Obituaries – 09-09-2020

Patricia M. Glass

Patricia M. Glass, who was elected Manatee County’s first female member of the board of county commissioner in 1978, died Sept. 1. She was 93.

She was elected to the board of commissioners in 1978, became the board chair in 1980 and served as chair seven times during her tenure on the board.

She also served as the chair of the tourist development council five times.

A gerontologist by trade, Mrs. Glass was an advocate for the elderly throughout her career. She led efforts to improve local health care, affordable housing, environmental protection and drinking water resources for county residents.

She also was instrumental in the authorization and funding of a number of public assets, such as the Manatee County Administrative Center, the Manatee County Public Safety Center, the Manatee County Jail and Port Manatee.

Mrs. Glass retired from public service in 2006.

“Pat was a mentor, a friend and an unbelievable leader that so many of us looked to for advice and guidance over the years,” County Commissioner Carol Whitmore of Holmes Beach said.

Mrs. Glass is survived by four children and four grandchildren. Her husband Henry died in 2010.

“We appreciate the outpouring of prayers and kind words that have already come in over the past few hours. We will announce arrangements when they are made,” daughter Mary Glass said in a news release from Manatee County.


Jim Kissick III

Jim Kissick III died Aug. 28.

He was born Oct. 11, 1954, to Jim and Bette Kissick of Bradenton Beach.

He was born in Pensacola, but Bradenton Beach long ago stole his heart.

Along with fishing, Florida plant life, singing karaoke and playing his harmonica, he loved sharing stories with loved ones of his adventures.

The service will be private.

Mr. Kissick is survived by a “slew of family,” including his daughter, Greta; grandchildren Elyse and Xander; sisters Peggy and husband Jerry, Ginger and Mary Kay.


Ann O’Brien

Ann O’Brien of Bradenton died Sept. 1. She was born May 13, 1929, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mabel (Cobb) and William Roberts.

Her children said she could wield a wooden spoon like a dragon lady — up on her toes in the kitchen doorway with smells of some exotic French cuisine wafting through the humid St. Joe thick summer swelter.

Dinner was at 6 p.m. and the kids knew to be there or fear her wooden spoon — an empty threat that somehow sent shockwaves through the household.

She married Liam in Dublin May 12, 1955, and globe-trotted to the U.S. Midwest the following year.

The family matriarch had a mischievous smile and a rebellious twitch.

At 91, she could dance the tango, take long walks on the beach and loved her garden and her best friend Lilly, the hugging cat.

She liked to talk to the cat, and told people the cat could say her name, “Annnnn.”

She loved reading and poetry and talking about flowers and, if she liked you, you knew it.

In 1980, she received an associate’s degree in science with honors.

During her career as a mental health case manager, she helped the downtrodden and changed people’s lives, including while operating her own caretaking business.

But she enormously enjoyed retirement, walking on the beaches of Cape Cod and dancing on the white sands of Anna Maria Island, often with her partner, Bill Henn.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. and a service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W. Bradenton. The service will be streamed on Facebook at Condolences may be made online at Memorial donations may be made to the Human Society or Special Olympics.

Mrs. O’Brien is survived by her siblings, Alton and wife Mary Roberts, and Patsy Lundberg; sons Liam Denis and wife Kathleen and Conor and wife June; daughters Deirdre, Eileen and husband John Pitts and Maureen and husband Tom Parker; grandchildren Liam Casey and wife Julia, Meghan Glines-O’Brien and husband Steve, Sean and wife Leanne, Michael Shaponick and fiance Katie Williamson, Jesse and wife Lori Pitts, James and wife Holly Pitts and Sara Stankatis and fiance Kyle Tacy; great-grandchildren Rowan and Callaen, Bronson and Emerson Glines, Isabelle and Brayden, Reese, Olivia, Aubrie, Harper, Poppy, Hadley, Mackie Pitts and Kaylin Stankatis.

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