Eight bells for Linda Hilty

Port Salerno, FL
Posted by Bill

“The sounding of ship’s bell is well rooted in the history and tradition of the maritime industry. The bell marked time onboard and divided the day into shifts or “watches” for the crew. At the end of the last shift, the end of the last watch, eight bells rang out – Eight Bells and All is Well. A sailor’s time for rest.” – Source: Boat US web site.

It is with great sadness that I write this post. We arrived back in the US 2 days ago to the news that our dear friend and “family” member Linda Hilty passed away. Linda, her husband Jim, and their sons, Neal and Shawn, have been lifelong friends and have always been considered part of the immediate family. We have enjoyed more than 12 years of family vacations, and many good times together. She was one of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever met, always very giving, and there to lend a hand. We will always be grateful to have spent the time we did together, and also for the many times they helped my Mom. Our hearts go out to the family. We feel terrible that we could not make arrangements to leave our boat and travel in time to PA for the services. One of the last times we were together was when they came to see us in the Keys and we went to Key West together. It was great fun. Here we were at the Green Parrot bar:

Linda will surely be missed, but never forgotten!

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