Robert F. Zimmerman, SN

Robert F. Zimmerman, 94, passed away at Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush on Feb. 10, 2020, from complications due to pneumonia.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of the late Raymond and Margaret (Liesegang) Zimmerman. Robert volunteered to enter the service and served honorably with the United States Navy during World War II as a petty officer third class, coxswain. He was a graduate of Syracuse University earning a doctorate (Ed.D.) in science education. Robert was a teacher employed by North Syracuse and Jamesville Dewitt prior to becoming the principal in Fabius, N.Y. He went on to become employed as the supervisor of schools with the N.Y.S. Dept. of Education, and finally as a professor with Siena College.

Robert was involved with the Nassau Lake Park Improvement Association, was a past president of National Safe Boating, instructor with the Power Squadron, past commander of Mohawk Hudson and a Past District 2 Commander. Robert was fond of the poem “Song of River” by William Randolph Hearst and felt it had significant meaning.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lana Shearer Zimmerman; son, Frederick (Linda) Zimmerman; grandson Erick (Tammy) and their children, Ava and Addison; grandson, Brandon (Tiffany); daughter Alisa (Ed Daum) Zimmerman-Daum; grandchildren, Daniel and Miriam Daum; son, Roderick Zimmerman; grandchildren, Andrew, Ian and Alexander. Services will be private per Robert’s wishes. Online condolences may be offered at

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Susan Bunch

Susan, “Cusie” as she was known since childhood, joined the Southport Sail & Power Squadron in July 2018. She became the initial Family Ombudsman of the U.S. Navy Submarine Base then Secretary of the University of North Carolina Women’s Club and President of the Chapel Hill Chapter of Altrusa International. She was a dedicated supporter of Squadron activities and will be remembered as a constant source of good cheer and sage counsel.

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P/V/C Doug Kerr

Past Vice Commander Doug Kerr of Ohio’s Findlay Sail & Power Squadron/29 died on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

P/V/C Doug Kerr

P/V/C Doug Kerr

Doug joined United States Power Squadrons in 1974. He held many squadron and district leadership positions before serving as National Treasurer from 2000 to 2002. Doug earned 41 merit marks and held the grade of senior navigator.

Doug was born in Montreal, Canada, on Feb. 14, 1933. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer from McGill University in Montreal in 1955. According to Doug, “Jan. 25, 1957, was the best day of my life when I met the prettiest girl in the world, Marilyn.” They married on May 3, 1958.

They had four sons, Douglas (Cathy), Kenneth (Missy), Ronald (Kathy) and Andrew (Angie), and the family immigrated to Findlay, Ohio, in 1965. Doug went to work for Marathon Oil Company doing technical computer work. They became U.S. citizens a few years later.

In addition to his volunteer work with United States Power Squadrons, Doug also served on and chaired many community and industry groups, and was very active in his church.

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P/V/C Ralston Pound Jr.

Past Vice Commander Ralston M. Pound Jr. of North Carolina’s Charlotte Power Squadron/27 died on Oct. 5, 2020.

Ralston Pound Jr.

Ralston Pound Jr.

Ralston joined Charlotte Power Squadron in 1969. He earned 41 merit marks and the grade of senior navigator. He served in many squadron and district leadership positions before serving as National Treasurer from 1996–1997.

Ralston was born on Dec. 31, 1920, in Charlotte. He attended N.C. State University and enlisted in the Navy in 1941, where he served in active duty for four years. He later retired from the Naval Reserves in 1969 with the rank of Commander. He was an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot in WWII, became a member of the Fighter Aces Association and was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Following WWII, he joined his father at Pound & Moore, where he eventually became company president, retiring in 1985. Ralston and his beloved wife, Deanie, enjoyed countless happy years at their homes in Dilworth, as well as River Hills and Mill Creek on Lake Wylie.

In addition to his membership in United States Power Squadrons, Ralston achieved 72 years perfect attendance as a Rotarian.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deanie, and is survived by his son, Ralston “Tripp” M. Pound III (Beth) of Fresno, California; daughter, M. Lynn Pound of Greensboro, N.C.; two grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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Ed Lobalbo, SN

On Dec. 15, we learned that former Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron member Ed LoBalbo passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He and his wife Sue joined the Squadron in 2011. Ed quickly immersed himself within the Squadron, winning the Corinthian Award in 2012, the Membership Involvement Award in 2013, and the Education Award in 2014.

Ed Lobalbo

Ed Lobalbo

In 2014 Ed became the Squadron Education Officer. Ed came up with the idea after idea to breathe life into the Squadron Education Department and especially our America’s Boating Course. Under his leadership, we revamped the curriculum, added multiple instructors for the day, and added an on-the-water segment that utilized squadron boats to take students out to demonstrate the concepts we had learned in class. His ideas and implemented strategies resulted in many awards for the squadron that continue to this day.

After a few cold winter rides on squadron boats, he came up with the idea of partnering with Wilmington Water Tours and using their 45-foot catamaran as a teaching platform. We had record-breaking crowds of students, and they all loved it.

Ed was a pleasure to watch in the classroom! He took the Rules of the Road section and redid it, casting himself as “Brad Pitt,” repeatedly reminding students that this is what “Brad” would want you to remember. He taught us that these classes weren’t for us but for the students, and we needed to make class fun for them and to always come prepared.

Ed became the Executive Officer in 2017 and brought the same magic to the VSE program. While we have tweaked some things along the way, our success over the years can be attributed to Ed’s vision.

We will all remember and miss Ed as a key flame behind the squadron’s growth and success. We wish him blessings as he crosses the bar on his way home. -Otis J White

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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