Obituaries – 03-21-2018

David William Ambut

David William Ambut, 61, of Anna Maria Island, died March 12.

He was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Chicago.

In 1988 he moved his family, including parents Anthony and Josephine, to Anna Maria Island and began his career with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer. He was promoted to corporal, sergeant and lieutenant.

After a 24-year career, lifelong friendships and countless stories and camaraderie, he retired in January 2012 as the administrative lieutenant at the MSCO Corrections Bureau.

He was never one to turn away a friend in need — especially if that friend needed to have a beer (or two) at one of his hangouts in Anna Maria.

He enjoyed the company of friends and family more than anything. He joined the Anna Maria Island Privateers, his “pirate family,” in 2008 and earned his nickname “Tattoo” for his tattoo work.

In March 2011, he met Amy Lynn Trzebiatowski at Feeling Swell in Anna Maria and aboard the Privateers’ boat/float, the Skullywag. By the end of the weekend they had fallen head-over-heels in love.

In December 2016, they married.

He was always welcoming to friends and family with a big hug or pat on the back, and a laugh that made people forget they had anywhere else to go.

Visitation will be 3-4 p.m. Friday, March 23, followed by the service at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. A potluck reception will follow at Bortell’s Lounge, 10002 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The family encourages “beach casual.”  Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Ambut is survived by wife Amy; children Jeff and wife Amanda of Bradenton and Chris of Hawaii; step-children Anthony and Ava of Woodbury, Minnesota; brother Tony and wife Kathleen of Hawaii.



Melissa Summers

Melissa Missy Elizabeth (Babcock) Summers, 61, of Anna Maria Island, died March 13. She was born March 26, 1956, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to Hattie Wolfe and the late Jack Babcock.

She was a registrar at Moody Elementary School, Bradenton, until retiring in 2012.

She was the loving partner of Mikhail Babskiy.

A celebration of life will be private. Sound Choice Cremation & Burials in Bradenton is in charge of arrangments.

Survivors include daughters Sarah and Megan; grandchildren Landen Crawford and Wulfgang Abel; and Babskiy.

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