Carl Lynn Howe

Carl Lynn Howe, 60 of Orlando, passed away on November 7, 2022.  He was born in Rogersville, TN to the late Howard Keith and Ruby Marie Kenner Howe.  Carl was a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend to many.  

He spent is working time working security in Atlanta and Orlando.  Lately working merchandise for Universal and Disney.  He enjoyed building his own computer and assisting people with their computer issues.  His hobbies included cooking and photography.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Faye.

Carl is survived by his wife, Barbara Cain, his sister Diane Howe Day (Morristown, TN), his brother Michael Howe (Texas), several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A viewing will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022 at Compass Pointe Funeral Home, 743 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, 32805.  The family will received family and friends from 2pm – 5pm. Please come with your memories. At this time no formal service is planned, Carl never liked formal.

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Dawn Marie Riffo

Dawn Marie Riffo, 48, tragically passed away October 27, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. 

Born June 20, 1974 in Orlando, Florida

She was raised in Maysel, West Virginia, from 1975 to 1987. She moved back to Orlando, where she met her husband Roger, of 29 years.

Dawn was a lupus warrior, she never let the disease keep her from enjoying the outside. She loved her plants, especially the ones that attracted hummingbirds. 

She leaves behind her mom Bonnie, her husband Roger, two daughters Becky and Brenda, three grandchildren, Skylar, Lincoln, and Breanna; and two brothers Albert (Herb) and Jesse (Pork).

She was pre-deceased by her father, James Moore. 

She will be deeply missed.

“She now flies with Hummingbirds.”

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Sandra A Thornton

Sandra A Thornton, born March 17th, 1947 passed away October 9, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Family members include Laura Bradford (deceased), Dawn Mangiafico (Florida), Mary Thornton (Kentucky), Robert Holland (Illinois), Tommy Thomas (Arizona) and Brian Thornton (Illinois).

Sandra was a mother and will be deeply missed by everyone that knew her.

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Ira Stephen Block (Steve)

Steve Block born May 26, 1944 of Brooklyn, New York (78). Steve passed away after a brief illness peacefully at Ocala Regional Hospital on 14th of October 2022 in Ocala Florida. 

Steve is predeceased by his father Abraham, mother Sylvia and daughter Heather. 

Steve leaves behind his beloved wife of 47 years Dora; sister Diane (Norman) Moldoff, and nephew Michael. 

His Son; Alan (Renee) Block, beloved grandson Kyle. His daughters Sandra Block; Dawn (Mark) Lamonte, and beloved grandchildren Ryan and Kristin. 

Steve had a magnetic personality and a gift for gab, his spirit and energy would enlighten any room he walked into which would lead many to gravitate to him. This ability led him to make friends where ever he went. He will be truly missed by all. 

Steve & Dora attend Village View Community Church; in lieu of flowers donations can be to Village View Community Church; 8585 SE 147th Pl., Summerfield, FL 34491. 

Psalm 23 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: 

He leadeth me beside still waters. 

He restoreth my soul: 

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 

I will fear no evil:  

For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: 

Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; 

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Amen 

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Devan Edward Morris 03/07/1963-09/30/2022

Devan Edward Morris 59, of Orlando Florida, passed suddenly on September 30, 2022.

Devan was born March 07, 1963 in Camden New Jersey to Annetta (Williams) and Edward Morris. He graduated from Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, NJ in 1983. 

He lived in Lindenwold New Jersey where he met his first wife Margaret and they married in 1984. They had two sons, Adam and Ian, together before they divorced in 2000. He remained in New Jersey until 2006 when he moved to Orlando Florida and married his second wife Amie in 2013.

He had a love for camping, a newly found joy in quilt making and was always fixing up vintage items to restore them like sewing machines and fans.

He was preceded in death by his father Edward in 1998 and his mother Annette in 2006. 

He is survived by his brother Dave, sister Lois, his eldest son Adam and wife Heather, his youngest son Ian, and multiple grandchildren.  

No formal funeral will be held. A private memorial will be held with family and close friends to celebrate his life. He will be missed dearly.

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Joan Marie Sullivan

Joan Marie Sullivan 
January 19, 1944 – October 3,  2022 

Joan was born in Denver, CO to Henry and Margaret Hertzog on January 19, 1944. She graduated from South High School in 1961.  Joan grew up with her parents, grandmother and brothers on South Sherman St. in Denver, Colorado.
In April 1963, Joan married Charles Meacham. Joan and Chuck had two daughters (Cindy and Susie), and were married 14 years.  

Joan spent 60 years of her life in Colorado, 4 years in California and 15 years in Florida.  

Aside from her family, another highlight in Joan’s life was finding the love of her life, Jim Sullivan. Joan and Jim married July 7th, 1979. Joan and Jim were married 38 years. Joan had the joy of many travels in her lifetime which include Ireland, France, Africa, Hungary, Germany and several European and Caribbean cruises. She was a purposeful walker……in fact, she was the energizer bunny of walking. Other interests in her life include love for animals, her most precious being Little Levi. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzler. Joan enjoyed book clubs, Bible studies, playing bridge and she loved cooking. Some things that might surprise you are: riding a camel in Morocco, parasailing in Mexico, kayaking with Cindy in Florida and roller blading in Garland Park. Joan spent much of her life being active in Church and spent many hours volunteering with various philanthropic organizations. 

As a single mother Joan held down a full time job, finished her bachelors degree, raised two daughters (which could not have been easy), and made a successful life on her own until she married Jim. 

In her youth and into her adult life, Joan held onto close friendships. Some of which include people from church and high school, and members from her Girl Scout troop who still keep in touch to this day! 

Joan is predeceased in death by her parents and husband Jim. She is survived by her daughter Cindy DeForest (Robert “Bob”); her daughter, Susan “Susie” Hendrix (David); and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. 

Joan’s memorial service will be held at Faith Viera Lutheran Church 5550 Faith Dr. , Rockledge, FL  32955  321-636-5504 on Friday, October 14, 2022 followed by a visit to the beach which was her happy place. 

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Robert John Hart

Robert John Hart was born October 30, 1961 in Lynn, MA to James William Hart and Gertrude Miller. Hart and passed away August 4, 2022 in Orlando, FL. due to several medical conditions following a heart attack.

He graduated from Essex Agricultural High school in 1979, where he went off to be a chef and restaurant manager to many establishments until he received his commercial driver’s license in which he held until his passing. Robert was an avid sports fanatic and absolutely loved the New England Patriots.

Rob is survived by his daughter Katherine Hart; fiancé Dina Richie; his sisters: Lena Fitzpatrick (Paul) and their daughter; Linda Roth (Richard) and 3 children and multiple grandchildren; his brothers: William Hart (Robin) and their 5 kids and multiple grandchildren; Daniel Hart (Jody) and their 3 sons and multiple grandchildren. Rob is preceded in death by his father, James William Hart and mother, Gertrude Miller Hart. Rob was loved by many family and friends. He will be greatly loved and missed always.

Services will be held in Maine and Florida at a later date for his friends and family.

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James (Jim) DeCarmine

James (Jim) DeCarmine of Estero, FL passed away on Monday August 15, 2022, at the age of 72.

Jim died peacefully surrounded by his beloved wife, Bobbie, their children, Jimmy and Kristin,  and his sister-in-law and her family, Anna, Jon and Brian. 

Jim was born on May 11, 1950 to James and Anne DeCarmine in Valley Stream, New York.  In 1976 he married his wife, Bobbie Huffman, in Riverdale, MD.  He devoted his time to being a husband and father, and to being a grandfather to his granddaughters, Sophie and Harper.  Jim will be remembered with love by his family, especially his sisters, Dianne (Steve), and Carol (late Gabe), his son-in-law, Hank, and the entire Huffman family.  

Jim attended Pace University in New York City, earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  After moving to Maryland, he met his wife, raised his family, and worked for the Internal Revenue Service for over 35 years.  The Sunshine State became his home in retirement where he and Bobbie enjoyed many happy years with friends and family.

All are invited to share in a celebration of Jim’s life on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at the clubhouse at The Preserves in Estero, FL (address below).  As was his wish, Jim’s ashes will be dedicated privately to the sea by his immediate family shortly after this event.   

In lieu of flowers his family would appreciate donations made to Saint Matthew’s House online at or donations can be mailed to the address below:

St. Matthew’s House:

Attn: Development

2601 Airport Road South

Naples, FL  34112

Clubhouse at the Preserves

20021 Cypress Shadows Blvd

Estero, FL 33928

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James Stewart

It with deep sadness that the family of James (Jim) Edward Stewart, Lt. Col. USAF, Ret. announces his death on July 30, 2022 from complications due to Agent Orange exposure during his service in Vietnam. The youngest son of the late Charles R. Stewart and Hazel (Robinson), Jim was born on June 12, 1945 and was raised in Watertown, MA. He attended Watertown High School and went on to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force and was deployed to Vietnam in 1968. He served as an AC-47 Gunship Pilot with the 4th Special Operations Squadron in Pleiku, and he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor during combat as his crew provided cover for ground troops during nighttime missions.

Upon returning from Vietnam, Jim was based in Labrador with the USAF Strategic Air Command. He then served in the Air National Guard at Pease Air Force Base as a pilot in the 157th Air Refueling Wing, and later, as Director of Disaster Preparedness. He retired after 27 years of military service.

In 1972, he married his beloved wife Patricia (Flaherty) and they resided in Rochester, NH, where they raised their daughters Heather and Elizabeth. Sadly, after their marriage of twenty years, Patricia passed away in 1992.

Jim joined the faculty of Merrimack College in 1978 as Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior. He was later promoted to Associate Professor and subsequently served in many roles, including Department Chairman, Associate Dean and Acting Dean.

While at Merrimack College, Jim established the Bishop Fulton Sheen student chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM), through which he led Merrimack to four first-place wins in the annual Student Case Competition. Jim served SAM as Vice President of the Board and as Director of the Student Case Competition for 24 years.

Jim retired from Merrimack College in 2015 after thirty-seven years of service.

Also in 2015, Jim married Jane Larkin with whom he had worked for many years at Merrimack College. In their retirement Jim and Jane enjoyed visits with their daughters Heather in Colorado, Elizabeth in Pennsylvania, and Avery Kolenski, in Massachusetts. They traveled to annual reunions with Jim’s brethren in the USAF 4th Special Operations Squadron, with whom he had flown the “Spooky” AC-47 Gunship in Vietnam. Jim and Jane moved from North Andover, Massachusetts to Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida in 2018.

Jim was pre-deceased by his siblings Charles, Robert and Walter Stewart, Betty Clark and Evelyn Keating; his brothers-in-law Fred Keating, George Clark and Robert and Richard Larkin; and by his sisters-in-law Gloria (Crescitelli) and Phyllis (Nelson).

He leaves many beloved nieces and nephews, several with whom he grew up. He leaves his sisters-in-law Judith (Flaherty) Sherman, Elizabeth Larkin Mantelli, Susan Pierce, Lisa Leon, Jill Daniels and Deborah Leon; and brothers-in law Teddy Larkin, William MacGregor, and Stephen Swierk. He also leaves Kevin Donahue, who was like a son to Jim.

Jim Stewart touched the lives of all who knew his  infectious and playful wit, his generous heart and his infinite wisdom. He served our country with pride and valor. He will be missed by many.

There will be a private interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rochester, NH. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life for Jim on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the North Andover VFW, 32 Park St, North Andover, MA. Donations in his memory may be made to Spooky AC47 Gunship,  Franklin Skinner, 32306 E. 660 Road, Chouteau, OK 74337; Disabled American Veterans(DAV) Mail to: DAV Chapter 16 / Auxiliary Unit 16, PO Box 916643, Longwood, FL 32792; or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research at

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Freddie L Pilcher

Freddie L Pilcher of Ocoee, Florida passed away July 24, 2022.

Services will be held on Saturday August 6, 2022 at

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

4851 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819

There will be a viewing/visitation 10am to 11am on Saturday.

Services will start promptly at 11am.

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Paul Gordon Prouty

Prouty, Paul Gordon born 3rd February 1934 of Fryeburg, Maine. Passed away peacefully in his home on 22nd July 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Paul is predeceased by Father Barton and Mother Lillian. Siblings Robert Prouty and Sharon Bundy (Douglas).

Paul leaves behind daughters Dawn (Mark) Lamonte, Leslie (Phil) Reed and sons Paul (Michele) Prouty II and Cameron Prouty. Paul will be missed by his beloved Grandchildren Ryan, Ashlyn, Kristin, David, Brandon, Austin, Michael and Darby.

A Creed

There is a Destiny….That makes

Us Brothers….None goes his way

Alone….All that we send into the

Lives of others….Comes back into

Our own….I care not what his

Temples or his creeds one thing

Holds firm and fast….That into

His fateful heap of days and

Deeds….The soul of man is Cast….

-Edwin Markham

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Michael J Kelly

Michael J. Kelly, 73, of Somerville, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, June 10 at his home in Orlando, FL.

Michael was born in Somerville, MA to Joseph and Maureen (Collins) Kelly on December 31, 1948.  He graduated from Watertown High School in 1966.  On June 5, 1971, he married Jeanne (Hayes) Kelly in Watertown, MA.  He worked as a Financial Assistant at Universal Orlando for 26+ years.

Michael enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and was an avid sports fan, passionately cheering on the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.

Michael is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeanne; son, Derek (Cheryl); daughter, Paula (Cassie); brother, Phillip; sister, Mary Lou.  Michael is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph and Kevin.

Michael’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to all of his doctors and the dedicated medical staff at Doctor Phillips Hospital.

A Celebration of Life for friends and family in Central Florida will be on Sunday, July 24from Noon – 3pm at Sloppy Taco Palace, 4892 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL.  There will be a second Celebration of Life for family and friends in Massachusetts on Sunday, September 11 from Noon to 4pm at Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown, MA.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to recognize and support the following organizations:

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Guillermo Cisneros was the son of Jose Santos Cisneros, a Leon Nicaraguan pioneer in photography and Natalia Godoy de Cisneros. He was born October 22, 1926 in Leon, Nicaragua and was one of nine children:  Aristarco Cisneros, Dr. Raul Cisneros, Dr. Jose Santos Cisneros, Alicia Dickinson, Natalia Almendarez, Dora Cisneros, Gioconda Ferreti and Gloria Elsen .

He practiced photography in Leon, Nicaragua at the Foto Cisneros, played baseball, and attended Medical School in Leon. He obtained his Doctorate Degree in Medicine and Surgery from LaUniversity Nacional Auonoma de Nicaragua. March 19,1960 he married the love of his life Estela Jeronima Salvatierra in “La Cathedral de Leon Nicaragua”, El Padre Velasco blessed their marriage. They have three children, Natalia de Blandino, Dr. Jose Santos Cisneros, and Estela Maria Cisneros.

In the mid 1980’s he migrated from Nicaragua to the United States and became an American Citizen in the 1990’s.

He entered into Eternal Rest on June 8, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Estela Jeronima Salvatierra de Cisneros. His daughter Natalia Cisneros de Blandino and son in law Roberto and their 3 children Sheyla, Roberto, Guillermo and their 8 grandchildren Kristian, Nathanael, Roberto, Alvaro, Natalia, Estela, Ana, and Guillermo

Son Dr. Jose Santos Cisneros and daughter in law Paula Cisneros and their 5 children Sarrah, Rebecca, Benjamin, Katherine, Hannah and their 2 grandchildren Amia and Mavis. Daughter, Estela Maria Cisneros and her 2 children Jose and Diane. He is also survived by his sister Giocond Ferreti, granddaughter in laws, grandson in laws, nephews and grand nephews.

He was an incredible loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Doctor, Uncle, and of course friend. He lived his life in Christ which was taught to him by his family. His wisdom will live on through his legacy, which is to love faithfully, work hard, trust in those you love and in Jesus Christ our Creator and Savior. He will live in our hearts and memories forever.

Rest in Peace Papa . Your heart has touched so many, and your love will live on.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Compass Pointe Funeral Service.

The Rosary will be June 20, 2021 at 7PM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church

The Funeral Mass will be June 21, 2022 at Noon at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. 5900 Oleander Dr. Orlando, Fl 32807.

If you are unable to attend, you may view the service via Facebook

The final resting place will be Queen of Angels Cemetery 1901Queen of Angels Drive, Winter Park FL 32792.

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Bobby Allen Riffo

Bobby Allen Riffo, 86, passed away on May 21, 2022 at home in Orlando, Florida.

Born May 12, 1936 in Augusta County, Virginia,  he joined the US Air Force in 1954 and served until retiring in 1974. A lifelong mechanic, after his military time he worked as an automotive mechanic and then worked in several bowling alleys as lead mechanic.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Brenda, 3 sons- Mark, Ronald and Roger, 5 grandchildren- Gloria Jean, Becky Lynn, Kristina Noelle, Brenda Sue and Bobby Allen, 3 great-grandchildren- Skylar, Lincoln and Breanna, and 2 brothers- James E. and John H. He will be deeply missed.

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Dorothy Zellers

Dorothy Zellers passed away March 31, 2022 in Apopka surrounded by her sons, daughter in law, and many nieces.  Dorothy was born October 29, 1925 in Tampa to Irvin and Eva Bravo and grew up in Tampa before moving to Orlando following her marriage to Charles Zellers where she raised three children, Donald, Steve and Sharon.  After retiring, Dorothy and Charles moved to Dunnellon where they spent 25 years enjoying life.  Dorothy moved back to the Orlando area in 2016 and was living in Apopka at the time of her passing.

Dorothy was a retired Teacher’s Aide at Robinswood Junior High.  More than anything in the world, Dorothy loved her family and loved cooking and baking.  Whenever there was a get together with family and friends, her special coconut cream pies were always requested.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Donald Zellers and his wife Susan (Dunnellon), son Steve Zellers (Apopka), Granddaughters Natalie Zellers (Ocala) and Tracy Hafer (Beverly Hills), Great Granddaughter Alyse Hafer (Beverly Hills), sister Jessie Hill (Tampa) and her many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy is pre-deceased by her husband Charles and daughter Sharon.

At her request, a graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 6 at 11:30 AM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

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Gaetan Jones (Murgia)

Gaetan Jones passed away on Thursday March 24, 2022, in her Orlando home from lung cancer.

Gaetan had a very full life as she and her husband, BJ, lived from New York to California and finally residing in Florida, during their 35 years of marriage.

Her many adventures took her around the world from New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, Spain to New York City with family and friends.

She also held many jobs during her lifetime, but she had a blast working at her favorite theme park with the many people she met along the way.

While her travels were many, she enjoyed the holiday season at home baking cookies and spending time with her loved ones, both family and friends.

Gaetan is survived by her husband, Robert Jones; her son Sam De Marco and his wife, Melanie; her daughter Janelle Selembo and husband, David; her stepdaughters  Kimberly Houston and husband, Robert; and Erika Costantino and  husband, Eric. Her grandchildren Jennifer, Joshua, Taylor, Ashley, Madeline, Norah, Emma, and EJ as well as great grandson Dylan.  Her siblings Joseph (Shirley) Murgia, Edward (Nancy) Murgia and Louis (Julia) Murgia, and many nieces and nephews.

Gaetan is pre-deceased by her parents Russel and Rose Murgia, her siblings Russel (Barbara) Murgia, Rosalyn Cancemi, and Thomas Murgia as well as her daughter Deanne De Marco.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Gaetan will be ever so loved and missed by all that knew her.

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Judith Ann Crocker Gehres

Judith Ann Crocker Gehres passed away Monday, March 21, 2022 at the age of 68 in her Orlando home. Born in Barstow, CA on November 4, 1953, she lived nearly all her life in Orlando and was grateful to be there in the sunshine when she passed away. 

She loved her rabbit Rosie, feeding the birds, playing Yahtzee with her grandkids, her orange VW bug, drinking iced tea and all things Harley Davidson. 

She is survived by her daughter Angie Shanks, her brother Billy Crocker, sister Kaye Smith, nephews David and Ben Mullen and Mike Close, and niece Leslie. Starr Smelley was her dear friend. 

What was sown in tears was reaped in great joy. We had a grande finale and finished well, glory to God. 

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Diedre Madeline Mitchell

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, Diedre Madeline Mitchell passed away due to complications of cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family who never left her side. 

Diedre was 76 years young and loved to love people! She would make you feel like part of the family in 10 seconds, flat.

She loved to spend hours gardening. Tending to various types of flowers and greens always seemed to bring her great joy! 

Before the cancer, art was her life. She did it all; painting, crochet, throwing clay (being her most favorite). She just loved to create. 

She had friends from all over, different communities she visited for parts of the year. Most recent was her Orange City community Country Village, where she was an active part and leaves many great friends behind. 

Just like in art. She created in life as well. She created a family so filled with love, loyalty, compassion and sacrifice that just taking one step here on this earth without her here seems different. The light just a little dimmer. The air a little thicker. 
For all the light you bright us. 
We will continue to shine for you.

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Roy Powell

Roy Powell, 71, of Orlando, FL, peacefully passed away on February 10, 2022.  Roy was born and raised in

Akron, Ohio, graduated from The University of Akron, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.  His career was in sales where he worked for The Dial Corporation, Milestone Agriculture, and Casa Flora.  Roy was an avid golfer and long-time member of Orange Tree Golf Club.

Roy is survived by his wife, Dona, of 47 years; sister Bonnie Hawk, nephew Todd Ekmark, Kent, Ohio; 

John and Susan Goldsberry, Bonita Springs, FL; niece Megan Skogstad; and nephew Matthew Goldsberry. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 4, 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 South

Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 32819.  In memory of Roy, you may make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, or an organization or charity of your choice.  

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