P/C/C Richard W. Miner

Richard Miner

Richard Miner

Past Chief Commander Richard W. Miner died on Aug. 27, 2020. Born on Feb. 18, 1929, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Dick is survived by Nancy, his wife of 70 years; his daughter, Pam Miner (Ted Rogowski); sons Randy and Rick; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Dick graduated from Bloomfield Hills High School and went to the University of Colorado in 1948, where he met Nancy. They were married during his sophomore year. After graduation, Dick and his family returned to Michigan, where he managed the family grocery store. In 1955, he sold the store and opened Miner’s, a business specializing in fine foods, liquor and gifts. Nancy operated a clothing bazaar nearby.

Dick bought his first boat, a 26-foot Owens, in 1960 and headed to Lake Huron. On that trip, he encountered fog and high wind and hit the rocks at Kettle Point. He kept the bent propeller as a reminder. Back home, he took a United States Power Squadrons boating course and joined Mount Clemens Power Squadron.

A founding member of Birmingham Power Squadron, Dick wrote an article for the first edition of Bilge Chatter, the squadron newsletter, and never wavered in his dedication to the squadron and our national organization. He continued his education and earned the grade of Senior Navigator in 1981.

Dick served on the squadron bridge, becoming commander in 1966. Then he moved up the District 9 bridge and became commander in 1973. After serving on the national bridge, Dick became our 40th Chief Commander in 1986.

His service continued for the rest of his life. During the 61 years he belonged to United States Power Squadrons, he earned 55 merit marks, becoming an Emeritus Member, the true pinnacle of achievement in our organization.

Throughout his life, he was a friend and a mentor to those of us privileged to have known and worked with him. We wish him fair winds and following seas.

We will miss him. –Thomas H. Geggie

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Ronald Glenn Wallace

Ronald Glenn Wallace, 76, a resident of Fort Myers, FL, passed away at home on June 24, 2020. Born in 1943 in Puyallup, WA, Ron grew up in Richland, WA, a town built on the Columbia River by the US government to house the scientists, engineers, and support personnel for the Hanford plutonium enrichment site’s role in the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb production.
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Dick Jarmon, SN

We have just learned that P/N/F/L Dick Jarmon, SN, has passed away. Among active members of our squadron, no one (but his wife, Pat) holds a candle to Richard Jarmon in of service to Birmingham, District 9 and USPS.

Dick was born in New York State on June 28, 1934, and passed away as the result of injuries from a fall on April 14, 2020.

Dick Jarmon

Dick Jarmon

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of 50 years, a son, Jeff (Shirley) Jarmon, in Missouri, a daughter, Laura (Ken) Burgett, in Mt. Clemens, MI, a sister, Mary Pierpont (significant other, Howard Yoas), five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Sunshine.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Dick enjoyed a long career at GM Delco Division, but we all knew him as a Member of United States Power Squadrons and Birmingham Power Squadron.

Dick joined Birmingham Power Squadron in 1966, when our meetings were held at a very smoky Kingsley Inn and membership was by invitation only.  Dick was teaching our public boating classes in Bloomfield Hills in the mid-1960s, when we taught a 13-week class and had hundreds of students in each class.  He continued to teach Basic Boating for years, adapting more or less as the class was shortened to 9, 8, 7 & 6 weeks.  He and Pat continued to teach boating safety until 2008 when Power Point and other electronics replaced Dick’s blackboard and overhead slides. What an amazing service.  Dick was proud to have been nominated as District 9 Teacher of the Year.

Dick also completed his Full Certificate (today a Senior Navigator) with various elective courses through the years finishing with a Weather Class taught by Mt Clemens Power Squadron in 1981.

Along the way, Dick was mentored by a number of the founders and early members of our squadron, including:  P/C Booth, P/C Young, Cdr Hamilton and upcoming Cdrs. Miner, Shirk, Neal, Moss, Pear, Raymond, Couzens & Erickson, among others, who drew Dick into the heart and bosom of United States Power Squadrons.  What he learned and who he got to know & like lead him through years of safe, enjoyable boating and activities. The 30 foot Owens became a 36 foot Pacemaker and got acquainted with Tobermory, Little Current, Georgian Bay & the North Channel, often in the wake of Ericksons or Pears.  Rendezvous, Cruises, District Conferences and National Meetings in Miami (one Miami Meeting saw four BPS couples sharing a room) expanded his friendships statewide & nationally.

Dick joined the Birmingham Executive Committee as Secretary and moved through the chairs to become our 13th Commander in 1975.

As Pat reports, “Somehow Dick moved up to the District 9 Bridge and in 1987, Birmingham had the distinction of having the three commanders:  Jim Lawson, Squadron Commander; Dick Jarmon, District Commander; and Dick Miner as Chief Commander.”

During this period, Dick made life-long squadron friends across the state who are too numerous to mention.

Then P/D/C & close friend Ted Smith again joined Dick to work on hosting a 75th Anniversary Celebration in ’89 and a Governing Board Meeting in D/9 in ’94.  Of course his District involvement lead to more friendships and jobs in the National organization so our Squadron uniform guru & nitpicker found his niche as Rear Commander of the Flag & Etiquette Committee in 1999 with help from our P/R/C Hostetter & his D/9 mentor & coach R/C Acheson and others.

Dick’s longtime & enduring friendship with Ted Smith led to Dick becoming Flag Lieutenant for him when he became USPS Chief Commander in 2002. What followed was two years of traveling, meeting dignitaries from all sorts of USPS allies, fetching, carrying and general support of arguably the busiest man in USPS.  Dick loved it!

Pat says, “What brought him to USPS and specifically Birmingham Power Squadron was the desire to learn, & then to share, boating education.  What has kept him involved over all the years?  The many, many friendships that grew up within all levels of both USPS & CPS.  His enjoyment of boating was made possible by the many lessons learned in and out of the classroom.  It is impossible for either of us to imagine what Dick’s life would have been like without both the learning and those friendships.”

For the record, Dick Jarmon was an Emeritus Member of the United States Power Squadrons, which represents his 52 Merit Marks earned in his 54 years of membership.  Speaking personally and as a “twice-time Commander,” Dick was on my go-to list of members whose counsel I sought whenever I faced a dilemma – especially one dealing with flags and etiquette or squadron decorum.  His service to Birmingham and United States Power Squadrons is truly breath-taking and we shall miss him mightily.

Dick, we shall miss your friendship and good humor.  We wish you, Fair Winds and Following Seas and Long May Your Big Jib Draw. -Thomas Geggie

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Virginia Brown

Ginny Brown

Ginny Brown

Virginia Brown passed away on the evening of March 21, 2020, in the loving arms of her husband. She was a shining light in Delhigh and earned 24 merit marks in her time spent with us. Ginny was one of the most vivacious and amazing women I have ever met. This woman was sweet as pie and a superhero all at the same time. Ginny will truly be missed for her spirit and friendship and so much more.

Ginny is back home already as you can see from the picture on the right. You can see her wedding ring is on top of the urn and her first lady’s necklace and the gold medallion she always wore hang around it.

A celebration of life is being planned for a time when we can all get together and reminisce how Ginny has touched and enriched each of our lives. Her family will let us each of us know when this can take place and all of her friends and family will be welcome as she was loved by so many of us. -Kathleen Nowroozani

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Gary Corcoran

Gary Corcoran, 63, passed away on March 19, 2020. He is survived by his father, Edward Corcoran.

Gary Corcoran

Gary Corcoran

Gary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Edward and Audrey Corcoran. He was preceded in death by Michael Corcoran (brother) and Audrey Corcoran (mother).

Gary was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio, beside his mother and brother in the family plot. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather in large groups.

Gary was raised in Ohio and New Jersey and earned his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and graduated with his masters from the University of California, Berkeley. He then began his career with AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He was transferred to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and retired in 2015 with the same company that was then named Intel. During his years at work, Gary earned four patents in the area of computer processor design.

Gary was an avid boater and a member of America’s Boating Club Lehigh Valley. He volunteered his time for 10 years as an officer for this non-profit as the treasurer and an active member. He made many friends during this time and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to America’s Boating Club Lehigh Valley (previously known as Delhigh Power Squadron). Checks may be made out to ‘Delhigh Power Squadron’ and can be mailed to: P/C Michael Lebeduik, III, JN 3514 Nicholas Street, Easton, PA 18045.

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Jonathan P. Rice, N

Jonathan Rice died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on March 19, 2020, after a valiant attempt to outwit cancer. Born April 17, 1940, to parents Cecil Curtis Rice and Elizabeth Wheeler (Judd) Rice, Jonathan grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and graduated from Deerfield Academy, Amherst College and Yale Law School.

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Susan (Nash) Rice, and his devoted children, Laura (Rice) Boer and her husband, Marco, of Hingham, Massachusetts, and Philip Rice and his wife, Jennifer, of Alexandria, Virginia. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Sydney, Lydia, Camille and Beatrix Boer, and Ethan, Gideon and Adelyn Rice. He will be missed by his grand-dog and napping companion, Ripley. Besides his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Carolyn (Rice) Nahon.

Jonathan’s great grandfather, John Kellogg Judd, founded Judd Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His grandfather, Philip Munson Judd, and his father continued the operation of the business. Jonathan worked there one summer and decided that the law was a better fit for him. Following graduation from Yale, he joined the firm of Allen, Yerrall, Appleton and Thompson in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mentored by Attorney Horace Allen, he developed a practice in probate, estate administration and elder law. Thirty years later, he joined the firm of Robinson Donovan, P.C. During his career, he and his family lived in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Forever a hobbyist, Jonathan was a lifelong stamp collector and amateur ornithologist. Having studied Asian history in college, he was an avid collector of Japanese woodblock prints and an enthusiastic reader of Japanese history and literature. He became fascinated with celestial navigation and helped teach a course for the Springfield Power Squadron in addition to serving the squadron as its Law Officer.

Jonathan was a faithful member of South Congregational Church in Springfield. He served as clerk for 33 years, moving on to Senior Deacon and Moderator.

Jonathan’s family has had a summer home in a very special community in the town of Brewster on Cape Cod since 1912. He spent every summer of his life there. It was there that he discovered his love of tennis, sailing, and later in life, golf. He and his family formed lifelong friendships with members of this community. Together, he and a group of these friends organized sailing regattas and enjoyed many biking, sailing and other travel adventures.

When he retired, his dream was to live full time on the Cape. That dream became a reality in 2014. There, he explored his creative interests in drawing, watercolor and acrylic art classes, joined a bridge group and continued playing tennis and golf.

Jonathan’s family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Jennifer Ang Chan and her team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for their excellent care during the past 22 years, and to VNA Hospice of Cape Cod and Bridget’s Home Healthcare for making his final weeks comfortable.

His family will cherish the memory of his kindness and patience, his love of his grandchildren and his Brewster community, and his skill in making fudge and penuche at Christmas.

A celebration of his life will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jonathan’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or to the Brewster Council on Aging.

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George Doerner

George H. Doerner died on Friday, November 15, 2019. His daughter Christa and her husband David were with him at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL. He was born on March 26, 1936, to George A. and Viola (Shunneson) Doerner. He married Bridget (Bette) Keating on July 20, 1957.

George Doerner

George Doerner

He was an Electrician for IBEW Local 134. He volunteered as Police Reserve in Des Plaines, IL. He was a member of the Loyal Order the Moose for over 50 years. He was past commander and a Life Member of the Skokie Valley Sail & Power Squadron. He remembered many good times with his friends from Elmwood Park and the Skokie Valley Sail & Power Squadron. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister June Soyer (Louis). He is survived by his devoted wife Bridget. Survivors also include daughter Christa (David) Hanson and son George A. Doerner: five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Andrea Lenberg, his brother-in-law Thomas (Carole) Keating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lenberg Health Fund to support music and art therapy for residents of St. Coletta of Wisconsin. Attn: Development Office, N 4637 Co. Road Y, Jefferson, WI 53549 (www.stcolletawi.org).

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Priscilla “Polly” Jones Woods

Priscilla “Polly” Jones Woods of Westbrook, Connecticut, died peacefully on Saturday, July 27, with family by her side. Polly was born on Valentine’s Day in 1930 and was the beloved wife of her husband Robert Woods for 70 years. She graduated from New Britain High School in 1947 and attended Wheelock College in Boston. As a swimming instructor she was a pioneer in teaching swimming to those with special needs and also teaching infants to swim. She had a lifetime association with the YMCA and was a Water Safety Instructor and a Master Swimmer. Polly taught a Water Aerobics Class at Essex Meadows and worked extensively with Sarah Inc., which helps families raising children and adult family members with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs. Providing them with coaching, assistance and encouragement, she brought joy and smiles of success to her students in the water, many of whom had difficulties on land. She also was a volunteer at Red Cross Blood Drives. She and Bob were very active members of America’s Boating Club with Polly rising to the rank of District 1 Lieutenant Commander. Polly loved swimming, boating, and the beach and passed that love on to her whole family. Her caring and giving ways will be forever missed.

Polly Woods

Polly Woods

Polly met the love of her life one summer at Grove Beach Point in Westbrook. That romance, which started as teenagers, lasted over 70 years. She married Bob when he was serving in the Army during the Korean War. They settled in Plainville where the raised their four children together, but still summered at Grove Beach Point or on their boat.

She is survived by her husband Robert Woods of Westbrook, her two sisters Natalie Neri of Niantic and Constance Peck of Madison. Her daughter Dianne Bronkie of East Berlin, her son Gary Woods and his wife Shelley of Deep River, Laura Woods of Westbrook, and Gail Sartori of Burlington, Ct. Polly’s grandchildren who she loved dearly are Jenifer Mongillo and her husband Jeff, Myshel Enman and her husband Garrett, Jaime Petillo and her husband Jeff, Jessica Sartori, Nick Sartori and his wife Jacilyn. The Great Grandchildren who will be missing her are Addison, Rocco, Ryan, Anna, Joseph, Dominic and Calina. And of course, her two beautiful Golden Retrievers Kate and Cooper, who were always by her side.

She is pre-deceased by her sister Barbara Jones Kellam and her loving parents Milton and Edith Jones of New Britain. A special thank you to everyone at The Shoreline of Clinton for the loving and compassionate care they bestowed on Polly.

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Charles Rodney Ramsey

After a lengthy battle with colon cancer, Charles Rodney Ramsey lost his fight on September 7, 2018. Born on July 26, 1954 to Clyde and Alexandria Ward Ramsey, he was the youngest of four children. Charles had a great love of fishing and boating. He built his own houseboat, Cheap-N-Easy and loved riding on the Ouachita River. Charles loved the water. He traveled by cruise to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Alaska and by RV finding lakes, ponds, rivers, and waterfalls.

Charles was a member of the Ouachita Sail & Power Squadron for over 31 years and taught boating safety classes. He loved the boating friends that he made through this organization. Charles is survived by his wife of 27 years, Charlotte Langston Ramsey, his son, Alex Ramsey, his special boating buddy-his dog, Loki, and by all his boating friends. Lt/C Charlotte Ramsey, S

Charles Rodney Ramsey

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Albert “Buddy” E. Krise

Albert “Buddy” E Krise III, 82, passed away on Dec. 22, 2018. Buddy was a Norfolk native and raised in Colonial Place, where he spent his time boating on the Lafayette River. He was a graduate of Augusta Military Academy. He retired from ET Gresham after 30-plus years of service. Buddy was an avid boater whether it be power or sail; he loved being on the water. He was an active member of the United States Power Squadron since Dec. 9, 1957, Tidewater Boat Club, the Nansemond River Power Squadron, Hampton One Design Racing Association, and the now former Great Bridge Cruise Club.

Albert Krise III

He was predeceased by his parents Ellsworth Krise and Lanier Grubbs Krise, and by his wife Sandra A Krise. Buddy is survived by his children John Krise (Cheryl), Shryl Krise Jones (Shannon) and Linda Barnes (Mark); grandchildren Terry, Kathleen, Olivia, Ashley and Haley; and five great-grandchildren and sister Christina Gray. –Mark E. Barnes

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Suzann K. Bussey

Sue Bussey

Sue Bussey

Suzann K. Bussey, age 77, of Bel Air, Maryland passed away on August 31, 2018 at Lorien Riverside in Belcamp, Maryland. Born in Baltimore, Sue was involved with many things: Family; church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Greeter; Baltimore Yacht Club (BYC) serving as BYC’s Mate’s President and spent a lot of her life becoming a “BYC Brat”; and Dundalk Sail & Power Squadron where she became Commander in 2011-12.

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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