Capt. Nicholas Armeda (Encore)
With Christmas just days away, family and togetherness are prominent themes and thoughts on the minds of many as they prepare to celebrate the holiday. Despite the festive cheer of the holiday season, it can be a tough time for those grieving the loss of a loved one, particularly when a death has occurred close to the holidays. And that’s as true today as it’s ever been.
This week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams centers on an historic photo of the family of legendary local Fort Myers Captain Nicholas Armeda.
Armeda is best known as a shipmaster with expert knowledge of Florida waters which he continued to navigate well into his golden years. Those adventures were proceeded, however, by a significant loss just before the holidays that, through the power of the photograph in question, can reach through history and touch our hearts even today.