Obituaries – 11-28-2012

Laura Ann Menzie

Laura Ann Menzie, 76, of Bradenton Beach and formerly of Lake Orion, Mich., died Nov. 19.

A celebration of her life was held Nov. 23 in Bradenton Beach. A memorial service will take place at a later date in Michigan. Covell Funeral Home of Bradenton is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Menzie is survived by her children, Chari and husband David Garet, Lori and husband John Marentic and James and wife Kim; grandchildren Stephanie, Jackie, Morgan, Tom, Kara and Kelly; sisters Nancy, Ellen and Sharon “Cookie.”


Edward Henry Mullaney

Edward Henry Mullaney, 70 of Holmes Beach and formerly of Cherry Hill, N.J., died Oct. 16.

Mr. Mullaney was an accomplished salesman and owned his own business for 30 years. He had a private pilot license, was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Navy League and Moose Lodge No. 2188. He loved boating, flying, snowmobiling and, most recently, RVing.

Visitation and a gathering of relatives and friends was held at the Creran Funeral Home in Oaklyn, N.J., and at the Church of St. Isaac Jogues, 3 Lord Place, Marlton, N.J. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at the church. Entombment was at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice online at

Mr. Mullaney is survived by wife Merilyn J. (nee Angermann); daughters Meri Sue and husband John Cackowski, Christine, Kimberly and husband Tony Canduci; son Douglas Mullaney; grandchildren Steven, Lauren, Brian, Samantha, Michael, Christopher, Nicholas, Tommy and Brittany; and brother Jerry and wife Joan.


James A. Ross

James A. Ross, 72, of Bradenton and a long-time resident of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 21.

After graduating college with his degree in engineering, he served in the U.S. Army Rangers stationed from 1963 to 1969 in Fort Benning, Ga.. Along with his father Anthony, they held several patents, the most prominent being the Ross Temp Automatic Flaked Ice Machine, which can still be seen in hotels today.

He later ran the Jungle Queen charter boat out of Cortez for several years.

A private memorial service was planned.

Mr. Ross is survived by wife Cindy; son Gregory and wife Lee and two grandsons of Holmes Beach; sister Judi Williams of Wheaton, Ill.; stepdaughter Melissa; and grandson James Wardell of Bradenton.


Walter Thomas Bell

Walter Thomas Bell, 89, was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Cortez Village to Aaron Parx Bell and Jessie Blanche Fulford Bell. He died Nov. 20.

Mr. Bell served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. He often said that he saw enough of the world during those years to know that he was happy to be back in Cortez.

He was part owner and manager of A.P. Bell Fish Company and a proud supporter of Florida’s seafood industry. In his younger years, he loved to run a gill net for mullet, pompano and mackerel. Had he ever retired, he wanted to return to the water to catch pompano.

Even though he would probably have preferred to fish, in the early 1960s he began working at the fish house. He adapted well to buying and selling local catches from commercial fishers. He had a laid back personality that earned him the respect of fishers and customers alike.

Some of his business “rules” were to pay fair prices; pay on correct weights; always pay the fishermen promptly, saying often, “If you’re in the fish business and you can’t pay for the fish, you shouldn’t be in the fish business;” and spend money locally whenever possible.

He always had a smile, listened more than he spoke and was generous even when he knew better. All of these qualities and beliefs were important to Walter and contributed to his success in business and happiness in life.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Palma Sola Community Church, 8604 Ninth Ave. NW, Bradenton. Friends are invited to gather at A.P. Bell Fish Company in Cortez to share memories and fishing stories following the service.

Mr. Bell is survived by brothers Chester and Doug and daughters Karen and Lisa.

2 thoughts on “Obituaries – 11-28-2012

  1. eddie bolas

    Re.Walter Thomas Bell,
    I never had the pleasure of knowing Walter, but the warmth of his tribute moved me to write. He sounds a real old fashioned gentleman, the world would be a better place for all of us if there were more around like him, his ethics and value for people above `over` profit is a rare thing these days, God bless him and let his family know a visitor from England has them in his prayers at this time Eddiexx


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