Else Sotire Young, 93, of Holmes Beach, died March 20.
She was born and educated in Denmark. She studied book research, which included the buying, selling, evaluation and care of books. She pursued this passion all her life.
She owned the Book and Specialty Shop in Cashiers, N.C., for more than 25 years before retiring to Anna Maria Island.
She was frequently seen riding a red mobility scooter in Holmes Beach, maintaining her independence and joy of life. She is missed and cherished by many friends, and our gratitude goes to her compassionate caregiver, Jane Rodgers.
Gertrude “Trudy” Price Horigan, 78, died April 7. She was born July 26, 1935.
She met John Horigan in high school 63 years ago and they married in 1957. They moved from Winter Haven to Anna Maria Island in 1998 and became active in the community. She was a creative person and was able to express her love of the arts through the Monday Painters. She bought and sold sewing goods and textiles from various parts of the world at different venues on the island. She enjoyed antiquing and world travels to visit kids and grandkids.
Mrs. Horigan was committed to service, assisting, learning and contributing in the art community, All Island Denominations, both Roser Memorial Community Church and its thrift store, Cultural Connections, Our Daily Bread and Boa Sisterhood of Chapter 114.
She took time everyday to visit the beach and take in the sun and the sand. She sent all her family updates and cards proclaiming her joy of living on Anna Maria Island.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mrs. Horigan is survived by her devoted husband of 56 years, John; children Aileen, Kerry, James, Garret and Margaret; and 14 grandchildren.
Edith “Marion” Kennedy, 97, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died March, 25. She was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, having moved there in 1973 from White Plains, N.Y., and had moved to Freedom Village two years ago.
She was a graduate of Packer Collegiate Institute and New York University with a degree in psychology and biology. When World War II developed, she sought an active role and joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a former U.S. Army Air Corp unit. She trained in Sweetwater, Texas, flying military aircraft to relieve male pilots for active combat roles. After the war, she continued her service as a member of the Civil Air Patrol in New York, providing instruction in meteorology and navigation. Her service in the military and her love of flying were some of the happiest times of her life.
She was employed as an executive and research assistant in a variety of industries after the war. She married Henry B. Nash in 1948 and they raised two children in White Plains, N.Y.
During those years, she was a homemaker and public relations assistant at General Foods. Following the death of Mr. Nash in 1972, she married a John A. “Jack” Kennedy, and they moved to Holmes Beach.
She began volunteering at New College Library, South Florida Museum and Manatee County Literacy Council.
She enjoyed sailing, swimming in the Gulf and golf at the Key Royale Club.
Mr. Kennedy died in 1997 and she moved to Westbay Point and Moorings where she met Donald Meals, her beloved companion until his death in 2013.
While in their 80s, they flew in a hot air balloon and glider in New England.
They shared volunteering at the Literacy Council of Manatee County and a love of travel, adventure, opera and symphony.
A memorial service will be planned at a later time.
Mrs. Kennedy is survived by son Charles Nash and wife Michele of Voluntown, Conn.; daughter Marilyn and husband Andrew Wilking of Houston and Walpole, N.H.; and granddaughters Emma, Juliana,and Betsy Wilking of Houston and Dallas. She also is missed by Mr. Meal’s children: son Don Jr. of Burlington, Vt.; and daughter Jennifer Kalajian of Kinnelon, N.J.
Dennis Russell Robarts
Dennis Russell Robarts, 62, of Wauchula, died April 5. He was born Oct. 27, 1951, to Wilfrid T. Robarts, namesake of the Robarts Sports Arena in Sarasota, and Bonnie Bessie Ellis Robarts of Sarasota. He moved to Wauchula in 1997.
Mr. Robarts was the owner of Robarts Family Funeral Home until 2012, retiring for health reasons. He was a member at First Baptist Church of Wauchula.
He served in the Bradenton Beach Police Department 1983-88 and was the police chief in 1985-86.
Mr. Robarts was remembered this week by Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, who said, “He was the best. He was a mentor to me, and he got me started on my career.”
Mr. Robarts also was a former deputy with Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and former member of Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Board. He held memberships with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and Sons of Confederacy. He was a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy.
Visitation was April 10 at Robarts Garden Chapel, 529 W. Main St., Wauchula. Service was April 11 at First Baptist Church of Wauchula, with interment in Wauchula Cemetery.
Mr. Robarts is survived by son, Dennis R. II and wife Summer of Wauchula; grandchildren Alexandra and Russell; brothers Donald and wife Denise of Bradenton, Thomas and wife Barb of Sarasota, Henry of North Carolina and Jerry of Defuniak Springs; sisters Patricia of Sarasota, Arlene Thompson and husband Jack of Naples, and Anne Marie Hollan and husband John of Jacksonville.
Joshua Robert Matice
Joshua Robert Matice, 42, died April 7. He was born April 8, 1972, in St. Johns, Mich.
He first came to Anna Maria Island in time to start second-grade at Anna Maria Elementary School. He participated in youth center activities, including soccer, baseball and basketball. He attended Roser Memorial Community Church and participated in the youth group.
He was a cub scout. While attending King Middle School, he united islanders and towners. He also was co-emcee for the KMS Hands Across America Music Jamboree. While attending Manatee High School, he found his passion for cooking while working for the original Mr. Bones restaurant in Holmes Beach.
After graduating from MHS, he attended New England Institute in West Palm, Fla., in the culinary arts school and interned with a renowned Paris chef at the country club in Boynton Beach.
Upon returning to the island, he worked at a number of eateries, as well as in Bradenton and Sarasota. He then went to upstate New York where he opened the Corn House Restaurant as manager and chef. Upon returning again to the island, he helped re-open the City Pier Restaurant, and then began a career as a rep for Orlando Seafood Co., helping expand its business to the west coast. He spent some time consulting and then returned to his first passion, cooking. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bayfront Park, Anna Maria. There will be a short service at sunset.
Mr. Matice is survived by his sons, Canaan and Quentin; daughter Cheyanne; fiance Lindsey Saritzer; brother Zach and Jennie and Noah of White Lake, Mich.; step-sister Betsy McMullin and Ken and Jenna of Cortland, N.Y.; step-brother Rob Oliver and Aly, Jaye and Elle of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and mother Valerie of Anna Maria.