Harry Halbritter, a Friend
Harry Halbritter was bigger than life. He and his wife Allene were close personal friends of Wally and Stel. My Mother and I also considered them dear friends.
The outstanding quality of the Halbritter's they were always there when needed. The filled in when Wally needed help. When Arthur Ruiz needed someone to hang back and assist him in Africa, Harry was there.
This was an uncommon Caravanner, he had the qualities that you wished everyone on your tour had.
Harry affectionately called me "Wee Pee."
I remember on the 1956 European Caravan that we had stopped for lunch in Andorra. Allene fixed a sandwich for me. It was the first time I had eaten a palmetto sandwich.
Harry got the Caravan bug on the second Caravan down the West Coast of Mexico in the Winter of 1952-1953. Harry and Allene followed up with Caravan #8 to Europe in 1956, #16 Winter Caravan to Mexico 1958, #17 Central America in the Winter of 1958 (#17 was extension for the hardy souls on Caravan #16.)
The tour de force was Caravan #20, this was Cape Town to Cairo. Harry played his part in making this a successful trip.
We talk about volunteers, we talk about support groups, well Harry is one that stepped forwarded and did his part. There are always those who do, and those that don't. Harry was a doer.
Thank you Harry, you made my life better for knowing you.
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