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This page will be up-dated as the information is supplied. Attempts will be made to include previous material by December 2013. This page is provided that our members will be given the opportunity to pay final respect to a fallen comrade.

Harold David Macking
Harold David Macking 12/12/1930-11/13/2012 was reunited with his wife Margaret Lawrenz Macking who pre-deceased him in 2009 after 56 years of marriage, daughter Robin Macking Bunch (June 2012), mother Blanche Michaels Macking, brothers Allan, Paul and many others. He is survived by his brother Dan Macking of Burnsville NC, and is survived by 6 of his children; Kathy Macking Schenato & John Schenato, Eric Macking, Patti Macking Stewart & Dale Stewart, Paula Macking Ayers, Timothy & Erin Macking, and Debra Macking. Harold is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Jamie Montgomery, David, Sophia, Samuel, Marlayna, Mary Grace Macking, Kristin and Karin Bunch, HeatherAyers Lawton, Jeremiah Ayers, and Angela Ayers Markland, Marenda, Brendan and Noah Macking, as well as 5 great grand children Aiden Macking, Jasmine Gilford, Everett, Griffin Ayers, and Kaylee Markland and many neices and nephews.
In 1948 he joined the US Air Force as a mechanic and was stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, Harold joined and later became the commander of American Legion Post 454 in Dover Plains, NY. He became the adjutant and held other offices at the Legion in Wharton, NJ, Dover, NJ, and Mine Hill, NJ. Harold was instrumental in starting the Sons of the American Legion while in NJ as well as the Paper Puncher's Rifle Club and was inducted into the 40/8 in the late 1960’s. Later Harold became Secretary while a member of American Legion Posts 14 and 357 in St. Petersburg, FL and was a member of the Gulfport Post 125, along with Korean War Veterans Post 14.

Manuel A DeMatos, Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home Seminole, #391.0121

Samuel Farina, Bay Pines Cemetery Sept. 18th 10A.M.

FARINA, SAMUEL G., 77, of Clearwater, died Sunday (Sept. 10, 2006) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and came here in 1983 from Casa Grande, Ariz. He worked 20 years as a residential construction contractor and served as a volunteer for the Niagara fire and police departments. He worked as a prison guard for the Arizona Department of Corrections, and locally, he retired from Wackenhut Security. He was a volunteer for the Bay Pines Outpatient Pharmacy and a deputy for the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services (VAVS). He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and a member of Chapter 14 Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 91 DAV, and the Constabulary Association. He enjoyed reading, playing golf and watching professional football. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Susan; four daughters, Gail DePadre, Casa Grande, Pamela Haag, Ransomville, N.Y., Kris Farrell, Niagara Falls, and Le Ellen Oemcke, Syracuse, N.Y.; a son, Daniel Pauley, Syracuse; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater.
Sam was on the Honor Guard with KWVA 14,  discharged from the Army as a Corporal.  Stationed in Berlin, Germany with 16th Constabulary Unit, received Army Occupation Medal and WWII Victory Medal.  He was in Korea and received the Korean Service Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Commendation.  {This Info. from wife Sue} The War Photos page has some that were taken by Sam in Korea.

Laverne Maxwell, Bay Pines volunteer.

Laverne was more than just another volunteer at Bay Pines VAMC. She would be dressed as a clown and greet Vets at the modules, in the elevators or wherever she would see them. Her speciality was to visit each ward and bring a smile on the face to all. She never was too busy to say a few words or listen patiently to a Vet. I know she is missed by the nursing home patients as well as all whoever met her. {This Info. from Harold Macking, a former patient}
From Sue Farina: "I don't know if anyone ever told you but Sam got sick one day when he was at Bay Pines volunteering and she made him go to emergency. Luckily she did cause his heart was acting up and he needed a pacemaker. I couldn't thank her enough for helping him. She was a good lady."

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