Hear the legacy Weston Embry has created. It’s within the noise of the double doorways of a bus opening for schoolchildren, or within the whiff of air con in a recliner coach for dignitaries arriving for the Event of the Roses.
It may be a dialog between their three kids, which reminds them of their Pasadena childhood and their mother and father’ comfortable marriage. However the accompaniment to Weston Embry’s life on September 7 got here with ever-flying, solemn and festive notes from a historic pipe organ that was even older than the 100-year-old darling.
Weston Embry was born on the kitchen desk of the household’s Pasadena residence in 1922, as informed by his mom, Lula Goodell Embry. The next 12 months her husband Man made the essential choice to discovered Embry Buses Inc., a Pasadena establishment that has remained a fixture within the metropolis’s historical past.
Embry was 22 when he joined the US Navy throughout World Warfare II. Whereas within the Navy, he and his engineering group developed the primary airplane flight recorder, “one thing for which I’m very pleased with him,” says his daughter, Marylee Embry McElwen.
Embry defined to his kids how flight information, such because the place of the trim tabs, have been repeatedly recorded on scrolling 35 mm movie.
“The pioneering engineering work of his group at Moffett Subject Naval Air Station has led to the event through the years of the delicate flight recorder that the world is aware of at this time,” she mentioned.
After the warfare, Embry returned to his hometown and settled within the household enterprise. He met his spouse Shirley, initially from Arcadia, on the Methodist Church. She was an artwork trainer who labored as a precision draftsman for Douglas Plane throughout the warfare.
The 2 married in 1951, designing and constructing a contemporary residence in northeast Pasadena, the place Embry nonetheless lives. They’ve three kids: Marilee, Anita Embry Stadler and Ryan Embry. The fourth youngster, Brian, died on the age of 4.
Ambrose devoted himself to the household, the bus firm, and the Holliston United Methodist Church in Pasadena, the place Weston was baptized. For many years, he was answerable for the upkeep of the historic pipe organ.
Shirley died in 2016, aged 92, beloved for her philanthropy, creative work, and church involvement. His daughter mentioned that she hopes her mother and father have given their energy to her and her siblings.
What she admires most about her father is his honesty, she mentioned.
“He is working exhausting, and he was very devoted to being Chief Working Officer of Embry Buses, Inc. for many years, ensuring buses ran on time, school-goers wanted to go to high school, and Those that wished to go to scout camps, or on chartered excursions, would get there safely and comfortably,” mentioned Marily Embry McElvain.
For his birthday, his household and associates honored him with an organ live performance on the historic Pipe Organ at Holliston United Methodist Church, the place a lot Embry household historical past has been performed.
“He has been a member all his life and he loves that organ as a result of through the years he was the one who took care of getting the hundreds of pipes working correctly,” McElwain mentioned.
The birthday repertoire included Bach’s toccata and fugue in D minor, a particular association of naval hymns, the “Phantom of the Opera” medley and a spirited rendition of Vidor’s toccata from Symphony #5.
There have been comfortable company, refreshments and cake, loads of reminders, and even a message from President Joe Biden, who congratulated and thanked him for his inspiring service to the US Navy.
“The selflessness of veterans such as you who answered our nation’s name to serve throughout World Warfare II defines the true character of our biggest era,” the president wrote. “We are going to all the time be indebted to all those that have placed on the uniform and made immense sacrifices for our cherished freedom.”
The newly minted centenarian, now considerably susceptible, accepted the greeting with gratitude and a smile. Surrounded by so many individuals who love him, he then settles all the way down to hearken to the luxurious array of organ pipes and revel in his good life. It was sufficient to hearken to energetic and scintillating music.
Anissa V. Rivera, columnist, “Mothers the Phrase,” Pasadena Star-Information, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Day by day Information, Azusa Herald, Glendora Press and West Covina Highlander, San Dimas/La Verne Highlander. Southern California Newsgroup, 181 W Huntington Drive, Suite 209 Monrovia, CA 91016. ,