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"A light has gone out of the universe, may he continue the journey in peace. With Gods speed." SO SAY WE ALL!
It recently came to my attention that former CDF 8th Marine Regiment Commander Oliver J. "Ollie" Savander, Sr. died on October 13, 2016, in his hometown of St. Petersburg, FL.  He was 71 years old.  A cause of death was not immediately given.

Mr. Savander was a long time fixture in sci-fi fandom in the Tampa Bay area, serving as chapter president of the USS Tiberius in two organizations and holding major leadership positions in STARFLEET International's STARFLEET Marine Corps and the former Starfleet Marines International.  In the CDF, he served as both Commander & Deputy Commander of the 8th Marine Regiment in the mid/late 2000s (rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel).

More importantly, Mr. Savander was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  He served in Force Recon during the Vietnam War and later survived Agent Orange.  Along with his military service, Mr. Savander was also involved as a senior member of his local Civil Air Patrol squadron and active in local church activities.

Mr. Savander is survived by his wife Dixie, their children, and extended family.  Funeral/memorial services are private (family only) at this time.

Having known Ollie for many years, news of his death came as a shock to me.  He was a wonderful mentor and even better friend.  I will miss him very much.

Memorial Hallway / Re: Kenny Baker, R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, dies at 81
« Last post by CDR. Hohensee on August 16, 2016, 02:47:38 AM »
Rest In Peace
Memorial Hallway / Re: Kenny Baker, R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, dies at 81
« Last post by FAdm Jenner on August 14, 2016, 03:26:39 AM »
R.I.P. Kenny, "May you continue the journey in peace, with God's speed,..."
Memorial Hallway / Kenny Baker, R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, dies at 81
« Last post by Anne on August 14, 2016, 02:48:06 AM »
While not related to BSG or Caprica, this passing is related to sci-fi filmdom.

British actor Kenny Baker died in Preston, England, on August 13, 2016, after what was termed a lengthy illness.  He was 81 years ago (according to his website).

Baker was best known for playing the astromech R2-D2 in the original Star Wars film trilogy--"Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi"--and the prequel films (1999, 2002, 2005).  He also played Paploo, the Ewok who stole an Imperial biker scout's speeder in "Return of the Jedi."  Baker's acting credits also included the fantasy films "Time Bandits" & "Willow," the 1980 cult sci-fi film "Flash Gordon," and the Academy Award-winning biopic "Amadeus."  In the 2015 Star Wars film "The Force Awakens," he was a consultant for R2-D2.

Baker's obituary can be found here:

Reactions from Hollywood:

Kenny Baker will certainly be missed.   :cry:

Memorial Hallway / Gary Hutzel, former VFX supervisor for BSG & Caprica, dies at 60
« Last post by Anne on March 08, 2016, 04:30:46 AM »
Gary Hutzel, visual effects supervisor for the rebooted Battlestar Galactica and its short-lived prequel/spinoff series Caprica, died of an apparent heart attack on March 3rd in Vancouver, BC Canada.  He was 60.

A Michigan native, Hutzel was the visual effects supervisor for the Ron Moore/David Eick-helmed reboot of BSG and its related TV/direct-to-DVD movies & web miniseries, along with the short-lived prequel series Caprica.  He was also a visual effects coordinator for Star Trek:  The Next Generation, and visual effects supervisor for Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine & Defiance.

In the BSG-verse, Hutzel won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series (2007-2008) for BSG, the 2014 International Academy of Web Television award for Best Visual Effects (Digital) for "Blood and Chrome," and six Visual Effects Society awards [2004 (BSG miniseries), 2007, 2008 ("Razor" TV movie), 2009, 2010, 2011 (Caprica)]

Hutzel was in Vancouver, working on the upcoming Freeform (formerly ABC Family) drama series Beyond, when he passed away.

More info:

He will be greatly missed, but his images will remain memorable.

This news is shocking and very sad.  Shawn was a tireless worker for the CDF, and passionate about his gaming projects.  He will be sorely missed in the 8th Fleet, and I hope the Ironfist will find a good officer to take command.

My prayers go out to Shawn's family and friends.  I do know that his family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Info can be found at:

Gunstar Deliverance will dim all lights and engage silent running in memory of "Airborne" for 24 hours.

I also ask all 8th Fleet units comply with Admiral Jenner's orders.

Godspeed, my comrade.

So say we all...
It has just been brought to our attention that Rear Admiral Shawn Williams, CO Battlestar Ironfist (CDF BSR-73), CDF Octagon - Member Services passed away due to unknown causes last month.

All hands are hereby ordered to engage silent running and dim all lights for 24 hours in memory of this most ardent of Battlestar Galactica fans and long time supporter of the Colonial Defense Forces.

"A light has gone out of the universe. May you continue the journey in peace, with God's speed,..."

So Say We All!
Actor Patrick Macnee passed away on June 25th, of natural causes at the age of 93.  He was surrounded by his family at his home in the Los Angeles (CA) area.

While he was best known for his iconic role of bowler wearing, umbrella wielding intelligence agent John Steed in the cult 1960s British TV series The Avengers, Macnee appeared in the original version of Battlestar Galactica as Count Iblis in "War of the Gods:  Part 1 & 2," provided the voice of the Cylon Imperious Leader, and did the narration of the series' opening credits.

Macnee's other acting credits included such films as the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol," the 1984 James Bond film "A View to a Kill," and Rob Reiner's 1984 rock mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap."

More info:

Patrick Macnee will be remembered always...
Memorial Hallway / Glen A. Larson, BSG's creator, passes away
« Last post by Anne on November 17, 2014, 03:35:52 AM »
Battlestar Galactica creator Glen A. Larson died November 14th, of esophageal cancer.  He was 77.

In addition to creating the 1978 series and its spinoff Galactica 1980, Larson was listed as a consulting producer on the Ron Moore/David Eick rebooted 2003 miniseries, the SyFy series (2004-09), the TV movies "Razor" and "Blood and Chrome," the direct-to-DVD movie "The Plan," and the short-lived prequel series Caprica.  Larson also composed the theme music for the original BSG and Galactica 1980.

Glen Larson also created the 1980s sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, and the short-lived series Manimal and Automan.  His non-genre credits include creating the TV series Magnum P.I., Quincy M.E., and The Fall Guy.

Born in Long Beach, CA, Larson originally was a member of The Four Preps, a pop singing group in the 1950s.  Their best known hits included "Twenty Six Miles (Santa Catalina)," and "Dreamy Eyes."

More info:

Glen A. Larson will be missed, bur remembered fondly... including for giving us "frak," Cylons, Vipers, Apollo, Starbuck, and Galactica.

So say we all...

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