Bob Vail photo 


CAPT Bob "Mole" Vail
Crossed the Bar
October 15, 2005

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Contributions in memory of CAPT Vail may be made to: 

Olympic Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship
PO Box 1264
Port Angeles, WA 98362

  Golden Legacy Ceremony 2020  (Added 11/01/2020)
     Our CGA Link In The Chain class of 2022 invited our class to attend their 3/c Formal Dinner Dance on 28 March 2020.  Between the dinner and the dance, the Golden Legacy Ceremony would be held in Leamy Hall whereby our classmates had the opportunity to donate their class rings, to be melted and mixed into the gold for 2022ís class rings.

     Eight of our classmates donated their rings.  Mickie Vail donated her ring in memory of her husband and our classmate Bobby Vail. And as a class, we wanted to rededicate Bobby Vailís ring donated by his wife Mickie back in 2009, the first year of this tradition. Unfortunately, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     At the formal dinner in the Cadet Wardroom, the program called for Terry Newell to address the Class of 2022 and present remarks to explain the rededication of Bobby Vailís ring during this yearís Golden Legacy Ceremony. The following link provides the text of the prepared remarks:
    "Remarks for Rededication of Captain Robert W. Vailís Ring to the Golden Legacy Program" by Captain Terry W. Newell, USCG (Ret), Ď72

     Visit this video made by the Alumni Association for
      The Passing of the Rings - Golden Legacy: Class of 1972 and 2022

Drennan-Ford Funeral Home
Robert W. Vail
(November 16, 1949 - October 15, 2005)
 Retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Robert W. ``Bob'' Vail died unexpectedly in Port Angeles of a viral infection. He was 55.

He was born in Burlington, Vt., to James Robert and Helen (Korpi) Vail.

After graduating from the Coast Guard Academy with the class of 1972, he served on active duty in Alaska, Boston, New Hampshire, Port Angeles, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. In later years, he was a correspondent for the Coast Guard Alumni Association.

Capt. Vail married Michele ``Mickie'' Jaissle in Hudson, Mass., on Nov. 9, 1975.

In Port Angeles, he was an instructor in the Work First program at Peninsula College as well as a rotating Issues of Faith columnist for Peninsula Daily News on behalf of Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, of which he was past president.

Capt. Vail was convener of the Port Angeles Association of Religious Communities and a member of the North Olympic Land Trust.

In 1999, he became a member of the Clallam County Planning Commission, for which he was chairman in 2001.

Capt. Vail enjoyed biking, kayaking, camping in his "Cow" or "Cabin on Wheels" which he called his Airstream trailer and walking his property with his 11 month old Springer Spaniel, Finnlet, which brought him great joy as did his many friends.

Survivors include his wife; parents of Bondville, Vt., parents-in-law Frederick C. and M. Dorothy Jaissle of York, Maine; brother and sister-in-law Ted and Joanne Vail of Casco, Maine; sister Debbie Zolnoski of Templeton, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law Irene and Richard Kreissle of Keene, N.H.; brother-in-law Mick Zolnoski of Port Angeles and niece and nephew Laura and Joe Zolnoski.

Services: Celebration of life to be announced. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Donations to Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, P.O. Box 1264, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or charity of choice. The family requests no flowers.


(click to read full eulogy given by Terry Newell)

  Terry Newell wrote and gave the eulogy at Bob's memorial service on 10/29/05.  He and Mole have been friends and classmates since 1967 when they entered CGA in the Class of 71 and through graduation with the Class of 72.  They have kept in close contact over the years and this was a labor of love for Terry to commemorate the untimely passing of Bobby.  The eulogy is a composite of his and other classmates experiences with Bob and of excerpts from emails shared in our class emails. I felt he did a wonderful job and I wanted to give everyone a chance to read it.  Terry gave permission to share this with you via the web site.

John Larned's Story
(click to read John's story "Once Upon A Time in New London)


Classmates who attended

Mark Noll, Steve Osmer, Greg Johnson, Laird Hail, Kevin Scheid, Terry Newell,
John Larned, and Craig Leisy
(Photo submitted by Greg Johnson)

Ceremony aboard USCGC Active

10/16/05 - Charlie McCarthy

   In light of many recent events, I'd like to re-publish a poem.  I think the last line sums up our class. I wrote this for our 25th reunion.

Full Circle

Twenty-five years ago we stood on Jones' Field, new Ensign bars set, 

We embarked on a quest ripe with challenges, goals to be met.

 Some of us had specific aims in mind, An exciting future in life to find. 

Time has played with our dreams to degrees we could not have foreseen,

Sometimes it may have seemed the grass would be forever (or never) green. 

The miracle of birth has added people each day, The agony of death has taken some away.

 Throughout the years many of our paths have crossed, Some paths have remained separate, opportunities lost.

We've made choices along the way, Choices have been made for us, often to our dismay. 

We come and go like the tides of the sea, But classmates we will always be.

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