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Vol. 14 No. 25 - April 16, 2014


Gertrude 'Trudy' Price Horigan

Gertrude "Trudy" Price Horigan, 78, born July 26, 1935, passed away from complications of a short bout with pneumonia Monday, April 7.

She is survived by her devoted, handsome husband, John Horigan; all five of her magnificent children, Aileen, Kerry, James, Garret and Margaret; and 14 fun grandkids.

John and Trudy were married in 1957. Trudy met John in high school 63 years ago. They were married for 56 colorful years. They moved to Anna Maria Island in 1998 from Winter Haven, Fla., and have been active residents of the Island. She was an extremely creative person and was able to express her love of the arts through the Monday Painters; buying, sewing and selling textiles from various parts of the world at different venues on the Island; antiquing; and world travels to visit kids and grandkids. Trudy was committed to service, assisting, learning and contributing in the art community, Island orchestra, AID, both Roser Church and thrift store, Cultural Connections, Our Daily Bread and Boa Sisterhood of Chapter 114. All this kept her extremely active which as a result, kept her husband, John, busy keeping up with her. All this and yet still making time everyday to visit the beach and take in the sun and the sand. She never sent a family update or card that didn’t proclaim her joy of living on Anna Maria Island. She always wanted to die in her lovely home on Anna Maria Island, and she did. 

In celebration of Trudy’s life a memorial service will be held at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent to Roser Community Church , P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Joshua Robert Matice

Joshua Robert Matice was born April 8, 1972, in St. Johns Michigan and passed into the light suddenly on April 7, 2014, at home.

Josh is survived by his beloved sons, Canaan and Quentin; daughter, Cheyanne; fiancée, Lindsey Saritzer; his brother, Zach (Jennie and Noah), of White Lake, Mich.; stepsister, Betsy McMullen (Ken and Jenna), of Cortland, N. Y.; stepbrother, Rob Oliver (Aly, Jaye and Elle), of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and his mother, Valerie, of Anna Maria.

Josh came to Anna Maria Island in time to start second grade and Anna Maria Elementary School. He participated in youth center activities: soccer, baseball and basketball. He attended Roser Church’s Youth Group and was a Cub Scout. While attending King Middle School, he became a social butterfly uniting Islanders and towners. Also while there, he was co-emcee for their Hands Across America Music Jamboree. While attending Manatee High School, he found his passion for cooking while working for the original owner of Mr. Bones. After graduating from Manatee High School, he attended Culinary Arts School at the New England Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla. While there, he interned with a world-renowned Paris chef at the country club in Boynton Beach. Upon returning to the Island, he worked at most eateries on AMI and many in Bradenton, as well as Sarasota. He left AMI for upstate New York where he opened The Corn House restaurant as manager and chef. Upon returning to AMI, he helped reopen the city pier as kitchen manager. He left the pier to become a rep with an Orlando Seafood Co., expanding to Florida’s west oast. He spent some time consulting and then returned to his first passion, cooking.

The family is having a celebration of life on Friday, April 18, a Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and all are invited to join them after 3 p.m. There will be a short service at sunset.

Josh will be missed by all whose lives he touched. May he find peace now that he has passed into the light.

Covell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Russell Robarts

Dennis Russell Robarts, 62, of Wauchula, son of Wilfrid T. Robarts, namesake of the Robarts Sports Arena in Sarasota, and Bonnie Bessie Ellis Robarts, of Sarasota, died in Sebring on April 5, 2014.

Dennis was born in Sarasota on Oct. 27, 1951, and moved to Wauchula in 1997. He was the owner of Robarts Family Funeral Home until 2012, retiring for health reasons. Dennis was a former police chief with Bradenton Beach Police Department in 1985-86, and he sponsored current Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale to the police academy. He was also a former deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, and former member of th Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Board. He held memberships with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Sons of Confederacy. He was a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy, and was a member at First Baptist Church of Wauchula.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah J. Robarts, a sister, Bonnie Gay, and parents, Wilfrid T. and Bonnie E. Robarts.

Survivors include his son, Dennis R. Robarts II and wife Summer, of Wauchula; grandchildren, Alexandra and Russell; brothers, Donald Robarts (Denise), of Bradenton, Thomas Robarts (Barb), of Sarasota, Henry Robarts of N.C., and Jerry Robarts, of Defuniak Springs; sisters, Patricia Robarts, of Sarasota, Arlene Thompson (Jack), of Naples, and Anne Marie Hollan (John), of Jacksonville.

There was a service on Friday, April 11, at First Baptist Church of Wauchula, 1570 W. Main St., with interment in Wauchula Cemetery.


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