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2005 obituaries of note

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 31, 2005


Among notable area residents who died in 2005:

James Dungy, 18, son of former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy.

John Long, 59, former member of the state House of Representatives and retired Pasco County schools superintendent.

Lula Mae Tollaman, "39 and holding," worked in the ladies room at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City more than four decades.

Rich Paul, 59, wildlife biologist and environmentalist guardian of Tampa's bird population.

Glenn Barrington, 82, served four terms on the Hillsborough County School Board.

Monsignor John McNulty, 87, prominent cleric of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Adrian C. Davis, 84, St. Petersburg High School teacher.

Margo Fischer, 58, former state legislator.

The Rev. James Christian Common, 24, Tampa.

Lay Mastry, 89, St. Petersburg saloon owner.

The Rev. A. Leon Lowry Sr., 92, former head of state NAACP and first African-American elected to countywide public office in Hillsborough County.

Former Rep. Richard Kelly, 81, one of seven members of Congress snared in Abscam, a sting involving FBI agents posing as aides to Arab sheiks seeking favors from Congress.

John T. Ware, 73, retired Pinellas-Pasco circuit judge and longtime legislator.

The Rev. Michael J. Finnegan, 57, Largo.

Chester Taylor Jr., 80, former Pasco County school superintendent.

Mary Koenig, 90, founder for Boley Centers for Behavioral Health Care and the fundraising Boley's Angels.

Dr. Fred Reddy, 54, one of the first four African-Americans to integrate Tampa's all-white Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla in 1992.

Chris Tompkins, 34, Brandon agricultural lawyer and longtime leader in the Hillsborough County Republican Party.

Sarah Lunde, 13, Ruskin, murder victim.

Al Lopez, 97, Hall of Fame catcher and manager.

Billy O. Wireman, 72, persuaded drugstore sultan Jack Eckerd to save financially fledging Florida Presbyterian College (later Eckerd College).

Ernest Fillyau, 78, former St. Petersburg City Council member.

Terri Schiavo, 41.

Joe Casper, 62, Tampa's burger king.

Claude Azell Prince, 92, longtime St. Petersburg resident and last known living employee of Thomas Edison.

Jessica Lunsford, 9, Homosassa, murder victim.

Bernard B. "Skip" Garcia, 81, Tampa political operative.

Father Tryfon Theophilopoulos, 70, Tarpon Springs, for three decades dean of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs.

Herbert Milton Blanton Jr., 82, Clearwater, Realtor and community leader whose family founded the city's first real estate firm.

Eric Pretto, 21, Clearwater, standout junior hockey player and aspiring hip-hop songwriter.

James M. Stevens Sr., 85, Tarpon Springs, former Tarpon Springs city attorney and city judge.

Richard Quarterson, 68, Clearwater, founding principal of Skycrest Christian School in Clearwater.

Howard P. Rives Jr., 81, Belleair, retired circuit judge and longtime Clearwater lawyer.

Ruth Josephine Alexander, at 108 possibly the area's oldest resident. She lived in Dunedin and formerly in Brooksville.

Ray R. Aden, 84, Largo, former chairman of the Pinellas County Republican Party and a prominent political figure for decades.

Hazel Edna Anderson Storer, 95, Belleair, foreign correspondent and writer for Ripley's Believe It Or Not and Amazing But True books.

Lois Klein, 64, manager of Clearwater's Countryside branch library and the wife of Clearwater police Chief Sid Klein.

Betty R. Kinchen, 77, Oldsmar, activist and Oldsmar Civic Club president.