Obituaries – 01-16-2019

Jennifer Noel Beck

Jennifer Noel Beck of Holmes Beach died Jan. 4.

She was born Dec. 8, 1964, in Tampa.

To all who knew her she was a strong, caring, intelligent, beautiful and complicated woman. She spent her last days in the place she loved most, Anna Maria Island.

She lived in Holmes Beach for many years.

A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m.-sunset Saturday, Jan. 19, at the large pavilion on the Gulf side of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Winslow; father Bill Austin; sister Christine Austin; brother Perry Austin; son Ian; daughter Emily; grandsons Logan, Cedar and Silas; and many more family members and friends she considered family.

 

Steven McCrea Robertson

Steven McCrea Robertson, 47, of Bradenton, died Jan. 9 after an acute illness.

He was born to Janie Schember Robertson of Bradenton Beach and Paul Corwin Robertson Jr. of Birmingham, Michigan.

He was a 1989 graduate of Cranbrook Academy in Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills and a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit.

His interests and abilities were broad and varied. He was athletic in both team and individual sports and he was an accomplished percussionist. He had a talent for photography and was an avid reader of classics, biographies, philosophy, economics, politics and history. He was a hiker, biker and camper and accomplished at propagating plumeria trees. He was a good cook, crazy dancer, animal lover and seeker of wisdom through spirituality and study.

He loved kids, always taking an interest in their activities and especially, their education. “Uncle Stever” was a favorite of many. He was most proud of his “little brother” of 11 years, Andrew O’Brien of Bradenton, from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. His own education was broad and diverse. He loved school and being a student. He never stopped learning.

His volunteer work included a number years on the Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES committee, focusing on mass transit at the county level and dune protection projects.

His professional career ran the gamut, from corporate at Volkswagen in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to U.S. Homes in Florida, researching chemical product regulations for worldwide fertilizer markets, establishing small businesses and start-up/management of a home health care company.

Interment will be in Grand Haven, Michigan, and Franklin, Michigan.

Survivors include his mom, Janie; dad Paul; brothers P. Corwin III of Chicago and Mitchell M.; sister-in-law Debbie Shumaker of Bradenton; three nephews; one niece; 15 cousins.

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