Simonson for the suggestion of remembering our radio friends who
have passed on.
We'll include our own articles as well as obituaries.
It's with sadness that we report the passing of KP Manning. Ken, as I knew him, was a talented guy with a wild sense of humor and loving dad to two youngsters he was so proud of. Our condolences go to his family and friends.
A. "Surfer Dave" Marcello Jr.
"Surfer" Dave Marcello was killed in a Motor Vehicle Accident on 2/18/2010 in Cape Canaveral, FL. He is survived by his son, David D. Marcello; his parents, David Sr. and Mary Marcello; and his siblings, Melissa Keenan, Jessica, and Jonathan Marcello. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, 2/27 at Our Savior's Catholic Church: 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to David D. Marcello, 521 Autumn Walk, Canton, GA 30114
Posts from around the web...From AllAccess.com Former WXXL(-FM) 106.7/Orlando air personality and specialty show host David Marcello (a.k.a. "Surfer Dave") was killed by a vehicle last Thursday night In Cape Canaveral, FL. He was a pedestrian who was struck near the intersection of State Road A1A and Grant Av., reports FloridaToday.com. Dave hosted " Alternative Static", a show that ran for years on Sunday nights on WXXL-FM 106.7/Orlando in the '90s. He later did part-time at WJRR-FM 101.1/Orlando in the early-mid 2000's before leaving the business.
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office reported that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of State Road A1A and Grant Avenue Thursday night, February 19, in Cape Canaveral. David was known as Surfer Dave, doing weekends at WJRR-FM 101.1 From Radio-info.com He worked for Orlando’s WXXL-FM (106.7) where he was known as “Surfer Dave,” where he hosted a night show in the 1990’s. David Marcello, Jr., his real name, also worked on the air on WJRR-FM (101.1), licensed to Cocoa Beach, until he left the radio business several years ago. Tragically, Florida Today reports the Brevard County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office announced that Marcello was struck and killed by a car at Highway A1A in Cape Canaveral on Thursday night. An investigation is ongoing. Marcello was just 40.
Joseph Martin March
James Joseph "Jim" Martin, 63, Vanderbilt Drive, Clearwater, died Wednesday, March 10. Mr. Martin was a former news broadcaster with WDBO(-AM 580) radio. Born in Detroit, he was a former resident of Central Florida. He was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church, Clearwater. Survivors: wife, Louise; daughters, Kathy, Daytona Beach, Sally Lightsey, Julie Martin-Goodwin, both of Orlando, Susie Combs, Fort Hood, Texas; son, James J. Jr., Orlando; stepsons, Kim Watrous, Corona, Calif., Kevin Watrous, Springfield, Ill.; stepdaughter, Lisa Rosengren, Springfield, Va.; brother, Burke, Spartanburg, S.C.; 11 grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, Clearwater.
February 20, 2000
A Mass for William Masi, 94, of Longwood, Fla., a former New Jersey resident, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, South Orange, following the funeral from the Joseph W. Preston Funeral Home, 153 South Orange Ave., South Orange. Mr. Masi, who died Wednesday February 16, 2000 in the South Seminole Hospital, Longwood, retired as the superintendent of the Brick Church branch of the U.S. Post Office, East Orange, 39 years ago after working there for 36 years. He also owned the Bill Masi Radio Network, South Orange, NJ and Longwood, FL., and WHBI, Newark, WBGC, Chipley, Fla., WVCF-AM 1480, Ocoee, Fla., and WWJZ-AM 1400, Sanford, Fla. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 766, Orlando, Fla., and a Cavaliere Knight, an honor he received from the Republic of Italy in 1967. Born in New York City, he lived in South Orange for 50 years before moving to Florida 20 years ago. Surviving are his wife, Mertice E.; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
|Carl Marcocci Passes
The owner of four Tampa radio stations, Carl Marcocci, 68, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday night, December 23, 2006. Marcocci was leaving a dinner meeting with his station managers to give out bonus checks, according to his partner Steve Schurdell. His car crashed through a fence and struck a building next door. The burglar alarm went off about 7:20 p.m. His body was found the next morning in his Mercedes coupe. Marcocci's daughter, Sharon Moffatt said Saturday that the family believes her father died of a heart attack, possibly induced by the anguish of his son’s death earlier this year and her own ongoing struggle with cancer. Radio was always a big part of Marcocci’s life. He started out as a disc jockey in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked in many different cities, even serving a stint in Korea working for military radio. He married Betty Lou Henderson, in 1962, but they had to keep their marriage secret because Betty Lou was a flight attendant for United Airlines and at that time, stewardesses (as they were called then) were not allowed to be married. At the time of his death, Mr. Marcocci owned the Palm Harbor based oldies station, WJQB-FM 106.3, WXCV-FM 95.3 in Homosassa Springs and WXOF-FM 96.3, Spring Hill as well as WINV-AM 1560,Beverly Hills. Carl is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Marcocci, daughter Sharon Moffatt, son Russell Marcocci, and sister Lucy Jane Clement as well as uncle, Louis Coccoli.
|Area radio celebrity dies at
By Doug Cohen Florida Today Writer
Known to his radio listeners and friends as "Prince William," William Maschmeier, the former owner and general manager of Cocoa radio station WKKO(-AM 860), died Thursday from lung cancer. He was 67. Mr. Maschmeier of 2100 Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, died at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach about 2 a.m., hospital officials said. "Bill was a very unique individual. He spent the last 40 years of his life in the broadcasting business," said Tom McArdle II, a partner of Mr. Maschmeier's at WKKO radio. "He worked with a lot of greats in the business and gave a lot of greats their start." One of those greats was music legend Dick Clark. More than .37 years ago, Mr. Maschmeier gave Clark his first chance in television when Clark - was virtually unknown. And that same blend of daring and intuition that Mr. Maschmeier showed when he hired Clark was the force behind his decision to buy WKKO radio in 19705. In the in nine years that he owned and operated WKKO -which is now known as "Fox 86" - Mr. Maschmeier used his radio talents to try and unify the county into what he called the "city of Brevard." By 1984, when he sold the station, Mr. Maschmeier had energized the "city of Brevard" with more than 400 editorial broadcasts, McArdle said. Some of those editorials were influential in the fight against teen-age drug abuse in Brevard schools, McArdle said. Mr. Maschmeier's influence in Brevard stretched far beyond the airwaves. He was a member of the board of the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of M-3 Group Ltd., which promoted the "Reach on the Beach" program and other efforts to beautify Cocoa Beach. "He was a maverick," said his wife, Jane Maschmeier. "He was constantly doing something for his fellow man." Survivors include his wife; son, William John Maschmeier of Whidbey Island, Wash.; daughter, Marti Rosenburg of Nashville Tenn.; and three grandchildren. No funeral arrangements had been scheduled as of late Thursday.
Terry M. England age 52 years of Omaha. Longtime Omaha Radio personality. Terry is survived by daughters, Megan England and Molly England and brother, Charles Wayne England. Terry was program director for Waitt Radio Networks' "Oldies Plus" radio format, originating in Omaha and distributed to stations throughout the United States. Terry also worked many years in Central Florida Radio, under the name of Terry Mason at stations including WGTO-AM 540, WWZN-AM 540 WWJZ-AM 1400 and WOTS-AM 1220.
Dave Adams Passes
It's with sadness that I report the death of Iron Dave Adams (Dave Mather). Dave was a fixture in Central Florida. More details as they become available. Our condolences go out to all of his family and friends.
More On Iron Dave 9-27-13
From a post on Facebook from Joe Ferraro
FYI: Iron Dave's dad said they are having just private service for the family. They will have Iron Dave Adams cremated and shipped to Alabama. There is a memorial service to honor Dave for his friends and colleagues being planned now and I will let all know once there is more information.
From a post on Facebook from Kevin Hanley
Please join us as we gather together to Honor our Dear Friend and Patriot Brother, IRON DAVE ADAMS. He is surely resting in the arms of the angels ♥
"Iron Dave's" Celebration of Life Event Sunday, December 8 at 12:00pm at The Abbey in Orlando.
Thanks to Brenda Matthews who sends along the sad news about a journeyman broadcaster in Central Florida Radio, Dave Matthews.
"Central Florida radio friends - sad news today. Our friend and long- time Central Florida/Daytona Radio Personality Dave Matthews, (David Hesselink), passed away this morning at 63. If you knew Dave personally, you loved Dave. He was a remarkable guy who LOVED radio and everyone in the business. He had a litany of entertaining stories, and tons of bad jokes! His quirky personality and other 'passion,' his own security business 'Florida IntraCity Patrol, Inc., left us with a wealth of stories to remember him. Ironically and appropriately, his business partner Sandy told me Dave passed away at 4:55 a.m. this morning, but at 4:45, his phone message alarm went off - but with no message. This is so...Dave! RIP, my friend." Dave was weeks shy of his 64th birthday, and was born and raised in Leroy, New York. He came down to Florida and worked in the Daytona/Orlando area for most of his career. He also co-owned Florida Intra-City Patrol, Inc. with his business partner Sandy, who alerted me to the news of his passing at 4:55 this morning. Stations that Dave worked at include; WDOQ-FM 101.9, WXXL-FM 106.7, WTRS-AM 920, WGGG-AM 1230, WWLV-FM 94.5, WJYO-FM 107.7, WWKA-FM 92.3, WORJ-FM 107.7, WTMC-AM 1290, WOMX-FM 105.1, WCFB-FM 94.5, WPRD-AM 1440, WEBG-FM 100.3 and WSHE-FM 100.3
Radio Morning Co-Host Kim Matthews Dies Courtesy
of Radio Ink
WHITE SPRINGS, FL - March 27, 2008: Kim Matthews, co-host with Ed Shiflett of TalkStar Radio Networks' American Daybreak morning show, has died at age 40, the network reports. Matthews, known on the air as TalkStar Kim, also served as Production Director for the company's White Springs TV satellite network. TalkStar CEO Victor Ives said in a statement, "It is hard to think of what the mornings will be like without the banter between Kim and Ed. We have already been getting calls from listeners saying they are missing the radio show. It is now our sad duty to report the reason why the show isn't being aired. The bright light of her humor and grace has been dimmed. But Kim Matthews will not be soon forgotten." The local affiliate of The TalkStar Radio network is WPGS-AM 840.
Kimberly Ann Matthews was born on June 29, 1967 in Saddlebrook, NJ, and grew up in Lincoln Park, NJ. She moved to Florida in 1989 where she spent her remaining days. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 26, 2008. She was the loved radio personality of TalkStar Kim on American Daybreak on local station TalkStar 840 AM and nationally on the TalkStar Radio Network. She was also the Production Director of White Springs TV a small national movie channel for cable systems and TV stations. She is survived by Parents: Linda and Terrence Matthews. Children: Samantha, Amy, and Kelley Mackey. Grandchildren: Maria Lea and James Mackey. Sisters Dawn Kaisen, Debbie Matthews, and Kelly Higgins and her loving companion Ed Shiflett.
D. "Don" McAllister
The Orlando Sentinel
11 May 1995
William D. "Don" McAllister, a pioneer in Orlando's television and advertising industries, died Tuesday. He was 70. To many longtime Central Florida residents, McAllister is remembered as the amiable co-host of the long-running TV show "Hunting and Fishing With Don". The show was live on the old WDBO-Channel 6 (now WKMG) from July 1954 to 1972. Born in Orlando, McAllister graduated from high school in Lakeland in 1942 and became an announcer at Lakeland's WLAK radio station. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio pioneer and instructor from 1943 to 1944, then joined Orlando's WDBO(-AM 580) radio station as an announcer. While sports director at the former WDBO-TV, he hosted the fishing show. His sponsors, including Gustafson's Dairy and Denmark Sporting Goods, which became the nucleus of a list of accounts handled by an advertising agency McAllister formed in 1958. Mark Barker joined him as a partner in 1960 to create McAllister-Barker Associates Inc., one of Orlando's first ad agencies. McAllister retired from the agency in September 1984 to become an independent consultant, working primarily with A. Duda & Sons Inc., the farming and industrial equipment company based in Oviedo. McAllister retired from consulting in 1989. He was a member of Orlando Jaycees, the Public Relations Society of America and was past president of the Central Florida Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy. Survivors include his wife Nancy; son William G., Deltona; daughters Jacqueline Werndli, Tallahassee, Lisa Dye, Orlando, and Lori Kaczor, Winter Springs; brothers Jack, Delray Beach, and D.V. McAllister, Winter Haven; and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home.
Scott McKenzie morning show host for 24 years at WOMX-FM 105.1 has lost his battle with cancer. Scott was 59. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Fran Lesser Friedman, and his daughter Lauren. MIX 105.1 says Wednesday morning's show will be in tribute to Scott. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:30 am at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Pkwy South, Maitland. McKenzie's family asks that people consider making donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Children's Miracle Network and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, in lieu of flowers.
C. Meloon 8-10-92
Daytona Beach News Journal Jan. 22, 2013
Lee Menard died Saturday, January 19 2013 in HospiceCare at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. Lee was born November 10, 1917 in Cohasset, Massachusetts, the oldest child of Merriel and Ralph Menard. Educated at The Northwood School and Bowdoin College, Lee was a WWII Navy veteran, serving mostly as a radio operator on PB-Y and PB-M aircraft. After his military service, Lee settled in Edgewater, Florida. He operated Southeast Communications in Daytona Beach, an early supplier of two way radio communications gear to government and industry, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. After a stint working for IBM Lee founded Radio Station WQXQ (1380) in 1955. The station had its studio, transmitter, and antenna at the Riviera Country Club in Holly Hill. One of the station's doors still hangs in the lounge at Riviera. After selling WQXQ in the middle 1960s Lee became a stock market investor, a vocation from which he never retired. A lifelong golfer, Lee was a long time member of Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach and Glen Cannon Country Club in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. He was a ham radio operator from the age of 15, and loved to be on or near a warm beach. Snorkeling and windsurfing were among his many hobbies. Lee and his late wife Judy had four sons: Ford (Lynne), David, Andy (Gigi), and Bill (Suzy). He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, nieces Merriel and Sarah, nephews Stuart and Peter, and numerous great nieces and great nephews. A memorial will be held 2 PM Wednesday January 23 at Haigh-Black Funeral Home, 167 Vining Court, Ormond Beach. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Attendees are invited to a reception following at Lee's home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Salvation Army.
Orlando Business Journal Staff Writer Bob Mervine died Wednesday October 17, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Mervine, 60, covered hospitality and tourism and media for OBJ since joining the staff full time in August 2001. Prior to that time, Mervine worked as a publicist for Walt Disney World and for The Villages. He previously worked as a broadcast journalist as well. In the years he was with OBJ, Mervine won a number of regional and state awards, including a Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award, as well as being part of the OBJ team that won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for the 2004 hurricane coverage and its impact on local businesses. "We are greatly saddened at the news of Bob's death, but want to thank all those in the community who phoned or e-mailed during his hospitalization," says Editor Cindy Barth. "We always knew Bob was a well-known figure about town, and we know he will be sorely missed by all those who had the opportunity to meet and to know him." A memorial service and tribute to Mervine will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel, 9801 International Drive. Attendees are asked to remember him by wearing Hawaiian shirts to the service.
Robert Francis Mervine Jr. was a longtime tourism publicist, author of the book Orlando Chow: Restaurants For the Rest of Us, and staff writer for the Orlando Business Journal, covering hospitality and tourism. He died Tuesday at Florida Hospital-Altamonte, after complications from surgery. He was 60. With his iconic look featuring a ponytail and Hawaiian shirts, a friendly, chatty personality and a penchant for "capturing the moment," as one colleague observed, Mervine was a well-known and easily-recognizable figure throughout Central Florida's tourism and hospitality business community. And it wasn't just his work. Mervine's love of food, wine, entertainment and the company of others made him a connoisseur of Orlando, leading to his 2005 book. "Bob loved life, and life loved him back," said friend and former colleague, Rick Sylvain, media-relations manager with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. A Philadelphia native who grew up in Homestead and graduated from the University of Florida in 1969, Mervine came to Orlando to work as a reporter, weatherman and anchor at WESH-Channel 2. In 1973 he became a public-relations manager for Walt Disney World, then worked in public relations for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, The Disney Institute and The Villages community before joining the Orlando Business Journal in 2001. Orlando Business Journal Editor Cindy Barth said Mervine provided a tremendous knowledge of Orlando to the newspaper's readers and said he also was a strong ambassador for the paper. "It was very rare to find someone who didn't know Bob; I think you'd hear that all over town," Barth said. His knowledge of food and wine was equally impressive, as was his manner, said his book's publisher, Kelly Monaghan of The Intrepid Traveler, of Branford, Conn. "He was a wonderful conversationalist and had a great sense of humor," Monaghan said. "That was one of the things we really wanted in the book." Mervine is survived by daughter, Chrissie Mervine-Grace of Orlando; son, Robert Albert Mervine of Lakeland; four grandchildren; brother, John Mervine of North Carolina; sister, Ede Escudere of Fort Lauderdale; and girlfriend, Sally Enright of North Carolina. A public memorial service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Peabody Orlando resort. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Miller, William R. "BILL,'' 74, of Inverness, died Friday, Nov. 8, 1996 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He came here several years ago from his native Orlando, and was an electronics engineer for WRZN-720 AM, Hernando, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Crystal River Users Group, VFW Post 4337, and a Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Sarah "Maxine''; a son, Gary, Fort Meade, Md.; a daughter, Debbie Tarrasky, Bellingham, Mass.; his mother, Zaidee Miller, Inverness; and two grandchildren.
In 1978, Miller Broadcasting purchased WMMB-AM 1240. Miller Broadcasting was owned by Chicago radio personality Howard Miller. Miller also owned WRRR-AM 1150, Rockford, IL, WFXW-AM 1480, Geneva, IL and WGGG-AM 1230,Gainesville. Known as "Uncle Moo Moo" in Chicago radio, he was the #1 Morning Personality from 1947-1968 in Chicago, on WIND. In the 1950's, Howard was also on the CBS following Arthur Godfrey's program. Howard was sponsored by Wrigley's Gum and he would interview the "stars" of the day. When he left WIND, over an on-air controversy, he was pulling in 58% of the morning audience. Howard was a conservative (Republican) talk show host, the controversy involved Howard's defense of the Chicago Police Department during the politically charged summer of 1968. Howard died on Nov. 6,1994.
Mills (David Duane Reynen)
Feb 24, 2020
David Duane Reynen, 51, of Fargo, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 24, 2020 in Sanford Medical Center of acute coronary syndrome. Dave was born August 12, 1968 in Fargo at St. Lukes Hospital to Terry and Jan (Quenrud) Reynen. He graduated from Fargo North in 1986. Dave attended and graduated from Moorhead State University. While in college, Dave started working in radio, going on to work for various radio stations in Oakes, Fargo, St. Cloud, MN and eventually Orlando, FL (at WLOQ-FM 103.1). He moved back to Fargo and started working at WDAY, in both radio and television. He went on to do voice over work for commercials and video games, both locally and worldwide. Dave will be remembered for his distinct voice and quick wit. Dave was a member of the Provost Unit of the El Zagal Shrine, active with the Fargo Shrine Circus and the North Dakota Shrine football game. Dave is survived by his beloved partner, Lisa Hamre and cat Luna, his parents, Terry and Jan Reynen, sister, Andrea (Tim) Sterkel, nephew, Peter Sterkel, and nieces, Elena and Olivia Hamre. Dave was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy and Harris Quenrud and Lila and Theodore Reynen. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dave’s name to the Scottish Rite Children’s Language Disorder Center, Fargo. Visitation for Reynen will be held at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home Friday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service being held on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo.
SENTINEL Saturday, December 24, 1988
Morning Man Perry
Perry Moore, a radio funny man who woke up more Central Floridians than any other disc jockey throughout the 1970s and early '80s, has died. He was 50. Moore died Friday, September 12,1995 of heart failure. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home on Lake Ivanhoe. Burial is at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park. Moore was Orlando's top-rated morning disc jockey for most of the 1970s and '80s on WDBO-AM 580. He left the station in 1984 after 14 years. After a short break, he went to work at other Orlando-area stations, both on the air and in sales, but he never again attained the same success. ''Perry was the morning man,'' said Tom Kensington, his former boss at WDBO and now manager of film and television development at Disney-MGM Studios. Said Ron Hill, who worked as WDBO's morning news anchor opposite Moore for about a year, ''He was a good morning guy who would wake you up and make you smile.'' For a time, Moore headed a lineup at the station that included Jim Turner, Clive Thomas and Morton Downey Jr. ''He was funny. He was very quick-witted,'' said Bud Brewer, former on-air personality at WDBO, as well as WWNZ-AM 740 and WLOQ-FM 103.1 and now head of marketing at Massey Services Inc. Friends and family said Monday they remembered Moore as a community activist and sports enthusiast. He served as president of the University of Central Florida Gridiron Club and the Tangerine Sports Association, predecessor of the Florida Citrus Sports Association. Moore is survived by his wife, Jackie, of Orlando, daughter Rachel Finklea of San Diego and son Tom Finklea of Encinitas, Calif.
Orlando Sentinel December 13, 2010
MOORE, JAMES WINSTON, age 84 of Gainesville, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Mary Fleming Moore of Gainesville, FL; daughters, Lisa Moore of Gainesville, FL, Susan Moore of Orlando, FL and Carolyn Santana of Apopka, FL and granddaughter, Desiree Santana. Jim was born March 27, 1926 in Everett, Massachusetts to Daniel Luther and Anna Taylor Moore. He proudly served in the US Army during WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient from the Battle of the Bulge. Jim and Mary moved to Orlando in 1952, where he worked as a TV & radio engineer at radio stations WLBE, WORJ and WHOO (also serving there as midnight deejay "Sudsy Boiler") and television stations WDBO and WFTV. While in Orlando Jim was a member of the B.P.O.E. and sang in a barbershop quartet. After moving to Gainesville with his family in 1975, Jim worked as an engineer at the University of Florida College of Business Media Center until his retirement in 1988 and was a member and shop steward with AFSCME. Jim spent his last years as the primary caretaker to his beloved wife, Mary, whom he often said he loved since grade school. They were blessed to have shared their lives together in marriage for 62 years. Jim had many interests and hobbies including astronomy, Star Trek, badminton, bicycle riding & repair, bird watching, coin collecting, genealogy, square and round dancing, fixing things and helping people. Jim considered himself a lucky man. His humor and zest for life will be remembered by all who knew him and whose lives he touched. Arrangements are under the care of
WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN 404 North Main Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, New York 10004, in Mr. Moore's name. For Further Information Williams-Thomas Downtown (352) 376-7556
Morse, Billionaire Behind Florida’s Villages, Dies at 77
The Associated Press
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Harold Gary Morse, the developer of one of the world's largest retirement communities and one of the biggest Republican donors in Florida, has died. He was 77. Morse died Wednesday, according to The Villages Daily Sun, which received a statement from the family. No cause of death was given. Morse took over a small mobile home park in central Florida from his father in 1983, when it had just 386 manufactured homes, a clubhouse and a few shuffleboard courts. The U.S. Census Bureau says The Villages is now one of the nation's fastest-growing communities. In March, The Villages topped the list of fastest-growing metro areas. It grew by 5.2 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now has a population just shy of 100,000 residents. Morse's family released a statement to the community's newspaper on Thursday. "Dad never sought the limelight," the statement read. "He was content to stay in the background and enjoy seeing Villagers revel in this amazing lifestyle of their adopted hometown. While he was a friend and adviser to captains of industry, presidents and heads of state, he never lost focus on this community and making it the greatest retirement development in the world." The Villages is considered "Adult Disney World" by some residents with its 600 holes of golf, more than 100 restaurants, 76 recreational facilities and close to 4 million square feet of commercial space. (As well as WVLG-AM 640) One of the community's selling points: free golf for all residents. Morse was also a prominent GOP donor who made his private jet available to the Republican Party of Florida. In 2012, The Villages gave a total of $350,000 to the state party and a political committee controlled by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. On Thursday, the outpouring of condolences for Morse's death came from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and the Republican party of Florida. "When molding The Villages into the one-of-a-kind community it is today, Gary demonstrated what makes our state so great — the idea that anyone can make a positive, lasting impact in the lives of generations to come," Scott wrote in a statement. Rubio called Morse "a friend," and said that he "looked at the pastures and prairies of Florida's interior and saw the American Dream. Not just for him, but for the tens of thousands of seniors who have been able to enjoy their golden years and continue to live them to their fullest." Morse is survived by his wife, Renee, son Mark, two daughters, Tracy Mathews and Jennifer Parr, and stepson Justin Wilson. He also is survived by 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His first wife, Sharon, preceded him in death in 1999. According to The Sun, he will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.
Posted by Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
In loving memory of Christopher J. Mordenga age 67 of Jasper, GA passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Saturday, September 27, 2014. Chris was also known as "Chris Morgan" on the radio and all thru his radio career. He was born on November 15, 1946 in Rochester, NY. During Chris' childhood his family moved to Ft. Pierce, FL. He was a graduate of Dan McCarty High School, Class of 1964. In 1973 he moved to Georgia where he remained until his sudden passing. Chris loved music, especially oldies. He worked at several Atlanta radio stations during his career. The first station was WPLO. His longest run as a radio broadcaster was at WQXI 790AM. He had a "Sunday Night Oldies Show" for a number of years at several locations, with the last one being at Johnny's Hide Away. He also worked at Lake 102, Country 105.7, 680 The Fan, Kicks, Sunny 100 and Cool 105.7. For a few years he and his wife ran the Caboose Cafe in Blue Ridge, GA. Chris leaves behind his wife, Cheryl of 25 years; daughter and son-in-law, Windy and Chuck Allen of Land O Lakes, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Sarah Shoemake of Savannah, GA, and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Hoskins. Her husband, Mike of Land O Lakes, FL survives. Dr. Vince Smith will officiate a memorial service to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Northside Park Baptist Church. 1877 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30325-0917. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Church in his memory for Operation Christmas Child. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Mordenga Family. In Central Florida Chris worked at WDVH-AM 980, in 1968 and WKKO-AM 860 in 1969.
Chris Morgan aka Jeff Summers, WKMG-TV "Local 6" traffic reporter passed away. Chris was working for Traffic Management as a manager operating the DOT cameras and updating the 511system. Chris had a stroke and was thought to be on the road to recovery. Chris was 53.