David Sommers Gidley
David Sommers Gidley, 70, died April 30, 2013, in Cortez of an accidental drowning.
David is survived by his children Barbara, Susan, Matthew, and David; nine grandchildren; and sisters Deborah and Pamela.
A memorial service for the family will be held at a future date. www.neptunesociety.com.
Penrose Levi Keller, Jr.
Penrose Levi Keller was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 12, 1949, and died May 7, 2013, in Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, where he lost his battle with lung cancer. Many thanks to the wonderful and dedicated nurses and staff at Bay Pines for the great care and concern he received there. Levi was one of the brave veterans that served our nation during the Vietnam War, He is survived by his cousins Anne and Veronica as well as his close friends.
Levi loved animals and before moving to the Island, he worked in Tampa for the Hillsborough County School System at Nature's Classroom, where he lived and gave tours of the Hillsborough River and the wildlife living on the property. He enjoyed his time with the students, and I know they will always remember unforgettable Levi and his pets, a peacock named Pearl, an otter named Scooter and a rooster named Rootin' Tootin.'
Levi then retired and moved to Bradenton Beach. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was witty, strong in his convictions, tender hearted and a very warm, caring person. His favorite things in life were a good laugh with friends, shopping for Seafood at Publix, beer and his television time watching The Andy Griffith Show, Hogan's Heroes and Gilligan's Island.
Rest in peace, Levi, sail away on the Minnow, little buddy.
Donations may be made to the Humane Society in his honor.
Larry J. Swab
Larry J. Swab, passed away May 12, 2013. Larry and his wife Jill moved to Anna Maria in 2007 from Bellbrook, Ohio, joining his sister Patty Hunt and partner Leslie Vandenberg as permanent residents of Anna Maria. Larry enjoyed fishing, walking his dogs, kayaking and loved being out in the Florida sunshine. Larry was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration honoring him and his life will be held at a later date with his family and friends. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.