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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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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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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


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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.      





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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"
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July 26, 2010, 6:54am Report to Moderator

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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.

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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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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.
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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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July 26, 2010, 10:29am Report to Moderator

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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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Thank you Jane for stepping up.


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Review first post please.

As I plan to already be there when you arrive, I appreciate those stepping up to coordinate rally points and lead the ride up.  


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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************** BUCKS COUNTY AREA RALLY POINT**************

RALLY - CRACKER BARRELL AT NESHAMINY ENTRANCE OF THE PA TURNPIKE
RALLY TIME- TBD
KSU -TBD


Pride, honor and integrity live here
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Proud Member of Kat's Army

Marine Mom: I may look harmless, but I raised a Marine.
(two Marines actually)

Women Marines -- Fewer and Prouder

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July 26, 2010, 5:19pm Report to Moderator

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This is truely hard....

Al,
  
I met you for the first and only time at a very difficult time in my life but you helped ease that pain.  You came from a far in friendship and respect to my husband, Joe.  It was evident that the ride was difficult in more ways than one.  I believe you knew it was going to be your last ride and I am honored that you wanted to be at the memorial for Joe.

Please give Joe a hug for me and enjoy your eternal ride together!  This one will not end!

Love you Al,
Carol

My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you through out the next days, weeks and on...............
I've been told you never "get over it".  You just get where you can think & talk about it without crying........................


MAKE IT BIG!

In Memory of Papa Joe
My Husband & Best Friend
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Thanks to both Jane & Mike who was considered by Al to be his "brother". Thank God you were both with him when he passed- He would not have had it any other way! Friends of the Forgotten NE Wing owes it's very existance to him!
Thank God he was there for us! Thank You Al! You will never be forgotten- WE have designed a Patriot's Memorial patch which we will wear & display proudly! We will take you on your final ride...............FOTF NE Wing
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Quoted from Pearl
This is truely hard....

Al,
  
I met you for the first and only time at a very difficult time in my life but you helped ease that pain.  You came from a far in friendship and respect to my husband, Joe.  It was evident that the ride was difficult in more ways than one.  I believe you knew it was going to be your last ride and I am honored that you wanted to be at the memorial for Joe.

Please give Joe a hug for me and enjoy your eternal ride together!  This one will not end!

Love you Al,
Carol

My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you through out the next days, weeks and on...............
I've been told you never "get over it".  You just get where you can think & talk about it without crying........................


instead of Al moving to Georgia, he joined one of the best men Georgia had!
Now you've got two good men watching over 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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JANE...thank you for taking point. If you need a hand with anything holler.


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SWF will be there in SPIRIT to Ride in Honor of AL!


In Honor of Kathryn M. Fialkowski,

In Honor of  My Father, C. E. Stilwell
Chief US Navy Retired RIP  
WWII, Korea, Cold War Veteran

In Honor of my Brother Thomas E. Stilwell
FA US Navy Vet RIP
Viet Nam Era Veteran

In Horor of My Sister in Law
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In Honor of the 343 FDNY "Smoke Eaters"
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Please do me a favor - stop thanking me.  We are in this as a team - I'm just the common point of contact.  You all know what to do, I count on you to do that, know you've got my back when I screw up, and know I can ask for help.


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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instead of Al moving to Georgia, he joined one of the best men Georgia had!
Now you've got two good men watching over you.

Amen to that-


It saddens me to say I have exhuasted all possibilities of making the trip. Just can't take off work next week. All of us here in GA will be there in spirit.


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"
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July 27, 2010, 7:21am Report to Moderator

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July 27, 2010, 7:51am Report to Moderator

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I don't have a bike, but there is no way I would not be there.  I really appreciate everything Jane is doing to set this up....


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I wouldn't miss this for the world. I always counted on Al to give me the needed information for the important events. He was my personal contact point, as I don't really "belong" to any specific group, but to all in general. Al was ever faithful and diligent in getting the word out, whether it was a welcome home, a send off, or a funeral detail, Al was always the one to lead the way for me.  Al was the symbol and example of respect and honor to all who have served.  There aren't many people with the dedication that Al had.  I will be there to express my respect, honor and gratitude to a true-blue American, Al "Bluesman" Philo.
It's a shame that the funeral directors previous experience with bikers at a funeral was poor. But he will soon see the tremendous amount of honor and respect that is deserving of a hero.
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Standing by, To stand for Al. Luv you,Jane...Thank you for RCn. Hey Jeff, Shooter & I will meet you at the CB.


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July 27, 2010, 12:24pm Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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I am seeing lots of secondary rally points being set up down here, which is good, but I am going to strongly SUGGEST that we all make a primary rally point at the Allentown Rest Stop on the NE Turnpike (the one just before the tunnel). There are other bike groups, like FotF, going and it would be good if all of SE PA arrived together.

someone suggest a rally time at that rest stop. 0830? 0900?


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I am seeing lots of secondary rally points being set up down here, which is good, but I am going to strongly SUGGEST that we all make a primary rally point at the Allentown Rest Stop on the NE Turnpike (the one just before the tunnel). There are other bike groups, like FotF, going and it would be good if all of SE PA arrived together.

someone suggest a rally time at that rest stop. 0830? 0900?


Agree!  We did this before and worked out well.

Service Plazas - Allentown
Northbound & Southbound - Milepost 55.9
About  58.2 mi – about 1 hour 0 mins From Allentown to Forty Fort, PA
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July 27, 2010, 3:51pm Report to Moderator

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Al, your Georgia brothers & sisters will be there in spirit. Some are still trying to work out being there in person. Thankfully I was one of the Ga. family that had the blessing of riding with you when you were down here for Papa Joe's " Last Ride". I am sorry that we did not get the chance to eat up more road than we did. After all those who ride ROADGLIDES have to stick together.

The time that we did have with you down here was a blessing to all of us & one we will never forget. You & Joe both have our backs now. Until the day we all get to ride in the sky together again, I say thank you for all you did here on earth.

Those of you who are fortunate enough to make this " HONOR RIDE" I say please be careful. Rev it up for me once if you would.

SEMPER FI brother Al.


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I think Wayne is making a good suggestion.

It should take about 15 minutes for the FotF to get to the Allentown service area from their rally point (KSU@0700). I would recommend a rally time no later than 7:30am at the Allentown service area. We could have any pre-ride meetings at that time, saddle up and be on the road by 7:45.

ETA would be 9ishy.


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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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If any WWRs from out of state plan to come up, my home is open to you. Just send me a PM to make arrangements.


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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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July 27, 2010, 4:15pm Report to Moderator

thank you to all our men and women serving
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Quoted from ylua
I wouldn't miss this for the world. I always counted on Al to give me the needed information for the important events. He was my personal contact point, as I don't really "belong" to any specific group, but to all in general. Al was ever faithful and diligent in getting the word out, whether it was a welcome home, a send off, or a funeral detail, Al was always the one to lead the way for me.  Al was the symbol and example of respect and honor to all who have served.  There aren't many people with the dedication that Al had.  I will be there to express my respect, honor and gratitude to a true-blue American, Al "Bluesman" Philo.
It's a shame that the funeral directors previous experience with bikers at a funeral was poor. But he will soon see the tremendous amount of honor and respect that is deserving of a hero.


Well said, somehow Somebody has found the words to describe my feeling about Al. Thank you.
I'll see you Monday

Bikerdave


God Bless our troops, heroes  and USA
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A couple of things:

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.


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 28, 2010, 1:47pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Fefe
I think Wayne is making a good suggestion.

It should take about 15 minutes for the FotF to get to the Allentown service area from their rally point (KSU@0700). I would recommend a rally time no later than 7:30am at the Allentown service area. We could have any pre-ride meetings at that time, saddle up and be on the road by 7:45.

ETA would be 9ishy.


This has been agreed. All groups will rally at the rest stop from 0700 to 0730 with KSU time of 0745.


"The day will come when it will be recognized without doubt throughout the civilized world that the strangling of Bolshevism at birth would have been an untold blessing to the human race." - Winston Churchill

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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

Don’t hesitate to holler with any questions. thanx


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 28, 2010, 3:14pm Report to Moderator

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My time off for Aug. 2 is approved and I will see you all bright and early at the Allentown service area.


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Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock  -- Will Rogers

Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less  - R. E. Lee


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shooter
July 28, 2010, 3:34pm Report to Moderator

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Is there a firm time fior the NE crew to meet at the Cracker Barrel?
Ben & I will be coming in a cage with the Honorably FOTF Member Peggy Morre.
Is there a time listed for Breakfast and also KSU....?
Please advise.... Thanks to all for your gracious efforts.
Shooter...267-7840-4042


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July 28, 2010, 5:28pm Report to Moderator

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Any SNJ people going please pm me so we can set a rally time and place


FATHOTSA!!!
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home or overseas. Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.
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Rest in peace Al (Bluesman), I will be there in spirit from Ft Worth, Tx
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Those leading from secondary rally points - please either add that information to the first post or let me know so I can.  Again, your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated!
My cell is 267-626-8642 if needed.  I will already be up there and the phone works.


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 29, 2010, 7:24am Report to Moderator

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UPDATE for NE Riders!

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.

That should allow us enough time to get to the Allentown Rest Stop to meet the other groups.

The weather is spotty so cages may be required.
See youse at the CB @ 0600.
Shooter. 267-784-4042


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

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July 29, 2010, 7:54am Report to Moderator

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


"What we do for ourselves alone,
dies with us...
what we do for others and the world,
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I will not be able to physically be there but will stop what I am doing to take a couple moments of silence around 10 am.  I will be with all of you in spirit.  Ride safe everyone.  Al, I wish I had been able to know you longer.  Rest in peace Brother.


Caging/Standing In Memory Of:

Charles W. Walkington (WW I)
Ralph C. Smires (WW II/Korea)
Clifford L. Smires (WW II)
John Brady (father-in-law, WW II)
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BUMP for Al's obituary.   Visitation is starting at 9, but you're going to be there then anyway.


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 30, 2010, 1:26pm Report to Moderator

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You never know when that last ride will be with someone who you consider "a friend". It didn't matter who you were, where you were from or what organization you chose to ride with..... Al supported, Al fought for what he felt was right, he was a true patriot and stood for all. He was a friend and a great musician to boot..... He will be missed. *Thank you Al, for believing in me and giving me those words of advice I will never forget... Rest in peace, thank you for all you did for everyone. ♥ I apologize that I cannot make it to the service, getting married Saturday and already took most of the week off. please send my condolences to family.

Sincerely,
Amy
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Amy, again - you were there for him in life.  He'd much rather see you where you will be - where you are supposed to be!  Best wishes for a long and happy married life!!!


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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Youse can post a note on Al's Obit page here.....

http://www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com/html/obits/obituaries.asp?listing_id=159084

Shooter


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July 31, 2010, 4:15am Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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Quoted from shooter
Youse can post a note on Al's Obit page here.....

http://www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com/html/obits/obituaries.asp?listing_id=159084

Shooter
Thanks Shooter.






An American Soldier is someone who, at some point in their life, wrote out a check, payable"to the United States of America" for the sum total of up to and including my life." We as citizens of those same United States owe them no less than unconditional support.


"Love is the feelin you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle."
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I know what a lot of you will say, however I need to say this again (as surprised as you all are).  Rain is predicted for the Poconos today and tomorrow - please feel free to carpool; even Al would want you to err on the side of safety.


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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August 1, 2010, 8:02am Report to Moderator

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Godspeed Al (Bluesman) we will miss you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends in the days ahead.Your dedication to freedom as well as your support of our American ..Heroes.. the fallen and missing made you a guiding light for many,  In Spirit this
day of Honor and Remembrance of our brother ( Bluesman)  

                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ALL4114ALL


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Last Call


If you haven't already, please PM me if your going to be at the Plymouth Meeting Rally Point.

We need to roll out at 06:15 sharp.
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August 1, 2010, 10:37am Report to Moderator

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Rest in Peace Bluesman, sorry I cant make it.
Sweetwater is riding with Shooter. Thanks Shooter
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August 1, 2010, 12:34pm Report to Moderator

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Al Rest in Peace Brother you sure made this July 24th birthday one I will never forget.
You were and still are a true friend and brother Go With God Brother Miss You!




PROUD MEMBER OF KATS  ARMY
Riding in memory of my mother and father RIP

Vietnam 1965-66
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101st   Airborne Div.
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Charlie (Doc) will be at the Mall with one or more.


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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August 2, 2010, 5:13am Report to Moderator

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RIP Al.  You will be missed. Will be there in spirit. Al



"Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his fellow man"
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August 2, 2010, 5:57am Report to Moderator

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The hearts & minds of us here in Georgia are with all of you today as you say a final goodby to BLUESMAN. Be safe & raise a toast to Al for us.

SEMPER FI my brother.


Email wwrhippie@att.net

770.928.7453

RIP "PAPAJOE", " BLUESMAN", & "KAT"

SEMPER
FI AMERICA!!
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August 2, 2010, 6:21am Report to Moderator

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We are all thinking about you today-please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts as we say goodbye to Bluesman. He is gone but will never be forgotten. He truly touched all of our lives down here in Georgia.


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"
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August 2, 2010, 6:44am Report to Moderator

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I cannot make this ride due to work , but trust me on this one and i know this phrase is over use on here sometimes, but i will be there in spirit i will think of Al today. i am so sorry i miss the oportunity to stand beside him and play guitar we were suppose to do that one day. i guess now it will have to wait till i get to where Al is heading then we can play all we wnat together, RIP brother is was an honer and a pleasure knowing for the short time i did. smiled everytime i saw you roll up to a mission.  Heaven is playin the blues in your honor today waiting on its newest band member




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August 2, 2010, 4:56pm Report to Moderator

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Thank you everyone- it was a beautiful service today, a beautiful tribute to Al, it was so fitting to see Snort at the cemetary, and the picnic in the pavillion was really nice. On Eagle's Wings was a wonderful choice for who ever picked the song for during the ceremony, and I loved the imagery of Al, stopping at Heavens Gate and unfurling his flag to welcome our fallen into heaven--- that was a perfect vision to have of Al in Heaven... Thank you all for being there, those that could be there in person, and those who were there in spirit..
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August 2, 2010, 5:40pm Report to Moderator

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES KAT, RIP
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Rest in peace Al, I was honored to be there for you today.





An American Soldier is someone who, at some point in their life, wrote out a check, payable"to the United States of America" for the sum total of up to and including my life." We as citizens of those same United States owe them no less than unconditional support.


"Love is the feelin you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle."
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August 2, 2010, 6:09pm Report to Moderator

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Today was truly a day for reflection as we paid our respects to a a true Patriot. It was obvious by the so many different groups that turned out and by the out pour of emotions demonstrated. It was truly my Honor to stand for you today Al, you will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace brother and I will see you on the other side of heavens gates.  


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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shooter
August 2, 2010, 6:34pm Report to Moderator

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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


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

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Shooter thank you for providing the memories and the oppurtunity for those that could not be there the chance to see how much Al meant to so many. Once again you have provided a wonderful view through your eyes.


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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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





"What we do for ourselves alone,
dies with us...
what we do for others and the world,
remains and is immortal!"

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August 2, 2010, 8:32pm Report to Moderator

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Would have given anything to be there today to say goodbye to Al had to settle for a prayer for him.
Great pics shooter thank you!


PROUD MEMBER OF KATS  ARMY
Riding in memory of my mother and father RIP

Vietnam 1965-66
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101st   Airborne Div.
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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
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Rest in Peace AL. What a honor to be part this great family of brothers and sisters. I know Al was smiling down on us all day even as I was making my last turns on the way home, after the send off mission at the airport, and I felt the rain drops start to fall. I thought they must be Al's tears from knowing that really made a difference in this world.

Bikerdave


God Bless our troops, heroes  and USA
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August 2, 2010, 11:20pm Report to Moderator
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At one point- 64 Motorcycles were counted in the parking lot of Wrobleski FH in Forty Fort- They came from far and wide- The tribute & honor that was paid to this Man today was awesome!  The emotion, support & feeling of all those who spoke was a true testament to the unselfish, stoic, dedicated peaceful man who was laid to rest!
Al "Bluesman" Philo was a one in a million kind of Guy! You may never meet the likes of such a caring dedicated soul again in your lifetime.... Immediately following the interment, his extended family met under the pavilion at Kirby park in Wilkes Barre. Fond memories and stories of his impact on everyone's lives were shared- The Friends of Forgotten NE Wing will dedicate their ride next Sunday 8/8 to Al & his memory. A Memorial fund will be established to erect a beautiful appropiate stone at his grave site. A Plaque will also be dedicated & placed in the Gino Merli Veterans Center where Al Never missed the chance to come & aid in our Veterans welfare & well being.
You were a one of a kind Al! We will feel your presence & impact in all that we do........... Gods Speed Dear Friend... Ride with the Angels..........................FOTF NE Wing
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Thank you Shooter for the pictures, they are beautiful. It was so hard being here in GA yesterday but my heart was with all of you.

It was so nice one of the girls at the vet brought Snort. It looks like he loved all the attention.
And that is where he was supposed to be yesterday-

Thank you for being such a good friend to me and all of us here Al.


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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Quoted from FFMTP549
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!


"What we do for ourselves alone,
dies with us...
what we do for others and the world,
remains and is immortal!"

- Albert Pike

http://www.mianto.com




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August 3, 2010, 7:11am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Lengua
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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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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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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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


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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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Lisa, Gary, Carrie Ann, Bobby, Carol, Moonshine, Patrick and the rest of you Georgia "peeps":

The hospitality, grace, friendship, consideration and all such things that you showed all of us, especially Al, those days we were there will always be remembered and appreciated beyond words.

You are all wonderful people who were there for Papa Joe, Carol and their family, are still there for Carol, and provided such caring support up here consistently these past weeks through your prayers, cards, the booklet, texts, and calls.  

We love you all too and I thank you with all my heart!  


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 was so disappointed when the buyer backed out of the house-I remember telling him things happen for a reason. The eulogy I read above really hit it. All of us in Georgia will be forever grateful for Al's friendship and him traveling down here to be with us as we said goodbye to PaPa Joe.


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

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for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
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Jane, thank you for the ride report. It was our honor to have spent time with Al when he was here. He was a blessed man to have you as his friend. We, thank you with all our heart.

Look forward to seeing ya'll again........


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[He was a blessed man to have you as his friend. We, thank you with all our heart.

Look forward to seeing ya'll again........[/quote]

Well said Snap-we love you lady!


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"
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Al had many friends and we were blessed to call him friend.
While I appreciate the kind words, I am one of many!  Mike and Kim were instrumental in the arrangements and many others were there to help.

I'll accept the wishes to see you again though!  



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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I'm deeply touched by the "Ride Report" and the show of support.  Jane "Thank You" for putting it all down.  You expressed it well through words, through love, and such emotion.  It helps those of us who could not attend in person to feel as though we were there.  It is plain to see that Al was loved so much.  He is smiling down upon all of us. You all honored him well!

The pictures and Snort are an added bonus.  

Never will Al be forgotten!!!!  I'm thankful for the time we had with him here in Georgia.  
God Bless Al and those who's lives he touched.
Love,
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I have heard questions regarding some things in regards to Al's funeral.  Since they have come from more than one source, I will address them here so there are no misunderstandings, especially since I hold responsibility.

Flag line - those who stood the line did so because they believed Al deserved it as the patriot and champion of the Issue and our troops.  He never went anywhere without a flag - they flew on his house, his bike, he had decals on his truck and trailer, patches on his vests.

Saluting - those who did, chose to due to the way they respected Al.

Taps - Aside from other facts, Gunny is a stickler for what is right.  For those who did not see, he walked up to Al, snapped to attention and rendered Al the slow respectful salute.  He is the one who gave the order to the bugler to render Taps.  If Gunny was not ok with Taps, it would not have happened.

"Fist of solidarity" - Many of you never met Stretch Smaltz; he was a man like no other and googling might give you a bit of insight.  Aside from the POW-MIA Issue, an example is when the Amish children were murdered; overnight he organized a ride and raised thousands of dollars for that Community. His funeral was so many miles long, that our 24 hour news station reported on it in their traffic report.   From the time Lee Greenwood cut that song, it was sung at many events with Stretch leading the participants standing as we did at the cemetery.  If you remember at the Birthday Bash when Al sung it, he tried to get y'all to do that - it is respect and tradition and Al would not have had it any other way.

I didn't want to name names or organizations, since I figured I'd leave somebody out, but I think I need to try.  I again want to thank all for their show of respect for our Warriors' Watch brother and friend; we remember that we shared him with Sundance (his band), FotF, Abate, etc.  The assistance and generosity of our sister organization, Friends of the Forgotten North East Wing, was invaluable.  Kim (member of WW and FotF) is working hard on a headstone for Al; FotF NEW will spearhead and hold the funding as they are incorporated and have a treasury.  Participants in the funeral came from Rolling Thunder, the two Angel organizations in the Scranton area who share welcome home/send off responsibilities, HoG, Blue Comet MC, Al's former school. I thank all RCs who took the initiative to set up rally points and help get all there.  The pallbearers represented Al's band, WW and FotF.  The organizations chosen for donations: the musical scholarship (windshield decal money will go there) is being handled by Sundance; the bank account is set up.  The National Alliance of Families - look it up if you don't know.  These represented the two strongest interests in Al's life.

Snort is settled in his new home with Ashley and Patrick.  He's loving his new canine friends and family.

If I missed anyone, please let me know.  If anyone has any further question about anything, please feel free to ask me directly - sure beats guessing, assuming, whispering down the lane, and misunderstanding.  You may ask publically or privately.




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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Jane,
One does not have to have been in the Military to be a True Patriot. Al was a True American Patriot by all that it represents.
He lived his life that way and was treated as any Patriot should be in the end.
There are many politicians that never served.
Nuff said!


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Jane,
One does not have to have been in the Military to be a True Patriot. Al was a True American Patriot by all that it represents.
He lived his life that way and was treated as any Patriot should be in the end.
There are many politicians that never served.
Nuff said!


I agree with Don.  Who was Nuff?


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As i just said in an email... and it pretty much sums up how I do feel ...

You can tell a true PATRIOT buy the uniform they often wear, NO MATTER if the uniforn was issued by the United States... Or at your local Leather Shop.

In my time of doing the Warriors Watch Missions...I have stood shoulder to shoulder with THE MOST Patriotic People I have ever met..... I DIDNT SAY "SOME of the most Patriotic".. I said "THE MOST".  And guess what, Lots of them purchased their uniforms at the Local Biker Shop.
I am surrounded by brothers and sisters who get what Patrotism is about....
Al, was indeed one of those individuals.... It was an Honor to know Him... To See how he stood for what was good and right in this Great Country... and to know that NOW HE is serving in the highest of High Military.  

Again... Rest in Peace Bluesman

God Bless
RedBeard


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Well said Red.


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I agree with Fungi "WELL SAID" Red, and thanks.


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Thank you Jane for all of the clarity you bring to Al's service to his country, and to all of the people and organizations that meant so much to him.  He was a true and dedicated Patriot to the very last.  He surely deserved every salute, every unfurled flag, every tear, every song and every smile that was offered by his friends and brothers at his memorial service.  I am very sorry I couldn't be there to show my respect and admiration in person.  But I do thank all of you for the words and pictures to help us bridge the gap.

God bless the Bluesman......


Bobby Byrne
Marietta GA

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Sgt. Justin A. Schultz, USMC
OIF 08/06 - 05/07

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Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Byrne, USN
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where the Grace of God will not protect you."
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Miss you Al-rest in peace.


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

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for it carries the blood of those that gave it to you"
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WORDS FROM AL'S CO-WORKER AT THE SCHOOL


I'm sorry I didn't know he was prepared to say something; we all should've been able to hear this.

Good Afternoon. My name is Jim Wilson and I have been the vocal music teacher at Schuylkill Elementary School in Phoenixville for 29 years; that’s one less year than Al taught instrumental music at the same school. Al and I worked together in the same hallway as musical partners and friends for 17 years. I’m hoping in that my relationship with Al was at a different time and in different circumstances that my perspective on his life will be unique. When Al retired from teaching public school in 1998 I gave him a spoken tribute including a song and it lasted over an hour. I could go on and on about Al Philo, but I certainly won’t do that today.
I’d like to just briefly talk about three aspects of Al; Al the teacher, Al the humorist and Al the musician.
“Al the Teacher” was an amazing guy. When I arrived at Schuylkill in 1981, public schools didn’t have all these mentoring programs that teachers have to go through today. It was just “you’re the teacher, here’s your room, the kids will be here tomorrow, GO!” I was lucky though, because I HAD a mentoring program. It was Al Philo! Al had been teaching 13 years and he gave me the valuable stuff that you don’t learn anywhere but on the job; how to handle certain parents, which teachers you could trust, how to handle our principal, and of course, how to effectively deal with kids. When The Friends of the Forgotten visited our school for our Veterans Day ceremony it was always quite an event, but it always became the most meaningful when Al got the mic, and commanded the attention and interest of 700 six-twelve year olds. He knew just what to say and how to say it. Our principal has plans to honor Al’s memory at our school’s Veterans’ Day ceremony this coming November.
We all know that when Al was passionate about something, he was PASSIONATE! This is obvious to anyone associated with the POW MIA cause. I remember his passion for model airplanes which he used to build and fly in Valley Forge Park, and then what started out, I think, as a closet passion for motorcycles came out in full force. You may or may not know that in the late ‘80’s or early ‘90’s Al had a bout with vertigo. His balance was really so awful that he would walk down the hallway as close to the wall as possible to avoid falling. I saw him fall “right out of the blue” in the middle of the cafeteria one day! So Al comes up and tells me that he’s thinking of getting a motorcycle. I said “Al, for a guy who’s having trouble just standing up and walking, do you think a bike is really that good an idea?” He responded “Jim, I’m improving, and I think I can handle it; just
don’t tell my mom”. He started with a small bike, (I think it was a Honda) before getting what he really wanted!
“Al the Humorist”. While Al could be passionate, his sense of humor was something to be reckoned with. It’s always that “quiet kid” you have to watch out for. My cousin who was in Al’s class at school from first grade all the way through high school referred to him as “goodie two shoes Alan”. This might be because she was a behavior problem and he wasn’t, but either way, I thought “are we talking about the same guy?” Whenever something would go wrong within the teaching staff at school, or better yet, in the upper administration, people would, as in all workplaces, sit around and complain about it; often loudly! Al would not. He would quietly sit and listen, but if you watched his eyes, you could see that everything was going in and being processed. You all know that look I’m talking about! Within a day or two those of us on staff would get a memo in our mailboxes face down authored by one of two pen names; either Auf Weit or Clare S. Mudd. Auf Weit (pronounced “off white”) came from a time when there were many changes being made in the district by administration with no consultation of the teachers whatsoever. When the teachers’ union gave a list of questions regarding these decisions to the superintendent, he responded by sending out a series of “white papers” or papers simply describing the program or decision in question. It could have been about the social studies curriculum, how to handle behavior problems or, I suppose just about anything. Al countered by providing us with a series of “off white papers” dealing with similar subjects but with the “Al Philo twist. Clare S. Mudd was the fictitious name of the superintendent of the Happy Valley School District. Happy Valley was Phoenixville in disguise and there were several characters that directly reflected us and situations that reflected ours. The names were all changed, but you knew he was talking about. My favorite character was a boy named Chester Ferguson who continually repeated the third grade. He was in third grade so long that eventually he rode his Harley to school. The things that Al wrote were so “on the mark” about the goings on at work and so very, very funny, that I would run to my room, read them, and the tears would just roll down my face. Now many of the staff knew who the true author of these treatises was, but some people had no idea at all that it was Al. He had an incredible command of the English language, and was a really good writer. No pomp and circumstance, just understated humor and intelligence. (One only has to read his recipe for “Bluesman’s Chili” which does tell you how to make the chili, but revolves around drinking a case of beer in the process.)
“Al the Musician” I knew quite well, and while I think I enjoyed “Al the Humorist” the most, we were both hired to make music and his passion to do that drove much of what went on at Schuylkill during our years together. Al graduated from West Chester State College in 1968 with a Bachelors’ degree in music education and took the job at Schuylkill the same year. He was a tuba major! I heard him play the tuba and he was good! I saw the picture at the condolences site of him playing the accordion. I never knew, but if I had, I would have requested a performance on that as well. We all knew Al best for his guitar playing. I remember his playing with the “Country Sensations Band”, later to become “Sundance” and you could tell that that’s where “Al the Musician” was happiest. He used to say “Jim, I could never be a keyboardist like you, it’s just too restricting”; when I’m bending strings while I play guitar, some nights I want to bend a little, others I want to bend that sucker up until it almost breaks!” You can’t do that on a keyboard! He appreciated all kinds of music, and was a big fan of Les Paul and Spike Jones.
One time a local radio station was sponsoring a “call in/write in” contest where the listener was supposed to vote for “the best guitar solo of all time”. I got to thinking about that and had some thoughts, but my best thought was “I wonder what Al thinks?” So when I got to school I asked him his opinion. He sat there stoically for a very short time, and as I was expecting something by one of the accepted guitar giants, he said, I believe it is in a song from the band Blues Image called “Ride Captain, Ride”. He said his reason was that “each note is right where it belongs, and no note lasts any longer than it needs to last”. Now as musicians we have all sorts of ways to describe what we play or hear, but doesn’t that statement just strip right down to the basics of what music is? “Each note is right where it belongs, and no note lasts any longer than it needs to last”. In its simplicity, it’s brilliant. Understated Al. While reminiscing this past week, I Youtubed “Ride Captain, Ride” and found only one site where you can actually see the band playing it. It smacks in all ways of 1970 which is the year it was released, and I believe it was a “one hit wonder”. I love the solo which not only plays by itself but also accompanies the vocal part. I was saying to my wife last week that I believe the solo musically describes Al, and she said “do you think it’s because of its understated, elegant nature?” Of course I think it is! Furthermore, I think the lyrics are most appropriate. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to read them.
Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship, and here’s what they had to say
“We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to another shore
We can laugh our lives away and be free once more”
But no one heard them callin’, no one came at all
‘Cause they were too busy watchin’ those old raindrops fall
As a storm was blowin’ out on the peaceful sea
Seventy-three men sailed off to history
Ride, Captain ride upon your mystery ship
Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip
Ride captain ride upon your mystery ship
On your way to a world that others might have missed
Ride, Captain Ride
Ride, Bluesman Ride
Ride, Alan Ride
And ride, he did.
Godspeed Bluesman.
Thank you for listening to what I’ve had to say. At whatever time we knew Al, his qualities showed through to us, and because of knowing him, we remain forever changed


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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                                                      WOW!!!!!!


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RIP "PAPAJOE", " BLUESMAN", & "KAT"

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I really enjoyed reading that-thank you so much for posting.


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"
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There are Heroes who walk among us
never looking for glory or praise;
they don't seek recognition
for their thoughtful caring ways.
Living lives of deep commitment
providing for all those they hold dear.
Steadfast with a quiet strength
through times of laughter and tears.
Al "Bluesman" Philo was that kind of person,
the most selfless man by far.
So dear Al we'd like to thank you
for being the Hero that you truly are!
You will Never be Forgotten! God's speed!
    Friends of the Forgotten, NE Wing PA


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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Quoted from Calamity
There are Heroes who walk among us
never looking for glory or praise;
they don't seek recognition
for their thoughtful caring ways.
Living lives of deep commitment
providing for all those they hold dear.
Steadfast with a quiet strength
through times of laughter and tears.
Al "Bluesman" Philo was that kind of person,
the most selfless man by far.
So dear Al we'd like to thank you
for being the Hero that you truly are!
You will Never be Forgotten! God's speed!
    Friends of the Forgotten, NE Wing PA




Amen


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JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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