Obituaries – 05-01-2013

Dr. John H. Deam

Dr. John H. Deam, 87, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died April 21. He was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Reading, Pa.

He attended Birdsboro High School, Albright College and Thomas Jefferson University-Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He served two years in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist’s mate 2nd class and received the Victory Medal.

Dr. Deam established his medical practice on Anna Maria Island in 1960. He was chief of staff for Manatee Hospital in 1975. He was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Key Royale Club, Sons of the American Revolution and the Manatee Medical Society. He was an avid golfer and fisherman.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Dr. Deam is survived by his sister, Dorothy Thompson, of Palm City, Fla.; children David, M.D., and his wife Gail of Spring Hill, Fla., Donna and husband James Hitchings of Woking, England, Douglas, D.D.S., and wife Ann of Miami, and Debra and husband Bill Sanders of Bradenton; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Frances M. Lundy

Frances M. Sambula Lundy, 83, of Charleroi, Pa., died April 17. She was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Yugoslavia to the late George and Anna Pakultis Sambula.

Mrs. Lundy was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Charleroi, Pa.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Lundy is survived by her sons, Chris of Anna Maria and Billy of Charleroi; brothers Jerome Sambula of Charleroi and George and wife Carol Sambula of Cleveland; many nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.


Thomas M. McGannon

Thomas M. McGannon, 85, of Holmes Beach and Ocean Beach, N.Y., died April 25. He moved with his wife to Holmes Beach in 1986.

Mr. McGannon served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport, where he later served on the board for many years and was given the status of life trustee. Following college, he joined Clopay Corporation, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. He later assumed the same position with the General Hardware Manufacturing Co. Inc. in New York.

He was a lifelong boater and fisherman and a founding member and former commodore of the Minuteman Yacht Club in Westport, Conn., and the Ocean Beach Yacht Club in New York.

Mr. McGannon is survived by his wife of 43 years, Valerie; sister Clare Costello of Easton, Pa.; daughter Susan Emery of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; son Thomas Houghton and wife Janet Caldwell Noakes; and granddaughters Maggie and Molly, all of Wilmington, N.C.


Donald W. Meals

Donald W. Meals, 90, of Holmes Beach, died April 22. He was born June 5, 1922, in Carlisle, Pa.

Mr. Meals graduated from Carlisle High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. He served from 1943 to 1945 with the U.S. Army 94th Infantry division and landed in Normandy and fought through Brittany and into Germany. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and received a Purple Heart for injuries received during the Battle of the Bulge.

He married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Briner, in 1946 in Carlisle, Pa.

Further education in psychology and management led to a doctorate degree in 1950 from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the Operations Research Office of Johns Hopkins University in the 1950s, providing support for the U.S. Army. He became director of the Combat Operations Research Group and led war gaming and field experimentation involving early computer simulations. He later joined TechOps Inc. in Hampton, Va., as vice president for system sciences where he managed similar work for the U.S. Air Force. At that time, he and his family moved to Lexington, Mass.

He later joined the Raytheon Corporation, where he worked to apply emerging technologies to the fields of education and training. In 1966, he joined Arthur D. Little of Cambridge, Mass., as a senior consultant.

He taught management subjects in an MBA program of the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute, and assisted in founding the Merrimack Education Center, where he remained on the board of directors for many years.

He worked extensively in the United States and overseas, developing management and training systems for public and private organizations until his retirement in the 1990s. Work took him to more than 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. He was an intrepid traveler, who immersed himself in local culture and explored his surroundings with insatiable curiosity.

He divided his time between homes in Bedford, Mass., and Holmes Beach on retirement, and he continued to volunteer as a consultant at MEC. He was a member of the board of directors of the Literacy Council of Manatee County.

His son described him as an intelligent, intensely curious man who exemplified responsibility, leadership and service. Throughout his life, he was gregarious, cheerful, kind and overly fond of puns. He was a true member of the Greatest Generation.

A private memorial service is planned. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC

He enjoyed hobbies and was an avid beekeeper, woodworker and gardener with a passion for orchids and hybridizing daylilies. He was a member of the Key Royale Club. He enjoyed Dixieland jazz, Gilbert & Sullivan and classic opera.

Mr. Meals is survived by his son, Donald W. Jr. and wife Mary Sullivan of Burlington, Vt.; daughter Jennifer and husband Jeffrey Kalajian of Kinnelon, N.J.; grandchildren Kaela Sullivan and Tom and Lisa Kalajian; and his partner of 13 years, Marian Kennedy, of Florida, and her family, Charles and Michele Nash and Drs. Marilyn and Andrew Wilking.


Betty Lee Myers

Betty Lee Myers, 95, of Bradenton and formerly of Anna Maria, died April 14. She was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Centerville, Ohio. She was one of three daughters born to Floyd and Faye Rose Davison. She was raised in Toledo, Ohio, where she later met her late husband, Mead T. Myers.

The couple started visiting Anna Maria when Mead’s father, John C. “Bops” Myers, built a home on North Shore Drive in the early 1950s. They became fulltime residents in the 1970s.

They enjoyed the island’s beautiful beaches, laid-back lifestyle, awesome sunsets and friendly people.

During the 1960s and ’70s, Mead and Betty and their five children vacationed on the island. Sunburns and sandcastles were ever present.

Mrs. Myers will be missed and the island has lost an ambassador, in her words, for “an island paradise,” according to a friend.

A celebration of life is being planned for late May on the beach in Anna Maria. The family asks those interested in attending to email John D. Myers at

Mrs. Myers is survived by her children, Mead Jr., John, David, James and Sally; five grand-children and four great-grand-children.


Peter F. Patall

Peter F. Patall, 67, of Holmes Beach, died April 20. He was born March 20, 1946, Rochester, N.Y.

Mr. Patall moved to Anna Maria Island on retiring as a professor of psychology at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., where he taught four decades of students. He was a Renaissance man, having been an accomplished academic, real estate investor and musician.

There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at his home at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238, or the American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Alliance.

Mr. Patall is survived by wife Maggie; daughter Erika and husband Asa Hursh; son Peter A.; granddaughter Corrine Hursh; sister Emily and husband Dan David; brother-in-law Thomas and wife Michele Worden; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.



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