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Elizabeth Aline Dickens Connar

CONNAR, Elizabeth Aline Dickens, fondly known as “Dickie”, died peacefully at her home in Tampa on March 31, 2017. Dickie was born in Madison, Georgia, in 1923. She was proud of her Southern heritage, and maintained contacts with friends and family in Madison throughout her life. She moved to Tampa in 1954 with husband, Dr. Richard G. Connar, and raised her family while maintaining a busy schedule including leadership roles with Suncoast Girl Scout Council, Berkeley Prep, Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Tampa General Foundation and Auxiliary, USF School of Medicine, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Dickie was a gifted seamstress, an excellent cook, and was very proud of her reputation as a gracious hostess. She loved to travel and her footsteps can be counted on six continents. Mementoes of her travels are found throughout her home.

Dickie was predeceased by husband, Dick Connar, and their two daughters, Cathleen Connar Watson, and Elizabeth Connar Baker. She is survived by son, Richard G. Connar, Jr.; by granddaughter Anna Margaret Watson Griggs, her husband Tom, and great grandchildren, Miles and Stella; by granddaughter Elizabeth Grace Baker Courtney, and great grandson, Luke; by granddaughter Virginia Aline Baker Chapin, her husband Boyd, and great grandsons, Connar and Kellan; by former son-in-law Peter Baker, and wife, Irene Hanas Baker; by nephew Robert and Gail Henderson and their children; by niece Barbara and Fred Simmons and their children; and by nephew Jay and Enid Henderson and their children.

A public memorial service will be held at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 509 E Twiggs St, Tampa, Fla. 33602 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall, and then private interment at Myrtle Hill Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Life Path Hospice (Tampa Bay) and the St. Andrews Episcopal Foundation. Funeral Arrangements through Blount Curry Funeral Home MacDill Chapel at www.blountcurrymacdill.com

William “Bill” Thomas Ryan

William “Bill” Thomas Ryan, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Merritt Island, Fla. on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 12:42 a.m. surrounded by his loving family.  Mr. Ryan was born in Savannah, GA on December 12, 1937, the son of the late Ira J. and Mary C. Ryan. He was a graduate of Cathedral Day School, Benedictine Military School and Georgia State University.

Mr. Ryan was the devoted caretaker for his wife of nearly 60 years prior to his diagnosis with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was instrumental in the administration and property management of Madison Antique Markets and a former member of St. James Catholic Church in Madison.

Mr. Ryan was a Chemical Laboratory Supervisor at Hercules, Inc, now Ashland Chemical, and retired after over 35 years of service. He was a docent at the Fox Theater in Atlanta and enjoyed the Opera the most. Mr. Ryan spent 15 years as a Georgia High School Football Association referee. He served in the 117th ANG unit in Savannah during the mid 1950’s.

His hobbies included construction, building three houses for his family, and sailing. He owned a sailboat manufacturing company in the late 1970’s producing the Dolphin Sr. which he and his family spent many summers sailing off the beaches of Tybee. 

 In 1986, Mr. Ryan obtained his private pilots’ license and was the inspiration for his daughters’ future airline careers.

Mr. Ryan’s greatest hobby was spending time with his grandson, joining him at scouting functions and creating elaborate school projects together.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Terry (Loriann DeMelis) Ryan, Kay (Terry) Glendy all of Merritt Island, FL, grandson Ryan Moody of Athens, a sister Marie Dillon, and two brothers Tim (Mary) Ryan and Joe (Honey) Ryan all of Savannah, and many nieces and nephews.

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