Leonard Saver 01/06/06 - USA - Korea
LEONARD SAVER graduated from the United States Infantry Center at Camp Blanding, FL as an Infantry Soldier, and served 2 1/2 years in the United States Army. He completed MOS’s including:
11B-Infantry Soldier, 2L3-Company Clerk, 607-Mortarman, 442-Entertainment Specialist, and 502-Administrative NCO. Under General Patton, he fought with Co K, 261st Regiment, 65th Infantry Division, and in addition to his medals and awards, his unit received the Bronze Star for Bravery at the battle of Struth. After spending 3 months in OISeE Intermediate Section in France, he returned to Germany as the Chief Clerk of the Fiscal Office and, opened the new Headquarters called The Continental Base Section. His half-brother, John Saver was killed in the war, also.
Stewart Fraser 09/01/06 - USN - 1945-1952 WWII & Korea, USAF - 1952-1954 Korea
Stewart joined the Navy at 17 and sent to Sampson Naval Training Station, was transfered to the U.S.S. Missouri at Leyte Island in the Phillippines. His Battle Station on the Bridge with Admiral Halsey, Commander of the Third Fleet. They were 150-200 off coast of Japan feeling shock waves from dropped Atomic Bombs. The U.S.S. Missouri was assigned the duty of going to Tokyo Bay where the Peace Surrender Ceremony was to be signed because the President was Harry Truman, his Daughter christened the ship. Worked for the US Civil Service Top Secret Records Department Pentagon until recalled by the Navy. Worked for the USCG as a Officer in the Licensing area for merchant seamen.
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 37A grave 278.
Frank Fong 03/24/07- USAF - WWII & Korea -Post 385 Charter Member
LT. COL. FRANK SHOO FONG, USAF (Ret.), 87, of Weston, a long- time South Florida resident, born in Augusta, GA, died March 24, 2007. Lt. Col. Fong was a highly decorated Fighter Pilot of WWII and the Korean Conflict, flying a P-47 and P-51; receiving two Distinguished Flying Crosses, eight Air Medals (seven clusters to Air Force Medal), Purple Heart, European Theatre Ribbon with six Bronze Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, Ribbon of Merit, Korean Medal, Intelligence Medal, Senior Pilot’s Wings, Expert Medal and other awards too numerous to mention. He was also an acclaimed artist having designed and illustrated a book on the history and operation of the American Air Sea Rescue Activities for General Anton. He resided in Weston, FL and was a charter member of Post 385 at its founding in 2005.
John B. Franz 09/05/07- USAF - Vietnam
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 37C grave 164.
Jack Finkelstein 09/07/07 - USA - WW II
Joseph Buchler 10/07/07 - USAF - WW II
Helen Franz 10/24/07 - USN - WW II
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 37C grave 165.
Myron Pavlik 11/18/07 - USA - WW II
MYRON JOHN PAVLIK, 81, of Weston, passed away on Sunday, Nov 18, 2007. He was born in Binghamton , New York . He served with the US Army during the time of the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Eastern Airlines and was a member of the American Legion.
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 20 grave 1754.
Constantine Railey 12/04/07 - USA - WW II
Constantine J. Railey., 86, of Weston passed away December 4, 2007. He was born on March 9, 1921 in New York City . Constantine was a member of the Third Army serving under Lt. General George Patton, Jr. during World War II.
Juan R. Zayas 12/29/07 - USN - Korea
Morris Weinstein 04/03/08 - USN - WW II
Morris Weinstein, 84, of Weston passed away April 3, 2008 . Born in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , Mr. Weinstein had been a resident of South Florida since 1989 coming from Willingboro , New Jersey. He is interred at Menorah Gardens, Southwest Ranches, Florida, drive to the end, turn right and stop in the Sarah section, row N, 3 rd grave in.
John A. Sexton 04/09/08 - USMC - Vietnam
John A. Sexton Jr., a resident of Century Village in Pembroke Pines , Florida passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Born and raised in Brooklyn , New York , Mr. Sexton lived for twenty years in Oklahoma City , moving to Pompano Beach , Florida in the late '80s. He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1965, serving aboard the USS Wasp.
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 35 grave 692.
Andrew Hudson 07/07/08- USAF - WW II
Andrew D. Hudson, 79, of Pembroke Pines , died Monday, July 7, 2008 . He was cremated at the Metz Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Homes, Cape Coral , Florida.
Raymond G. Chote 2008 - USN - WW II
Eugene V. Palermo 10/11/08 - USA - Korea
PALERMO, EUGENE VINCENT, R.N., 77, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2008. Beloved husband of Dorothy, loving father of Marian Segal and Natalie Blake, loving grandfather of Ian and Chase Blake. Graveside military funeral service October 15, 2008 at South Florida VA Cemetery, Lake Worth.
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 39 grave 47.
Alvin Harold Chanin 03/15/09 - USAF - WW II
Alvin Harold Chanin, of Pembroke Pines born May 26, 1923, died March 15, 2009. March 16, 2006. Al and Korrine, his wife, lived in New York City until 1952, when they moved their family to North Miami Beach . Al worked in the lighting sales business for over 50 years. Al was a World War II Air Force veteran, a member of American Legion Post 385 and Knights of Pythias, South Florida Lodge 195.
He was interred at Beth David Memorial Gardens, Hollywood, Florida.
Anthony J. Radzville 02/03/09 - Army - WW II
Anthony J. Radzville 96, formerly of Plains, passed away on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, in Memorial Manor Hospital, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
He was born on Aug. 15, 1912, in Shenadoah. He resided in Plains until 2004, when he relocated to Century Village, Pembroke Pines, Fla. He was a veteran of World War II serving as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a devoted member of Saint Peter and Paul Church, Hudson were he served as an usher for many years.
Anthony was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Radzville; sister Alice Radzville; and brother Joseph Radzville.
Surviving are his loving children, Bernard, Richard, John and Ronald Radzville; daughter Marilyn Jaskiewic; his grandson, Richard Radzville Jr.; and granddaughters Patty Rosenburg and Courtney Radzville; along with five great-grandchildren.
Fred Green 03/24/09 - USAF - Korea
William Engel 01/31/10 - Army - WW II
Was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was interred at Menorah Gardens, Southwest Ranches, Florida
Barrett Balsam 04/01/10 - Army - WWII
Barrett Balsam was born on April 9, 1912 and passed away on April 1, 2010; eight days short of his 98 th year. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 385. Barrett was a resident of Lauderhill, Florida.
Felix Giuffre 04/10/10 - Army - WWII
Felix Martin Giuffre of Williamsburg, VA was born on November 11, 1917 and pass away on April 10, 2011. He served during World War II in the US Army at the rank of Sergeant in Company A, 1 st Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27 th Infantry Division (New York).
His combat action on Saipan was described in the book entitled “Battling for Saipan” by Francis A. O'Brien. On the History Channel this program revisits July 7, 1944, when 4,000 Japanese soldiers launched the largest suicide charge of World War II against the New York National Guard's 105th Infantry Regiment during the fight for the Island of Saipan. The program is part of National Geographic Channel's "Day Under Fire: WWII" series. Sgt. Felix Giuffre from Brooklyn is shot four times. At one point, as he attempts to escape the attack, he crawls into a minefield. One of his men rushes among the mines to carry Giuffre out.
“Wounded men helped wounded men. Those who could walk helped those who could not make it back to the rear. If a man could move, no matter how badly wounded, he crawled or hobbled along while the able-bodied men protected Him. Sgt. Anthony A. Auzis, 26, of Waukegan Illinois, with Company A, 1 st Battalion, was seriously wounded in the leg during the first stages of the fighting on the initial perimeter. After running out of ammunition, he went back looking for the 1 st Battalion aid station but could not find it. He was wounded again, this time in the arm. On the way back to the 105 th Regimental aid station, he found Sgt. Felix M. Giuffre of Company A, 1 st Battalion, lying unconscious on the ground suffering from a head wound. Although he could barely walk, Auzis picked him up and brought him back along the railroad tracks as far as the minefield above RJ 2. Exhausted, he laid the unconscious man on the ground at the edge of the minefield. Auzis was then wounded again, this time in his good leg. Now forced to leave Giuffre at the edge of the minefield, Auzis dragged himself back to Tanapag Village and the second perimeter. He remained there the rest of the day and was again wounded when he was hit in the back by a large shell fragment fired unwittingly y friendly forces. That evening Auzis was evacuated from the beach back to the base hospital.
Sgt. Giuffre, meanwhile, regained consciousness and began trying to move himself to the aid station. Captain Love's book states that Private Joseph Gomes came running by at the time and saw Giuffre moving an inch or two at a time, literally tearing huge chunks of ground out with his hands as he tried to pull himself along. Sgt. Giuffre found himself in the middle of the minefield. Gomes, saying “to hell with it,” jumped into the minefield, and carried Giuffre out of it and back into the perimeter. When interviewed later, Giuffre recalled that Tech4 Medic Ramon T. Gonzalez carried him out of the minefield and into the perimeter where he was wounded a fourth time before he was finally evacuated from the beach late that afternoon.”
Frank Dingfelder 06/24/10 - Army - Vietnam Era
Frank “Frankie” Dingfelder, 67, of Pembroke Pines, FL, passed away suddenly. He was an army veteran who loved his country. He generously volunteered his time to the VA. Frank was the Vice Commander in American Legion Post 385 in Pembroke Pines. All of his loving family & friends will love & miss you always.
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 39 grave 2085.
Robert J. Dolin 06/26/10 - USAF - WW II
Luis A. Soto 07/21/10 - Army- Vietnam Era
Luis Angel Soto, 67, of Sunrise, FL, passed away on July 21, 2010. He is survived by his wife Frances, 3 children and 10 grandchildren. He worked for the City of Plantation. He served in the US Army for 4 years in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Vincent W. Shevlin 10/12/10 - USAF - Korea
Vincent W. Shevlin Sr. of Davie, FL died on Oct. 12, 2010. Formerly of Long Island, NY, he was a veteran of the US Air Force, a parishioner of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, and a volunteer with Vitas Hospice for 15 years. He is survived by his wife Anna, two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 39 grave 2394.
William Spiekerman 03/20/11 - Air Force - Vietnam
William Spiekerman, 63, of Miramar, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife, Mercedes Spiekerman and niece, Mirtica. Funeral services were held in Deer Park, NY.
Rene "Al" Kirouac 04/08/11 - Navy - WWII
Rene “Al” Kirouac, 84, of Pembroke Pines, FL, passed away on April 8, 2011. Al was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on January 21, 1927. He is survived by his wife, Muriel, his three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren Rene was a proud member of the United States Navy, serving from May 1944 to May 1946 aboard the USS Berrien APA62. He achieved the rank of Seaman, First Class and was a member of the prestigious United States Navy Amphibious Force. Rene received the WWII Victory Medal, as well as the American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, with two battle stars, as a result of his participation in two major battles: Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He later moved from Massachusetts to Miami and joined the Army National Guard and the Army National Guard of Florida, of which he was a member from January 1953 to January 1956. In June of 1956 he became a firefighter for Metro-Dade County. Rene was the first elected President of Union Local S-5 and also served as elected President of the Dade County Port Authority Employee's Union A.S.C.M.E. After 27 years of dedicated service, he retired in May 1983.
Guy F. Walters 05/03/11 - Navy - WWII
Guy F. Walters Sr., 93, of Pembroke Pines, FL, passed away on May 3, 2011. He was born on February 13, 1918. He was cremated in Lake Worth.
Edward J. Bleyer 09/06/11 - Air Force - Korea
Bleyer, Edward J., 78, of Pembroke Pines, died Tuesday, September 6, 2011, after a long illness. Retired USAF. He is survived by wife of 58 years, Edith; son Mark of Pembroke Pines; daughter Sherree of Tempe, AZ; son Jeffrey of St. Johns, VI, (Debora) and their children Kristopher and Kaitlin; sister Margaret (Jack) Oakley of Springfield, IL; and sister-in-law Eileen of Miami Gardens. Memorial Service Sat. 9/17/11, 11 am at Boyd Panciera Funeral Home, Pembroke Pines. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
Cooper Camp 09/18/11 - Air Force - WWII
Cooper Camp, 92, of Pembroke Pines passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011. He was predeceased by his son Donald in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Catherine Camp and three children. Cooper was an Air Force veteran of WWII and a retired New York City Fireman , and a member of Post 385 of the American Legion. After moving to Florida in 1959 he was one of the founders of Angler Boat Corporation in Miami Lakes. He was an active parishioner of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus. Interment is at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, in North Lauderdale, Florida.
Clinton H. Lingerfelt 11/28/11 - Navy- Korea
(79) of Davie, passed away on Nov. 28. Clinton was a prominent member of the Miami business community, serving as VP and co-owner of Brady Roofing and Sheet Metal for more than 50 yrs. He is survived by his wife, Grace; his children, John, Valerie (Kitchens), Clinton Jr., Kent, and Greg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Jordan D. Raileanu 12/27/11 - Army - WWII
JORDAN DEWITT RAILEANU, born Aug. 8, 1927 in Bronx, NY, passed away Dec. 27, 2011. Graduate of Ohio State University. Beloved husband of Elaine, a loving father of Steven, Gary, Michael Raileanu, Haidi Appel, Tzipi Hofland, step children David and Helen Sisselman, and a cherished grandfather of 18. Jordan was a Vice President of Metalsource and also worked at the Jewish Vocational Services in Miami. After retiring he became an activist in many causes, was an arbiter for the Better Business Bureau, and the founding President of the Village Reform Congregation. Recently he was the chairman of the M & O Committee, in which he was active in the refurbishment of the Century Village Clubhouse. His work will be remembered by all. The family requests memorial contributions to the Village Reform Congregation. Funeral services Thurs. TODAY Dec. 29th 10AM at the Village Reform Cong. (in Century Village). He served in the US Army during World War II and was a member of The American Legion, Post 385.
Donald Korn 04/08/12 - Army - Vietnam
Interment at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Section 36C, grave 655.
George W. Wilsher 06/14/12 - Navy - WWII
George W. Wilsher, 89, of Weston, Florida passed away on June 14th, 2012. George was born in Washington D.C. on April 21, 1923, son of George and Daisy (Armistead) Wilsher.
He joined the Navy during WWII and served as an Aviation Ordnanceman. He worked for Marriott In-Flite Services in Miami, FL for over 30 years as an area controller. He was involved in the Ives Estates Optimist Club with Baseball and Football teams.
Married for 52 years to his wife Phyllis (deceased) he is survived by his son William F Wilsher of Boynton Beach, FL and his wife Kathy; son Steven E Wilsher of Weston, FL and his wife Monica. He had one grandchild Brian M Wilsher and two step-grandchildren Scott Carmichael and Kellie Thomas with spouse Dr. Chris Thomas and daughters Paige-Allen and Hailey-June.
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 16th at 10 AM immediately followed by burial with military honors at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
Interred at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens, 6300 Taft Street. Section Oaklawn, grave 18D.
Elbert Armstrong 10/13/12 - Army - WWII
Angelo A. Perfetto 01/27/13 - Army - WWII
James Beicher 02/03/13 - Air Force - Vietnam Era
Alvin Trilling 02/14/13 - Coast Guard - WWII
Alvin Trilling passed away on February 14, 2013. Alvin was born in Atlantic City, NJ on January 13, 1928. Alvin was always known for his great sense of humor, love of life and zest for knowledge. He was a wonderful son, husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years Rita, children Lauren, Bethanne (Paul), and Robert (Susan) and grandchildren Audrey (Ben), Michael, Matthew and Emily. Survived by his siblings Aaron (Ada), Sandra, and Marcia (Irwin) and many neices and nephews. Alvin was cherished by his family and respected and loved by all. Alvin was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 385.
Julian Smalkin 08/13/13 - Army - Korea
Interred at Star of David Cemetary, 7801 Bailey Rd., North Lauderdale. Section : Garden of Rebecca, five rows east of the west Garden of Rebecca marker.
Thomas A. Flynn 08/05/14 - Marines – Korea
Thomas Anthony Flynn, 84, passed away August 5, 2014. Thomas was the son of Thomas and Agnes Flynn of Worcester, Mass. He is survived by his wife Lauraine, daughters Debora (James) Perkins, Aileen (Steve) Sesto, grandchildren Justin, Thomas, Tyler, Alexa and Corey. He is also survived by sister Mary Ellen Brigham, and brothers John (Beverly) Flynn, and Charles (June)Flynn, and several nieces, and nephews . Tom graduated from St. Peters Marian High School, Worcester, Mass and St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He served in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. Upon discharge, he moved to Miami and married his wife Lauraine in 1954. He worked for the State of Florida until he retired in 1995. He was a member of American Legion Post 385. He enjoyed exercising, vacationing, and spending time with his family. He was a true gentleman to all who knew him and will be missed by all who loved him. Services were private for family and he was cremated.
Arthur Aiss 08/21/13 - Air Force – WWII
Joseph Pezullo 01/03/15 - Air Force – Korea
QUEENSBURY – Joseph A. Pezzulo, 81, passed away early Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at his home at the Cedars Senior Living Community surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.
Born in Ticonderoga on Feb. 18, 1933, Joe was the son of the late Salvatore and Maria Pezzulo. After graduating from Ticonderoga High School, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He served during the Korean War, including one year n the Korean combat zone, and was honorably discharged as an Airman 1st Class. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Korean Medal.
During his time in the military, Joe developed a pen pal friendship with Rosalie Butera of Brooklyn, NY. Before shipping overseas, he went to New York to meet her and they fell in love. Joe and Rosalie were married upon his return from Korea. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 27, 2014.
Interment will immediately follow at the Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville.
Antonio C. Catubac - 05/13/2015 - Army – WWII
Antonio C. Catubac born on May 18, 1925 in Iliolo City, Philippines. Loving Father to Junie, Grecia, Merna, Henie (Daniel), Antonio Jr. (Jesica), Francis (Catherine), Febe (Gary), May (Roderick), Ana (Reginald). Beloved Grandfather to many grandchildren. Great grandfather to two grandchildren. Antonio was one of four siblings. Late brother to Lilia. Antonio was a U.S Army Veteran of World War II and a Life Member of The American Legion, Post 385, Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was awarded the American Legion 45 Year Continuous Member Pin at a recent Post 385 ceremony.
He is interred at The Philippine-American Cemetery in Iloilo City, Philippines.
Andrew Paul Lokie - 01/12/14
Andrew Paul Lokie, 82, of Weston, Fla. died Jan 12, 2014. He grew up in Canton, Ohio. Commissioned into the US Army and proudly served for 28 years.
Survived by his wife of 58 years, Josephine; six children, twenty grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
Buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Frank Mazzarella - 12/18/14 - Navy
Frank was born on April 28, 1924 in Elizabeth, New Jersey where he lived most of his life.
Frank served proudly in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Ocean on the battleship, the USS Roche.
He was among the first to participate in The Honor Flight program that celebrates those members of our greatest generation by a trip to Washington, DC to visit the WWII memorial. He was justifiably proud and deservedly so. It's no surprise to anyone that he served his country so proudly.
Burial with Military Honors and interment at South Florida VA National Cemetery.
Roy Pitter - 1/6/15 - USAF
Roy Frederick Pitter was born on April 27, 1939 to Frederick Morgan Pitter and Lynette Pitter- McFarlene in Black River Jamaica. He was the youngest of their three boys.
Fred or "Freddy" as he was affectionately called grew up with his brothers Lloyd, Hugh and sister Daphne in Appleton, Jamaica. He attended Shiloh Primary School in Jamaica and St. Monica College in Kingston, Jamaica. In August 1956 he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he joined his Mother Lynette and step-father Irvin McFarlane and brothers Lloyd and Hugh. He attended Erasmus Hall High School and graduated in 1958.
On October 1, 1958 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya, (North Africa), Dyess AFB, Texas, Ramey AFB Puerto Rico, and Pease AFB, New Hampshire as Accounting and Finance specialist until his release from active duty on November 30, 1966 with the rank of Airman First Class (E-4). On December 16, 1966 he entered New York Air National Guard 106 Air Refueling Group as an Accounting Specialist. He was then promoted to Senior Master Sergeant on June 15, 1974. He earned the rank of Captain in the Air National Guard, Reserve of the Air Force on March 9, 1979.
While working full time he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management, Minor in Accounting from New York Institute of Technology in 1978. He also has an Associate of Arts and Associates of Applied Sciences degrees in Business Administration Management and Resource Management Technology. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on March 8, 1993. On April 30, 1999 he retired with the rank of Colonel.
In 1969 Freddy married Alice Chapman. The union produced two daughters Tricia Lynnette and Cherisse Lavern. His daughters were his pride and joy.
In 2001 Fred married Monica Lynch. They traveled the world together. You could often find them at a date night at the movies, cheering on the Miami Heat or worshiping together at church service.
Freddy was kind, warm, loving and lots of fun. He enjoyed writing, poetry, and was often called upon to give speeches and gave himself the name "Rhyming Roy". He was a caring person who loved to talk. He would have a conversation with whomever he came in contact with.
Roy lived in Miramar, Florida, was a member of American Legion Post 385 and passed away on December 23, 2014 at the age of 75.
Allen C. Colton 08/05/14 - Air Force – Vienam
William B. Armstrong - 08/07/16 – NAVY - WWII
For more than 30 years, William B. Armstrong, a former Pembroke Pines mayor, helped oversee the city's growth.
Since he was first elected to the city commission in 1975, Armstrong was involved in the city's development, including its westward expansion in the 1970s, a land annexation that doubled its size in the 1980s and a population influx in the 1990s that distinguished the southwest Broward municipality as one of the nation's top 10 fastest-growing large cities .
Armstrong, who died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 90, served on the Pembroke Pines commission in the capacity of mayor, vice mayor and commissioner until 2008 and is considered one of the city's pioneers.
"He really dedicated his full life to what he believed was best for the community and how it developed and provided services for all of its residents," said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charles Dodge. "He was concerned about the growth and how it would occur to the highest standards as far as how the city would look and that it maintained a standard that kept property values."
Armstrong Married his second wife, Nancy, in 1999 and started their own antique business, Armstrong's Attic. They were also members of the Hollywood Antiques and Collectibles Club, where they raised funds to donate food every month to the Salvation Army food pantry.
Before getting into politics, Armstrong served in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator in the Pacific Combat Zone during World War II. After the war, he joined the North Bay Village Police Department, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He then worked for the IRS for more than 20 years.
When Armstrong moved to Pembroke Pines, he became involved in several community groups, including the city's crime watch program, charter review board and his homeowners' association. He was also a member of American Legion Post 385 in Pembroke Pines; he often attended meetings and advised the Post ongoing matters within the city.
While Armstrong was still in office, the commission decided to name a new park after him because of his years of service in the city. The William B. Armstrong Dream Park, a peaceful six-acre area in the northern section of Spring Valley Park, 1700 NW 160th Ave., is home to the city's free Jazz in the Pines series.
"He was a dedicated elected official. He took his job very, very seriously," said Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis. "Pembroke Pines is what it is today pretty much because of his leadership."
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2016 at Boyd-Panciera Family Funeral Care, 1600 N. University Drive, Pembroke Pines. He will be buried after the service at Miami Memorial Park, 6200 SW 77th Ave.
Martin Sobol - 11/27/15 - Coast Guard - Vietnam Era
Martin Sobol of Weston, FL formerly of Miramar, FL passed away Friday November 27, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Linda; loving father of Carrie (Jim) Sikes, Kimberly Sobol and Scott (Lori) Sobol; dear brother of Barbara (Mel) Sethman and Jerry Sullivan; cherished grandfather of Colby, Ryan, Chase, Reese, Miles, Logan and Kaden. He served in the US Coast Guard during the Vietnam period and was a member of American Legion Post 385 of Pembroke Pines, FL. Martin was a former city commissioner of Miramar, assistant principle of Miami Edison High School and Miami Northwestern High School. Internment at Levitt Weinstein/Beth David Memorial Gardens, 3201 NW 72 Avenue, Hollywood, FL.
Hector A. Castro - 01/12/2017 - Army - Vietnam
Kenneth Braidman - 03/14/2017 - Coast Gaurd - WWII
Kenneth Braidman, 93, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, May, son, Steven (Rebeca), daughter, Susan, and grandchildren, Jonathan (Allison), Michael (Katherine), Scott (Rachel), and Marcy Braidman, Samantha (Andrey), Main, and great grandchildren, Isabelle , Amelia, and Arthur Braidman. He is buried at the South Florida National Cemetary in Lake Worth, Fla.
Farris Jammel - 09/12/14 - WWII
Gerald G. Konzen - 06/12/15 - WWII
Murry S. Ginsberg - 06/14/2016 - Navy - WWII
Roger J. Cartier - 08/17/2016 - Army -WWII
Pasquale T. Sessa - 01/15/17 - WWII
Lou Manfra - 09/14/17 - Coast Guard - Vietnam
Lieutenant Commander, USCG, Louis P. Manfra, of Pembroke Pines, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 71 years old. Born on March 25, 1946 in Somerville, Massachusetts, to the late Alfred and Corinne Manfra. Mr. Manfra proudly served our country in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Lieutenant Commander from 1967 until retirement in 1987. Lou was a member of The American Legion Post 385, Pembroke Pines, FL. Survived by his daughter, Jenny Levitt and her husband, Josh; sons, Chris Manfra and his wife, Alicia, Dennis Manfra and his wife, Meghan, Louis Manfra and his wife, Kelly; brother, Robert Manfra and his wife, Kathy; and his beloved 10 grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. with Tributes of a Lifetime Service at 5:00 p.m. at Boyd-Panciera Family Funeral Care, University Drive Chapel. Inturnment will take place at a later date at the Bourne National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.
John R. Carlson - 01/17/17 - Navy - WWII
CARLSON, JOHN ROBERT, 90, of Miramar passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. John went to Miami Edison and graduated from University of Miami with a B.S. in Civil Engineering degree in 1951. He retired February 9, 2009 as President of Carlson Construction Co. after 54 years. He was predeceased by his parents John E. and Esther Carlson and son Jon E. Carlson. He is survived by his wife Rosalie, daughters Candace Maners, Patricia Smith, sons Andrew Carlson, Cris Carlson, Glenn Menne, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Memorial Services will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Boyd-Panciera 6400 Hollywood Blvd. Chapel.