Obituaries – 03-27-2013

Nancy Christine Atkinson

Nancy Christine Atkinson, 90, of Holmes Beach, died March 9. She was born Aug. 4, 1922, in Collinsville, Ill., to the late George and Christine (Edwards) Kalbfleisch.

She moved to Manatee County in the late 1940s from St. Louis. She was an accomplished golfer, having won several tournaments at the Bradenton Country Club and at Highland Falls Country Club, Highland, N.C., where she and husband John Atkinson had a summer home.

Private family services are planned. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Atkinson is survived by husband John and daughter Christine and husband Steven Nelson of Bradenton.


Peter Louis Kenney

Peter Louis Kenney, 85, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Westport, Conn., died March 17. Mr. Kenney was a resident at Shell Point condominium in Holmes Beach, having moved in 2007 with his wife, Hap, to Anna Maria Island after a half century in Westport.

“Big Pete,” as he was known, was born April 10, 1927, in Waterbury, Conn., to the late Peter Kenney and Augusta Oswald.

Upon graduating from Cheshire Academy in 1945, Mr. Kenney entered the U.S. Army and was sent to Berlin in the closing days of World War II. As a language specialist, he was tasked with monitoring German broadcasts and later guarding Adolf Hitler’s bunker.

He graduated from Tufts University where he played football and then built a career as an electronics and lighting specialist, working for LTV, General Electric and Brazill Brothers, a New York lighting design company. He engineered lighting systems for many New York City landmarks, including Chelsea Pier and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

An avid sailor, he and his family restored a wooden hulled 45-foot gaffed-rigged cutter named “Moonraker,” which they often sailed on the New England coast. He also competed in many Long Island Sound sailboat races.

A private service was held March 18 at Shell Point condos. A memorial service is planned for later this year in Westport. Memorial donations may be made to Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236, or Wildlife Inc., 2207 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach FL 34217.

Mr. Kenney is survived by wife Hap; Erin Kenney of Stuart, Fla., Tegan Conlon of Redding Ridge, Conn., and Peter L. Kenney III of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and grandchildren Kate and Kiera Conlon, Brenden Becker and Maxwell and Gibson.



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