Obituaries – 03-28-2012

Harriet Ronan Carlson

Harriet Ronan Carlson, 88, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria and Highland Park, Ill., died March 17. She was born Aug. 3, 1923.

Mrs. Carlson worked 28 years for Highland Park Hospital. In 1985, she retired with husband Don to Anna Maria, where she became an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church. On moving to Bradenton in 1997, she continued her work with the church.

A services was held last week at Roser Church. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mrs. Carlson is survived by brother David Gourley of Nags Head, N.C.; son John “Andy” and wife Mary Ronan of Lake Villa, Ill.; daughter Ann Owens of Jackson, Ga.; and two grandchildren.


Raymond R. Garant

Raymond R. “Frenchie” Garant died March 1. He was born April 2, 1927, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Garant retired after 30 years at Pontiac Motors in chassis design and was instrumental in the initial CAD system program. He was an avid golfer, who also enjoyed dancing, fishing, cars and spending time with family and friends near the water.

A memorial Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at St. Bernard”s Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. A Michigan memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 30. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Mr. Garant is survived by wife Evelyn; daughters Lynn and husband Ron, Laura and husband Doug, Luanne and Lana; grandchildren Julie, Andrew, Bradley, Raymond, Samantha and Brittany; brother Roger and wife Jacky; and sisters-in-law Barbara, Yvette and Genvieve.


George M. McDonald

George M. McDonald, 97, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died March 20. He was born in upstate New York near the Canadian border and moved to Florida in the 1950s.

He was a glider pilot stationed in France while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

After the war, Mr. McDonald had a varied career path, starting out as an electrician then moving on to become an entrepreneur, building and operating diners and motels in both New York and Florida. Upon moving to Anna Maria Island in the early ’60s, he didn’t find a place to open a diner, and he and wife Vera instead opened what became one of the first arts and craft stores in Florida and, eventually, the biggest in the United States.

Mr. McDonald had countless close friends that spanned his life, including Earl Mowry of Holmes Beach, his good friend of more than 50 years.

A service was held March 23 at Serenity Gardens Cemetery, Largo.

Mr. McDonald is survived by son John and wife Dixie of Gulfport, Jerry’s wife Holley McDonald in Issaquah Washington, grandchildren Kent and wife Leah of Trussville, Ala., and Kerry and husband Tom of Renton, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Miles, Madaline, Sam and Molly.

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