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2008 Deaths Of Note In The Tampa Bay Area

Jan. 1 - Bob Ardren, 67, longtime Tampa Tribune correspondent (Suncoast Shelter column)

Jan. 20 - Lillian McKay Robinson, 92, matriarch of longtime Tampa family

Feb. 17 - Mary Ellen Stidham, 49, former Tampa Tribune reporter

Feb. 18 - Dick Fletcher, 65, WTSP meteorologist

March 14 - Sebastian "Buster" Mirabella, 94, co-owner of Mirabella's seafood restaurant and fish market

March 29 - George Lackman, 77, banker and former captain of the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship; helped rescue Tampa General Hospital from financial ruin

April 15 - Ray Webb, 72, former owner of the Dade City Banner newspaper and radio station WDCF; instrumental in start of Pasco-Hernando Community College

May 4 - John Eastman, 79, former Tampa radio and TV personality who successfully sued two tobacco companies for contributing to his nicotine addiction

May 13 - The Rev. Forrest Pollock, 44, and Preston Pollack, 14; senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church and his son

May 21 - Marlene Young, 58, first female mayor of Winter Haven

June 9 - George Mason, 62, Tampa native claimed credit for creating the slogan "Just Be Nice"

June 11 - Patricia Pierce Coleman, 75, Tampa's first female police officer

June 16 - Bill James, 75, Hillsborough County state attorney whose career as a crusader against corruption included the federal indictment of three county commissioners

June 21 - Elizabeth MacManus, 84, Lutz historian and mother of University of South Florida political scientist Susan McManus

June 30 - Angelo Cacciatore, 90, founder of the first Silver Ring Cafe in Ybor City in 1947

Aug. 9 - J. Bennett DeLoach, 97, a former managing editor of The Tampa Times

Aug. 9 - Grayston Lynch, 85, Tampa resident known to have fired the first shot during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion

Aug. 16 - Margaret Woodard, 84, mother-in-law of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

Aug. 16 - Simeon Nix, 47, pastor at Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Aug. 24 - Howard Hilton, 82, man who "made it snow" in Tampa in 1958

Aug. 25 - Jane Liggett, 67, community leader and volunteer

Sept. 2 - Mary Ellen Cook Germany, 82, wife of John F. Germany and community volunteer

Sept. 7 - Charles Arnade, 81, a founding professor at the University of South Florida

Sept. 10 - Bud Nifong, 83, educator and former Florida Strawberry Festival director

Sept. 12 - Sid Haton, 45, director of University of South Florida's first marching band

Sept. 15 - Carmen Madsen, 87, Tampa native dressmaker and world traveler who uncovered a plot to deploy German U-boats off Florida's coast

Sept. 28 - Louis de la Parte Jr., 79, former state lawmaker and Florida Senate president; person for whom Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida is named

Oct. 25 - Mamie Ferlita Suszynski, 86, helped organize banquets in Ybor City and once sang for Vice President Harry S. Truman

Nov. 8 - Al Ford, 80, helped launch the Tampa Police Department's aviation division; radio station traffic control reporter

Nov. 14 - Owen Gall, 96, Zephyrhills citrus grower, industrialist, newspaperman

Nov. 28 - Dirk Budd, 73, retired former chairman of Saint Leo University's English, fine arts and humanities department

Dec. 3 - Doris Hennessy Winckler, 87, first female network radio news anchor during World War II and newspaper journalist; former Tampa resident

Dec. 6 - the Rev. Joseph Doyle, 72, teacher and president at Jesuit High School in Tampa

Dec. 10 - Harris Mullen, 84, founder of Florida Trend magazine and Ybor City investor

Dec. 18 - Jade Moore, 61, executive director of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association

Tribune research by Michael Messano; source: Tribune archives

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