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Date of Issue: September 01, 2010

Obituaries

Roland A. Cadoret

Roland A. Cadoret, 91, of Bradenton, died Aug. 19. He was born Aug. 8, 1919, in Woonsocket, R.I. Mr. Cadoret served as a B-17 pilot in World War II and participated in the D-Day Invasion. He was a German prisoner of war for almost a year. He was a talented musician and played trumpet in many bands, including his family's own dance band.

He married Helen Anne Hoffmann, of Richmond, Va., in 1945 and moved in 1959 to Bradenton where Mr. Cadoret worked in advertising for the Bradenton Herald. He retired from the St. Petersburg Times advertising department in 1985.

He was a charter member of the Manasota Chapter of Ex-Prisoners of War and served as chapter commander. He was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, DeSoto Council and the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice Advertising Council. For many years, he was a member of the DeSoto Conquistadors. He was instrumental in assisting his wife in founding the Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes, where he served as president of its board of directors and volunteered in countless capacities. He also served for years as president and board member of the Imperial House Condominium Association in Bradenton Beach. He was a self-taught computer buff and the volunteer editor of newsletters for several community organizations.

A funeral Mass was held Aug. 28 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bradenton, where the Cadoret family are congregants for more than 51 years. Memorial donations may be sent to Manasota SOLVE Inc., 1509 Eighth Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Mr. Cadoret is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen; daughters Carollyn Kinneer of Bradenton and JoAnne Sheldon-Ramsey and husband John of Sarasota; two grandchildren, Alexandra Sheldon of Oklahoma City and Nicholas Sheldon of Orlando.

S.M. ‘Kitty’ DeGraves

S.M. “Kitty” DeGraves, 73, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 23. She was born in Burlington, Wis., and spent all of her adult life in the South. She was an avid animal lover and trained service dogs for the deaf and hearing impaired. She owned, with her friend and partner, a pet boarding facility in Myakka City.

There was to be no service. Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made Animal Network in care of Laurie Crawford, 1201 42nd St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

Ms. DeGraves is survived by two nieces, Linda Wedlake Donley of Capron, Ill., and Diane Wedlake Habeck of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; and longtime friend Netty Yarbrough of Bradenton.

Dennis C. Duffy

Dennis C. Duffy, 55, of Robinson Township, Ohio, died Aug. 21. He was the son of the late George and Grace Duffy of Ingram, who took over the Mid-Island Drive In in the 1960s and renamed it Duffy’s Tavern prior to selling the business to the Geyer family.

Private services were held at Schoedinger Funeral Services, Grove City Chapel. Online condolences may be made to www.schoendinger.com.

He is survived by wife Jackie; son Dennis Jr.; daughters Kristin Kraus and Jamie Duffy-Keller; sister Becky Raburn of Holmes Beach; grandchildren Chelsey, Marissa and Devon Kraus; and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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