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In Memoriam

New In Memoriam Page
Posted: August 1, 2012

A new In Memoriam page has been created to post announcements of Intelsat colleagues and members of IRA/IRAA who sadly have been lost. The dates of their passing are also published in our bi-annual Re-Intelsat Newsletter.

Scroll down below to view Obituaries/Death Notices by DOD. 

Click Excel listing sorted alphabetically and by date of death (DOD).

If anyone may know details of the passing of our Intelsat friends/colleagues below, please kindly EMail info to info@myiraa.com

- Royal Bailey (IOC/Communications Center)

- Hassan Koibla (Operations/Antenna Verification)

- Joe Moore (TVSC)

- Vernon Stewart (IOC/Communications Center)

If you may know of other former colleagues or members who have been lost and whose names do not appear here, it would be greatly appreciated if you may please let us know the details along with any Obituary newspaper announcements if available electronically. Please kindly Email to: info@myiraa.com.


Current Year:


Victor Slabinski

6 June 2020
Victor Slabinski

Received news from Diane McCarthy who received from staff at the US Naval Observatory where Victor worked, that Victor had passed away due to long-term health issues which caught up with him and unrelated to COVID-19.  The family has elected to hold a small private ceremony for family and close friends. If you'd like to send condolences and/or a cad to Mrs. Victor Slabinski (Margaret, 3457 South Utah Street, Arlington, VA 22206-1919


Norma Lopatin

30 May 2020
Norma Lopatin (spouse of Andrew Lopatin)

Received news from Andrea Lopatin of the recent passing of his dear wife, Norma, on 30 May 2020.  There are no further details available.


Elizabeth V. Burkitt

25 April 2020
Betty Burkitt (spouse of Frank Burkitt)

Elizabeth V. Burkitt (83) of Naples, FL passed away on Saturday, April 25 at her home.

Betty was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1936. She met her husband, Frank on the BMT subway in New York City. She and Frank were married in 1958 and moved to Maryland shortly afterward where they raised 5 children.

Betty devoted her life to her family and cherished her role as Mother to 5 and Grandmother to 12. While raising her children she enjoyed volunteering at swim meets, driving carpools and helping out at various school events. When her grandchildren arrived she was the “go to” for advice on rearing children.

Betty enjoyed traveling the world with the love of her life, Frank. They experienced adventures that ranged from African Safaris, to snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef to strolling the Great Wall of China.

Betty and Frank moved to Naples, FL in 2000. Betty was surrounded by many friends in their neighborhood. She enjoyed sitting by the pool with friends, book club and dining out. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God and was an active member in the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank, her children Frank (Susan) of Wilson, WY, Paul (Cheryl) of Devon, PA, Michael (Anne) of Oak Island, NC, David (Katie) of Ellicott City, MD and Elizabeth (Ted) of Darnestown, MD. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Sean, Jack, Paige, Ryan, Brooke, Cole, Hunter, Ellie, Quinn, Luke, Connor and Kelly Anne as well as numerous cousins in the greater New York and Boston area. Betty is predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth Giblin.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

On behalf of her family, donations can be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation. https://memorial-fundraising.everydayhero.com/us/in-memory-of-elizabeth-v-burkitt

Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com.



Don Edgell

25 February 2020
Don Edgell (spouse of Danielle Edgell)

The Congregation sadly mourns the loss of Don Edgell, husband of Danielle Edgell.  Don passed away this morning.  Graveside funeral service will take place at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 28 at Quantico National Cemetery (14824 Joplin Rd. (Rte. 619), Triangle, VA 22172).  Shiva minyanim will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 27, Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1 at the home of Danielle Edgell (20618 Golden Ridge Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147).  Please note that parking on the street is not allowed.  Donations in memory of Don may be made to the e Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Our sincere condolences to the Edgell family.  It is our hope that those who did not have the privilege of knowing Don will come to do so in the days ahead through his familky and friends sharing their loving memories.


Helmut Wild

8 February 2020
Helmut Wild

Helmut's spouse, Larissa, advised of the passing of Helmut due to complications of a collapsed lung, surpassing all expectations f a 2-5 year survival after a lung transplant in 2012.


Eva Chamberlin

12 January 2020
Eva Chamberlin (spouse of Luis Mel Chamberlin)

Mel advised that he lost his wife, Eva, and his son, David, just three weeks later on 3 Feb. 2020.


Caryl Rees

1 January 2020
Caryl Rees (spouse of Dai Rees)

Caryl  Rees , wife of David (Dai) Rees, died at home on January 1st 2020 in Los Angeles.  She is survived by Dai and daughter Ffiona. Caryl and Dai celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2019.  Caryl was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011.  Dai joined  Intelsat in 1976 and retired 1992.



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