Holmes Beach official Saunders died Feb. 22
|In Saunders' honor|
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and City Commissioners Pat Geyer, Sandy Haas-Martens, Pat Morton, John Monetti and David Zaccagnino stand in silence in memory of Bill Saunders. The assistant public works superintendent and building official died Feb. 22 at Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care in Sarasota. A private memorial took place last week and plans are being made for a public service. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
|Millie Saunders said the drawing by Judy Titsworth given to her at the memorial service "is so fitting to Bill, and all the more so since his ashes will be put in the Gulf of Mexico in a setting almost exactly as Judy drew it."
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he was shocked to learn that building official William “Bill” Saunders had died.
Saunders, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 22.
“I knew he was struggling, but I didn’t expect to lose him so quickly,” Bohnenberger said, recalling that he had hired Saunders in March 1996 as a part-time building official and a job that quickly went to full-time in July.
Bohnenberger recalled, “I was home ironing a shirt to wear to a meeting that night and Bill called, responding to a request for an interview, so I asked him to come by the house.
“It was a sort of ‘shirt-sleeve’ interview,” the mayor continued, “a typical Island interview, the sort of thing that just happens in a small town.”
Saunders has left a void at Holmes Beach city hall, where the folks who answer the phones didn’t quite know what to say to people asking for him.
The mayor said he told the staff to tell people “Bill won’t be back,” but, he added, it wasn’t easy.
“He’d been on sick leave on and off for several months, and, just within the past few weeks, wife Millie had inquired on Bill’s behalf about disability,” Bohnenberger said.
“He was a great asset for the city, and a great friend,” the mayor said. “He’ll be missed.”
Born in Ashland, Va., Saunders moved to Sarasota 25 years ago from Washington, D.C., then to Holmes Beach.
He was the building official for Holmes Beach, as well as serving on occasions as interim building official for Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. He was a general contractor and concrete contractor. He was past president of the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club.
A memorial service for friends and family was held on the beach last week. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34239, or Little Angels Dog Rescue, 3288 S.E. Hansel Ave., Arcadia FL 34266.
He is survived by wife Millie: daughters Susan Bondi, Mae MacKenzie of Paris, France, Jennifer Lignon of New York, and Shawn Schneider of Parrish, Fla.; son Joe of California; brothers in Virginia and Georgia; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Cheryl Marie DeGarmo
Cheryl Marie DeGarmo, 49, of Bradenton Beach, died Feb. 21.
Born in Maryland, Ms. DeGarmo moved to the Island in 2006. She worked with her sister, Tina Grooms, in a housekeeping business and volunteered at the Moose Lodge.
Memorial services were Feb. 28.
She is survived by fiancé Ted Golden; daughters Johanna of Pennsylvania and Karen Freeman of Arizona; sisters Liz Barrus, Pauline Chesner and Tina Grooms; brother Art Cockrell of Bradenton; four grandchildren; and three nephews and three nieces.
Lawrence Lloyd Flint
Lawrence Lloyd Flint, 60, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 22.
Memorial services will be held in Fairfax, Va., in May.
He is survived by wife Sue; sons Evan and Alden; sisters Marsha Barnhart, Maralyn, and Theresa; brother Bob Phillipson; and mother Jo Ellen.
Patricia B. Howard
Patricia B. Howard, 83, of Bradenton, died Feb. 26.
Born in Erie, Pa., Mrs. Howard moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Cincinnati. She was a graduate of Wheaton College, Norton, Mass., and a graduate of Buffalo Seminary, Buffalo, N.Y. She was dean of students at Seven Hills Middle School of Cincinnati for 24 years. She was a member of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Patricia Howard Award of Distinction, the Seven Hills School, 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, David F. of Bradenton; son Dr. David G. of Cincinnati; daughter Wendy Howard Murphy of Cincinnati; grandchildren Lauren P. Murphy, Stephen H. Murphy, Catherine F., David R. and Christopher R.
Fred C. Martindale Sr.
Fred C. Martindale Sr., 83, of Roscommon and Cedarville, Mich., and a winter visitor of Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 21 in Bradenton.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Martindale was a restaurant and bar owner in Michigan. He was a graduate of Farmington High School, Farmington, Mich. He served as a flight engineer on B-17s and B-24s in the U.S. Army Air Corps before his discharge in 1946. He was an avid flyfisher in Northern Michigan. He was a member of the Key Royale Golf Club.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Toale Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 35 years JoAnn; daughters Jane Cerand and husband Jim of Waterfuro and Torch Lake, Mich., and Mary Johnston and husband Joel of Mead, Wash.; sons Fred C. and wife Vicky of Cheboygan, Mich., and William and wife Mary of St. Joseph, Mich.; stepsons Tom Pearlman of Charles Town, W. Va., and Patrick Pearlman and wife Lisa of Charleston, W. Va.; sister Ann Orris of Roscommon; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mary Kathryn McAllister
Mary Kathryn “Mary Kay” McAllister, 74, of Bradenton Beach and Chicago, died Dec. 9, 2008.
Mrs. McAllister and her late husband, James, were contributors to a number of institutions in Chicago, including Benedictine College and St. Scholastica Academy.
Memorial services were in Illinois.
She is survived by Kevin and wife Lisa, Maura Binecki and husband Mirek; Timothy and his wife Lisa Jones, Paul and wife Sherry, and Mary Rose Smith and husband Charlie; 13 grandchildren; and sister of William Rochford, Carol Emerson, Margaret McKitterick, James Rochford, and Michael Rochford.
Glenn Meyer, 44, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 13.
Born in Islip, N.Y., Mr. Meyer moved to Anna Maria Island from Longboat Key seven years ago. He was the owner and operator of Bio-Reef, a saltwater aquarium and fish supply business that grew into a full line of pet supply businesses in Jacksonville. He graduated from Jacksonville University in 1988 with a degree in economics.
A memorial service was held in Atlantic Beach, Fla., with friends and family on the beach.
He is survived by the love of his life, Tami Moffett; and brother Richard Jr. of Holmes Beacch.