VP8 Alumni Association
Larry Smith , our president and reunion coordinator, passed away on September 3, 2012, after a courageous battle with inoperable lung cancer. Larry was diagnosed not too long after the October, 2011, reunion. He did not know when he took on the reunion that he was sick, but after he found out, he worked as hard as he could to make the arrangements and get everything in order. He was in touch with your officers to make sure we knew that he had everything in hand, although he did not tell everyone about his illness. (Bill Stewart and I knew, but since Larry did not want to broadcast it, we kept it to ourselves.) As you can see by the registration and details of the reunion, he did a wonderful job. Even at the last, he wanted to go back up to Dayton and check things out again. SO, I want to encourage you to attend this reunion and not let the work Larry did even when sick and in pain go for naught. Bill has paid all the necessary deposits (EXCEPT BOX LUNCHES), and he and I are in touch with each other, along with Jerry Ziegler, who has picked up the banner and bell from Marian, and who has agreed to be a point man to go to Dayton if needed. Jerry has also talked with his daughters who live in the area who can go up there while he is in FL this winter; he was able to attend the visitation for Larry, thus representing our association. Also let Marian know that you are with her in her grief; she has been through a lot this past year and needs the love and support of all VP8 Alumni members, as do all of those in our group who have lost loved ones and who are ill.
Carolyn Magee / Editor, VP8 Alumni Association / Nov. 2012
|This page updated on: Nov. 7, 2012