Tag Archives: Obituaries

Obituaries – 05-23-2018

Jean Lee Sears
Jean Lee Sears, 83, of Holmes Beach, died May 8.

She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Boston and lived in Cohasset, Norwell, Scituate and Marshfield, Massachusetts, before moving to Florida in 1976.

She was a resident of Holmes Beach and summered in Port Clyde, Maine, for many years.

She was an honors graduate of the University of South Florida. Then a Realtor for more than 55 years in Scituate, Massachusetts, and on Anna Maria Island.

She was an accomplished equestrian and former member of the Hanover Hunt Club, where she met her husband of 44 years, Harold Sprague Sears.

No services are planned. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205 or Alzhiemers Association, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 34237. And, as the family requests, in her memory follow her example, do something kind for someone.

She is survived by her son, Gregory Poole and wife Wendy of Scituate; daughters Amy Lee Fasciano and husband Mark, Sue Ann Tobias and Laura Beth; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Obituaries – 05-16-2018

Daniel L. Anderson
Daniel L. Anderson, M.D., 77, of Cortez, and formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, died April 29.

He was born Nov. 8, 1940.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 1 at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.

 

Mary Alice Chakoumakos
Mary Alice Chakoumakos, 91, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died March 23.

She was a resident of Holmes Beach for 28 years, after having moved from Farmington, Maine, to retire with her husband Charles.

She grew up in Litchfield, Maine, graduated in 1948 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and, after getting married, lived briefly in New York.

She and her husband then settled in Maine to raise four freethinking children. She was active in the Maine Chapter of AAUW, the Farmington Planning Commission and also the Roser Women’s Guild in Anna Maria.

She was an avid reader, bird-watcher, bridge player and math whiz. She loved a good cocktail, her own excellent cooking and the perfect Key lime pie. She spent her final days in Santa Fe under the care of her daughter Alison and the watchful eye of her faithful cat, Miss Kitty.

Mrs. Chakoumakos is survived by her children, Scott, Bryan, Alison and Andrew; grandchildren Sara, Segue, Rowan, Madie, Egan and Sofia; great-grandchildren Lila and Otis; plus her dynamic extended family.

 

Isobel O’Conner
Isobel O’Conner, of Bradenton, died April 13.

She was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and grew up on Boston’s North Shore.

She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State College. After teaching high school in Vermont, she and her late former husband, Dan, sailed from Marblehead to Florida in a 50-year old Friendship Sloop.

She had a long business career as legal secretary and administration assistant/Realtor for Arvida Corp. on Longboat Key and Neal Communities.

She had a lifetime interest in sailing, windjammers, skiing and travel.

She was a strong supporter for animal welfare and the environment and volunteered for Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach.

A celebration of life will at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key.

 

Helen Aldrich White
Helen Aldrich White died May 7, two days before her 93rd birthday.

She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, to Helen and Burton Aldrich and had two brothers. She attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from the Albright Knox Art School in Buffalo.

She worked for JN Adams Department Store as a sketch artist in advertising. In 1961, she relocated to Anna Maria with her first husband Oliver “Buddy” Lawrence.

Together they owned the Sand Bar when it was just a tiny bar on Spring Street.

She continued her advertising career working for Burdines and commuting to Tampa. She then opened a gift shop on St. Armands Circle.

She started in real estate working for Mike Norman Realty and other local companies, including Neal & Neal.

In 2001, she formed SunCoast Real Estate on Anna Maria Island with three friends and worked as a Realtor/broker until her retirement in 2014.

She married John Parker White in 1981 and they were married 21 years until his death in 2002.

She was active in the Island Players, loved dogs and was a committed businesswoman with a customer-oriented approach to her sales.

She is survived by her niece through marriage, Kathryn Poppenberg Kridel of Cortez; Oliver L. Poppenberg of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Arnold C. Poppenberg Jr. of Denver; nine nieces and nephews; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Obituaries – 05-09-2018

Daniel L. Anderson

Daniel L. Anderson, M.D., 77, of Cortez, and formerly of Annapolis, Maryland, died April 29.

He was born Nov. 8, 1940.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 1 at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.

 

Nadine Byrne Mayer

Nadine Byrne Mayer died April 28.

She was born in Richmond, Virginia, to William C. and Alice (Farrar) Byrne.

She attended boarding schools in the East and graduated from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, and Southern Seminary College.

A promising ballet dancer until sidelined by an accident, she danced with the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine in her teens and was recruited by famed impresario Sol Hurok, credited with popularizing ballet in the United States, to guide visiting Russian dancers around New York City.

After raising her family in Connecticut, she relocated to the Florida Gulf Coast to further her career as a speech writer for various politicians.

Her passions included ATP Tennis, politics and community theater.

She was a volunteer for AIDS Hospice and Ringling Museum of Art.

An original resident of the Perico Bay Club, she enjoyed her Perico Island home for 30 years.

A Mass and celebration of life was held May 2 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

She is survived by her children, Hope and husband Lawrence Padalino of Morro Bay, California, D. Callaghan of St. Petersburg, Michael and wife Katie of Bethlehem, Connecticut, and surrogate daughter, Page and husband Ron Schaschwary of Crystal Lake, Illinois; grandchildren Margaret, Harry, Ross Padalino and Scott Padalino; and her beloved dog, Scupper.

Obituaries – 05-02-2018

Charles George Liddle

Charles George Liddle, 82, doctor of veterinary medicine, died on Anna Maria Island.

He was born in Detroit.

He earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and master’s degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester.

He also served in the public health service.

He and wife Beverly celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Dr. Liddle loved music and played in the Michigan State marching band, the Washington Redskins marching band, the Alpine Orchestra, the Little German Band, the Manatee Concert Band and the Jazz Band in Colorado.

Arrangements are by Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Condolences may be shared at rfhr.com.

Dr. Liddle is survived by wife Beverly; children Robert and wife Julie of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Paul of West Palm Beach; and grandchildren Wesslen and Cassidy.

 

Gil Lucas

Gil Lucas of Holmes Beach and Bradenton died April 22.

He was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Swissvale, Pennsylvania.

He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War before attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he met the love of his life, Suzanne McClements.

In Pennsylvania, they raised their family in Edgewood, where Mr. Lucas was active at the Edgewood Community Club and a big supporter of the town’s high school sports teams. He was a member of Alcoma Country Club and enjoyed playing golf.

Later, in retirement, he joined the Bradenton Country Club and continued to be welcomed into many foursomes.

He was passionate about sports, family and friends. He never missed the opportunity to tell a great story and was an enthusiastic supporter of all Pittsburgh sports teams. Famously, his wife joked that her ashes should be spread at Pitt Stadium so he would visit her at least six times every fall.

He held sales and marketing positions with the Pittsburgh Condors, Pittsburgh Hornets and Pittsburgh Triangles, a charter franchise of World Team Tennis.

A longtime member and officer of the Pittsburgh Radio & Television Club, now the Media Association of Pittsburgh, he held positions with TV 11 and 53 in Pittsburgh, as well as Tele-Communications Inc.

He was considered a pioneer in the early days of cable television, brought one of the first cable TVproviders to Pittsburgh and was the creator of the city’s first all-sports cable network.

When he retired in 1999, he and wife Suzanne moved full-time to Holmes Beach, where they had previously spent many spring training seasons entertaining baseball players, KBL sponsors and advertisers, friends and family. Their beach home was open to visitors and a popular spot for friends to gather.

He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports, movies and general trivia. Even in his last days, he fired trivia questions at his visitors and caregivers.

Anyone who spent more than 15 minutes with him felt like his favorite. He was kind, generous and fiercely proud of his children and their spouses, showered his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love, tickets to sporting events and endless scoops of ice cream and never hesitated to help a friend in need, especially if his friend needed tickets to a game or entrance to a golf course.

Donations may be sent to Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228. A memorial service, followed by a reception in the church hall, will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 7, at Christ Church. An additional celebration of his life will take place in Pittsburgh in mid-July. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Survivors include Kim and Burt Young; Gary and Wendy Lucas; Abby Rath; Becky and Doug Spirak; Molly Brown; and their children and grandchildren.

 

Margaret A. Mowry

Margaret A. Mowry, 86, of Holmes Beach, died April 22. She was born March 13, 1932, in Middlebranch, Ohio, to Achillo and Concetta Rainieri.

Margaret married husband Earl in January 1953 and they moved to Florida, where they owned and operated Island TV in Holmes Beach for more than 40 years.

She was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach and the St. Bernard women’s guild.

She also belonged to St. Francis Church in Franklin, North Carolina.

A Funeral Mass was to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach. The Manasota Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mowry is survived by her husband of 65 years, Earl; sons Patrick and wife Becky and Richard Mowry, all of Bradenton; grandchildren Christopher, Crista, Denise and Jennifer and Christie Mulherin; siblings Florence and husband Tony DeGirolmo, John and wife Betty Rainieri, Joe Rainieri, Veronica Priest and Nancy Rainieri.

 

John Franklin Reed Jr.

John Franklin Reed Jr., 75, of Bradenton Beach, died April 22.

Mr. Reed, a twin and the oldest of five boys, was born March 30, 1943, to the late John F. Reed and Ann Walter Reed in St. Louis.

He attended Andrew Ward High School in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he played football. He was a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi.

He had a long, varied and colorful career in sales, primarily as a manufacturer’s representative.

He enjoyed spending time with his “gene pool,” being on the golf course with his buddies, sharing “remember when” stories, telling jokes and talking football, especially Ol’ Miss Football.

In his retirement, he moved to his waterfront paradise in Bradenton Beach, where he served as a member of the Scenic WAVES advisory committee. He loved walking the beach, watching the sunset and listening to classic country music.

No formal service is planned. The family asks that friends celebrate Mr. Reed in their loving memories of him. Interment will be in Lake Forest Cemetery in Grand Haven, Michigan, where he and his companion, former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson, met in 1957.

Mr. Reed is survived by his children, Jeffrey and wife Kim, Matthew and wife Anne, Alison and husband Denny; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Jim, Tom, Bill and Bob; and an enormous and loving extended family, as well as his middle-school sweetheart and companion, Janie Robertson, former Bradenton Beach commissioner, her family and a multitude of dear friends.

Obituaries – 04-25-2018

Lucette Gerry

Lucette Gerry, 79, of Anna Maria, died April 12.

She was born in 1938 in Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Quebec, and was one of 10 children of Marie-Ange Legroulx and Orphe Viau.

She met her husband, Kenneth Gerry, in Puerto Rico and they married in Honolulu. They had two sons and were married for 37 year before Mr. Gerry died in 1997.

Mrs. Gerry worked at the phone company for years. She moved to Anna Maria Island in 1974 and became a U.S. citizen in 1977.

She was an accomplished businesswoman and owner of the White Sands Beach Resort and Tropical Breeze Beach Club for more than 30 years, all while raising two kids and volunteering at Anna Maria Elementary School.

Upon retirement, she finally had time to do her true calling and began volunteering with local churches. She helped at St. Bernard Catholic Church, did street and prison ministry with Christian Retreat, was part of the Sacred Heart Charismatic and a prayer group, helped to teach English to migrant workers and people new to our country with Sister Nora at Project Light in Bradenton, along with may other groups.

Memorial donations may be made to roskampinstitute.org, a nonprofit that does treatment and research for dementia.

She is survived by her sons Ken and wife Kathy and Jeff and wife Joy; grandsons Kristopher and Kevin; sisters Pierrette Viau, Yvette Viau and Claudette Viau; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

 

Valerie Jean Matice

Valerie Jean Matice died April 12 in Bradenton.

She was born in St. Johns, Michigan, Feb. 14, 1949, to Lad and Jean Bartholomew.

She was a mother, Cub Scout leader, soccer coach, mentor, wise old soul, straight shooter and a friend. She was a strong independent woman who lived life by her rules.

One of her greatest passions was being an advocate —in the women’s rights movement in the 1970s and working on elderly issues in Manatee County in the 2010s.

For close to 40 years she was someone who provided support, advice and shelter to people in their time of need on Anna Maria Island, where she lived for many years.  Her greatest loves were her children, grandchildren and the island.

The family will hold a celebration of life this summer.

In her honor, her wish was for people to slow down, get on “island time” and appreciate time with family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her son Joshua’s children Canaan and Quentin; son Zachary and wife Jennie Makanoff and their children Noah and Ashlee; daughter Betsy Oliver McMullin and husband Kenneth and their daughter Jenna; son Robert and wife Alyson Robbins and their children Elle, Jaye and Wesley; and brother Kenneth Bartholomew.

 

Alan A. ‘Al Tate’ Palella

Alan A. “Al Tate” Palella, 79, of Anna Maria, died April 15.

He was born in Loraine, Ohio, and moved to Tampa as a child. He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1973.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and former co-owner of Bortell’s Lounge in Anna Maria.

A celebration of Life will be 4-7 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Bortell’s Lounge, 10002 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marie.

Obituaries – 04-18-2018

Rosemarie Kontra
Rosemarie Kontra (nee, Jansky), 61, Holmes Beach, died April 7.

She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Charles and Madelyn (Murphy).

She moved to Holmes Beach in 2003 and was employed by Home True Value Hardware of Holmes Beach, where she was known as the sales clerk extraordinaire.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sisters Mary Alice and wife Jane Battaglia, Joanne and husband Wayne Pfitzenmayer, Madelyn and husband Samuel Ortiz, and Mary Frances; nephews Kyle Pfitzenmayer and Jasen and Michael Ortiz; nieces Jamie Kulhamer, Nicole Martinho and Madelyn; a great-nephew and two great-nieces.

Obituaries – 04-18-2018

Rosemarie Kontra

Rosemarie Kontra (nee, Jansky), 61, Holmes Beach, died April 7.

She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Charles and Madelyn (Murphy).

She moved to Holmes Beach in 2003 and was employed by Home True Value Hardware of Holmes Beach, where she was known as the sales clerk extraordinaire.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

She is survived by sisters Mary Alice and wife Jane Battaglia, Joanne and husband Wayne Pfitzenmayer, Madelyn and husband Samuel Ortiz, and Mary Frances; nephews Kyle Pfitzenmayer and Jasen and Michael Ortiz; nieces Jamie Kulhamer, Nicole Martinho and Madelyn; a great-nephew and two great-nieces.

Obituaries – 04-04-2018

Helen Catherine Baskett

Helen “Kathy” Catherine Baskett, 68, formerly of Holmes Beach, died March 17.

She was born Nov. 21, 1949, to Hobart and Christena Tudor.

She grew up in Denver, where she attended George Washington High School and Denver College.

In 1971, she married the love of her life, Bob. She supported his career in the U.S. Air Force with numerous moves and temporary duties throughout the United States.

In 1980, they moved to Kentucky. They then moved to New Jersey, where Mr. Baskett continued his flying career. In 1989, they moved one more time to Pewee Valley, Kentucky, where they were close to family and her husband’s career.

She so loved visiting Florida, which enabled her to spend special times with her daughter and grandchildren.

She and her husband owned a home for six years in Holmes Beach, where she enjoyed playing bridge at the Key Royale Golf Club.

She enjoyed numerous activities, served as a teen group 4H leader and was a member of the Pewee Valley Women’s Club. She was very active at the local and state level of many recovery programs. She volunteered for many years at the Pewee Valley Women’s Correctional Facility with the recovery and counsel program.

She loved to travel and enjoyed numerous trips.

Mrs. Baskett was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan who followed every game.

One of her many gifts was that she always made others laugh, no matter the situation, and she always made everyone feel special and welcome.

Memorial donations may be made to two favorite charities: The Healing Place, 1020 W. Market St., Louisville KY 40202, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville KY 40205.

Mrs. Baskett is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert; brothers Larry Tudor and wife Claudia and Danny Tudor and wife Pat; sister Evelyn and husband Misnad Al Misnad; children Rob and Christina L. Adkins and husband James; and grandchildren James R. and Sidney J. Adkins.

 

Rev. Father Robert Mongiello

The Rev. Father Robert Mongiello, 68, of Bradenton died March 22 in Sarasota.

He was born July 16, 1949, in Mercer, Pennsylvania, to Vincient and Pauline (Hinds).

He graduated from Mercer High School in 1967. He then attended Clarion State College and received a degree in elementary education. He resided in Erie, Pennsylvania, and taught in Finley Lake, New York. He also directed choir at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Erie.

He later went to seminary and was ordained by the Diocese of Venice in 1987. He served as pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda and at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. He retired in 2009 due to illness.

He had the voice of an angel and a great love for music. He sang in choirs throughout his life.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Burial will be in Mercer.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Dioceses of Venice.

He is survived by his sisters, Paula Magargee and husband Ron of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, and Lisa Pettican and husband Brad of Johns Island, South Carolina; nephews Nathan Pettican and Benjamin Magargee; nieces Lindsay Clark, Erin Cutsforth and Danielle Schmieder; grandnephews Drake Clark, Carter Magargee and Glen Cutsforth and grandniece Kadience Clark.

 

Sherry A. Stevens

Sherry A. (Paquette) Stevens, 71, of Enfield, Massachusetts, and a seasonal resident of Holmes Beach, died March 15 in Bradenton.

She was born April 30, 1946, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was raised by her mother, Mary Beverly (Sherry) and her husband, Edward Caban.

She began her career as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

She married Richard “Dick” K. Stevens 47 years ago and moved to Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where they resided for several years before moving to Enfield.

She continued her career in nursing at St. Joseph’s Residence in Enfield for several years.

She was a member of the Woman’s Club of Enfield. Family and friends were important to her. She enjoyed entertaining and having people over for food, drinks and good conversation. She was happiest when guests were well fed and enjoying the moment. She hosted many at their Rhode Island summer house and her home in Holmes Beach.

She had a gift for decorating and loved to transform rooms into beautiful and cozy spaces. She also loved shopping in search of the right piece for the right place. She smiled brightest when her grandchildren visited, as they were often positive motivation for her to keep fighting all the way to the end.

Memorial donations may be made to the Enfield Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1, Enfield CT 06083. Condolences may be made online at leetestevens.com.

She is survived by husband Dick; son Sean and wife Kendall of Suffield, Massachusetts; daughter Sarah DeSimone and husband Shawn of Dover, New Hampshire; grandchildren Chase and Fischer, and Sophia DeSimone; sister Jane Long and husband John of Suffield, Massachusetts; several nieces; a nephew; great nieces and great nephews; and grand-dogs Caesar and Rzeka.

Obituaries – 03-28-2018

Dana G. ‘Dane’ Clayton

Dana G. “Dane” Clayton, 52, died Feb. 25.

He was a lifelong resident of Manatee County, growing up on Anna Maria Island and graduating from Manatee High School. He attended Manatee Community College and Manatee Technical School.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a firefighter/paramedic in Sarasota and Manatee counties, mainly on Longboat Key.

Since 2005, he owned and operated Clayton’s Painting & Pressure Washing.

A private celebration of life will be held. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

He is survived by his mother, Linda Roberts Clayton; brothers Richard G. Farris and wife Renee of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Allan B. “Brad” Jr. of Grand Junction, Colorado; nephew Josh Farris of Lebanon; aunt Signa Bouziane; cousins William T. Bouziane and wife Victoria, Cory R. Bouziane and wife Dawn and their daughter Reilly Rose, all of Bradenton, Amber Roberts Gray of Jacksonville and Derek Roberts of Tucson, Arizona.

 

Rev. Father Robert Mongiello

The Rev. Father Robert Mongiello, 68, of Bradenton died March 22 in Sarasota.

He was born July 16, 1949, in Mercer, Pennsylvania, to Vincient and Pauline (Hinds).

He graduated from Mercer High School in 1967. He then attended Clarion State College and received a degree in elementary education. He resided in Erie, Pennsylvania, and taught in Finley Lake, New York. He also directed choir at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Erie.

He later went to seminary and was ordained by the Diocese of Venice in 1987. He served as pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda and at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. He retired in 2009 due to illness.

He had a great love for music and he had the voice of an angel. He sang in choirs throughout his life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Burial will be in Mercer. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Dioceses of Venice.

He is survived by his sisters, Paula Magargee and husband Ron of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, and Lisa Pettican and husband Brad of Johns Island, South Carolina; nephews Nathan Pettican and Benjamin Magargee; nieces Lindsay Clark, Erin Cutsforth and Danielle Schmieder; grandnephews Drake Clark, Carter Magargee and Glen Cutsforth and grandniece Kadience Clark.

 

Jesse Aaron Raupp

Jesse Aaron Raupp, born July 14, 1981, in Harvard, Illinois, died March 18 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

He had a passion for drag racing and cooking. “Big Pappa’s” tater bombs will be missed by all at the track.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

He is survived by his mother, Tjet Martin and husband Bill Shearon of Bradenton Beach; father Ray and wife Donna Raupp of Harvard; brother Bradley Martin of Janesville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and an extended family of friends.

 

Charles Everett ‘Ev’ Southwick Sr.

Charles Everett “Ev” Southwick Sr., 86, died Dec. 9, 2017.

He was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Fairbanks, Alaska, and settled in 1944 in Seattle, where he attended Renton Junior-Senior High School and then the University of Washington, where he lettered in track.

He completed the National Aviation Cadet program and received his commission and Wings April 13, 1955. He served in fighter squadrons 1955-66. He participated in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, strafing and sinking a North Vietnamese PT boat. Following a brief stint at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, he returned to the cockpit in October 1966, flying the F-4B Phantom. In April 1967, he and his RIO, Jim Laing, shot down a MiG in a dogfight. He was subsequently shot down and captured May 14, 1967, during a mission against the Than Hoa bridge.

Following nearly six years of imprisonment and upon repatriation, he retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and the Prisoner of War Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.

The tea cup he used to lead the choir during his imprisonment was donated to the Smithsonian Museum, where it is on display at the American War History Museum.

He attained his juris doctorate from Hastings College of Law in 1976 and held multiple positions in the private sector, including assistant deputy director for congressional affairs at NASA. Serving as a docent on the USS Midway since 2008, he provided special insight during his tours as he served on the Midway and flew F-8 Crusaders from her deck.

In 2017, he was honored at the Midway American Patriot Award Gala alongside other military officers representing naval aviator POWs who served during the Vietnam War and continued to serve as docents aboard Midway. He was a longtime member of the San Diego Air & Space Museum board of directors and enjoyed participating in the scholarship award selection process.

He was an avid golfer, baseball fan, lover of music and always looked forward to his annual Alaska fishing trips with his son Mike and his wife Sheryl, who reside in Bradenton Beach.

He is survived by two other children, Ev Jr. of Bradenton and Craig Everett of Seattle; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.