Monday, March 29, 2010

An Old Milcom Friend Has Passed Away

One of the original Milcom newsgroup gang members, Jack Painter, has passed away. Many years ago when I first started the Milcom newsgroup, Jack was one of the first members I invited onboard to test the system. Many will know him by his email nickname "Oceana Radio." Jack was a great monitor, good friend and he will be missed.

Fair winds and fillowing seas old friend.

Below is a brief obit that has been passed around the radio newsgroups.

John Painter

Virginia Beach-John (Jack) Painter, passed away unexpectedly on November 23, 2009 in Virginia Beach. He was born in Erie, Pa. and was a member of Bayside Presbyterian Church and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where he was a Communication and Rescue Coordinator. Jack served 8 years in the US Navy as a Submariner where he was a missile technician on the SSBN Andrew Jackson and he received numerous letters of commendation from his commanding officers. He graduated from Fairview High School and Thomas Edison University. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Marie Painter; parents, Robert and Martha Painter of Erie, Pa.; sister, Mary Opitz and husband Chris; brother, James Painter and wife Kathy of Pittsburgh, Pa. and a large, loving extended family of stepchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and his faithful Shih Tzu companion, Cupcake. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. in Bayside Presbyterian Church by Rev. Ben Skidmore. Memorial donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; Chesapeake Beach Rescue Squad, Ocean Park Rescue Squad or First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Erie, PA.