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CAPT.  Richard L. Whynot, USCG (RET.)

Obituary for CAPT. Richard L. Whynot, USCG (RET.)

October 3, 1928 - September 8, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 88

"slipped the mooring" to join his loving wife Mary of 51 years at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

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The ship's bell stuck eight, the watch changed, and CAPT. Richard L. Whynot "slipped the mooring" to join his loving wife of 51 years at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, September 8, 2017. Born 3 October, 1928 in Newton, MA, he was preceded by his wife Mary (Signorelli); his father Roland, his mother Ora (at age 102); younger brother Robert (Beverly).

Survived by son John (Susan); granddaughter Kathleen (Michael); grandson Patrick; granddaughter Sarah (Anthony); siblings Irving (Dorothy); Karl (Betty); Shirley (Richard); David (Laura) and many members of the Whynot and Singorelli families.

In 1944, at age 16 he joined the US Maritime Service; transferred to the US Army Transportation Services; the US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service (as navigation officer on the USNS Gen. Hersey he met the love of his life, Mary, a ship's nurse) and the US Coast Guard Reserve. He served on ten military vessels and after leaving active service for the Reserve, commanded four USCG Reserve units.

Among the awards received were the WWII Victory Medal, Atlantic and Korean War Zone and the Army Sea Service Ribbon. An expert on Artic operations, he instructed other CG officers (1969-1971) on the skills required in that hostile maritime environment.

He retired in 1988 from the Reserve and continued his civilian career in the insurance/consulting business. He attended Northeastern Univ. and graduated from San Antonio College. A registered professional engineer, he rose to senior and presidential levels in several national and international insurance/consulting companies, directing projects that ranged from the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.

Moving back to San Antonio and retiring for the second time, he joined Preservation Fort Sam Houston and the Granaderos y Damas de Galvez. This provided the opportunity to research and lecture on military and Spanish Colonial history, in Texas and Louisiana.

In 2003, after Mary passed away, he established a scholarship program in her memory at Charity Hospital School of Nursing, New Orleans (where she graduated in the Class of 1946) providing two scholarships annually to deserving students.

In addition to research and lecture activities, he found time to participate in competition dancing and with a professional partner/instructor, won a number of awards in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Austin and San Antonio venues.

With a history of mariners in his family, he embraced the saying that "they who go down to sea in ships will always wish for fair winds and a following sea" when bound for the final homeport.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.

GRAVESIDE SERVICES
WEDNESDAY
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
9:30 AM
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
1520 HARRY WURZBACH ROAD

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the "Mary Signorelli Whynot Scholarship" c/o Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, 430 South Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the "Mary Signorelli Whynot Scholarship" c/o Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, 430 South Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112.

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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