Thank you all so much for signing the Guest Book. Robin, I'll get your e-mail from Debbie and next time we get down that way, hope to make it to St. Augustine. I did forget about Dad teaching Machine Shop at Macomber, but mentioned the students who worked on the boat---guess the writer could not get it all in. Ron & I would bring our 3 boys to the boat and remember the hard work the students were doing--did they get paid anything? Pat, I'll never forget my days working with you and everything else we did together. You'll always be my best friend. So happy we had those memories which include your family and mine. Bev Martin
Bev, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He sure had a long & very interesting life. But, it's always hard to lose a parent. I remember when we were working at the Grill & Grocery, he would stand on the step that separated the two & just watch us with that stern - no-nonsense teacher look. We knew to get busy!!! I have a lot of good memories from those days. My thoughts & prayers are with you & Ron.
I was in his 1971 Machine Shop class at Macomber. The obit does not mention that he taught machine shop, only drafting. My brother Dave was also in his Machine Shop class. Mr. Craig was the head of the Machine Shop department at Macomber.
I made some parts for his big boat when I was in his class. So did others; some other boys in my machine shop class went to his boat on the weekends, and did work for him. They loved it.
One of the parts I made for him was ~3/32" stainless steel plate. It was a strainer in the boat's bilge system, I think. I (and others) drilled a pattern of 3/16" holes, because he was too cheap (so we thought) to buy perforated SS plate. But that's OK, because I got high grades for that from him. :-)
What I remember most was what I learned about machine shop safety from him. He told us personal experiences that made us sit up and take notice, and after hearing those, I always wore my safety glasses.
I didn't fully appreciate him at the time, but I look back and remember him with deep appreciation.
I'm very sad to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. He had a long and wonderful life. I'm sure he will be forever rembered by his loving family. My deepest sympathy to the family. Love, Robin and family