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Calamity
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Alan R. Philo

July 24, 2010

(Photograph for Newspaper)

Alan R. “Bluesman” Philo, 63, of Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, July 24, 2010 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on December 17, 1946 in Kingston, Alan was the son of the late Marvel L. and Alice (Oatridge) Philo.

Prior to his retirement in 2001, Al was employed for 30 years by the Phoenixville Area School District as a music teacher and elementary band director for the Schuylkill Elementary School.

Although he played many instruments, Al was an extraordinary guitar player and found great enjoyment in playing the guitar and singing along with his friends Lori, Eryn, Bill, Topper, and Mike.

Al had a passion for motorcycles and always enjoyed being out on the open road. For many years, Al was a member of the Harley Owners Group.

A long-time activist of the POW-MIA issue, Al helped to remind people that many of our soldiers have not yet come home from war through his membership in Rolling Thunder and The Friends of the Forgotten (original chapter and Northeast Wing).  The ever-present American Flag and Prisoner of War Flag that flew at his home and every where he went were constant reminders of his patriotism to our country.

Al served as the Assistant Coordinator for the Northeast PA Region of the Warriors’ Watch Riders, a motorcycle organization that dedicates itself to honoring our troops, both living and deceased. Al was a big supporter of our troops and through his membership in the Warriors’ Watch Riders, he welcomed our troops home with flag lines and escorts and also sent them off to their duty stations in the same way.

Al will forever be remembered for his calming, quiet, caring, stoic and vigilant demeanor. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched throughout his lifetime. Al will never be replaced.

Al is survived by an aunt; many cousins; his long-time friend and “brother”, Michael Jack, and his family; his many, many friends; and his faithful bulldog, Snort.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, with Pastor Paul Metzloff, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingston, officiating.

Interment will follow in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Trucksville

Family and Friends are invited to call on Monday morning from 9 to 11 AM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the family of Mr. Alan M. Philo an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home web-site http://www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Alan’s memory to the Al Philo Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Warren Frederick, Eight Pancoast Boulevard., Delran, New Jersey 08075 or to the National Alliance of Families, C/O Ms. Lynn O’Shea, P.O. Box 40327, Bellevue, Washington 98015.




We will have the flag line at the funeral home with an escort to the cemetery, which is not far away.

Since there will be many groups participating and so we may properly plan, please have a representative(s) contact me with wishes, questions, etc. so things may flow as smoothly and respectfully as possible.  Since I don't have contacts for all groups, please pass that word along.  Thank you for caring and cooperating.

This Funeral Director's only experience with bikers at a funeral was not a good one.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to honor our friend and show others our meaning of respect!

UPDATE:
In lieu of flowers for Al Philo, donations may be made to:

A music scholarship for children:
Al Philo Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Warren Frederick
Eight Pancoast Blvd.,
Delran, NJ 08075

or

National Alliance of Families
c/o Ms Lynn O’Shea
PO Box 40327
Bellevue, WA 98015-0327

I know some would like to stand honor guard by Al, you may.

I know a lot of you would probably like to share some story or opinion or something about Al.  I'm afraid if we do that during this service, we will never leave the building.

The FotF NE Wing has graciously arranged for and is providing a luncheon in a nearby park after we leave the cemetery.  The park is waiving their fee for the pavillion use.

When we arrive at the park and settled, I think that will be a great time to share stories with the entire group for a bit.  Then it's time for the good private stories and fellowship of friends before the long rides home.

If the Road Captain of each group would please contact me with an email address, I'd appreciate it.

Don’t hesitate to holler with any questions. thanx

SECONDARY RALLY POINTS and WEATHER

weather is looking iffy right now - PLEASE put safety and comfort above all else!  It's you who are important, not what you transport yourself in/on.

Anyone from Berks County and vicinity: Lengua will leave his residence @ 0600 for the I476 Allentown Rest Area (approx 1 hr to rest area). Please PM if you care to join him.

Cracker Barrel - Route 1 & Tpk Jeff will have a rally time of 0600 at the Cracker Barrel.
This time is for those wanting breakfast.     The KSU time will be 0630.

Kel will lead from behind LukOil at Plymouth Meeting Mall  
Time: NLT 0600 hrs.
KSU: 0615 hrs.
If you plan on being at this rally point, please PM him so he has an idea how many to expect.




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All hands , please note, Jane has accepted the responsibility of RC for this Tribute to Al. Lets all set up in supporting her on this most difficult day. Thanks Jane, for stepping up. Please post all ride related information on this thread. T


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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July 26, 2010, 5:52am Report to Moderator

Thank you to all soldiers, sailors and veterans.
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Standing by. Wouldnt miss this for the world. Thanks for posting the information.
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July 26, 2010, 6:01am Report to Moderator

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Standing by!


"If You Don't Stand For Something, You'll Fall For Anything".

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July 26, 2010, 6:07am Report to Moderator

thank you to all our men and women serving
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Standing by, I think this is the perfect time to show everyone That bikers are some of the greatest people in the world, as we are just following Al's lead.

Bikerdave


God Bless our troops, heroes  and USA
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July 26, 2010, 6:08am Report to Moderator

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Definatly will be there


Proud Blue Star Parents
SGT Carl Strachan Jr. US ARMY
OIF 3/08- 3/09
OEF 8/10-6/11
OEF 1/13-10/13







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In lieu of attendance convalescences,prayers and best wish being sent from Northern Il. Sounds like he went with dignity and pride, Gods Speed Al. Youe WWR Brother.      





Bob Andereson
Riding in Memory of DAD
CPL. Robert Anderson
U.S. ARMY
Okinawa
45'-46'

R.I.P. Jon-Deb-Mike
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July 26, 2010, 6:34am Report to Moderator

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I really want to be there and am trying to get off work. Al came down for PaPa Joe and for us-my heart tells me that is where I need to be.


Riding in Honor of
Clyde Holsclaw-USS Hornet WWII


Riding in memory of
Army Sgt. Howard Kelly "H.K." Edwards...My Pop and Hero
121st Infantry

PaPa Joe Blasingame-MAKE IT BIG!

Al "Bluesman" Philo

SSgt Norman Hampton Currin
101st Airborne Ranger

"Cherish your freedom and guard it with honor and respect,
for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
                  Author Unknown

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Standing by for updates here in Ridley Park. It will be my honor to stand for Al "Bluesman" .


My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together.

Colin Powell
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July 26, 2010, 9:17am Report to Moderator

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Standing by in Bucks County Pa


Pride, honor and integrity live here
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what we do for others and the world,
remains and is immortal!"

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Quoted from Moonshine
I really want to be there and am trying to get off work. Al came down for PaPa Joe and for us-my heart tells me that is where I need to be.


Your heart will be there no matter what.  As all of you, Al's Georgia women, and I have talked - in other words - Al knows where your heart and mind are and you were there for him in life - what else truly matters, certainly not where your body is.


In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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Standing by in Phoenixville. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.


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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" --George Santayana

"[T]he willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." --George Washington
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Standing by in Ridley Park.


For my grandfather Marvin Turner who was a helicopter pilot in vietnam and who passed away before I really understood what his service to our great country meant.  I want to say Thank You and I miss you

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood
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Standing by to honor Al! Jane thanks for all you have done for Al and taking RC.
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UPDATE 07/28


SECONDARY RALLY POINT



Where: Plymouth Meeting Mall behind the Lukoil station.
Time: NLT 0600 hrs.
KSU: 0615 hrs.


If you plan on being at this rally point, please PM me so I have an idea how many to expect.
Also, please try to be prompt! We need about 30-45 minutes (depending on traffic) to be at the Allentown Service Plaza on time.
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