Thursday, September 20, 2012

Story of a Panama Canal hero, Cecil Haynes, R.I.P.

Story of a Panama Canal hero:

Cecil F. Haynes (1913-2012)
Cecil Fitzroy Haynes, 99, uncle of CyberNews Subscribers Eddie and Felicia Myers (Panama), passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Santa Fe Hospital in Panama City.  Cecil is recorded as the longest working U.S. Federal employee worldwide, having worked for 72 years for the Panama Canal, a former agency of the U.S. Government. He retired on December 31, 2000.  He was a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, a member of the Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum (SAMAAP) and a member of the Masonic Lodge St. Andrew No. 1140, S.C.  Cecil has received several awards, honors by several community and civic organizations and he has been recognized by several Governors of the former Canal Zone, Administrators of the Panama Canal, Presidents of Panama and the United States, Prime Minister of Barbados (2003), the King and Queen of Spain and other international heads of state.  The Panama Canal bestowed one of its highest honors naming a tugboat after him. A celebration of the life of Cecil F. Haynes will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 at the Cathedral of Luke in Ancon, Panama City.  Interment will follow in Jardin de Paz Cemetery.  Among survivors are his wife Margarita Haynes (to whom he was married for 72 years); niece Lilia Myers Garcia; nephews Sidney Myers (spouse Carmelita), Franklin Haynes (spouse Ada), Eddie Myers (spouse Felicia) and Rolando Haynes (Aminta); several grand nieces and nephews; and caregivers Carolina Alvarado and Miledis Luciano. 
Noticias en TVN-Canal 2

Video interview with Cecil Haynes by Voices from our America:

Written interview with Cecil Haynes by Ifeoma NWankwo, Voices from our America:

The Panama Canal Alumni Association salutes Cecil Haynes:

El Faro, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá:
Cecil Haynes se jubila el 31 de diciembre de 2000, luego de 72 años de servicio al Canal:

Biografía de Cecil Haynes, Diario La Crítica:

Diario La Crítica:

Panama Canal Tugboat Cecil F. Haynes:

Cecil Haynes on You Tube:

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