Horatio Simmons Waite, 87, Arcadia, died Sept. 17, 2002. He was born June 8, 1915, in Tiverton, R.I., and came to Arcadia 24 years ago from Miami. He was a Navy veteran who served during World War II. He was a retired vehicle inspector for the city of Miami. He was a life member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Peace River Post 2824, both in Arcadia. He received the Atlantic/Pacific Commendation medal for saving 16 of his shipmates when the ship sank. He was honorably discharged as chief boatswain's mate. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughters Cheryl J. Kapit of Las Vegas and Gayle I. of Atlanta; sons Bruce of Hollywood, Charles W. of Key West, and David W. of Sarasota; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Ponger-Kays- Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Published in Herald Tribune on Sep. 20, 2002.