Obituaries – 06-14-2017

Janet L. FitzGerald

Janet L. FitzGerald of Holmes Beach died June 4. She was born in Ohio, the daughter of Esther Cain and Richard Murdock.

The family moved to the Tampa area in the 1970s.

Upon graduating high school, she attended Hillsborough Community College. She worked in the insurance field for almost 25 years and obtained the title of chartered property casualty underwriter.

After leaving the insurance profession, she worked as a data research analyst at Nielsen Media for several years in both the Sarasota and Tampa area.

She was an active member of Christ Church of Longboat Key and was involved in many of their committees and outreach programs.

A Mass will be held at Christ Church of Longboat Key at a future date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228. Condolences may be made online to

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Kevin; mother Esther Cain of Temple Terrace; Robert “Bobbie” Scott, her mother’s life partner; father Richard of Savannah, Georgia; and brother David of Tampa


Ruth Elizabeth Parrish Myrick

Ruth Elizabeth Parrish Myrick, 100, of Holmes Beach, died June 4.

She was a direct descendent of the historic Parrish family for which the town is named.

She was born in Parrish March 1, 1917, to the late Fred and Lenna Cecil Parrish.

She attended school in Parrish and Palmetto, graduating from Palmetto High School in 1935. After graduation, she moved to Tampa and attended Brewster’s Business School.

In 1941, she married Whitt Clifton Myrick. They lived in Tampa until his death in 1972.

Soon after, she retired from Southwest Water Management, where she had worked for 35 years and moved to Holmes Beach.

She was a lifelong member of the Parrish United Methodist Church, where her family was one of the founding families. She volunteered for many years with the Thrift Cottage at the church.

A celebration of life was held at Parrish United Methodist Church in Parrish. Private interment was at Fortner Cemetery in Parrish. Memorial donations may be made to the Parrish United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 375, Parrish FL 34219. Condolences may be made online at shannonfuneralhomes.

Mrs. Myrick was the last of her immediate family of eight siblings, all having preceded her in death. She opened her home to her family, especially nieces and nephews.


William C. Seward

William C. Seward, 71, of Holmes Beach, died June 2.

Griffith Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at

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