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Tim Cox has a birthday today.
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Dec 13, 2018 at 4:33 AM
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Dec 03, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Posted on: Oct 04, 2015 at 12:04 PM

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Roger Watson has left an In Memory comment for Kenneth O'Connell.
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Nov 30, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I have struggled with writing these comments about Kenny, ever since Alan Crosby told me of his death. I expect some of you may feel that this not the right forum for my comments but I believe that we should learn from those who die and Kenny's death has brought that home to me.

Kenny and I played football together in our junior and senior years and other than that there was not a real connection between us, more acquaintances than friends. However, his death has caused me to have to face a severe failing within me and perhaps you as well.

When I read Alan's brief words and the simple statement of his obituary, something struck a nerve within me. What I am about to write is based on an assumption about Kenny's death, an assumption that I would happily be corrected on.

From the obituary to Kenny's cause of death, Alzheimer's, it struck me that Kenny may have died alone. Alzheimer's is a disease that locks a person in solitary darkness cut off from the world. My pain stems not from just the passing of a teammate but the picture in my mind of Ken entering into that abyss by himself without support, encouragement and a friendly face or word to take with him on that journey. How many of my classmates are in that situation, facing the world and death without someone to walk the last part of that journey with them. 

In the Marine Corps, and likely other branches of service, there is a silent promise that no Marine will be left behind and that pertains not just to the battlefield but whenever the opportunity arises to help one who has been "wounded." Kenny was wounded and seemingly left behind. I left him behind.

Do you know of one of our classmates who is in need of encouragement, a kind word, or even just a chance to know that one or some of his or her classmates remember them? Would a call or a letter from me have made Kenny better - no. Would a call or a message from me have made a difference in his journey, perhaps? I will never know. Would a call or a message from you make a difference? Find out now or you may never know.

If you know of a classmate or classmates in similar circumstances or could just use a word from an old classmate, please share that person with others so they can respond. I believe it will make a vast difference in their lives and our own. It is too late for me to have a relationship with Kenny but it is not too late for me to add meaning to Kenny's life and death. Let's find a forum where we can share with each other the names and contact points of classmates you know, that many of us also know, that are struggling for whatever reason so that we can reach out to them.  

None of our classmates should be left behind. I wish I hadn't left Kenny behind.

Dave Bliss is someone who could use an encouraging word from any of you that would reach out to him.  Dave's wife's name is Debbie. You may have to reintroduce yourself to David.

           Contact Info: Address - 1725 Republic St, San Diego, CA 92114 

                                Phone   -   619.372.6348   

 

Roger Watson has left an In Memory comment for James Hoover.
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Nov 27, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Reading Jimmy's obituary, looking at the pictures provided, there is no mistaking that this is the Jimmy Hoover I knew as a classmate and teammate. He was blessed with an easy smile, with empathy, and with compassion. Jimmy possessed the simplest of all human traits, the trait that so many of us can not make our own -  Jimmy was kind.

From the football field, in combat, and as a family man, he put others before himself. In a world where we are looking for recognition from others, where we want people to know how important we are, how precious we are, how successful we are or not, we have become a self-absorbed society, and it is so easy to get caught up in that. James (Jimmy) Hoover represents, for me the very antithesis of that mindset. 

Jimmy and I had little interface over the years if any but his death and his obituary has caused me to look in the mirror and ask the simple question - am I kind, would people who know me call me kind. Jimmy set the bar high.

It is not how long we live but how well we live - Jimmy lived well. We could do worse than to be a bit more like Jimmy than we are today. Rest in peace Jimmy. Thank you! 

Peg O'Brien has left an In Memory comment for James Hoover.
Nov 27, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Roger, well said.  Jimmy was a kind, friendly good person. 

 

Peg O'Brien has a birthday today.
Nov 27, 2018 at 4:33 AM
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Sep 05, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Posted on: Jan 02, 2017 at 5:40 PM

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May 29, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Hi Joe! Wishing you a happy, healthy birthday!
Have not attended another reunion since I saw you last Have moved to Godforsaken Hudson, Mass after 24 years in San Francisco...yikes! Hope to see you at next reunion.
Best to your wife and family !

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May 24, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Sadly Ginny passed away December 21st 2017. She was a dear friend for all these years. She spent several years with her daughter in St. Augustine FL

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May 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM

So glad you know my niece Felicia.
I look forward to seeing you at one of these reunions.

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Posted on: Dec 03, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Happy Birthday ?????? Jack!!

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