Obituary: Former Vero Beach Mayor Sabin Abell Reply

Sabe Abell

Sabe Abell

Sabin “Sabe” Clark Abell, Jr., Oak Harbor, Vero Beach, died unexpectedly while driving on June 1, 2016.

A 5th generation Vermonter, he was born September 28, 1932 in Burlington, Vermont to the late Sabin Clark Abell and Irene Bates Abell.

Sabe was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College class of 1954, and was a member of their lacrosse and ski teams at the time when Dartmouth dominated the ski scene nationally. Sabe relished his memories of ski racing, and especially skiing the legendary Tuckerman’s Ravine alongside teammates who were on the United States Olympic team.

After graduation he joined the family business, Wood’s Sporting Goods Store in Burlington, Vermont. There, he introduced head skis to the area, and began his long and varied career in the ski and sporting goods industry, his abiding passion.

As a manufacturer’s representative, Sabe introduced several ski and sporting goods products to the United States, setting up national sales and marketing agents. He then worked in the sporting goods trade show exhibit business. Throughout his career, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, making many life-long friends in the industry. More…

Obituary: Marion Edward “Chubby” Bass 1

BassMarion Edward “Chubby” Bass, 82, of Vero Beach, died March 11, 2016 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

Chubby was born in Daytona Beach, FL and moved to Vero Beach from Titusville, FL at age 10.

He was a graduate of Vero Beach High School Class of 1952. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. More…

Local philanthropist, Richard A. Stark, passes away (Updated) 2


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Richard A. “Dick” Stark

Richard A. “Dick” Stark, 94, passed away peacefully at home on October 6, 2015 after a longstanding ailment that never kept him from actively pursuing his philanthropic activities in the community he so loved. He is survived by his second wife, Diana Dee Stark, whom he wed on April 13, 2013, and whose love and care immeasurably brightened his later years.

Dick is predeceased by his first wife, the former Barbara Jones, his high school sweetheart, who passed away on September 12, 2011. They had celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on February 5, 2011.

Dick was born in Ann Harbor, Michigan on April 6, 1921, the son of Judson L. Stark and the former Evelyn Genevieve Briley, but grew up in Indianapolis. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1943, served in the US Navy as Lt (jg) in 1943-1946, graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1947 and from Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, Indiana in 1948 receiving the honorary Order of the Coif for highest scholarship.

He began the practice of law in 1948 with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and served on its top management board for more than 25 years. His specialty was securities, corporate and banking law. During his 42 year career he represented many large corporations, investment banks, insurance companies, and commercial banks (notably The Chase Manhattan Bank). From 1978 to 2011 he was a trustee of several trusts for Rockefeller great grandchildren.

Dick and Barbara lived in Garden City and then Centre Island (Oyster Bay) on Long Island, New York for 38 years prior to Dick’s retirement in 1990. Dick’s principal hobby for many years was power boating on Long Island Sound. He was also a disciplined swimmer, swimming daily for 50 years until 2 weeks before he passed.

After retiring from his law firm in 1990, Dick and Barbara became residents of John’s Island, Vero Beach, Florida. He served as president of the John’s Island Property Owners Association in 1995-1997. He was Chairman of the Vero Beach Museum of Art during its $6,000,000 renovation and expansion program in 1998-2000. He also served for many years on the Board of The Riverside Theatre. Since 1980 Dick was a Vice President of The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation which, together with the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas, has provided substantial financial support for the Vero Beach Museum of Art, including construction of the Leonhardt Auditorium and the Stark Galleries, and the Riverside Theatre, including the construction of the Leonhardt Administration Wing and Stark Main Stage. Dick also served on non-profit community Boards including Camp Haven and the Vero Beach Opera. He was the Chairman Emeritus of the Cultural Council of Indian River County and the annual presenter of the Richard A. Stark Award for Cultural Leadership for Indian River County.

In 1999 Dick was instrumental in the establishment of the Indian River County Task Force on the Homeless. From this developed the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council of which he became Chairman. The Council successfully sought Federal and State grants for local projects for the homeless and indigent amounting to some $30,000,000 over the last 15 years and became a major force in the service of the homeless and indigent on the Treasure Coast.

On September 11, 2001, while Dick was in New York on business, he narrowly escaped the collapse of the Marriott Hotel when the adjacent World Trade Center Towers fell. His life was saved by a New York City Firefighter whom Dick later identified as Angel Rivera and with whom he maintained contact until Angel’s death in 2015.

Dick is also survived by five children, Susan S. Woglom of Northampton, MA, a social worker, lawyer and retired adoption agency executive; Margaret Stark of Westlake Village, CA a forensic accountant, CPA, and financial planner; Sarah S. Oldham of Rowayton, CT, a divorce lawyer and founding partner in the Westport, CT, firm of Rutkin Oldham & Griffin; Barbara S. Baxter, MD of Dallas, TX, an allergist and Clinical Associate Professor at UT Southwestern; and Richard J. Stark of New York City, a lawyer and partner in the New York City law firm of Cravath Swain & Moore. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 soon to be 12 great grandchildren. Dick is survived by a sister, Margaret S. Brown, a retired school teacher, of Plantation, FL. Dick also had 6 step-children and 13 step-grandchildren with his second wife Diana.

A Celebration of His Life will be held at the Community Church of Vero Beach at 3:00 PM on November 14, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council 2525 St. Lucie Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or to The Riverside Theatre, 1250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Obituary: Samuel Rupert Tripson Reply

Samuel TripsonSamuel Rupert Tripson died September 15, 2015 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and an overwhelming amount love. Born on February 18, 1982, Sam was a native of Vero Beach, Florida. He was a graduate of Vero Beach High School Class of 2000. He received an Associate of Arts Degree from Indian River Community College, and went on to the University of Florida to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Operations Management. Sam was a lifelong Gator, from Glendale Elementary to the University of Florida.

Sam descended from a long line of Indian River cattlemen and citrus growers. Although he stood at 6’7, he truly was a gentle giant and a blessing to all who knew him. He had an innate sense for all living things and could tame even the wildest of bulls. It was always said “You knew it was going to be a good day when Sam was in the cow pens.” From the time he could walk, Sam, alongside his brother Rob, was out at his uncle Ralph’s ranch, his uncle Randy’s orange groves, and Big John’s dove field and farm. He learned from a very young age how to care for animals and respect the land. He raised livestock through the Indian River County 4H, and continued to be a dedicated supporter in passing along his knowledge and respect for agriculture to the next generation. This, along with caring for his family, was one of Sam’s greatest joys in life. More…

Obituary: Amy Thompson Reply

Amy Lynn Thompson, age 52, a lifelong resident of Vero Beach, died on August 24,2015 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach after a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Amy was a graduate of Vero Beach High School Class of 1981. She attended Indian River Community College. She began her employment at Buckingham Wheeler Insurance Agency as a teenager and in recent years became the President of the company. Her business associates and clients had an appreciation for her cheerful disposition and quick wit as well as her dedication to taking care of their business needs. She attended First Baptist Church of Vero Beach.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Mary and “Coach” Thompson of Vero Beach; maternal grandparents J.G. and Nellie Marbury of Albany, GA, and her aunt, Louise Murphy of Vero Beach. More…

Tom Holman, 86, co-owner of Sun Aviation and son of Vero Beach pioneer, Bud Holman, passes 3

Tom HolmanThomas Bud Holman, 86, a lifelong resident of Vero Beach, and son of Vero Beach pioneer Bud Holman, passed away August 4, 2015. Tom graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1947 and then from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Tom was a lifelong pilot and was the founder and co-owner of Sun Aviation.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, JoAnn Poole Holman of Vero Beach, a son, Steven Richard Holman of Vero Beach,, FL, and a daughter, Valerie Ann Holman of Vero Beach, FL and Brevard, NC. And two grandchildren, Thomas William Holman of Vero Beach, and Steven Lewis Holman of the U.S. Army, and a brother, Harry “Bump” Holman and family of Vero Beach.

Friends may call from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, on Monday, August 10, 2015 at the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Crestlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to Commemorative Airforce Restoration Fund in Memory of Thomas Bud Holman , P. O. Box 764769, Midland, TX, 75376 or the Humane Society of Vero Beach 6230 77th St, Vero Beach, FL, 32967 in his memory.

An online guestbook may be signed at


April 8: Obituaries Reply

JOHN J. AMODEI, 85, of Spanish Lakes Fairways, Fort Pierce, FL, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. John was born June 1, 1929, in Manhattan, NY, son of the late, Anna and John Amodei. John loved traveling for over ten years with his wife, Toni. John and Toni moved to Spanish Lakes Fairways fourteen years ago from Toms River, NJ. Prior to retirement John was a wholesale buyer for Office Furniture and Design. More…

March 30: Obituaries Reply

RAMIRO JARDINES, 57, of Vero Beach, passed away March 23, 2015, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, FL. Ramiro was a native of Mexico and lived in Vero Beach, FL.

Ramiro is survived by his children, Jorge, Edgar, Jessica, Erick, and Edwin, his mother, Paula Enriquez, his brother, Louis, and grandchildren, Adrian, Krystal, Natalli and Christopher.

A visitation will be Saturday, March 28, from 11:00 till 1:30 pm, at the Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 pm, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL A guestbook may be sign at (3/30/15) More…

March 18: Obituaries Reply

(REBECCA) JANE TORREY BROWN, a resident of Vero Beach passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at age 91. She was the daughter of Captain George Torrey and Essie Vane Gray Torrey of Deer Isle, ME, where Jane was born and raised. She spent her early years going to sea on sailing ships where her father was the Captain. Jane graduated from Eastern Maine General Hospital and had a full career as a Registered Nurse. She met and married David N. Brown, Jr., of Cranford, NJ, (in Boston on a blind date) who at the time was a Midshipman at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. They were married for 62 years and raised four children. After meeting and marrying David, they raised their family while moving around the country, living in 10 states and bought and sold 14 houses, before retiring to Vero Beach. More…

March 16: Obituaries Reply

TODD BILLMAN, 47, of Vero Beach, passed away March 12, 2015 at the Indian River Medical Center. Todd was born July 20 1967 in Logansport, IN to Marc and Kay Billman. Survivors include his mother Kay and daughter Rebecca Billman both of Vero Beach; and sister Beth Dombroski and nieces Sarah and Bridget Dombroski of Glastonbury, CT. He was preceded in death by his father Marc Billman, maternal grandfather Marion Shuman, maternal grandmother Mary Douglass, and paternal grandparents Carl and Gladys Billman. At Todd’s request there will be no services. Strunk Funeral Home (3/16/15) More…

March 11: Obituaries Reply

CHARLES MARION “ANDY” ANDERSON, 79, died March 8, 2015 at his home in Winter Beach. Marion was born in Winter Beach, FL and has been a life time resident of Winter Beach. He was a graduate of Vero Beach High School Class of 1953. Marion was a veteran having served in the United States Army. He worked for Florida Power and Light for 40 years before his retirement in 1993. Marion was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winter Beach. More…

March 9: Obituaries Reply

Judy VoylesJULIA CARMELITE OWENS-VOYLES (JUDY), 87, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Born in Tampa, FL November2, 1927, Judy moved to Vero Beach in 1935 to live with her grandmother, Daisy Faulkner Owens and begin first grade. She graduated from Vero Beach High School in 1946 where she had been a cheerleader and also crowned Ms. VBHS. She then attended Florida State College for Women where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. It was after her freshman year that her college became FSU, a coed university. While in college Judy worked at the Poinsettia Gift Shop for Alma Lee at Christmas time and during the summer. In 1948 the Jaycees decided to have a Miss Vero Beach by a popular vote and Judy won the title. More…

March 7: Obituaries Reply

JOYCE SACCHI SCOTT of Oak Island, Vero Beach, was born in Freehold, N.J. on December 30, 1933 graduating from Freehold High School in 1951. Beautiful sister of John, Milton, and Helen Sacchi Statesir. Her deceased immigrant parents from Italy and Germany, Charles and Mentha, preceded Joyce. An accomplished violinist played the glockenspiel in the Elks orchestra and a choir member of First Presbyterian Church. Joyce was employed in communications by AT&T for over 25 years in New Jersey, Alaska, and Montana, retiring in Florida. Added stress contributed to her congestive heart condition and assisted by her loving brother Johnny arranged for additional medical services at Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Cardiology Group in California by renowned physicians but for all their exemplary medical expertise Joyce succumbed on March 1st, 2015. Also survived by her devoted, protective husband of 30 years, George, her two brothers John and Milton and one sister Helen, plus many nieces and nephews. Services will only be conducted in Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills, CA. (3/7/15) More…

March 4: Obituaries Reply

THOMAS RICHARD BRAMSON, 87, passed away, Saturday, February 28th. Born on March 3rd, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Roy T. Bramson and Ruth Gillespie Bramson. He graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and went on to attend Michigan State University from 1947 to 1951,where he received his degree in Business Administration. He owned and ran Bramson Publishing Company from 1953 to 1982. More…

Feb. 25: Obituaries Reply

MARGUERITE “PEGGY” B. GATES, 90, of The Brennity in Vero Beach passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach. Peggy was born in Richford, Vermont to the late William C. and Hazel (nee Wright) Bliss. After graduation from high school, she attended and graduated from Green Mountain College in Vermont. Following graduation Peggy worked as a medical technologist. But while in Worcester, Massachusetts she met her love Ralph Gates and together they forged a marriage that spanned 68 years. Peggy and Ralph became seasonal residents of the Treasure Coast in 1988 coming from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They first lived in Spanish Lakes Country Club Village before moving to Campbridge Park which led them to The Brennity at Pointe West as full time residents. Peggy was a member of Community Church in Vero Beach and a member of the PEO Chapter L in Pittsfield. She was a Square and Round Dancer and recently she and Ralph enjoyed ballroom dancing at The Brennity. Peggy was always appreciative of the art community as she herself was known as an accomplished water color artist. More…

Feb. 24: Obituaries Reply

LYDA BETTY DEAN died at Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL after a short battle with illness. She was the widow of Donald Dean and the mother of six children: Mike, Mark, Phil, Scott, Todd and Melissa. She has sixteen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Her home was in New Castle until the time of her retirement from Telephone Company and moving to Florida. While in New Castle, she was a member of Highland United Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be arranged at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Donald Jacob Dean, a Korean War Veteran. Strunk Funeral Home (2/24/15) More…

Feb. 21: Obituaries Reply

JOHN WESLEY DEVANE, SR. passed away on February 11, 2015, in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, January 25, 1937, a third generation native of Florida. He was the youngest son of Emery and Fern Osborn DeVane. Graduating from Vero Beach High School in 1955. A life long Commercial Fisherman and a long standing member of Organized Fisherman of Florida. He enjoyed being a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Fraternal Organizations of the Orioles and Eagles. Survived by his wife Karen Galligan DeVane of Sebastian. His son John DeVane, Jr and two daughters Joyce DeVane Mallory and Roxanne DeVane Mackey of Micco, brother Jerry DeVane of White City, Florida. His 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at Fisherman Landing in Sebastian on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1pm. More…

Feb. 18: Obituaries Reply

NEIL BOST GLENN, 83, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on February 14, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 8, 1931 in Burlington, North Carolina, Neil was the son of Ross William Glenn and Alice Hawn Glenn. He received a B.S.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953. Upon graduation, he joined the Atlanta office of the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., now known as KPMG. He was transferred to the firm’s Greensboro, North Carolina office later that year. Neil was the president of the Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce, known as the Jaycees, from 1962 to 1963. While president, he was involved in the Jaycees’ annual sponsorship of the Greater Greensboro Open, now known as the Wyndham Championship, a regular tournament on the P.G.A. tour. In recognition of his devotion to the Jaycees, Neil was named a Life Member of the Greensboro Jaycees and a member of the Green Coat Club, now known as the Founders Club. More…

Obituaries: Feb. 16, 2015 Reply

BRIGITTE M. RUGGIERO, 65, of Vero Beach, FL and Enfield, CT passed away suddenly at the Indian River Medical Center on Friday, February 13, 2015. Brigitte was born in Speyer, Germany. Her happiest years were spent with her husband raising their children and watching their grandchildren grow. Over the years, she touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Brigitte was one of the most thoughtful people you could have ever known. She never missed a birthday or special occasion and had a way of bringing a smile to the faces of everyone around her. She was a true friend to all those who knew her.


Obituaries: February 14, 2015 Reply

DOROTHY WAHLIN BENSON, 98, died February 11, 2015 at Indian River Estates Medical Center in Vero Beach. Dorothy was born in Mason City, IA and spent her early childhood in Redwing, MN. She moved to Vero Beach 25 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL where she and her late husband Rev. Caryl Benson had retired after serving the Salem Lutheran Church in Bridgeport, CT.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Wahlin Benson (Julie) of Vero Beach, FL; daughter, Janetha Benson (Russell DeJong) of Belgrade, ME; grandchildren, Elissan Benson Maguire (Mark), Amanda Segura (Spencer), Nigel William Wahlin Benson, Sarah DeJong and Mark DeJong; great-grandchildren, Camden, Colin, Mitchell and Shane Mcguire and Spencer and Genevieve Segura. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Rev. Caryl Benson in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at the Salem Lutheran Church in Bridgeport, CT later in the spring. Strunk Funeral Home (2/14/15)


Obituaries Reply

NICHOLAS ALFRED CUTRONE, 80, died February 3, 2015 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Vero Beach. Survivors include daughters Nadine Cutrone Council and Lisa Al’Khammash both of Vero Beach, and his son Nicholas T. Cutrone of Hugo, MN Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, Wounded Warriors, or School Supplies to be collected and distributed locally. A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held 7:00 PM on Friday February 13, 2015 Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. (2/12/15)

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Obituaries: October 23, 2014 Reply

JEFF BARTON, who retired from the Indian River Clerk of Court in 2012, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Jeff began his career teaching college and working in the banking industry and moved to Indian River County in 1970 from Palm Beach County. Jeff served on the City of Vero Beach Council from December 1980 until March 1984, ARC board from August 1991 until August 1999 (including Chairman from 1998-1999), American Cancer Society Board from October 1999 until present, Florida Association of Court Clerks Service Corporation Board from November 1993 until June 2006 (including Vice Chairman and Chairman positions), Clerk of Court Operations Corporation as Secretary and Treasurer from July 2006 through June 2008, Florida Local Government Investment Trust as Vice Chairman and Chairman from September 2005 through September 2011, Florida League of Cities Insurance Fund Trustee from 1981 to 1983. More…