Monday, April 29, 2013
Here are death notices of Dunedin residents who recently passed away.
Here are recent obituaries of Dunedin residents, according to Floridaobits.tributes.com. Click on the links to read about Dunedin residents who recently passed away, and to share memories. Get the Dunedin Patch delivered to your email each day. Sign up here.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The owner and creator of Dunedin's most loved barbecue stand passed away Thursday, March 14.
A white poster board with hand-scrawled messages hangs next to a cotton plant that Elijah "Eli" Crawford tended on the side of his barbecue joint. The poster bears sad news. The longtime owner of Eli's Bar B Que, Dunedin's favorite roadside barbecue stand, passed away Thursday. Crawford was 71. A permanent marker is attached to the poster board announcing his passing. Friends and customers are encouraged to leave handwritten notes as a celebration of his life. Crawford, of Clearwater, came to the Tampa area in 1967 and worked several years as a butcher. He opened a small barbecue cart on Highland Avenue in Clearwater before moving it to its permanent location in Dunedin. There, the iconic barbecue shack became a Dunedin landmark at the …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Army Spc. Zack Shannon, a Dunedin High grad who died in Afghanistan on Monday, is remembered as doing what he loved and will remain a "source of strength" to his fellow soldiers.
Zack Shannon loved being a U.S. soldier. He grew up the youngest of four military brothers in Fairway Estates. The "true, blue American kid," followed in his brothers' footsteps, enlisting in the U.S. Army immediately after graduating from Dunedin High School's Navy JROTC program in 2010, said Ron Wilson, his former commander at Dunedin High. His devotion to service proudly displayed in his Facebook profile: i decided to join the army instead of go to college.but this makes me part of a proud few that stand alone. [...] im a blackhawk mechanic and love my job. [...] i cant wait to get home. But Spc. Zack Shannon gave the ultimate sacrifice at age 21 when his helicopter went down in the Daman district of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 11…
Friday, March 8, 2013
The son of the former Quick Nick's gas station manager will be laid to rest Monday, with a closed-casket viewing on Sunday, according to family.
Gus Chaconas is remembered by many as a fun, welcoming and loveable friend. He could make anyone laugh and made sure everyone felt included, friends say. The beloved son of the former Quick Nick's gas station manager will be laid to rest Monday, with a closed-casket viewing on Sunday, according to family. "We're doing as well as we can," Gus's sister Demi Steele of Oldsmar said Wednesday. Chaconas, 26, was killed in a crash March 3 in St. Petersburg. He was driving the wrong way on Interstate 275 when he collided with a Toyota Solara, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Steele said his funeral arrangements are as follows: Gus, his father Nick Chaconas, and several other employees who were "like family" ran Quick Nick's gas station and …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A memorial service will be held for Robert "Bob" Burdewick at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL, on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
A Celebration of Life potluck for Dan Soyka, a young Dunedin man who passed away after a struggle with incurable ALS, is set for Monday, 6 p.m., at the Dunedin House of Beer.
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Saturday, February 16
Funeral services for Dan Soyka, a Dunedin man who received an outpouring of community support during his two-year battle with a debilitating and incurable degenerative disease, are set for Monday. Soyka, who not so long ago was the wise-cracking life of the party in his tight-knit group of friends, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, his friends announced on Valentine's Day. He was 35. Friends and family members who mobilized to help when he was diagnosed with ALS have kept people informed through their ALS awareness group "Our Friend Dan" Facebook page. Our Friend Dan announced funeral arrangements Friday afternoon. Arrangements are as follows: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in support of friend …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf had retired to Tampa, Fla., after a final military assignment leading U.S. Central Command.
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, passed away today in Tampa, according to media reports. Schwarzkopf was best known to the American people for his leadership in removing Saddam Hussein and his forces from Kuwait in 1991. Schwarzkopf had successfully led an international coalition of U.S. allies to drive out Iraqi troops. "Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation," former President George H.W. Bush said in a written statement, according to ABC News. Schwarzkopf led what came to be known as Operation Desert Storm under President Bush. Most recently, Schwarzkopf had served as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Lawrence, who had battled liver disease, served Dunedin for 21 years.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Dunedin's longest-serving city manager has died. John Lawrence, 66, passed away Sunday, according to The Tampa Bay Times. He served as Dunedin's city manager for 21 years, retiring in 2005. Lawrence went into cardiac arrest, the result of liver disease, which he had battled for three years, family members told The Times. Lawrence was waiting to have a liver transplant. Lawrence died after being taken off of life support. Lawrence had been living in Powder Springs, Ga., where he worked as a special projects coordinator for the city and also taught at a local university. He died after he was taken off life support Sunday afternoon. He is survived by his wife, Jo Pamela, two sons and a granddaughter. A memorial service will be held in honor …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Longtime Dunedin resident Jeff "Bodeen" Ladd succumbed to a rapid-growing, late stage cancer Friday, July 27, before he even had a chance to go through chemotherapy. A benefit and memorial service are planned for this week.
Jeff “Bodeen” Ladd was prepared to fight. After he learned that a debilitating pneumonia diagnosis in May turned out to be stage IV esophageal cancer in early summer, Big Daddy Bo, the father of two young sons, shook his new doctor's hand and said, "I'm here to fight. I'm glad you're on board." He wouldn't even say the word cancer, his family said. They, and a vast group of friends, rallied to support him. They quickly organized a benefit at Marker 8 Tiki Bar for their big-hearted, Bud Light-drinking, wing-eating, country music-loving life of the party — Jeff Ladd-style, complete with Hooters girls, the Jay Maddox Band and everything — set for Saturday, Aug. 4. They invited his family, close friends and everybody, and made up encouraging T…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Sandy Keith is credited with putting Florida's Scottish pipe and drum scene on the map.
The man credited with putting the Florida piping scene on the map passed away late Wednesday. Alexander “Sandy” Keith was 74. He was a longtime director of the City of Dunedin Pipe and Drum Band and Dunedin High School Scottish Highlander Band program. Keith, a native of Paisley, Scotland, took over the city pipe and drum program in 1982 and is credited with expanding it to three bands. He led the band to high marks at the North American Championships and the World Championships in Scotland, according to a tribute on Pipes | Drums, and remained the program director until last year. Keith began piping at age 11 and studied under Peter MacLeod Sr., according to the Pipes | Drums tribute. A memorial service is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 (4 p.m…