Obituaries – 07-24-2019

Arthur Abo

Arthur Abo, of Wallingford, Connecticut, and Anna Maria Island, died June 28.

He was the beloved husband of Rose M. Perrone.

He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, to Isaac and Rebecca and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He spent his career as an accountant, first working in public accounting, then in the insurance industry as a tax accountant for Mass Mutual and Anthem Blue Cross. Early in his career, he taught tax accounting in an adult education program.

His passion was slow-pitch softball with the recreation department where he played more than 30 years. He excelled as a pitcher and later he joined a senior league.

He was involved with community youth sports when his children played in the Wallingford Youth Soccer League.

He and his wife hosted two high school students, one from Norway and one from Italy, with the AFS Chapter in Wallingford.

He also was passionate about going to Anna Maria Island for the winter to enjoy the warmth and sunshine.

A funeral service was July 4 in Wallingford. Memorial donations may be sent to the Sisters’ Project, PO Box 1643, Wallingford CT 06492.

His family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of MidState Medical Center for the care provided.

Survivors include his wife, Rose; son Stephen and wife Melissa; daughter Allyson Salek and husband Jefrey; grandchildren Brayden and Skylar, and Emily and Matthew Salek; sister Dorothy Mizzi and husband George; brother Leon; and many nieces and nephews.

Nicholas Guerra

Nicholas Guerra, of Holmes Beach, died July 2 after a battle with lung cancer.

He was born Jan. 17, 1959, in Chicago, where he grew up.

Mr. Guerra moved to Anna Maria Island 17 years ago.

He worked for Gettel Hyundai in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch and was a top salesperson for the dealership.

He loved fishing from his dock at home and lunches at the outdoor tiki bar at the BridgeTender in Bradenton Beach, where he had been a member of the Moose.

A funeral service was held July 10 in Evergreen Park, Illinois, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; sons Nick, of Bradenton; and Michael, of Holmes Beach; daughters Amanda Huffman and husband Aaron, of Lakewood Ranch, and Emily Dickson and husband Tom; grandchildren Madison and Leonardo; brother Jerry and wife Lisa of Oswego, Illinois; in-laws Bill and Rita Wright, of Evergreen Park, and many nephews and nieces.

Frank Rudolf Erich Kremps

Frank Rudolf Erich Kremps, 58, of Bradenton, died July 9. He was born Feb. 2, 1961, in Altena, Germany, and came to the United States in 1995.

He resided in Holmes Beach before settling down in northwest Bradenton.

He was a successful and proud owner of Florida Service Heating & Cooling Inc.

He was known for his devotion to family and friends.

His second family included all the men and women he worked with while employed with Manatee County at the Port Manatee Detention Facility. He enjoyed every one, but the group from there were so special to him.

He also worked for Climatic Conditioning Co. Inc. and was grateful for the help and support they gave him.

He enjoyed fishing, boating, entertaining friends and satisfying his palette with fine German cuisine.

His family and friends will remember “The German” for his bigger than life personality and booming laugh and as a gadget guru with a creative solution to almost any mechanical situation. He was a hardworking man with a generous spirit.

A celebration of life will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St W, Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at

Survivors include his loving wife, Lesley; faithful canine Max; children Christopher and Franziska; and grandchildren Paul and Lucy.

Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Connick dies

Richard F. Connick, of Port Charlotte and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died July 19.

Mr. Connick served as mayor of Bradenton Beach from Dec. 6, 1973, to Dec. 12, 1986, according to The Islander archive.

He was born Oct. 7, 1928, in White Plains, New York, to Joseph and Ella.

At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and traveled the world as a first-class fireman.

After discharge from the Navy in 1947, he attended an electrical trade school in Kansas City, Missouri, where he met and married the love of his life, his late wife, June.

He settled in lrvington, New York, working three jobs to support his family.

During a vacation to Anna Maria Island in 1958, he fell in love with and moved his family from New York to Bradenton Beach, where he owned and operated Connick’s Grocery and TV Repair Shop.

He became involved in community service, serving with vigor, pride and honor, as a volunteer firefighter, fire chief, rescue squad chief, councilmember, police chief and, for 14 years, as mayor.

A heart attack at the age of 58 forced an early retirement and relinquishment of public service.

Mr. Connick relocated to a 5-acre home site in Sarasota, where he spent 30 years tinkering in his beloved barn. Due to declining health, he lived his last year with his eldest daughter in Port Charlotte.

Visitation was to be 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Groover Funeral Home at Mansion Memorial Park, 1400 36th Ave. E., Ellenton.

Survivors include his children, Rick and wife Barb of Englewood, Jean Connick Thompson and husband Dale of Port Charlotte, and Sherry of Sarasota; grandchildren Dawn Brown, Rickey and wife Erica and Angel, Trisha and husband Ed Nolan, Terri, Dale and wife Nathalie, and Mickey and wife Jessica Thompson, Rachel and husband Chet Brown and Jay Huddleston; brother Bob and wife Marion of Irvington, New York; sister Shirley Horvath and husband Duke of Bradenton Beach; great- and great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George C. Wilson

George C. Wilson, 67, of Holmes Beach, died July 8.

He was born Feb. 7, 1952, in Newcastle, Pennsylvania, to George C. Sr. and Vilma Winter.

He received a degree with a major in English from Youngstown State University in 1976.

In 1994, he went to Holmes Beach to visit his friend Dave Cochran and he never left.

While in Florida, he worked as a teacher at Electa Lee Middle School.

His hobbies included music — especially classic rock and reggae; going to concerts and photographing rock stars at those concerts.

It is known that his favorite band was the Beatles and their concert photos, along with many others, are displayed at Dcoy Ducks in Holmes Beach.

Golf also was a passion, and Mr. Wilson was thrilled to win his first golf tournament earlier this summer, an honor he shared with some of his favorite golfing buddies.

He was known and loved by many people on Anna Maria Island and will be missed by all.

A celebration of life was July 22 at the Anna Maria General Store in Anna Maria, with an after-party at Dcoy Ducks. Memorial donations may be made on Go Fund Me.

Survivors include his brother’s wife, Chris Ann; nephew Christofer Russo; niece Rachel Tommelleo Ramirez and husband Ray; great-nephew Ben Ramirez; and many friends.