Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Obituaries of Note
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Developer Bill Bishop created

Developer Bill Bishop created "walkable communities"

Bill Bishop was a developer by definition, but those who know him best considered him to be an artist whose canvas was Hillsborough County.Among the communities he created from scratch are Pebble Creek, Westchase, Waterchase and Highland Park. He als...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18
Actor Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films, dead at 49

Actor Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films, dead at 49

LOS ANGELES — Actor Verne Troyer from the Austin Powers movie franchise has died. A statement provided by Troyer’s spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday. No cause or place of...
Published: 04/21/18
Barbara Bush eulogized as ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

Barbara Bush eulogized as ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

HOUSTON — At the Episcopal church that has been her spiritual home for more than 50 years, former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush was celebrated at her funeral as one of the most beloved political matriarchs in U.S. history.Bush, the wife of the 41st ...
Published: 04/21/18
Epilogue: Muralist Matt Callahan ‘lived 100 percent, 100 percent all the time’

Epilogue: Muralist Matt Callahan ‘lived 100 percent, 100 percent all the time’

With sprawling murals painted on businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area and as far away as Anaheim, Matthew Callahan was known locally as one of the best of his trade.But friends such as Sean Moore cling to smaller pieces with personal significance...
Published: 04/18/18
WWE great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

WWE great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

PITTSBURGH — Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling’s "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82.Family friend and former wrestling announcer Christopher Cruise said Sammartino died Wednesday morning and ...
Published: 04/18/18
Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, who was the wife of one president and the mother of another and whose embrace of her image as America’s warmhearted grandmother belied her influence and mettle, died April 17. She was 92.The office of her husband, former president Georg...
Published: 04/17/18
R. Lee Ermey, drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ dies at 74

.LOS ANGELES — R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s "Full Metal Jacket," has died. Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning ...
Published: 04/15/18
WWE’s ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant killed crossing street

WWE’s ‘Luscious’ Johnny Valiant killed crossing street

PITTSBURGH — Former professional wrestling champion "Luscious" Johnny Valiant has died after being struck crossing a street in a Pittsburgh suburb. The Allegheny County medical examiner says in a statement that 71-year-old Thomas Sullivan died Wednes...
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Epilogue: USF professor was a real life Indiana Jones

Epilogue: USF professor was a real life Indiana Jones

He was Tampa’s own Indiana Jones.James Francis Strange never carried a bullwhip, saved damsels in distress or kept the Nazis from acquiring religious relics that could conquer the world.But like the movie character, he was a biblical archaeologist wh...
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Longtime Pasco Circuit judge with ‘zest for life’ dies at 78

Longtime Pasco Circuit judge with ‘zest for life’ dies at 78

WESLEY CHAPEL — Ray E. "Gene" Ulmer Jr., whose nearly four decades as a Pasco-Pinellas Circuit judge made him a fixture in the court, died March 7. He was 78. Judge Ulmer was known for his practical jokes, the wisdom he dished out in court, and later...
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