Jake Allen ‘Cake’ Corby
Jake Allen “Cake” Corby, 29, of Bradenton, died unexpectedly June 29.
To say he lived life to the fullest is an understatement. He was born on Aug. 25, 1989, on Anna Maria Island, and it was a roller-coaster ride from there.
His passion was to become a pilot. He loved all sports and was a great competitor in hockey, tennis, golf, you name it.
He never met a stranger, whether old or young. His smile drew you in, and you knew you had a friend for life. There are not enough words to express the love he felt for everyone, nor how loved he is.
He will be remembered by so many.
A celebration of life will be at the Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W., Bradenton, at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Memorial donations may be made to www.gofundme.com/f/we-still-have-kat-the-kids-and-a-cupcake.
Mr. Corby is survived by the love of his life, Kat; his first child, “Cupcake,” who will bring his family great joy when he/she arrives in December; Cupcake’s sisters Nolyn and Lumyn; parents Rockey and Tammy; grandma Sheryl; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Nicholas Vincent Easterling
Nicholas Vincent Easterling, 65, died July 1.
A native Floridian, he was born in Tampa to Thomas and Carmen, grew up and became a legend in Lakeland and then, as a young adult, found his true home on Anna Maria Island.
He thrived on hunting and fishing and was a gifted pilot who flew often.
Mr. Easterling, in a word, was “authentic.”
Whether he was fly fishing for tarpon, hunting in Montana or putting together a business deal, “Nick was Nick.”
He touched and impacted the lives of many from all walks of life.
He was a gifted conversationalist and loyal friend who took fashion advice from no one and never missed an opportunity for a good meal or taking the back roads to anywhere.
Most of all, he was a loving father who taught his children about gratitude, the great outdoors and the importance of family.
All those who were blessed enough to know him will remember him as one of the greats.
In Holmes Beach, he came to the forefront in 2002 with plans to develop Tidemark Lodge, a full-service hotel and restaurant at the site of what for many years had been Pete Reynard’s Restaurant. Mr. Easterling’s vision eventually was developed by Mainsail and now operates as Waterline Marina and Beach Resort.
Mr. Easterling is survived by his children, Madison, Burns, Wyatt, Cooper and Lulu; the mother of his children, Michele Marcin; sister Moya Runyan; and brother, Tux.
Larry James Kinder
Larry James Kinder, of Bradenton, died June 26. He was born May 11, 1957, to the late Larry J. and Rita (Goudreau).
He was loved by his family and will be missed by many as a loyal friend. His passion was the water, sailing and boating and he loved sharing this passion with others.
A celebration of life and open house will be 2-5 p.m. July 20 at Stoneybrook Golf Club and Grill, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences may be made online at www.manasotamemorial.com
Mr. Kinder is survived by his beloved wife, Terri, president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce; brother Jim and wife Bev; nieces Alexa and Ashley; sisters Pam and MaryLou Caldwell; brother from another mother Bob Pomfret and his family Vicki, Brittany and Robert; four stepchildren, Amber Tipton and Roland Tipton, Krystal Goudy, Glenn Goudy; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.