Obituaries – 05-22-2013

Anthony ‘Tony’ Castellano

Anthony “Tony” Castellano, 95, of Bradenton, was born May 8, 1917. He died May 6, two days short of his 96th birthday.

Mr. Castellano grew up in Hoboken, N.J. He served 3 years and 6 months in the Pacific during World War II with the 542nd Engineer Boat Battalion in the U.S. Army Amphibian Division. Returning from service, he became a sales representative for Chevrolet. He retired to Bradenton and served as a security guard at Freedom Village and the Players Club. He was an avid fisherman and loved gardening.

He was a 30-year member of the Anna Maria City Pier Regulars, meeting and fishing weekly with other “old timer” Pier Regulars, according to president Doug Terry. “Capt. Tony’s name is memorialized on one of the planks of the new city pier walkway,” said Terry, adding that the membership dedicated the plank in his honor in 2011.

He was a past commador of the Sarastoa Yacht Club.

No service is planned.

Mr. Castellano is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn; son Richard; daughter Rose Mattran of Sarasota; and many nieces and nephews in Florida and New Jersey.


Alice (Kroll) Georges

Alice (Kroll) Georges, 95, a lifelong resident of Lowell, Mass., died May 10. She was born Feb. 12, 1918, to the late Francis and Katherine (Chmaj) Kroll.

She was a 1936 graduate of Lowell High School and was employed with Lowell Shoe for more than 30 years, retiring in 1982. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching Duke University play basketball. She enjoyed reading, bingo, cooking and baking.

She was married 72 years to the late Paul “Apples” Georges.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 16 at Holy Trinity Polish Church in Lowell, Mass. Memorial donations may be made to Elder Services of Merrimack Valley Inc., Development Office, 360 Merrimack St., Building 5, Lawrence MA 01843. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Georges is survived by sons Paul and wife Rosemary of Bradenton Beach, and Francis and wife Rita of Lowell; daughters Ann and husband James Connors of Hampton, N.H., and Betty and husband Leo Dumont Jr. of Hudson, N.H.; brother Frank Kroll of Northboro, Mass.; grandchildren Paula Hamel, James Connors, Lisa Toohey, Jason, Leo Dumont III, Tracie, Frank and Maria; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


David S. Gidley

David Sommers Gidley, 70, of Cortez, died April 30. He was born Nov. 2, 1941, in Schenectady, N.Y., to the late Harley J. Gidley and Barbara M. (Moynihan) Gidley.

He graduated in 1960 from Niskayuna High School and obtained an appointment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1964 in marine engineering.

Mr. Gidley sailed for two years as a Merchant Marine and achieved appointment in the U.S. Navy as an ensign. He worked for 19 years in Florham Park, N.J., at the General Electric Industrial Sales Division, as district sales manager. He also served GE as sales manager in the large motor and generator department in Schenectady, N.Y.; sales engineer in Farmington, Conn., and Detroit. On leaving GE, he worked for the Shrack Company and later for the Farr Company as vice president of sales.

He was a sailor and a seaman. He loved the sea and was drawn to it all his life. He loved the outdoors and spent many enjoyable hours fishing and hiking in the Adirondacks. He retired to Cortez, saying it was the most beautiful place in the world — and he had traveled widely during his career.

There will be no public service. Memorial donations may be made to the Kings Point Alumni Association or USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, P.O. Box 222011, Great Neck NY 11022.

Mr. Gidley is survived by his children, Barbara H. and husband Todd Drapola of Phoenix, N.Y., Susan E. and husband David Arthur of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Matthew P. and wife Kathy of Atlanta, and David C. of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; sisters, Deborah Hogan of Schenectady and Pamela Russell of Sea Crest, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.


Larry J. Swab

Larry J. Swab died May 12.

Mr. Swab and wife Jill moved to Anna Maria in 2007 from Bellbrook, Ohio, joining his sister Patty Hunt and partner Leslie Vandenberg as residents of Anna Maria.

He enjoyed fishing, walking his dogs, kayaking and the Florida sunshine.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends. Condolences may be made online at Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.


Robert Vernon Weston

Robert Vernon Weston, 71, of Holmes Beach, died April 24 in Bradenton. He was born Oct. 27, 1941, in Charleston, S.C., to the late Vernon and Mary Weston.

He graduated Sewanee: The University of the South and Stanford University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and earned his doctorate degree. He was awarded the prestigious postgraduate Wallace Stegner Fellowship.

Mr. Weston had a career as director of human resources in the high-tech industry in California where he lived with his family more than 40 years.

He was a poet, writer, teacher and beloved member of the Breakthrough Men’s Community in Monterey, Calif. Most recently, he was certified as a neural somatic integration practitioner. His passions spanned photography, travel, music, healing and meditation.

A celebration of life was held May 18 in Charleston, S.C. Condolences may be made to Joy at 506 68th St., Beach, FL 34217-1203, and memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Mr. Weston is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joy nee Anderson; brother Charles Wright; six children; five grandchildren; and a multitude of friends all over the world.

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