Robert A. Werner passed away 5 August 2012. He was born 1 July 1922, and joined the Cincinnati Sail & Power Squadron in 1976. A faithful member, he served as treasurer and also acted as supply officer. He often manned the squadron booth at boat shows, and could always be counted on to grade exams. In 2009, he became a USPS Life Member. Bob achieved the grade of Junior Navigator. He earned 27 merit marks.
His beloved wife, Beverly, preceded him in death. They had three children and seven grandchildren.
Frank J. Thompson passed away 18 Jan. 2012. Born 2 Feb. 1932, Thompson joined Penfield Power Squadron in 1967. A squadron and District 2 past commander, Thompson also served on the USPS Nominations Committee and as national law officer. For many years, he served as district parliamentarian and a member of its Committee on Rules.
After graduating from Loyola University in 1954 with an electrical engineering degree, Thompson served in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Georgetown University Law School in the evenings while working at General Electric. After graduation, he became a patent attorney for RCA, GE and Sylvania.
In 1975 Thompson established a private intellectual property law practice, where he helped numerous entrepreneurs get their start before he retired in 2002. He received many certificates of appreciation for his volunteer work in law.
Thompson and his wife, Mary Ellen, had five children and lived in Fairfield, Conn. They had traveled much of Europe and were fluent in Italian. They also enjoyed taking their 20-foot Grady-White to Shelter Island, where they often helped local sailors in distress.
Harold E. “Hal” Spoelstra joined Portland Power Squadron in 1950 and taught Piloting for more than 20 years. He served as squadron commander and D/16 educational officer and commander. As national chairman of the Marine Electronics and Piloting committees, he wrote and contributed to boating courses still used today. Elected to the national Bridge in 1974, he served as chief commander from 1978–1979. An Emeritus Member, he earned 59 merit marks.
After graduating from the Oregon Institute of Technology with an electrical engineering degree, Spoelstra worked as a transmitter engineer for radio station KOIN in Portland, Ore., for seven years. He administered the Portland Regional Blood Bank for four years and operated his own marine electronics business, Columbia Marine Electronics on the Columbia River, for 21 years. He then traveled to Montana, developing shopping centers through the state, later returning to Portland to found and operate Northwest Yacht Brokers until his retirement.
Spoelstra and his wife, Marge, had three daughters and a son. The couple and their daughters performed locally and abroad with Bruce Kelly’s New Oregon Singers in the 1970s and 1980s.
Passionate about water safety, Spoelstra was past president of Columbia River Yachting Association, past commodore of Rose City Yacht Club, and a Red Cross instructor in First Aid, Water Safety and Small Craft. For his volunteer service to USPS and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, he received permanent life membership in both organizations.
After retiring, Spoelstra created a presentation about the navigation of ancient mariners called “Ships of Discovery,” which he brought to elementary classrooms throughout the Portland area. He taught community education classes in basic boating and celestial navigation, and he was a trainer and state administrative assistant of 55-Alive safe driving courses for many years.
His lifelong efforts on behalf of boating safety earned him the Oregon Governor’s Award for Boating Safety, the Senator John J. Hollister Memorial Award for Boating Safety, two Olin Marine Safety Awards, and the Red Cross Meritorious Service Award for 25 years of service.
Spoelstra’s achievements are all the more noteworthy since contracting polio at age 7 left him with a permanently paralyzed right leg. Despite his disability, he became a champion swimmer and an offshore sailor with more than 20,000 cruising miles in all types of small craft.
Ronald J. Rainey, 70, of Marion, Ohio, passed away 26 April 2012 at Marion General Hospital. Rainey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 30 Nov. 1941 to Joseph and Mary Rainey. He graduated from North Royalton High School in 1960 and Kent State University in 1965, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education.
Rainey’s position with GTE brought him, wife Janet and their family to Marion from Erie, Penn., in 1980. Heretired from GTE in 1996 after a 27-year career as manager of buildings, fleet and energy. He went on to serve as area director for the Marion Cancer Society and led the office to national accolades with the annual Cancer Stereothon fundraiser.
Sailing on Lake Erie was a lifelong passion for Rainey. He skippered five boats to Boat of the Year in the Erie MORC fleet in Erie, Penn., and served one term as commander of the Marion Sail & Power Squadron. He and his family spent their summers sailing in Sandusky Bay.
Rainey is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Janet; daughter Jill L. (and husband Ken) Walls of Sunbury; son Jeffrey R. (and wife Jill) Rainey of Marion; granddaughter Abigail Janet Walls of Sunbury; and many cousins and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Dennis Rainey.
Born 30 June 1920, Father Wilfred M. Dumm, OSB, passed away 23 Sept. 2011.
Father Dumm was a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, who joined Tybee Light Power Squadron in 1968, a year after being assigned to the Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Ga. At the school, Father Dumm taught physics, math and electronics; held leadership positions in the Benedictine Priory; and served as the school’s alumni director after his retirement.
In 1986, Father Dumm began his tenure as USPS national chaplain, a position he held until January 2002. He also served as District 26 chaplain and Tybee Light chaplain. Father Dumm’s poetic prayers were published in The Ensign magazine for many years, and many squadrons use his book A Beacon of Prayer for benedictions and invocations.
A Mariner’s Prayer (Written by Father Wilfred M. Dumm)
Astride the rolling deck of life, We find our posture, one of prayer. The past elicits words of thanks; The future begs a Father’s care.
We chart our course on life’s great sea, Help hold our craft on even keel. Though storms o’ertake us on the way, Let us not falter at the wheel.
Grant peace to those who’ve crossed the bar And hope to all who struggle still. They always serve Your purpose best, Who mold their way to Thine own Will.
Bill Stephenson passed away on 13 Sept. 2011. He was born 22 Jan., 1940, in New York City and lived on Long Island for most of his life. He moved to Florida in 1991 and lived in Ft. Pierce for the last 13 years.
He was a retired nuclear power engineer. He served in the Navy for 16 years, including four years in the Naval Academy. He was a lieutenant in the Navy, having served on both the USS Dace and USS Nautilus submarines.
After retiring, he made his way back to water and had recently purchased a boat. He was a member of the Vero Beach Power Squadron, the Vero Beach Yacht Club and the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Volunteer Auxillary. One of his favorite activities was teaching young children to sail through the Vero Beach Youth Sailing Foundation.
Bill is survived by son Matthew W. Stephenson and daughter-in-law Kristen P. Stephenson of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; daughter April S. Toms and son-in-law Brian A. Toms of Dunwoody, Ga.; and four grandchildren who fondly called him his favorite name, “Grandpa Willie.”
He was a dedicated father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed terribly and remembered fondly by all who knew him.
On 15 August 2011, Lake Murray Power Squadron lost long-time member Elmer Harris Williamson Jr.
Born in Hendersonville, N.C., on 20 Sept. 1925, he was a son of the late Elmer Harris Williamson Sr. and Hannah Johnson Williamson. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he was a civil engineer at B.P. Barber & Associates until his retirement in 1987. He was a member and one-time president of the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers.
In 1969, he joined Lake Murray Power Squadron. During his 44 years of membership, he served as commander, attained the grade of Junior Navigator and became a Life Member, earning 27 merit marks. He was also a member of Lake Murray Boating and Sports Club and Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church.
Elmer H. Williamson Jr. is survived by his son, Rusty Williamson and his wife Robin; daughters Gloria Addy and her husband Wayne, Terri Bellika and her husband David, Sandy Andrews, and Cathy Brewer and her husband Harry; stepdaughters Pat Pyle and Jan Collins; grandchildren Stacey Grooms, Scott Addy, Jason Brewer, Melanie Brewer, Jason Andrews, Jesse Andrews, Dwane Bellika and Dustin Williamson; step-grandchildren Heidi Goff, Christopher Pyle and Marshall Pyle; eight great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Margaret C. Williamson, his second wife Gloria P. Williamson and his brother Curtis D. Williamson.
The Atlanta (GA) Squadron lost a member who was a mainstay of their organization: P/C David B. Herndon, N, died from complications related to a pulmonary embolism 15 June 2011 while participating in the squadron’s annual week-long Intracoastal Waterway Cruise.
Herndon joined the Squadron in 2002. In that short time, he was editor of the Atlanta Squadron newsletter “Waterlog”for seven years, winning the Excellence In Journalism Award each year. He served as the squadron’s secretary, administrative officer, executive officer and commander in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Upon completion of the USPS Weather course, Herndon pursued his education further, completing Piloting, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation and Navigation (this past spring), as well as Cruise Planning and Marine Electronics, thus earning the Education Proficiency designation. During this time, he assisted in teaching Advanced Piloting, BoatSmart and various seminars and had taken over teaching the Weather course. He recently gave a class to young people on the subject of boating safety.
He was always available to tutor those who needed a little boost with their studies — anywhere, anytime. In addition, he was on the rules committee and the bridge nominating committee and was instrumental in establishing and implementing a marketing plan for the squadron. He submitted several articles and photographs to THE ENSIGN.
Herndon loved playing the guitar, writing his own boating songs and being on the water. To that end, he planned several of the squadron’s ICW Cruises, including the one on which he crossed the bar.
After a 40-year career with ATT and ATT umbrella companies, Herndon, who had recently celebrated his 62nd birthday, was scheduled to retire in August.
He leaves behind his mother, brother, sister, two daughters, assorted relatives and in-laws and his wife, Cdr. Lisa Parsons Herndon. Herndon’s can-do attitude and ever present smile will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
It sunk in that my grandfather, Ray Anderson, was seriously ill when I visited him for the Easter holiday this year. The stories were fewer and shorter; he was often tired and resigned. His battle with cancer had intensified over most of the past year, and I was grateful for the time spent with him.
When I moved to Washington, D.C., this summer for an internship, my grandfather and his health were on my mind. My internship required that I often browse Congress members’ websites. During a web search one day, I discovered that the American flag is flown over the U.S. Capitol building in honor of special American citizens. I immediately thought of my Grandpa Ray, who was a proud World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army. He had been wounded while fighting in Alsace-Lorraine in 1945. Especially in his ill health, I knew that this honor would mean the world to him.
Excited about this opportunity, I wrote a letter of request on my grandfather’s behalf and mailed it to Rep. Glenn Thompson’s office, the representative for where my grandparents lived in northwestern Pennsylvania. The next week I got a phone call from Nancy Billet, the office manager for Rep. Thompson. Ms. Billet believed my grandfather was worthy of this honor, and she suggested he be honored by flying his flag on the most distinguished day: the 4th of July.
I enthusiastically agreed to her suggestion, knowing it was a day that many people requested and one that would appropriately celebrate my grandfather’s life. After the flag was flown, it would then be sent to my grandparents to commemorate the honor.
Unfortunately, I would never be able to give my grandfather his flag. He passed away quietly 3 July, 2011 with his wife of more than 60 years at his side. But I was determined; if Grandpa would never see this flag, it would at least be present at his funeral 7 July to display thanks for his life of service to our nation.
I contacted Ms. Billet again, this time with a much more somber request. Ms. Billet promised that, although processing of the flags usually takes five days or more, she would see if she could get the flag to me sooner. After making numerous phone calls, Ms. Billet reported back to me that the office that handled the flags agreed to release Grandpa’s flag that very day. I rushed to the flag office, picked up Grandpa Ray’s beautiful flag and plaque describing his honor and quickly packed and departed for his funeral.
Words cannot explain my father’s and my grandmother’s reactions when I presented them with the flag and plaque at my grandfather’s viewing. The plaque was displayed next to his casket and passed around to family and friends, and my grandfather was recognized as the incredible American and distinguished veteran that he was.
Surrounded by numerous family and friends from all across the country, my grandfather received a beautiful military funeral complete with an honor guard and two Army soldiers who were present to honor his life and memory. While preparing the funeral, my family was amazed to discover that my grandfather had received several military accolades of which he had never spoken to anyone, including a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, a European-African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, a Combat Infantryman Badge, an American Theater Ribbon, a Victory Ribbon and a Good Conduct Medal. Grandpa Ray was a great man and a hero of our nation — and a humble one at that.
I can’t thank Rep. Glenn Thompson’s office enough, especially Ms. Billet, for the care they took in honoring my grandfather. It may seem like a small honor, but to a grieving family, it meant everything. As my dad said during Grandpa’s eulogy, “Please, don’t forget my dad,” and, please, don’t forget any of the veterans who have served, been wounded and have died for our nation. Honor them as my Grandpa Ray has been honored, and, if it means half as much to any family of a veteran as it did to mine, it will be well worth it.
May my Grandpa Ray rest in peace. He will not be forgotten.
This article was written by Ray Anderson’s granddaughter, Jessica Reed, and submitted by Anderson’s fellow squadron member, David Hollingshead. Anderson was a member of the Kinzua Power Squadron and had 27 merit marks.
Col. Daniel Hairston Joyce, retired Army, passed away suddenly on 29 April 2011 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoyed a full life in pursuit of excellence in his work and his military service. The Joyce family has lived in Fort Worth since 1974.
In 1986, he bought his first boat and joined the United States Power Squadrons, a volunteer boating education organization, in 1996. He was District 21 commander from 2005 to 2006 and Fort Worth Squadron commander from 2002 to 2003. He was staff commander on the national USPS Vessel Safety Check Committee from 2002 to 2009 and most recently served as rear commander of the national Safety Committee for 2011. He earned eight consecutive national awards for conducting more than 100 vessel safety checks each year. He also volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Fort Worth in 2005 and served as Flotilla 55 commander in 2008. He also served on the USCGAux National Committee for Public Affairs, where he ran the North American Safe Boating Campaign in 2009.
Dan was born in Baltimore on 7 Aug. 1940. His father was an independent landscaper, and his mother was a housewife. He spent his youth working odd jobs for professionals around the city and from them learned the secret to their success: education. He applied himself well and won full scholarships to various ROTC programs. He chose to attend Baltimore’s Morgan State University, from which he graduated in 1962.
He met his wife of 47 years, R/C Brenda J. Joyce, P, at Fort Dix, N.J., where he was serving as a first lieutenant in the Airborne Training facility. They married in 1964, had two children and lived around the world following his Army career.
During that time, he earned a master’s degree in business management and learned to speak Thai. He served in Thailand; Laos; Cambodia; Vietnam; Korea; Okinawa, Japan; and the Philippines as a foreign area specialist with the Green Berets. Dan earned a chest full of medals during his military career, including the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Meritorious Service with two Oak Leaf Clusters. After he achieved the rank of colonel, he was appointed commandant of the Dallas Reserve Forces School. Dan also had an illustrious civil service career with the U.S. Department of Education as a civil rights investigator. He was successful in clearing many complaints that corrected discrimination against the disabled.
Dan Joyce is survived by wife Brenda, daughter Denise, and son Mark; sister Perletha Simpson, her son Jerome W. Rollins, his daughter Jalia, her daughter and son-in-law Cicely Danielle Hairston Jones and Michael Jones, and their two sons Mason and Mance.
A small memorial service will be held at 1400 on 5 May 2011, at Baker Funeral Home, 301 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, TX 76104; 817-332-4468.
If you wish to donate to a charity or organization in Joyce’s name, the family asks that you please select your favorite, or consider the following: USPS Educational Fund, 6195 Carlyle Dr., Seven Hills, OH 44131-2919; Army Emergency Relief (AER) National Headquarters, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332-0600; or American Heart and Stroke Associations, 2630 West Freeway, Suite 250, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
The United States Power Squadrons has lost one of its most senior members. At age 99 with 70 years of membership, P/D/C Robert H. Caddoo Jr., SN, had recently earned his 60th merit mark. He often told his family: “I was 2 years, 3 months and 2 days old when the USPS was founded at the New York Yacht Club in 1914.”
Bob was born in Yonkers, N.Y. When he was 9, his mother died and he went to live with his grandmother. In high school he worked afternoons as an office boy for the pioneering New York City advertising research firm Daniel Starch and Associates. Bob made such a deep impression that Starch advanced him tuition to attend the New York University School of Commerce.
After years in advertising research, Bob joined the advertising firm of Young & Rubicam Brands, where he was director of marketing and research from 1952 until 1973. Among his notable creations was the slogan for Lipton Foods: “Tastes like mother just made it!”
While playing trumpet in a church orchestra, Bob met his wife, Lucille, an accomplished violinist. They were married in 1937 and had three children: Caryl, Bob and Pat. Lucille died in 2006.
His association with the United States Power Squadrons began in 1941 when he began taking courses in the Great South Bay Power Squadron on Long Island. Like many squadron members, he received a commission as a U.S. Navy ensign and spent his World War II tour of duty aboard ships patrolling the North Atlantic. He then continued Power Squadron service.
Following retirement, he moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., and transferred to Peace River Power Squadron where he served in many squadron positions. In 1979 he achieved the academic status of Senior Navigator and was elected commander. He taught public boating courses and the Advanced Piloting course for 45 years.
During his last decade in Punta Gorda, he attended every squadron executive committee meeting and supported new initiatives even when “old timers” were critical. He spoke aggressively for progress and championed a change in the squadron name to include the word “Sail.”
He was elected as District 22 educational officer for the Florida Gulf Coast in 1983 and was installed as district commander in 1988. His contemporaries still tell stories about his great sense of adventure and wit. They traveled with Bob to visit all 20 squadrons from Flint River, Ga., over to Tallahassee and down to Marco Island, Fla.
Always contributing at the national level, Bob was a member of the national committee reviewing the Advanced Piloting examinations. In time he became one of the few to earn the title of “Member Emeritus” as a permanent member of the Governing Board.
Even after moving from Punta Gorda to Melbourne, Fla., in 2005, he called squadron leaders several times each year to find out what was going on and to offer sound advice. His love of the United States Power Squadrons was infectious and will remain with all who knew him.
P/R/C Harry J. Kemp, SN, came into this world on 11 April 1925. Harry was one of four children. Margaret, his oldest sister, and his brother’s wife, Eileen, and his niece, Kim, his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sarah and his three grandchilden, Brendan, Ryan and Ally, and his wife, Kay, Kay’s daughter, April, and her two daughters, Rachel and Bonnie, survive him.
After completing his education, Harry joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served as a member of the “Black Gang” in the engine room on a cruiser in the South Pacific during World War II.
Harry married his first wife, Billie, around 1946. They traveled the world together. The arrival of a son, Michael, completed their family until Michael married Sarah, and together they gave them three beautiful grandchildren.
Harry had licenses in air conditioning, heating, etc., and retired from Benjamin Cardozo High School as a custodial engineer. He was his union’s advocate for the blood bank while at Cardozo.
Harry was a devoted friend. Once you became his friend, you were his friend for life. P/R/C James Minogue, SN, member emeritus, was Harry’s squadron brother and enjoyed a lifetime of friendship with him.
He loved his New York Mets, and while watching the games, Harry enjoyed his favorite beer, Budweiser.
While residing in Mineola, N.Y., Harry joined Bayside Power Squadron on 9 Jan. 1960. He received his Senior Member Award in 1965 as well as his Educational Proficiency Award. In 1967, Harry received his coveted Educational Achievement Award, otherwise known in those days as a full certificate, or N.
Harry’s true love was LURE, a 42-foot Mathews that was berthed in Sag Harbor. He enjoyed cruising the waters of Long Island Sound, Connecticut, Rhode Island and the areas around Cape Cod with his family and his fellow squadron members.
Harry came onto the Bayside Power Squadron bridge in 1976 as the administrative officer and served as commander from 1978–1979. He was the epitome of a squadron member, active in all aspects of education, civic service and fraternity.
From 1987–1989 Harry served as District 3 educational officer. Let me share a memory from this time. Harry, for want of a better word, was shy with women, and it came as a complete surprise when my husband, Guy, received a call from Harry. Harry did not want to speak with Guy; he wanted to speak with me. Guy sat there, holding the phone, staring at it and saying, “It’s Harry and he wants to speak to you!”
I responded, “Harry who?” Harry was calling to ask me to accept the chairmanship of the District 3 Sail committee.
He became the District 3 commander in 1993—and Harry’s Helmsmen came into being. Known as “Dad” to many of his commanders, he enjoyed a year of unconditional support and devotion from his Helmsmen. I was fortunate to be Harry’s “chief wife.” After all, he said, someone has to make the final decisions. His other wives included Diana Minogue of Bayside Power Squadron, Ruth Appel, and Judy DeMeglio of Brooklyn Power Squadron.
Harry was asked to serve on the national Budget Committee, from which he retired as a rear commander.
He was recognized as a member emeritus for 50 years of service to USPS at the 2010 USPS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
–This eulogy was written and presented by Bayside Power Squadron Chaplain P/R/C Nina P. Anastasio, SN, at Harry’s memorial service on 28 Feb. 2011.