Celebration of life to honor ‘Bradenton Beach icon’

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Bradenton Beach resident Robert “Ohio Bob” McClannan receives a certificate of appreciation Dec. 1, 2016, from then-Mayor Bill Shearon for his service to the city. McClannan died May 8, 2017, in Ohio. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy

The Pines Trailer Park will host a celebration of life honoring Robert “Ohio Bob” McClannan at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, on the dock at the park, 103 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.

McClannan, 71, of Bradenton Beach, died May 8, 2017, when hit by an automobile while mowing his yard at his summer home in Piqua, Ohio.

He had visited Anna Maria Island since his childhood and resided at the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach, where his grandparents had lived before him. He was known for helping his neighbors in the park and picking up trash in the city while bicycling.

In December 2016, then-Mayor Bill Shearon issued a certificate of appreciation honoring McClannan for his service to the city.

“He was kind of a Bradenton Beach icon,” Shearon said.

— ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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