Obituaries – 12-12-2012

Daniel Patrick Connelly

Daniel Patrick Connelly, 55, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 6 in England. He was born Sept. 25, 1957.

Mr. Connelly moved to Florida from Leeds, England, with his three children and wife Wendy Connelly.

He was a frequent visitor to the Rod & Reel and Anna Maria City piers, and operated several online sales businesses. He had recently returned to England, with hopes to return to Anna Maria Island.

He will be greatly missed by his children and wife and many locals on Anna Maria Island.

Mr. Connelly is survived by sons Philip and Daniel, daughter Louise and wife Wendy; and grandchildren Brianna, Allie, Zachary, Jada Lark and Jacob



Jeanne Larson Finn

Jeanne Larson Finn, 87, of Bradenton and a resident of Holmes Beach since 1987, died Dec. 2. She was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Jamestown, N.Y.

She graduated from Corry High School and before being wed was society editor for the Corry Journal, both in Corry, Pa. She married James N. Finn July 8, 1950.

The couple lived in Erie, Pa., and maintained a summer cottage for more than 60 years in Findley Lake, N.Y. They took up residence in Holmes Beach upon retirement and had recently moved to Bradenton. Mrs. Finn enjoyed golf, reading, sewing, knitting and card playing. She was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, especially enjoyed the Tuesday quilt group, and was proud of their accomplishments. She was a past member of The Order of the Eastern Star.

A service was held Dec. 8, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Rev. Rosemary Backer officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences my be made online at

Mrs. Finn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim; daughter Barbara and husband Don Proctor of Erie, Pa.; granddaughter Susan and husband Nick Martino; grandson Michael and wife Gretchen Proctor of Falls Church, Va.; great-granddaughters Julia and Giana Martino; and several cousins.


James Jerome Jenkins

James Jerome Jenkins, 89, of Anna Maria, distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida, died Nov. 17. He was born July 29, 1923, in St. Louis, the third son of Joe E. and Frances Reynolds Jenkins. “Jim” and wife “Win” were residents of Florida since 1982 resided in Anna Maria since 1990.

After serving in World War II as an Army Air Corp meteorologist 1942-47, Jim earned his doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota and continued to teach and do research there until 1982, when he moved to the University of South Florida to become chair of the psychology department.

Dr. Jenkins played a significant role in the development of cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics in the 1960s. He conducted research on learning, language and memory for more than 50 years, later specializing in the perception of speech in collaboration with his wife, Dr. Winifred Strange. He mentored more than 80 PhD students at the Universities of Minnesota and South Florida before retiring in 2000.

He joined the faculty of the City University of New York-Graduate Center, as visiting research professor and continued to collaborate with Dr. Strange and her graduate students.

Dr. Jenkins took up watercolors and summers were spent at the couple’s lakeside cabin in Fifty Lakes, Minn.

Dr. Jenkins is survived by wife Winifred; son Christopher; daughter Lynn; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; and three granddaughters-in-law.


Joseph P. Smith

Joseph P. Smith, 81, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 15. He was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Newark, N.J.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked in sales, and moved to Pinellas County in 1969, where he owned a restaurant. He moved to Anna Maria from Citrus County in 2002.

A private memorial gathering is planned at a later date.

Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Kathy and husband Skip Long of Anna Maria, Sheila and husband Randy Johnson of Houston, Sharon Davis of Blanchard, Ok., and Donna and David Smith of Clearwater; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his good friends, Joe, Bob, Josh and Neville.


John Robert ‘Bob’ Ware

John Robert “Bob” Ware, 59, of Jacksonville and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 1 at his Barlow Hunting Club home near Meredosia. Ill. He was born Oct. 28, 1953, in Joliet, Ill., the son of Richard and Maysel Jones Ware. He was married Dec. 28, 1974, to Cheryl Watson.

Mr. Ware was a 1971 graduate of Jacksonville High School, where he excelled in athletics and holds several track and field records. He was inducted into the JHS Hall of Fame in 1988. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he took part in track and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

He joined his family’s business, Ware Oil Company (Wareco) in 1974, and remained there as vice-president of operations until 2001.

Mr. Ware spent winters in Florida with his family and served as vice-president of the Westbay Cove South condominium association, Holmes Beach. He loved golf and fishing, and was instrumental in the development of the Barlow Hunting Club. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers.

A celebration of life was held in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation or Ducks Unlimited. Airsman-Hires Williamson Funeral Homes in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made online at

Mr. Ware is survived by wife Cheryl; daughters Abby and husband David Nagel of St. Louis and Kelly and husband, John Armour of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, John Robert “Jack” Armour and Ruth Sophia Armour, both of Nashville, Tenn.; father Richard and wife, Anne Ware, sister Vickie and husband Danny Brooks, brother Jim and wife, Leslie, all of Jacksonville; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

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