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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@mhiraa.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:

22 July 2021
Tony Twyford

Obituary

Anthony Twyford

Sadly I must share the passing of my wonderful husband of 55yrs, Tony Twyford on July 22nd 2021. Tony had a full life and had so many friends both personally and professionally. He often reminisced of his years at Goonhilly, Intelsat and New Skies. “They were fun years” he would say with a smile.  Tony’s greatest joy were his two daughters Susan and  Donna, his grandchildren Caitlin and Andrew.  Memories are forever and that is where we will find comfort.

Marion Twyford

24 June 2021
Claudio & Maria Bonnefoy

Obituary

Claudio & Maria Bonnefoy

6 July 2021:  Sadly, Claudio Bonnefoy and Maricoy-Obias did not survive the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building and were found in the rubble on Friday afternoon. A memorial mass was held last night via Zoom. 

Your collective thoughts and prayers for their daughters Anne Marie, Nicole, Pilar and Pascal Bonnefoy, niece Bettina Obias and their grieving families in this difficult time is most appreciated.

Below are some relatively current online news articles:

abs-cbn.com

abcnews.go.com

abc11.com

cnn.com

Tribute from David Levie:

It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic demise of Claudio and his wife.

I hired Claudio in 1974, in the very early days of Intelsat, as my Deputy Legal Advisor,  and in the ensuing fifteen years, he was my irreplaceable partner -totally dispassionate , supremely intelligent, and extraordinarily pragmatic. He was without doubt the finest lawyer I ever worked with.  And of equal if not greater importance, Claudio was a wonderful and complete human being, and a treasured friend to me and to many others.  I'm sure I can speak for all his friends and colleagues at Intelsat that our hearts go out to his family for their grievous and unexpected loss.

David Leive, Intelsat Legal Advisor/General Counsel, 1974-1992

2 July 2021:  Many of us have been following the news of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, FL, on 24 June. and have learned that one of our IRAA members and a former Intelsat colleague, Claudio Bonnefoy, and his wife Maricoy (Maria), live in this building.  May all of our prayers be with them and their family during this sad incident.

Below are some relatively current online news articles:

abcnews.go.com

Miami Herald

cnn.com

22 June 2021
David Scott

Obituary

David Scott

Here is David Scott’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved David Scott (Washington, District of Columbia), who passed away at the age of 62, on June 22, 2021. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of David Scott to show support.

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his wife Diana Scott; his children, Eboni (Anthony), Evina (Brent), Ashley (Taleia), Gabriel and Nicholas; his grandchildren, Deja, Connor, Camden, Jackson, Elle and Jace; his aunt Agnes; and his uncles, Edward (Janice) and David (Dorothy). He was also cherished by other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 30th 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Pope Funeral Home Washington Chapel (2617 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 30th 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the same location.

https://www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/dc/washington/david-scott-12938249

25 April 2021
Richard Slye (spouse of Peggy Slye)

 Obituary

Richard (Dick) Slye

Richard (Dick) Slye passed away peacefully at home on April 25, 2021 following a long illness.  He will be be dearly missed by his devoted wife of 56 years, Peggy, their five children and spouses:   Betsy (Richard Minton);, Richard Jr (Lori),;  Cathy (Jon Howard);  Meg (Ed Tomlin) ;  and Jack (Alisha) in addition to his fourteen grandchildren and one great grandson.
 
Dick was a native Washingtonian who was born in DC in 1942. He was a third generation florist who owned and operated many DC area stores including, Thomas and Slye, My Florist and  Flowers Inc for over 35 years.  In retirement, he avidly pursued his two primary hobbies of detailed  woodworking and sailing his beloved boat, the Banshee on the Chesapeake Bay. 
 
The family will gather for a Celebration of Life in May.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtonpost/name/richard-slye-obituary?pid=198591264

24 April 2021
Brenda Lambert (spouse of Robert Lambert)

Obituary

Brenda Lambert

January 25, 1958 to April 24, 2021

Brenda Sue Lambert, 63, of Wilmington, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2021 Brenda was born on January 25, 1958, in Wilson, North Carolina, to Cedric and Claudette Holloman. Brenda grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and attended George C. Marshall High School until her senior year, when she relocated and graduated from Fauquier High School in 1976.

While living in Pimmit Hills in Falls Church she began her friendship with Robert Lambert at 14, became high school sweet hearts, and later married in August of 1986. Robert and Brenda went on to raise their family for 30 years in Chantilly, Virginia.

Brenda was a strong independent woman that worked hard caring for her family. As her boys grew older, she also worked as an office manager for 17 years at a Commercial Fire Protection Company. In retirement, she moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to pursue her love of the sun and beach.

Brenda always lived life to the fullest and challenged those around her to do the same. Brenda was passionate about supporting her sons and their sports, staying active, fit, and out in the sun. She loved working in the garden, Jazzercize with the girls, long walks with her dog, searching for seashells in the sand and walking the loop at Wrightsville Beach. When she was not supporting her boys in their activities, you could find her and Robert on their motorcycles visiting wineries in Virginia and North Carolina with friends and family.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Lambert of Wilmington, North Carolina; Son, Shawn Turner and fiancé Lydia Elder; Son, Scott Lambert and Wife Jennifer Lambert; Grandchildren, Kylie Jarmon, Lucas Lambert, Dylan Lambert; Father, Cedric (Janie) Holloman; Mother, Claudette Holloman; Brother, George (Bonnie) Holloman; Brother, Stevie (Sandy) Holloman; Many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Brother, Ricky Holloman.

Dates for the Celebration of Life, funeral service, and burial are forthcoming and will take place at King David National Memorial Gardens, 7482 Lee Highway Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

A webcast of the Funeral Service will be available for those unable to attend.  In Lieu of flowers, the family welcomes charitable donations made in Brenda’s memory to Duke Dementia Family Support Program at https://dukefamilysupport.org/giving or the organization of your choice.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/wilmington-nc/brenda-lambert-10166291/

13 April 2021
Mel Chamberlin

Obituary

Melvin Chamberlin

Formerly of Kentucky, Louisville, UA.  Beloved Husband of the late Evi and loving father of Rudy, Cheryl and the late David.  Saly missed and dearly loved by his family, grandchildren Aidan, Laura and Emily, sons-in-law Tony and Steve, relatives, neighbours and Friends.

"Rest In Peace"

In accordance with Government an HSE guidelines and in the interest of public health, a private cremation will take place for Melvin. If you wish to offer your condolences online, please click on the link below.

https://rip.ie/death-notice/melvin-ray-chamberlin-killarney-kerry/455661/

24 March 2021
Toby Ree
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Obituary

Toby Reed

Sad news received from Marsha Reed Tsiptsis to announce the passing of her mother, Toby Reed, on 24 March, 2021.  Marsha mentioned that Toby passed away after a short illness and her last words were that she had a great life and great children and no regrets.

18 February 2021
Margaret McKenzie

Obituary

Margaret McKenzie

Sad news received from Isabel Corrasco to announce the passing of her mother, Margaret McKenzie, on 18 February, 2021.  Isabel mentioned that Margaret was ill for a few years battling Lupus, suffered a stroke about 15 years ago and in hospice care since 2019; that she was an amazing mother to both her daughters, a very much loved grandmother to her four grandchildren, and expressed her passion for politics and her love of Chile.

Link to obituary

4 February 2021
Chellam Moses (spouse of Selvi Moses)

Obituary

Chellam Moses

From the pastor of Reaching Hearts International Latter Day Saints: 

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Chellam Moses on February 4, 2021, after suffering a brief illness.  Our Tech Road Camus wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Moses family.  Chellam has been such a key part of the ministry of Tech Road.  When we were in need of a teacher for Primary Sabbath School, he jumped in without hesitatoin.  He was an inspiration to us.  he clearly loved the children and had a passion to share the love of Jesus with them.  He was such a faithful and cheerful presence at our worship services.  We are going to miss him deeply.  Our prayers and support will continue to be poured out for his wife of 58 years, Selvi, and her family.  Expressions of sympathy can be mailed to 2208 Hidden Valley Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904.  Funeral services for Chellam will be held on Friday, February 19th at 11AM (EST) at Reaching Hearts International.  Due to COVID, the person service is for family only.  We encourage you to stream the service live on:  https://youtube.com/c/ReachingHeartsInternationalSDAChurch

22 January 2021
Andrea DeTommaso

Obituary

Andrea DeTommaso

Received via an official from IMF on 18 February 2021:

I deeply regret to inform you of the unexpected death of Andrea DeTommaso on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Andrea, a US National of Italian origin, joined the Fund in 2004 and was assigned to the Information Technology Department as an IT Officer.  He was solution architect for the Fund's key financial and administrative applications and the associated database infrastructure.  Andrea was an expert on a wide range of technolgies especially on Oracle and IBM.

Andrea as the technical lead for many proejcts and contributed greatly to the modernization vision of the Fund's Infrastructure for HR, lending and finance.  He was instrumental in the Fund's disaster recovery exercise and was a key contributor in the design of the Fund’s Financial and Administrative Warehouse. Andrea was very passionate about his work and dedicated to ensuring the Fund’s solutions were reliable, safe, and secure.

Andrea was very much respected and appreciated by his IT colleagues for his generous and warm heart. He was a great friend to many staff and was well known as an amateur meteorologist and a photographer. He loved to send snow predictions to staff ahead of winter storms. Recently, he enjoyed spending time at his remote house in Alaska. He was very kind and caring, always ready to help others. 

 

Andrea will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends. Andrea is survived by his wife Michelle and his brother Julio.

 

27 December  2020
Vic Matias

Obituary

Vicente (Vic) Matias

Vic was born on Dec., 6th, 1941 and passed into heaven on Dec., 27th, 2020.  He was beloved by many who knew him through the many years he worked at Intelsat. 

For service/prayer details and further info:  https://vicentematiasjr.carrd.co/

19 December  2020
Donald Pavlack

Obituary

Donald Pavlack

Donald J. Pavlack, 82, of Vienna, passed away on December 19, 2020. He was born April 15, 1938 in Clairton, PA, the son of the late Joseph and Helen Pavlack, and the older brother of the late Sylvia, Richard, and Louis. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Irene; son Joseph Pavlack (Ana); daughter Helen Masdeo (Eric); and grandchildren, Joseph, Maya, and Annabelle. Services will be held at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042 on Monday December 28, 2020 starting at 1 p.m. Burial following immediately.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=donald-pavlack&pid=197355524&fhid=6345

25 November  2020
Robert Strauss

Obituary

Robert Strauss

 

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, passed away on the evening of November 25, 2020 at his home in McLean, Virginia at the age of 93. At the height of his career, Mr. Strauss was Director of Reliability and Standards for COMSAT. His specialty was microwave amplification transmission and linearizing power systems including photovoltaics. He was instrumental in the develop of Early Bird. Following retirement from INTELSAT, Mr. Strauss worked 27 years as a consultant in communications satellites: Users and builders of space craft, earth stations, critical failure analysis and power microwave amplifiers. He also served as technical adviser in the establishment of SIRRUS Radio. He received degrees in engineering from Cornell University and MSEE from Lehigh University. He worked as Department Head of Traveling Wave Tube development at Sperry Rand and device development at Bell Laboratories. He is survived by his children, Stephen Elliot Strauss, Susan Elisabeth Strauss and Diane Elise Strauss; and two grandchildren Geneva and Lukas Strauss-Wise. No services are planned at this time.  To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?pid=197368668&fbclid=IwAR1XZr4E29547OO0hSUSAXpW58ko-DwwrdQ69-hA4jFXMtGDvshxJchK77w

18 October  2020
Roger Guillermo (spouse of Cora Guillermo)

Obituary

Rogeil (Roger) Guillermo

Sad news rcvd via Romy Balod of the passing of Cora Guillermo's spouse, Rogelio (Roger), on 18th Oct., 2020, at the age of 79.  Roger was a US Navy veteran who served at the White House under several presidents, including Gerald Ford.  He retired frm the Navy, joined the US Secret Service for many years, retired and settled in Las Vegas where he passed away.  Here are the service details for Roger:

Oct. 25, 2020 Sun., Visitation 5-9pm, Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 W. Warm Springs, Rd., Las Vegas, NC 89113

Oct 26., 2020 Mon., Church Service, 9:30am, Eulogies, 10:00am, Mass, Christ the King Catholic Community, 4925 S. Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, NC 8i9118

Nov. 2, 2020 Mon., 1:20pm, Burial at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery

26 September 2020
Pietro DeSantis

Obituary

Pietro DeSantis

Learned of the passing of Pietro from his daughter daughter, Dominique, who prepared this obituary:

Pietro De Santis, 82, died on 26 September 2020 in Switzerland after a short battle with stomach cancer. His funeral will be held on 1 October in his wife’s hometown in Switzerland, best known for its local wines.
 
Pietro was born in 1937 in Rome, Italy, to a naval engineer and a French teacher. He dedicated his life to science and research after obtaining a master’s degree in the US and a PhD in Rome.
Pietro worked as a university professor in Rome and Naples at the beginning and at the end of his long career in telecommunications. An academic at heart, he was passionate about teaching students the ABCs of telecommunications management. His motto was: “Every day I try to learn something new”.
Pietro joined Intelsat in 1980 and retired as R&D Manager in 1997. He cherished his friendship with several Intelsat colleagues until his unexpected departure in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The eternal philosopher, one of Pietro’s parting phrases was: “Every instant is eternal – you don’t know when you are going to die.”
He is survived by his wife, daughter and two grandchildren.

8 Septemnber 2020
Peter Roach

Obituary

Peter Roach

Learned of the passing of Peter from his spouse, Barbara. No other details available.

13 August 2020
Helen Griffiths (spouse of David Griffiths)

Obituary

Helen Griffiths

On August 13, 2020 Helen Griffiths of Rockville, Maryland passed away with complications following heart surgery. Very beloved wife of David J. Griffiths; mother of Gareth M. and Jonathan A. Griffiths; grandmother of Ryan M. Griffiths of Gaithersburg; parents (deceased) were Frederick & Nellie Pearson of Lancashire, England; sister of Joyce Pirie of Rainford, England, Elizabeth Pearson of Dunrobin, Canada and Heather Lewis (deceased) in S. Wales; also survived by many nieces and nephews & their children.

Helen was born 27 October,1947 in Wigan, Lancashire, England, some 20 minutes before her twin sister Lizie who misses her terribly; telephone cocktails/wine with Lizie were a daily ritual. After finishing college in S. Wales with a teaching qualification Helen emigrated to join David in Winnipeg, Canada in July 1969 and they were married in S. Wales on 29 December 1969. Helen and David relocated to Ottawa, Canada in mid 1973 and began a family where their sons were born. The family moved to Rockville, Maryland in August, 1985 and have lived in the same home on Glen Mill Rd for the last 35 years.

Beside substitute teaching Helen has been an active & successful Real Estate professional for the last 30 years. Helen was hospitalized at Washington Hospital Center for the last 6 weeks where the professionals did all they could to get Helen well. In spite of Covid restrictions David, Gareth & Jonathan were allowed to be with Helen in her final hours, with Lizie attending via Facetime. Helen passed peacefully with her family at her side at 3:30 pm.

A funeral service will be held at Collins Funeral home at 11:00 am on Friday, 21 August, prior to cremation arrangements. Due to Covid restriction attendance at the service is limited to ten (10) immediate family and very close friends.

The family intends to have a celebration/memorial of Helen’s life when Covid restriction allow, hopefully sometime within the next 12 months.

We hope to have a Zoom and Youtube-Llve stream available for those who would like to virtually attend (sign in details are below). The family hopes to prepare a video of the service that will be available on request.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online, in Memory of Helen Griffiths, to The American Heart Association, Doctors Without Borders or The American Cancer Society. (Direct links to each listed below)

To send flowers to the family of Helen Griffiths please visit our Tribute Store.

6 June 2020
Victor Slabinski

Obituary

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

30 May 2020
Norma Lopatin (spouse of Andrew Lopatin)

Obituary

Norma 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.

25 April 2020
Betty Burkitt (spouse of Frank Burkitt)

Obituary

Elizabeth V. 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.

https://www.shikanyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Elizabeth-Burkitt/#!/Obituary

25 February 2020
Don Edgell (spouse of Danielle Edgell)

Obituary

Don 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 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.

8 February 2020
Helmut Wild

Obituary

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.

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

Obituary

Eva Chamberlin

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

1 January 2020
Caryl Rees (spouse of Dai Rees)

Obituary

Caryl 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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