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Got an email from Craig, a Skins fan, who is hoping to get his father's ashes spread at RFK or Fed Ex Field. He's in contact with the team trying to work something out, and wanted to share his father's passion for the Redskins with you guys. Maybe somehow posting this will help in some way, and I know it can't hurt.

So I'll turn it over to Craig now:

Dad grew up in Wadsworth, OH and naturally was a Cleveland Browns fan. He graduated from Case Tech now known as Case Western Reserve with a degree in Electrical Engineering during the World War II. He moved to Bethesda, Md in 1947 when I was six months old. During his professional career, he become known as one of the best Consulting Communication Engineers in the US. He was a huge sports fan and was involved deeply with the boys baseball associations when my brother and I were growing up.

This actually spanned over a long period since I am 19 years older than my brother. I graduated from Walter Johnson HS in 1965 and Eric graduated from Springbrook HS in 1984. We both played football and baseball in HS. Dad naturally became a big Senators and Redskins fan during the 40 years he lived in the DC area. He moved to Greenville, NC at the age of 62 to join a small consulting firm and worked fulltime until he retired at the age of 77. Peggy, my stepmother, and Dad moved to outside of Huntsville, AL after they retired to be close to my sister, Mary Beth, and her family (the youngest grandchildren).

When the Redskins moved into RFK, he bought four season tickets in the corner of the end zone, third base side of the infield. Two seats on the front row of the upper deck and two right behind on the 2nd row. Great seats!! I remember several great Cowboys-Skins games with Sonny at QB and the stands were actually rocking. When Dad retired and moved to Alabama, Eric bought him Direct TV and an annual NFL ticket in order for Dad and Peggy to watch the Skins. Every morning he would access the Washington Post website and print the Redskins articles.

The last time I talked with Dad last year he was so excited about the big name free agents they had just signed. Two weeks later he died instantly from a massive heart attack. Luckily he did not have to watch the Skins during this past season. Up in heaven, he probably is just shaking his head.

When the family gathered for the funeral we all agreed that we need to try to get his ashes spread on Redskin property. This is was his greatest thrill in the sporting arena. He lived and died for the Skins. Hence "Hail to the Redskins" was played at his funeral service.

This is the first time, our family has made an attempt to get together in the Washington area to try to spread Dad's ashes on one of the Redskins fields. I have a business conference in Tyson's Corner area starting on March 20 so this event is the one that has spurred this gathering. Eric is the only one still living in the Washington area. So our passion is to have a great celebration on Sat March 24.

We appreciate any help you can give us.

Thanks,
Craig Rohrer

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 12, 2007; 7:00 PM ET
 
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