Anastasia “Sheila” Murphy Cassidy of Bradenton, born in 1923, died Nov. 17. She raised her family and lived on Anna Maria Island for many years.
She was Catholic and a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church. As one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II, she was a proud member of VFW Post 10141 and American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 and spent several years as a member of the honor guard, serving at military funerals. It was a great source of pride for her to serve at the funerals of her fellow servicemen and women, having served one year at 99 services.
Her closest friends throughout her life were the women with whom she served.
Mrs. Cassidy was a voracious reader and a talented needle worker and seamstress, winning a blue ribbon at the Manatee County Fair for a cross-stitch design she created for her eldest grandson. She loved music and dancing and fabulous high heels. To the end, she wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to dance.
A memorial service will be held with full military honors at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the VFW Post 10141, 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Donations may be made to Honor Flight of West Central Florida, P.O. Box 55661, St. Petersburg FL 33732, or Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Dept 560, Washington DC 20042-0560.
Mrs. Cassidy is survived by her children, Vince and wife Bernadette, Maureen, Robyn and husband Michael Dowd, Theresa and husband Pat Collins, Kevin and wife Jenny, Nora and husband Mike Davis and Kelly and Kelley Quinn, 12 grandchildren. She also is survived by Betty Martini, the last surviving member of her Coast Guard friends and a beloved circle of friends from VFW Post 10141.
Tracy Hatfield, 79, of Lakewood Ranch, died Nov. 11. He was born in Majestic, Ky., and moved to Bradenton in 1981 from New Jersey.
He was a veteran of the submarine service in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1957. He was past district governor of Rotary, vice president of Spartan Oil Co. of N.J., and he once owned Island Foods in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.
There will be no local service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Hatfield is survived by wife Sandra; foster son Christopher of West Palm Beach; daughters Karen Joy of Lakewood Ranch, Andrea Adams of Bradenton and Linda of Bradenton; foster daughter Lisa and husband Steve Loomis of West Palm Beach; brother Earl Scott of Lincoln, Neb.; sister Meleta Sammons of Columbus, Ohio; and three grandchildren.