Category: Obituaries

Community leader, former Chronicle publisher, David Arthurs dies at age 92

Back when twin sisters Sandra “Sam” Himmel and Linda Van Allen were in high school, their dad called David Arthurs. Arthurs and the girls’ dad, Walt Connors, were Inverness business partners and friends, and Connors told him, “The girls need a job.” “Suddenly, we were employed by the Chronicle, stuffing papers once a week,” Van…
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Beloved FSU religion professor, columnist and sports fan Leo Sandon dies at 86

Leo Sandon — pastor and chaplain, professor, author, lecturer, long-time Tallahassee Democrat columnist — died Tuesday, March 22, at the Tallahassee home he shared with his son, Stephen. He was 86. The retired Florida State University professor of religion and FSU sports devotee also had been caregiver to his late wife of 45 years, Marvel Lou. He was beloved by…
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Former staffer, who died in bridge incident, recalled as ‘quintessential Shiny Sheet reporter’

Friends, colleagues and Palm Beach officials are recalling former Daily News Business Editor Carol Wright, who was killed Feb. 6 on the Royal Park Bridge, as a dedicated journalist. Former Shiny Sheet Publisher Joyce Reingold called her death an unspeakable tragedy.  “I can still hear her distinctive laugh and somewhere have the handwritten card with her recipe for pesto,” she…
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Guillermo Martinez, a pioneering Cuban-born South Florida journalist, has died at 80

Cuban-born South Florida journalist Guillermo I. Martinez, for decades a prominent and influential voice in both English and Spanish in television, radio and newspapers, has died. Martinez, a former reporter and editorial board member at the Miami Herald, died Sunday in Miami. He was 80. Friends said the cause of death was cancer. Equally at…
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‘A kind, gentle spirit,’ former Ledger preps editor Durward Buck dies at 88

Former Ledger prep sports editor Durward Buck died on Sunday after a brief illness. He was 88 Former Ledger NFL writer Mike Cobb remembered covering Super Bowls when former Polk County high school stars were participating, and inevitably during the interview session when the players found out Cobb was from The Ledger, one question always…
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Old-school journalist with forward-looking focus: That was Nick White | Opinion

I can research and write this column from my house, on my laptop, and publish it to FLORIDA TODAY’s website. If need be, I can write it and post it from my iPhone. And yet, decades before I got my first Tandy laptop as a fledgling journalist in 1990, people like Nicholas “Nick” White were covering critical, life-changing stories with speed…
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Veteran Times-Union editor Carole Fader remembered for her passion, versatility

Carole Fader, who broke barriers by becoming the first female sports editor in Florida Times-Union history during a career that spanned four decades, passed away on Nov. 27 at the age of 73. Her brother, Ron Fader, said she died at Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside of heart failure after a long illness. Fader cited the numerous…
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Former FLORIDA TODAY Executive Editor Bob Gabordi dies

Today the journalistic world is a little dimmer. Robert “Bob” Gabordi, father, husband, journalist, editor, perpetually optimistic Mets fan and friend, died Thursday morning. Bob, who’d suffered a stroke in November 2018 while he was executive editor of FLORIDA TODAY, saw his health deteriorate over the summer. He was hospitalized this past weekend with pneumonia. He was 65. Though small in…
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