In Memoriam

     

And Our Fondest Memories Are of Each Other

The worst part of growing older is not getting sick and disabled yourself;
it is losing the people you care about.

Before leaving our site, why not take a moment to reflect quietly upon the memories  pressed between the pages of our minds  of these departed classmates, fallen Sailors and friends whom we remember both collectively and individually, some of whom may have been part of our class for only a short time, some of whom may have been among your closest and dearest friends at some time in the near or distant past, some of whom you may have barely known, many of whom you haven't seen since 1960 or even earlier  and sadly, none of whom will you ever see again.

  

 Our memories may be fading a bit ─ but we remember them.
Some were very popular, and some were not,
Many have not been seen nor heard from since 1960,
 All are gone too soon, but they are yet a part of us,
And
we remember them.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
At the shining of the sun and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
At the beginning of the year and at its end, we remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share, we remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
we remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs, we remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

Adapted from a Jewish poem written in the 1960s by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack
Reimer and commonly recited during memorial services on Yom Kippur and other holidays.

 

Run your cursor over a classmate's name on the monument, below. If  the cursor changes from an arrow to a finger pointing, you can click on the name for a special memorial page containing information about that person.

Classmates known to be departed are listed below if they were part of our class between the fall of 1954 (when we entered jr high) and the spring of 1960 even if they did not graduate with us in 1960. If you would like to report any memorial omissions you know about, or to submit material for a special memorial tribute page for any departed classmates, please write me.

  
                           

 
Not yet inscribed on monument above:
  
Victoria goris
Albert Muller
Jeffrey Tilford
  

Number known deceased: 124
Last updated:
 March 9, 2021
 

This list of lost old friends continues to grow as we grow older, and it keeps telling us how important it is to maintain close touch with those people whom we have loved and with whom we share sweet, old memories. And new memories with the same people can be ever so much sweeter. Call or write  and visit with an old friend now!

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Click on the Brownie at left to view the 2015 memorial Spindrift photo album.
    

 

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