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28 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, Obituaries Robert "Rob" Syester, owned R.S. Construction Robert "Rob" Syester, age 27, of White Oak Park, Milford since 1986 and formerly of Swanwyck Estates, New Castle, died Tues- day, April 15, 1997 of the effects of chicken pox in the Shock Trau- ma Unit of the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. Mr. Syester owned and operated R.S. Construction in Milford for the past three years and was an ac2 complished finish carpenter. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed playing softball. He was a member of the Milford Bowling League, where he bowled for the Williamsville Country Store Team on Tuesdays, the Philip Sharp Plumbing Team on Thursday's and the R. S. Con- struction Team on Sunday evenings. He was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene R. Syester, in 1990. Mr. Syester is survived by a companion, Kathy S. Workman of Milford; a son, Andrew M. at home; a step-daughter, Amber N. Workman at home; his father, Orville Syester, Sr., of Millsboro; a brother and sister,in-law, Orville, Jr. and Ida Syester of Greenwood; two sisters, Jackie Eldridge and her husband Dave of Laurel, and Cheryl Disney of Mil- ford; two nephews and five nieces. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Mil- ford, where friends may call Fri- day evening from 6 to 8 p.m. In- terment will be Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford. Contributions are suggested to the Robert Syester Benefit Fund, care of Wilmington Trust Compa- ny, 673 N. Dupont Highway, Mil- ford, DE 19963. William Paul Thien, marine mechanic William Paul Thien, age 86, of Trappe, Md., died Saturday, April 12, 1997 in the Memorial Hospi- tal, Easton. Mr. Thien attended the Univer- sity of Wisconsin. He moved from Lewes to Trappe, where he worked as a ma- r/ne mechanic until the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louisa C. Larsen Thien, in 1991. Mr. Thien is survived by a daughter, Lois T. Keen of Not- tingham, Pa.; four sons, Paul A. of Earleville, Md., John E. of King- field, ME, Stephen S. of Lewes, and Peter N. of Newark; and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with burial private. Contributions are suggested to the St.Paul's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 141, Trappe, MD 21673. April 18- April 24, 1997 H. Grayson Smith Jr., journalist, fishing captain H. Grayson Smith Jr., age 48, of Stuart, Fla. and formerly of Dewey Beach, died Saturday, April 12 of cancer at home. Born in Mahoning Township, Pa., Mr. Smith was a 1968 gradu- ate of Wilmington Friends School and attended Massachu- setts Mar- itime Acade- my. He was well known in the Cape Region as a reporter for such newspa- pers as the SMITH Whale and Delaware Coast Press, having written fishing columns and gen- eral reports; as Sussex County Bu- reau Chief for the News Journal, and also as a radio broadcaster. He was one of the original news- men for radio station WLRB (Lewes-Rehoboth Beach) which eventually evolved to WGMD. He owned and operated the Star- board Restaurant in Dewey Beach for a short time and the Wrangler Restaurant at the comer of First and Wilmington in Rehoboth. He also served as a member of Re- hoboth Fire Company. Smith was a charter boat captain for 30 years and moved to Stuart four years ago from Hilton Head, S.C., where he owned a newspa- per, the Low Country Weekly in Hardeeville, S.C. He had also previously written for the Beau- fort Gazette in South Carolina, the Miami Herald and USA Today. He owned and operated Aquatic Adventures, which ran tour boats in the Florida waters around Stu- art and was a member of the Mar- tin County Ham Radio Club. During his years as part of the Delaware waterfront scene, Smith, with his dark eyes and black, walrus moustache, often joined the forces of his good hu- mor with Admiral Sir John Bullschmidt, alias Rehoboth attor- ney Bill Moore. One of their most famous maritime conquests in- volved the successful water bal- loon bombardment, on behalf of Sussex County's Tory sympathiz- ers, of a number of American ves- sels during the bicentennial cele- bration of the American revolu- tion in 1976. Grayson was fond of buying former police cars at municipal auctions and driving them as his personal vehicles. And for many years he celebrated the annual ar- rival of spring with the purchase of a new pair of white sneakers to wear, sockless, with his khaki suits. "Winter isn't over," Smith would say, "until we've had three days straight of south wind." It was wisdom he nurtured from per- sonal experience as a fishing cap- tain and from spending hours drinking beer, talking on the CB radio, and tying up boats at Babs Porter's South Shore Marina, at Indian River Inlet, with older cap- tains. Fighting cancer for a number of years, Smith e-mailed the Cape Gazette in late February. "I start- ed chemotherapy two weeks ago with the predictable side effects. I've been through about $3,985 worth of anti-nausea medicine and you know what really works??? Dope. [Marijuana.] It works faster than the medicine and makes me just as happy as a clam; however, I now walk into walls and my left ann floated away last week. Bonnie caught it but hid it on me so I wouldn't have it float away again. I hate it when that happens. Hopefully the theme will work. If not, obit to follow. Love to all, Grayson." He is survived by his father, Harry G. Smith Sr. of near Philadelphia; and his companion, Bonnie D. Anania of Stuart. Services were private. Contri- butions are suggested to Hospice, the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Herbert Rindge Han00, public relations retiree Herbert Rindge Hands, age 71, of Lewes, died Thursday, April 10, 1997 of Wegener's Granulo- matosis at the University of Mary- land Hospital. Mr. Hands retired from the Pub- lic Relations Division of th American Society of Civil Engi neers in New York City after 20 years of service. He and his wifv of 45 years, Barbara, moved to, Lewes from Scarsdale, NY. Mr. Hands was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, and was currently the sec- retary of the Rehoboth Beach Ki- wanis Club Foundation. He en- joyed fishing and boating. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hands is survived by a son, George Herbert Hands of Fuller- ton, CA; two daughters, Lauren Gaasch of Ellicot City, MD and Daryl Stanko of Cincinnati, OH; two sisters, Marjorie Petherbridge of Altadena, CA and Muriel West of Scarsdale, NY; and six grand- children. A memorial service was held at Epworth United Methodist Church, with burial private. Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice. Mary Lipka, Hockessin homemaker Mary Lipka, age 92, of Hockessin, died Sunday, April 13, 1997 in Franciscan Care Center at Brackenville, Hockessin. Mrs. Lipka, a homemaker, was Continued on page 30 liave you had your hearing checked recently? Now is a good time to come in for a free hearing test and hearing aid check-up. HEARING AID ASSOCIATES 934-1471 Millsboro - 2 miles N. of Rt. 24 on Fit. 30 6 miles S. of Rt. 9 on Rt. 30 GENESIS A Mission of the Episcopal Church LONG NECK ROAD SEAFARERS CENTER ( ACROSS FROM THE CRAB BARN) SUNDAY SERVICE 9:00 A.M. EVERYONE WELCOME, BRING THE KIDS! 945-4020 OPEN WEEKDAYS 10 - 2 Contemporary Sofa