Miami-Dade Deaths

BAKER, Melvin E., 75, of Minneola, Florida, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Tampa, Melvin E Bakerafter a long and difficult illness following lung surgery. He was born on July 12, 1936, in York, PA, to the late Guy and Erma (Murphy) Baker. A graduate of the University of Miami (FL), Class of 1959, he received his Bachelor in Music Education and was the Drum Major in the Band of the Hour Marching Band. Mr. Baker went on to Masters level courses and professional certifications to grow and maintain his mastery with music education. His distinguished career with the Dade County School System includes Band Director roles at Cutler Ridge Junior High School, Miami Southwest Senior High School, and Miami Southridge Senior High School. Mr. Baker transitioned to the role of Activities Director later in his education career, offering him a new outlet for his energy, creativity, and gifted planning abilities. His passion for his art offered Mr. Baker the opportunity to participate fully and completely in the field of music education, including school band performances at such prestigious venues as the Junior Orange Bowl Parade, King Orange Bowl Parade, Miami Dolphins Half-times, Washington D.C. parade festivals, Marching Bands of America competitions, and distinguished community focused events. Whether leading Music Education or Student Activities programs, Mr. Baker engaged and energized all who interacted with him and his passion for education. He is well known for attracting large numbers of music students to his band programs. During his time as an award winning band director, he developed three of the largest band programs in the Southeast. By the time he left Cutler Ridge Junior, there were over 450 students in the program. When he left Miami Southwest, there were over 375 students in the program. When he left the music field at Miami Southridge, there were over 300 students in a very productive band program. In the 17 years as High School Band Director, his Marching Bands were awarded Superior ratings for the last 16 years. In the same 17 years, his Symphonic Bands were awarded District Superior ratings for the last 16 years. Further, Symphonic Bands from Southwest and Southridge went on to State Festival and earned Superior ratings. Mr. Baker was a sought- after band clinician and was often called to serve as guest band conductor at various District and County Festivals. In his 37 year career, Mr. Baker was very active in his professional community. He was the President of the Dade County Music Educators Association for two years and was a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, where he served as District Chairman, State President, and Marching, Concert, Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator. Additionally, he was an active member of the Florida Music Educators Association where he was the President-elect (1981-1982). He was a member of the Music Educators National Conference and Dade County Activities Directors Association, where he served as Secretary and President. Mr. Baker was also an active member of Phi Beta Mu, the Band Directors Fraternity, and the American School Band Directors Association. Mr. Baker was recognized by his peers, including Teacher of the Year Award at Miami Southridge, Sallie Mae Teacher Tribute Award, and student awards and scholarships named in his honor. He was honored in 2004 with his introduction into the University of Miami Band of the Hour Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Miami Wind Symphony, for "his 37 years of dedicated service as an award- winning band director and administrator in the Miami-Dade County School System." A loving husband, father, provider, teacher, mentor, leader, friend and faithful servant; he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clermont. He is predeceased by his parents and one brother, Donald. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of fifty-one years: Carol. K. Baker of Minneola, FL; two sons: Donald S. Baker of Tampa, FL and Richard A. Baker of Acworth, GA; and four grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 1:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 950 Seventh Street (Highway 50) in Clermont, FL. A second Memorial Service will be held in Miami, FL, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami Wind Symphony, at, in memory of Mr. Baker, to continue in his tradition of advancing and advocating for music education in the public schools. You may share a memory with the Baker family at View this Guest Book at www.

BOWEN, Lury FraklinBOWEN, Lury FraklinBOWEN, Lury FraklinBOWEN, Lury Fraklin
Lury Fraklin Bowen, one of Miami's early black police officers -- and the first black assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section -- died on June 12, 2009. He was 85.  Bowen joined the segregated department in 1948, four years after it hired its first five black officers. The last of the five, Edward Gaylorde ''Topps'' Kimball, died last year. Bowen had prostate cancer and heart disease and had undergone hip replacement. He was injured in a fall at his Miami home last Thanksgiving, and spent his final months at the State Veterans Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines, said his wife of 56 years, Curlie Delcher Bowen.
Published in The Miami Herald from June 18 to June 23, 2009
More   He was born in Madison,Florida November 17, 1923. He joined the Miami Police Dpartment May 25, 1948, promoted to Sergeant June 1, 1969, retired January 5, 1977.   He was a Patrol Supervisor for many years. He also worked in the Criminal Investigation division.  After retirement, he was employed as a lobby security guard at the Central Station. Later, he was a greeter  welcoming retirees who visited Police Headquarters.  He was remembered for his booming voice and big smile.


BROWN, Harvey Earl M.D.
Dr. Harvey Earl BrownDr. Harvey E. Brown, Jr. of Miami, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sept. 15, 2012. Dr. Brown was born in Norfolk, Va. on Dec. 24, 1923 to Harvey and Madeleine Keeling Brown. Dr. Brown attended the University of California at Berkley for Pre-Med and Marquette University Medical School, completing his degree in medicine in 1948. While at Marquette he met Marjorie Elaine Tweedt, who was also studying medicine. They were married in 1948, one week before they both graduated from medical school. Dr. Brown served in the US Army from 1942-1945 and again from 1952-54, where he served as a Captain and regimental surgeon in the Korean War. He received a Bronze Star for Valor for his actions in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. Dr. Brown practiced at the V.A. Hospital in Petersburg, Va. after returning from Korea and when he completed his service with the Army moved with his wife and young children to Miami, Fl in 1954. There he started his 55 years of working for the Veterans Administration and joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine, becoming a full Professor in the Department of Rheumatology. He was a proud member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society. His forte' was caring for his patients, his diagnostic acumen and teaching medical students, interns, residents and fellows. He devoted his life to the field of medicine and continued to practice and teach until 2008. Dr. Brown is survived by his wife Marjorie and his sons Thomas, Daniel and Timothy Brown, daughter Carol Kirtley and daughters-in-law Bethany (Buckley) Brown and Juenlee (Syn) Brown and his grandchildren Kelly, Matthew, Nicole, Tijay, Jillian, Brian, Natalie and Tobyn, and grandson-in-law, Jesse Bakke plus extended family members and friends. A memorial service will take place at 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at East Ridge Retirement Village, 19301 SW 87th Ave., Cutler Bay, Fl 33157. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, 8626 SW Citrus Boulevard, Palm City, Fl 34990 -


CASH, Barbara Schneider
Barbara Schneider Cash, of Moody, formerly of Eustis,Florida, passed away August 3, 2011, at the age of 82. Born February 20, 1929, in Miami, Florida, she was the daughter of Rudolph John Schneider and Vair Schepman Schneider. She lived most of her life in Eustis and was very active at First Presbyterian Church and in PEO. Barbara was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is
survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles "Smokey" Cash; children, Charles "Chuck" Cash Jr., Vair Cash Moore (Lann); sister, Jenna Anne Broyles; brother, Rudy Schneider Jr. (Dorothy); granddaughter, Courtney Moore Dell (Hal); and many nieces, nephews, and
cousins. There will be a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Eustis, Saturday, August 27th, 2011 with a reception following the service in the
fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be to First Presbyterian Church-organ fund or Martha Wilds fund- 117 S. Center St., Eustis, FL 32726; PEO; or the Humane Society of Lake County, PO Box 1904, Eustis, FL 32726.

Friday, August 26, 2011
The Daily Commercial 

CHANNING, Eileen Sarah (Campbell), 67 died 10/29/2011. Eileen was a native of
Miami, FL, having graduated from Miami Senior High, Miami-Dade College and
Florida International University.  She worked for more than 30 years in the real
estate investment departments of insurance companies such as The Prudential,
Travelers, and John Alden.
Through specific study and designations with
well-known real estate organizations, she advanced to being an executive. She is
survived by her son, Philip; and his wife, Michelle, and grandson, Cameron. The
 family will be receiving friends on Saturday 11/5 at 11:30am followed by a
Celebration Of Life Service at 12:00pm at Van Orsdel Kendall Chapel. In lieu of
flowers, Eileen requested that donations be made to the National Ataxia Foundation,
Published in The Miami Herald on November 3, 2011
George Michael CrissosCHRISSOS, GEORGE MICHAEL. July 4, 1925 - Oct. 22, 2011 What mattered most to George Chrissos were the lessons he imparted to his family and students: Embrace life, love and respect your family and friends, and take a chance now and again to tell a story they'll never forget. A teacher who spent 40 years in the classroom, he was still teaching in his final hours. Friday, at the Coral Gables home of daughter Joan Chrissos and son-in-law Ken Roberts, his Paraguayan hospice nurse asked him how he  feeling. He didn't respond until she spoke in Spanish. When she asked: "Do you want to teach me English?" he whispered in Spanish: "Yes. I will teach you English." He passed away the next day. Holding his hand: Patricia, his beloved bride of 60 years. By his side: oldest daughter Laurie Foster of Deerfield, N.H., Joan, Ken and Brownie and Scotty, the dogs that loved to jump into his lap the moment he walked into the door. George Michael Chrissos, born in Union City, New Jersey, was the youngest of four children of grocer Michael George Chrissos and Eleni Theofanides. He was "Baby George," the little boy in the red wagon pulled by his three adoring sisters: Despina, Kaliopy and Mary. He outlived them all. He was a decorated World War II veteran, a member of Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army, 80th Infantry Division, the men who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated Buchenwald. His heroics earned him a Purple Heart, a World War II Victory Medal, a European - African - Middle - Eastern Campaign Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. George believed passionately in learning and education. He graduated from Morris High School, the oldest and most prestigious high school in The Bronx, received a bachelors degree from City College of New York, and earned a masters from Teachers College at Columbia University. He taught Spanish and Latin, a language he loved because it underpinned many English words. If he couldn't figure it out in Latin, he turned to Greek, the language of his ancestors. He sold cookies from his classroom to raise money for scholarships, and organized after-school activities for the Spanish and Latin clubs. Weekends, he took his students to festivals, plays and museums, introducing them to the food, arts and culture of the Hispanic heritage. Professionally, he rose to the chairmanship of the foreign language department of Sachem (N.Y.) High School. He was one of six language teachers in New York State selected to write questions for the Spanish Regents exams. Personally, he was a published poet, and an avid reader who kept a dictionary and notepad besides his books to jot down the definitions of any unfamiliar words. He was an accomplished bowler who bowled all strikes in one game, except for the first frame, and a vegetable gardener justifiably proud of his beefsteak tomatoes. He was also a long-suffering N.Y. Mets and Boston Red Sox fan. It was fitting that he met his wife, Patricia Squicciarini, on the diamond at Mount Airy Lodge in the Poconos. As he told the story, his teammates wanted him to run home, but he was more inte rested in the brunette playing third base and stopped there. They married on June 10, 1951 in Brooklyn, N.Y. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June. His proudest accomplishments were his family, friends and students. In addition to his wife, daughters and son-in-law Ken, he is survived by son-in-law Steven Foster, grandchildren Cooper and Logan Roberts and Tyler Foster and many nieces and nephews. He was surrogate grandfather to many of his grandsons friends, notably Parker McGee, Nick and Eric Neitzel, Nick Wenzel, Adrian Sanchez-Roig and Daniel Irvin. He spent his last eight years in South Florida, where he regularly quizzed Cooper and Logan on their classes at St. Philip's Episcopal School, Miami Country Day and Ransom Everglades. He rarely missed their baseball games, a birthday party or Wednesday "empanada nights". He loved to tell stories over Sunday dinner, including the one about the time he and his Jersey buddies drove up to Fenway Park in the middle of the night to watch the last game of the baseball season, Oct. 3, 1948. The Sox crushed the Yankees, 10-5, earning them a spot in the first- ever American League playoff game the next day against the Cleveland Indians. George and friends camped out in the Fenway parking lot, only to wake up to find a line of ticket buyers snaking around the stadium. Unable to snag tickets, they returned home and listened to the game on the car radio. The Sox lost. No matter. George had a moment in time that would last a lifetime, and he taught all who listened a valuable life lesson about seizing the day. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, 3344 S.W. Eighth St., Miami. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 1121 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables, across the street from Salvadore Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Our Little Roses Ministries, P.O. Box 464, Somerset, VA 22972 
 (The Miami Herald on October 26, 2011)

CREWS, Keara S -47 -
Keara Shavelle CrewsPALATKA - Keara Shavelle Crews, 47, Palatka, departed this life Sept. 14 at Shands Hospital, Gainesville.  She was born in Miami to Chrles Crews and the late Mary Lee Walker Crews.  Keara was employed with Putnam County Schools and also worked as a manager for Brown & Services Group Home.  She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter, father, uncle and aunt who assisted in her care, and a host of cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.  Arrangements entrusted to Cusack Mortuary, DeLand. (386) 734-3831. Palatka Daily News Sep 18, 2014 p8A

MARK G. DELLAS -  82 -
WINTER HAVEN - Mark G. Dellas (born Lathourakis), of Winter Haven, Florida, passed away at the age of 82 on Sunday, January 26, 2014, due to complications after a major gastro-intestinal illness.
Formerly of North Miami, he is survived by his loving wife, Lee Kathleen (Barr) Dellas, his stepson Dan Plourde and wife Cheryl, along with their children, Johnny, Daniel, Abigail, Noah, Emma Lee, Hannah, Christian, Maggie, Avery, Sunday, Justice and Hunter Plourde, his daughter, Susan Walsh, and husband Daniel, and son, Nicholas Dellas, and his daughter Elizabeth.
Mark graduated from the University of Miami in 1954. He ran his own cotillion (a dancing school for boys and girls) in Miami during the 1960s, and also worked for the North Miami Parks and Recreation Department, teaching tennis and dancing. In the early 1970s, he was an Amway direct distributor who oversaw three other direct distributors. He graduated with a Master's of Science degree from Biscayne College in 1979.
Mark taught science and physical education in the Miami-Dade School System for forty years, retiring in 1992. During his "retirement" he planted his own orange grove. Mark enjoyed feeding the fish on "his" Lake Buckeye, and loved dogs.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred. – Lakeland Ledger, Thursday, Fed. 13, 2014

EPSTEIN, Samuel (Sonny)
Epstein, Samuel (Sonny), passed away August 10, 2012.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.on March 6, 1920.  He loved
music from Jazz to Classical.At severnteen he was traveling
with the big bands. He was a Veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater for 4 years.After the war he wed Norma and
they were happily married for 65 years.He Played Bass with
the Jackie Gleason Show for 5years and was Principal Bass
and Personnel Manager for the Florida Philharmonic
Orchestra and also played with the Naples Philharmonic for
over 10 years. He then played with the Palm Beach Pops
and retired seven years ago. Sam had 3 Sons. He was Grandpa of two, Great -Grandpa to three. He adored them all. You'll live in our hearts forever. The family and I will love you always.        Arrangements by Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels-Kendall

Published in The Miami Herald on August 15, 2012

FARRINGTON, Elouise Bain
Elouise Bain Farrington ObituaryFARRINGTON, ELOUISE BAIN, 89, passed away August 10, 2012. She retired in 1984 after twenty-eight years as owner
of Tracy's Groceries and Sundries and Morris Grocery. She is survived by a daughter and a son. Litany services at the Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church at 7:00pm Thursday 8/16, with Funeral Services to follow at 11:00am Friday 8/17. Arrangements by Richardson Funeral Home.
Published in Miami Herald on August 15, 2012
WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA: Jesus Jaime Garcia, 69, died May 5, 2012. He was born in Mexico to Juan and Maria Garcia Jaime in Mexico. He was a citrus fruit worker, and came to the Winter Haven area in 1964. He was a Catholic, and enjoyed music and traveling. Survivors include his wife, Herminia Jaime; his sons, Jesus Jaime, Manuel (Dionne) Jaime, Daniel (Alejandra) Jaime, Jose (Jill) Jaime, and Juan Jaime; a stepson, Frankie (Spring) Medacco; two stepdaughters, Tammy Medacco and Yolanda Lisa Medacco; his sisters, Guadalupe (Jose) Garcia and Leticia (Saul) Ramirez; his brothers, Agustin (Estela) Jaime, Jesus (Adela) Jaime, and Ernesto (Alma) Jaime; 8 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; and 3 step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services were held at St. Ann Catholic Church. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery by Oak Ridge Funeral Care.

GOSSMAN, Lillian C. Thigpen
In Okeechobee Co. pioneer and Florida native, went to be with the Lord, October
27, 2011.  Born November 1, 1915 in Hanford near Lake
Okeechobee, Lillian was one of ine children born to Jessie Mae Robinson and William CLinton Thigpen.  She lived in
the area of Lake Okeechobee until she was 12 when the 1928 hurricane devastated her community.  She survived but her mother Jessie, brother Phillip and sister Pearl were lost in the storm.  After the hurricane, Lillian moved to the Kendall area of Miami-Dade County, FL to live with her sister, Alice White and attended Ponce de Leon High School in Coral Gables.
She married Clifton Kemp Gossman in 1931, and they lived in the Redlands where Cliff was involved in agriculture and Lillian was a full-time mother and homemaker.  Lillian is sur-
vived by her four daughters and their husbands.  She also leaves behind eightgrandchildren and fifteen great-grand
children who were her pride and joy.  After the passing of her husband in 1990, Lillian remained in the Redlands continuing to devote her time and attention to her family and her church, Silver Palm United Methodist.  She was an actaive member of Silver Palm and greatly enjoyed her years singing in the choir.  In 2005, ill health forced a move to The Fountains, a senior citizen community in Melbourne, FL.  Lillian became a
greeter at The Fountains and attended church services in the
Fountians Chapel as well as the First United Methodist Church of Melbourne.  Lillian passed away while in the loving care of the William Child's Hospice House.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Silver Palm United Methodist Church 15855 S. W. 248St., Homestead, on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 A.M. Internment will follow at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery, 27100 Old Dixie Hwy, Homestead.  Visitation is Friday, November 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Ave., Homestead.  A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 13, at The Fountains. 4451 Stack Blvd., Melbourne, Fl at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may also be made to The Florida Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725 or The William Child's Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32905.
Published in The Miami Herald on November 3, 2011
HAAST, William Edward   Miami Herald

The great legendary Bill Haast, pioneer of venom production for venom research since 1946, founder and Director of the world renowned Miami Serpentarium Laboratories, at the age of 100 has now faded into the mist of history.

He was a beloved, admired and courageous humanitarian who dedicated his life to producing high quality venoms to the research community worldwide, in the hopes that by making them available in a research-grade form and in great abundance, it would stimulate the investigation into nature’s treasure chest of active biological substances and unlock the mysteries and the healing power of venoms. He has, without question, done more to advance the use of venoms in medicine and science than any other person in the world.  He began taking venom from snakes when he was a lad of 6.

He originated the concept of using cobra venom to cure polio, and other venoms for the treatment of arthritis and multiple sclerosis. He was the first person to self-immunize against snakebites, which enabled him to donate his life-giving blood to 21 victims of snakebites, all of whom survived. In the late seventies he was flown to Venezuela to donate blood to a small boy in the jungle bitten by a tropical coral snake. The boy survived, and Bill was made an honorary citizen of Venezuela.

He produced over a pint of coral snake venom for the production of the first coral snake antivenom serum in the United States which took 3 years and 69,000 handlings of coral snakes to accomplish and was the sole supplier of venom for antivenin serum production in the U.S. for over 40 years.

He has been honored with commendations and proclamations from Presidents and Mayors, and was most recently bestowed with the gold key to the county of Dade, Florida and honored with a day, April 4, 2008 dedicated to his name in Miami, his adopted city. His list of accomplishments over a lifetime is too great to be listed here.

Truly one of the last great American heroes, he passed away peacefully in his home in S.W. Florida on Wednesday, evening June 15, 2011.

He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, daughters Naia Hannah, Shantih, and their mother Clarita; granddaughters Talaria, and Nancile (Pinky); grandson William E. Haast III (Willie); two great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorial services will held at a late date. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory Punta Gorda Chapel.


HERNDON, Rodger D.  75-
( Lakeland Ledger, Jan. 12,2011, page B-5 )
Auburndale- ( this is Polk Co. )
Rodger D.Herndon,75, of Auburndale died Jan. 20,2011
of heart failure. Mr. Herndon was born in Miami,Florida,
J une 8, 1935. He was a F.S.U. graduate. After retiring as
 a Supervisor for Osceola County, he worked for 10 yrs
as a crossing guard with the Polk County Sheriff's
 Survivors include his wife Sandra; daughter Catherine;
sister Ginny and grandchildren.
Family request
contributions to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson
 Ave. Auburndale, Fl. -Private service.

Rita M HigginsRita M. Higgins, 89, of Brooksville, formerly of Palatka, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her residence following an extended illness.  Born in New York City, N. Y, on January 31, 1925, Mrs. Higgins served in the USO during WWII.  She served in the Stephen Ministry at the Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Pembroke Pines and the Cursillo Ministry, where she was active for many years preparing garlic bread and lasagna.  Mrs. Higgins was also known for her magnificent holiday meals.  The last two churches she attended were the Trinity Methodist Church in Palatka and the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville.  

  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas Louis Honeycutt, who passed away due to injuries sustained in World War II, and William C. Higgins; and her parents, Peter and Mary Ditroia.  
  Surviving Mrs. Higgins are two sons and daugter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, a sister, five grandchildren and spouses, and three great-grandchildren.
  Calling hours will be from 4-7p.m. Wednesday (today Feb. 19 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with a funeral service beginning at 5 p.m. with Rev. Gene Maddox officiating.  Committal services will be 2 p.m. Thursday Feb 20 at the Flagler Memorial Park in Miami.
   Friends may sign the online guestbook at Memorial gits may be sent to The Crsillo Movement, P.O. Box 799, Jarrell, TX 76537.  
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

The Palatka Daily News  Feb 19, 2014 pt 8q, col 1

MAGIDA, Dr. Alan B Mar 20, 1939 - May 19, 2012 Dr. Dr. Alan MagidaMagida was born in NewYork, lived in Parchester NY until age 12 when family moved to Miami, attended Coral Gables Senior High School, University of Florida - was a member of Ph Lam, where he formed friendships that lasted his entire life. Also attended dental school at Western Reserve Dental School (now Case Western) then served as a dentist in the Navy at Camp Pendleton. Alan established his dental practice in Miami - was the only dentist that people enjoyed going to. He had a passon for writing letters to the editors of various publications and politicians commenting, and providing his views, on current events.  Mostly he loved female relationships, having been married and divorced four times, and having enjoyed numerous other female relationships.
 Alan provided volunteer services and conducted classes for patients and residents at the Home for the last several years and was recently recognized by the Home as one of its most outstanding volunteers.
Family believes that Alan would actually prefer that you remember him by enjoying a great meal and lifting your glasses in a toast to a great guy who lived and loved life, the way he wanted, his way and on his terms.
Alan is survived by a brother, a niece and nephew, devoted cousins, several ex-wives and numerous friends and admirers. Services will be held on Wed. May 23, 2012, at 2:00p.m. Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 5900 Sw 77 Ave, Miami, Fl 33143
McCREARY, JANE WHITLOCK, 94 of Coral Gables, FL  passed  away Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Coral Gables. She was born July 17, 1917 in Benton, AR to James F. and Annice Danner Whitlock. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary and her "third son, Tom Douglas. Jane is now reunited in her passing with her true love, Paul Darmon McCreary, Sr. She is survived by her two sons.  Also surviving are three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Jane was a resident of the Miami and the Coral Gables area for over 80 years since leaving her childhood home in AR. She graduated from Miami High School. Long before women were commonplace in the world of business, Jane and her sister Mary operated several shops in Miami Beach. She was also President of International Sales, Rental and Leasing, where she proved to be a tough, but fair operator in a male dominated South Florida rental car business. She was successful in the South Florida real estate business and managing the family's properties. She was active in the local school organizations, Cub Scouts and supporting her son's many activities. One of her great traits is that she never put limits on what her children. grandchildren and great grandchildren could accomplish in life. She celebrated all their successes and supported their limitations and failures along the way. She took pride in out fishing her boys; she was an avid collector of historic bricks in which she was featured in a Miami Herald story. Her historic brick collection which spans hundreds of years of American history has been bequeathed to the City of Coral Gables. She enjoyed reading and playing card games; famous for never letting her children, grandchildren or great grandchildren win. A celebration of her 94 years of a wonderful life for family and friends will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 14th at the Funeraria Memorial Plan Chapel, 1717 S.W. 37th Avenue in Miami (Coral Gables), Florida. An interment service will be immediately following at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
MORRISSEY, JOHN F. 88, passed away at Baptist Hospital on September 6, 2011. He was a native of Missouri and a long time resident of Miami, Florida. He served in the Army Air Corp, serving during World War II in North Africa. Mr. Morrissey spent his working life as a flight engineer, allowing him the opportunity to travel throughout the world and live in many locations, including several years in Berlin, Germany. Prior to retirement he returned to Miami, Florida, the city he loved. Mr. Morrissey was predeceased by his sisters, Marian Snow and Jeanne Mingo. He is survived by a niece, Michele Kennedy, her husband, Michael Kennedy, and great nieces, Danielle and Alexandra Kennedy. Mr. Morrissey was blessed with very supportive and loving friends. The family requests that donations be made to the American Kidney Fund, Patient Services, 6110 Executive Blvd., #1010, Rockville, MD, 20852 or the American Heart Association , en lieu of flowers. Visitation Thursday, September 8th, 5 pm to 8 pm. Service Friday, September 9th at 9:30 AM at View this Guest Book at www.
Published in The Miami Herald on September 7, 2011
ROGERS, Harold B. -  82 - Metro-Dade Co. District Fire Chief
LAKELAND - Mr. Harold B. Rogers, died of respiratory failure Monday (January 27, 2014). He was born March 17, 1931, in South Carolina. He was a retired district fire chief in Metro-Dade County, and a member of the International Fire Fighters Union 1403. He was a USMC Korean War veteran.
Mr. Rogers loved fishing, skeet shooting, wood working, travel, spoiling his wives and granddaughters, and spending time with family. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his father Clarence Benjamin Rogers; mother Edna Rogers; wife Norma Jean Rogers; and brother James Rogers.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Rogers, Lakeland; sons Dr. Kenneth (Jill) Rogers, Winter Haven, Richard Rogers, Oakland, FL; granddaughters Sarah Rogers, Clearwater, FL, Amanda (Adam) Livesay, Largo, FL, April Rogers, Atlanta, GA; companion, his little Muff. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 1/31/14, at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, 2/1/14 at Christ Lutheran Church.
Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery. Donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 2715 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL, 33805, (863) 682-7802 and Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL, 33823, (863) 297-1880. -
Ledger, Wed. Jan. 29, 2014


ROSE, Mary S
Mary S Rose ObituaryMary went in peace and with great joy to be
with her Lord and Savior on July 11th in
Clinton, MS. Born Mary Elizabeth Smith on
1/13/17 in Birmingham, AL, to the late Mary
 Beatrice Bearden and William Henry Smith.  Mary was a long time resident of Miami-Dade County, having graduated Miami Senior High at the height of the Great Depression. For decades, she was a devoted member of
Shenandoah Presbyterian Church, the bookkeeper at Granada
Presbyterian and later at The Old Cutler Presbyterian Church.
Her great loves were serving her Lord by holding and rocking
the infants in the nursery at church, singing in the choir, and
being a Christian witness, friend and matron to each person she met. Her loving, motherly spirit will remain an inspiration for thousands but especially her own family. She is survived by
five of her children: Mary E. (Beth) Bondurant, [Bob] of
Huntington, WV; Paul M. Rose [Lori] of Fernandina Beach,
FL; John H. Rose of Clinton, MS; Timothy R. Rose [Suzanne]
of Miami; and Rebecca B. Parrott, [Carl] of Greer, SC. Mary
was predeceased by her eldest son, James W. Rose [Linda]
formerly of Rolla, MO. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 27
great-grandchildren, and many, many more extended family
members in the Lord. A celebration of her life of service will be held at The Old Cutler Presbyterian Church at 14401 Old
Cutler Road on Saturday, August 11th at 2:00 P.M. Donations
may be made to the charity of choice or to The Old Cutler
Presbyterian Church, 33158. "Be of good cheer, daughter,
your faith has made you well." Matt. 9:22

Flora Celia RuzalFlora Celia Ruzal passed away on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
after a courageous battle with cancer.She will be deeply missed by her husband of 30 years, Carlos, children, Ian and Nicholle and her many friends who were like family to her. Flora was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Raquel and Guillermo Bron and moved to Miami 20 years ago.Flora received her degree in Jewish Education and was a teacher of Hebrew and Jewish Studies throughout her career and for many years at Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom. She loved children and sharing her Jewish heritage with them. Flora was a woman who thrived on learning, teaching and giving. She will be missed for her generous heart and soul, sense of humor and sparkle. Most of all, Flora was a devoted, loving mother and wife. Funeral Services will be held at Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom on Friday June 8, 2012 at 11:30 am, with interment to follow at Mt. Nebo,  Kendall. The family will be observing shiva at their home.                          Published in Miami Herald  June 7, 2012


Robert Holmes StruthersSTRUTHERS, ROBERT HOLMES, born September 30, 1919, Irvington, NJ, died Sunday, August 21, 2011. He was a 50 year resident of Miami,FL and moved to The Villages, FL in October 1995. A 35 year employee of Florida Power and Light Company; retired March 30, 1984. When World War II erupted, he enlisted in the Army of the United States. As Group Sergeant Major of the 494th Bombardment Group (H) his overseas duty in the South Pacific included Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, Angaur (Caroline Islands), Manila and Okinawa. As a 45 year member of the Country Club of Coral Gables, Florida, he served as a director of that organization, was president of the 10th Holers Golf Association and two Toastmaster Clubs. A 29 year Rotarian, he was also a member of BPOE Miami Lodge #948, The American  Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, assisted Junior Achievement and was active in other social and civic groups. He is survived by 2 sisters: Anne Marie Leppin, Salem, OR; Betty Smith, Port Jarvis, NY and brother Monk Struthers, Great Falls, MT. Inurnment will be at Miami Memorial Park, Miami, FL. Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, FL. View this Guest Book at www.
Published in The Miami Herald on September 8, 2011


May 8, 2011

Tim K. TRIPP of Buckingham passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011 surrounded by  friends at the home of Karen Kopp.
  He was born September 20, 1947 in Miami, FL, making Southwest Florida his  home in 1980. Though an architect by training, he was an artist. He will  be remembered for his photography of Florida's flora and fauna and for the sound of his guitar when he'd grace us with song. He welcomed the
opportunity to share his hobbies with his friends including cooking,  fishing, boating, and story telling.
 Tim is survived by daughters, a sister, and three step-daughters.  The family will be celebrating Tim's life Sunday, May 15, from 3-5pm at  Whisper Creek Clubhouse 1, 1887 N State Road 29, LaBelle, FL 33935. Light  food and refreshments will be provided. All friends are welome to attend  and encouraged to bring their favorite photos of or by Tim.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests to make donations in Tim's memory  to the CREW Land & Water Trust:
 Published in The News-Press on May 13, 2011



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