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     "Let us create vessels and sails adjusted
      to the heavenly ether, and there will be 
      plenty of people unafraid of the empty 
      wastes. In the meantime, we shall prepare,
      for the brave sky-traveler, maps of the
      celestial bodies- I shall do it for the moon
      you Galileo, for Jupiter." - From letter to
      Galileo by Kepler (1571-1630 A.D.)   
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MEMORIALS / OBITUARIES OF
KSC-AREA SPACE PIONEERS

Dedicated to ALL who have worked to make
the Manned Space program a reality.
You will find Center Directors and Janitors;
Managers and Secretaries; Engineers and Plumbers;
Department Heads, Painters, Security folks, and many more.

The well-known, as well as the little-known, heroes.

Let none be forgotten..

"Go Flight" was the usual last response spoken by the Test Conductors
to the Flight Director, when being polled to confirm "flight readiness" for the
upcoming and sometimes imminent Manned Mission into the Heavens.

To those we honor here or in our hearts and memories, we say:
Ad Astra, friends; Ad Astra and Godspeed..
You are not forgotten, nor will you be....

2/17/2012: As my wife and I (age 74) age and funds are low because of medical problems and related demands multiply, I have been remiss in keeping this page and the Astronaut page (high-flight.org) updated although I have saved all the obit data to be added up to this date.

I am STILL looking for someone to take over this project and will train a dedicated person or company in the procedures. Otherwise, when I cannot keep it up, I will renew it for a 2-3 year hosting and it will then evaporate. If you can help with a PayPal gift, data entry at home and/or use the various Amazon or other links hereon, (anonymous), please consider it as it will help!! Tom.

October 2011: Obviously I have fallen WAY behind on the updating, although I still am saving/gathering OBIT
information inputs with thanks to the kind folks at LEGACY.COM! - I may have to outright stop manually
updating and eventually leave this labor of love. I do not have programming skills that would allow the incoming
OBITS from Legacy to be automatically reposted or reformatted to be entered here, but if anyone does and
can help, I NEED that help! To help out: Contact Tom

Contact Tom at October, 2010; I continue to labor at this Memorial, but my PPS (Post-Polio-Syndrome) weaknesses are increasing, as are my typing errors from proprioperception (hand position sense) errors :-( I reiterate - I REALLY need some help on this project, folks.. Mostly in gathering and formatting the Obits (I have a shopping BAG full of ones torn out of the Florida TODAY that I need to enter, or download the obit itself from them).. Tom

1/8/2010: Added ~120 more entries to complete the 2009a & 2009b categories.
later, will work on both older and 2010-11 sections. - GOTTA take a few days off. :-)
NOTE: In something this complicated and time-consuming, there WILL be errors and mistakes/typos!
PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANY FOUND! Tom..

1/4/10: Added another 60 or so entries in 2009a category.
1/2/2010: Added about 70 listings in 2008 and 2009a categories.
Taking a "back-break" and will be adding more soon..

ALSO: I have received some uplifting recent E-Mails..
The kind that spur me on and keep me fueled.
Will list some extracts HERE now and then. :-)

Happy New Year and G'Bless!!.. Tom


12/30/09: NOTICE TO VISITORS:

THERE SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM USING THE BELOW SEARCH FUNCTION, BASED ON THE WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORTS I GET.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS WHEN SEARCHING FOR A MEMORIALIZED PERSON IN ORDER TO FIND AN ENTRY WITHOUT SPURIOUS RETURNS. DO NOT KEEP TRYING WITH DIFFERENT SPELLINGS.

1) SEARCH ONLY FOR THE LAST NAME OF THE PERSON. NO FIRST NAMES, ETC.
2) IF YOU GET A MULTIPLE RESULTS, LOOK CAREFULLY THROUGH THEM FOR THE CLOSEST MATCH. REMEMBER THE SEARCH COMPANY ONLY "INDEX'S" THIS SITE WEEKLY.
3) IF YOU GET A GENERIC "IN-WORK" PAGE, IT MEANS I MAY HAVE RECEIVED A NAME, BUT NOT YET RECEIVED THE OFFICIAL DATA NOR HAVE INTEGRATED THE OFFICIAL OBIT DATA YET.
4) IF YOU GET NO RESULT, IT MEANS THAT I DO NOT HAVE ANY DATA OR HAVE NOT ENTERED EVEN THE NAME PLACE-HOLDER YET.
5) IF YOU HAVE SENT INFO, I MAY HAVE CREATED THE "IN-WORK" PLACE-HOLDER PAGE ONLY, BUT DO NOT YET HAVE VALIDATED DATA TO CREATE THE FULL ENTRY.
6) IF STILL UNABLE TO FIND THE ENTRY, TRY SCROLLING DOWN TO THE YEAR AND MONTH OF DEATH AREA AND SEE IF THE NAME IS SHOWN THEREON. IF NOT, SEE NOTE BELOW.

NOTE: I AM ADMITTEDLY WAY BEHIND, AND AM WORKING ON 2008 AND 2010 VALID DATA AS AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY ENTRIES FOR PRIOR YEARS WAITING IN THE QUEUE, BUT CANNOT CREATE AN ENTRY WITHOUT THE PUBLISHED OR OTHERWISE VALIDATED DATA.

THIS IS A ONE-MAN PROJECT AND I AM ENTERING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN BOUTS OF INABILITY TO SIT AT THE COMPUTER.

One day, regettably, this project may stop and go away. I have repeatedly asked for a dedicated soul to help with entries and keep it going when I cannot, but no response. I see my Cardiologist THIS January and the outcome, coupled with my worsening Post-Polio-Sydrome (PPS) weaknesses and pain, may further reduce my activity here.
(Update: Cardiologist says my 1992 quad bypasses are doing amazingly well - Someone must be praying for me.. :-) ) THANKS! Tom

Spring, 2009: Have added a form to this page for YOUR input to the listings - Name and E-Mail will be required for verification!!

1/1/09: STILL being realistic, and in my 70's, I would like to recruit a younger, enthusiastic "understudy" to be available to maintain these pages should I be out of the area OR out of commission! :-)

It MUST be a "Labor of Love" for YOU, as well, and it does entail at least 1-2 hours or more/week. (Legal.com is now sending related obits often!! ;-) )

Think it over, and let me know anytime... Tom


This has turned out to be a massive, although wonderful project. Please bear with me while I research and format the entries! - I am running slower now because of a wrist problem and Post-Polio-Syndrome, but am chugging along satisfactorily, albeit slower. :-)

As I do this project, I am changing from a sad feeling at the loss of these departed Space Heroes, to a feeling of great pride and honor at having worked alongside some of these wonderful, dedicated people - war heroes, hard-hat high-metal workers, family men and women; teenagers and IOOB members; High-school grads and PHD's; purple-heart recipients and non-decorated team-members; Infants and even a Titanic survivor; US-born and immigrants, and the whole spectrum of Humanity - all functioning as one to launch our brave Astronauts, welcome them home, and mourn their losses or trials.

I am searching and extracting these KSC Worker memorials by reading EVERY available obituary from 1999 through the present to update this memorial page, and become increasingly amazed and truly humbled at the cross-section of amazing people we have in this KSC area - You would be surprised who has walked among us. I am!!

God Bless 'em ALL!!

Tom M.

A special THANK YOU to Erma, Lee and Paul B. of Cape Canaveral for their outstanding help in gathering newspaper Obituary information (They save the Obit pages from the TODAY for me - I cannot afford a suscription myself) for incorporation into this Memorial page. Thanks also to Dee and Ed B. of Ellijay, GA for their help! - You may not know these names, but the deceased know yours.

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  • First names may be shortened to fit column space available.
  • Memorials are "originals" and therefore may be of mixed tense.
  • I will probably make these listings multi-paged as entries build.
  • Strange as it may seem, if you want to write your own Memorial Info, pre-need, send it to me, and it will be validated with you, and then kept OFF-line until needed. I have done mine, and so have a number of others.

If you can help with those missing here, have desired additions, OR photos, please contact me at our spam-proofed address: Send Additions or Corrections to Tom, and we will be MORE than happy to add small anecdotes, remembrances,a photo or two, or your comments to these listings!! (Some editing may be necessary.)





~ GENEALOGISTS, ETC.: ~
**PLEASE** STOP USING THIS WORK AS A SEARCH-PLACE FOR YOUR RESEARCH!
ALSO: THERE ARE NO ASTRONAUTS LISTED HERE - ASTRONAUT PAGE IS HERE!
USE CTRL-F (SEARCH PAGE) INSTEAD! -- YOU ARE DRIVING THE FREE OBIT SEARCH
FUNCTION ABOVE THE DAILY LIMITS GRANTED TO US. USE THIS SEARCH ONLY FOR THE
KSC PEOPLE YOU KNOW SHOULD BE ON HERE, ALTHOUGH I AM WAY BEHIND IN UPDATING!
~ THANKS! ~



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(^ Notation means Temporary Page - Placeholder)
(# Notation means Missile, Space and Range Pioneer)
(+ Notation means USAF Space and Missile Museum Volunteer)
(@ Notation means my personal friend or direct co-worker.
(! Notation indicates contributions to the Space Program at KSC warranted inclusion.)

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I give you this one thought to keep - I am with you still - I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone - I am with you still -- in each new dawn.


 


 
Immortality

Do not stand
By my grave, and weep.
I am not there,
I do not sleep...
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints in the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle, autumn rain.
As you awake with morning’s hush,
I am the swift, up-flinging rush of
quiet birds in flight.
I am the day of transcending night.
Do not stand
By my grave, and cry.
I am not there,
I did not die.

-Clare Harner Lyon, 1934


A FEW RELATED LINKS..

  • Our Missile, Space and Range Pioneers page.
  • Our CCAFS Space and Missile Museum page.
  • Our "High-Flight" Astronaut/Cosmonaut memorial page.
  • Our Pad 19 remembrance page.
  • Our "Abandon-in-Place" memorial page.
  • An extensive and great virtual TOUR OF CCAFS page!
  • Ralph Griffin's Rockwell/MDAC Worker's page!  

LINKS TO SUPPORTER & INFO-CONTRIBUTING FOLKS.  

* Obit Source: Florida Today and Legacy Obituaries. - With thanks!

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