Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Obituaries of Note

Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

ST. PETE BEACH — Anthony Acosta, the former medical director of the emergency room at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, spent more than four decades in an ER he was remembered for loving second to only his family.Mr. Acosta, 67, died Nov. 19 after a t...
Published: 12/08/17
Epilogue: Longtime Hernando County educator remembered for friendship, faith

Epilogue: Longtime Hernando County educator remembered for friendship, faith

Whether at the front of a classroom or in the garden, Maria Rybka was a teacher to her core. Those who loved her say she lived with purpose: to educate, inspire and demand the most from life.Following a lengthy illness, the longtime Hernando County e...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17
John Anderson, who ran against Reagan and Carter in 1980, dies at age 95

John Anderson, who ran against Reagan and Carter in 1980, dies at age 95

John Anderson, a former Republican congressman from Illinois who bolted his party to run as a plain-spoken independent candidate for president in 1980, drawing an enthusiastic if transient following among liberals and college students, died Sunday ni...
Published: 12/04/17
Jim Nabors, the beloved Gomer Pyle from two TV shows, has died at 87

Jim Nabors, the beloved Gomer Pyle from two TV shows, has died at 87

HONOLULU — Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver trans...
Published: 11/30/17
New Tampa Players lose their founder

New Tampa Players lose their founder

NEW TAMPA — Doug Wall devoted the last 20 years of his life to a cultural center in New Tampa — one that supporters say will be a reality in the next three years.His dream of being a Broadway co-producer also is set to happen next year, an event his ...
Published: 11/29/17
Updated: 12/02/17
Alton White, civil rights leader who loved ‘every blade of grass in Tampa,’ dies at 77

Alton White, civil rights leader who loved ‘every blade of grass in Tampa,’ dies at 77

TAMPA — Born into the civil rights movement, Alton Maurice White Sr. embraced it as his own while playing college football in Tallahassee.He brought his passion home to Tampa and, for decades, played a guiding role in advancing the cause.By his count...
Updated one month ago
Teen idol David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Teen idol David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

David Cassidy, the former star of "The Partridge Family" TV hit of the 1970s and a reluctant teen idol to the boomer generation, died Tuesday evening of liver failure, his publicist confirmed. He was 67.The singer and actor died in Fort Lauderdale af...
Updated one month ago
Epilogue: The Divine Miss Em - loud, proud and Broadway-bound

Epilogue: The Divine Miss Em - loud, proud and Broadway-bound

ST. PETERSBURG – You could never sing solo, when Emma Couture was around. Even if you were humming softly to yourself, she would jump in and belt along. That girl couldn’t remember to turn in her biology homework, but she knew every word to every Bro...
Updated one month ago
Della Reese, of TV’s ‘Touched by an Angel,’ has died at 86

Della Reese, of TV’s ‘Touched by an Angel,’ has died at 86

LOS ANGELES — Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86. Reese’s co-star on the series, Roma ...
Updated one month ago
AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

Malcolm Young, the AC/DC co-founder whose brash guitar riffs, tight songwriting and live-wire personality defined an era of rock ‘n’ roll, has died. He was 64.AC/DC announced his death on its Facebook page Saturday. The time, location and cause of hi...
Updated one month ago