Obituary: William Harold Buettin

William Harold Buettin, 92, of Naples, died Wednesday morning, June 22, 2016 at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, Fla. Mr. Buettin was a native of Marion County, Ohio, son of the late Barney and Mildred Buettin and husband of 67 years to Arline Kraft Buettin, who survives. William served his country in WWII in India […]

Obituary: Robert Alexander Melvin III

Capt. Robert Alexander Melvin III (retired USCG), 78, of Elizabeth City, N.C. died at home Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Obituary: Peter Higgins Hoyt

Peter Higgins Hoyt of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Boca Grande passed away on May 11, 2016. He was 65. Peter was the loving husband of Jacqueline Lohr Hoyt; father to Calla Hoyt Cornett (Adam), Schuyler Hoyt Allen (Billy), Ralph Woods Hoyt, Andrew W. Melamed, and Nemo the dog; grandfather to Charlie and Liam; son to […]

Obituary: Robert Lambrecht

Robert (“Bob”) Lambrecht, age 79, of Boca Grande, Florida, formerly of Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, passed away on June 12, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer.

Dr. Hank Wright has passed away at 92

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE It would be impossible to determine how many lives any of us has changed in our time here on earth, but in the case of Dr. Henry “Hank” Wright, the list would go on and all the way up to heaven. He was “the island doctor” for so many years, and […]

OBIT: Sydell Berman Friedman

Sydell Friedman was a Boca Grande phenomenon. She and her husband, Stanley, were well known throughout the island and highly regarded in intellectual, social and tennis circles (and in just about every endeavor in which they participated) for more than 30 years. They were loving parents, grandparents and pet owners, as well as being energetic […]

OBITUARY: Kay Frances Bell

On March 18, 2016, after battling leukemia for two years, Kay Frances Bell let go and made the decision to fly with the angels. Her passing was quiet and serene.                She has been a resident of Boca Grande since 1994. Kay was born in Flint, Michigan on October […]

From one artist to another: We will miss you, Jim Sears

BY CARROLL SWAYZE – Our community is mourning the loss of one of our legends. James Sears passed away quietly around dinnertime on Saturday, March 5, 2016 with his family by his side. The art world in our little community will never be the same. I met Jim Sears the first day I came to […]

Obituary: Richard P.C. Fitzgerald

Richard P.C. Fitzgerald, born May 9, 1928 in Boston, Mass., died peacefully after a lengthy illness on March 2, 2016 in Sarasota. He was raised in Milton, Mass., and was a graduate of Milton Academy, class of 1947. He graduated from Providence College with a degree in Economics, and attended Northeastern University for graduate studies.

Obituary: Sara “Toni” Caldwell Junkin

Sara “Toni” Caldwell Junkin of Weston, Mass. and Boca Grande died on February 17, 2016. A woman of intellect, grace and humor, Toni spent her professional career researching, writing, curating and lecturing about American art, international art and decorative arts. She was the subject of a portrait in the style of Caravaggio, Zorn and Sargent […]