John E. McClure of Leesburg, Florida went to be with the Lord Tuesday June 18 with family by his side. John was born in Pontiac, Michigan on September 20, 1941. He married his wife Sandra on April 20, 1963. They lived in Rochester Hills for 24 years raising their family. Upon retiring from the YMCA after 38 years, together they spent 15 years full time RV’ing. In 2011 they purchased a home in Leesburg, FL where they have enjoyed spending 9 months each year since. In addition to his wife Sandra of 56 years, John is survived by his son Bill, daughter Sheri (Roger), 5 grandchildren, Kiley, Jesse, Megan, Abbey, Ian and 2 great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. (www.beckerfamilyfuneral.com)
Bruce Robert Elkins Bruce R. Elkins, age 60, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019. Friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, June 25 from 10-11 am with a memorial ceremony starting at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Condolences may be shared at www.SteversonHamlinHilbish.com Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish (352) 343-4444
E.A. "Chick" Hackney E.A. "Chick" Hackney, age 80, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Health. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 30 at 2:00pm at A Community Funeral Home, 910 W. Michigan Street, Orlando FL 32805. To view the obituary, go to https://www.acommunityfuneralhome.com/
Jean Winkley Dorothy Jean Winkley, 93. of Winter Park, FL, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2019. Born in Wichita, KS to the late William and Clara Balven, she was a beloved daughter, sister, and mother. The original ‘Super-Mom’ to her three well-loved children, she was known for her work ethic and skills, ranging from building airplanes during WWII, as a Congressional secretary, and managing family businesses, to the last four decades of her working life as executive assistant to a successful entrepreneur. Jean was an exceptional woman, beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, and creative, she had a good sense of humor, was a voracious reader, and a nature lover, happiest gardening in her yard.Predeceased by her son Kenneth Winkley, and sisters Kathryn Olson and Helen Pitcher, she is survived by her son Douglas Winkley, daughter Cheryl Winkley, grandson Dane Winkley, sister Betty Joe Taylor, nephew Kerry Olson, and several other family members.Memorial contributions may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund www.curealz.org
Samuel Collazo Samuel Collazo, age 63, went to be with his Lord on Monday, June 10, 2019 at his home in Orlando, Florida. He passed away peacefully due to natural causes. Samuel was born on March 17, 1955 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Antonio Collazo and Catalina Vargas de Collazo and was the youngest of five children. He loved basketball and soccer, going to concerts, and taking walks by the lake with his beloved fur-baby Pixie. Samuel will be remembered as a smart and funny man who strived for optimism, especially during the most difficult of times. He is survived by his daughters Keishla Thomas, Jessica Collazo and Lydia Flores; and grandsons Seth Thomas, Christian Flores, Ari Thomas, Joel Flores and Angel Flores.
Cecil Middleton Hook, Jr. Cecil Middleton Hook, Jr., passed away on June 2, 2019. He was born on February 25, 1931 in Orlando. He was the son of the late Cecil Sr. and Mary Bernice Hook. He grew up in Orlando and graduated from Orlando High School in 1949. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO and after two years transferred to the University of Florida. In Gainesville, he was in the Air Force R.O.T.C. Upon graduation from R.O.T.C. he was inducted in the Arnold Air Society. He received the Convair Air Cadet Award for 1953 for his training detachment at the University of Fla. He graduated the same year with a B.S. in Business Administration. His social fraternity was Sigma Nu at both colleges.He married Jean Robinson, the girl next door during high school years, in 1953. At this time, he went to Flight School with the U. S. Air Force living in Kinston, NC and Lubbock, TX, where he received his pilot wings from Gen. Curtis LeMay. They were stationed at MacDill A.F. base in Tampa, FL., where he flew KC-97 tanker refuelers. In 1959 he was honorably discharged. He and Jean returned to live in Orlando and both opened Hook Travel Service in Winter Park. After 22 years on Park Avenue, they sold the business and in 1984 opened Bestway Travel Agency in College Park, retiring in 1991.He was a past Winter Park Rotarian and member of the Country Club of Orlando where he enjoyed tennis. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando where he and Jean were married. After retirement, they enjoyed spending time in North Carolina. He is preceded by his wife Jean who passed away in 2018. He is survived by his daughter Mary Ann Sciortino (Paul) of New Orleans and son Robert Hook of Orlando; also 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. There will be a private family service. Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 106 E. Church Street, Orlando, 32801
Joseph Francis Cusick Joseph Francis Cusick passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 16, 2019, safely in the hands of the Lord, and reunited with his loving wife and dear son, Rick. Joe was born in Morris Illinois on March 20, 1927, the son of Thomas and Zita Cusick and the 9th of 10 siblings. Joe was an amazing brother, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He was adored by his 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He graduated from Joliet Catholic High School and then went on to the University of Illinois. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army during WWII and while in school, he met the love of his life, Sally O’Donohue. They were married in 1950 and lived in several places from St. Louis, to Indiana, finally relocating to Orlando in 1968. He was a successful Ford dealer before moving to Florida and then started his own leasing business and provided cars for many people in Orlando over the years. He loved his time in the Rotary club and was an active member for many years. Joe was a fantastic golfer and would have golfed everyday if time permitted. He and his wife Sally won numerous couple’s tournaments at the Country Club of Orlando, and he always enjoyed golfing with his friends at the Club as well. Another passion of his was boating and he was quite the Captain. We took many fabulous trips over the years and always enjoyed our time on the boat. Joe was a true gentleman through and through and never had an unkind word for anyone. He was the most patient and loving father anyone could ask for. He showered his family with love and the world was a better place with him in it. Joe is survived by his Brother, Jack Cusick, Children, Chick Cusick, Debbi Cusick and Kathy Yeoman(Brian), Grandchildren Sarah, Dean, Morgan (Ryan), Ryan(Harrison), Cortney (Andrew), Kylie (Craig), Collin, Brandon and Katelyn and 3 great grandchildren.In God’s Hands Now but always in our hearts.Services will be held on Friday June 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. James Cathedral, 215 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.
Olga Marrero 86, of Orlando, Florida passed away on June 19, 2019. She was born on September 19, 1932 in Camaguey, Cuba. A visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 5-9pm. A funeral ceremony will follow on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 12pm. Newcomer Funeral Home 407-277-4227
Paul Adam Prendergast Paul Adam Prendergast passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the age of 87. Paul was born to parents Martin Adam Prendergast and Odella Boyd on 10/03/1931 in Stowe, PA. Paul attended McKees Rocks, PA high school and met his bride to be, Joyce Eleanor Sowiski. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1953 with a degree in Microbiology, a first-generation college graduate. Paul married Joyce, his high school sweetheart in 1954. He joined the army and was a veteran of the Cold War. The army recognized his degree in microbiology and he was assigned to a research lab at Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, Md. Paul was honorably discharged after 2 years and joined Abbott Laboratories, Washington DC area and Florida, in 1957, where he had a distinguished career for 40 years, retiring in 1997. Paul and Joyce moved from Maryland to Altamonte Springs, FL in 1975. He was an avid outdoorsman and hot air balloon pilot, passionate fan of football and basketball, music lover, travel and cruising, but most of all, a dedicated husband, father, and Pop(s). His wife, Joyce, passed away in January,2011. He is survived by his children, David, Diana, and Richard, his grandchildren, Matt, Mike, Jennifer, Eric, Alex, and Whitney, three step-grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and three great-step-grandchildren. Family and friends are welcome to attend his funeral service on Saturday July 13th at 11:30am, at Annunciation Catholic Church,1020 Montgomery Rd. Altamonte Springs, FL. 32714. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a memorial contribution to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001, or www.alzfdn.org.
Carl Thomas Murphy Carl Thomas Murphy passed at 93 years old on June 12,2019 in Sanford, FL. He was born on September 20, 1925 in Dothan, AL. After serving in the Navy, he attended Florida Southern University in Lakeland, FL. Then he started his 40 year career with Carrier air conditioning and retired as a regional manager. Shortly after, he went back into the workforce as a state manager for one of Carrier’s biggest customers, Mitco water laboratories. After his second retirement, he went fishing and traveling the world full-time. His favorite destination was Ireland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Jessie Murphy, two brothers, Robert and James Murphy, and two sons, Mike And Tim. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Murphy, sister, Dinah Matthew, daughter, Carol Murphy and Susan Montanez, grandchildren, John, Scott, David, Julia, Sean, Rachel, Becca and Alex. Service at DeGusipe Funeral Home in Maitland on June 30th at 3:00pm.