David Osmolski

David H. Osmolski passed away on January 3, 2021, at 77, from complications of COVID-19.

If you’re a regular reader of The Ensign magazine’s Shipshape department, you know that Dave Osmolksi has been writing the lead article in this space since 2007. Over the last 14 years, Dave shared his do-it-yourself take on boating projects that ranged from building a removable flagstaff to fixing wiring woes and much more.

Dave was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. When he was 8, the family moved to Connecticut, where Dave developed his love of the water while boating and fishing with his father on a local river.

The family later moved to Nasson, Maine, where Dave attended high school and met his future wife, Susan. After high school, he attended Quinnipiac University, and studied chemistry.

After marrying in 1964, the couple moved to New York state, and Dave began working in the metal plating industry. Job changes eventually brought the family to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1969. In 1989, he and his son Todd started Charlotte Plating Inc.

Dave joined the Charlotte Power Squadron in 1996 and quickly became involved. He served on the bridge starting in 2001 and was commander from 2003 to 2004. Passionate about education, Dave served as squadron educational officer from 2010 to 2017 and as District 27 educational officer from 2016 to 2018. He also served in many other roles at the squadron, district and national levels. He had 24 merit marks.

Active in squadron social life, Dave spent many hours at the Charlotte Squadron’s facility on Lake Wylie, holding the unofficial title of Assistant Apprentice Barbecue Cook.

When they could get away from Charlotte Plating, Dave and Susan enjoyed spending time at their “Homemade Tropical Paradise” on Pine Island, Florida. Dave fished and kept busy with home and boat projects, and Susan spent time shelling and enjoying the beach.

Dave is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan, his son Todd, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

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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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P/C T.K. Moore, AP

Thomas Kerr “T.K.” Moore Jr., 84, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, after a brief illness. He is survived by his precious wife of 61 years, Kathie; his daughter, Mary Kaye Hester of Wilmington and her husband, Deryl; daughter-in-law, Amy Philipp of Charlotte and her husband, Keith; and grandchildren, AB Moore of Portland, Oregon, Ford Philipp of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Andy Nesbit of Appomattox, Virginia.

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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