John ‘J.B.’ Cooper Bennett
John “J.B.” Cooper Bennett, 74, died July 27 in Atlantic Beach. He was born in Jacksonville Jan. 19, 1946.
He first visited Anna Maria Island in the 1980s. He fell in love with the island and eventually purchased a vacation home on Pine Avenue. When in town, he enjoyed fishing at the Rod & Reel Pier, playing horseshoes at city hall, boating and catching up with the locals.
As an adolescent, he was diagnosed with diabetes and became a passionate advocate for diabetes awareness and research efforts. He was president of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and volunteered to consult young, newly diagnosed diabetes patients. After a career spanning more than 40 years, he retired from work with his longtime friend Jennifer Duke and her family.
He liked to be near the water. When not in his hometown of Jacksonville or on Anna Maria Island, he enjoyed fishing in the mountains of North Carolina. He also enjoyed traveling, regaling stories, watching the Florida Gators and Jacksonville Jaguars, visiting with loved ones and driving, whether it be a car, boat or RV.
Many knew John for his beaming smile, tall stature and fun-loving nature — and for his kindness and generosity. John never knew a stranger.
A celebration of life will be planned for a future date in Jacksonville. To receive updates or share photos or memories with family members, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial donations are suggested to a favorite charity.
He is survived by his life partner, Mary King of Atlantic Beach; brother Roberts O. and wife Orinda Evans of Atlanta; sisters-in-law Kathy King of Jacksonville and Joni Adno of Sarasota; brother-in-law John King and wife Joy of Neptune Beach; nieces and nephews Wells and wife Debra and their children Katerina and Reid of Washington, D.C., Ian Eckerson of Sarasota, Elizabeth of Washington, D.C., Kristen King and William Smith of New York City, Mason King of Neptune Beach and Henry King of Neptune Beach; many cousins; and dear friends.
Judith L. Treacy
Judith L. (Kures) Treacy of Holmes Beach died Aug. 10.
She was born in Cleveland to Donald Bott and Janet (Monahan).
Donald Bott died in WWII, before she was born. Her mother remarried and raised her with her adopted father, John Kures.
She was a longtime teacher in the Bedford City Schools retired from the Nordonia Hills City School District in Ohio.
She enjoyed traveling and spending winters with her husband, Robert, on Anna Maria Island.
She also loved spending time with her family and friends.
A service was held Aug. 15 in Stow, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Northern Ohio Chapter, 23297 Commerce Park, Cleveland, Ohio 44122.
Mrs. Treacy is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Robert B.; daughter Jennifer and husband Andrew Miller; and grandchildren Margaret, Benjamin, Amelia and Nathaniel.