Notices previously posted on the news page

Revised May 27, 2017


Capt. Bill Eastwood

Capt. Bill Eastwood died at home in Sedona, Ariz. while taking a nap on August 10, 2016. He was 96 years old. He was cremated without fanfare, and there will be no memorial service, in accordance with his wishes. His memorial page will not be complete for about another week, as his family is currently preoccupied with more pressing matters. This is a preliminary version. A notice will be posted on the news page when more information, and perhaps another photo, is added.

Reported by John Eastwood, August 22, 2016


Bob Schipper

Bob Schipper died on April 7, 2016, about a month before his 95th birthday. He will be cremated on Monday, April 11th. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11 AM at

St. John’s Catholic Church
Main Street
Stratton, Me. 04982

Committal services will follow at the Upper Cemetery, Eustis, with full military honors provided by Camp Keyes, Augusta. Following services, all are welcome to attend a comfort reception at the Community Building. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Dedham Elementary School Music Program, 2065 Main Road, Dedham, ME 04429, att. K. Lawson. Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at

Wiles Remembrance Center  

Reported by Ken Evans, April 11, 2016


Jean Glick

Jean Glick died on March 16, 2016. She was 94 years old. There will be a celebration of life for her at her church in Largo, Fla. at a date to be determined.

Reported by Tina Wojciechowski, March 16, 2016


John Willmott

John Willmott died on March 11, 2016. He was 101 years old. His remarkable life is described in greater detail on 4 pages starting here.

An obituary has been posted online here.  March 20, 2016

Reported by John's niece Elizabeth Taylor, March 15, 2016


Capt. Bob Gibson

Capt. Bob Gibson died on March 11, 2016. He was 77 years old. An obituary has been posted online here. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Andrews Church in Kent, Conn.

Reported by Sabine Gibson, March 15, 2016


Chris Buckerfield

Chris Buckerfield, former Heathrow Station Manager, died on Feb. 22, 2016. He was 77 years old. There will be a funeral on March 14, 2016. There is an e-mail address for anyone wishing to attend in an article in aircargonews.

Reported by Ray Nicholls, March 3, 2016


Capt. Nick Tramontano

Capt. Nick Tramontano died on February 5, 2016 in the crash of a P-51D in which he was riding as a passenger. He was 75 years old. There will not be a funeral but there will be a party to celebrate his life at a date to be announced.

A nice tribute to Nick has been posted to Huffington Post.  Christine Negroni, the author, also posted it to her blog.  Feb. 12, 2016

A newspaper in Maricopa, Ariz. published a story about Nick here.

There is also an article in a Danbury, Conn. newspaper here.

Reported by Capt. Bill Bond, Feb. 6, 2016


Capt. John Campbell

Capt. John Campbell died on December 7, 2015. He was 77 years old.  Dec. 10, 2015

Reported by Capt. Lou Furlong


Mike Hyland

Mike Hyland, Maintenance Manager at LHR, died October 29th, 2015. He was 91 years old. His wife, Joan, died three days earlier.  Oct. 31, 2015

Reported by Stan Chandler


Marv Hays

Marv Hays died on August 9, 2015. He was 90 years old. An obituary was posted online here.  Oct. 13, 2015

Reported by Air Line Pilot magazine


Jackie Stauning

Jackie Stauning died on August 29th, 2015. She was 69 years old.  Sept. 5, 2015

A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 pm Oct. 18, 2015 at Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota, FL.  Oct. 7, 2015

Reported by Capt. Paul Cellecz


Nick Horrick

Nick Horrick died in June, 2015.  Sept. 5, 2015

Reported by Air Line Pilot magazine


Roz Grashaw

Roz Grashaw died on June 16, 2015. She was 89 years old.  June 17, 2015

An additional photo was added to the memorial section here.

Reported by Pat Parlette


Capt. Chuck Clarke

Capt. Chuck Clark died on June 14, 2015. He was 87 years old.  June 14, 2015

Reported by Kathy Furlong


Capt. Bob Livingston

Capt. Bob Livingston died on April 30 in Billings, MT. He was 88 years old. There will be a private service for him.  May 20, 2015

Reported by Diana Morgan and Capt. Bill Bond


Luke Beirne

Luke Beirne, Seaboard Director of Maintenance, died in Longwood FL on April 22. He was 82 years old. There will be a memorial mass for him at a later date in New York.  April 24, 2015

A guest book has been posted online here.

Reported by Matthew Beirne


John Locke

John Locke died on March 29, 2015. He was 86 years old.  April 2, 2015

An obituary has been posted online here.

Reported by Capt. Peter Okicich - FTL


Capt. Warren "Pinky" Clark

Capt. Pinky Clark died on March 20, 2015. He was 93 years old.  March 21, 2015

Reported by Dolores Andrew


Bob Prichard

Bob Prichard died on November 22, 2014. He was 85 years old.  March 3, 2015

Reported in Air Line Pilot Magazine


Capt. Dick Hamm

Capt. Dick Hamm died on January 12, 2015. He was 89 years old.  January 12, 2015

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano


Eli Hecht

Eli Hecht, Vice-President of Audits and Taxes at Seaboard, died on December 20th, 2014. He was 93 years old. Eli was a life-long supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. If anyone would like to make a donation in his name, send it to:

Theodore Roosevelt Council, BSA
The Sagamore Service Troop, c/o Barry Stolzenberg
3177 Birch Drive
Wantagh, NY 11793

 December 21st, 2014, photo added December 23rd.

Reported by Robert and Richard Hecht


Capt. Frank Umhoefer

Capt. Frank Umhoefer died on November 20th, 2014. He was one day short of his 94th birthday.  November 21st, 2014

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano


Capt. Art John

Capt. Art John died on November 10th, 2014. He was 84 years old.  November 17th, 2014

Reported by Sue John


Capt. Harry McCarthy

Capt. Harry McCarthy died on September 2nd, 2014. He was 75 years old.  September 19th, 2014

Reported by Capt. Pat Foley


Judy Lonergan

Judy Lonergan died on August 16th, 2014. She was about 71 years old.  August 20th, 2014

Reported by David Govorko, Judy's husband


Capt. Marty Salva

Capt. Marty Salva died on July 30th, 2014. He was 92 years old.  August 10th, 2014

An obituary is posted online here.

Reported by Larry Salva


Diana Bonito Barrett

Diana Bonito Barrett died on July 13th, 2014 after years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She was 67 years old.  July 13, 2014

Reported by Colette Gelinas Clowes


Irene Heiter Warner Baker

Irene Heiter Warner Baker died on June 25th, 2014. She was 83 years old. An obituary is posted online here.  July 12, 2014

Reported by Roz Grashaw


Margaret Brown

Margaret Elizabeth Brown, who was manager of the payroll department, died on June 6th, 2014. She was 91 years old. An obituary is posted online hereJuly 5, 2014

Reported by Pat Newill, Margaret's cousin


Patricia Jordan

Patricia Jordan, wife of Capt. Paul Jordan, died on June 29th, 2014. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the

Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark NJ, on Monday, July 7 at 8:45 am, thence to

St. Agnes RC Church, Clark NJ, where a Funeral Mass will be offered at 9:45 am. Interment will follow in

Fairview Cemetery, Westfield NJ.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday, from 2 - 6 pm at the funeral home.

An obituary and guestbook have been posted online hereJuly 5, 2014

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano


Toivo "Tom" Aroksaar

Tom Aroksaar died on June 29th, 2014. He was 68 years old. A guest book has been posted online here.  July 5, 2014

Reported by Carole Kolinger


Ken Clark

F/E Ken Clark died on April 13, 2014. We have no other information. If you have any information, please send it to me.

Reported by Capt. Lou Furlong and Capt. Ray Rignel (FTL)


Richard Romani

Richard Romani, Seaboard maintenance man, died on February 14, 2014. He was 77 years old.

There is a guestbook online here.

Reported by John Winkelman


Bill Lawrence

Bill Lawrence died on March 20, 2014, three days after suffering a heat attack. He was 77 years old.

Visitation

Relatives and friends may call at the Scott Funeral Home
Friday, March 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00PM.
169 Main St.
Terryville, CT

Funeral services

Saturday March 22, 2014 9:30AM
from the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to St. Casimir Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM.

Interment
Burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery

A memorial page has been posted here.

There is an obituary online here

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano


Capt. Bill Hyatt

Capt. Bill Hyatt died on March 17, 2014, about a month before his 74th birthday. He had been in an auto accident about a week earlier while traveling to the SPAR reunion.

A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at

11am, Saturday, March 22, 2014
First United Methodist Church
507 W. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

A guestbook has been posted here.

Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Bill's memorial page has now been completed.

Reported by Capt. Paul Cellecz


Jim Anderson, Maintenance Representative at Yokota from 1968 to 1972, died on March 14, 2014. He was 77 years old.

Reported by Chuck Frost


Rita Ellis

Rita L. Ellis, wife of Skip Ellis, died on November 20, 2013 after battling colon cancer for 7 years.

Reported by Skip Ellis


Leroy Samuelson

Leroy "Sam" Samuelson died on December 7, 2013. He was 87 years old. No traditional services are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests that you consider donating to a worthy charity or cause to help make the world a better place.

Reported by Captain Brian Samuelson (United Airlines)


Gene Gasselle

Gene Gasselle died on October 7, 2013. He was 87 years old.

There is an obituary online here.

Reported by Lina Ferrara


Nick Pohronezny

Nick Pohronezny died on October 29, 2012. He was 95 years old.

There is an obituary online here.

Reported in Air Line Pilot magazine, Sept. 2013.


Mike Wojciechowski

Mike Wojciechowski died on August 17, 2013. He was 89 years old. Funeral schedule as follows:

Viewing
Thursday, August 22, 7 to 9 pm
Friday, August 23, 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm.

Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Home
2515 N. Jerusalem Road
East Meadow, NY 11554
http://osheafuneral.com/


Mass
Saturday, August 24, 10 am.

St. Raphael Catholic Church
600 Newbridge Road
East Meadow, NY 11554
http://www.straphaelparish.org/
(The church is located behind the school and is not visible from Newbridge Rd.)

Reported by Tina Wojciechowski


Pat Powers Rothacker

Pat Powers Rothacker died on July 31, 2013. Details about the funeral services are posted on the funeral home's Website here.

Reported by Astrid Frank


Capt. Don Blackburn

We just learned that Capt. Don Blackburn died on February 9, 2013. He was 77 years old.

Reported by Capt. Paul Cellecz


Capt. Dennis Willie

Capt. Dennis Willie died on June 16, 2013. He was 91 years old. There is an obituary online here. A memorial page has been posted but no photo is currently available.

Reported by Capt. Ray Rignel, Flying Tigers


Bob Potter

I just learned that Bob Potter (navigator) died in 2011. A photo has been posted in the memorial section.


Capt. Roy Van Treuren

Capt. Roy Van Treuren died on April 15, 2013. He was 85 years old. The funeral home posted an obituary here. A memorial page and photo have been posted, courtesy of Roy's son, Dr. Kenneth Van Treuren, Ph.d (and retired Air Force pilot).

Reported by Capt. Peter Okicich, Flying Tigers


Capt. Don Cutcomb

Capt. Don Cutcomb died May 5, 2013. He was 88 years old. There will be calling hours at the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in Southbury CT.

Visitation: A wake will be held Thursday, May 9th from 5 to 7 pm and Friday, May 10th from 10 to Noon at the funeral home.
Services: A memorial service will be held Friday, May 10 at Noon at the Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere

Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home
235 Main Street North
Southbury, Connecticut 06488
203-263-2146

Map and Directions

There is now an obituary here.

A photo of Don has been posted in our Memorial section here.

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano


Capt. John Bilotta

Capt. John Bilotta died on March 7, 2013. He was 88 years old.

Funeral services will be held on Monday and Tuesday, March 11 & 12, at the Palms-Robarts Funeral Home in Sarasota , Florida .

Monday, March 11, 2013
Public Viewing and Remembrance Service
2:00-4:00pm
Palms-Robarts Funeral Home
170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota FL

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Funeral Service and Interment
11:00am-12:00pm
Palms-Robarts Funeral Home
170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota

Reception at the Bilotta Residence
12:00pm+
4700 Elder Berry Drive, Sarasota

Please join John's family in celebrating the life of this kind, gentle and widely-loved man.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to your preferred charity.

The funeral home has a guest book here.

Reported by John G. Bilotta Jr.


Oswald Buttler

Oswald Buttler, former Seaboard country manager for Germany, died in Germany on Feb. 16, 2013. He was 82 years old. There was a funeral in Bad Nauheim on Feb. 25.

Reported by Asgar Stegbauer and Helga Träger


Tippy Ferrara

Tippy Ferrara died on Dec. 22, 2012. He was 89 years old.

There is an obituary on the Web site of the Stickle - Soltesz Funeral Home here.

Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


Joan Willmott

Joan Willmott died on August 14, 2012. She was 80 years old. She is survived by her husband John, daughter Laura, grandson John, brothers Scott and John, sister Barbara, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial event will be held in September at the Four Arts Garden in Palm Beach. Call 203-770-5813 for information.

There is an obituary in the Palm Beach Post here.

Reported by John Willmott


Dick Simmons

Dick Simmons died on July 25, 2012. He was 94 years old. I hope to post a memorial page for him within the next few weeks.

Reported by Marge Simmons


Frank Otto

Frank Otto, Cargo Manager, died Tuesday, June 12, after a long battle with cancer, a month short of his 73rd birthday.

Service Schedule
Visitation
7:00- 9:00 PM, Thursday, June 14, 2012
2:00-4:00 PM - and 7:00 - 9:00 , Friday, June 15, 2012
Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc.
34 Hempstead Avenue (corner Peninsula Blvd.) Lynbrook, N.Y. 11563
http://flinchandbruns.com/

Funeral Mass
9:45 AM, Saturday, June 16, 2012
Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
65 Wright Avenue Malverne, N.Y. 11565
http://ollchurchmalverne.org/content/

Interment
12:00 PM, Saturday, June 16, 2012
St. Raymond's Cemetery
2600 Lafayette Avenue Bronx, NY 10465
http://www.straymondparish.org/cemetery.html

Reported by Russ Thal


Capt. Harry Sroka

Capt. Harry Sroka died in St. Augustine FL on May 6, 2012, two days after his 76th birthday. There will be no funeral but there will be a service in Pennsylvania in August. Details will be provided when available.

Reported by Capt. David O. Hill


Capt. Matt Devine

Capt. Matt Devine died in Vero Beach FL on April 23, 2012. He was 74 years old. Services are as follows:

Visitation will be 3-5:00 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Monday, April 30, 2012 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church.
Military Honors will be conducted by the Sebastian Area Veterans' Honor Guard.
Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

An obituary has been posted by the funeral home here.

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano and Bill Lawrence


Joe Dinunzi

Joe Dinunzi, who was a line foreman in JFK maintenance, died in Germany on Apr. 15, 2012. He and his wife Marge worked for Seaboard for most of its existence. Andy Flood, who worked with him, wrote, "Joe was always a perfect gentleman and in all the years we worked together I never knew him to lose his temper, regardless of the difficulties and frustrations of running a maintenance operation.

Reported by Andy Flood


Capt. Joe Tosolini

Capt. Joe Tosolini died on Mar. 7, 2012. He was 83 years old. There will be a viewing at

Farley Funeral Home
265 Nokomis Ave.
Venice FL 34285
Saturday, Mar. 10 between 4 and 6 p.m.

Additional biographical information will be added to Joe's memorial page within the next few days.

Reported by Pat Parlette, Capt. Hank Treger, and Capt. Paul Cellecz


Capt. Art Yadven

Capt. Art Yadven died on Feb. 21, 2012. He was 93 years old. Although he only flew for Seaboard for a short time in the early days, he was a SPAR member and once attended a reunion with his wife.

A photo has been added to his memorial page, courtesy of his son, Dr. Mitchell Yadven.

Reported by Capt. Paul Cellecz


Capt. Ike Battern

Capt. Ike Battern died, peacefully at home, on Sunday morning, Dec 4, 2011, as a result of kidney failure. There will be a gathering and memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at 10:00 at Bolock Funeral Home. Gathering from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. followed by a memorial Service, to celebrate a full life, at 11:00 a.m.

Bolock Funeral Home
6148 Paradise Valley Road (Hwy 940)
Cresco, PA 18326
Phone: 570-839-3392
www.bolockfuneralhome.com

GPS: address:1 Peterson Hill Rd, Cresco, PA

An obituary has been posted by the Bolock Funeral Home here.

Reported by Andrea Battern


Capt. Capt. Joe Kane

Capt. Joe Kane died unexpectedly on Nov. 29, 2011. He was 91 years old. There will be a "Celebration of Life" service this coming Saturday (Dec. 3rd) at 11:00 a.m at

St. Francis Xavier
26 Chestnut Land Road
New Milford, CT 06776 Phone: 860-354-2202 (parish office, closed Fridays)
http://www.sfxnewmilford.org/

Note: Church is on Rte. 109, just off Rte. 202 north of New Milford

An obituary has been posted online here.

Reported by Capt. Hal Bemis and Capt. Nick Tramontano


Capt. Joe O'Dwyer

Capt. Joe O'Dwyer died on Aug. 29, 2011. He was 92 years old.


Capt. Niles Grover

Capt. Niles Grover died on Aug. 15, 2011. He was 90 years old.

Reported by Jan Grover, Niles's son


Walter Bernhold

Walter Bernhold died on Aug. 31,2011 under the care of VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, FL with his wife Freddy & daughter, Catherine at his side. There will be no funeral. A private celebration of Walter's life will be held by the immediate family sometime in October. There will be an obituary posted in the Press Journal of Vero Beach on Sunday, Aug 4th. He will be cremated and half of his ashes will go to his wife and the other half will go to his daughter. They then plan to take a cruise together and disperse the ashes in the ocean, Walter's wish.

Any donations should be made to VNA Hospice of Vero Beach. (772)567-5551

Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


Capt. John Morreale

Capt. John Morreale died on Aug. 24, 2011, a month short of his 88th birthday.

Reported by Janet Morreale, John's daughter


Capt. Don Blinn

Capt. Don Blinn died on Aug. 10, 2011. He was 88 years old. He will be cremated and there will be a private service. An obituary was published online in Seacoastonline.com, a Maine publication. Additional biographical information has been added to Don's memorial page, courtesy of Sally Blinn.

Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


Capt. Neville Hugelmeyer

Capt. Neville Hugelmeyer died June 18, 2011. He was 75 years old. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated and no service is planned.

Reported by Steve Jeffries


Capt. David Defieux

Capt. David Defieux died Apr. 17, 2011. He was only 61 years old. Details about the memorial service on Apr. 21 in West Islip, NY have been mailed to the membership. If you did not receive them, please contact me.

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano and Capt. John Griffith


Capt. Joe Szaflarski

Capt. Joe Szaflarski died Mar. 15, 2011. He was 97 years old. Details about the funeral service on Mar. 22 in St. Petersburg FL have been mailed to the membership. If you did not receive them, please contact me.

Reported by Joe's daughter, Jane Bowley


Joe Sanchez

Joe Sanchez, who worked in maintenance, died Dec. 22, 2008. He was 72 years old. After serving in the Marines during the Korean War, he had a 40-year career in aircraft maintenance starting at Seaboard in 1961 and finishing at FedEx 40 years later. Among his surviving family members are his wife Gloria, son Joseph W. Sanchez and wife, Josefina, son Christopher M. Sanchez, his brother Salvador Sanchez, his sister Sylvia Sanchez, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His son Joseph wrote, "He always had stories happy and sad about the job and was always the background of our lives. He loved you guys."

Reported by Joseph William Sanchez


Al Heller

Al Heller died on Jan. 28, 2011. He was 85 years old. A guest book for condolences has been posted here.

Reported by Carol Gray


Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas died on Feb. 2, 2011. He was 82 years old. Funeral arrangements have been posted here.

Links to other references to Jim on the SPAR/Seaboard Web site can be found here.

Reported by Bill Lawrence


Frank Corda

Frank Corda died on Jan. 11, 2011.

Reported by Capt. Nick Tramontano


Capt. Vince Sproul

Capt. Vince Sproul died on Jan. 7, 2011. He was 94 years old. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral.

Reported by Shelley Sproul Ide to Gloria Neary


Notice about a Flying Tigers pilot some of you might have known.

I very saddened to tell you that our good friend George Miller died unexpectedly yesterday while hiking with his wife and brother here near Anchorage. He had celebrated his 61st birthday on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, which was also one year from his date of retirement. The memorial service will be Monday, August 30 at 4PM. The service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 12310 Lorraine Street, Anchorage. Please pass this information on to the network of retired Seaboard pilots.  Thank you,
John Hall
ANC Captain and former FTL


Margaret Powell

Margaret Powell died on August 1, 2010. She was cremated and there was no service.

Reported by Julie Johns Kane


Ellie Milovitch

F/A Ellie Milovitch died in Feb. 2010. She was also a registered nurse.

Reported by Julie Johns Kane


Capt. Bob Snowden

Capt. Bob Snowden died on April 21, 2010. He was 96 years old. No funeral is planned.

Reported by Capt. Lou Furlong


Capt. Ralph Webber

Capt. Ralph Webber died Oct. 7, 2009. He was 80 years old.

Reported by Capt. Bill Hyatt


Capt. Bill Bovers

Capt. Bill Bovers died Sept. 8, 2009. He was 86 years old.


Capt. Eugene Pagley

Capt. Eugene Pagley died recently (October or November), 2009 of lung cancer. He was 78 years old.

Reported by Capt. Paul Cellecz


Betty McCann

Betty McCann died early Wednesday, Sept. 9th. She was on morphine, not conscious most of that time but her nurse said she was peaceful and not in pain the night before.

There will be a one-day viewing on Monday, Sept. 14th. Hours: 2-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m.; and the funeral will be on Tuesday, Sept. 15th, at

Johnstons' Wellwood Funeral Home
305 N. Wellwood Ave.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-226-2220


Reported by Marge Simmons


Doreen John

Doreen John, wife of Capt. Art John, died on Aug. 10th, 2009 after a long illness.

Reported by Margaret LeBedis


Micki Hecht

Micki Hecht, wife of Eli Hecht, died on March 12, 2009. She was 86 years old. She used to help at the Christmas party at the Seaboard Hanger. Eli was the Vice-President Audits and Taxes at Seaboard.

Reported by Eli C. Hecht


Joe Hennessey

Joe Hennessey, who lived in Limerick, Ireland, and worked for Seaboard as an animal handler, died on June 23, 2009.

Reported by John Willmott


Rita Stoerlein

F/A Rita Stoerlein died July 16, 2009. She was about 82 years old.

Reported by Sandy Schipper


Capt. Ed Mitchell

Capt. Ed Mitchell died on July 15, 2009. He was 89 years old.

Repoted by Frances Sandy and Ken Mitchell


Doug Erwin

Doug Erwin, a F/E who flew briefly for Seaboard around 1964, died on June 16, 2009. He was about 84 years old.

Reported by Capt. Hal Bemis and Capt. Nick Tramontano


Don Hazen

Don Hazen died on June 29, 2009. He was 91 years old. He will be cremated and no service is planned. Condolences can be sent to his wife Stanislava. She is listed in the directory.

Reported by Kathy Furlong


F/A Rita Stoerlein died July 16, 2009.

Reported by Sandy Schipper


Georgia Szydlo

Georgia Szydlo died on Apr. 17, 2009. She was 76 years old.

Reported by Tina Mortensen-Bennett via her daughter Christina


Capt. John McGrail

Capt. John McGrail died on April 17, 2009. He was 86 years old. No memorial service is planned. Condolence cards and notes can be sent to Joan and family (four daughters). The address is listed in the directory.

Reported by Capt. Hal Bemis and Capt. John Bilotta


Iris Dircks Lance

Iris Dircks Lance died on March 6, 2009. She was 79 years old. There was a funeral service in Ridgefield Park, NJ on March 10.

Reported by Ethel Ison


Suzanne Beerli

Sue Beerli died on Apr. 5, 2009.

There are no close family members surviving and there will be no funeral.

Reported by Pat Parlette


Gerald Elikann

Gerald Elikann, who was Manager of System Engineering, died on Mar. 17, 2009. He was 88 years old.

There will be no services at the request of the deceased.


Roy Smith, who worked for Seaboard in London, died on Mar. 16, 2009 after a long illness.

Reported by Pat Long


Capt. "Jock" Johnson

Capt. "Jock" Johnson died on Dec. 24, 2008. He was 87 years old.

The funeral home has an obituary notice and guest book posted here.


Capt. Dave Nicholson

Capt. Dave Nicholson died on Dec. 8, 2008 at the age of 87. He was living in Blairsville, GA. No funeral is planned. His stepdaughter Marilyn Miller plans to commit his ashes to the sea along with those of his wife who predeceased him.

Reported by Marilyn Miller


Capt. "Cec" Bryant

Capt. "Cec" Bryant died on Dec. 18, 2008. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife Jeannie. There are no plans for a funeral.


Art McNamara

Art McNamara died of cancer on July 26, 2008. He was 80 years old.

Reported by Bob Prichard


Ray Powell

Ray Powell, of Sparta, TN, died at approximately noon on Wednesday, Sept. 24th en route to the hospital after having had a series of breathing problems. Exact cause of death is still not determined. He was 78 years old.

His wife, Margaret stated he will be cremated and that there will not be a memorial service.

Reported by Barbara & Hilary Leiss


Mack Murphree

About 0630 on the morning of August 22nd, Mack took off from North Las Vegas Airport aboard a Velocity 173 RG he was test flying. Authorities said the pilot had difficulty gaining altitude and radioed the control tower that he was going down. The aircraft crashed into a house causing an intense fire. Mack was 76 years old.

Notes and letters of condolence may be sent to:

Mrs. Hilde Murphree
203 Doolittle Ct.
Dayton, NV 89403

There is a newspaper article about the crash at

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/aug/22/fire-department-reports-possible-plane-crash-home/

A memorial service for Mack was held at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic in Church Carson City, NV at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 10th.

Refreshments followed at Dayton Country Club, 51 Palmer Dr., Dayton, NV 89403

Reported by Peter Okicich


Capt. Dudley Boleware

Capt. Dudley Boleware died early this morning, July 28, 2008, of prostate cancer at the hospice in Las Vegas. He was 68 years old. Per his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be held. When I get the info, I will notify the membership.

His family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his name to the

Nathan Adelson Hospice
3391 N. Buffalo
Las Vegas, NV


Al Fellows

Al Fellows died on May 24, 2008 in Charlotte NC. The funeral was on May 27. There is presently no photo on his memorial page, but one will be added if it becomes available.


Lloyd Churchey

Lloyd Churchey died in Jackson MI on Mar. 12, 2008. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1505 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI with Pastor Erick Johnson officiating. His family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Roseland Memorial Gardens, Jackson, MI. The family suggests memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jackson, MI. Friends may send condolences or share a memory with the family at Wwetherby Funeral Home.

Wetherby Funeral Home 517-787-7511


Barbara Melvin

Barbara Melvin died of ovarian cancer on Jan. 24, 2008. She was 64 years old. She is survived by her daughter Julianne. Reported by Jackie Lloyd-Schwanky


Richard M. Jackson

Former CEO Richard M. Jackson died on Nov. 27, 2007, just short of his 87th birthday.

A memorial service was held at St. John's Church, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, on Friday, December 14, 2007.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20036; or to Eastern Long Island Hospital, Manor, Greenport, NY 11944.

An extensive obituary has been provided by Capt. David O. Hill.


Mike Arnone

Mike Arnone died on Oct. 29, 2007.   Reported by John Winkelman


Carl Brell

Carl Brell died on April 4, 2007. Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, his health deteriorated further after he fell and broke his hip. He was 88 years old.   Reported to Capt. David Hill by Ralph Brell


Capt. Art Neuenhaus

Capt. Art Neuenhaus died on Jan. 3, 2007. He was 74 years old. He is survived by his wife Alexis.

There will be a memorial service for him on Jan. 20, 2007, at 10 am at

St. Mary's Church
17 Pompton Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442


We have just learned that Ronnie Hale, widow of Capt. Wendell Hale, died on Dec. 20, 2006.


We have just learned that  Capt. Rich Kaehn  died in 2004. A memorial page has been added for him.  Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


We have just learned that the following crewmembers died in recent years. No other information is available.  Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan and Capt. Paul Cellecz

Allan Baker
Jack Finn  Sept. 2002
Klaus Mueller


We have just learned that Albert "Joe" Biuso died about three years ago. He might have been the last flight engineer hired by Seaboard.  Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


We have just learned that  Sam Dicanio  died some time ago. No other information is available.  Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan


Herb Holmes

Herb Holmes died of "walking pneumonia" on Dec. 14, 2006. He was 70 years old. He is survived by his son Eric and daughter Dominique.


Bernie Seidner

Bernie Seidner died on Oct. 1, 2006. He was 75 years old. If you wish to contact Ida, you can find her address in the directory.


Joyce Prichard

Joyce Prichard died Oct. 2, 2006.

Visitation for Joyce was on Oct. 4, at
Bayview Memorial Chapel
3351 Scenic Highway
Pensacola, FL 32503
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at
Cokesbury Methodist Church
5725 N. 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32504


Cathy Attridge

It was reported at the reunion that Cathy Attridge has died. No details are available.



Amond (Pete) Forrest

It was reported at the reunion that Pete Forrest has died. No details are available.



Julie Stroligo Nelson

Julie Stroligo Nelson, widow of Capt, Larry Nelson, died of cancer on Feb. 20, 2006 in Homosassa Springs, FL. She had been a Seaboard Flight Attendant. She was 76 years od.



We recently learned that Capt. Larry Sullivan died in June, 2005. Capt. Bill Bond scheduled a Mass in memory of Larry at:

Our Lady of Perpetual Health
111 Claremont Rd.
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-0079

Bill says he's sure that Larry would appreciate any contribution being made to his church.



Milt Greene

Milt suffered an aneurysm while shopping and died on Dec. 17, 2005. He was 88 years old.



Charlie Johnson

Charlie suffered a heart attack and died on Nov. 30, 2005 at his home in Boise, ID. He was 85 years old.



Andy Manson

Andy died on Nov. 7, 2005, at the age of 83.



11/4/05

There was a memorial service for Bob Straley on Oct. 29 in Clearwater, FL. It was attended by Irene Costello, Paul & Sheila Cellecz, Bill & Patty Hyatt, John Bilotta, Herb Stauning, Jean Glick and Mike Wojciechowski; as well as a number of Bob's relatives from the west coast. The service was followed by a luncheon at the VFW.



Bob Straley

Capt. Bob Straley died on Sept. 9, 2005. He had been suffering from liver cancer. He was 83 years old. There will be a memorial service for Bob on Oct. 29 in Safety Harbor, FL, at Marina Park. It will be followed by a luncheon at the VFW. For further information, call Irene Costello at the number listed in the directory.



George Sund

George Sund died March 20, 2005, apparently from a heart condition. He was 82 years old. He and his wife Michelle were in Florida at their apartment. If anyone would like to send a sympathy card or express their condolences, Michelle's address and phone number are listed in the directory.



Bill Rose, Jr.

Bill & Delphine's son, Bill, Jr., died on June 7th as a result of a motorcycle accident near his home in Clinton, CT. The funeral was on June 10th. He leaves a wife, Carolyn, 40, and a daughter, Alexandra, age 7. Bill's contact information is on the directory pages.



Al Pozzoli

Al Pozzoli died on May 23, 2005. He was 83 years old. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 am at

Mary Immaculate R.C. Church
16 Browns Lane
Bellport, NY 11713
(631) 286-286-0154

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alfred's name to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, (800) 342-2383. Those wishing to offer condolences to his wife Esther can send them to

Mrs. Esther Pozzoli
c/o Doran
100 Steeple View Dr.
Hampden, MA 01036

The family wishes to extend an invitation to everyone for a luncheon gathering following the Service at Christ Episcopal Church, 64 South Country Road in Bellport. Please park along South Country Road. Follow walkway to rear of church where hall is located.

REQUEST FROM FAMILY: If you are planning to attend the service, please RSVP by contacting Pozie's daughter Tina. Her e-mail address and phone number are listed in the directories.



Madolyn Callinan

Madolyn Callinan, widow of Buzz Callinan, died on March 24, 2005.



Dick Schwanky

Capt. Dick Schwanky died on March 22, 2005. He had been suffering from cancer of the liver. He was 74 years old. He leaves behind his wife, former flight-attendant Jackie Lloyd Schwanky.



Temple Robinson

Capt. Temple Robinson died on Feb. 14, 2005 in a hospice in Tucson. He had been suffering from cancer. He was 84 years old. He is survived by his daughter, Temple R. Saxton.



Arlene Preble

Arlene Preble, who was a flight attendant in the early 1950's, died on Jan. 13, 2005. She was 75 years old. She is survived by a son, Michael.



Doris Renninger Brell

Doris Renninger Brell died in January, 2005.



Steve Kafka

According to Airline Pilot magazine, Capt. Steve Kafka died in January, 2005. He was 80 years old.



Larry Talcik

Ladislaus J. "Larry" Talcik died on September 23, 2004 at his home in Hamden, Ct. He was 86 years old. Larry served in the US Army Air Corps during WWll. He was a navigator at Seaboard, and later, a Systems Analyst. He is survived by his companion Suzanne Carroll Parker.



Will Lancer

Will Lancer died on July 29, 2004, at home in Long Beach, California. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his wife Valerie, 3 sons, and 6 grandchildren.



Hans Fischer

Hans Fischer died on July, 6, 2004. On June 6, he was found unconscious, floating in his swimming pool. He was hospitalized and never recovered. He was 77 years old. If you would like to send a message to his wife Annie, you can send to her at

Egerlaender 24
Florsheim, W. Germany 65439

You can also send e-mail via his daughter Christa. Her e-mail address is on the e-mail directory page.M



Rene Bosshardt

Rene Bosshardt died from metastatic cancer on July 6, 2004. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his wife Eleanor.



Sam Higginbotham

Capt. Sam Higginbotham died this summer, 2004. He was 73 years old.



Ralph Langley

Ralph M. Langley, navigator from 1950 to 1970, died on Monday evening, June 14 (Flag Day) in Wellington, FL. His wife, Lou Winna Langley, was with him at his death and still lives in Greenacres, FL. He is also survived by sons Larry and David, daughter Cathy Sutton, two nephews, and a niece. Ralph was 89 years old.

He lived a long and happy life, and enjoyed his years at Seaboard. He was widely respected by former colleagues at Seaboard, by his friends, by his fellow congregants at Levittown Baptist Church on Long Island, at Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church, FL, and by his neighbors.

(Provided by Ralph's son David).



Susan Vandersluis

Susan Vandersluis, wife of Pete Vandersluis, died on May 12, 2004.



Isabelle Szaflarski

Isabelle Szaflarski, wife of Capt. Joseph Szaflarski, died on Friday, May 7, 2004. She was born on January 17, 1918 and was 86 years old. Calling hours were Wednesday, May 12 at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in Largo. Funeral services were Thursday, May 13 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church at 10 A.M. She was interred at Calvary Catholic Cemetary, Clearwater, FL. Isabelle is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joe. She is also survived by her daughter Jane, and husband Bud, of Welaka, FL, and 3 sons: Joe, Jr., and wife Pinky, of Landenberg, PA, Dale, and wife Linda, of Fife Lake, MI, and Karl, and wife Kim, of Johnson City, TN. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren. Our family has decided on donations to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 East Bay Dr. Largo, FL 33770. Joe can be reached at 10643 Andrew Lane, Largo, FL 33777

(Received from the Szaflarskis' daughter, Jane Bowley)



Ed Powell

Ed Powell, ex-navigator, died on May 5, 2004. He was 87 years old.



Scott Ketcher

Scott Ketcher, ex-navigator, brother of Neal, died in Tucson on Mar. 25, 2004. He was 68 years old.



Elsie Manson

Elsie Manson, wife of Andy Manson, died on March 17, 2004.



Bill Jamieson

Bill Jamieson, ex-navigator, died on Jan. 20, 2004 after his second stroke. He was 83 years old.



Terri Carr

Terri Carr died recently (November or December, 2003) in her apartment in New York. She was cremated and the burial service will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Church of the Messiah, PO Box 127 Gwynedd PA 19436. There will be a celebration of Terri's life, Saturday, January 31, 2004, 12 noon, at Tavern on the Green- Central Park at West 67th, Street, New York NY. If you are unable to attend, you are requested to share your memories of her so they may be presented to the group. The address is:

Mrs. Mary E. Shoemaker
Brittany Pointe Estates #1422
1001 S. Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446-6502



Jay Jennings

James "Jay" Jennings died on August 13, 2003. His health had been failing for some time, and he died from heart failure at the Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ. Jay turned 78 this July.



Charlotte Bilotta

Charlotte Leach Bilotta, age 77, died in her sleep on April 16, 2003. She leaves behind her husband John Sr., three sons - John Jr., Jeffrey Scott Bilotta of the Bay area in California and Timothy Kent Bilotta of Jacksonville; FL.; a daughter Rebecca Ann Bitter of Sacramento, California; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

There was a memorial service on Sunday, April 20, 3-5pm EDT at
Palms Funeral Home & Memorial Park
170 Honore Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34232

There was a memorial mass followed by a funeral on Monday, April 21, at 11am EDT at
Church of St. Patrick
7900 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34241



Ed Bell

Edwin Bell, former Seaboard Dispatcher, died on or about Jan. 29, 2003, in Memphis.



Gloria Mitchell

Gloria Mitchell, Ed Mitchell's wife, died on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at approximately 8 am. She died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Rotunda, Florida.

A memorial service was held at 1 pm on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the

Community Presbyterian Church
405 South McCall Rd.
Englewood, Florida. 34223

Ed's address and phone number can be found on the directory page.



Walter Jorgensen

Walter T. "Jorgy" Jorgensen died on approximately Aug. 31, 2002, in a hospital in Brazil. Jorgy was number one on the Flight Engineers' seniority list.



Margaret Razzano

Margaret Razzano, wife of William Razzano died on Sept. 18.



Jacklyn Brockington

Jacklyn Brockington, wife of Henry Brockington, died on August 13, 2002.



Ralph Neary

Capt. Ralph Neary died unexpectedly July 17, 2002 at the age of 81. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer almost a year ago, had just received radiation and was looking forward to physical therapy. An embolus caused cardiac arrest.

Ralph was with Seaboard for thirty years during which time he was Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations. He and his wife Gloria (Heines) and two daughters moved to Hancock, NH in 1970. He retired in 1980 and enjoyed keeping in contact with SWA friends with like interests by ham radio. Gloria was a stewardess with SWA from 1951 - 1955 and flew on both the east and west coasts.



Joe Weider

Joe Weider died on July 1, 2002. He was one of the early Seaboard navigators, hired in 1948. He retired from Flying Tigers in 1983. Joe had been ill with cancer for two years and was 78 years old.

Jeannie can be contacted at

Mrs. Jeannie Weider
5607 Eagle Drive
Fort Pierce FL 34951.



Bud Redgate

Bud Redgate died on March 27, 2002.



Ollie Clark

Ollie Clark died on Friday, April 26, 2002. He will be cremated and no service is planned. Wanda can be reached at

306 Cantata Ct. #402
Reisterstown, MD 21136



Bob Henry

Capt. Bob Henry died on February 10, 2002, just 5 days shy of his 80th birthday, at his home in Lancaster, PA.



Ray Gray

Flight Engineer Ray Gray died on Jan. 8, 2002 after a long illness. He was 74 years old.



Gerry Jacobs

Gerry Jacobs, wife of Capt. Art Jacobs, died on Jan. 7, 2002. She was 72 years old.



Stan LeBedis

Capt. Stan LeBedis died on Nov. 30, 2001 in his sleep at home in Westport Ct. He was 70 years old. He was hired at Seaboard World in 1965. He flew as captain at Seaboard, Tiger and FedEx. He retired in 1995 as a 747 second officer.

He began flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951 and went on to fly for Trans Canada Airways (TCA), the precursor to Air Canada. He also flew as an engineering test pilot at Canadair, where he flew an early vertical takeoff tilt-wing aircraft, the CL-86.

He leaves his wife, Margaret and three grown children.



Paul Roderick

Capt. Rowland Roderick died on Nov. 10, 2001 in Danbury, CT, after a long battle with an aneurysm. He was 82 years old.



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