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Date of Issue: January 18, 2007

Obituaries

Shirley Ash Cass

Shirley Ash Cass, 72, of Bradenton, died Dec. 31.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Learning Disability Association, 339 E. Ave., Rochester NY 14604.

She is survived by husband Lee; daughters Elizabeth and Catherine; son Jonathan; sister Joan Jones; brother the Rev. John T. Ash; and five grandchildren.

 

Roy J. Gurney

Roy J. Gurney, 84, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died Jan. 2.

Born in Maryland, N.Y., Mr. Gurney moved to Manatee County from Ilion, N.Y., in 2002. He was retired from the U.S. Post office in Ilion, and later was a school bus driver. He served in the U.S. Army in Company 1, 106th Infantry, 27th Division. He was wounded in the invasion of Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Infantry Combat Badge and New York State Conspicuous Service Medal. He was first World War II commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 502 and American Legion Post 24, Bradenton. He was a past grand master of Ilion Odd Fellows. He was a 50-year member of Ilion Elks Lodge No. 144.

Memorial services will be held at Harvey Memorial Community Church, Bradenton Beach, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

He is survived by daughter Carol Searle of Bradenton; son Ronald J. and his wife Laurie of Bradenton; stepdaughters Barbara Natarelli and her husband John of Chatham, Mass., Beverly Feinman and her husband Michael of Ilion, and Patricia Clark and her husband Philip of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

 

Muriel C. MacLellan

Muriel C. MacLellan, 96, of Anna Maria Island and Duxbury, Mass., died Dec. 21.

Mrs. MacLellan moved to Anna Maria Island 40 years ago. She was a nurse’s assistant and one of the first nurses to work at the Plymouth County Hospital in Hanson, Mass. She later worked at Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, and was a cranberry screener at the Ocean Spray plant in Hanson. She was a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Island Baptist Church, Anna Maria City.

Memorial services will be Jan. 13 in Marshfield, Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth MA 02360. Richard Davis Funeral Homes, Plymouth, is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by Sandra L. Ferreira of Duxbury; grandchildren James Beaton of Ohio, William Beaton of New Jersey, Jeffrey Beaton of Virginia, Muriel Ellis of Carver, Lori Hamilton of Middleboro, Michael Ferreira of Plymouth, Bruce Ferreira of Florida and Kathy Ferreira of Randolph; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

 

William A. McCartney

William A. McCartney, 83, of Bradenton and formerly Wantaugh, N.Y., died Jan. 1.

Born in Long Prairie, Minn., Mr. McCartney moved to Manatee County in 1984. He worked for more than 34 years for Equitable Life Assurance Society, retiring in 1981 as vice president of underwriting issues and claims. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and received a master’s degree at Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 106th Infantry Division at the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Germany. He was a member of the school board in Wantaugh for 12 years, and served as president for several years. He was a teacher’s assistant in fourth-grade math at Daughtrey Elementary School. He was active in Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205, or to the New England Music Camp, 8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney MA 04330.

He is survived by daughter Kim Wiggin of Suffield, Conn.; son William C. of New York; sisters Fyvie Jackson of Crestline, Calif., and Kathryn Boucher of East Lansing, Mich.; brother Jim of Holmes Beach; and five grandchildren.

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