John "Jack" Gilligan, born Jan. 13, 1938, passed away early on the morning of Feb. 6, 2017.
He was the beloved husband of Kathy (nee Powers) for 54 years, devoted father to Patricia (Sean Lyons), John Patrick (Eileen) and Edward (Randall) and loving grandfather of Connor, Stephanie and John Patrick.
Born in Park Slope, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938, Jack was a graduate of parochial grammar schools in Brooklyn and attended St. Francis High School. He served honorably in the United States Army in Europe and was a New York State Trooper before joining the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He served with the NYPD for 26 years, during which time he earned a bachelor's degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He retired from the NYPD at the rank of sergeant.
Jack and Kathy lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a short time after getting married in 1962, and were then residents of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., for over 30 years. Jack was active in the Boy Scouts with both of his sons, attending Boy Scout meetings, chaperoning camping trips and helping with Scout projects.
After retirement, Jack and Kathy followed the sun and split their time between Las Vegas, Nev., and Anna Maria Island. They eventually moved to Anna Maria full time, where Jack served on the board of the condominium association. Although he was not a beach person, he enjoyed the relaxed beach lifestyle.
Jack and Kathy were also avid travelers. They visited 47 U.S. states together as well as various other locations including Mexico, Canada, Africa, Bermuda, Aruba and Puerto Rico. They traveled to Europe numerous times, with Jack being was particularly fond of Germany, where he had served in the U.S. Army. One of his last trips to Europe was spent in Munich with his family, where he was able to revisit the locations of his youth.
Known for his sense of humor, keen wit, uncanny memory and an appetite for trivia, he was always the friendly guy people turned to for good conversation and debate. He could regale you with a story, entertain with a poem or song and engage with masterful conversation skills.
Jack is also survived by his sister, Catherine Godkin; brother, Raymond; and in-laws John (Vera) Powers; Maureen (Tom) Brady; Anne (Tom) Hartnett and Barbara Lynch as well as their children and grandchildren.
He had love for all and was loved by all.
A funeral Mass for John was held on Feb. 18th, 2017, on Anna Maria Island. He will be buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Catherine Mascher, 91, of Bradenton, died Feb. 1, 2017. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Sat, Feb. 25, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb 27, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St Chapel is in charge. www.brownandsonsfuneral.com
Rudolph "Rudy" Spinoza, 86, passed away on Feb. 16 in Bradenton.
He was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, a former member of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island and loved by many friends,
Born in Connecticut, Rudy received his art education in New York City at the School of Visual Art, Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, where he studied portrait painting under Raphael Soyer. Upon completing his studies, Rudy made an extended visit to Wyoming where at the age of 22, he was given commissions to paint the governors of Wyoming and Colorado. Back in New York, he opened a graphic illustration and design studio. Major ad agencies and corporations were among his clients.
As a hobby, Rudy enjoyed making violins, one of which has been played in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rose; two sisters, Gloria Nash and Rita van Autreve; several nieces and nephews; and three cats. He will be missed by all who knew him.