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Date of Issue: June 22, 2006

Obituaries

Gilbert Theodore 'Gib' Bergquist

Gilbert Theodore “Gib" Bergquist, 81, of Holmes Beach, died June 11.

Born in Pierce, Fla., Mr. Bergquist was a graduate of Mulberry High School and attended the University of Florida before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. After three years of military service, he returned to Gainesville and received bachelor's and master's degrees in biology. He joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1951 and, during his 24-year career, served in field offices around the country. He later received another master's degree in forensic science from George Washington University.

He moved back to Florida in 1979. He was a member of the Florida Association of Museums State Board, chair of the Manatee County Historical Commission and he served on the Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors and Holmes Beach Police Department Pension Board. He was also active in the Boy Scouts and Little League. He was a avid gardener and among his many interests were reading and fishing. He was the author of “Cracker's Crumbs," a compilation of columns he wrote for several newspapers that was published to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 23 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216; or to the Manatee Village Historical Park, 604 15th St. E., Bradenton FL 34205.

He is survived by wife Madeleine; daughters Deborah Anne Ross, Laura Anne Motta and Marisa Inez Bergquist; son Kevin Francis; daughter-in-law Constance Bergquist; son-in-law Arthur Ross; brothers Richard and John; grandsons Gilbert Theodore III and James Leigh Bergquist and Shawn and Ian Ross; nephews Stephen and Richard Jr.; and niece Janet Bulman. He was predeceased by son Gib Jr., who died earlier this year.

 

Harry J. Boothe

Harry J. Boothe, 86, of Anna Maria and Bradenton, died June 8.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Boothe moved to Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base when he joined the military. He served in World War II, the Korean War, the Berlin air lift, the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam. He was stationed with and remained friends with the crew that flew the "Enola Gay," the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He was a lieutenant colonel when he retired after 30 years. He owned and operated a Pepsi-Cola plant in Fort Myers. He raised cattle and farmed in Tallevast on his "Matoka Ranch." He worked with building contractors and later started "Boothe Construction Seminars." He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and American Legion.

Visitation was June 11 and Services June 12. Griffith-Cline Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 29 years Dee; nephew Harry; and two great-nephews.

 

Michael Grace

Michael Grace, 59, of Bell, Fla., died June 2.

Mr. Grace came to Florida from Alabama in the late 1960s. He was a former law enforcement officer with the Holmes Beach Police Department.

Memorial services will be in Jasper, Ala., at a later date.

He is survived by wife Judi; son Jason of Largo; sister Barbara Maczo of Jasper; two nephews; and one niece.

 

Evelyn M. Shields

Evelyn M. Shields, 82, of Longboat Key, died June 2.

Born in Tarboro, N.C., Mrs. Shields came to Manatee County from Tampa in 1973. She was a homemaker. She was a Special Olympics volunteer. She was Baptist.

Visitation was June 6 and memorial services June 7 at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

She is survived by daughter Evelyn L. of Longboat Key; sons Philip H. Jr. of Anna Maria, Michael D. of Bradenton, and Patrick D. of Bedford, Texas; sister Estelle Saxon of Phoenix City, Ala.; brother James B. Denton of Carrolton, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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