Last updated November 02, 2012
Honorary Tidewater Council Board member Roger Oberndorf, passed away October 17. An Eagle Scout from Jersey City, NJ, Roger was a retired Coast Guard officer and the loving husband of former Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, shown here. As an active aviator Roger served with Angel Flight. More details are available by clicking here.
It is deeply saddening to bring you the news that Evelyn Rivers, one of the finest individuals to ever grace our planet passed away Saturday, October 6. Evelyn worked for the Boy Scouts of America for over thirty years.
Many individuals have many great and fond memories of her including being known for her role in the Eagle Scout application process, her amazing abilities to deal with any office equipment, and her incredible desire to succeed at any task that ever came her way.
Evelyn fought a number of battles with her health and during most of those battles showed up to work because her boys needed her. There is dedication, then there is passion, and then there is Evelyn...the definition of "being there for you".
Pictured in 2010 with then Council President Rick Anoia at her retirement party, Evelyn oversaw the Eagle applications of countless young men - and watched them rise to leadership as adults.
April 26, 2012 - Former Board Member, Eagle Scout Julian Rashkind Passes Away
Online Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver.com; the family will be notified of memorial tributes to Mr. Rashkind.
As reported in the Virginian Pilot -
In his later years, he often quoted from Ecclesiastes: "There is a time for everything...a season to be born and a season to die." Ninety-six years after his birth, and at a time when he was still very much of sound mind and cogent voice, Julian Rashkind's life lived well and fully came to an end, on April 26, 2012.
The son of the late Nathan and Ida Picker Rashkind, he was predeceased by his younger brothers, Edwin and Harvey, and by the love of his life, his best friend and constant companion, his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Brody Rashkind. For all the accomplishments and achievements of his many years, nothing was more important to him than family, and he is survived by a proud family composed of his three children (and their spouses), Alan (Suzette), Michael (Lee) and Lisbeth (Chris); he was always "Paw Paw" to his six grandsons (and their wives), Jacob (Skye), Graham (Cameron), Daniel, Douglas, Stephen and James; and to his six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Nathan, Lily, Lucas, Mia and Harper. He is also survived by Edwin's widow, Madelaine, and Eleanor's sister, Doris, and her husband Martin, as well as so many nephews, nieces and cousins that space does not permit them all to be listed here, but all of them will also miss their uncle or cousin Julian.
Julian was born and raised in Jamaica, New York, and his life spanned two centuries, eleven decades, seventeen U.S. Presidents, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the development of the automotive and aviation industries, women's suffrage, the enactment and repeal of Prohibition, the civil rights era, the internet, the revitalization of Ghent and the launching of light rail in Norfolk, and numerous societal developments that we take for granted but at which he marveled.
His contributions to the community and civic and philanthropic endeavors were recognized by numerous awards. He received the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; he was a recipient of the B'Nai Brith Distinguished Service Award; from the Jewish Community Center, the Krug Award and the Thomas L. Hofheimer Humanitarian Award; from the Tidewater Builders Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award; from the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award; and from Randolph-Macon College, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, an Honorary Alumnus Award, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
The family extends its thanks to the staff at Harbor's Edge, especially to his friends on the second floor, and to Annie Brown, all of whom befriended Julian, and provided care and companionship which he and his family so appreciated.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America (Tidewater Council),
Randolph-Macon College, Temple Israel or Tidewater Builders Association
Daniel Webster Duncan, 96, passed away on the morning of November 24, 2011.
Pictured above are Charlie Glanville at the podium; Dan Duncan, Ruth Duncan, and Bessie Glanville.
The picture above shows that the Tidewater Council had just announced that the council was naming the dining hall at camp after Dan Duncan and Charlie Glanville. A bronze plaque now resides in the dining hall above the fireplace.
A visitation will be held on November 30 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Foster Funeral Home, 1926 High Street in Portsmouth. The funeral service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church 2117 Lond Blvd., Portsmouth on Thursday, December 1 at 2 PM. A reception follows the service.
Condolences may be registered at www.bwfosterfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tidewater Council (another nice gesture of Dan who was a life long friend of Scouting.
Just so you know, Dan was a president of the Tidewater Council, received his Silver Beaver Award and also earned the National Recognition of the Silver Antelope.
Dan was a tireless worker for Scouting, both generous with his time and money, he was always upbeat, and for many years served as the emcee of council banquets along with our other long time friend and member Curly Weber.
I would highly recommend reading his obituary and think of that as just a note card on what this incredible man accomplished almost every single day of his life.
Our prayers are with Dan and his family.
Here is Dan's official obituary published in the newspaper.
Daniel Webster Duncan, 96, of Portsmouth, passed way Thursday morning, November 24, 2011 after a brief illness. Mr. Duncan, a native of Rockwood, Alabama, was the oldest child of the late Daniel Washington Duncan and Katherine Florence Hamilton Duncan.
Beginning his education in a one-room schoolhouse in Rockwood, he went on to earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University. He was later honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of both schools. Upon completion of his education his first job was in the research and development department at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he met Ruth Emmy Richter. They were married in1947, and the couple moved to Portsmouth, which would become their home for the following 64 years. He began work in Portsmouth for Virginia Smelting Company in 1947, and retired from the company in 1980 as executive Vice-President of Virginia Chemicals and president of several subsidiaries. Following his retirement, he continued to provide consulting services to Celanese Corp. and Hoechst A.G. Never really inclined to slow down, he also was active with several business start-ups and investments into the early 2000's. Mr. Duncan believed strongly in the importance of giving back to the community, and in the value of abiding friendships. Because of his strong dedication to his adopted city and his many volunteer activities, he was honored as Portsmouth's First Citizen in 1979. Through the years, he has served in leadership positions with the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, the Chamber of Commerce at both the state and local level, the Tidewater Chapter of the American Automobile Association, and the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where his long-term service was recognized with Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He was appointed foreman of a special grand jury investigating the Portsmouth City Jail and then chaired the committee that oversaw the recommended improvements. He was actively involved in many other organizations, including the Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth Community Foundation, Portsmouth Partnership, Portsmouth YMCA, and Junior Achievement and served on multiple boards in Portsmouth including the Public Library, Humane Society, General Hospital, Red Cross, and the United Way. He was a longtime member of the Virginia State Water Pollution Control Board and was on the Board of Directors of both Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia and Doughtie's Foods, Inc. A leading blood donor in Virginia, having donated well over 32 gallons of blood for the Red Cross, he continued these donations into his nineties. Even as he slowly pared back his activities, he continued, until very recently, to be an active member of the Walter Gardner Coffee Club at Broad Street United Methodist Church and the Portsmouth Rotary Club where he was both a lifetime member and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
An enthusiastic hunter and fisherman all his life,
he was a longtime member of the Tull's Bay Hunt Club in Moyock, N.C., and
hunted and fished across the U.S. and Canada to as far as Kodiak Island,
Alaska where, on his 80th birthday, he landed a lodge-record 249 lb.
halibut. An active Indian artifact and fossil hunter and collector for many
years, one of the friends of his children once commented that "being in his
home was just like being in a museum, only better…because you can touch
stuff." He and Ruth were also active gardeners, and he was quite proud of
his tomatoes. Ever generous with the products of his growing and gathering,
he was known to give away tomatoes, blueberries, and kiwifruit by the
basketful. Notwithstanding his pervasive professional and community
achievements, in many ways he was a man best known for his wonderful sense
of humor and his signature precursor, "That reminds me of a story…." He
seemingly had a never-ending string of jokes applicable to every occasion,
and his accompanying laughter was infectious.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on November 29, 2011
Kevin Michael Ryan
Kevin passed away sometime between August 23 and August 24 in his hometown of Chicago. Kevin was an employee of the Tidewater Council, on long term disability. Kevin served successfully in Powhatan, Merrimac and Kempsville District as well as a support person for finance.
Kevin first served Scouting in the 80’s as a member of National Supply. He began his professional Scouting career in Chicago and served successfully in a number of positions including a leading role in the Owassippe Scout Reservation.
Kevin then took a break from Scouting and worked in graphic arts and also did counseling for troubled youth. One can still see a lot of his excellent work in the Scout Fest 100 materials, Eagle dinner materials, and patches.
Kevin was an accomplished poet, writer, singer, had a ventriloquist act, and was best known for the amount of time he could spend serving as a sounding board for many people.
Kevin an Eagle Scout had also received many honors.
One can say a lot of things about Kevin but one thing that most everyone agreed upon, is that he was a guy that would give you everything he had and more if it helped you out.
Services for Kevin will be held in Wilmington Illinois.
Currituck, NC - Former Tidewater Council executive, Jackie Daily-Walker passed away at Chesapeake General Hospital. Jackie served the Elizabeth River as their executive in 2010. She left Tidewater Council to continue her passion of working with special needs youth and adults.
Please include thoughts of Jackie and her family in your prayers.
William H. Crook
NORFOLK - William "Bill" Crook, 77 passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.
Long time resident of Norfolk, Bill and first wife Shirley (passed away in 2003) were active in Boy Scout programs at Norview United Methodist Church with pack and troop 30. They were both awarded the Silver Beaver by Tidewater Council in 1991. Bill was very active with a group of men who went to camp weekly to handle service projects.
Bill was a Boy Scout in High Bridge, New Jersey and continued active involvement in the program throughout most of his life.He dedicated 30 years to the Navy, serving honorably in Korea and three tours in Vietnam. Bill retired as an engineman master chief.
Services were Monday, February 14 at Norview UMC.
Norman Hodges Jr.
CHESAPEAKE - Norman B. Hodges Jr., 86, passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 in his home. Born in South Norfolk, he was the only child of the late N. Bruce Sr. and Virginia B. Hodges. In 1941, he enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he was a plank owner on the USS Midway (CV 41). After graduating from VPI in 1950, he went on to serve as the deputy treasurer of Chesapeake from 1963-87.
Norman lived the Virginia Tech motto, "Ut Prosim," serving his community in numerous ways. After advancing to Eagle Scout in 1942, he continued his passion for Scouting for more than 70 years with Troop 55 and the Tidewater Council, BSA. He was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, a 50-year member of Great Bridge Masonic Lodge No. 257, a charter member of American Legion Post 280 and a member of the Great Bridge Ruritan Club. His efforts with founding the Tidewater Association for Hearing Impaired Children and his service on the Alexander Graham Bell Association Board and the Virginia State Board for the Deaf and Blind helped to improve educational opportunities in public schools for deaf children across Virginia.
He was also a longtime member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church where he used his talents to serve the Lord. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Edna Vaden Hodges; a son, Norman B. "Buck" Hodges III and wife Kathy; two daughters, Annelle V. Hodges and Cynthia D. Hodges; two grandsons, N. Bruce Hodges IV and wife Kerrie and Benjamin L. Hodges; two great-grandchildren, Sofie Jean Hodges and Jack William Hodges. The funeral was on Monday, Feb. 7, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Chesapeake with the Rev. Randy McMillen officiating. The family would like to offer sincere gratitude and thanks to the numerous caregivers and friends who provided great comfort and support for Norman and his family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewater Council BSA
or Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Friends may send condolences and sign
the online guestbook at www.omanfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 5, 2011
Vice Admiral James A. Sanderson
Rear Admiral and NASA Astronaut, Stephen Oswald with Vice Admiral "Sandy" Sanderson.
James R. Sanderson VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired Vice Adm. James Richard Sanderson, 84, passed away Aug. 10, 2010 in Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Vice Admiral Sanderson was born in Selma, Calif., and was the son of the late Charles M. and Edith Sanderson. He was an Eagle Scout. In 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty B. Sanderson at the U.S. Navy Chapel on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Milton and Jerry Sanderson. Vice Admiral Sanderson served 39 years active duty in the U.S. Navy. He had destroyer duty with the USS Mansfield, and USS Bauswell as an ensign gunnery officer. He was an accomplished aviator, he received his wings in May of 1950. He flew over 100 combat missions on the USS Princeton over N. Korea from the Sea of Japan and the Gulf of Wonsan. His first combat sortie was Close Air Support of First Marine Division at Chosen Reservoir, North Korea. He was one of eight torpedo pilots that destroyed the flood gates of Hwachon Reservoir Dam, North Korea (Air Wing 19). Squadron VA-195 became known as the "Dam Busters." In 1953, he attended General Line School, and later went on to be a Gunnery Flight Instructor at Barin Air Field, Ala. Squadron VA -16, CARDIV FOUR, VA-43 RAG Instructor and Operations Officer, and XO, then CO of VA-76 in the USS Enterprise and CO of Carrier Air Wing Three. In addition to his college education, he attended the National War College in Washington, D.C., while there he got his B.A. from George Washington University in international relations. He had two tours of duty with OPNAV at the Pentagon. He later became the Commanding officer of the, USS Rainier and USS Saratoga. He became commander of COMCARDIV TWO battle force Sixth Fleet. In 1980, he was commissioned as vice admiral and was assigned as deputy commander-in-chief Atlantic command, deputy commander in chief and chief of staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, from where he retired from active duty in 1983. Some of the medals he received were Legion of Merit ( 3 Gold Stars), Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals (5), and many other campaign service medals. He was a member of the Golden Eagles, a 33 Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a Distinguished Scout. He belonged to many other civic clubs and affiliations including the Hampton Roads Naval Historical Society and Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife, Betty B. Sanderson; several nieces and nephews; as well as several great nieces, nephews; extended family members and good friends in California. A funeral will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17, in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, at 1 p.m. Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be made at w. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, or to the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 62345, Virginia Beach, VA 23466, or to the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1032 Heatherwood Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.
Passed away in his home Jan. 8, 2010
Cooper was the Camp Director of Camp Lions in 1989, and was the DE for Merrimac for a short time.
will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach,
Monday, Jan. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held
at Church of the Messiah, 816 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, Tuesday, Jan. 12,
at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow in the church.
A website has been designed for you to share your memories at
member of Boy Scouts of America for 57 years Francis is
pictured with Una Mae, his wife at an event that honored Francis for his
service to Scouting and other organizations. The Tidewater
Council is sad to announce that one of the sons of the Albemarle District
has been called home to the lord. Francis O. Jackson. A man that
inspired Scouts for years to go beyond themselves in service to others. Captain Rex
Bradley, Eagle Scout
Rex A. Bradley VIRGINIA BEACH - Rex Arthur Bradley passed away Nov. 13,
2009. A resident of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia
Beach, Mr. Bradley was born on April 15, 1917 in Morgantown, W.Va. He was
the son of Frederick Arthur Bradley and Jesse Price Bradley of Elkins, W.Va.
Mr. Bradley earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State
University where he was president of the student body. Following graduation,
he began his professional career as a high school physics teacher in
Cumberland, Md. In January 1941, he was awarded a commission as an ensign in
the Supply Corps of the United States Navy. During World War II, he served
on the battleship USS Texas while on North Atlantic convoy duty and during
the North Africa invasion. He was also a member of the commissioning crew of
the cruiser USS Portsmouth. Mr. Bradley served in the Navy for 22 years,
retiring as captain. While in the Navy, he earned a Masters of Business
Administration Degree with Distinction from Harvard University.
After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Bradley joined Telecable Corp., a former
subsidiary of Landmark Communications, as president and general manager.
Under his 15 years of leadership, Telecable grew to become one of the top
cable television companies in the United States. Mr. Bradley also served as
chairman of the National Cable Television Association. After retiring from
Telecable, he continued working in the cable industry as an independent
consultant. Mr. Bradley served as a member of the Board of Directors of the
Norfolk Port Authority, as president of the Norfolk Rotary Club, as a member
of the Board of Directors of the local council of the Girl Scouts of
America, and participated in numerous United Way Campaigns. He was also a
member of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and the Norfolk German Club.
Mr. Bradley was married for 65 years to the late Eloise Wigg Bradley, a
native of Norfolk. He is survived by a daughter, Margaret Rudgard Bradley of
Richmond; a son, Rex Arthur Bradley Jr. of Birmingham, Ala.; and two
grandsons, Rex Arthur Bradley III and Thomas Rudgard Bradley, also of
Birmingham. Mr. Bradley was a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts of
America. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1936 in Pine Grove, W.Va. Mr.
Bradley was the first of three generations of Eagle Scouts in his family. He
proudly participated in the ceremony awarding the rank of Eagle Scout to his
grandsons, Rex and Tom, in 2003. Mrs. Kathleen Brickley
Francis Jackson member of Boy Scouts of America for 57 years
Francis is pictured with Una Mae, his wife at an event that honored Francis for his service to Scouting and other organizations.
The Tidewater Council is sad to announce that one of the sons of the Albemarle District has been called home to the lord. Francis O. Jackson. A man that inspired Scouts for years to go beyond themselves in service to others.
Captain Rex Bradley, Eagle Scout
Rex A. Bradley VIRGINIA BEACH - Rex Arthur Bradley passed away Nov. 13, 2009. A resident of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, Mr. Bradley was born on April 15, 1917 in Morgantown, W.Va. He was the son of Frederick Arthur Bradley and Jesse Price Bradley of Elkins, W.Va. Mr. Bradley earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State University where he was president of the student body. Following graduation, he began his professional career as a high school physics teacher in Cumberland, Md. In January 1941, he was awarded a commission as an ensign in the Supply Corps of the United States Navy. During World War II, he served on the battleship USS Texas while on North Atlantic convoy duty and during the North Africa invasion. He was also a member of the commissioning crew of the cruiser USS Portsmouth. Mr. Bradley served in the Navy for 22 years, retiring as captain. While in the Navy, he earned a Masters of Business Administration Degree with Distinction from Harvard University.
After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Bradley joined Telecable Corp., a former subsidiary of Landmark Communications, as president and general manager. Under his 15 years of leadership, Telecable grew to become one of the top cable television companies in the United States. Mr. Bradley also served as chairman of the National Cable Television Association. After retiring from Telecable, he continued working in the cable industry as an independent consultant. Mr. Bradley served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Port Authority, as president of the Norfolk Rotary Club, as a member of the Board of Directors of the local council of the Girl Scouts of America, and participated in numerous United Way Campaigns. He was also a member of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and the Norfolk German Club. Mr. Bradley was married for 65 years to the late Eloise Wigg Bradley, a native of Norfolk. He is survived by a daughter, Margaret Rudgard Bradley of Richmond; a son, Rex Arthur Bradley Jr. of Birmingham, Ala.; and two grandsons, Rex Arthur Bradley III and Thomas Rudgard Bradley, also of Birmingham. Mr. Bradley was a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1936 in Pine Grove, W.Va. Mr. Bradley was the first of three generations of Eagle Scouts in his family. He proudly participated in the ceremony awarding the rank of Eagle Scout to his grandsons, Rex and Tom, in 2003.
Mrs. Kathleen Brickley
Kathleen Brickley passed away on October 31, 2009. Kathleen was married to Jim Brickley. She was very involved with Scouting for her children and continued in Scouting serving in more roles than one can even recall. Kathleen moved to Virginia Beach in 1987 as a navy wife, and began what became one of her loves, Boy Scouts of America.
As a Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 475, she had 12 boys and three assistant leaders. "This is fun", she would say. That all led to taking on larger roles. Over the years they included Staff Member of Day Camps, Dad and Lad camping weekends, Scout Shows, Catholic Committee Retreat-o-rees, Beaver Days and Tiger Days at Pipsico Scout Reservation and Committee Member of Troop 375 and Troop 363. She went on many weekend campouts and long term summer camps with the Troops which led to being selected as a member of the Order of the Arrow. She was also a member of the
training team, Kempsville Roundtable Staff and Director of the Webelos Leaders training for the last eight years. Pow-Wow's, University of Scouting and District Dinners, the list goes on. Kathleen was always there to register you.
Kathleen will be deeply missed in the Scouting family.
One cannot measure the lives she has touched but those that know her will remember her well deep with their hearts.She didn't like to take the spotlight but you can see that her warm smile
shines through regardless.
Mark E. Campbell passed away October 13th 2009. He was born in Germany to Robert and Charity Campbell. He is a Vietnam Veteran, retired Virginia Beach Police Officer and an esteemed Boy Scout Leader. Those left to cherish his memory are a wife of 27 years Maeve Ryan-Campbell and his many children; Tracy of Albany, GA, Charity, Mark, Francis, Brian and Maeve of Virginia Beach, and William of Kingsville, TX. Grandchildren Peter, Robert, Breanne, Nicholas and Mikaylah. Best friend Virgil Hart. He also has two brothers Michael and Matthew Campbell of Virginia Beach. The memorial service was held and we thank everyone that could attend and those that could not attend we thank you for your prayers.
If love could have saved him, he never would have died.
Kermit C. Wood
(Born July 18, 1919 and passed away on September 26, 2009 at the age of 90)
Kermit Wood, the affable Scouter around town, an Eagle Scout from 1937 and a lifetime member of the Scouting movement has passed on to the great reward on September 26, 2009.
Kermit started his Scouting life when he joined in 1931. He earned his Eagle in 1937 with Troop 3 in Norfolk Virginia. He has served as a Scoutmaster, an Assistant Scoutmaster and as an Explorer Advisor. He has been the OA Lodge Advisor as well as advisor to his Order of the Arrow Chapter. He also was a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow.
In 2002, Kermit was honored with the Silver Beaver Award, the council's highest award that it can bestow upon a person in the council's area.
Much can be said about Kermit. He was well taken care of by his Boy Scout Troop 63. For some time, Troop 63 and especially several of its members have taken time out of their personal lives to make sure that Kermit was well taken care of in his retirement. The council salutes the troop for taking care of one of their members and living up to the ideals of Scouting in so doing.
Thank you for your prayers for Kermit. Scouting was Kermit's family and we will miss him.
David S. Davies
David Davies was a life time Scout, an Eagle Scout, a retired professional Scouter, but always a Scout. David passed away on September 14, 2009. David was born on December 14, 1942.
David Davies, a retired professional staff passed away on September 14 in the early hours.
David's total tenure in Scouting exceeded fifty years. One of his key advocacies was teaching regular kids about individuals with disabilities. Since the time of the 80's David has led the charge at the national jamboree in terms of the disability awareness program.
David led the charge for many things. Even when David seemed to be in the back minding his own business, he was helping to lead the charge.
David's professional career included:
(a graduate of the
267th NTS) (National Training School)
Many great things will be said about David in the days to come and he has left a world with individuals that can take up the charge for David. Many are and will continue to do so. He touched so many.
Thank you for joining David's family in their time of need. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Nannette Edwards -
District scouter Nannette Edwards, lost her battle with cancer on August 23,
2009. She was most recently the Advancement Chair of Troop 777 after beginning
her scouting career at Pack 62 when her sons, Alan and Tommy joined Cub Scouts.
Nannette worked in the Council store for a period of time before taking ill.
Lillie Mae Williams -
Veteran Scouter Lillie Mae Williams, of pack and troop 102 passed away August 26. She worked for many years insuring that boys from inner-city neighborhoods had the chance to be a Scout. A celebration of her life will be on Monday, August 31 at 11am at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Berkley.
William A. Thompson, Jr. - March 1, 1941 to July 12, 2009
Bill's service was held on July 16. Both his visitation and his church service was very well attended. The family wants to thank all of the units and individuals that graciously shared their food at Bill's service.
Bill truly was a legend and a hero. He did not ask for much, never wanted credit, but always set the highest example. A Scouter's Scouter. It would take a hundred people to fill Bill's shoes.
William A. Thompson, Jr. or Bill as he was commonly referred to, was a great friend to all, devoted to his family, his community and everything that he touched.
We in Scouting were blessed with his presence. He devoted a great deal of time to his Scouting passion and he served with distinction with everything that he touched. Bill did so many things that it would be impossible to know exactly all the things he did over his life for Scouting. I know that sounds like a cliche, but when you find out he was out doing three or four different Scouting things almost every night, while still attending to his architecture business, his family, his service club, his family farm, the Gregson Center OA Museum, the motorcycle races, his task as a unit commissioner, his role as a board member....and we are only touching the surface.....barely roughing the paint with a wet cloth. Yet there is so much more as anyone in the Elizabeth River District would tell you especially the units that he worked with.
Bill was not a casual observer or participant in anything that he did. When he came to do Scouting, he came to work, to support, and enjoy with you everything that was going on in the Scouting program.
He wasn't afraid to lend his skills as an architect to the tasks at any Scouting project. He designed most of the buildings at camp. He helped build with his own hands a lot of the projects. The climbing tower at camp saw Bill Thompson standing on the very top hammering away. Bill didn't come alone to camp either, he brought all his business friends and people he had come to know over the years. The knowledge of his business, coupled with his love of Scouting, and a deep passion to see Scouting prosper are echoed over and over.
Bill always had his camera handy. He was not just a historian as something that needed to be done, he really was recording everything that he saw and did. Like the picture taker he was, he was always happy to click and view the moment, but let the youth take the stage. Bill was bigger than life to those of us that knew many of the things he did, but the one thing that always struck you, he always did his best, always kept his honor, was always well prepared, and you could find no one better to be your friend.
The Tidewater Council will miss Bill a lot but his service to youth will live on in the youth that he has touched. AND, he touched a lot of them.
Bill Thompson with Dan Wood at the 2009 Elizabeth River District Dinner
D.W. "Si" Simons (80 years old)
It is with heavy heart that we have learned that Si Simons, a tower of a man in Scouting has passed away last night, October 24, 2008. Si's resume in Scouting is so long that at this writing one can't give justice to his long and admirable record to Scouting.
Si was involved in Scouting for seventy years from 1938 to 2008.
Si Simons with the then current Chief Scout executive Roy Williams at the National Jamboree in 2005.
Video courtesy of Boys' Life Magazine, and if Si were here, he would say: "Make sure everyone in your unit gets Boys' Life Magazine!"
Among the many positions he has held over the year, there appears to be three great stand outs. His service of nearly fifty years as a Roundtable commissioner; his devotion to the Eagle rank and Eagle recognition dinner; and his overwhelming love for the Pipsico Scout Reservation.
When you go into camp, one can see the many works of Si Simons, they are everywhere from the Gregson Center to the Barn to the staff cabins in Camp Lions. Si is the person most often cited as changing the summer camp from Kiwanis to Camp Lions. Si also served as the summer camp director in an emergency one year.
ISi was the builder of the tower along with many other Scouters in 1999. If you do the math, he was just over 70 years of age, working side by side with many Scouters. The materials for the tower came from a grass roots efforts from all of the units in the council and under Si's leadership the climbing tower was finished.
Here is a picture of Si on one of the many long work days building the tower in 1999.
Progress towards building the tower in 1999
Yet there was one project at camp that Si always wanted to complete. In 2008, the executive board of the Tidewater Council, announced that Si was to chair the "Barn Project". This project was to stabilize the barn's structure, renew all of its integrity as a structure and prepare it for many potential uses.
This was the last project that Si was working on at the time of his passing. Without a doubt Si talked and worked on many things, but the barn remains and always was, the project that he wanted to accomplish above everything else.
67, passed away Aug. 9, 2008, after a courageous battle with emphysema.
Born in Plymouth, N.C., he was the son of the late Harold Edison Asby and
Belia Mae Asby. Larry was a U.S. Marine and served two tours in Vietnam. He
later retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves after 30 years of service.
He devoted much of his life to the Boy Scouts of America, where he served on
the Tidewater Council, earned the distinguished Silver Beaver Award, and
mentored many young men to become Eagle Scouts. He also received the Vigil
Award, Order of the Arrow, District Award of Merit and the Elizabeth River
Service Award numerous times. He was Commissioner of the Year, an original
starter of the Webeloree, Legends of Council, assistant Scout master for
Troop No. 6 and No. 413 and assistant district commissioner for the
Elizabeth River Council.
Please note that the council
specifically prohibits any individual from harvesting emails and sending
unrelated and unnecessary communications to individuals listed on the Tidewater
Council, Boy Scouts of America site without their expressed and written
approval. This is not only un-Scout-like but also illegal.