Snooky White

Haines City - Master Sergeant Oscar Walter Ellsmore, USAF (Retired), died September 28, 2013 at 5:20 p.m. as a result of cancer.

Born May 28, 1936 in St. Stephen, NB, Canada, Master Sergeant Ellsmore was the song of Walter B. Ellsmore and Lorraine (White) Ellsmore of Woodland (Baileyville) Maine. He was a member of St. Croix High School, Class of 1954, where he was known to family and friends as “Snooky.” He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and after Basic Military Training at Ft. Dix, NJ, he attended the Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He was then assigned to Korea during 1955-1956 serving in the 8th Army and 24th Infantry Division. Upon his return to the U.S. he was assigned to Ft. Devens, MA and Camp Drum, NY. In 1957 he was discharged from the US Army and enlisted in the US Air Force as an Airman First Class. He was assigned to Dow AFB, ME and while there was promoted to Staff Sergeant. He served there until 1965 when he was assigned to Ernest Harmon AB, Newfoundland. Upon completion of his tour he returned to Dow AFB where he stayed until the base closed. His next assignment was to Loring AFB, ME where he was assigned duty with the 45th Air Division Staff Assistance Team. While there, he was promoted to Technical Sergeant. During 1971 he was assigned to Bien Hoa, AB, Vietnam where he was an advisor to the Vietnamese Air Force Logistics Command. His next assignments, from 1972-1974 was to Charleston, AFS, ME where he was promoted to Master Sergeant. In 1974 he was assigned to Tyndall AFB, FL with the Air Defense Weapons Center from which he retired with 21 years of service in 1975. 

While serving his country, Master Sergeant Ellsmore was awarded many medals and awards, including the Air Force Commendation Medal three times, National Defense Service Medal, USAF Good Conduct Medal, US Army Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Air Service Medal (Honor Class - which was equivalent to the USAF Air Medal), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. 

After retirement he returned to Bangor and started a second career in electronic servicing where he owned and operated Walt’s Electronics in Bangor for many years. During 1986 he and his wife, Susan moved to the Atlanta, GA area where he worked in electronic production and medical equipment. His experience and training led him becoming Director of Operations and Business Manager for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children in Stone Mountain, GA, a Not For Profit Christian Organization. In 1999 they moved to Haines City, FL where he accepted a position with Wal-Mart until 2002.

He was active in the Blue Heron Bay Retirement Community volunteering to call Bingo and photographing park activities for the interest website. He was also the Group Travel Coordinator for the park and accompanied the residents on many cruises to the Caribbean, Europe and Alaska as well as day trips to local areas of interest. He was a member of St. Andrews Lodge #83.