide he created and edited for 40 years.

Through the William and Bertha Green Foundation, Bob donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to squadrons and districts as well as to the national organization over the years. He provided personal funding for marketing professionals and professors to inform the organization. Through an art project he co-chaired, USPS headquarters obtained a second original painting by renowned maritime artist Don Demers.

During Bob’s 48-year USPS membership, he often did what others considered impossible. His energy, enthusiasm and idealism made him seem larger than life.

Bob Green and friends

Artist Donald Demers, then-C/C Arthur H. Farr, SN, and P/R/C Robert A. Green, N, unveil the USPS 85th Anniversary Painting at the Boston Yacht Club in 1999.

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P/D/C Charles W. Hamm, JN

Dr. Charles W. Hamm, 79, of Carmel, Indiana, passed away Saturday, 11 April 2015.

Charles W. Hamm

Charles W. Hamm

Charlie was born 8 Sept. 1935 in Pomeroy, Ohio, to the late Walter and Lena Hamm. He was a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  He served his internship and residency at Riley Hospital for Children. Charlie was a pediatrician in Indianapolis for 23 years, retiring in 1999.

Following retirement, he served as a consultant for Indiana School for the Blind, Indiana School for the Deaf and Marion County Juvenile Center.  Charlie was a member of the Concentric Research Team at the time of his death. He was also a member and officer in the United States Power Squadron and Hoosier Sail & Power Squadron for boating safety.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Nedra; daughters, Stefanie (husband Greg) Hoffman and Rebecca (husband Rick) Harden; step-children, David (wife Linda) Vecera, Tina Vecera and Grant (wife Laura) Vecera; grandchildren, Ann Bean, Maya Hoffman, Maggie Hoffman, Maria Vecera, Chris Harden and Audrey Harden Mearhoff; sister Betty (husband Ray) Johnson of Deland, Florida; and brother Michael Hamm of Pomeroy, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Unity Church of Indianapolis 907 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at St. Vincent Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.

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Robert Edward Gibbs

Robert Edward Gibbs, 81, of Hingham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Monday, 9 March 2015, surrounded by his family after fighting pneumonia.

Robert Edward Gibbs

Robert Edward Gibbs

He was born 23 March 1933 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, son of Harland Gibbs and Jennie Wallin. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Marc R. Gibbs and wife Megan L. Motherway of Washington, D.C.; his two daughters, Patricia Candee Gibbs and wife Sara E. Northrup of Northampton, Massachusetts, and Tolly G. Zonenberg and husband Edward Zonenberg of Simsbury, Connecticut; and his three grandsons, Nicholas Zonenberg, Andrew Zonenberg and William Gibbs Northrup.

Bob was an avid swimmer and lifeguard, and taught swimming and trained instructors at YMCA in his youth. He was a veteran of the Korean War, graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he excelled in varsity swimming. He served as commodore of the Hingham Yacht Club  and continued to serve on its many committees to ensure the safety and integrity of the piers and structures.

Bob was an active member in his community, including the Rotary Club, Veterans Council, United States Power Squadron and the Lincoln Sailing Club, giving access to sailing and boating skills to children and teenagers who could not have otherwise afforded it. He believed that higher education should be affordable to everyone and served on several local scholarship committees.

Bob loved nothing more than racing his sailboats with his loyal crew of family in the local regattas and spending time laughing with his family and teaching his children how to ski, use tools and sail. He kept active in the recent years by learning ocean navigation and walking and bowling with “the boys.” He will be remembered as a loving and devoted father who was honest, kind and generous.

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P/C Robert W. Feeney, AP

Robert W. Feeney, 88, of Wayne, New Jersey and formerly of Hawthorne, New Jersey, passed away on 21 Jan. 2015.

P/C Robert W. Feeney, AP

P/C Robert W. Feeney, AP

Beloved husband of Gloria P. Feeney and predeceased by Helen G. Feeney, he is survived by his sons Robert D. Feeney and wife Mary of Scituate, Massachusetts; and David B. Feeney and wife Lynne of Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Bob was a partner in the family funeral business, John J. Feeney and Sons Funeral Home in Ridgewood and Paterson, New Jersey. He was born and raised in Paterson and graduated from Paterson State Teachers College and McAllister School of Embalming.

A U.S. Naval Air Force veteran of World War II, he was an aviation ordnanceman and top turret gunner aboard Martin PBM Mariner patrol bombers in the Pacific Theater.

Bob was a member and past president of the Hawthorne Rotary Club and a past president and charter member of the Hawthorne Blood Association. Bob was a charter member of the St. Anthony Council #5920 Knights of Columbus and of the B.P.O.E Wayne Elks, past president of Paterson Junior Chamber of Commerce and a member of Forward Paterson Movement.

Bob was a 35-year member of the Catholic Bowling League, bowling for St. Therese’s; a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; a member of Bernard Armitage Post #360 American Legion, VFW Post #1593 of Hawthorne; and a member of High Mountain Golf Club in Franklin Lakes. He was a member of Passaic County Grand Jurors Association, where he served as deputy foreman. A very active young man, Bob was a Charter Member of the World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps., and played semi-professional football for the Hawthorne Cardinals in the New Jersey Professional Football League in the late 1940s.

Bob and his family enjoyed boating at their vacation home in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he taught his sons and neighborhood children the basics of safe boating, boat handling and sailing.  He owned and maintained a beautiful Lyman Islander 21-foot Runabout as well as a variety of sailboats in Chatham.

Bob joined the United States Power Squadrons in 1961, ultimately becoming commander of the Saddle River Power Squadron in North Jersey.  He earned 29 merit marks and the grade of AP.  In 1978, he achieved Educational Proficiency.  He served as chaplain at Saddle River and chair of the Public Relations Committee for many years.

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P/C/C Raymond A. Finley Jr., SN

On 22 Jan. 2015, Past Chief Commander Raymond A. Finley Jr., SN, 93, was laid to rest in Chatham, New Jersey.

P/C/C Raymond A. Finley Jr., SN

P/C/C Raymond A. Finley Jr., SN

Ray is survived by Blanche, his wife of 69 years; sons, Raymond A. Finley III and James E. Finley; daughters, Margaret F. Paton and Patricia J. Finley; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Ray became a Sea Scout in 1936 and earned Sea Scouting’s highest honor, the Quartermaster Award, in 1939. He met his future wife, Blanche Kopper, at a Sea Scout/Girl Mariners sailing camp.

Ray graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Rutgers University, and as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II, Ray served in the Pacific aboard the destroyer USS Monssen.

After the war, he married Blanche and enjoyed a long career at Linde Griffith Construction Co. of Newark, New Jersey.

An avid sailor and long-time New York Yacht Club member, Ray cruised with his family aboard their sloop, Shamrock. In 1962 his passion for boating safety led him to join Lackawanna Sail & Power Squadron/4, where he taught various courses, including Sail. He became squadron commander in 1971 and district commander in 1976.

As tall ships coordinator for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration Operation Sail 1976, Ray planned and plotted the safe passage of all 21 tall ships under bridges down the East River and into the Hudson on a single tide. He received a New Jersey safe boating award for his efforts during OpSail.

After serving on the national Bridge, Ray became Chief Commander from 1982-83. On 11 Sept. 1982, he called a special meeting of the Governing Board to vote on two amendments to the USPS constitution and bylaws.

The first deleted all references to gender and removed the word “male,” allowing women to become fully participating USPS members. The second amendment created a family membership plan for spouses and children 12–25.

In 2004 Ray became the first adult recipient of the eponymous Finley Sea Scout Service Award. During his 54-year membership in USPS, the emeritus member served the organization tirelessly and earned 52 merit marks.

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