Obituaries – 12-14-2011

Jason Edward Daymon Jr.

Jason Edward Daymon Jr., also known as Michael David Yarrow, age 62, of Lake Placid, died Nov. 30. He was born Jan. 18, 1949, in Jacksonville. He was raised in the fishing village of Cortez by adoptive parents John and Melba Yarrow.

Mr. Daymon served in the U.S. Navy, studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Florida.

A celebration of life was held Dec. 10 in Lake Placid. Memorial donations may be made to the Wanda Daymon Memorial Scholarship at South Florida Community College.

Jason is survived by his mother, Mildred; daughter Lisa Yarrow and husband Peter Averdick, Brooke and husband Brian Shook and Shannon Warner; grandchildren Benjamin, Peyton, Hailey, Tyler and Summer; and 11 brothers and sisters.


Arthur Joseph Glynn

Arthur Joseph Glynn, 81, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria, died Nov. 27. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Manatee County in 1978 from Hauppauge, N.Y.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War.

A memorial service was held with the Rev. Rafal Ligenza officiating Dec. 10 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Glynn is survived by son Stewart A.; daughter Karen Glynn DeLeeuw; and granddaughter Jessica Marie DeLeeuw.


Michael C. Holsworth

Dr. Michael C. Holsworth, 69, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 29. He was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Saginaw, Mich.

He earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of Florida in 1964, and his medical doctor degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1968.

Dr. Holsworth moved to Holmes Beach in 1972 and practiced family medicine in Bradenton until his retirement in July 2010. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was elected 1986 Doctor of the Year by his peers at Blake Medical Center. He was nominated one of America’s Top Family Doctors, 2004-2005, by the Consumers Research Council of America. Sarasota magazine recognized him in 2004 and 2005 as one of the “top doctors on both the national and regional levels…a physician most highly regarded by their peers.” The Florida Medical Association recognized him as a “distinguished physician” in 2006.

A member of NHRA, he was a professional super-gas drag racer.

The family plans to have a celebration of life at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Baptist Church, P.O. Box 14847, Bradenton FL 34280. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

Dr. Holsworth is survived by his mother, Ruth; wife Beatrice; daughter Dr. Jennifer and husband Lt. James Leigh; and granddaughter Jayden Elizabeth.


Alma ‘Amy’ Kennedy Hook

Alma “Amy” Kennedy Hook died Nov. 29. She was born Oct. 1, 1922, in St. Albans, W.Va.

She graduated from West Virginia University in 1943 and received a master’s degree from Duquesne University in 1971. She spent her career teaching history and remedial reading to high school students in Texas and Pennsylvania. Amy and husband Ted retired to Bradenton in 1986 from Pittsburgh, where she enjoyed many friends, golf, bridge, travel, gardening and reading.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Manatee Public Library-Island Branch, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or to a charity of choice. Condolences may be made at

Mrs. Hook is survived by sons James and wife Marion of Tucson, Ariz., Alan Scott and wife Judy of Overland Park, Kan., and Jacob and wife Chris of Houston; grandchildren Sharon, Ellen and Jay; and five great grandchildren.


Harry S. Howey

Harry S. Howey, 90, of Cortez, died Dec.1. He was born in New Jersey, and moved to Cortez in 1959.

He owned and operated the Cortez Trailer Park and Fishing Center for 29 years.

He became a community activist and organized campaigns against many changes that he thought might affect the tranquil lifestyle he found in the historic village of Cortez, and he was successful in keeping his property from development.

Mr. Howey was a World War II veteran and a member of Sahib Temple and Gulf Shrine Club.

A celebration of life was held at the Longboat Island Chapel, Longboat Key, Dec. 10. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 600 N Beneva Road, Sarasota FL 34232, or Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Mr. Howey is survived by wife Lavern Mikesell; children Kathie Harris of Daytona Beach, Linda Johnston of Bradenton, and Harry M. of Lavonia, Ga.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, brother Samuel of Cortez, and faithful dog Max.


Richard Alan ‘Dick’ Suman

Richard Alan “Dick” Suman, 80, of Bradenton, formerly of Camden, Ohio, and Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 4. He was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Eaton, Ohio.

Mr. Suman’s career included building silos for Neff & Fry in Camden. He moved to Miamisburg, Ohio, where he owned Royal Crest Dairy, a home delivery company. He sold the business in 1965 to move to Bradenton, where he worked as a design draftsman for Miller Trailers. Later he was in charge of the truck and trailer repair department of Ambit Fabricating Inc. He was print production manager for the former Anna Maria Islander newspaper. He was proprietor for eight years of Superior Irrigation in Sebring, before retiring and moving back to Anna Maria Island.

He was a master bridge player and enjoyed games at the Waters Edge Town Center. He loved jigsaw puzzles and baseball. He was a season ticket holder at McKechnie Field. He enjoyed volunteering, building scenery and stage-hand duties at Manatee Players in the 1960s and ’70s. He also enjoyed travelling the United States in his motor home and travel to Spain and Mexico. He was a Protestant.

Visitation and services were Dec. 9. at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel, Bradenton, followed by a graveside service at Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 295, Tampa FL 33634, American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas TX 75284-0692, Manatee County Humane Society, 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205, or to a charity of choice.

Mr. Suman is survived by wife Thelma Bryan; brother Robert of Eaton, Ohio; daughters Helen Besemer of Fort White, Fla., Barbara and husband Charlie) Hill of Bradenton, and Patricia Reagan of Dunedin; son Thomas Reagan of Bradenton; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved dog Beauregard “Bo.”


Ruth Ann VanLeeuwen

Ruth Ann VanLeeuwen, 59, of Anna Maria, died Dec. 7.

No local service is planned. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Van Leeuwen is survived by husband John L.; twin sons John J. of Ellenton and Jason J. of Bradenton; daughter Erin of Sarasota; brother John Munk of Downer’s Grove, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

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