Barbara Parkman, 88, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 8.
She loved the Lord and all living creatures.
She was instrumental in the opening of the dog park in Holmes Beach. She thought dogs, like people, needed a place to play and socialize. Anyone who ever knew her could tell you numerous stories about her passion and drive to get things done. Her children called them “Mom missions.”
She lived on Anna Maria Island for many years before moving to Bradenton in 2014.
She will be sorely missed.
Donations may be made in her honor to aspca.org. A memorial gathering will be announced at a future date.
Mrs. Parkman is survived by her son, Dominique Bergeron and wife Bonnie; daughters Terry Cappello and husband Michael and Linda Bergeron; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her precious dog, Baer; and her cat, Pumpkin.
Carl Larner Parks
Carl Larner Parks, 75, of Bradenton and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Sept. 11.
He was a man of many talents.
Raised in East Lansing, Michigan, he excelled in classical piano and pipe organ as a child.
At age 12, he won the renowned Interlochen senior division piano competition and served as assistant organist at a large local church.
He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in journalism.
He served in the U.S. Army and, while stationed at the Army base at Fort Dix, he was a sharpshooter, clerk typist and chaplain’s assistant, also accompanying entertainment personalities at the base.
Returning to the Detroit area, he was a newspaper reporter, political speech writer and technical writer for automotive companies. He also championed large pipe organs by performing concerts.
His personal style was honed as a member of the Art Deco Society of Detroit.
Mr. Parks relocated in the late 1990s to Bradenton Beach, where he served at many local churches and performed annual pipe organ concerts.
He wrote for political campaigns, was appointed to the Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Committee, where he served as chair for many years, and was elected dean of the local American Guild of Organists to which he donated his vast musical library.
Interment will be in Michigan.
Mr. Parks is survived by a sister and her family.
Thomas Foster Tyrrell
Tommy Tyrrell, died Oct. 12. He was born July 10, 1980, the year his soon to be loved, Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.
He lived in Manatee County, growing up with his family and close friends on Anna Maria Island.
He was an avid, competitive athlete and loved to practice and play ball with his good buddies on the island and was captain of his basketball team at Manatee High School.
He had a passion the Philadelphia Eagles. Fly Eagles Fly!
His open heart and his kind, loving spirit will be missed by his family and friends.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Condolences to Shannon Funeral Homes.
He is survived by his father, Michael; mother Rosemary Fleck; step-dad Todd Fleck, sister Tiffany Vreeland, niece Natalie, nephew Beau and his good friends.