By Elaine KeaseyFour longtime members of Everett Sail & Power Squadron/16 took a journey to northern British Columbia in summer 2016 to go fishing. Linda and Mike Martin drove their RV with their new tricked-out 12-foot skiff on top, and my husband, Ray Keasey, and I drove our RV two days to Tachick Lake, an hour west of Prince George. The sun came out, and the rain stayed away, but the winds weren’t too cooperative. The guys fished to their heart’s content, and we all had a good time, but that’s not the story here.
Sue was a hard worker for both Sue Island and Dundalk Sail & Power Squadrons. She and Dick were always seen together, adding to the “festivities.” Sue was elected to the Executive Committee when Dick became the Squadron Treasurer. Hers was the voice of sound reasoning when it came to deliberations by that group. When asked by the Nominating committee to become the Commander, she turned down their “invitation” but soon reversed her decision after an animated and serious discussion with two Past Commanders who told her of their enthusiastic and guaranteed support for her nomination. Sue reluctantly accepted her choice by the Nominating Committee and was elected as Commander during the 50th Anniversary year of Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron.
Her successful term as Commander culminated with an outstanding celebratory banquet, attended by members of our Squadrons other D/5 Squadrons and National Representatives. Her gleeful induction into the ranks of Dundalk’s Past Commanders was enjoyed by all who participated. Her twinkling eyes, warm smile and welcoming hugs will be remembered by those of us who knew and loved her. May she rest in peace. –P/C W Brooks Riley
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Doug was the son of Robert and Genevieve Plzak, raised in Antigo and Columbus, WI. He moved to Michigan to attend college at General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and enjoyed a 37-year engineering career with GM. He was proud to be associated with the opening of the first GM plant in Shanghai, China. Doug’s many interests included motorsports, both as a participant and a spectator, cruising and showing his beloved 1962 Corvette as a member of the GMC Corvette Set and Cape Fear Corvette Club. He loved his Nordic Tugs, cruising the Great Lakes, and seasons docked at the Detroit Yacht Club. Doug also logged many miles of tandem bicycling, completing the 750-mile Paris-Brest-Paris endurance ride, as well as tandem tours throughout the US and Europe.
Another passion was folk music, which began with playing guitar in his high school band the Caliente Trio, to his enjoyment of Wilmington’s talented musicians. Finally, Doug loved football, and even though the Packers sometimes disappointed, he always enjoyed hosting an annual Super Bowl party—34 of them! Recently Doug began volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program and was inspired by the courage shown by patients.
Surviving Doug is his wife of 33 years, Janet; his brother John Plzak (Cheryl) of Fenton, MI; sister-in-law Elaine Wallace (Bob) of Palm Coast, FL, and nephews Douglas Goodman (Donna Tierney) of Raleigh; and Andrew Goodman (Julia Harr) of New York. Also left behind is his beloved Brittany spaniel, Nicki. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 12th at 11 a.m. in Blossoms Magnolia Room, Magnolia Greens, 1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive, Leland, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doug’s favorite cause, Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Online condolences are encouraged and may be offered at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.com. –Cdr Ronald Tilmon
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Born in Charlotte on June 12, 1934, T.K., then known as Tommy, met Kathie at Myers Park High School, where he was a member of the first graduating class in 1952. A lifelong boater, he was an active member of the Charlotte Power Squadron and served in many roles, including commander and as secretary for District 27. He was the driving force behind the organization’s purchase of land on Lake Wylie dubbed Merit Mark Point and the annual barbecue fundraiser he started there is named in his honor.
After T.K. and Kathie retired to Sunset Beach, they joined Shallotte River Sail & Power Squadron where T.K. continued to teach safe boating classes and conduct vessel inspections. Earlier this year, T.K. was awarded governing board emeritus membership status by United States Power Squadrons, a rare honor recognizing his more than 50 consecutive years of service. –P/C Dan Bartell
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Doc on Deck
By Gino C. Bottino, M.D.For the last 10 years, most authorities have agreed on the main principles in preparing for, and implementing, a crew overboard recovery. The five phases of recovery are
- establish and maintain visual contact,
- provide flotation immediately,
- stop the boat as soon as possible,
- maneuver to approach the victim, and
- effect recovery over the side.
- All five should be done as quickly as possible.
Most of us are familiar with the vessel information transmitted by AIS. Identity is the key to the system. Radar shows you a target but doesn’t tell you what or who it is. AIS provides that information and a lot more.
By Dave OsmolskiWe’re heading into the season where many of us begin to put away our boats for the winter. Those with trailerable boats disconnect the trailer from the car or truck and leave the trailered boat on the trailer jack and jack stands under the axle to take the weight off the tires.
By Steve LorimerFiordland Conservancy in central British Columbia, Canada, has some of the most beautiful scenery you could ever hope to see. To get there, you must cruise several miles from the north end of Finlayson Channel to Sheep Passage and continue into Mussel Inlet or turn into Kynoch Inlet. Together the inlets comprise Fiordland, and a visit to both provides several days of anchorage alternatives.
Once in Fiordland you pass bold snow-topped mountains, rushing streams and waterfalls. In some ways it’s similar to Princess Louisa Inlet in lower British Columbia.
By Harl PorterWhile most boat fires are caused by electrical problems, about 8 percent of onboard fires are flash fires caused by fuel leaks. A sudden, intense fire caused by ignition of a mixture of air and a dispersed flammable substance such as gasoline vapor, a flash fire is characterized by high temperature, short duration and a rapidly moving flame front.
Read did not want a memorial service, nor did he have any charity to which to send donations. His body was cremated, and his desire was to have his ashes placed in the Chesapeake Bay.
The passing of Read marks the end of an era in the annals of Dundalk Sail & Power Squadron. We all have lost a special person. He was one of a kind. Read absolutely loved his squadron friends and would do anything for them. This shows in the 48 merit marks that he earned over the years.
Read was a “mover and shaker” in the squadron, serving in many capacities on committees and as an instructor in the Education Department, always willing to lend a helping hand when and wherever possible. His voice on the Executive Committee was always one of reason. In 1999, he rose (reluctantly, we might add) to squadron commander, a position he had tried to avoid for many years. He felt it was his duty to accept the position for the squadron to survive.
May he rest in peace! –Cdr J. Streett Broadbent
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A resident of Framingham for 60 years, together he and Shirley raised four daughters, Betsy Manzelli of Natick, MA; Laurie Mailman of Freedom, NH; Paula Gleason of Northfield, VT; and Kristen McCabe of South Kingstown, RI. Paul is also survived by his son-in-laws; Peter Manzelli, Bruce Mailman, John Gleason and Mike McCabe. Paul loved spending time with his eight grandchildren; Jeffrey Geissler, Kelsey Silverio, Brittany Mailman, Lacey Ricker, Eli Gleason, Hannah Gleason, McKenna McCabe, Jack McCabe; and his one great granddaughter, Bianca Silverio.
Paul was a mentor, teacher and incredible father. Paul received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island and later served on their Engineering Advisory Council. Paul served as chief instructor in the electronics fundamentals section of the Ordnance Guided Missile School within the US Army from 1957 to 1958. He began his career at GTE in 1958 and worked there until he retired in 1993. His work at GTE often took him to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. An avid sailor, Paul and Shirley had many happy memories on their boat with friends from the Nobscot Power Squadron and the Duxbury Cruising Club. Paul was an energetic squadron member and held many leadership positions over the years. Paul was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA, for the past 60 years. He was a devoted congregant and enjoyed the lifelong friendships he had there. A Memorial Service was held on July 21 at Christ Lutheran Church in Natick, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Christ Lutheran Church, 113 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760. For online guestbook please visit everettfuneral.com. –David F. Danehy
Published in MetroWest Daily News on July 1, 2018
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