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Vol. 15 No. 31 - May 27, 2015

obituaries

George Arthur Sinclair, Jr.

George Arthur Sinclair, Jr., former owner of The Breakers Apartments in Bradenton Beach, died at Blake Medical Center on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

George was born July 30, 1942, in Warsaw, N. Y., and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1971. He was a vital part of his community, serving on many city boards. He was also vice president of AIDS Council of Manatee and served on the Board for six years. He served on the board of directors for Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach. He moved from Bradenton Beach to Hawthorn Park in Bradenton in 2003, where he served on the boards of directors for Hawthorn Park and of Palma Sola Botanical Park. He will be so very missed by all his friends and yard sale buddies, and especially his loving family. Remember his motto, “Don’t miss the sunset.”

He is survived by John P. Whidden, III, his spouse and life’s companion; two sisters, Sandy (Mrs. Douglas) Smith, of Bradenton, Linda Armstrong and her husband, David, of Bradenton and North Stonington, Conn.; a nephew, Steven Smith and his wife, Angela, of Geneseo, N.Y.; a niece, Stacy Pryor, of Bradenton; and a nephew, David Armstrong, of Bradenton; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Gerry Sinclair, and by his brother, Randy Sinclair, and sister, Margaret Sinclair.

Visitation was 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday, May 25, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 Third St. W., with graveside services held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Skyway Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Palma Sola Botanical Park or to Food Bank of Manatee. A celebration of George’s life is planned to be held on his birthday, July 30, with time and place to be announced later. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Jean Mae Rasmussen Kluge

Jean Mae Rasmussen Kluge, born Jan. 29, 1924, in Warren, Pa. of Sam and Cecile Rasmussen, and passed away on May 18, 2015, following a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

Jean is survived by her children, John Kluge and his wife Martha, of Bradenton, Janet Turnburke and her husband, Paul, of Nederland, Colo., Robert Kluge and his wife Charlotte, of Harrisburg, Pa.; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved very dearly; her sister, Martha Lewis Speidel ,of Nokomis, Florida; nieces Mimi Goodwill and her family, of Sarasota, Florida and Kathy Gnage and her family, of St. Petersburg, Fla. Her husband of 59 years, Robert William Kluge, and her daughter, Anne Kluge Pecora, of Baltimore, Md., predeceased her.

Although Jean spent the last of her 91 years observing the world and staying in touch with her friends and children, she was an avid participant in life before that.

During World War II, she left Pennsylvania and moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where she worked for Bell Aircraft and met Bob Kluge, the love of her life. After their marriage, she became very socially engaged in groups such as the League of Women Voters, Maryland State Legislature, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and a proud lifelong member of the Democratic Party. After moving to Florida in 1957, she raised her four children while maintaining an active social life. Over the span her husband’s career, they lived in many places, Winter Park, Fla., Severna Park, Md., Denver, Colo. Upon Bob’s retirement 1975, they moved to Anna Maria Island, where she lived until moving to Bradenton, Fla. in 2000. She had many good friends with whom she stayed in contact with throughout their lives.

In Florida, Jean managed the office of the Beach Castle Resort for many years, was a realtor, a member of the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, Longboat Key Garden Club and a great fan of the Tampa Bay Rays. Jean loved to paint with watercolors, but charcoal sketches were her passion. She left her footprints up and down the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.

All of her children have been successful in life, each in their own way. She helped prepare her children for a changing world and her advice and stories will be sorely missed.

Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Sierra Club in her name would be a wonderful tribute.

Jeffrey George Willey

Jeffrey George Willey, 72, Bradenton, died May 18, 2015.

Jeffrey was born on Dec. 5, 1942, in the village of Malone, N. Y. to the late George and Irma (Kunzer) Willey. He moved to Manatee County from Troy, N. Y., as a teenager.

He worked as a police officer for the former Anna Maria Police Department, rising through its ranks to serve as their chief of police. He continued his career in law enforcement and public safety serving with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, later the Anna Maria Fire Rescue and also was a member of the West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary. Jeffrey was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton. He served as a Lay Eucharistic visitor and sang in the choir.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela S. Willey, of Bradenton, and many extended family members and close friends.

A celebration of Jeffrey’s life was held at 11 a.m. on May 23, 2015, at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary or to the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund in his memory.

Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.

 

 


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