Obituaries

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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DANTE L. CAPAS

August 24, 1927 to April 2, 2014

Dante, 86, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Renee of 64 years, sons: Douglas (Flo, Daniel), Raymond, Jeffrey (Kathy) and Bradley (Mary) and grandchildren: Ryan (Julie), Jillian, Mallory, Michaella and great-grandchild, Benjamin.

Born in New York to a proud immigrant Italian family, Dante served in the Korean War. He was awarded an appointment to West Point - which he declined in order to start a family and pursue business interests. Dante operated a Wall Street brokerage firm before purchasing the Two Friends Bar and moving his family to Key West in 1967.

During the next 46 years he transformed the Two Friends into a 250 seat landmark restaurant and bar. He settled into retirement after the recent sale of the business.

Dante led an accomplished life with a passion for sailing, "The Inferno" and flying his Beechcraft Baron. He sailed extensively throughout the Caribbean and raced from Key West to Cuba in the late 70's. As a private pilot, Dante flew numerous humanitarian missions over the Florida Straits searching for stranded Cuban rafters. These volunteer efforts contributed to the rescue of several hundred people. Dante was a kind and generous man. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The Capas family would like to thank the Lower Keys Memorial Hospital, Island Home Care and the Cleveland Clinic of Weston for the diligent care and kindness they provided Dante during his illness.

There will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Florida Keys.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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ROY (ROBBY) ROBERT PINDER, JR.

Roy (Robby) Robert Pinder, Jr., 48, a Key West Conch passed away in the arms of his loving fiancee Barbara Fickes on April 9, 2014. He was born November 1, 1965.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cecelia Alfonso Pinder, grandmother Ola Pinder, grandparents Roy and Maryanne Gallemore, grandparents Ralph and Willa May Alfonso and uncle Charles (Charlie) William Pinder, Jr.

He is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Renee Pinder, father, Roy Robert Pinder, Sr., biological mother Rebecca Gallemore Saunders, grandfather Charles William Pinder, Sr., and sisters and brothers Valerie Pinder (Wally) Moore, Jonathan Berlin Pinder, Robin Guieb, Chris Saunders, Patrick Saunders, William Saunders, Jeremy Saunders and Nicole Allen.

He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robby served in the U.S. Army. He was a painter by trade and a very passionate sports fan. Robby was a very loving, giving and kind-hearted person. We will miss you, Robby. You will be in our hearts always and forever. May the Lord bless you and keep you by his side until we meet again.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1311 Fifth St. At a later date, per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered over his favorite lake in Central Florida.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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WILLIAM PICKETT

William Pickett of Key West passed away on April 8, 2014 at Sunrise Health and Rehab nursing home in Sunrise Florida. William was born in East Scituate, Rhode Island in 1928. William and his life partner, Ralf Harmer, came to Key West in the 1970s after William retired from a career as the choir and chorus director at Arts High School in Newark, N.J. Among his many distinguished students was Melba Moore. William was a child prodigy on the organ and served as organist at the cathedral in Providence, R.I. beginning at age 14. He graduated from the New England Conservatory before going on to obtain his Master of Music degree at Yale University. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Music from Union College in New York City. William was also a leading baritone in various opera companies in New York and New Jersey. He staged the New Jersey premier of the Ballad of Baby Doe in 1962.

Upon retiring to Key West, William continued sharing his music by giving solo recitals and playing in churches. He also gave voice lessons as well as piano and organ lessons to many Key West music students. He formed Opera Miniatures of Key West which staged full performances of Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana and Romeo and Juliet by Gounod at the San Carlos Opera House. His productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Old Stone Church and at St. Pauls were enjoyed by the entire community. He was a favorite of Wilhelmina Harvey for playing at her birthday parties at the Key West Womens Club.

William will be remembered as a generous teacher by all of the many students whose lives he touched by sharing his remarkable musical gifts. For many his musical influence was transformative and will continue to reverberate around the community. A celebration of William's life will be scheduled at a later date.

Please visit the memorial website below for more information and to share. http://serenityfuneralhomeandcremation.com/book-of-memories/1845017/Pick...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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WILLARD "BILLY 9-FINGERS" WILSON CHASE JR

Willard "Billy 9-Fingers" Wilson Chase Jr, 81, of Alexandria Bay, New York, died on March 17, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse. An accomplished musician, Chase studied at the prestigious Crane School of Music at SUNY (State University of New York) in Potsdam, New York. He was best known as "Billy 9-Fingers", who played in Alex Bay, Syracuse and Key West. For over two decades, he entertained guests of the Amsterdam's Curry Mansion Inn at the nightly cocktail party.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and is survived by nephews Matthew and Scott and a niece Penny.

Monday, April 14, 2014
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JOSEPH A. STETTNER, JR.

Joseph A. Stettner, Jr. 82, of Key West, Fla. passed away on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Lower Keys Medical Center. He was born Dec. 2, 1931 in Queens, N.Y.

Joseph was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked for Southern Bell Telephone company and was a member of the Communication Workers of America, Moose Lodge and a devoted Barbershop Quartet member. He loved fishing, and was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan.

Surviving are his wife Madeline Stettner; daughters Janice Stettner (Fred), Karen Mendez (Tony), Joanne Francis (Don), Kathleen Stettner (Steve); brother Robert (Donna) Stettner; grandchildren Jennifer (Rob) Devito, Michelle (Dustin) Edwards, Tony Mendez, William Francis, Jr., Joseph (Lourdes) Francis, Andrew (Danielle) Mendez; Close friend William Francis Jr. He will be loved forever. Rest in peace.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 15, 2014 at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will be in Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West, Fla. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Monday, April 14, 2014
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ORCHID L. DUNCAN

Orchid L. Duncan 91, of Key West, Fla. passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home. She was born in Key West, Fla. on October 11, 1922 to the late Paul and Amparo Lake. She was a graduate of the Convent of Mary Immaculate in 1942. She met Earl Duncan in 1945 and they were married April 22, 1946. She and her husband started Duncan Auto Sales in Key West, Fla. and have owned and operated it since 1958. Orchid was a member of The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea and Catholic Daughters. She was a founding member of Adores at St. Mary's Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. For the last 11 years, Orchid and the Duncan family have donated an automobile to St. Mary's, raising over a half million dollars. Orchid was one of the first board members of the Key West Symphony. She enjoyed dancing.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Surviving is her husband Earl Duncan; daughters Sheila (Ron) Irby, Charlotte Duncan; granddaughter Jennifer (Bernardo) Barrios all of Key West, Fla. Also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents and brother John Bennett.

Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. in The Garden of the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will be in Southern Keys Cemetery Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West, Fla.. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea School 700 Truman Ave., Key West, FL 33040.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Roy Robert Pinder

Roy (Robby) Robert Pinder, Jr., 48, a Key West Conch, passed away April 9, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1311 Fifth St.

You will always be in our hearts. We love you, Robby.

At a later date, per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered over his favorite lake in Central Florida.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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FERRON BELL

A celebration of the life of Key West artist Ferron Bell, 1943 - 2013, will be held Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval Street.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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JOSEPH A. STETTNER, JR.

Joseph A. Stettner, Jr. 82, of Key West, Fla. passed away on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Lower Keys Medical Center. He was born on December 2, 1931 in Queens, New York. Joseph was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked for Southern Bell Telephone company and was a member of the Communication Workers of America, Moose Lodge and a devoted Barbershop Quartet member. He loved fishing, and was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers Fan.

Surviving is his wife Madeline Stettner; daughters Janice Stettner (Fred), Karen Mendez (Tony), Joanne Francis (Don), Kathleen Stettner (Steve); brother Robert (Donna) Stettner; grandchildren Jennifer (Rob) Devito, Michelle (Dustin) Edwards, Tony Mendez, William Francis, Jr., Joseph (Lourdes) Francis, Andrew (Danielle) Mendez; Close friend William Francis Jr. He will be loved forever. Rest in Peace.

Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will be in Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, April 14, 2014 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton St. Key West, Fla. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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EUGENIA FROST RUBY

Eugenia Frost Ruby, 92, of Sanford Fla. passed away March 22, 2014. Eugenia was born in Memphis, Tenn. on February 12, 1922, and is survived by her daughter, JeriAnn Lenox, and her son, George Ruby. She is also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eugenia Ruby was a life-long member of the church of Christ. In her youth, Eugenia Ruby attended Freed-Hardeman College, and graduated from Pepperdine University, where she met her husband of 71 years, Morris Ruby. Years later, while teaching middle school students with Special Learning Disabilities, Eugenia Ruby attained her Master's Degree from Rollins College. Eugenia and Morris Ruby taught school in Key West in the mid-50s, and lived on Sugarloaf Key for several years.

She was laid to rest with her husband at All Faiths Memorial Park in Casselberry, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association or the ALS Association.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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DANTE L. CAPAS

August 24, 1927 to April 2, 2014

Dante, 86, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Renee of 64 years, sons: Douglas (Flo, Daniel), Raymond, Jeffrey (Kathy) and Bradley (Mary) and grandchildren: Ryan (Julie), Jillian, Mallory, Michaella and great-grandchild, Benjamin.

Born in New York to a proud immigrant Italian family, Dante served in the Korean War. He was awarded an appointment to West Point - which he declined in order to start a family and pursue business interests. Dante operated a Wall Street brokerage firm before purchasing the Two Friends Bar and moving his family to Key West in 1967. During the next 46 years he transformed the Two Friends into a 250 seat landmark restaurant and bar. He settled into retirement after the recent sale of the business.

Dante led an accomplished life with a passion for sailing, "The Inferno" and flying his Beechcraft Baron. He sailed extensively throughout the Caribbean and raced from Key West to Cuba in the late 70's. As a private pilot, Dante flew numerous humanitarian missions over the Florida Straits searching for stranded Cuban rafters. These volunteer efforts contributed to the rescue of several hundred people. Dante was a kind and generous man. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The Capas family would like to thank the Lower Keys Memorial Hospital, Island Home Care and the Cleveland Clinic of Weston for the diligent care and kindness they provided Dante during his illness.

There will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Florida Keys.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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ORCHID L. DUNCAN

Orchid L. Duncan 91, of Key West, Fla. passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home. She was born in Key West, Fla. on October 11, 1922 to the late Paul and Amparo Lake. She was a graduate of the Convent of Mary Immaculate in 1942. She met Earl Duncan in 1945 and they where married April 22, 1946. She and her husband started Duncan Auto Sale in Key West, Fla. and have owned and operated it since 1958. Orchid was a member of The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea and Catholic Daughters. She was a founding member of Adores at St. Mary's Chapel of Perpetual Adaration. For the last 11 years, Orchid and the Duncan family has donated an automobile to St. Mary's, raising over a half million dollars. Orchid was one of the first board members of the Key West Symphony. She enjoyed dancing.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Surviving is her husband Earl Duncan; daughters Sheila (Ron) Irby, Charlotte Duncan; granddaughter Jennifer (Bernardo) Barrios all of Key West, Fla. Also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents and brother John Bennett.

Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. in The Garden of the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will be in Southern Keys Cemetery . Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, Fla.. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea School 700 Truman Avenue Key West, FL 33040.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
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DANA R. WENANT

Dana R. Wenant, 66, passed away on Wednesday, April 9 at his home in Key West after a brave fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his very close friends.

Dana was born in Boston, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Louise Wenant as well as his sister Dianne Jenkins. Dana graduated from Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H. and the University of New Hampshire.

Dana lived in Key West for 30 years where he worked and operated The Carriage Trade with his mentor and good friend Bill Gaiser. He was living the life he dreamed of, running the inn and enjoying life to its fullest. Previous to living in Key West, Dana had lived and worked in Boston, NYC, Chicago and Denver managing restaurants for the Stouffer's Corporation. He was a brother, uncle, and good friend. No task was too great for Dana. He was a hard worker, amazing cook and a blast to be around. His ability to tell stories was unmatched.

Members of his family include his sisters Jan Creps and her husband Lee, Freedom, N.H.; Jean Herrick and her husband Chad, Amesbury, Mass.; Christine Helfetz and her husband Steven, Concord, N.H. Nieces and nephews include Julie Sauer and her husband, Samuel, Pensacola, Fla.; Rebecca Sanderson and her husband Alan, Salt Lake City, Utah; Matthew Creps, Dover, N.H.; Erik Creps and his wife, Stephanie, Somersworth, N.H.; Zachary Creps, Dover, N.H.; Abigail Avery and her husband, Devin, Madbury, N.H.; Tyler Creps, Dover, N.H.; Allison Herrick, West Medford, Mass.; Bradley Herrick, Amesbury, Mass.; Ben Heifetz, Concord, N.H.

Services will be held at a later date. Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary & Cremation is entrusted with all arrangements.

Friday, April 11, 2014
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SEBASTIAN CABRERA

Sebastian Cabrera died peacefully Wednesday afternoon April 3, 2014 at his home. He had a prolonged illness and for months slowly declined in health.

Mr. Cabrera was married to his beloved wife Rosemary who died in February 2014. Now they are reunited in the presence of God.

Mr. Cabrera led the way for the development of Mallory docks and Key West Chamber of Commerce, to be the centers of tourism with the help of many others who deserve credit for tourism and hospitality in the Keys. Sebastian took over his father's wholesale grocery business when he died. The company was the largest grocery company in Key West located on Harbor House, Front St. He later built next door to the company building a restaurant named "Caribe". At one time, the restaurant enjoyed the longest history under the same management of any restaurant in Key West. Their "Shrimp Sebastian" and Key Lime Pie were outstanding. His restaurant received the first Silver Spoon society award. The society was created in 1964. President Truman on his morning walk on November 1951 stopped to have a cup of coffee with the owner's Rosemary and Sebastian Cabrera. When he left, President Truman gave the Cabrera's an autographed dollar bill.

Sebastian was an excellent water-skier and brought the sport to Key West. He set up a ski-ramp in Garrison Bight (which was larger than today). On Sunday's him and friends would put on a ski show for Key Wester's in the Bight. Sebastian was on the swimming team at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, before World War II. He was a great swimmer and surfer. He was a director of the Florida Restaurant Association. Sebastian and Rosemary traveled the world and he would often say: "the time you spend traveling is not deducted from your days on earth."

Sebastian was a wonderful dancer, a devoted husband, kind, generous, and a man who excelled in whatever he did. Sebastian was lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The service for Sebastian is: Requiem Mass at 6 p.m. Friday April 11th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, preceded by the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

Friday, April 11, 2014
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STEVEN D. LEE

Steven D. Lee, 53, passed away Monday March 24, 2014 at Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale Fla.;

Viewing is scheduled for Friday April 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will take place Saturday 11 a.m. at Newman United Methodist Church, Pastor Beverly Greene-Mingo is officiating. Burial to follow in the Key West City Cemetery.

All arrangements entrusted to Castillo & Thurston's Key West, Mortuary and Cremation Center.