Class News from the Alumni Bulletin and
the Class Newsletter published by our Secretary are now in the
Members Only section of this web site.
September 6, 2018
Roz Cope fought a courageous battle against
Anemia, return of cancer after 23 years and finally,
brain,cancer, in the last 3 weeks. She lost her battle this
evening. at 11:11 PM. She was a gracious lady who loved and
warmed all those she met. It was our good fortune to have
renewed our wedding vows at our Church in April of this year. It
was my incredible fortune to have shared our lives these past 9
Her ashes will be interred
in the National Cemetery in Cave Creek, AZ , where I will join
her at a yet unspecified date. In lieu of any other recognition
program, there will be a Celebration of her Life, at our
Church, in the next 30 days. Donations: Rozie Cope's wolves at:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, 201 S Canyon St, West
Yellowstone, MT 59758
Hugs, ED COPE
|August 14, 2018 -
The web site is now up to date. The Roster in the Members Only
section now in Excel form has been updated to remove deceased
classmates, widows who have disappeared and several classmates who
have also disappeared. Their names of classmates now appear in the
Missing or Deceased pages found on the Home page>History page>
Classmates dropdown box. Let me know if any of the information is
If you want to print the roster, adjust your printer to print
in landscape. All but the last column will print and the last
column is for my notes.
2018 - Bob West
August 6, 2018 -Our friend and classmate Bob West passed
over the bar today. He will be missed. We will share information
on his memorial service and print his obituary when received.
5 2018 - Three of our classmates have passed away in
the last few months: VADM Jim Irwin on March 21, 2018; RADM Ed
Nelson on June 5, 2018; and Capt Bud Mathieu on June 21, 2018.
Their obituaries are attached
|August 5, 2018 - Roger
Holmes passed away a little over a year ago on 16 June 2017. The family shared
two videos with us and you can watch them from the links below.
They bring back wonderful memories. If the links do not come up,
copy them and paste them in a new browser page. This is a repeat
of the original notice. You can also read new
"Remembrances" on Facebook. Search on Roger A Holmes.
4, 2018 - Our 65th
We are running a little slow this year but
you will receive more information from Wee hopefully next week. A
reunion is planned. Bob Benson is helping Wee and met with him on
August 2nd. I attending the placing of Ed Nelson's ashes in the
Academy Columbarium on July 20th and met with Wee and Bob at that
time. Because I had been contacting everyone during my project to
update the class Roster, I have received 6 inquiries about the
reunion. There will
be a reunion!!! An Excel file of our roster will be posted
tomorrow Sunday August 5th in the Members Only section and is up
to date as far as I know. 10 of the class or their widows have
disappeared. Their email bounces, their phones are disconnected
and snail mail has either bounced or not been answered.
|Roger Bascom, Jr.
Roger Bascom passed away - how he wanted to be remembers - "I hope
to have left the world better than when I came."
Roger Holmes passed over the bar on June 16th, 2017
Hap's daughter reported: I am sorry to give you the
news that Dad passed away 3 Jul in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana,
OH. He absolutely loved his life in the military, and as an
educator, and enjoyed his time at the Coast Guard Academy and
heart created issues with his lungs and led to his death.
A new roster can be accessed in the "members only"
section. Password required
Gerry Lipsett died Tuesday, Feb. 16th in the Grace Cottage
hospital in Townsend, Vermont from respiratory failure following
a bout with pneumonia that had started back in January.
Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Dr. Koren Lipsett (163
Sheldon Hill Rd., Wardsboro, VT 05355, Tel. 802-896-9515)
who is on a sabbatical from her teaching position at Gettysburg
College in Pennsylvania.
Gerry's obituary will follow. His funeral will probably be held
in Marblehead, MA in
April. Click HERE
to read obituary.
Wife of Ted Wojnar
87, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015. Mrs. Wojnar was a native
of Westfield, New Jersey.
Colette was a devoted wife and phenomenal
mother. She adored her family and would do anything to secure
their happiness. Mrs. Wojnar enjoyed the pleasures of cooking,
traveling, crossword puzzles, sewing, knitting, shopping, visiting
the beach and reading. Colette had the esteemed pleasure to be the
sponsor of the USCGC Sturgeon Bay, christening her in San Diego
and taking part in her commissioning on Governor’s Island in New
York in 1988. The rest of her life she continued to support the
Sturgeon Bay and her crew and felt blessed to sponsor such a state
of the art icebreaker.
Left to cherish Colette’s memory are her
loving and adoring husband of 58 years, RADM Theodore J. Wojnar,
US Coast Guard (Retired); four children, Mary Gayle W. (David)
Uncur, Theodore “T.J.” Jr. (Sue) Wojnar, Pamela Joy Wojnar and
Stephen A. Wojnar; five grandchildren, Lauren, Jeffrey, Lisa,
Bryan and Sean; one greatgrandchild, Emily and a legion of
additional family and friends.
A memorial mass will be held at St.
Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. In
lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Colette’s
name be made to either the USCGC Sturgeon Bay Morale Fund or to
Sentara Hospice House. Please consider visiting
to donate and to learn more about Colette’s connection to these
to leave condolences for the family. Colette’s beauty and grace
will never be forgotten.
Bill Clark passed away this morning from Cancer. His Bill Clark passed away
this ,morning from cancer. His funeral will be held at 2 PM in the
Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA
Check out the "links" at the bottom of the home page. There are
some very interesting subjects covered that may be of interest to
Jennifer Griggs, daughter of Darrel and Sheila Babcock, who passed
away in 2013, has just recovered from cancer and will be giving
her parents the memorial service they both deserve at Quantico
National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, (route 619), Triangle, VA,
on July 17, 2015.
Wee's last three newsletters have been added.
Bernie Hoyland's notes on Life as an Aviator - go to LINKS on
Astoria rally posting commenced. More as I get time.
New Roster posted
Sponholz passed away at age 85
Foster passed away
Daniels passed away at the age of 84.
Some of Ernie Roland's Best can be viewed though a link in the
Photo slideshow of CGA53 mini-reunion is posted
Updated copy of the roster has been posted.
passed away after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. A
Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 1 PM at
Calvary Episcopal Church, 1320 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO 80401. A
reception will follow at The Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave.,
Golden, CO. Jan, his widow, would like any charitable donations in
his remembrance be given to the Class of '53 Endowment fund
maintained by the CGA Alumni Foundation.
The San Diego Reunion was a resounding success due to to work of
Paul and Donna Arnold, our hosts, and of Wee Smith and Bill Bruinsma.
Photographs are beginning to appear on line in the Reunions
section of this web site.
Paul's wife, Sunny,
reported that for some time Paul had suffered from Alzheimer's
Disease and for the last year from metastatic prostrate cancer.
His suffering is now over, but he is very much missed by all of us
who loved him.
L to R - Ed Nelson,
Dimpy Spatafora, Joyce Nelson, Wee Smith, Kirk Greiner, Jackie
Greiner, Betsy Ann Mathieu, Bud Mathieu and George Everett
attended the memorial service of Dick Donnelly held in the
Presbyterian Church, Bellevue WA.
Click on photo to
See videos of Eagle on Links at bottom of home page.
Exciting photos of the launching our boat, the >>SHEARWATER<<
A flashback. I recently recovered from my files some photos I took
at our 35th reunion. With the aid of Wee Smith, whose memory of
names amazes me, you can now see how much younger you were then.
Click on the "Reunions" tab above to see them. Members who have
photos of reunions not posted are encouraged to lend them to me
(Kirk) who will scan them and return them to you. I sure the class
would like to see them.
The protected folder "Members Only" which requires
an ID and Password has been expanded. Although the ID and password
have not changed, we have added extracts from the past two years
Alumni Bulletin class news. It makes good sequential reading
(which I hade to do when I reformatted it). The periodic e-news to
class members will also be added in the near future.
An updated version of the
has been posted in the links section on the home page. The
original was written when a good friend, Captain Bob Hackney died
and his widow was left with no instructions or guide on what to
do. It has been updated and should be reviewed if you want to save
your wife a lot of problems when you die.