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John Wallick

Profile Updated: August 21, 2018
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The Villages, FL USA
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After one year at St. Pete JC, I enlisted in the Army and became an Air Traffic Controller. I was stationed one year in Korea and one year in Savannah, GA. After I was discharged I was hired by the FAA as a Controller. I first worked from 1974-1977 at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport Control Tower. Then transferred from 1977-1981 at Pensacola Approach Control. In 1981 I was one of the 12,000 striking controllers fired by Ronald Reagan. I moved to Savannah, Georgia and decided I rather be self-employed so I opened a record store near the army base Ft. Stewart, GA. After several successful years the Desert Storm conflict caused most of our customer base to be deployed for over a year and at a time when technology made it necessary for us to expand into CD's. In addition our shopping center was anchored by a K-Mart, and a Walmart opened a block away, so with all these factors in mind, we did not renew our lease in 1989. I moved to Spring Hill, Florida and tried my hand at selling real estate. Later that year I visited my relatives in Baltimore, MD and decided to stay in Maryland. I married a Baltimore girl and began working as a dispatcher for a messenger company. In 1994 I opened a mail order import CD business and in 2000 expanded with an online website. I retired in 2005. Later I discovered the retirement community The Villages after visiting, we sold our home in Maryland and my wife and I moved to The Villages fulltime in 2011.

School Story

My parents moved from Baltimore to St. Petersburg in 1959. I grew up on the southside near Bartlett Park and I first attended Roser Park Elementary in the 4th grade. I believe it's now the site of a hospital parking lot. At that time it was a one class per grade school for each of the first six grades. No air conditoning, wood floors and a asphalt playground. In 7th grade I went to Southside Jr. High School on 10th Street and 17th Ave South. High school came next, 9th street was the dividing line between Gibbs and and SPHS and I lived on 7th St South, so I made it. From Bartlett Park to Central Ave there was only about 10 of us going to SPHS and we all knew each other from riding the bus to school. About 5 of us became good friends and would ride our bikes all over downtown St. Pete. We would go to Al Lang Field during spring training and get autographs, Webb City, Maas Bros, the Pier, Sone's Magic Shop was a favorite stop. We once made a soap box cart and raced it down Roser Park Hill, there was some advantages to living near the city. At the end of 10th grade my parents moved near Northwest Park and I was told to go to Dixie Hollins, or I could continue at SPHS if I had my own transportation. I got a car and I stayed at St. Pete High for my last two years. What was unusual about living in the northwest area was there were so many young people. I was used to seeing so many seniors on the southside as neighbors. Everyone I met went to Dixie Hollins. Most were pretty nice and I hung out with several of them on nights and weekends. We had a hangout called 83rd, it was 83rd Ave east of 4th St North. Some canal lots were dredged in with seawalls but yet no homes had been built. It made a great place to hang and have an occasional beer until one night St. Pete's finest found us. At SPHS a few of us weren't into the cafeteria or the roach-coach offerings so we would find a way to sneak up to Steak & Shake. It was easy. put your books under your arm and walk out like you know what you're doing, going to a job if somebody asks, never got caught. If my yearbook photo looks bad, I know it is bad. I was a late bloomer, I believe when I graduated I was 5'7 115 pounds. I remember coach wanted me to go out for the wrestling team, he didn't have anybody in the 125 group and in phys-ed I beat everybody he put me up against. Anyway, wrestling wasn't my thing. I grew up quite a bit in basic training, I gained 35 pounds when most of the guys were dropping weight. Today, I'm 5.9: 155 pounds and go to the gym 3 days a week.

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from Legacy.com: additional information

David Robert Millard of Davenport, Florida died of a heart attack Thursday (Aug. 26, 2004) at Good Shepherd Hospice at Grace Health Care in Lakeland. He was 54. Born in Vallejo, Calif., on Nov. 16, 1949, he came to Davenport from Altamonte Springs in 2003. He was a Web designer for Integrated Supply Network in Lakeland.

Mr. Millard is survived by his wife, Linda Millard; son, Michael Millard, St. Petersburg; daughter, Lisa Shelton, New Port Richey; mother, Bernice Millard, St. Petersburg; sisters, Alice Marcott, Clearwater, Irene Frazier, St. Petersburg.Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Grove Park Christian Church in Lakeland. Services will follow at 4 p.m. at the church.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, or the American Heart Association. David Russell Funeral Home, Lakeland.

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My 2011 Yamaha Golf Cart. One unique feature of The Villages is you can travel almost anywhere within the 35 square miles of The Villages by golf cart. There are over 1100 miles of cart paths, we have 12 championship golf courses, 10 are 27 hole layouts, plus 35 executive golf courses. Most everyone here owns a cart whether they play or not. I've played golf since I was 12, it's one of the reasons I moved here. Many people leave their cars in the garage and take their cart everywhere. Walmart, Publix, the hospital, everywhere is accessible. Myself, I prefer air conditioning and a radio, so unless I'm playing golf you won't see me in the cart. They say there are now over 50,000 carts here and I believe it. Yes, I'm a Baltimore Ravens fan, I was born there and went back and lived in Baltimore from 1989 to 2011 before I moved here. I was at the first Ravens game in 1996 and use to be a season ticket holder. Of course my second favorite team is the Buccaneers.
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My wife Barbara and me in 2015. We've been married since 1989. You can probably tell I had been in the sun all day. We're sitting at one of the squares waiting for the band to start. There are three town squares in The Villages and live music at each one everyday from 5 - 9.
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Aug 19, 2018 at 6:12 PM
Our 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited. This is our latest, it's my third Hyundai, I used to own a 2013 Veloster Turbo and it was very spunky, so I got the Kona, which is new for 2018, with the turbo engine and it doesn't disappoint. Although it's a foot shorter than a Tucson or Santa Fe, I think it's the right size and handles and performs great.
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Aug 19, 2018 at 6:12 PM
My 2017 50th Anniversary Camaro. My dream car was always a Camaro, so I had to have the special edition, one of only 5700 made in 2017. It had a unique interior, wheels and markings. Unfortunately with our small garage we traded it in 2018 for a more practical car since we want to do more traveling.
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Our villa in The Villages, Florida. The community is the largest 55+ community in America. 35 sq miles and about 120,000 residents. Ours is a courtyard villa because we have a privacy fence. The majority of the 60,000 homes have no fences, they're not allowed or sheds or buildings. It's a very clean neat place, immaculate you might say. The developer is still building 2,000 new homes a year. If you want to learn more, go to youtube and search hundreds of videos or the developer's website at www.thevillages.com. The Villages is about a 90 minute drive north of Tampa off I-75 at the Wildwood exit.
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John...sounds like yu have had a very colorful life. I am glad that you and your wife are back in fl. It is interesting to read that your family moved herein 1959 from up north. Our family came to st. Pete from new York NY in 1957. Wow, how st. Pete has changed!!! Thanks for your contributions to this website.

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John Wallick has left an In Memory comment for Donald Young.
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Donald "Don" Wayne Young - age 50, born in St. Petersburg in 1949, he passed away at Tampa General November 21, 1998. Don moved to the Tampa area soon after graduation and was employed in accounting for a shipping company. He was a member of Open Bible Tabernacle, he was survived by his mother Myrtle, brothers John, William and David and sister Karen.

John Wallick has left an In Memory comment for Norman Moyse, Jr.
Jun 10, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Norman Edward Moyse, Jr. - Age 45, born in Riverton, Wyoming on May 9, 1950. Was an Army Chief Warrant Officer and a helicopter pilot and Vietnam veteran. He died near Ft. Rucker, Alabama on August 4, 1995.

 

John Wallick has left an In Memory comment for Jeffrey Wright.
Jun 10, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Jeffrey Dale Wright - Age 19, born Hickory, NC May 24, 1949 and died December 18, 1968. Survived by his parents Wiliam Wright (deceased 1989) and mother Mary Johnson Wright (deceased 2001) and brothers Bill and Bobby and sister Brenda. He was laid to rest at Royal Palm South Cemetary at 55th St. and 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg.

 

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Deborah DeNike (Miller) Born Oct 10, 1950. Her family moved from Norwalk, CT to St. Petersburg in 1952. She passed away at home May 11, 2002 at age 51. She had worked as a secretary for Webb City. She is survived by a son Dorian Miller and a daughter Jennifer Miller both of North Carolina, two brothers Gerald DeNike and Bobby DeNike both of St. Petersburg and two grandchildren.

John Wallick has left an In Memory comment for Brian Shirley.
Oct 15, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Brian Shirely lived in Pinellas Park, born september 29, 1950 and died April 15, 2004 at age 53.

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Oct 14, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Michael L. DiGiovanni Born 1949 and died on or about January 25, 1977. He is buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 11801 US Hwy 19 North, Clearwater, Florida.

Three sailors dead, but their story lives... in court from St. Pete Times February 1977

On January 25, 1977 two trawlers on their way to honduras disappeared from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico 35 miles SW of Boca Grande (near Punta Gorda) and the next day the bodies of three young men, the crew, were found amid a scattering of diesel fuel, oil drums and wreckage. Two were Michael and Phillip DiGiovanni of St. Pete and their friend Johnnie Stone. The deaths left the DiGiovanni family feeling more sense of robbery than loss. They feel that the vessels were not seaworthy and that promised help was not at hand. The US Coast Guard and the courts may settle the question of responsibility, but some lessons here should be obvious. Those three did not need to die.
 
In mid-afternoon on Tuesday January 25, 1977 within a 15 minute period the Coast Guard Air Station in St. Petersburg got two distress calls about boats taking on water. Both came over citizens band radio. Through experience, the Coast Guard has come to view emergency calls on CB network with a degree of suspicion: Those who broadcast and relay Maydays on CB channels tend to be unprofessional and undisciplined. They call in emergencies where none exist. Worse still, some are pranksters and that Tuesday afternoon, those things combined to help drown the DiGiovanni brothers and Johnnie Stone. The first Mayday was relayed from Coast Guard station Fort Myers Beach, which had taken telephone calls from people who saidy they had intercepted a CB channel 11 transmission from a vessel. Chatherine H. was taking on water 35 miles southwest of Boca Grande in the Gulf of Mexico. A second call came in that the pleasure boat Salty II was taking on water near the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa Bay. The Gulf of Mexico is broad and deeply fickle, and the elements of chance conspire to place lives in danger often and without warning. The air station in St. Petersburg has lost it's own men in search of others. 
 
A Coast Guard hearing was called. Two trawlers, the Catherine H. and the Ullysses were owned by a man named Red Hamilton, though he didn't seem to know much about them. Michael DiGiovanni had begun talking with him back in November about delivering the two boats to Belize. The FBI investigated but as in most maritime cases, they use the three-mile limit. Red Hamilton said he had talked with the brothers five or six times in the ten or so days he knew them. Peggy DiGiovanni who drove her husband Phillip and brother Michael back and forth to Punta Gorda where the Catherine H. and Ullysses were docked, said they worked on the trawlers there for 2 or 3 weeks to prepare them for the trip and they stayed in contact with Red Hamitlon by phone. Red Hamilton seemed not to know very much about the boats or their condition, or what equipment was on board. A CB radio, I imagine, or a VHF, he said, when asked what radio was on board. You don't know what kind of radio? said Earl Moffit, the DiGiovannis lawyer. No, said Hamilton. I gave them whatever they wanted, I gave them a CB radio, Hamilton said. It was their responsibility to make sure that the boats were seaworthy, not his. He brought a copy of a contract with him to the hearing. The contract called for the delivery of the Catherine H. and the Ullysses to Placencia Cove, Belize in return for $500 and return plane tickets home. It sets down two conditions: That we (the DiGiovannis and Stone have also made repairs to both vessels as to make them seaworthy.
 
The St. Petersburg air station scrambled a helicopter crew to hunt for the Catherine H the second the call came in said the Coast Guard spokeman. One decision was to send up a single helicopter. Lt. Stephen Helvig who was on station desk that afternoon said, we didn't really search on this like we knew there were really people out there, we made kind of a brief search. We would have made a bigger search if we had known for sure. The second decision was to route the helicopter by way of the Salty II's location in Tampa Bay. The Salty II call was apparently a hoax since no boat was found. However the search for the Salty II took 15 to 20 minutes of time. The helicopter continued south into the Gulf to search for Catherine H, but they were not found that afternoon. Had they had a VHF Radio and the Coast Guard could of talked directly to them, they would of had better information and could of 'home in' on their radio signal. The ship's wreckage was not found until the following day search.
 
One other important document was brought to the hearing by Red Hamilton. The DiGiovannis said they would leave on the morning of the 25th because the freighter "Raymar" would meet them six miles off shore at 5am and shepherd them to Honduras. Captain Rudolph Crimin of the Raymar said he made radio contact with Catherine H. at 4:45am and visual contact at 6am six miles off Boca Grande sea buoy. Crimin said he then went to sleep, when he woke just before noon the two trawlers were about six to eight miles ahead of him. After awhile one of the trawlers fell back along side the Raymar and a man named Phil was wearing a life vest. Phillip said they were having engine trouble and Crimin offered to tow them back. They said they thought they could make it back and wanted to know about how far, and I told them about 45 miles. We watched the boat fade into the distance about 2pm said Crimin. An hour later the distress call came in that the Catherine H. was 35 miles offshore and was taking on water fast. The DiGiovanni family says a marine band radio was one of the things the brothers asked the owner for. But the brothers are dead now. That is hearsay. And a lot of "if s" combined to kill them. And an enduring mystery that may never clear. One of the few undisputed facts in this case is that it was E. Red Hamilton Jr. who hired the DiGiovanni brothers and their friend Johnnie Stone to take the Catherine H. and the trawler Ullysses to Honduras for him.

John Wallick has left an In Memory comment for Michael Bryant.
Oct 13, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Michael Bryant Born May 23, 1950 and passed away January 11, 1984. Michael is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery at 49th St and 54th Avenue North in St. Pete.

John Wallick has left an In Memory comment for Arlene Panepinto Mitchell.
Oct 12, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Arlene Panepinto (Mitchell) Died 2015.

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Posted: Aug 21, 2018 at 6:03 PM
Our villa in The Villages, Florida. The community is the largest 55+ community in America. 35 sq miles and about 120,000 residents. Ours is a courtyard villa because we have a privacy fence. The majority of the 60,000 homes have no fences, they're not allowed or sheds or buildings. It's a very clean neat place, immaculate you might say. The developer is still building 2,000 new homes a year. If you want to learn more, go to youtube and search hundreds of videos or the developer's website at www.thevillages.com. The Villages is about a 90 minute drive north of Tampa off I-75 at the Wildwood exit.
Posted: Aug 19, 2018 at 6:26 PM
My 2017 50th Anniversary Camaro. My dream car was always a Camaro, so I had to have the special edition, one of only 5700 made in 2017. It had a unique interior, wheels and markings. Unfortunately with our small garage we traded it in 2018 for a more practical car since we want to do more traveling.
Posted: Aug 19, 2018 at 6:28 PM
Our 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited. This is our latest, it's my third Hyundai, I used to own a 2013 Veloster Turbo and it was very spunky, so I got the Kona, which is new for 2018, with the turbo engine and it doesn't disappoint. Although it's a foot shorter than a Tucson or Santa Fe, I think it's the right size and handles and performs great.
Posted: Aug 21, 2018 at 6:06 PM
My wife Barbara and me in 2015. We've been married since 1989. You can probably tell I had been in the sun all day. We're sitting at one of the squares waiting for the band to start. There are three town squares in The Villages and live music at each one everyday from 5 - 9.
Posted: Aug 19, 2018 at 6:58 PM
My 2011 Yamaha Golf Cart. One unique feature of The Villages is you can travel almost anywhere within the 35 square miles of The Villages by golf cart. There are over 1100 miles of cart paths, we have 12 championship golf courses, 10 are 27 hole layouts, plus 35 executive golf courses. Most everyone here owns a cart whether they play or not. I've played golf since I was 12, it's one of the reasons I moved here. Many people leave their cars in the garage and take their cart everywhere. Walmart, Publix, the hospital, everywhere is accessible. Myself, I prefer air conditioning and a radio, so unless I'm playing golf you won't see me in the cart. They say there are now over 50,000 carts here and I believe it. Yes, I'm a Baltimore Ravens fan, I was born there and went back and lived in Baltimore from 1989 to 2011 before I moved here. I was at the first Ravens game in 1996 and use to be a season ticket holder. Of course my second favorite team is the Buccaneers.