Aaron Alan Boyd, 33, died July 8. He was born March 1, 1978.
Mr. Boyd grew up on Anna Maria Island, attending Anna Maria Elementary, King Middle and Manatee High schools and Manatee Community College.
While a student at Anna Maria Elementary, he was awarded for an essay he wrote on Sutter Mills by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He also wrote a story about toys coming to life — pre-“Toy Story” the movie — and sold his essay to the elementary school for $10.
At age 16, he received the key to the city of Anna Maria from then-Mayor Dorothy McChesney for saving the life of a child at the Rod & Reel Pier.
Over the years, he worked as a server and bartender at Fast Eddie’s Place, the Buccaneer restaurant, BeachHouse Restaurant, Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and the Rod & Reel Pier. He also worked as a carpenter, painter and remodeler. He was a certified First Responder.
Mr. Boyd was forced to quit work as the result of a back injury he suffered in 2006.
He loved the beach at midnight and enjoyed viewing the stars.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Mr. Boyd is survived by his parents, Bob and Alwana L. Boyd; grandmother Antoinette “Toy” Shelton; aunt Dorothy “Dee” Baker, aunt Helen and uncle Don Sells, aunt Mona Harmon and uncle Sonny Harmon; cousins Renee, Patrick and Brandon Kirkley, Danica Dean, Robert “Bob” McGlynn, Francis McGlynn, Darrin Baker and several cousins in Inverness, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also leaves his loyal dog Maggie.
Neal T. Curtis
Neal T. Curtis, 53, of Bradenton, died July 10. He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and moved to Bradenton in 1977 from Colonia, N.J.
Mr. Curtis was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a Protestant. He was a member of B.P.O.E. #1511, American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 and the VFW.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Elk’s Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory-26th Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4955 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton FL 34208.
Mr. Curtis is survived by wife Debra; daughter Kristen of Bradenton; mother Ruth of Holmes Beach; brother Edward J. III of Deltona, Fla.; and sister Cheryl of Batesburg, S.C.
Joan E. Lutz
Joan E. Lutz, 90, of Bradenton, died July 12.
She was the daughter of Capt. Henry Roger and Jane Lewis of Great Britain, who moved to the United States in the 1920s.
While growing up, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean 28 times in ships captained by her father. She moved to Bradenton in 1975.
Covell Funeral Home is serving the Lutz family.
Mrs. Lutz is survived by sons Roger and wife Linda of Holmes Beach and Eric and Janet of Charleston, W.Va., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.