Obituaries – 10-28-2020

Michael John Northfield

Michael John Northfield, 81, of Cortez, died Sept. 28.

He was born Sept. 29, 1938, in London, England, and moved to Canada with his wife, Caroline Northfield, in 1960, where they had four children.

He and his wife spent most of their time in Florida since his retirement from Ontario Hydro in the late 1980s.

He was a trained chemist and worked in the nuclear industry in the United Kingdom and enjoyed a successful career at Ontario Hydro, running the environmental division before retirement.

Mr. Northfield had a varied career outside of that, working in Florida as a real estate agent and investor, a property manager in addition to a slew of volunteer activities, including a stint as the president of a local Rotary Club chapter and involvement in the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage in Cortez.

The FISH board of directors will hold a celebration of life outdoors at Fishermens’ Hall, 4511 124th St. W., Cortez,  2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Anyone who knew Mr. Northfield, who was a Rotarian on Anna Maria Island and those who worked with Island Vacation Properties is welcome to attend.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, mask wearing is requested and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Jane von Hahmann at 941-794-0043.


David ‘Dave’ Steger

David “Dave” Steger, 65, formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 20 in Myakka City.

He was born to Fred and Minnie and grew up in Bradenton Beach.

In 1968, at 13, he traveled with his mom, dad and sister to Florida from Perrysburg, Ohio.

He loved boating and shark fishing with his buddies.

At 17, he met an island girl and the love of his life, Michele Messina.

They married five years later and lived in Bradenton Beach for 20 years.

He and his father built Tradewinds Apartments — later Tradewinds Beach Resort — in Bradenton Beach.

Mr. Steger acquired many long-lasting friendships and hosted many fun-filled poker games.

Mr. Steger is survived by his wife of 43 years, Michele; son Garrett; daughter Shauna; grandsons Bryce and Landon; step-granddaughter Kaylie; and nieces and nephews.


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