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Date of Issue: May 26, 2005

Obituary

Robert David Kelly

Robert David Kelly, 87, of Anna Maria, died May 22.

Born in Port Chester, N.Y., Mr. Kelly served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

He is survived by wife of 54 years Marion, daughters Maureen Gardiner of Missouri and Kathy Van Alst of Pensacola; son Robert of Massachusetts; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Curtis Pigott

Curtis Pigott, 87, of Holmes Beach, died May 19.

Born in Ellenton, Mr. Pigott was retired as superintendent of Florida Power & Light after 45 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and of the Circle K at Manatee Community College. He was also involved with many softball leagues in  Manatee County for many years and played semi-pro baseball.

Memorial services were May 24 at Mansion Memorial Funeral Home, Ellenton, with military honors provided by Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24, Bradenton.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Dorothy; sons Jeff of Harrisburg, Pa., and Buddy of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Patricia Lawton of Wesley Chapel; brother Jimmy of Jacksonville; sisters Annie Ruth Kelly of Tavares, Alma Louise Turner of Jacksonville and Mary Lee Brooks of Fort Myers; nine grandchildren; seven great-granchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Daniel Edwin Sheehan

Daniel Edwin Sheehan, 62, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died May 19.

Mr. Sheehan was founder and co-owner of Van-Go Painting Inc.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

He is survived by business and life partner Bill Chamberlain; son Daniel of Columbus, Ga.; daughter Eleanor of Orlando; sister Regina Sheehan Moser of East Brunswick, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

Jon A. Thornburg

Jon A. Thornburg, 81, of Bradenton, died May 17.

Born in Wayne County, Ind., Mr. Thornburg was a retired postal inspector. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a certified P.S.E. operator.

Mr. Thornburg was a founding member of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, past president of the Island Garden Club, and a member of the American Legion.

"He was a good cook," said Artist's Guild President Peggy Potter, adding that he won critical acclaim not only for his cooking but also for his prima color pencil sketches, for which he became a well-known Florida artist whose work in historical landscapes grace homes and businesses throughout the country. He was also an accomplished photographer.

He and wife Mercedes helped make the holiday open house at the Island Shopping Center at Marina and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach an annual event, and Mr. Thornburg never failed to serve as Santa Claus for the enjoyment of young and old alike.

Memorial services were May 22 in Blue Springs, Mo. Memorial services will be held locally June 11 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with a time to be announced later. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 27 years Mercedes; sons Jon of Plano, Texas, Jay C. and Jeff, both of Blue Springs, and Joe of Wellington, Mo.; daughters Becki Lowry of Centerview, Mo., Georgia Coats of Garfield, Ark., Gloria Hickman of Riverside, Mo., Gina Chavez and Glida Brinkley, both of Blue Springs; sisters Judie McIntire of Brockwell, Ohio, Bernice Mercer and Bliss Price, both of Englewood, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Doris R. Warner

Doris R. Warner, 81, of Bradenton, died May 17.

Mrs. Warner came to Manatee County from Woodbury, N.J., in 1958. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Island Baptist Church, Anna Maria City.

She is survived by daughter Lynn Prouty of Bradenton, son Richard of Houston, Texas, and five grandchildren.

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