Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pretty amazing accomplishment at 85

She loved music and could often be heard humming while she was working. In 2007, Clara fulfilled a lifelong ambition of retracing the route of her father-in-law's 1800s Alaskan Gold Rush expedition. Clara panned for gold and even caught two salmon.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

More sand dollars, fewer zinnias ...

The sand dollars at Old Orchard Beach, Maine are now safe, and her close friends and family will no longer be able to fill their daily fresh vegetable needs from her bountiful garden. Zinnia production will definitely be affected by her passing.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

World-class structural welder

He was a world class structural welder who could boast of a welding record unparalleled in the shipyard. He maintained a 0% rejection rate for over 12 years, in an industry where any rate below 5% is considered good and 3.2% is average. The good-natured compliment that was heard when he completed a welding job, "You can paint that one now" referred to a completed welding job, meaning no defects were found. A perfect record of 12 years certainly justified such praise. Peter's superior hand and eye coordination was evident in his favorite hobby as well, having won several trophies for shooting pool.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Inciting political strife between friends

His days were spent inciting political strife between his closest friends, solving Soduku down at Fort Trumbull, and lounging in the sun at either Misquamicut Beach or at home on the back deck with his dog, Grumbles. ... He also leaves behind his "real family", the Flanders Pizza crew and East Lyme Burger King breakfast gang.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Neighborhood lothario of cat food"

"...her childhood memories included feeding her pet chicken, "Betty Grable", and learning to play the piano while wearing a hat and her winter coat against the cold in the drafty parsonages. "Marj never met a cat she didn't like, or wouldn't feed, even if he was the neighborhood lothario of cat food."