Saturday, May 03, 2008

April 2008 by Charles Brecheisen

FINANCIAL: The beginning balance was $678.90 with income of $20 and no expenses, leaving a balance of $698.90.

SHIPMATE PASSING: In case you missed my last email, Robert Weingarten, RM2 1953-1955 passed away early in April.

SHIPMATE PASSING: Unfortunately, I got a phone call from the daughter of Tony Flores-Toro. Shipmates who attended the first Altair reunion will remember Tony, who owned a Sears store in Florida, supplied most of the door prizes. Last Monday, Tony was in his car driving on a local Chiefland, FL street when an elderly man, in an oncoming car, swerved into his lane and hit Tony head on. Tony was killed instantly. Memorial servives will be held tomorrow (Saturday) and his ashes will be flown to his native Puerto Rico. Tony was a SN aboard the Altair 1956-1958; BUT, I have later pictures of Tony aboard a ship (Altair?) and he was a 4 stripe full Captain! Tony spoke 6 languages.

Tony took Lillie and I to dinner while at the Norfolk reunion and we heard many many sea stories from least the ones he could talk about. Lillie and I are still in total shock. To send condolences, please send to his daughter:

Patricia Callahan
311 Lewisberry Court
Lewisberry, PA 17339

All for now. More to follow about the plaque ceremony and the next Altair Reunion.


Best Regards To All.........Charles

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