Robert L. Davis, age 75, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, November 30. He had returned two days prior from Washington, DC, where he spent the week of Thanksgiving with Joey Horobetz and Wade Coplen.
Mr. Davis was born on February 15, 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of the late Gertrude and Jack Davis.
After serving in the military, Mr. Davis worked for the Federal Government in Washington, DC, until his retirement in 1994. Soon after retiring, Mr. Davis divided his time between Washington and Rehoboth. Then, he moved permanently to Rehoboth.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Davis was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Ihrig and Kathleen Drapes, both who reside in Wisconsin.
Mr. Davis enjoyed his retirement in Rehoboth, where he made many friends. He enjoyed traveling, especially to New York to see theater, dine, and visit long-time friends. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Arrangements for Mr. Davis were private. His ashes will be scattered on the graves of his mother and father in Wisconsin.
Tom Napier-Collins of Rehoboth Beach and Dagsboro, went home to be with the Lord Friday, December 26, 2014, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.
A Rhode Island native, Tom pursued a rewarding career in international travel and hospitality, most recently at The Rehoboth Guest House on Maryland Avenue. Tom was an active and beloved member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach.
Edward "Ed" Cage of Elverson, PA, 73 years, passed away from liver cancer, at his home on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
Born on September 23, 1941, he lived in Chester Springs, then Elverson, PA his entire life. He also had a home on Laurel Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, DE for many years for which he used to come down every weekend in the summer. Ed loved to dine out and spend his days tanning at the North Shores.
Ed was the adopted son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Cage. He is survived by his sister Nanci and nieces of Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Ed was predeceased in death by his long time dear friend Calvin "Jay" Avery.
Georgette Christine Krenkel
New York City is where the story begins. Georgette was born to George and Christine Krenkel on January 29, 1945. Her parents later moved across the river to New Jersey where she began her educational years. She exceled in track, basketball, bowling, golf, softball—winning medals in all the conventional lesbian sports. The medical field beckoned and in 1967 graduated from Monmouth College, Eastern School of Radiology. She transplanted herself to the Washington DC/Baltimore area directing, teaching and consulting at both Hadley Hospital and the University of Maryland. She chartered new theoretical concepts in emergency radiology techniques focusing on trauma patients. In 1979, she transitioned into a career with NISH (National Industries for the Severely Handicapped) in Vienna, VA and would retire from this non-profit organization 30 years later. She served as a cost analyst, organizational engineer and senior training manager. She was instrumental in revolutionizing the hiring and continued employment of disabled individuals in both national and global organizations.
As her work career began to flourish, she became a “weekend” resident of Rehoboth Beach and shared a home with Katherine Sams for 30 years. She was active in the Camelot Homeowner’s Association Board and various community organizations. After her career at NISH, she moved to Rehoboth Beach and became a full-time resident and an expert fisherwoman.
In 1999 she took her first Olivia cruise and 27 trips later the “Olivia Dancing Queen” had made friends locally and globally. Her life was greatly enriched by fabulous travels, ports of call and many new friendships. And in turn Georgette’s welcoming onboard smile became the face of Olivia to the new and returning “ladies of Olivia.”
And wait—she continued to make differences in the lives of women. Two years after retirement she was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Mautner Project, now The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health—is committed to improving the health of woman who partner with women through primary medical care, support services, education and advocacy. Georgette’s story and the need for support services as a resident of RB conceived CAMP-Mautner. Her illness and need for support services elicited an immediate response from the Rehobotn Beach women’s community. Janet Redman, a Rehoboth financial planner launched an email chain of volunteers and Linda Kemp, Mautner Project Board member rallied to link Georgette’s support needs and Mautner’s organizational outreach to configure CAMP Mautner. Today CAMP Mautner has over 100 volunteers to support the Georgette’s of Rehoboth.
After winning her battle with lung cancer, Georgette succumbed to Leukemia in a town where she was a well-known member of the thriving community for the past three decades. She was a true lady of class, who always rooted for the underdog, who loved and appreciated the simple beauty in life and who was extremely proud of her Native American heritage (Cherokee) not to mention her growing Olivia family.
She will be missed and if you did not get to know her, don’t go looking elsewhere. When they made Georgette they surely broke the mode. We now send love to the afterlife. (Georgette donated her body to science making available possible new lung cancer and leukemia treatments.)
A memorial service will be scheduled for later this Spring and donations may be made to CAMP Mautner, c/o CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 or Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milton DE 19963.
Randall Alvin Godwin, formerly of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on January 13, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Randall was the owner of Nomad Village, one of the first gay establishments in the area.