Obituaries – 05-02-2018

Charles George Liddle

Charles George Liddle, 82, doctor of veterinary medicine, died on Anna Maria Island.

He was born in Detroit.

He earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and master’s degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester.

He also served in the public health service.

He and wife Beverly celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Dr. Liddle loved music and played in the Michigan State marching band, the Washington Redskins marching band, the Alpine Orchestra, the Little German Band, the Manatee Concert Band and the Jazz Band in Colorado.

Arrangements are by Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Condolences may be shared at rfhr.com.

Dr. Liddle is survived by wife Beverly; children Robert and wife Julie of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Paul of West Palm Beach; and grandchildren Wesslen and Cassidy.

 

Gil Lucas

Gil Lucas of Holmes Beach and Bradenton died April 22.

He was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Swissvale, Pennsylvania.

He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War before attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he met the love of his life, Suzanne McClements.

In Pennsylvania, they raised their family in Edgewood, where Mr. Lucas was active at the Edgewood Community Club and a big supporter of the town’s high school sports teams. He was a member of Alcoma Country Club and enjoyed playing golf.

Later, in retirement, he joined the Bradenton Country Club and continued to be welcomed into many foursomes.

He was passionate about sports, family and friends. He never missed the opportunity to tell a great story and was an enthusiastic supporter of all Pittsburgh sports teams. Famously, his wife joked that her ashes should be spread at Pitt Stadium so he would visit her at least six times every fall.

He held sales and marketing positions with the Pittsburgh Condors, Pittsburgh Hornets and Pittsburgh Triangles, a charter franchise of World Team Tennis.

A longtime member and officer of the Pittsburgh Radio & Television Club, now the Media Association of Pittsburgh, he held positions with TV 11 and 53 in Pittsburgh, as well as Tele-Communications Inc.

He was considered a pioneer in the early days of cable television, brought one of the first cable TVproviders to Pittsburgh and was the creator of the city’s first all-sports cable network.

When he retired in 1999, he and wife Suzanne moved full-time to Holmes Beach, where they had previously spent many spring training seasons entertaining baseball players, KBL sponsors and advertisers, friends and family. Their beach home was open to visitors and a popular spot for friends to gather.

He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, movies and general trivia. Even in his last days, he fired trivia questions at his visitors and caregivers.

Anyone who spent more than 15 minutes with him felt like his favorite. He was kind, generous and fiercely proud of his children and their spouses, showered his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love, tickets to sporting events and endless scoops of ice cream and never hesitated to help a friend in need, especially if his friend needed tickets to a game or entrance to a golf course.

Donations may be sent to Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228. A memorial service, followed by a reception in the church hall, will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 7, at Christ Church. An additional celebration of his life will take place in Pittsburgh in mid-July. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include Kim and Burt Young; Gary and Wendy Lucas; Abby Rath; Becky and Doug Spirak; Molly Brown; and their children and grandchildren.

 

Margaret A. Mowry

Margaret A. Mowry, 86, of Holmes Beach, died April 22. She was born March 13, 1932, in Middlebranch, Ohio, to Achillo and Concetta Rainieri.

Margaret married husband Earl in January 1953 and they moved to Florida, where they owned and operated Island TV in Holmes Beach for more than 40 years.

She was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach and the St. Bernard women’s guild.

She also belonged to St. Francis Church in Franklin, North Carolina.

A Funeral Mass was to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach. The Manasota Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mowry is survived by her husband of 65 years, Earl; sons Patrick and wife Becky and Richard Mowry, all of Bradenton; grandchildren Christopher, Crista, Denise and Jennifer and Christie Mulherin; siblings Florence and husband Tony DeGirolmo, John and wife Betty Rainieri, Joe Rainieri, Veronica Priest and Nancy Rainieri.

 

John Franklin Reed Jr.

John Franklin Reed Jr., 75, of Bradenton Beach, died April 22.

Mr. Reed, a twin and the oldest of five boys, was born March 30, 1943, to the late John F. Reed and Ann Walter Reed in St. Louis.

He attended Andrew Ward High School in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he played football. He was a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi.

He had a long, varied and colorful career in sales, primarily as a manufacturer’s representative.

He enjoyed spending time with his “gene pool,” being on the golf course with his buddies, sharing “remember when” stories, telling jokes and talking football, especially Ol’ Miss Football.

In his retirement, he moved to his waterfront paradise in Bradenton Beach, where he served as a member of the Scenic WAVES advisory committee. He loved walking the beach, watching the sunset and listening to classic country music.

No formal service is planned. The family asks that friends celebrate Mr. Reed in their loving memories of him. Interment will be in Lake Forest Cemetery in Grand Haven, Michigan, where he and his companion, former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson, met in 1957.

Mr. Reed is survived by his children, Jeffrey and wife Kim, Matthew and wife Anne, Alison and husband Denny; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Jim, Tom, Bill and Bob; and an enormous and loving extended family, as well as his middle-school sweetheart and companion, Janie Robertson, former Bradenton Beach commissioner, her family and a multitude of dear friends.

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