Countryway TUESDAY Golf
John, a fun golfer at Countryway Golf Club in Tampa. It was always a joy to be on his team. He enjoyed our Tuesday morning's Scramble, Thursday 'Skins' game, and other times as well.
Condolences to his wonderful wife, Mary and to his family.
As a teenager, John worked for a horse stable where he learned to train, ride and compete with the horses in Steeplechase races. After graduating from St. Mary's Catholic High School for Boys in Lynn, MA He attending Northeastern University in Boston.
He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, and went to work for Massachusetts Electric Company (now known as National Grid) in Westborough, MA as a Financial Analyst. He retired in 1993 after 36 years.
John and Mary bought a boat, joined a marina and took up boating around the New Bedford and Cape Cod, Massachusetts area. They enjoyed many new adventures on the water with family and friends. After he retired, He and his wife resettled in Oldsmar, Florida.
John was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Clearwater, FL. He was also a member of the Countryway Golf Course in Tampa where he made 6 hole-in-ones over a five-year period, the last one being made when he was 85 years old. He also belonged to the Men's Tuesday Morning Golf League and like to play golf in the Thursday "Skins" game and in an early Saturday morning Golf League.
John is survived by his wife, Mary R. (Coonan); 2 sons: John F. Geary of McLoud, Oklahoma and Patrick B. Geary and his wife Sharyn Ediston of St. Augustine, Florida; his step-daughter: Pamela Geary-Florence and her husband Christopher Florence of Oldsmar, FL and his step-son: Brian M. Crawford and his wife Nicole Crawford of Land O' Lakes, FL.
He is also survived by 12 grandsons: Jeremy Geary, Brian Geary, Glenn Geary, Jr., Joshua Geary, Jake Geary, Reese Geary, Gage Geary, Kyle Proper, Ryan Proper, Devin Anderson, Tyler Crawford and Aiden Crawford and 4 Great-grandchildren: Aiden Geary, Erin Geary, Seth Geary and Evelyn Geary. He is predeceased by his son Glenn M. Geary who passed away in September, 2018.
John served with the U.S. Navy and loved the water: swimming, fishing, cruising etc.
Here he enjoyed a swim at Ron's 70th
Originally from Massachusetts, John was a huge sports fan, especially with the winning teams: Red Sox and Patriots. He was looking forward to the World Series and the Super Bowl and was smiling all the way.
He was a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and was happy to see both teams become champions during the 2018-2019 season winning the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Another good friend: Bob Kowalski:
Visitation - Friday February 15 from
5:00 to 8:00 PM at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in John's memory to Suncoast Hospice/Member of Empath Health; 5771 Roosevelt Blvd.; Clearwater, FL 33760.
Lawrence D. KOTKE passed away
on March 29,2018 at the age of 88 in Winter Garden, Florida. He was
retired from the Army as a Command Sergeant Major.
He was also an avid golfer and loved golfing with his friends at Countryway Golf Club in Tampa, FL.
He embraced each day he was given and lived life to the fullest.
Larry is preceded in death by his wife Peggy Kotke; a daughter Bettie Mudd; a sister Betty Nogay; brother: Dean Kotke and grandson: Zachary Mudd.
He is survived by a son: Duane Kotke (Bonnie); stepdaughter: Karen Compeau (Michael); 2 grandsons: Joshua (Rachael); and Philip J. Cole IV (Emily) and granddaughter: Morgan Kotke-Medina (Ezekiel); 2 sisters: Gail D. Ligocki (John), and Bonnie Brandt; brother : Dennis Kotke (Rose).
Also his favorite nephews: Jim Ligocki (Dawn) and John Nogay (Tammi), and 5 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Hospice Life Path Hospice at Sun City 3725 Upper Creek Dr.; Ruskin, FL 33573. in honor of his name a leaf will be placed on the tree of life next to his wife.
Click HERE for some Golfing Memories
"Great Friends We'll Never Forget!"
(Tuesday Golfer's Wive's Obituaries)
Larry Kotke - (Memories)
Larry, a fun golfer at Countryway Golf Club,
was always a joy to be on his team. He enjoyed our Tuesday morning's
Scramble, Thursday 'Skins' game, and other times as well. Larry gave all
his winnings to his grandson.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARRY!"
We all remember the fun times 'bantering' at the 19th hole and hoisting a pitcher or 2 of beer. Especially the exchanges between Larry, and Kowalski, and Geary, and Donnelly, and Mione, and others.
When Larry's brother, Dennis, came to town from Colorado, he joined us in our Tuesday morning's scramble. (Another nice guy!)
Three guys get Hole-In-Ones on the same Tuesday morning.
"Ask some 'Old-Timers' about this fun Tuesday Morning!"
(When we see an obituary,
we'll add more information about Larry.)
"We miss you guys already!"
GEARY, John, 88 - (d.
February 10, 2019)
LANDRUM, Robert S. 'STEVE', 73, of Tampa, FL passed away on September 11, 2015. He had been to the VA Hospital a couple of times concerned with a bum knee. Latest word we received was that he died of a blood clot.
Steve was born in Lafayette, Indiana,
attended Edison College in Fort Myers, FL and graduated from USF. in 1963
he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was
He is survived by his ex-wife, Joan; two sisters: Nancy and Susan; and son John. Nephews and nieces: Eric, Susan, Blake, Natalie, Angela and the love of his life: Diomaris 'Shugar' George and her daughter Sasha George.
A brief 'Memorial/Remembrance' event to honor Steve was held at the Countryway Golf
Club on Thursday, September 24, 2015.
Click HERE for Memorial Photos!
Steve was probably the
most 'colorful' golfers of all of our
("Did I ever tell you about........"} was a familiar opening.
Steve worked for the city of
Tampa for 30 years before he retired
Tally, a very good golfer worked as a 'Starter' at Countryway Golf Club since it opened. He retired last year.
His wife of many years, Doris Schaferman, died in 2007.
No memorial service is
(of Clearwater, Florida passed away on June 12, 2014)
LUIS GAITAN passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
was a great friend of Countryway Golfers and
always enjoyed his special bar stool in the cafeteria
and a cold beer, as he listened to Ric announce the
winners of the Thursday afternoon 'Skins' game.
Luis always had a great smile, and was a serious Tampa Bay sports fan. He enjoyed the Tampa Bay Rays, and always had some comments about their last game. He would have been a good manager.
He also had some interesting ideas about politics and engaged in some lively discussions about Washington D.C.
"We miss him already!"
Steve L.'s Tribute To Our Friend: Luis
We lost one of our Golfing Friends Today! - "You will be missed, Rich!"
Rich, a very good golfer moved from the Ft. Myers area last year, and we always enjoyed having him on our Tuesday morning Team.
Rich was born in 1924 and lived on the
Countryway Golf Course. No memorial service is planned. His ashes will be
scattered on his favorite Ft. Myers golf course.
Several Tuesday golfers enjoyed Randy on our Tuesday morning team just a few weeks ago.
Randy is survived by 2 sons: Kenneth and Steven; longtime partner: Terry Koltz; 2 nieces: Linda and Terri; nephew: Donald; and 4 grandsons.
A Brief Memorial Service was held
Obituary & Memorial
VALENTE, Frank Sr. 84, of Tampa, passed away November 14, 2012. He was born on December 29, 1928 and served in the U.S. Army for 27 years in Korea and Vietnam. He loved golf, and sometimes played with our Tuesday golfers
He was involved in pee wee football and girls softball programs in Town 'N Country and was a fan of the NY Giants.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, 3 children, one brother, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren
O'HAIR, Jr., Harold William 'Bill', 65, of New Port Richey, known to many as "Billy
O", went to be with his Lord on February 2, 2011.
Bill was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, excelled in athletics, and loved baseball. He was scouted by the Tigers, Orioles, Reds, and Indians. He accepted a scholarship at Toledo University, but always wanted to be a police officer. The head scout for the Detroit Tigers allowed him to do both. Bill was a dedicated officer with the Toledo Police Force.
He worked out with the AAA Mud Hens in the International League (farm team of the Detroit Tigers) and signed a lucrative contract, but a terrible car accident ended that career. Later, in Florida, Billy joined the 40s softball team and won 3 world titles in 8 years.
Bill played a little golf in Ohio, but the cold weather limited that activity, and it wasn't until he came to Florida for a vacation that the golfing bug took over and he decided to stay. Attempting to qualify for the Senior Tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Club, he shot a 71, but only 3 players were selected. His good friend, Steven Hensley, introduced him to Countryway Golf Club and he and his wife Debbie enjoyed the Friday night 'couple's league.
He took special pride in his achievement of the lowest score ever at Countryway Golf Club. That record still stands today. On July 16, 2006, Billy O shot a score of 52.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Debbie O'Hair; daughter Renee Hughes and her husband Joe; sons, Jon and Jeremy O'Hair; stepson, Kris Gunter; Stepdaughter, Staci Jones; five grandchildren: Brooke, Dylan, Cameron, Brandon and Alexis - (and a baby on the way); brothers Denny, Tim and Brad O'Hair, and sister, Marlene.
SERUNIAN, Fred, 69, known to many as "Freddie", died at 6 PM
January 12, 2010.
Frederick John Serunian of Tampa Fla. and Maine, died Jan. 12, 2010 in a Tampa hospital. He was born on Sept. 7, 1940 in Portland, a son of Ovagin John and Rose Nancy Aloian Serunian. Fred attended local schools and was a 1958 graduate of South Portland High School.
Fred served stateside in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was
employed with Central Maine Railroad for 21 years.
He was employed at Countryway Golf Club in Tampa as a ranger which enabled
him to play golf for free and make many friends along the way. Fred was a
lifelong Red Sox and Patriots Fan. He also enjoyed gambling on the horses
at Tampa Downs and Scarborough Downs.
would have been a good father..."
CRUMBLEY, John Rodney, 74, known to many as "Pops", went to be with his
Lord and Savior March 18, 2009.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy; three children, Mary Alice Wyatt (Rick), John Crumbley (Lisa), and Lisa Key (Billy); seven grandchildren, Melissa, J.J., Brandon (Briana), Bryan, Shane, Amy and Drake; two brothers and one sister.
He was a retired food broker, avid golfer, former West Coast basketball, football and baseball official, Jesuit High School sports volunteer, Bible study teacher, and church deacon.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Baptist Church of Town and Country; 7601 Jackson Springs Road, Tampa - Church Building Fund in his memory. Interment will be in Flippin, Ga.
9/11/2001 - "Never Forget..."
"We also remember these Tuesday Golfers:"
Steve Landrum died on September 11, 2015
Luis Gaitan was born on 9/11 - Died: 2013
Service conducted by Norm Coffman
About 50 people showed their condolences...
Several folks shared some wonderful memories.
We heard some interesting personal stories.
Countryway Golf Club Restaurant
Bill & Pina Sherlock organized the Memorial Service for Freddie at the golf club.
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