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Date of Issue: May 06, 2009

Obituaries

William James ‘Bill’ Gibson

William James “Bill” Gibson, 94, of Holmes Beach, died April 28.

Born at Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y., Mr. Gibson moved to Manatee County in 1957. He owned and operated a gas station in Bradenton, did the milk routes for Hood’s Dairy and later Pet Dairy from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota until his retirement in 1980. He worked on Wall Street as a runner and at a box plant in the 1930s, then joined Krug Baking Company. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he oversaw the construction of LST 1022, which served in the Pacific Theater during the war, including the re-supply of the Marines at Iwo Jima and the invasion of Okinawa Ginto in June 1945. He was an avid bowler and golfer, and won many league championships. He was an usher, later head usher, at St. Bernard Catholic Church for more than 40 years. In 2001, at age 85, he had a hole-in-one at the Palma Sola Golf Course. In 2002, at age 86, he climbed the 219 steps of the Anastasia Light House at St. Augustine. He left many friends around the county, especially from the Palma Sola Golf Club, Duffy’s Tavern, the Beach House and the Sandbar restaurants, where he was a regular over the years.

Viewing and services were May 1 at the Bradenton Funeral Home. Graveside services May 2 at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. A Catholic Mass for the Dead will be at 10:30 a.m. May 13 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

He is survived by daughter Pamela N. of Holmes Beach and many nieces and nephews.

 

Ruth Sabarese Knudson

Ruth Sabarese Knudson, 81, of Bradenton Beach and formerly Long Island, N.Y., died April, 29.

Mrs. Knudson was born in Elmhurst, N.Y. She worked in accounting for J. Walter Thompson Advertising in Manhattan.

 Memorial services will be at noon Sunday, May 17, at Roser Memorial Community Church Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to Floral Park United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Ave., Floral Park NY 11001, Roser Memorial Community Church or Salvation Army of Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by son Robert and his wife, Lucy; daughter Haley; brother Dwight Sabarese and wife Elizabeth; and niece Danielle.

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