Obituaries – 09-12-2012

Jack Cedar

Jack Cedar, 97, of Bradenton, died Aug. 18. He moved to the area 40 years ago from Detroit.

Mr. Cedar was owner of Orion Automotive Corporation in Michigan and owned Cedar Cove Motel in Holmes Beach. He was a founder of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cedar is survived by daughters Carol Cobb of Bradenton and Cheryl Altobello of Houghton, Mich.; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; nephews William Cedar and George Cedar; and niece Marlene Galuszka.


Pierce Combs

Pierce Combs, known to many on Anna Maria Island as “The Fun Map Man,” died Sept. 4 in Bradenton. He was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Lakeland, Fla., and was raised in West Orange, N.J.

Mr. Combs attended Montreat Anderson College where he was influenced by a chance friendship with Billy Graham. After graduating from Old Dominion in 1969 on a tennis scholarship, he played professional tennis for several years before embarking on a successful career in sales and marketing for more than 40 years.

He married his wife Libby in Annapolis, Md., in 1991 and they honeymooned by cruising on their boat, the Pretty Birtie, to Anna Maria Island, falling in love with the old Florida-Gulf coast lifestyle and settling here.

Mr. Combs created the Anna Maria Island Fun Map in 2002, something he enjoyed because, to quote Pierce, “of all the wonderful friends he was able to meet.”

A memorial service is being planned. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Kittatinny, where Mr. Combs spent his childhood summers from 1956 to 1966 as camper and counselor. His influence at Camp Kittatinny was important and his memory lives on in the people he touched at camp. Donations may be made to Camp Kittatinny, 1035 Fairview Lake Road, Newton NJ 07860.

Mr. Combs is survived by wife Libby, and daughters Kelly of St. Petersburg and Bonnie of Fredericksburg, Va., and many friends.


Alice S. Deam

Alice S. Deam, 86, of Bradenton, died Sept. 2. She was born Dec. 12, 1925. She came to Anna Maria Island in 1960 with her husband, Dr. John H. Deam, who started his practice that year in October and retired in the late 1980s. The Deam family lived on Anna Maria Island for many years.

She graduated from West Chester University in Philadelphia in 1946 and taught elementary school in both Pennsylvania and Florida. She was married in 1951 in Philadelphia and relocated in 1960 to Anna Maria Island. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Key Royale Club and Manatee County Medical Alliance. She loved to travel, enjoyed playing bridge and socializing with friends.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Mrs. Deam is survived by her husband of 61 years, John; children David, M.D. and wife Gail, of Brooksville, Fla., Donna and husband James Hitchings, of London, England, Douglas, D.M.D., and wife Ann, of Miami; and Debra and wife Bill Sanders of Bradenton; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother Alfred B and wife Nina Strickler Jr., of Columbus, Ohio


Mary Virginia (Armstrong) Ridgdill

Mary Virginia (Armstrong) Ridgdill, 91, of Bradenton and Anna Maria, died Sept. 3. She was born in Bradenton to the late George David and Margaret (Notestein) Armstrong.

Mrs. Ridgdill attended Bradenton High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Homebuilders Class and Women’s Circles. She was one of the organizers of the Original Thirteen, now Reinaunce, a high school service club for young women.

She was married almost 70 years to the late Paul Ridgdill.

After raising her family, she helped manage the family business, Ridgdill Plumbing, which had been founded by her father. She assumed the management of the business for many years after her husband’s retirement and retired herself in the early 1990s.

Mrs. Ridgdill’s contributions to her community and family were remarkable.

Visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A private service is being held later. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 410 15th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Ridgdill is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Sandra and David Livingston, Patty and Dave Hall, Rosemary and Ron Carlson, and Barbara and David Bjorklund; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and caregiver Bernadette Lauck.


Joyce Ilene Shannon

Joyce Ilene Shannon, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 5. She was born April 5, 1922, in Bonner Springs, Kan.

Ms. Shannon was a graduate of Teachers College in Kansas and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. She taught first- through eighth-grade for two years in a one-room schoolhouse in Kansas. She then joined the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II.

Ms. Shannon was a part-time islander since coming from Kansas in 1944, and a permanent resident since 1964, coming from New York. She worked as advertising manager for the Madison Drug & Liquor Co. in Tampa for 10 years, advertising manager of Rexall-Liggett’s southeast chain of stores, art director of National Bellas Hess of New York City, and as a real estate broker and associate on Anna Maria Island since 1965.

She was a member of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton.

A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, with final honors by the U.S. Navy. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Association, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.

Ms. Shannon is survived by her cousins.



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