R.I.P. Major Dick Winters

Richard D. Winters, the quiet, religious, teetotaling warrior made famous by the Stephen Ambrose book Band of Bothers died Jan. 2. He would have turned 93 on Jan. 21.

The book would be turned into a widely watched mini-series on HBO in 2001.

Winter’s death was announced after a private funeral service that was held on Saturday.

Winters was born in Ephrata, Pa. He lived much of his life after World War II in Hershey from where he ran a state-wide business selling animal feed products to farmers.

Band of Brothers is the story of  Easy Company or Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, which saw near constant action from D-Day until the surrender of Germany.

Winters would rise to be company commander then to battalion acting commander leaving service with the rank of major.

Winters received numerous medals including the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military honor. The Distinguished Service Cross was bestowed for destroying a German battery of 105 mm howitzers during the Battle of Normandy in what is know as the Brecourt Manor Assault and is used at West Point as an example as to how small-unit tactics can overcome a larger enemy force.

An attempt is being made to upgrade Winters medal to the Congressional Medal of Honor.


R.I.P. Major Dick Winters

Bill Naulty, R.I.P.

William P. Naulty died Thursday of complications from an infection at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He was 73 and lived in Cinnaminson, N.J..

Mr. Naulty joined the Army after graduating from West Philadelphia Catholic High School. After his discharge, he joined the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as a copy boy. He would become a police reporter then cover Burlington County, N.J. until the paper closed in 1982. His next career was as  a legislative aide to Republican Assembly members and senators in New Jersey’s 8th Legislative District, a post from which he retired in 2003.

Mr. Naulty was  secretary for the Philadelphia Press Association until his death.

He is survived by a son, William Jr., a daughter, Marie Ritchie, and grandchildren. His wife of 41 years, Marie Newman Naulty, died in 2007.

Friends may call 6 to 9 tomorrow eveing at Perinchief Chapels, 438 Hight St., Mount Holly, N.J. and at 10 a.m., Monday, before a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chuerch, 103 Fourth St., Riverton. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson.



Bill Naulty, R.I.P.

Ida B. Fine R.I.P.

I just returned from the funeral for a very sweet lady. Ida B. Fine died Nov. 24 at the age of 75. She lived in Rose Valley, Pa. and was a long-time reporter for the County Press and it’s sister publications. She covered Upper Darby courts and municipal events for many years and most recently had the excellent All Around Town community column.

Services were held at Beth El-Ner Tamid in Marple with burial at Mount Sharon Cemetery in Springfield.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel, daughters Cindy Williams and Deborah Fine and two granddaughters.

R.I.P. Ida

Irv Homer R.I.P.

Talk Radio great Irv Homer died Wednesday after collapsing while speaking at an event at Eastern University regarding the Federal Reserve System and how money works. The featured speaker was G. Edward Griffin, author of “The Creature from Jekyll Island”. Mr. Homer was responsible for introducing Griffin to thousands in the Philadelphia area. Irv Homer R.I.P.

I have fond memories of Mr. Homer. Circa 1994 I was managing editor of most of the papers in the Press newspaper chain and we carried a column criticizing the IRS. A short time later, we were subject to an audit.

A young lady named Pat Toddy was working for us part-time as a writer and sales rep and working part-time screening calls for Mr. Homer at WWDB-FM. She told Mr. Homer about our plight and Mr. Homer stuck up for us via his mike.

R.I.P. Mr. Homer.

Pat, btw, has done pretty well for herself and has a slot on the anchor desk at KYW Newsradio.

Irv Homer R.I.P.
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