Farewell, Deanne Roberts: Thanks for making Tampa Bay a better place
Wake up and good morning. Tampa Bay lost one of its shining lights Thursday with the passing of Deanne Roberts (above, right) at age 59 after her fight with cancer. Read my column in today's Tampa Bay Times about her legacy and impact on this region. Here's my 2007 piece on her start to fight her cancer. Colleen Chappell (above, left) bought Roberts Communications, the public relations firm Deanne founded, and created ChappellRoberts, where Deanne remained as chairman. Chappell says the deal, done years ago when Deanne was healthy, was a great example of smart small business succession by Deanne. It was one of many things Deanne Roberts did well.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times