Obituaries – 06-20-2018

Holmes Beach honors partner, former Waste Pro liaison

Bob Baublitz volunteers at the grill, cooking burgers and dogs for the Holmes Beach Night Out event held on the field adjacent to city hall. Islander Photo: Courtesy Chief Bill Tokajer

By Terry O’Connor

Islander Reporter

Waste-collection workers tend to be noticed only if the garbage piles up.

The late Bob Baublitz, former lead operations supervisor for Waste Pro in Manatee County and an adjunct Holmes Beach city employee, broke the mold.

He used an outgoing personality seasoned with a great sense of humor to make a difference in Holmes Beach and beyond, according to Commissioner Pat Morton, who worked closely with Baublitz.

“He always tried to think positive about things,” Morton said. “His passing, it’s a really sad thing to lose a friend. It’s sad but he’s in a lot better place than he was down here. He was a good man.”

Born July 24, 1956, Robert E. “Bob” Baublitz, 61, of Bradenton, died June 8 after a short battle with cancer.

Morton announced at a May 22 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting that Baublitz had taken an early medical retirement.

A letter sent May 29 by Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson reflected the high regard Baublitz inspired at city hall.

“The city of Holmes Beach was deeply saddened to learn of your recent retirement, and it is important to us that you know just how much we appreciate you as a faithful and loyal member of our staff at the city of Holmes Beach,” Johnson wrote.

Baublitz and Morton are credited with expediting the Holmes Beach recovery from Hurricane Irma damages in September 2017.

Morton said while some took issue with the speed of debris clearance, no one could have worked harder than Baublitz on behalf of residents.

“He was top-shelf with Irma,” he said. “We all caught flak over it. But he did an excellent job. He had Holmes Beach totally in his heart on that. I know other companies wish they had a guy like him.”

Morton said Baublitz was “an honest guy.”

“He was here for the city like it was more personal than this is just another corporate job,” Morton said. “He was always Johnny on the spot for calling me back.”

Johnson wrote Baublitz was the key to making the city franchise agreement work with Waste Pro. Johnson also praised Baublitz for Irma performance.

“We were the first to finish debris pickup in our region and the only company, Waste Pro, that submitted the proper documentation to FEMA securing our reimbursement,” Johnson wrote.
“We remember countless selfless deeds you have fulfilled for Holmes Beach residents and visitors,” Johnson wrote. “We thank you for the times you have sponsored city events with your fine culinary skills at the famous Waste Pro grill.”
Baublitz was a member of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 and Crime Stoppers. His hobbies included golf and grilling for family and friends.

“Bobby, you have made our city a better place to live and play,” concludes Johnson’s letter. “ You are honored and respected for all you have given us.”

A celebration of life was held June 16 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory Chapel, Bradenton.

Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Online condolences may be made at

Mr. Baublitz is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jaye-Lynn; sons Scott and wife Kelly and Brent and wife Samantha McConville; daughter Heather; mother Mildred; brother Sam; sisters Debbi Ross and Patricia Brooks; and grandchildren Dillan, Aydan and Addelyn.


Robert E. ‘Bob’ Dickinson

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Dickinson died June 6 in Holmes Beach.

He was born in Pittsburgh Jan. 19, 1934, to Roy Ezra and Atta (Hogaboom).

He was the last of five children.

He graduated from Dormont High School in 1951, the University of Pittsburgh in 1955 and Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1972.

After graduating from Pitt, he worked in the steel industry.

In 1968, he moved to Boston and went to law school at night at Suffolk University. Upon graduation, he worked as director of labor relations for the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts until 1984, when he practiced law until his retirement.

For many years, until fall 2008, he and his wife, Dorothy M. “Dotty” Dickinson, wintered in Holmes Beach and summered in East Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

In 2008, they became full-time residents of Florida.

They were members of the Key Royale Golf Club in Holmes Beach. For many years, they were members of Falmouth Newcomers and Encore clubs. He played golf for many years in East Falmouth and Sandwich.

They enjoyed biking the Shrining Sea Bikeway from Falmouth to Woods Hole and having lunch in Swope Hall in Woods Hole on Ell Pond. They were longtime members of the Falmouth Free Wheelers bike group and active members of the Square Riggers Square Dance Club and attended many conventions and raids on other clubs.

A celebration of life was held in Sandwich. A celebration of life also will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Shell Point Clubhouse, 6300 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach. A luncheon reception will follow. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida, 1600 Southwest Archer Road, Gainesville FL 32603; and Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.Condolences may be made to

He is survived by his stepson, Thomas J. Curtin; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Thomas Jr. and Michael; sister-in-law Helen Doherty; sister-in-law Gaye Carol Guinter and many nieces and nephews.


Julie Ann (Milks) Martin

Julie Ann (Milks) Martin, of Petersburg, Michigan and Bradenton Beach, died June 6.

Her final words were “perfect.”

She was a Christian and wanted it to be known not to blame God for her death but to praise him for the life she was given and celebrated.

She was born Sept. 10, 1963, in Adrian, Michigan. She attended Spring Arbor as well as UT College. She graduated with honors with a doctorate in law and criminal justice.

She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September 2017.

She was a fighter and spent her final time studying Scripture and writing to pass onto her loved ones. She was deeply loved and will be truly missed.

A celebration of life will be held in Petersburg. Any tributes should be made to Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton or Harvey Memorial Church in Bradenton Beach.

She is survived by her mother, Gloria Milks-Mayfield of Bradenton Beach; sister Janet Milks-Puska of Iron River, Michigan; husband Charlie; son Raymond and his wife Heather of Toledo, Ohio; son Shawn; and grandchildren Maverick and Jayden of Petersburg.

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