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From the Seminole Chronicle --

 

Students, faculty and staff members at Oviedo High School are rallying behind Col. Joseph Nardo as the beloved instructor and decorated veteran fights one final battle against a terminal cancer. The 68-year-old retired colonel, who, in 1993, launched the school's nationally renowned Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit, is resting comfortably in hospice in Winter Springs with his sons at his bedside.

 

Nardo's colleagues say he remains in high spirits despite his grim prognosis. Although he's currently unable to accept phone calls or visitors, that hasn't hindered a grateful community from showing its support. To provide him with encouragement, students, parents, teachers and alumni have teamed up to assemble scrapbooks containing photographs and cards expressing their well wishes and gratitude.

 

In December, Nardo's failing health forced him to hand over the helm to fellow naval science instructor Master Chief Dale Marteney, who now oversees the prominent program's day-to-day operations in his stead.Marteney has worked with him for nearly a decade, and he said Nardo is as much a father figure to him as he is a supervisor.

 

"My dad died about three years ago, so he's meant a great deal to me in these last three years in particular," he said. "He's a great friend. He's a person that you can count on in good times or bad times. If you need a shoulder to cry on, he's there. If you need some fatherly advice, he's there....MORE HERE.

 

 

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