RYE B. PAGE JR.
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Rinaldo (Rye) Page Jr. was born March 6, 1921, in Columbus, Ga. The son of Rinaldo Burrus Page and Daisy Givens Page. He attended New Hanover public schools and the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. Afterwards he attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. He majored in journalism and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity. During his sophomore year he enlisted in the U.S. Army enlisted reserve Corps and served four years during World War II and was discharged with the rank of First Sergeant.
After leaving the army he returned to the University of Georgia, and graduated with an AB in Journalism. Returning home he went to work for his father in the family newspaper business. After serving apprenticeships in all of the departments of the newspaper he purchased the business after his father's death in 1955. In 1972 Page sold the Wilmington property to the New York Times, retired and moved to Miami, Fla.
His longtime fiancee, Audrey Reid Nelson, of Miami, Fla., predeceased him in March, 2007.
He is survived by a dear friend Angela Whitman; his son Michel Page and his wife Yvonne of Brazelton, Ga.; grandson Justin D. Page of Portland, Oregon; a niece Marguerite Page Bowers of Jacksonville, Fla.; and four great nieces.
During his residence in Wilmington, Page was a member of The Cape Fear Country Club, the Cape Fear Club, the Surf Club, and the Carolina Yacht Club of Wrightsville, Beach, the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of directors of James Walker Memorial Hospital for six years, a member of the board of directors of the N.C. Ports Authority, vice president of the N.C. Press Association, president of the Wilmington Azalea Festival and President of the Comm. of 100 for two years. A member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference #36.
A private pilot Page was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. He owned and flew several airplanes. He was a yachtsman and was a member of the Coral Reef Yacht Club of Miami, Fla., and the Cat Key Club of the Bahamas, the Surf Club of Miami Beach, Fla., and the Indian Creek Country Club of Miami Beach, Fla.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Oakdale Cemetery.
Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from March 8 to March 9, 2013