Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 09-14-2016

Matthew ‘Matt’ Behan Matthew “Matt” Behan, 82, of Bradenton, died Sept. 5. He was born July 31, 1934, in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Christopher and Esther (Foster) Behan. He grew up in Secaucus, New Jersey with four brothers, Martin, James, Christopher and Patrick. He served in the U.S. Army 1954-56 in Germany. On April 27, […]

Obituaries – 09-07-2016

Louis D. Figari Louis D. Figari, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 25. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, March 15, 1950, to Marie and Louis Figari Sr. He lived in Closter, New Jersey, for 32 years, where he attended Northern Valley Regional High School. He graduated from LaSalle University in […]

Obituaries – 08-31-2016

Josephine ‘Josey’ Coarsey Josephine ‘Josey’ Coarsey, 92, of Cortez, has died. She was born in White Haven, Pennsylvania, to Chester and Julie Okrasinski and moved to Cortez 72 years ago. She was married to Wyman Coarsey for 72 years and she raised six children. Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral & Crematory in Bradenton. […]

Obituaries – 08-24-2016

Emma S. Cayo Emma S. Cayo, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Aug 15. Born in Cuba, she moved to Holmes Beach in 1986 from Lakeland and attended St. Bernard Catholic Church. Mass was celebrated Aug. 18 at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge […]

Obituaries – 08-17-2016

Ruth Louise Starke Burkhead Ruth Burkhead, died Aug. 7 at age 100. She was born March 20, 1916. She was a long-time resident of Holmes Beach, as well as a resident of Arcadia in Michigan, Evanston in Illinois, and Marine on St. Croix in Minnesota. Since July 2015, she resided at Colby’s Orchard House, Frankfort, […]

Obituaries – 08-10-2016

Judith Ruth Augsburger Judith Ruth Augsburger, 82, died Aug. 2, in Bluffton, Ohio. She was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Cortez, to the late John L. and Mamie Ruth (Bonnell) McDonald. Raised in a commercial fishing family, she grew up eating mullet that her father provided from fishing and it was her favorite meal along […]

Obituaries – 08-03-2016

Rick Grice leaves art legacy on island By Dee Graham Special to The Islander       Richard Allen Grice, 60, died July 23 in Bradenton. He was a 34-year resident of Holmes Beach and an artist known for his mixed-media, collages and provocative works. A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Grice studied art at Gaston College […]

Obituaries – 07-20-2016

Daniel Laurance Lord Daniel Laurance Lord, 67, of Cortez, died July 10. was born May 15, 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He move to Florida in his early 20s and instantly transformed into a true Floridian. His love for food propelled him to become a fixture on the island restaurant scene. He also had a passion […]