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    Obituary: William J. Reinert

    William J. Reinert, 74, of Chadds Ford, Pa. and formerly of Mantoloking, N.J., passed away on September 9, 2019. He was a graduate of the Sanford School and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He played varsity basketball while briefly attending the University of Delaware. Bill began his career as an assistant on the corporate bond trading desk at Stone &…

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    Obituary: Carol Harrington

    Carol Whitney Harrington, 89, of Boca Grande and Manchester Village, Vermont passed away peacefully on September 18, 2019 surrounded by her adoring family. Cause of death was congestive heart failure. Mrs. Harrington, known to all as Whit, was born March 10, 1930 in Binghamton, New York to William and Helene Whitney. She moved to New Jersey at a young age…

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    Obituary: Clyde ‘Les’ Nash M.D.

    Clyde “Les” Nash M.D., 86, born November 25, 1932, passed away September 13, 2019. Les was the son of Katherine Seelbach Nash and Clyde Lester Nash. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio where he attended Shaker Heights High, followed by Amherst College, two years in the US Army and Western Reserve Medical School. He was a retired orthopaedic spine…

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    Another piece of island history lost: The passing of Ted Van Itallie

    ■ STAFF REPORT Dr. Theodore Van Itallie, obesity expert and leading researcher in metabolic diseases, died September 14 in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He was 99. The author of over 200 publications, Dr. Van Itallie was the first to demonstrate that weight loss was a function of calorie reduction, not changes in the protein or other composition of the diet. He…

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    Obituary: George Robert Baker

    George Robert Baker – November 5, 1929 to September 3, 2019 – died peacefully at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to George & Lucy Baker. After graduating from Carl Shurz High School in Chicago he attended Coe College graduating in 1951 with a Doctor of Commercial Science (honorary, 1974). He was employed by Continental Illinois…

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    Obituary: Florence ‘Terry’ Hoyt

    Florence “Terry” Cornelia Hoyt, age 64, passed away in Geneva, N.Y. on August 7, 2019. Terry was the beloved daughter of Elton Hoyt III (predeceased) and Barbara Higgins Hoyt; beloved sister to James Humphrey Hoyt (Fofie) and Peter Higgins Hoyt (predeceased), (Jacque); beloved aunt to Elton Hoyt, Andrew Hoyt (Courtney), Dana Hoyt (Russell Miranda), Robert Hoyt (Bailee Walton), Calla Hoyt…

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    Obituary: Lucile Turner

    Florence “Terry” Cornelia Hoyt, age 64, passed away in Geneva, N.Y. on August 7, 2019. Terry was the beloved daughter of Elton Hoyt III (predeceased) and Barbara Higgins Hoyt; beloved sister to James Humphrey Hoyt (Fofie) and Peter Higgins Hoyt (predeceased), (Jacque); beloved aunt to Elton Hoyt, Andrew Hoyt (Courtney), Dana Hoyt (Russell Miranda), Robert Hoyt (Bailee Walton), Calla Hoyt…

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    Obituary: Joseph “J Baldy” Rinaldi

    Joseph “J Baldy” Rinaldi, 76, passed into the never on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. He died from complications related to his battle with lung cancer. Baldy was born Joseph Leonard Rinaldi on April 21, 1942 to Joseph C. and Dolores F. (Colapietro) Rinaldi in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Springfield Technical High School, and…

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    Obituary: Mary Margaret Winning

    Mary Margaret Brooks Winning, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and community leader died Sunday, July 7, 2019 after a brief illness. Mary Margaret Brooks was born Dec. 11, 1924 to John and Joyce Weaver Brooks in St. Petersburg. The couple had moved to St. Petersburg earlier that year from Detroit at the request of Mrs. Brooks father T.L. Weaver.…

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    Obituary: Lee A. Doerr

    Lee A. Doerr, Jr., 65, of Mequon, Wisc., passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 1, 2019 after succumbing to a heart condition. Lee was born October 27, 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisc. to Lee A. Doerr, Sr. and Geraldine Doerr. He is survived by his loving wife, Judith; his three sons, Lee III, Troy, and Riley and their mother, Janice; four…

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    Obituary: John Kimpton Honey

    John Kimpton Honey, age 82, died on July 27, 2019. Kim was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 30, 1937; he was the son of the late Helen Chipman Honey and Albert Erroll Honey. Kim graduated from Kirkwood High School, and summa cum laude from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. (C’59), where he received a bachelor…

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    Obituary: Mary Ann Wade

    Mary Ann Wade, 87, of Fort Myers passed away on July 12, 2019. She was born to George and Inez Wilhelm on October 31, 1931 in Boca Grande. Mary Ann was married to her beloved husband Carl C. Wade for 34 Years before his passing. Mary Ann was a graduate of Fort Myers High School. She was a member of…

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    Rosemary F. Bowler, Ph.D. — August 24, 1929 – July 26, 2019

    ■ BY SANDY JACOBS Rosemary Fannie Bowler, 89, until recently a resident of Boca Grande, passed away on July 26, 2019 after a brief illness. She is survived by her sister Eleanor Bowler Craveiro, brother-in-law Donald Craveiro, several nieces and nephews and many, many friends whom she considered family. She was predeceased by her sister Jane Trimble, her brother Arthur…

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    Obituary: Dr. Blaine E. Davis

    Blaine Eugene Davis, 83, son of Blaine A. and Arlene (Nadeau) Davis died July 21, 2019 at his family residence in Portland, Maine. Blaine was born in West Enfield, Maine and grew up in Lincoln, Maine. Most recently, Blaine and Sheila have resided in Boca Grande for 22 years. Blaine graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and sailed as a Marine…

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    Obituary: James H. McBroom

    James H. McBroom, Jr. of Murfreesboro,Tenn., age 99, (1919-2019), passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18 near family in Atlanta, Ga. James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marian Ruth DeMonbreun McBroom, and by his loyal daughter, Marian Olivia McBroom Hoens, also of Murfreesboro. James served in the Army during WWII and entered Europe through Normandy. He studied…

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    Obituary: M. Weldon Rogers III

    M  Weldon Rogers III passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of July 20, 2019 at his home in Boca Grande, on the birthday of his deceased grandson Henry Weldon Rogers. He was the beloved father of Sandy Rogers (Laing), Didi Bowers (Ros), Caroline Rogers and Sarah Watt (Daniel). Grandfather of Clark and George Rogers and Page,…

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    Obituary: Priscilla T. Wilcox

    On July 16, 2019 Priscilla T Wilcox, “Cilla,” of Westwood, Mass. and formerly of West Hartford, Conn. and Boca Grande,  passed away at 91 years of age. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America and a direct descendant of pilgrims Miles Standish and Priscilla Alden as well as Jonathan Trumbull, the first governor of Connecticut. She was…

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    Obituary: Ralph Garcia III

    Ralph Garcia III, 54, passed away July 11, 2019 after a brief and sudden illness. Born and raised in Tampa, Ralph was a graduate of HB Plant High School and the University of Tampa. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, The Merrymakers Club, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and HB Plant Museum Board of Trustees. Ralph was a…

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    Obituary: Michael G. Miller

    Michael “Mike” G. Miller Jr., age 60, of Durham, NC, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on July 10, 2019 after courageously battling a series of health-related issues for many years. Mike is survived by his loving parents, Carole and Gerald Miller, his sister, Kathy Miller Alpeter, and husband David Alpeter, Jr., their children; David III, Lindsey and Alexandra, his…

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    Obituary: Mickey Carlton

    Mickey Carlton taught in a one-room schoolhouse on the island in years leading up to World War II. Mrs. Minnie M. “Mickey” Carlton, 101, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Bradenton. She was born March 20, 1918 in Marietta, Oklahoma and came to Florida at a young age in 1925. After her elementary and high school education, Mrs. Carlton…

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    Obituary: Anthony S. Duarte Jr.

    Anthony Silveria Duarte, Jr. a long-time resident of Duxbury, Linneus, Maine, and Boca Grande Fla passed away suddenly at his home on July 5, 2019 after a brief illness.He was 65 years old. Anthony leaves his wife, Hope Safe Duarte, as well as his daughter, Christine (Boris) Sanchez de Lozada and his stepchildren, Justin Nuland and Lauren (Matt) Burto. His…

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    OBITUARY: FLORITA FIELD

    Florence Rita P. “Florita” Field, 91, of Scituate left this world on June 9, 2019 and entered another, to join her daughter Janet for all time. Florita leaves her husband of 68 years, Charles; children Susan McGowan (Randolph, Mass.) and Amy Chessia (Scituate) and spouse Eric Stamp; son Charles Jr. and wife Susan (also of Scituate); and “fourth daughter” Kate…

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    Obituary: Don Terrell Sayer

    Don Terrell Sayer passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Heritage Assisted Living and Memory Care in Placida. Don was born May, 25 1936 in Toccoa, GA. He was a graduate of Mercer University and spent most of his career working in the carpet industry. He was the co-founder of Emerald Carpet where he served as president until his retirement.…

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    Obituary: Dick A. Wythes

    Richard (Dick) Allport Wythes passed away on May 25, 2019. He was born on May 14,1930 and was 89 at the time of his passing. Dick and his wife Carol (nee Krause) lived in River Hills, Wis, and in Phase II of the Boca Grande Club. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, which brought him many friends…

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    Obituary: Jon Paul Zorian

    Beloved father, brother, mentor and friend to so many, Jon Paul Zorian peacefully passed away on May 23, 2019 at the age of 75. He leaves behind his son, Justin Zorian; his sister, Noelle Zorian Malcom; his nephew, Tom Heineman; his niece, Nancy Reinhardt (Shane); several great-nieces; nephews; cousins; Debbie Zorian; Sandra Zorian; and an abundance of dear friends and…

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    Obituary: Lauren Knowles

    Recently I lost my hero. Lauren Knowles was the strongest person I have ever known. In 2014 we were told that she had stage 3 HER2 positive breast cancer. I didn’t know what to do or say, I just hugged her and asked her to be strong. She defiantly did that. I watched her bravery and was amazed at how…

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    Obituary: Patricia L.H. Drumm

    Patricia Louise Hayes Drumm departed this life peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Montereau Assisted Living in Tulsa. Born May 27, 1930 in Fayette, Mo., she was the daughter of Jay Button and Lucille Ownby Hayes. She was preceded in death by her three siblings, William Hayes, Jay Hayes and Mary Hayes Gustin. Her husband, Manuel Drumm, whom she…

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    Obituary: Joseph H. Head Jr

    Holding the hand of his wife, Joseph Henry Head Jr. passed away peacefully at home on April 24, 2019 at the age of 87. Joe Head served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of The Taft School, Yale University and Harvard Law School. He reached the pinnacle of his profession as a legal counselor at Graydon Head &…

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    Obituary: Thomas M. Hauser

    Thomas Meskell Hauser, 78, of Boca Grande and Dellwood, Minn., passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 24, 2019. Tom was born in Saint Paul, Minn. on August 6, 1940. He graduated from St. Paul Academy in 1959 and later a received a bachelor’s degree in business and psychology from the University of Minnesota. After graduating, Tom joined Federal Cartridge…

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    Obituary: Walter Lathrop Jr.

    Walter William “Bill” Lathrop, Jr., a lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio, passed away April 15, 2019 at the Kingston Residence of Perrysburg at the age of 85. Bill was born on June 5, 1933 in Toledo to the late Walter William “Dutch” Sr. and Cornelia Kelsey (Coley) Lathrop. He attended Ottawa Hills Elementary School and the Groton School in Massachusetts.…

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    OBITUARY: Bud Konheim

    Bernard “Bud” Brand Konheim of Boca Grande and Weston, Connecticut was one of those people who had thousands of friends and made every one of them feel special. So it was a sad day for many on Saturday, April 13, 2019 when he passed away in Norwalk, Conn. after he fell from his bicycle due to an unknown cause. He…

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    Obituary (pending): Bud Konheim

    Boca Grande resident and fashion industry mogul Bud Konheim died on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident in Connecticut. He was 84. Konheim was the chief executive officer of Nicole Miller Inc., and he worked with Ms. Miller for more than 40 years. You can read more about that on the Women’s Wear Daily…

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    Obituary: Victoria Kittredge

    This is a story of Queen Victoria, her long and varied life, and her love for the Thief of Soul, a.k.a. Ms. Toad’s Wild Ride (though she was not a toad at all, but did like them). This is not a story of her death at all, but rather the story of a life very well lived. On the afternoon…

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    Obituary: Mildred Kerr

    Mildred (Millie) St. Clair Pierce Kerr danced to join her “best beau” and husband, John, November 17, 2018. She died as she lived, with grace and joy. She was born November 7, 1922 in Culpeper, Virginia. Millie grew up fox and bird hunting in Orange and Warrington, Virginia with her father (who died when she was 12). She attended Randolph…

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    Obituary: Nathaniel Whiteside III

    Nathaniel Henry Whiteside, III (Nate), 89, of Glen Lake, Michigan passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Kirkland, Washington, of complications of dementia. Nate was born March 18, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Nathaniel Henry Whiteside Jr., and Mildred (Gould) Whiteside. He grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois and spent his summers at Glen Lake, Michigan with his family…

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    Obituary: Roberta Presley Johnson

    An angel has passed. Roberta Presley Johnson, born in 1942 in Boca Grande, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of Charlie Mae and Bill Presley, who owned and operated the primary grocery store on the island. Roberta grew up and went to school in Boca Grande. She had a number of childhood…

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    Obituary: James Hamilton Greer

    James Hamilton Geer, 94, passed away peacefully on, March 15, 2019. He threw himself into everything he did, no matter if it was running major corporations, church boards, his kids sports schedules, or family trips. He loved life and enjoyed enabling others to do the same. He was dedicated to his wife, Patricia, of 46 years; to his children –…

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    Cappy Joiner, Patriarch of The Pass: 1937 – 2019

    BY MARCY SHORTUSE – How strange will it be to start the 2019 tarpon season out without Capt. Cappy Joiner’s voice on the radio. His presence was huge in Boca Grande Pass, as well as in the village. While the feelings people had for him were wide ranging no one would contest that he was a local authority on fishing, on…

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    OBITUARY: Lori Charette

    BY ANNE LAMORIELLO – There was no cry for help, just a big splash. Without even thinking and before I could run for help, Lori had pushed away from the dock in our 12-foot dingy in the direction of the splashing and thrashing. The thrashing was coming from the other side of a 32-foot yacht about 60 yards away smack in…