Martin Beach


Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
  • Martin Beach died Saturday at E.T. York Care Center. He was 69.
    Mr. Beach was born in O'Brien and moved to Gainesville from Beachville in 1955. He was retired from the Gainesville Police Department.
    He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Gainesville Lodge No. 41 F.&A.M., Ocala Scottish Rite, Gainesville Shrine Club and the Morocco Temple in Jacksonville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lifetime member of the Association of Retired Police Officers and Sons of the Confederacy.
    He was a member of Highlands Presbyterian Church.
    Survivors include his sons, William Beach of Gainesville and Randall Beach of Tallahassee; a stepson, Stephen Goode of Woodbridge, Va.; a sister, Joyce Session of Trenton; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    The Gainesville Sun, July 1, 2002 John William Denton
  • ARCHER - John William Denton died Sunday at Hospice House in Gainesville. He was 87.
    Mr. Denton was born in Wilmont, N.C., and moved to Archer from North Augusta, S.C., about eight years ago.
    He graduated from Western Carolina University and spent most of his working life as an engineer for Exxon Petroleum in Aruba.
    He was a Mason and a Methodist. Survivors include his sons, John Denton of Port St. Lucie and Phil Denton of Archer; and three grandchildren. Mr. Denton was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Denton.
    The Gainesville Sun, July 1, 2002 Dominick J. Passalacqua
  • CRYSTAL RIVER - Dominick J. "D.J." Passalacqua died Friday at Shands at UF. He was 25.
    Mr. Passalacqua was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Crystal River as a child.
    He was employed as an emergency medical technician with Americare Ambulance Service in Tampa.
    He graduated from the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in molecular genetics and microbiology. He was most recently attending St. Leo University and planned to attend medical school.
    He was a member of St. Benedict's Parish in Crystal River.
    Mr. Passalacqua also was an instructor with the American Red Cross and volunteered with the Alachua County Fire Rescue and Best Buddies program. He organized the First Responder Bike Team at UF and was a committee adviser and textbook reader for the Equal Access for Vocal Eyes program.
    He was also a member of Premed American Medical Student Association and was co-founder of the Red Cross Gators. He was a licensed pilot.
    Survivors include his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Dominick Passalacqua; his grandmother, Cecilia Bacotti of Long Island, N.Y.; his uncles, Nicholas Passalacqua and Dr. Joseph Bacotti, both of Long Island, and Alfred Bacotti of Shrewsbury, Mass., and numerous cousins and friends.
    He was preceded in death by a sister, Angelic.
    Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home. The Gainesville Sun, July 1, 2002 Shunta Yamamoto
  • Shunta Yamamoto died Saturday at Shands at UF. He was 78.
    He was born in Tokyo and moved to Gainesville from Davis, Calif., nine years ago.
    He was a publisher and founder and honorary board chairman of the International House in Davis, Calif..
    Survivors include his wife, Chizuko Yamamoto; and his daughters, Eleanor Yamamoto of Davis and Janet Yamamoto of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    The Gainesville Sun, July 1, 2002 Obituaries policy
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