I remember Max very well...He was always a gentleman and knew his cats and gear completely. Sail on Max..We will miss you! Bill Sowers
You have our sympathy and our prayers are with you. CWO RET. Ralph Layton & Gail
I truly began getting to know my Grandpa when I was 16 years old. One evening, my mom asked me to drive out to his house (which was a trek) and stay the night (I don't remember the reason). I was a bit hesitant as it would be the first time hanging out just the two of us. But, I drove all the way to Interlachen,FL in my gas guzzler. When I got there - Grandpa was surprised. I don't know if he was expecting me. But we made some dinner and we talked through the entire meal. I heard stories of war and his past and his frat days and that night he told me to go ahead and drive home and not to worry about him. On my way back I thought about how COOL my Grandpa was. Shortly after, he moved into our house with us and I got to have meals with him multiple times a week. I loved being able to hang out with Grandpa because our conversations were enjoyable and it was incredibly apparent how much he loved me. I love him just as much. Grandpa could play the "Grumpy Old Man" card but never with me. When I went off to college and he was living in a nursing home I would always have the opportunity to take him to meals - just us - every time I visited home. And though he definitely aged, the conversation was still wonderful and he was so grateful that we got to spend time together. As was I. Despite moving away, when I was home, especially when mom was out of town, I was able to take care of him, even if just for a few hours. Over the past 7 years, my Grandpa and I shared a closeness I value deeply. As he aged a bit more rapidly, dementia set in and I grew afraid to visit. Not because I was afraid to see him but I was afraid he wouldn't remember me. When I say he really cared about me, he really did. Every time I saw him, he knew exactly who I was - dementia or not. The last time I saw my Grandpa, I walked up to his room at the nursing home and on the door facing out to the hallway there was my Miss Orlando headshot. He told everyone I was Miss America. Since he could play the "Grumpy Old Man" card, a lot of times he didn't want people to interrupt his time. But when I was there that last visit, anyone that came in the room had to hear him speak about me. He made me feel special and even more loved that not only was I remembered in his state, but made him smile. This is how I remember my Grandpa. Happy. I never saw him without a smile - and while I know others may have, he always made a point to smile when I was around. I hope I made him feel as special as he made me feel because I love him from the bottom of my heart. Getting to know your Grandparents is important and I'm thankful mom made sure I got to know and love an amazing man. I've never quite dealt with a loss that hurts as much as this and I'm not sure exactly how to cope. But I'm glad that when I think of Grandpa, I smile the smile I picture on his face. And I know he is with me now. Our special connection will never break. I love you Grandpa and I hope you're enjoying where you are.
Barbara, our hearts go out to you and your family. Your dad sounds like he was quite a man. I know you loved him and will miss him. Sending you wishes for comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Granddad was definitely one of a kind. My first memory with him was of course being at the lake. I will never forget my volleyball game sophomore year of high school when we played against Interlachen High. The school was only about a mile from the lake house and we all know how much he hated to drive. But he did, he came to the high school and watched me play. Binoculars and all. We love you Granddad, you will truly be missed.
I am so grateful that you are at peace and rest now. Thank you for being dad and sharing your wry sense of humor with us. I believe it shows a bit in each of us.
I still have the rock quartz ring you made me all those years ago! Can you believe that?! Gosh, that was so long ago, yet it was only yesterday...
Thanks Dad, for everything. God bless you and keep you. I love you.
Your Princess and "Senior" daughter,
What a unique and unforgettable man. He truly was one of the most intelligent men I have every met. His sense of humor was legendary and his love of hot spicy foods, brings tears to my eyes even now.
I remember as a child he and his brother Bill decided I was the perfect size for a football and they proceeded to pass me back a forth like a ball.
Alas, we were not super close but I still loved him more than he ever knew.
He will be missed by many. - and I am on that list.
He called me Little Sister -
My deepest sympathy to all the Ingram family.I will always remember Max,what a classic.Rodney and Donna Brown
on behalf of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Aviation BoatswainsMate Association I would like to pass along our deepest and most sincere condolances.
Michael J. Rotes
Dad's generation was old school. He loved his country, was proud to serve and worked hard to provide for his family. Having served on a carrier myself in a war, the importance of keeping the launching and recovery of aircraft equipment operating was crucial to the effort of protecting our troops on the ground. Dad took pride in his team and their efforts to keep the aviators flying. He may not have been a "TV Dad" but he was my dad and he did the best he could. He loved his children and that's all anybody could ask for in a parent. Pop, please make us a tee time when I arrive. Love you Hoot.
Farewell old friend. Deepest sympathy to you family. A thank you for all the help you provided when I was Cat & AG maintenance Officer on Lexington.
Jerry Perna, Lcdr UNN Ret.
I am very grateful for the time we spent together. You are truly one of a kind! I will never forget you. Love Bevy
You will be missed, grand dad! Thank you for serving our country and for all the great times at the lake! Love you,
Jessie and family