Aug. 25, 1923 — Oct. 25, 2013
Walter Todd Pine passed away peacefully in Placerville on Oct. 25, 2013. He was born in Wenonah, N.J., on Aug. 25, 1923, to Mary S. and Howard T. Pine.
Walt was a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps, stationed in Norwich, England, and flew 36 missions over Germany in World War II. He continued his interest in aviation throughout the years. He was a member of SIRs and the Quiet Birdman. He was always a tinkerer and especially enjoyed woodworking.
Walter married Alcie June Cooner in 1947 and Alcie passed away in 1995. He was the loving father of Patty (Bob) Montz of Mt. Shasta and Janet Pine of Pollock Pines; devoted grandfather of Kim, Ryan and Tawnya; and great-grandfather of Alex, Lizzie, Siobhan, Keiran and Dylan.
No services were held at Walter’s request and private inurnment has been held. Contributions in his name may be made to the Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619 (snowlinehospice.org/donate). Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home in Placerville. Friends may sign an electronic guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.
“Lift a glass in my honor dear friends and live well!”
A letter from Denise Long to Walt:
Goodbye, Walter Pine, World War II bomber pilot in the European theater, staunch friend, card shark, handyman extraordinaire, gardener and all around great guy. You are missed so much. It was an honor to know you.
Here’s what you taught me in the years we were neighbors:
1. Always play to win, both in armed conflicts and Shanghai Rummy.
2. Drink champagne on weeknights, not just on special occasions.
3. Don’t undertake a task without planning, and if you do something, do it right. And, for God’s sake, finish your job and put away your tools.
4. Squirrels love peanuts, and will even eat them soaked in rum.
5. Drunk squirrels are hilarious.
6. When using a chainsaw, wear boots, not tennis shoes.
7. Only sissies are afraid to climb on the roof at age 85.
8. The Coke in the rum and Coke keeps you awake so you can drink more rum.
9. Always celebrate your birthday, for at least a week, every year.
10. When snowed in, keep the lanterns and liquor handy, because the neighbors will be over soon to play cards.
11. Be honorable and decent in all your dealings. Every day.