Obituaries – 11-07-2018

Joan E. Burke

Joan E. Burke (O’Donnell) died Oct. 20. She was born April 22, 1931, in Milford, Connecticut, to Hugh and Elizabeth (Lundy).

After working for Warner Lambert in Milford for 25 years, she retired in 1993 to Anna Maria Island, where she immersed herself in island life.

She joined the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, where she was a coordinator for 13 years.

An avid reader, she also volunteered at the Island Library, where she made many friends and charmed people with her sense of humor and loving personality.

She loved to travel and also enjoyed writing poetry and short stories.

Soon after joining and supporting the Anna Maria Island Art League, she began oil painting in her early 80s.

She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and independent spirit.

A private service will be held.

She is survived by her children, Ellen Quigley of Bradenton, Stephen of St. Cloud, Pamela Weaver and husband Randy of Holmes Beach and Terrence of Cumberland, Maryland; grandchildren Nicole Quigley, Mason Carroll, Ryan Quigley and Kayla; and many nieces and nephews.


Louis Donald LaTorre

Louis Donald “Don” LaTorre, 81, of Sparta, New Jersey, and Holmes Beach, died Nov. 2.

He was born in Amsterdam, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in textile chemistry from Lowell Technological Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts, and his master’s from Union College in New York. He received an honorary doctorate from UMass Lowell. He retired from the Englehard Corporation in Menlo Park, New Jersey, in 1997. He was a member of the Key Royale Club.

He was married 56 years to wife, Gloria, who died six months earlier.

A celebration of life and service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, New Jersey. Remembrances will follow at the club. Memorial donations may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Center, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton NJ 07860 or the Ministry of Presence Inc. (Haitian Ministry), P.O. Box 784, Oneco FL 34264.

Mr. LaTorre is survived by his children Donald Jr. and wife Carol, David and wife Barbara, Craig and wife Tonya and Amy Mattessich and husband John; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Lillian May Tobin

Lillian May Tobin, 89, of Bradenton died Oct. 27.

She was born Oct. 8, 1929, in Astoria, Queens, in New York City to Norman and Agnes Foggan.

She was a cheerleader for Roslyn High School, where she graduated in 1948.

She was involved in the community, including as a member of the Flower Hill Hose Co. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary in Port Washington, New York. She helped as a chaperon/assistant at the Port Washington PAL Drum and Bugle Corps along with volunteering with the Manorhaven PTA.

She loved bowling, was in many leagues and won many awards.

She volunteered as an art teacher and an assistant at the Longboat Key Community Center.

One of her most involved and beloved duties was as a member of the Anna Maria Fire Department Auxiliary and West Manatee Rescue Fire District’s Special Services. When the fire department members were toned out on a potential extended time call, she would go to volunteer station No. 3 and let dispatch know and tones would be sent that special services were available and members could drop off their children for her to watch while they went out on call. It could be fires, storm related, or other time-consuming calls and everyone knew their children were safe. The station was equipped with toys, food, playpens, TV, movies, etc., to keep the kids happy.

She also was a first responder.

As a member of Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach, she went on field trips, played bingo and enjoyed socializing.

Condolences may be made to

She is survived by her children, Jimmy Tobin of Missouri, Pamela Reed of Florida, Jane Stoop of Tennessee and Barbara Eaton of Florida; grandchildren Crystal Ollek, Melissa Tobin-Rashford, Jon Eaton, Cassandra Eldridge, Joshua Eaton, Elizabeth Reed and Donna Reed; great-grandchildren Corey Eaton, Colton Eaton, Lily Eaton, Jeremy Eaton, Kaley Eldridge, Alicia Eldridge, Brian Jackson, David Rashford and Blake Rashford; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.


Elmo Torres Jr.

Elmo Torres Jr., 72, of Bradenton, died Oct. 10. He was born Dec. 7, 1945, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and was a lover of all things in life. He greatly enjoyed his “toys” (cars and boats) and his true joy and life’s purpose was flying.

A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mr. Torres was a pilot for Piedmont Airlines and later US Airways, enjoying a 26-plus year career as a commercial airline pilot until his retirement in the late 1990s.

He lived on Anna Maria Island 1982-2004 and always loved the island.

A celebration of life will be held Dec. 7.

He is survived by his children, Elmo III, Jose, Damaris and Mario; sister Madeleine; several nieces and nephews; and grandchildren.

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