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Obituaries, 2004-2005

  • Nov. 22, 2005: PAT JENKINS, 62, a newspaper reporter with 20 black leather motorcycle jackets, died in a car accident on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. He covered the rebirth of Atlantic City before and after casino gambling was legalized in 1976 for The Press of Atlantic City and the Newark Star-Ledger. Among the numerous awards he won was the Golden Quill, presented to him in 1982 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, sponsor of the National Headliners Awards. In 2002, he was a member of a team of Star-Ledger reporters who won the National Education Writers Award for breaking news for coverage of the 2001 Middletown teachers strike. Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, South Jersey Chapter, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.

  • Chuck Reynolds photo from AC PressNov. 17, 2005: CHUCK REYNOLDS, 81, who served as editor and publisher of The Press of Atlantic City for some 20 years and gave Sheehan World publisher Kathy Sheehan her first full-time newspaper job, has died. A man of honesty, integrity and good humor, Reynolds was appointed editor of the paper in 1966 and publisher in 1975. He was a respected newsman who involved himself in civic issues and in journalism organizations. He presided over a young newspaper staff in Pleasantville, N.J., at a time when heavy drinking and chain smoking was considered normal in the newsroom. On more than one occasion, Reynolds' cigarettes set his office waste basket on fire. When he retired in 1989, Reynolds pointed to his affiliation with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey as the place where he enjoyed his greatest successes. He was a charter member of Stockton's board of trustees in 1969, before the college even existed. "We had a $15 million bond issue - that's all - no president, no faculty and no campus," he told The Press of Atlantic City. In 1981, the college honored him by dedicating the "Reynolds House."

  • Larry Lundstrom photoNov. 15, 2005: LARRY LUNDSTROM, 59, a low-key car salesman and a devoted husband and father, died of complications from lung cancer. A Navy veteran and a 1976 graduate of Western Washington University, Larry was known for his gentle temperament and his passion for his family. He was married 31 years to Kristie Lundstrom. Larry loved the outdoors, played tennis and golf and enjoyed skiing and taking long walks. His favorite sporting companions were his sons, Brent and Robin, and he was looking forward to being a grandfather in December to Ashton Lundstrom. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Whatcom Educational Credit Union for a memorial bench to be placed at one of Larry's favorite walking destinations in a Bellingham area park.
  • Aug. 8, 2005: RICK EPTING, 62, a musician, supporter of the arts, journalist and teacher died suddenly. He wrote a weekly arts and entertainment column for the Argus in Anacortes, Wash., and was the editor of the regional Northwest Washington Arts & Entertainment Quarterly. He is survived by his wife Rebecca of Mount Vernon; a son Mark Epting; a daughter Lesla Epting; brothers Matthew and Seth Montfort; a sister Judy Nicholiasen; and numerous other family, friends and Walruses.

  • Aug. 4, 2005: RUTH S., 83, a longtime Bellingham resident and a friend of Lois' and Kathy's.

  • May 31, 2005: JOHN GUESS, 41, the fun-loving partner of WWU's Laurie Rossman.
  • Jan. 13, 2005: CHRIS HARRIS, 55, the beret-wearing former bass player for The Walrus, in Bellingham, WA. Chris, who played guitar in Chrome Dinette and other local bands, joined Bellingham's rockin' sea mammals in1998, retiring to pursue music and writing in 1999. He was a Vietnam veteran and a telecommunications specialist who won song writing awards. He grew up in France and lived in the Washington, D.C., area, California and Washington state.

  • photo of The FlyDec. 26, 2004: LEON "THE FLY" TAYLOR, 52, a retired reporter for The Philadelphia Daily News, died of lung cancer in Florida.

    Taylor, whose impeccable wardrobe and good looks were likened to the star of the 1970s "Superfly" movies, had worked for 25 years as a copy boy, police reporter, obituary writer and general assignment reporter before retiring in 2001. He won several journalism awards, but his most famous story was his 1998, first-person account of taking the new drug, Viagra. "I don't know what you do for a living," he wrote. "But yesterday I got paid to choke down a 50mg Viagra pill and then attempt to maintain a state of readiness for six hours. And, guys, I gotta tell ya. I think the boys down at the lab might be onto something here."

    He is survived by his wife, Gwen; daughter Amber; a sister, Linda King; and a large group of colleagues and former colleagues who were privileged to have worked with "The Fly."


  • Sept. 12, 2004: ROSE DEWOLF, 70, a prominent Philadelphia journalist for nearly 50 years, whose good humor and infectious laugh were part of the heartbeat of The Philadelphia Daily News newsroom, died of bone cancer. Rose wrote a column for the now defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and worked as a reporter, writer and TV personality in Philadelphia for decades. She was still employed at The Daily News when she broke both legs in march 2004. "I can't believe the flame is out," said city editor Kurt Heine. "That laugh was part of the heartbeat of the newsroom." (See The Daily News obituary.) Services were held Oct. 4.

    DeWolf was the third Daily News journalist to die during the summer of 2004. The others were Sports Editor Caesar Alsop, 53, and photographer George Reynolds, 54.

  • Aug. 31, 2004: BOB TRENT, 85, a retired electronics engineer who sang with many church groups, barbershop choruses and civic groups. Bob was a much loved member of Bellingham Friends Meeting (Quaker) and is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters Susan Veretto and Renee Trent; sons Jeffrey and Robert Trent and Nikolai Sparling; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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