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Date of Issue: March 01, 2007

Obituaries

Sam 'Bossie' Droukas

Sam "Bossie" Droukas, 87, of Anna Maria Island, Eastchester, N.Y., and Hendersonville, N.Y., died Feb. 15.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was a partner for 50 years with the family business, Bossies Good Foods, in the Bronx. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in New Guinea.

Memorial services were Feb. 20 and Mass of Christian Burial Feb. 21 in New York. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Westchester Funeral Home, Eastchester, N.Y., was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Anna Michilli; sons George of White Plains, Joseph of Moultonboro, N.H., and John of Anna Maria Island; grandchildren Christine, Maryann, John, Jessica, Sara, John, Mackenzy and Anarita; and great-grandchildren Michael, Connor and Matthew.

 

Shirley A. Deavours Little

Shirley A. Deavours Little, 69, of Bradenton, died Feb. 15.

Visitation and services were Feb. 19. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by husband Raymond F.; daughter Jan Poe and her husband Paul of Jasper, Ala.; sons James R. Hambrick III and wife Deborah of Sarasota, and Tom and his wife Angelice of Stockbridge, Ga.; sisters Billie R. Skaggs of Holmes Beach and Sarah L. DeFrancesco and husband Joe of Whitmore Lake, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.

 

Bruce W. McCollaum

Bruce W. McCollaum, 71, of Bradenton, died Feb. 12.

Born in New York, N.Y., Mr. McCollaum moved to Manatee County from New Jersey in 2002. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the Elks, Moose and American Legion. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.

A Memorial Mass will be held at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Daily Bread, P.O. Box 9544, Bradenton FL 34206. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Barbara McNally; son Bruce W. Jr. of Thailand; daughter Linda Johnson of New Jersey; stepdaughter Janelle Campbell of New Jersey; and four grandchildren.

 

Maurice Thomas 'M.T.' Owens

Maurice Thomas "M.T." Owens, 82, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, Auburndale and Dickson, Tenn., died Feb. 8.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1230 Tuttle Ave. S., Sarasota FL 34239.

He is survived by daughters Arlene Byrne of Holmes Beach and Christine Dimitrijevich and her husband, Nick, of Tampa; son Eugene Shuler of St. Petersburg; grandson Alex Green; and great-granddaughters Samantha and Michelle Sullivan.

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