THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
Mich., and eventually held an equity position with Warren Products, of Northville, Mich. Eventually, he expanded his position to complete ownership of Warren Products, which he sold in 1992. Huntington was a charter member of Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian.
Jill Felix Colton
Jill Felix Colton, 69, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 19. Colton began her real estate career a residential agent in Chester County, Pa., then moved on to commercial real estate with Philadelphia developer Bill Rouse. She custom-developed the Great Valley Corporate Center with tenants and persuaded Rouse to expand the business into Europe. She went on to become CEO and the first nonacademic leader of the Philadelphia-based University City Science Center in 1997.
Thomas Jacob Beckett
Thomas Jacob Beckett, 80, of Bradenton, died Sept. 20. He practiced accounting in Ohio, then worked for 15 years for a national CPA firm in Tampa before opening his own office in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. He was a founding charter member and elder at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, and served as treasurer for the past seven years.
Dr. Donald Eugene Taggart
Dr. Donald Eugene Taggart, 78, of Osprey and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 22. Taggart practiced dentistry for 38 years in Bellvue, Ohio. He retired in 1998 and moved to Longboat Key, where he became a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Di Cecco
Anthony “Tony” Di Cecco, 90, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 25. Born in Letino, Italy, Di Cecco became an American citizen in 1940 and worked at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey during World War II. After 33 years of service at Washburn Wire Co. in New York City, he and his wife, Blanca, moved in 1989 to Longboat Key. He volunteered with Meals On Wheels and Mote Marine and also worked at Longboat Key’s Publix for a few years.
Marcella Hazan, 89, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 29. The acclaimed cookbook author was known as the “godmother of Italian cooking.” Born in Cesenatico, Italy, she held doctorates in biology and natural sciences. She didn’t speak a word of English and had never cooked a meal in 1955, when she married her husband, Victor, and moved to New York. Hazan learned to cook and eventually began teaching cooking classes, one of which led to a fortuitous meeting with New York Times food writer Craig Claiborne in 1970. She went on to publish six cookbooks that sold more than 1 million copies combined. She was a Promenade resident since 1997.
Thomas ‘Tom’ Halpin
Thomas “Tom” Halpin, 88, of Naperville, Ill., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 4. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an attorney for Northern Trust for more than 40 years.
Evelyn Mader Cote
Evelyn Mader Cote, 103, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5, one week after celebrating her 103rd birthday. She was widowed in 1964 and moved in 1969 to Longboat Key, where she built a home that became the hub of many family gatherings. During the next two decades, she traveled worldwide, owned and operated an art store and became an avid golfer and accomplished watercolorist.
Leila Gompertz, 94, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5. The noted philanthropist was a founder of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 1980 and key supporter of Planned Parenthood, Florida Studio Theatre and other organizations. She actively recruited other supporters wherever she went, including by the pool at her former Seaplace home. Gompertz received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Robert ‘Bob’ Tate
Robert “Bob” Tate, 89, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5. The community activist and philanthropist was one of five founders of “Mobility Now,” a citizens action committee that formed in 2003 to oppose the city’s plans to narrow the downtown highway corridor from four lanes to two lanes that later called itself the “Old Coots Lunch Bunch.” Tate served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He then returned to his native Baltimore and expanded his family’s business, Tate Engineering Inc., from a small marine parts supplier and into a major supplier of engineering components throughout the industry.
George Peters, 81, formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 11. He and his wife, B.J., cruised 50,000 miles in U.S. waters and the Bahamas. Later, they began traveling in an RV and visited every state on the continent and nearly every Canadian province. Peters served as commander of the Sarasota Power Squadron and was a member of the Longboat Key Coast Guard Flotilla. He was serving as president of the Plymouth Harbor Residents Association this year.
Rosemarie Mildred Wagstaff
Rosemarie Mildred Wagstaff, 71, of Plaistow, N.H., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 11. Wagstaff worked as a supervisor in the central files department for Wang Laboratories in Lawrence, Mass. She was a threetime cancer survivor who loved cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.
Lois Winett Katz Rose Miles
Lois Winett Katz Rose Miles, 83, of Lido Key and Longboat Key, died Oct. 22. She was an avid tennis player, benefactor of Israel Tennis Centers, a 2,000-hour volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the former owner of Key Island Properties Inc.
Alan Stone, 84, of Longboat Key and Chicago, died Oct. 25. Stone was a veteran of the Korean War and a designer and wholesaler of children’s apparel. Stone purchased Harbour Links original swan pair George and Gracie for his wife, Beverly, as an anniversary gift in 1994. Their progeny now includes four adult mated pairs and new cygnets each spring. One of those mated pairs is named Alan and Beverly.
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