Robert “Bob” Cheyne N4ENV and I met back in the mid 80’s while he was working as a uniformed reserve deputy sheriff for an event at Clay Hill Elementary School where my wife was then working as a librarian. I next got to know him much better at OPARC meetings after becoming a HAM.
Bob had been retired from the Navy earlier where he had risen through the ranks from seaman apprentice to Lt Commander. During his service, much in WestPac aboard ship and the west coast, but also in Memphis and other eastern locals fixing aircraft, running maintenance shops and operating his radios.
Bob was remodeling and enlarging his house constantly the past 25 years. He did most of the work himself until very recently. He did carpentry, finish carpentry, tile work and most anything else necessary to create the beautiful home he shared with wife Patricia.
Bob was a DX’r and active in many OPARC events. He was the guy who coordinated RAM watch with the Clay County Sheriff’s office, the Orange Park Mall administration and security personnel for about 20 years during the terms of three sheriffs. He managed to keep the HAMs in the good graces of everyone and got considerable recognition for his great work.
ARES was another radio activity Bob enjoyed. Especially manning the Special Needs shelter at the Horne Center on the St Johns River College campus where he was treated to hot meals prepared by the public health nurses . He also installed the antenna there which is still in use after many storms and drills.
Bob was one of the original twelve members of the Over the Hill Gang (repeater group) that still meets at Cracker Barrel. There are only four of us left now with just two living in the area. Only one has enough hair left to merit a barber.
Anyone who knew him will attest to never hearing a bad word, never observing any anger or ill temper, and being always willing to help with a smile. He was always exceptionally generous and considerate of
everyone. His navy tales were some of the best.
We will all miss him! David N4OOE
I much regret I have to announce that Bob Cheyne N4ENV passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Orange Park Medical Center . Funeral arrangements are as follows:
1500-1600 on Sunday 9 Dec 2012 A viewing at Broadus Rains Funeral Home, Green Cove Springs.
1100 on Monday 10 Dec 2012 Funeral and reception following at New Grace Church on the west side of US 17 about 1 mile south of SR220. (A gray colored wooden building facing US 17)
1430 on Monday 10 Dec 2012 Burial at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. I-295 north to Lem Turner, then north on Lem Turner about 3-4 miles to a stoplight at Lanne Road, turn right on Lanne about 3 miles to the cemetary on the left just beyond a prison farm.
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It is with deep sympathy that I have to report that Mary “Suzie” Sue Anlage (KC4MHR) passed away on August 20th, 2012. Suzie always wore a smile of encouragement supporting all those around her, and always made you feel that you
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were welcome. She was a long time member of Orange Park Amateur Radio Club and keen supporter, we will all miss her dearly.
A memorial service will be held this Saturday, August 25th at 11 am at Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Avenue , Orange Park.
There will be a celebration of Suzie’s life after the service at Whitey’s Fish Camp at 2032 County Road 220, Orange Park immediately following the service. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Suzie’s name to her favorite charity, the Navy Wives Scholarships. You can mail a check in memory of Suzie Anlage to: NWCA Scholarships , 105 Jefferson Street , Portsmouth, Virginia 23702
Roger Alan Pangborn,WA4UKJ, age 66, passed away December 10, 2010. He was born in Gainesville, FL and had lived in Orange Park for 36 years. He was an actively involved member of Orange Park Amateur Radio Club for 36 years and charter member of the Clay County Sixers. He served in the Air National Guard and was a puppy raiser for the Southeastern Guide Dogs. He will be greatly missed.