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Walter C. Giffrow 

 

Walter Chouinard Giffrow, Jr., age 82, passed away of natural causes on Monday, February 12, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.

From his birth in Freeport, Illinois to his death, Walter was widely known for being gentle, kind, funny, and generous. He was always deflective of self attention, nurturing of others, and a jovial and warm personality. He was complex: extremely humble, yet confident and bold. His smile was an undeniable trademark and proved to be infectious to all he encountered. He was predeceased by his brother Warren and is survived by his wife Mary and son Christopher.

Walter was a former Captain in the United States Air Force, Manager of the Royal Brunei Yacht Club, Manager of the Surf Club in Miami Beach, and a Distribution Manager for the Miami Herald. His leadership and heart touched every life he encountered and he is fondly remembered by so many. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a Bronze Star recipient.

Following Walter's time in the Air Force, he spent a number of years abroad where he met his loving wife Mary in Singapore in 1972. In 1980, they moved to South Florida and were married in 1981. Their son Christopher was born in 1986 and they took permanent residence in South Florida in 1990 after brief stints in Singapore and Brunei.

Walter and his family traveled yearly with great diligence to destinations across America and abroad. No matter the circumstances, family was the priority. While at home, Walter enjoyed home improvement, subtle tinkering, and new found gadgetry.

In 2012, Walter was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Despite a number of adversarial medical conditions he encountered during his years, Walter valiantly battled the condition in his elder years. As such, in lieu of flowers, wreaths, or other gifts of consolation, the family kindly asks that you donate in memory of Walter to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or another comparable Parkinson's Research Foundation of your choosing. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at St. David Catholic church followed by burial at South Florida National Cemetery.

 

Harry Butler

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of one of our members. Harry was born on December 7th, 1930, and passed on Auguest 24th, 2016. He served in the U. S. Air  Force, during the Korean War and was also a PUFL member. He is surived by his wife Pat, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the post/unit in his name. 

 

 

French “Frenchie” Shannon Jr.

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 9th District Commander, French “Frenchie” Shannon, Jr. , last week at the Alexander “Sandy” Nininger Veterans Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines at the age of 88.

There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Past 9th District Commander, French, “Frenchie” Shannon, Jr. on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:30pm at VFW Post 8195, 4414 Pembroke Rd. West Park, FL.

The Internment Service at The South Florida National Cemetary has changed to Monday, Oct. 10 at 1300 (1 PM).

Frenchie was a WWII US ARMY Veteran and was a charter member of Post 365, with 26 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief.

 

 

Leo R Gray

The Viewing for Col. Leo R Grey is to be held on Friday, October 14th, between the hours of 1800-2100 (6-9 PM) at Dignity Memorial, 7701 Baily Rd., N. Lauderdale. This is for visitation only.

Celebration of Life to be held Saturday October 15th, from 1000- 1400 (10AM-2PM) at The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, located at 3800 NW 11th Place, N. Lauderhill, FL.

 

Retired Lt. Col. Leo Gray, 82, a retired Tuskegee Airman, holds a 1945 photo of himself after flying a mission over Europe. Gray is one of 300 who will were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush on March 29 in Washington, D.C. Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel

Retired Lt. Col. Leo Gray, 82, a retired Tuskegee Airman, holds a 1945 photo of himself after flying a mission over Europe. Gray is one of 300 who will were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush on March 29 in Washington, D.C.
Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Leo R. Gray, (Lt. Col. Ret.), a Charter Member of Post 365. He was one of the last surviving original Tuskegee Airmen and a Red Tail Pilot in the State of Florida. He was well known throughout the state and country and traveled abroad telling the story of the “famed” Tuskegee Airmen of WWII.

Leo will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Condolences may be sent to, Diane Gray, at 1802 Eleutheria Pt., Apt. B1, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.


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