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Lengua
August 3, 2010, 6:56am Report to Moderator

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REST IN PEACE AL. It was an HONOR for me to be able to part of the ceremony today.
TO THE AL'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS OUR DEEPEST CONDOLANCES, THOUGTHS AND PRAYERS.
                    CAROL AND TOM.

Here are some of my pictures from today. Sorry they are MANY.

http://tom549spics.shutterfly.com/6759


Lot's of great shots Tom!


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I hope everyone made it home safely without further incident.  
Here are few snaps from today at Al's mission:

http://community.webshots.com/album/578311568NblLJN


Thanks Lou, those are great.
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Here's the photos from Al's Mission.
If anyone wants larger files for printing, etc...let me know and I'll get them right out to you.
Thanks everyone for your continued respect and honor.
Shooter

http://www.streetshooter.us/23410.html


Fine work, fitting for such a fine man.
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Lengua - Among your photos is the best of Snort I've ever seen. He looks so noble, and the downward cast of the eyes looks like he is thinking of Al. Thank you for the beautiful picture. Andie Philo
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It was day that will remain a sad memory for a long time. But on the other hand, Al will remain a great memory for much longer. It was great to see so many people there for Al.  I did fine up until Taps was blown.....I always lose it when I hear that played, and it was done so beautifully on Monday!! It sounded purely amazing! And since Taps is the ultimate blues , I think Al would have been impressed with this one! And then to see Al's buddy Snort there.....that was a very touching end to the service.
Although I don't wear the patches and rockers of any club for personal reasons, it is nice to be allowed to be a part of days such as these. I may look out of place amongst everyone else, and overlooked by many, but my feelings, thoughts, and emotions are all the same. And it was a true honor to stand in a flag line for Al, as a small jesture of my respect for him and all that he stood for.  Thank you.
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Each one of these pictures are so filled with emotion, the love and the honor that was paid in tribute to Bluesman. Thank you to all the photographers. Through your eyes you brought all of us who couldn't be there along with you.
Rest in Peace Bluesman


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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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Great pics everyone. Thanks to all who made his last ride.





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Ride Report:  I'm breaking the report up into separate posts:

Leading up to and in the Hospital
August 2 - Al's final ride
Bible Readings
Eulogy
Poem
Incidentals

On behalf of Mike, thank you all for being there with Al during his life and participating in his final service and ride on Monday.

I also thank you for showing Mike, the band, Andie, et al your support through your attendance, respect, words, etc. Monday.


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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Leading up to and Hospital

      Al “Bluesman” had not been feeling well for bit, and was being treated by his doctor.  During the month of June, he lost 30 pounds, but was adamant that he was going to attend Papa Joe’s memorial service in Georgia and went to great pains to ready his truck and trailer for the trip, which he shared with Rambone and Calamity.  Al did not fare well on that trip, as most food would not stay down and he couldn’t handle the heat or much exertion; however he persevered and, not long before the service began, he played Amazing Grace on the cigar-box guitar Joe had made.  Every one was gracious, allowing Al to nap and Rambone did more of the driving.  That appeared to be the defining moment for Al, who said, if he could not get to see his doctor when he got home, he would go to the emergency room.  He got home Monday night, walked in his doctor’s office Friday and was immediately admitted to the hospital; within a couple days Al was diagnosed with stage four cancer which had started on his colon and spread to his liver; doctors held hope as, apparently, two more stages have been added to this “process” due to more advanced treatments.
      The next couple of weeks held some frustrating moments for Al; first time I’d seen him that way.  He would have tests, decisions would be made regarding treatment and he would be told he could go home the next day.  Then something would happen necessitating more tests or conversations where one said one thing and another another.  The decision was made that Al would not have surgery to remove the primary site – a tumor on his colon – as the belief was Chemo would take care of this; Al was scheduled to go home.  His best friend/brother, Mike, was going to stay with him there a couple days so he could take care of some things, then Al was going to stay with Mike and his family while receiving his Chemo; again a setback as Al developed a blood clot which lodged in his lung.  Plans changed again and Al was scheduled for surgery to remove the primary site after all, because he had started bleeding a bit from it, needed medication for the clot problem and could not have that because it would make the bleeding worse.  The surgeon’s comments on Al’s prognosis were “this sucks” and went on to say that it was “really up to Al, his body and in whatever you believe” as he pointed up.  He said Al could leave us at any time or be around for good bit yet; there was no way to tell.  Al went to ICU and did pretty well in the beginning; there was still talk of him going home before treatment.  
       Al had been waiting for a booklet that Carrie Ann had prepared for him; the first had gotten lost and the replacement got to him that Wednesday. He spent much time looking at those pictures from the trip and others of the group and, after reading what was written, a tear came out of his eye.  (There is a link to the book in the thread.)   Al proudly showed it to his nurses and, as fate would have it, one started tearing up when Warriors’ Watch was explained.  It turns out that her son is in the Navy now and she and her husband are Navy Vets; is it any surprise that Al coined her?
       Al started to go downhill, another test was done and the docs were very disappointed.  Al’s Oncologist said he thought and hoped that Al’s problem was a blood flow issue, however the scan showed how bad his liver was compromised; it was then that all realized hope was gone.  The Oncologist and Surgeon took extra time talking with Al; the surgeon came in again on his day off to speak with Al, Mike and a couple other friends that Saturday morning.   Al then took care of some official things and was kept comfortable until he slipped away around nine that night.  All during this time, the nurses tended to him with such care and respect – changing his position, talking to him while they were in his room – doing everything they would’ve done had Al been conscious.


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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Al's final ride


       On this day, 65 bikes and about 150 people celebrated Al’s life and escorted him on his last ride.  Folks started arriving at 8am.  Flag lines and fellowship took place till 11:00, at which time there was barely any room left for anyone else to stand inside.  The music was a little too low to be heard, but there were clear voices leading us in Amazing Grace and On Eagles’ Wings.
        Pastor Metzloff had never met Al, nor was he told anything about him, however he caught on real quick and the words he spoke about Al were right on point.  Bill “Hagar” Gillespie delivered the eloquent eulogy; Friends of the Forgotten NE Wing Chaplain, Frank Lesnefsky, said a few words; followed by a ritual they perform at honor missions, led by Kim Atkinson; then a couple cousins said a few words.  Pastor finished the service at which time Al’s four (4) vests were placed with him by a representative of each organization: Harley Owners Group, Rolling Thunder, Friends of the Forgotten, and Warriors’ Watch (listed by longevity of membership).  Other items had been placed with him, like his helmet, small bottle of Jack Daniels, picture of his motorcycle, a POW-MIA patterned cloth signed by most mourners, stuffed bull dog, honor coins, a personal memento too special to mention here, etc.  The last items were the bandannas from his handlebars – POW-MIA and the blue one he received at Papa Joe’s memorial.
       Pall bearers were three band members, two FotF members and one from WWR.  A police escort took everyone to the cemetery just a few miles away. The family plot was full, but as fate would have it, a grave became available right by his Mother, and Al was reunited with her.  Pastor led the service there and paused as he knew we had more plans before the final blessing.  Again, who would’ve “thunk” it – the funeral director hadn’t met Pastor; he just picked him to ask to perform the service.  It turned out that Pastor is a 16-year Army Veteran with some time in the Gulf War, so, it just had to be done - Rambone graciously accepted the honor and coined him!!!  Gunny Gibbs ordered Taps, which Nick Fata played, then Pastor finished the service and we left Al to rest in peace.
       As we turned to go to our vehicles, we noticed a young lady who had brought a special mourner – there was Snort who enjoyed all the pats and tummy rubs.  If anyone wondered about Snort’s care in the kennel, this was absolute proof that he was loved.  The young lady was thanked for bringing him and her answer was “it just seemed like the right thing to do.”  Also the Vet did not charge a penny for Snort’s care.
       A picnic of hamburgers and hot dogs was provided at Kirby Park by the Friends of the Forgotten North East Wing where more fellowship and stories re Al were shared.
       A note needs to be made that there were two unfortunate incidents when some folks “went down”.  At this report, my information is that all are home with nothing more than bruises and soreness.
       Aaron, the Funeral Director, has revised his opinion of bikers by “120%”.  He was so impressed and thankful to see all who turned out and the way we paid tribute to Al - with such dignity, respect and love.


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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Bible Readings


Philippians 2:1-4 (New American Standard Bible)

1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,

2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 4:7-9

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


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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Eulogy

Thanks to Bill "Hagar" Gillespie


Philippians 2: 3 & 4
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

When Jane asked me to say the Eulogy and sent me the Readings for Al’s Service, these 2 verses jumped out at me immediately. That is Al. Everything he did was done with a purpose whether with the FOTF, POW MIA issues or as we say, “The Cause”, or the Warrior Watch Welcome Home Rides, and his commitment as Regional Administrator, his Band everything was done with Humility.

Al was a PATRIOT; he loved our country very much, a truly great American Patriot.

His monthly, sometimes bi, tri & quad trips to The Blue Comets club house or Fort Washington American Legion or The Audubon Inn for POWMIA meetings, Al always came, 150, 175 miles round trip in an evening, AND HE NEVER COMPLAINED, nothing about fuel costs, nothing about the inclement weather, Al did it UNSEFISHLY.
I respected and admired Al, Al was totally committed to “The CAUSE”.

I can’t tell you the day, month or year I first met Al, I just remember Al, Al “The Bluesman”, being there at the then Rolling Thunder Days, then FOTF, Al was there, talking issues, talking politics, TALKING MUSIC and his Band and talking about that problem Cross Bones, man how that bike disappointed him, he was so happy when he got it, “Hagar, it’s light, I can ride it and not have to worry about throwing a “Bagger” around.

Al was excited that his home here in PA was sold, he packed his belongings in his trailer, had a place picked out in Georgia he had his future planned, he was ready to go, then the Asian Grandmother had a bad feeling about Al’s house, “There’s something evil here, we will not buy this house”.  What was it she had felt?  I don’t know, none of us know, but I know one thing for certain, If Al had sold his home and moved South, would we have been able to see him at all during the Month of July?  Would we have been able to steal a couple of more hours of time with Al, had he been in a Hospital in the South?  Did the Grandmother hear OUR LORD telling her to say what she did and call settlement off at the last minute?  Was Al disappointed? ABSOLUTLY! Did Al know there was a reason for the family not buying his home? ABSOLUTELY! Did Al know what that reason was?  No but as he said to me “Hagar there is a reason why Grandmom didn’t want to move into my house and someday I’ll figure it out, I haven’t met any evil spirits while I lived here”.  I think we all know why Al stayed here. We didn’t know it at that time, but we know it now

Al was a great spokesman for the Cause, he could explain the history of the POW-MIA flag to school children in a way that they understood what POWMIA meant. The events I attended where Al spoke, they all listened, not because the teacher was there but because they heard and understood what Al was saying to them, his years of being a Teacher payed off, he was able to relate to the children about adult issues.  We WILL ALL miss an eloquent spokesman, and by that I mean a man who spoke from his heart, with conviction and desire, A GREAT SPOKESMAN FOR THE CAUSE IS GONE, God willing another will step forward.

Al had lived a good life even though it was rather short. Al was a great friend to all, he was the kind of friend that stands by you when you need somebody to be there.

Al is in heaven now and we are here at his Memorial Service. This is not the time for us to grieve his death but it’s our time to celebrate his life. Don’t ever forget Al. So at this moment when we are about to lay his body to rest, let’s all think back and remember how Al touched our lives. How he made us feel and how great Al was as a person. This is not the moment for us to shed our tears but we should all be thankful that we were given the chance to have known a man named Al Philo.


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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In Memory of Al "Bluesman" Philo


When your final ride is over,
we will remember you.
When we see the Stars and Stripes, and the
Black and White flags flying,
we will remember you.
When we see a charming bull dog's smile and
think of your beloved Snort,
we will remember you.
When we greet a Veteran coming home,
or one who is Going Home,
we will remember you.
When we see a tiny fawn, and its
mother standing by,
we will remember you.
When the wind is on our faces on
another Freedom Ride,
we will remember you.
When we make our chili, or cook out on
the grill and have a beer or two,
we will remember you.
When we hear the Thunder your fellow
riders make,
we will remember you.
When we see a bracelet with the name
of one "Still Missing",
we will remember you.
When we walk in fields or on dew
laden grass,
we will remember you.
When we hug our friends with streaming
tears or happy smiles,
we will remember you.
When our spirits tire and we feel
we can't go on,
we will remember you.
When we think of honor, respect,
dedication and love,
we will remember you.
When eagles fly and hawks are soaring,
we will remember you.
When our pride in America overwhelms us,
we will remember you.
When we hear a guitar strum the hymn
Amazing Grace,
we will remember you.
When we dream our dreams, keep our hopes
and feel love in our hearts,
we will remember you.
Al, you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!

With all my love,
Peggy Moore
July 26, 2010


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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Lovely...

When Al came down for Papa Joe's service I knew the minute he walked in the door he was not well...I could not understand why he would make this journey when he felt so bad...We worried about Al very much but it seemed he had an online relationship with Papa Joe something about Cigar box guitars, so he was were he wanted to be ....I will always remember Al playing Amazing Grace while setting up PJ's memorial on PJ' cigar box guitar....I think somehow Al knew that it may be his last ride and he decided he would "Make It Big" by coming to Georgia....Because Al was not feeling well and we his friends felt the ride back would not be a good idea we stayed in Covington an extra night...Al felt he was inconveniencing us but really he did a favor for us...A few of us were able to go back to Papa Joe's house and spend time with the family...Because of Al we ended up being where we truly needed to be....I told Calamity I would not take a million dollars for the time spent with Pearl and Papa Joe's kids that night...So people do come into your life for a reason and things do happen for a reason...

Calamity and Rambone thank you for being Al's friends and all you have done for us, PJ and his family and especially all you have done for AL....

Love you all and Bluesman I will see you again on the other side one day and we will party like you told me in your last note to me;)

XXOO
LJ


"There is Good and Bad in Everything"
SSG Paul "swany" Swanson


Riding in memory of Sgt Jennifer Hartman and JonD, two very special people that I missed the great honor to know...
Riding in honor for my dear friend, Joe "Papa Joe" Blasingame 06/18/2010

and Al "Bluesman" Philo  July 24th 2010...
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One of our caring bikers rescued a turtle from the highway on the way to the cemetery.

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.

Mugs, key chains, dog tags, and patches are being sold through FotF NE Wing to purchase a headstone for Al.

Windshield decals are being sold by Nancee Kane (FotF) to benefit the music scholarship being set up.

Feel free to PM me with any questions or requests.  

An annual memorial run with food and a day of music is being planned to raise money for the scholarship as well.


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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