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Approximately every three months I delete old Blog entries so the Blog page does not get to long. With this deletion information about colleagues and friends needing prayers is lost. So, I have created a page to retain the names and information on those needing prayers. Go to the MAIN MENU and click on PRAYERS NEEDED to see who is in need of prayers. If you, or someone you know, are in need of prayers and you wish them to be added to this list contact me at:

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 8:00 p.m.

Death of Paul E. Arcand

Paul Arcand

Paul E. Arcand, 86, of Johnston passed away on December 24, 2020 at his home in Johnston. He was born in Providence, a son of the late Joseph and Yvonne (Lussier) Arcand.

Paul was a former Diplomat serving in the US Foreign Service; he frequently travelled the world bringing back unique items to show his children and grandchildren. Paul was also a US Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth Paul Arcand (Mary) of Virginia, grandchildren, Danielle Williams Pham (Michael), Jacob Paul Smith, Nichole Lee Arcand and Amanda Michele Fulmore (Justin); and four great-grandchildren. Paul was also the father of the late John Joseph Arcand, Michele Althea Arcand and brother of the late Jeanne Phillips, Joseph, Raymond, Edmond and Jean "John" Arcand.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, January 5th at 10:30 am in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Johnston. SEATING WILL BE LIMITED (Max 75 people). Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. His burial with military honors will be private. Visit for online condolences.

Thanks to <>Richard Hoffer for furnishing the above obituary

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Monday, Deccember 14, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Received a bio update from Doyle Lee that includes his date of retirement and a new e-mail address. Thanks Doyle for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Death of Mark Cole

Judy Chidester received word from Mark's wife, Evelyn, that Mark died after a battle with brain cancer.

If I receive any other information I will post here!

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 8:00 p.m.

Death of George Franklin Gorisek

George Gorisek


Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home
13318 Occoquan Road
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 494-2000

George Franklin Gorisek, 77 of Kearneysville, WV died on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. He was surrounded by his loving wife Judith and his children.

George was born in Cleveland, OH in 1943 to the late Edward and Jennie Gorisek. He graduated from East High School in 1963. After high school he attended Cleveland Engineering Institute for machine design and graduated in October 1964. In 1967, George entered into the United States Air Force. He served 5 years as a General Commander Basic Airman. Once he departed from the US Air Force, he returned back to Cleveland, Ohio to work with at a family friend’s shoe store. He worked there for a few years until he was hired to work at the CIA. He worked there for only for a short period of time before taking a job at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.

George was so happy to work at the State Department in their Information Telecommunication Division (IT Division). This job was demanding and required travel all over the world. He always enjoyed traveling to other countries, meeting new people and making friends. He stayed in contact with the many friends and coworkers he made over the years. He retired from the State Department with over 30 years of service.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, going to casinos, or taking long drives. He loved baseball and football, especially his hometown teams, the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.

George will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather (Pop Pop). He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Judith Gorisek; one brother, Edward Gorisek; two children, Christine Forrest (Lewis Forrest) and Kevin Gorisek; two stepchildren, Tatum Edwards (John Patrick Jones) and Jesse Jebb Hernandez; His grandchildren; Cheliri Forrest, Naya Forrest, Isaiah Forrest, Cameron Gorisek, Chase Gorisek, Connor Gorisek and Judd Michael Hernandez; along with a number of nieces and nephews, and lastly his best and faithful friend, his dog Pocholo.

Family and Friends will be received at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 13318 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191 on Sunday, November 29, 2020 from 4-8 p.m.

Funeral ceremony on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

Death of Troy Lindquist

Troy Lindquist

Troy Austin Lindquist, 58, passed away peacefully at home on November 10th, 2020, due to liver failure and complications from colon cancer.

Troy was born in Oakland, California in 1962, and grew up in Roy, Utah. He earned a BA in Economics and Political Science at the University of Utah and an MA in International Relations at the University of San Diego, during which he spent a summer term in Ireland at Trinity College.

His passion was to work, live, and travel internationally, so after a brief stint as a Legislative Analyst at a law firm in San Diego, he sought out a career in the US State Department and landed a job as a Diplomatic Courier in 1993. His first posting was Frankfurt, Germany, which, being a Francophile, was not his first choice, but allowed him to embark on his dream of traveling the world. During this time, he met his wife, Kristy, on a ski trip to Austria, so he would hopefully agree it was worth the sacrifice! Troy's career progressed quickly, and he and Kristy lived in Frankfurt three different times for a total of 13 years and it eventually felt like home. It was also the birthplace of their son, Tor. Together, they also lived in Bangkok, Thailand, where their daughter Signe was born, Vienna, Austria, and Washington, D.C., where he led the worldwide Diplomatic Courier Service for 5 years.

Troy retired from the US State Department in 2013 and moved into the private sector as an Office Administrator at Ballard Spahr in Salt Lake City and then at DLA Piper in San Francisco.

While Troy was very successful in his career, he worked to live, not lived to work - and he lived more in his 58 years than most people do in a lifetime. Troy had a love for music that started with new wave and punk and moved eventually to jazz and many other genres. You never spent time with Troy without some great music playing in the background. He was an avid skateboarder growing up, and in the 70's became part of an early group of snowboarding pioneers on Winterstick boards - a brand (and community) to which he became reconnected in his 50s as a boarder, investor, and advisor. He was an accomplished golfer with a single-digit handicap and golfed all over the world - from the "browns" in Africa to the Old Course in St. Andrews - and landed tickets to The Masters twice. Troy was also a brilliant cook who loved to create delicious meals for his family and friends, savored great wine, and couldn't resist good black coffee (preferably while sitting in a delightful European café).

Troy was the kind of person who knew a lot about a lot. He devoured the news, read more books than most of us combined, and always had a story to share (many from his travels all over the world). He was the perfect dinner guest, as he could talk to anyone and had a gift for being truly present and engaged in any conversation.

He was centered, thoughtful, and it was nearly impossible to engage him in a fight. His golfing buddies always said Troy's "inner Californian" served him well, which is why he won almost half of the annual golf championships they played around the world. He was an eternal optimist who accepted things "as they came" and would always find the silver lining. He had no regrets and never held on to anything negative. The phrase "you should" was not part of his vocabulary and he often said guilt was a wasted emotion. Troy was a dedicated husband and father who spent his time building quality relationships with his family and close friends. He was humble and sincerely grateful (and surprised) at how wonderful his life turned out to be. Despite having cancer twice and battling complications for the past 3 years, he never complained. When asked how he was doing, it was always "better" or "I feel good". He was witty and humorous up until the day he passed. As his kids say, he was great at one-liners.

Troy is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Kristy, daughter, Signe, son, Tor, sister, Jody (Arlen) Jarrett and brother, Tracy (Lisa) Lindquist. Troy is preceded in death by his sister Michelle Buckway, father, Nick Lindquist and mother, Janice Lindquist.

Due to the pandemic, there will be a private family graveside service on November 28, 2020, at the Ogden City Cemetery, under the direction of Larkin Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in memory of Troy. He received excellent care here for almost 3 years.

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Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:15 p.m.

Death of Troy Lindquist

Troy Lindquist

I received word from Tom Schuh that Diplomatic Courier Troy Lindquist passed away recently. If I receive an obituary I will publish it here. In the meantime you may send condolences to his family at the following:

Kristy Lindquist
4463 Cove Crest Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84124-4009

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Friday, November 13, 2020 - 12:15 p.m.

Death of George Gorisek

George Gorisek

I received word from George's daughter, Christine that the viewing and services for George will be as follows:

Viewing: Sunday, November 29, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Service: Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Funeral: Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Quantico

The viewing will be held at:

Mountcastle Turch Life Celebration Home
4143 Dale Boulevard
Dale City, VA 22193
Tel: (703) 680-1234

Directions from I95: Take the Dale Boulevard exit west. Follow to Forrestdale Avenue. The entrance to Mountcastle is off of Forrestdale Avenue.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 9:15 p.m.

We have a new member Sue Witmer. Welcome aboard Sue!

Sue informed me that in an email from Dick Kalla she learned that both Phil and Sara Wold, who live in Nevada, are in quarantine until November 22 due to being diagnosed with COVID. Anyone wishing to send them a get well wish the following is furnished:

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 9:15 a.m.

Recently one of our colleagues experienced a battle with COVID-19. This is his story about that battle:

My COVID Experience
by Mac McCowan

I just finished an eight day stay in the COVID ward of the hospital here in Nampa, Idaho. The admission sheet said, "patient admitted to Emergency Services with total respiratory failure". I knew I was out of it, couldn't think, super weak, etc., but had no idea I was in such bad shape. Fortunately, my daughter-in-law is a doctor at Walter Reed Hospital back east. When we were first declared positive a week earlier, she sent us an oxygen absorption device. It's the same thing the nurse clips to your finger-tip when you're at the doc's office. They're cheap....$20-$25 or so from Amazon....and they could save your life.

A week after positive diagnosis, we were both getting gradually worse. We started taking frequent readings with the oxygen sensor and they stayed above 90% (the minimal acceptable) for several days. Suddenly on Sunday afternoon/evening (November 1st) my percentage readings took a dive into the low 80% to upper 70%. Bad news! The next morning I was - as mentioned above - out of it. Donna called the hospital and they said to get me there ASAP. It was only 15 minutes away, so it was a short time before I was admitted to the emergency ward and Donna was sent home after giving a rundown of what we'd been going through and how we'd been using the oxygen monitor.

Long story short.....eight days later I was discharged to home on November 9th. The COVID lung infection and the COVID pneumonia have both been eradicated through a ton of medicines, therapy, and some truly great doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists! I still have a "tail" that goes to a supplemental oxygen machine that is pumping out the bare minimum of oxygen directly into my nostrils. I'm on home quarantine for 5-15 days just to make sure nothing flares up again. The hospital gave me a remove monitoring kit to keep track of my vitals. It has a pre-programmed iPad with all the step-by-step instructions on how to take all the readings, and a bunch of things connected to the iPad by Bluetooth. It takes my blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels, weight (via an Apple iHealth scale), and a couple other things. All the readings are stored in the iPod, it then asks a few questions on how I'm doing, reminds me of medication schedule, and when I hit "Done" it transmits all this data to the Master Monitoring Center in the hospital in Boise. Twenty minutes for a complete doctor's visit!! I do this twice a day and it will be analyzed to help decide when I come off quarantine and turn off the oxygen bleed. Ain't modern technology wonderful?

Once or twice a day I go outside and walk around the patio and part of the back yard. The crisp clean air smells and tastes wonderful. A big lungful of that icy air (winter is here....morning temps in the 20s) starts my days feeling great and with a big smile!

All the medical people I dealt with agreed that having the blood oxygen absorption monitor saved my life. It gives instant readout that shows if you're oxygen absorption is becoming diminished so you can do something about right away. Really, believe me on this. Even if you don't get diagnosed positive for COVID, it will still give you peace of mind that particular bodily function is still working properly.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 5:25 p.m.

Death of George Gorisek

George Gorisek

I received word from George's daughter, Christine that George has passed. His family needs your prayers. As soon as funeral arrangements are made I will get them out to everyone! The furneral services will be held at Woodridge, VA with burial at Quantico. Further information will be published here and on the Department of State/IRM Facebook page!

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the Gorisek family the following is furnished:

Mrs. Judith Gorisek
162 Augustine Court
Kearneysville, West Virginia 25430

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 4:15 p.m.

Jerry Lester furnished a new e-mail address! Thanks for helping me to keep my records up-do-date!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:55 p.m.

One of the CANDOERs ask me to post a picture of the attendees to the Washington Area CANDOER November 10, 2020 Luncheon.

Bob Catlin

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Sunday, November 08, 2020 - 12:40 p.m.

I received word from Bob Rouleau that George Gorisek has been moved to hospice. I have been in contact with his daughter, Christine and she informed me that it is a matter of time now. When he passes she said they furneral services will be held at Woodridge, VA with burial at Quantico. Further information will be published here and on the Department of State/IRM Facebook page!

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Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 7:25 p.m.

Death of Robert Caffrey

Bob Caffrey

Larry Ward received the following from Mike and Katherine Caffrey re the graveside services:

We were told today to ask guests to meet at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the OFFICE (which is the building on the map up by the gravesite off Burke Station Road) not at the main building.

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Sunday, Ocober 25, 2020 - 9:55 a.m.

Death of Robert Caffrey

Bob Caffrey

Larry Ward sent me the obituary for Bob:

Robert Lee Caffrey, 77, passed away suddenly on October 22, 2020 in Reston, Virginia. Best known as “Bob”, he was born on May 13, 1943 in Ridgway, PA to the late Robert Peter Caffrey and Laura Albina Garell. He met and married Marilyn Caffrey (Shumate) in Ankara, Turkey while on assignment with the Department of State.

Bob proudly served his country, first enlisting in the United States Air Force following high school graduation. He served four years in Alaska and England. He joined the US Department of State, Foreign Service, in 1965, first being assigned to the Embassy in Ankara, Turkey and subsequently Warsaw, Poland; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Bonn, Germany. Upon returning to Washington DC, he received numerous awards including appointment to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1986. In 1987 he was appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary. Bob retired in 1993 after completing 31 years of service with the United States Government. Following retirement, he worked as a consultant at AT&T in Oakton, Virginia.

Bob enjoyed golfing and spent many years on the baseball field coaching little league and senior league.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn and son Michael; grandchildren Jordan and Sean; cousins Susan Garell Thompson, Francine Garell Papa, and other family who will forever remember his kindness. He is preceded in death by oldest son, Robert (Bobby), and cousin Juniel Garell Rowley.

Bob will be buried at Fairfax Memorial Park (9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held to allow for proper COVID safety for all participants.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that you donate to your favorite charity.

The following map is furnished to show the location of the grave site for those wishing to attend Bob's graveside service:

map of gravesite

If you wish to print this map a Microsoft Word version is available here for dowloading and printing Graveside Map

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Friday, Ocober 23, 2020 - 9:15 a.m.

Death of Robert Caffrey

I had in my records an old address for Marilyn. The correct address to send condolences is:

Marilyn Caffrey
1800 Jonathan Way #204
Reston, VA 20190

I do not have an email address or telephone number!

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Friday, Ocober 23, 2020 - 9:15 a.m.

Death of Robert Caffrey

I received word from Larry Ward that he was informed by Bob's son, Mike, that Bob had a heart attack and did not recover. As soon as funeral arrangements are know I will post the information to the web site!

For those wishing to send Marilyn and the family condolences the following is furnished:

Marilyn Caffrey
13305 Pine Forest Place, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Tel: (505) 292-3703

RIP Bob!

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Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:40 a.m.

I received word from Retired DASC Stu Branch that Bob MCConahy longtime DC, OC employee is in an assisted living facility in Virginia. Bob would love to hear from old friends. His e-mail address is: Come on CANDOERs. Let's flood his e-mail inbox.

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Thursday, October 08, 2020 - 3:10 p.m.

Mike Lamberg furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Mike for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, October 08, 2020 - 3:05 p.m.

I have heard from many of you that you received a request for funds for a child that is sick and his family needs help. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL THIS IS A HOAX REPEAT HOAX. I have not been able to determine who it came from or if they are a CANDOER member. It was not sent through the YAHOOGROUP member e-mail or by me. No one has requested assistance from me. DO NOT DONATE TO THIS GOFUNDME REQUEST! Please note, if there is EVER a request for assistance for one of our members not only will I send out an e-mail but I will also post the request on this Blog. This way you will know it is legitimate!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 1:15 p.m.

Marguerite Nault furnished an up-dated address and telephone number! Thanks Marguerite for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

We have a new member, Lance Bryan! Welcome aboard Lance!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 5:15 p.m.

Joel Rigby, IPO Athens, posted the below story to Facebook today. For those of you who do not have Facebook I thought you would find this an interesting read:

Most of my friends don’t really know or understand what I do for the Dept of State, I was once told by someone that they thought I was a mailman which made me laugh. The below article about a recent experience I had while carrying out my duty’s was posted today on tech@state an online Information Resource Management (IRM) site that shares news and stores from the field.

The Prime Minister and I

September 8, 2020

Foreign Service officers and specialists serving overseas have many stories to tell, but ask around and you will discover that our colleagues usually have one they love to tell above all others. Information Programs Officer (IPO) Joel Rigby at U.S. Embassy Athens just experienced his most memorable event.

Joel says, “We’ve all had that moment during our careers that we’ll never forget. You know, the one that makes you feel like it was worth all the hardships and dragging the family across the globe to live in sometimes harsh conditions. That moment began with a 10 pm telephone call on August 25, 2020. I was notified that I would have to establish a secure call between the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the White House on the following evening.”

Like so many in his position, Joel has supported many POTUS and Secretary of State visits, and attended their accompanying meet & greets throughout his career. However, this was the first time he would establish a secure call between two heads of state and remain alone in the room with one of them. He was notified that he should arrive at the Prime Minister’s office at 7 pm – one hour before the scheduled call with President Trump. That hour gave Joel the time to install the secure phone, coordinate the connection, and test for voice quality. When he arrived, he was greeted by the office’s technical member and was asked to remain in the room during the call to ensure his assistance was readily available if needed. This gentleman also advised the Prime Minister would arrive just before the scheduled call.

Joel told Tech@State how the evening’s activities proceeded. He was first escorted into the Prime Minister’s office. “I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at just how accommodating the Prime Minister’s staff was. I was not subjected to any kind of security search. I immediately began to set up the device so I could test and make certain it was ready for the Prime Minister’s arrival. I noticed that my counterpart, whom was escorting me, suddenly rose to his feet. Then I heard from behind someone in perfect English with a Greek accent say, ‘Is it going to work?’ I turned to see the Prime Minister walking into the office towards me and take a seat next to where I was working. My anxiety level immediately shot through the roof like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert. Never in my 22 years with the Department have I ever been this close to a foreign leader. At that same moment, I realized he represented the country known as the cradle of democracy – something I feel deeply about and believe my efforts help promote. Keep in mind, I still had to set up the equipment, test it with the Department, and there was still almost an hour before the scheduled call. What was I going to do with the Prime Minister sitting right next to me for all that time?”

Let’s take a short break and mention that there’s no reason to be surprised that Joel heard Prime Minister Mitsotakis speaking fluent English. The Prime Minister attended Harvard University for a Bachelor Degree in social studies. At Stanford University, he received a Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy and later attended the Harvard Business School to earn an MBA.

Joel went on to say, “So here I was thinking that I was going to become one with the wall wood paneling with almost an hour to go and the Prime Minister just a few feet away. I hadn’t been this nervous since the birth of my son. He must have felt my anxiety because he immediately started making small talk while watching the news, which featured the speech he had just given in Parliament. He asked me if I liked Greece and we talked about the scorching hot weather. Really, the time flew by in a blur. I’m not sure why, but I never thought a leader of a country would be so down to earth and friendly. He seemed just as cordial in his interactions with his own staff.”

Ten minutes before the call, the Prime Minister was joined by the Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Alexandra Papadopoulou, and the Head of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office, Ambassador Eleni Sourani.

“The call finally began and I melted into the background trying to be as unobtrusive as possible. As reported in the press, the discussion focused on tensions between Greece and Turkey. When it concluded, I commenced to packing up the gear while the Prime Minister chatted with some of his staff. He noticed I was preparing to leave and stopped the conversation to express his gratitude to myself and the U.S. Mission to Greece for facilitating the call. Afterwards, my counterpart escorted me out and once out of earshot, I asked him if the Prime Minister was always this nice and he replied, ‘Yes, he treats everyone with respect and is just down to earth.’ I have found this trait in almost every Greek citizen that I have met.”

Joel and his family have several years remaining in Athens. Whenever diplomats in the embassy discuss the host nation’s Prime Minister, Joel will only smile and think to himself, “Yeah, great man.”

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 12:35 p.m.

Jane Florence furnished a new snail-mail address. Thanks Jane for helping me keep my database up-to-date! Her e-mail address and phone number remain the same!

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Friday, September 04, 2020 - 1:35 p.m.

Received word from Tim Lawson this afternoon. He indicated that he has been having some health issues that have impacted his activities, including email communications. He said he is still proud to be a CANDOER and enjoys reading all the material therein. I am saying Prayers for him to overcome his health issues.

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Thursday, September 03, 2020 - 1:15 p.m.

No one has heard from Tim Lawson, who retired in Thailand, for months. Several of us have tried to contact him with no results. This morning I sent an e-mail to the RSO and IPO in Bangkok and asked them to assist in the welfare and whereabouts of Tim. When I hear from them I will let you all know what is going on!