KQA re­spon­ders hold me­mo­rial ser­vice

Record Observer - - News - By DAN TABLER

CHESTERTOWN — The an­nual me­mo­rial ser­vice of the Kent and Queen Anne’s Vol­un­teer Fire, EMS and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion was held May 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Chestertown.

There were 18 mem­bers of the fire com­pa­nies and aux­il­iaries of the 14-mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tion who died within the past year hon­ored with a can­dle lighted as each name was called out.

The Rev. Kevin C. White, chap­lain of the Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany of Milling­ton, opened the ser­vice and read off names of Kent County mem­bers who had died, while Phil Hur­lock, a past pres­i­dent of both the lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion and the state of Mary­land as­so­ci­a­tion and a mem­ber of the Church Hill Fire Com­pany, read the Queen Anne’s County names.

As has be­come a more or less a tra­di­tion for the ser­vice, the Burke Fam­ily Singers sang a few selec­tions prior to the cer­e­mony.

The de­ceased mem­bers from Kent County were:

MILLING­TON Ge­orge Travis Man­ning, Jr., died April 6, 2016, at age 78. He is sur­vived by his wife, two daugh­ters, three sons, 13 grand­chil­dren and 14 great-grand­chil­dren.

He­len B. Wal­lace died April 8, 2016, age 90. She had been a mem­ber of the Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany Ladies Aux­il­iary and is sur­vived by three sons, eight grand­chil­dren, 17 great­grand­chil­dren and three great-great-grand­chil­dren.

KENNEDYVILLE Robert Nor­man Bax­ter died March 8, 2016, age 81. A farmer, he was a mem­ber of the Kennedyville Fire Com­pany and the Kent County Farm Bureau. He is sur­vived by his wife, one brother, one sis­ter and a brother-in-law.

CHESTERTOWN Mar­i­anna Teresa Si­pala Quigley died Nov. 5, 2016, at age 81. She had been a reg­is­tered nurse in the op­er­at­ing room at the Kent and Queen Anne’s Hos­pi­tal in Chestertown for 44 years and a mem­ber of the Chestertown Fire Com­pany. She is sur­vived by one son, one daugh­ter, four grand­chil­dren, a brother and a sis­ter.

Walker Cree Elia­son died on Dec. 15, 2016, at age 88. A vet­eran of the U.S. Air Force, he held many po­si­tions in the Chestertown Fire Com­pany. He is sur­vived by a grand­daugh­ter, one brother and many nieces and neph­ews.

John Cree Elia­son died on Feb. 5, 2016, at age 96. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. A Boy Scout for 75 years, he was a mem­ber of the Chestertown Fire Com­pany. He is sur­vived by his son, two brothers, two grand­chil­dren and a great-grand­son.

ROCK HALL Jean Wil­son died Jan. 18, 2016, af­ter a lengthy illness. She was a life mem­ber of the Rock Hall Fire Com­pany Ladies Aux­il­iary and is sur­vived by a dis­tant cousin.

Ray Reinacher died in Novem­ber 2016, from lung can­cer. He was a fire po­lice of­fi­cer with the Rock Hall Fire Com­pany.

Mel Stan­dridge died on Sept. 9, 2016, and was a life mem­ber of the Rock Hall Fire Com­pany where he served as an EMT. He is sur­vived by his du­aghter and two sons.

Neil Rod­ney died Jan. 22, 2016. He was a life mem­ber of the Rock Hall Fire Com­pany and re­tired from ser­vice at BWI Air­port. He is sur­vived by his wife and three daugh­ters.

The de­ceased mem­bers from Queen Anne’s County were:

CRUMPTON Charles Skinner died on March 5, 2016, at age 76. He was a life mem­ber of the Crumpton Fire Com­pany and an as­so­ciate mem­ber of the Sudlersville Fire Com­pany. He had been in­ducted into the Kent and Queen Anne’s Fire, EMS and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame, and had been an ac­tive mem­ber of the fire com­pany’s Aux­il­iary. He is sur­vived by his wife, a son, a sis­ter, four grand­chil­dren, two step-grand­chil­dren and seven great-grand­chil­dren.

SUDLERSVILLE Mary Gale Davis died on July 16, 2016. She was 43. She was a life mem­ber of the Sudlersville Fire Com­pany, a past pres­i­dent of the fire com­pany aux­il­iary and an EMT. She is sur­vived by her par­ents, her hus­band, three sons and a sis­ter.

Robert Michael “Mike” Em­ber t died on June 8, 2016. He was 36. A life mem­ber of the Sudlersville Fire Com­pany, he had also be­longed to the Galena, Chestertown and Crumpton fire com­pa­nies. He also marched with the Smyrna Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Band. He is sur­vived by his par­ents, his fi­ancee and three sis­ters.

GRA­SONVILLE Joseph Bryan Sad­dler Jr. died on May 20, 2016, at age 79. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Gra­sonville Fire Com­pany in 1958. He is sur­vived by his wife, two sons, a grand­daugh­ter, two great-grand­sons, a brother, sis­ter, sis­ter-in-law and a spe­cial niece.

Elmer Br yan Wal­ters died Jan. 29, 2016, at age 87. He served in the Mer­chant Marines and was a char­ter mem­ber of the Gra­sonville Fire Com­pany. He is sur­vived by three daugh­ters, one son, a sis­ter, sis­ter-in­law, eight grand­chil­dren, eight great-grand­chil­dren and a spe­cial friend.

Bruce Stephen Smith Jr. died on May 29, 2016, at age 44. He started his fire­fight­ing ca­reer with the Orchard Beach Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and later be­came a ca­reer fire­fighter with Fort Meade Fire Depart­ment, where he was deputy fire chief, and had been a mem­ber of the Gra­sonville Fire Com­pany. He is sur­vived by his par­ents, his chil­dren, two grand­chil­dren and a brother.

Wil­liam Ben­ton had been a mem­ber of the Gra­sonville Fire Com­pany. QUEEN ANNEHILLSBORO Robert H. “Gus” Gib­son died Jan. 11, 2016, at age 93. He served in the Pa­cific on a sub­ma­rine with the U.S. Navy in WWII. A char­ter mem­ber of the Queen AnneHillsboro Fire Com­pany, he held nu­mer­ous of­fices and had been in­ducted into the Hall of Fame of the Kent and Queen Anne’s as­so­ci­a­tion, the Caro­line County Fire As­so­ci­a­tion, the Tal­bot County Fire As­so­ci­a­tion, the East­ern Shore Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Mary­land State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion. He is sur vived by three daugh­ters, three grand­chil­dren, six great-grand­chil­dren and one great-great grand­child.

A mo­ment of si­lence fol­lowed by the light­ing of the fi­nal can­dle, fol­lowed by the play­ing of “Taps” by Jesse Downey and Jean­nie Ed­wards.

An­other high­light of the evening ser­vice was the play­ing of the bag­pipes by Doug Cut­ter.

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