Obituaries for the week of Nov. 19, 2020

Published on: November 18, 2020

Dorothy V. Bryant

Dorothy V. Bryant, 92, of Sun City Center, passed away on October 30. Dottie was born on December 1, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, but spent most of her life in River Edge, N.J. Dottie worked in real estate most of her life, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Dottie is survived by loving children: Gary Simmons, Carolyn Bryant, Joyce Monterose and Robert Bryant; stepmother to Steven Bryant, Marcia Bryant, Daniel R. Bryant and Kevin R. Bryant; grandchildren: Jonathan Von Oy, Jeremy Von Oy, Kurtis Bryant and Alexis Nicole Brown; great grandchild: Clara Von Oy; siblings: Kenneth Dawes Jr. and Eleanore Avery; and a host of other family and friends.

All services will be held in New Jersey. Online condolences at


Mary E. Cook

Mary E. Cook, 72. of Palmetto, Fla., went to be with her Lord on November 7. Mary was born in Manatee County and has lived her entire life in Palmetto, Fla. She was an honor student and a 1965 graduate of Palmetto High School. She worked 42 years as the primary office manager for the Manatee Fruit and Floral Company and two years for Publix as a cashier. Family members were present at the time of her departure.

She is survived by her husband, Edmund, of 49 years and two foster sons, William and Robert Cook; niece Belinda Rimer; and a host of other family and friends. As a dedicated Christian, Mary enjoyed church and serving her Lord. She loved listening to Southern gospel and oldies music. She had a friendly engaging personality, a beautiful singing voice and was a superb cook who always served delicious meals.

A celebration of Mary’s life was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Chapel at the Skyway Memorial Funeral Home at 5200 US 19 in Palmetto, Fla. Online condolences at


Robert M. Hull

Robert Malcolm Hull, 85, of Sun City Center died November 11, 2020.

Bob was born in Boston, Mass., and lived in Somers, Conn., for 60 years. He had a Master’s Degree from American International College and was a graduate of Connecticut State Police Academy. Bob retired as a Lieutenant of the Conn. State Police after 22 years of service. Bob retired as director of Loss Prevention of FINAST and Edwards Supermarkets. He lectured in Criminal Justice Studies at Tuxnis Community College for 10 years. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, model railroading, ballroom dancing and billiards.

Survivors include Bob’s wife of 64 years, Judy; children: Pam (Fred) Stein, Cindy (Steve) Patterson, Jim (Kim) Hull; grandchildren: Christina Maney, Jessica Pince, Kaitlin Maney, Lindsay Martello, Angela Schutzman, Michael Hull, Erin Hull; and 25 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Padre Pio Foundation of America, 463 Main St., Crowell, CT 06416, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 813-634-9900.


John Kane

John Kane, 78, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away peacefully on November 6, 2020. He was the oldest son of the late Alexander and Irene (Linehan) Mazeikus.

John grew up in Lynn, Mass. As a U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a radio operator aboard the Admiral’s Flagship, USS Newport News, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later graduated from Merrimack College, majoring in English literature, and from Boston University, earning an MBA in business administration. He worked at Langley Equipment in Medford, Mass., and later as a Senior Buyer for Boston Gear, retiring in 2008. He then moved to Sun City Center, Fla.

John loved bicycling. He rode in every state in the continental U.S. and recorded the number of counties he rode in each state. In 1976, as a member of the Charles River Wheelmen, he founded the club’s annual New Year’s Day Ride.

He was an avid reader; a devoted fan of Jeopardy; a member of American Mensa, Boston Chapter; and a charming ballroom dancer.

John would always surprise you with his unique “dry sense of humor.” He was very kind hearted and made lasting friendships. It was hard not to love John. He was a beautiful soul, and he will be sorely missed.

He is preceded in death by his youngest brother Paul Mazeikus. He is survived by wife, Connie Kane, Sun City Center Fla.; brother, Peter Mazeikus, Wakefield, Mass.; nieces Erika and Amy; and numerous cousins.

A Mass will be held at a later date in Wakefield, Mass., with interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 S.E. 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.


Rizaldy Marasigan

Rizaldy (Sal) Marasigan was born on September 1, 1959, and has peacefully joined our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in heaven, on November, 10, 2020.

Sals legacy is survived by his lovely wife, Diane Marasigan; his mother, Josefina Gatdula; his sisters, Precy Zondorak and Rina Grady; his children, Lauren Bookhout and Matthew Marasigan; his stepchildren, Amber Tornello and John Paul Peak; his grandson, Cruz Bookhout; and many nieces and nephews.

Sal was a proud member of the Crossing Church located in Tampa, Fla., where he and his wife resided.

To family, friends and anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him, Sal was a beacon of light. He enjoyed making jokes, which resulted in an infectious laughter and revealed his dazzling smile; keeping fit; and spending quality time with loved ones. To know Sal was to be impacted by him as he professed the unshakable and unconditional love of Christ through scripture.

The family would like to extend our eternal thanks and gratitude to both the doctors and staff alike, for your prayers and working diligently in your efforts to aid Sal in living comfortably and as healthy as he could be during his time with us.

“Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

John 11:25-26 NKJV


Edward A. Peters

Edward A. Peters, age 72, of Apollo Beach, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Edward was born on March 11, 1948, in Mt. Clemens, Mich., to the late Waid and Iola Peters. He moved with his wife and new baby to the Tampa Bay area in 1968 to attend the University of South Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in marketing and accounting.

Edward is preceded in death by his brothers, Levair Peters and Garroll Peters; and grandson, Christian Gandy. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 53 years, Mary Ann; devoted children: daughter, Renee Peters; son, Scott Peters and his wife, Alecia; loved and adored grandchildren: Jarrod Gandy, Joshua Gandy, Taylor Peters, Avery Peters, Jamie Gandy, Brandon Gandy and his wife Samantha; great-grandchildren: Allie Gandy, Noah Gandy and Natalee Gandy; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Edward was an avid sailor. He was a member of the Tampa Sailing Squadron, The Port Huron Yacht Club and former member of Davis Island Yacht Club. He was passionate about sailboat racing and his favorite crew was his family. He started sailing when he was 11 years old and over the years brought home countless first place trophies. Edward always knew which way the wind was blowing. Edward was also a six-year volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem program where he provided support for many families. Edward was also an active parishioner for over 25 years at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin and served on several committees, including Steering and Building committee for the new church.

A Funeral Mass for the Repose of his Soul was celebrated Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ruskin, Fla. A Catholic Graveside Service will be held Friday, November 27, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hope Catholic Cemetery, 1209 Kraft Rd., Port Huron, MI. Edward’s nephew, Father Richard Lobert, will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making an online donation to St. Anne Catholic Church at “online giving” or The Guardian Ad Litem Foundation at


Ronald R. Shillady

Ronald “Ron” Ralph Shillady, a resident of Sun City Center, died Monday, November 9, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

Ron was born in 1944 in Boston and spent his childhood in Braintree, Massachusetts, with his parents, Ralph and Helene Shillady, and older sister Sandra. He graduated from Braintree High School where he played on the basketball team and was a pitcher on the high school baseball team as well as Legion ball.

Ron was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He saw service in Vietnam, and Scotland. Afterwards, he attended the University of Bridgeport where he met his future wife of 52 years, Judy Burgess. He then transferred and graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he earned a degree in political science and agriculture. In 1977 they moved with their daughter Tracie to Florida, living in St. Petersburg, Seffner, Valrico and, finally, Riverview before retiring to Sun City Center.

During his life he was a huge fan of the Lightning, the Rays, The Bucs and his daughter’s Florida State Seminoles. He was an excellent and memorable softball coach with the Brandon Leagurettes. He was a member of Rotary Club of Brandon ’86 and worked countless hours in pursuit of Rotary charities and projects.

With a smile and mischief in his eyes, he was always up for adventure. He was enthusiastic in all his endeavors, including motorcycles, race car driving, white water rafting, hiking, weight lighting, coaching and market analysis. His grandchildren will always remember him for his playfulness and grandiose stories. He was a whole-hearted participant in life and always said that he was a lucky guy. Most importantly, he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughter, Tracie Spoto (Keith); his grandchildren: Peter, Ronald, Vada and Douglas Spoto; his sister, Sandra Pilkington; his sister-in-law, Barbara Gregg (Donald); as well as many beloved family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to Rotary’s Camp Florida Inc., P.O. Box 1027, Brandon, FL 33509, or Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

The family has canceled the “celebration of life” gathering due to the rise of Covid cases.


John F. Slaughter

John F. Slaughter, 75, of Sun City Center and, originally, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away November 7, 2020. John graduated from North Central High School and attended Milligan College in Tenn. He proudly served his country as a U.S. Army Medic and was honorably discharged in 1969. He later worked in banking and sales before retiring to Florida. Cars and auto racing were John’s favorite pastime. He was an expert marksman and enjoyed target shooting, playing cards and traveling. He loved and rescued many animals.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cynthia A. (Pate) Slaughter; a brother, James Slaughter (Marilyn) of Greenfield, Ind.; a sister, Ruth Ezell (Chuck) of Micco, Fla.; mother-in-law, Carolyn Pate; a brother-in-law, Gary Pate (Patty); as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, James E. and Mary (Troy) Slaughter.

Mr. Slaughter will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter, 1528 27th St. SE, Ruskin, FL 33570, or SCC Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573,