May 5, 2008


Kevin Murphy advises of the passing of Peggy Spoor on April 24, 2008. He relates “...Her husband, Wilson Spoor, passed away in July 2006, and at that time I posted the following:

'I regret to pass on the news that Wilson Spoor, age 94, passed away on July 21st. His wife, Peggy, recently mailed my Mom and others letting us know this sad news. Wilson was the personnel man for Mene Grande Oil in Maracaibo and Lagunillas, and as such was well known to many MGO families in the 50s & 60s (and earlier?). They retired around 1966 by my recollection and had been living in Largo, Florida for the past 40 years.

'From my childhood, I remember him as a really nice, friendly man. They always had a toybox at their house when we visited that I looked forward to exploring.'”

The Spoors at the Hotel del Lago in the 1950s.


April 18, 2008

John DeRonde advises today of the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth Gerhardt, many of whom may have had her as a teacher:

Obituaries - 4/7/2008


Elizabeth P. Gerhardt, passed away on April 3, 2008. Born in the Panama, Canal Zone on April 23, 1919, she was a resident of Maracaibo, Venezuela until 1978 when she moved to Boca Raton. She served as an assistant to the Captain of the Port in the Canal Zone during WWII and was a school teacher in Maracaibo for many years. She was married to the late Fred Gerhardt, a member of the Boca Raton Rotary Club, who passed away on July 8, 1998. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter Lianne (Charlie) LaVoy of Tequesta, FL and two grandchildren, Bryce Gilbert of Asheville, NC and Logan Gilbert of San Francisco, CA. Visitation will take place Monday April 7 from 10AM to noon at the Kraeer Funeral Home 1353 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton. The chapel service will be held at 12PM. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn North Cemetery in Pompano Beach. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County.


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August 20, 2007


John DeRonde advises of the death of Norris Lee Ferren shortly prior to Oct. 4, 2006. He relates “...I don't know how long he was at EBV but I had him in gym, shop and math. He was also coach for boys in all sports. I attended EBV from 1957 thru 1961 and he was there those years.

Karl & Heather Sooder further advise that he suffered an abrupt terminal heart attack.

Memorial Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 4, 2006 at 1529 Claremont Ave., Science Care of Aurora, Aurora.



June 3, 2007


On the VOB forum, Kevin Murphy (VOB 1957-1968) advises that “...Mr. Bob Baldwin passed away a few days ago. His long career with Gulf Oil included many years in Venezuela with MGO in various locations and positions, as one of the jefes there and later as an executive in Pittsburgh. While my family crossed paths with them many times, the most was in Lagunillas in the early 1960s. He was one of the most humorous people I ever met.

His Houston Chronicle obituary reads “ROBERT W. BALDWIN, 86, died May 31, 2007. A native of Akron, Ohio, he was born January 10, 1921 to Joseph and Ada Baldwin. He moved with his family to Houston in 1975 from Pittsburgh, PA. Robert retired after 32 years of service from Gulf Oil. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Cecilia Baldwin, 3 sons, Steven Jose Baldwin, Henrique Clay Baldwin and wife Rebecca and Miguel Robert Baldwin and wife Robin, 1 daughter, Diana Maria Baldwin, 5 grandchildren, Lee, Katherine, Cecilia, Samantha and Makena Baldwin and one brother, Dewitt Baldwin.

“Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 12:30 P.M. in the Chapel at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home with a reception to follow.


March 23, 2007


Also on the VOB forum, John DeRonde advises that “...Ian Rogers, of Maracaibo, passed away on the 13th of March after a fight with heart disease. Ian was a graduate of The Sarah Roberts School in Maracaibo. He leaves behind his father, two brothers, Peter and Chris, a son, Chris and a daughter, Veronica.

“For those who didn't know Ian, you may recall his father's toy store in Maracaibo, Roger's Toy Store. It was a one-of-a-kind for all of Zulia state.

March 23, 2007




January 20, 2004

The Pikes were an “institution” in Maracaibo for many, many years.




November 12, 2003

This sad news was reported to me by Nancy Quintero (Windham), who received it from a friend.

Part of a notification posting I left on the CLASSMATES.COM site yesterday said the following about Mrs. Demarest:

All of us who had her as a teacher [at the ROBERTS SCHOOL] remember that she was an excellent teacher - tough but very fair. If she looked at you with her 'squinted eyes' look, you knew you'd been 'caught in the act' and that she hadn't missed it! Very little got by her, and she kept us all pretty much in line - as she should have.

“I still remember, on a daily basis, many of the English rules she taught us when I write or when I read the writings of others. Often, I see her in my mind as I remember those rules.

“She taught us well and inspired us all, and we shall remember her with love.”

Should you wish to send condolences, Mrs. Beal's address is:

3741 SW 124 Court

Miami, FL 33175