Obituaries

Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Felix Aguiar Jr.

Felix Aguiar Jr., 62, of Key West, Fla., passed away Sept. 13, 2014, at Jackson North Hospital in Miami, Fla., after a long battle with mental illness and Pick's disease.

Felix Aguiar Jr. was born in Cuba, son of Felix and Onelia Aguiar. His family immigrated early in his life to the United States. He married Noemi Hernandez on Feb. 19, 1972, in Key West, Fla. Felix Aguiar Jr. worked as a commercial fisherman and then a carpenter. He loved fishing, boating, cooking, playing dominos and being with his family.

He is survived by wife, Noemi Aguiar and three children (Emily Lane, Felix Aguiar III and Alexander Aguiar) and six grandchildren (Ethan Lane, Joshua Lane, Celeste Aguiar, Sophia Lane, Gavin Aguiar and Laynie Aguiar).

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing or funeral services. Interment will be private.

Free and at peace.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Herbert A. Stricker

Herbert Alexander Stricker, 85, of Big Coppitt Key, Fla., passed away on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014, at his home in Big Coppitt Key, Fla.

Burial will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, Fla.

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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ROBERT E. WATSON

Robert (Bob) E. Watson, III died on July 8, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Born in New York City, Bob grew up at the New Jersey shore, graduating from Red Bank Catholic High School. He graduated from Georgetown University with BA and MA degrees in Economics. He also obtained an MBA from Monmouth University.

Bob was a retired Lieutenant Colonel of US Army Special Forces (7th Group). After retirement he became a Financial Advisor.

In 2002, Bob became the TAT Program Manager at JIATFS, and later, CEO/President of Keys Federal Credit Union. In 2013 Bob became the Deputy J5 for Special Operations Command AFRICOM.

Bob is survived by his wife, Candy Pierce-Watson, his mother, Lorraine Watson, brothers, John (Darcy) Watson, Tim (Chris) Watson, and sisters, Jeanne (David) Driscoll and Christine Hibbitts, in-laws James and Betty Morris, brothers-in-law, James (Sherry) Morris, Ken (Kathy) Morris and sister-in-law Connie (Bill) Spieles.

He is also survived by his beloved children Meagan (Lance) Pierce, Jessica (Delwin) Tavarez and CPT Zachary (Catherine) Pierce, Adele (Erich) Griffin, Robert (Christine) Watson, Geoffrey Watson and four grandchildren, Donovin and Isabella Tavarez and Priscilla and Hastings Mauff and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Watson, Jr. on June 13, 2014.

Bob was a very special man and will always be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, teacher, mentor, soldier, and friend.

There will be a Memorial Service with 7th Special Forces Group Military Honors at the White Street Pier, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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DARYL "TUNA" BURGESS

September 1, 1952-

September 1, 2014

Tuna's friends and family will be holding a Celebration of Life at 12 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Green Parrot Bar. Please join us as we say our final farewell.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Violeta Valdez

Violeta Valdez, 93, born and raised in Key West, Fla., passed away Sept. 10, 2014 in Tampa, Fla, at the Melech Hospice Facility.

Thank you for your wonderful care. Thanks also to Hernandez Assisted Living Facility.

She is survived by her daughter Dolores (Paul) Marrero, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her sister, Evelia Diaz.

Special thanks to her niece Diana Skiles and nephew David Diaz for their support.

Viewing is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, from 12 to 2 p.m.. Service follows immediately after at Castillo and Thurston's funeral chapel.

All arrangements are entrusted to Castillo and Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation center.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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EARL D. MOTE, SR.

Earl Dean Mote, Sr., 85, of Interlachen, Fla. and former resident of Key West, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at College Road Church of Christ with Bro. Melvin Barker officiating.

Burial will follow at PineView Cemetery in Interlachen with the U.S. Navy conducting military honors.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Earl's Book of Memories Page at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Interlachen, Fla.