In Memory

The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth…
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
That can still be rearranged

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

by Linda Ellis

Jennifer Albritton
Ron Allison
Martin Apsey
Don Bajgier
Anna Beiser
Pete Bratcher
Thomas Brower
Bobby Carter
Bill Collins
Jimmy Colbert
Charles Cook
Norman Darby III
Sandy Fielding
Mary Getz
Jim Head
Mike Jillson
Pam Kelly
Randy Kester
Sandy Lassiter Mills
Jay Mauk
Harry Miller
Cheryl Nydahl
Roger Patterson
Brandon Ray
Tom Reid
Gay Reinberg
John Spear
Johnnie Sutton
Larry Team
Judy Tillotson
Theodore Titus
Bob Topper
Curtis Vought
Billy Watt
Jennifer Watt
Hugh Wingo
Sandra Rose Bain

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2012

Russell David Bevan

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2012

Dorothy Faye Crowder Lively

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2005

Christian L. Currey

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2010

Jane French Bachman

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2009

George Marcus Hildebrand

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2005

William Paul Holladay

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2000

Sylvia Rachel Kadgen Mihalko

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2007

Tom Owen Kobzina

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2009

John Benton Strobaugh

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.

Harry Joe Thomas

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2010

Patricia Arlene Taylor Gibson

Patricia  Arlene Taylor  Gibson
November 6, 1945 - August 12, 2013
Patricia Arlene Taylor Gibson
GIBSON, Patricia Arlene Taylor, 67, of Wesley Chapel passed away Monday, August 12, 2013. Patricia was a Past Matron of Port Tampa 178 and Crescent 54 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her devoted husband of 44 years, Jim; two daughters, Arlene and Jennifer; grandson, Taylor; son in law, Shawn Tofthagen; brother, Jim Taylor and his wife, Dottie; two nephews, Jake Taylor and his wife, Sasha and Scotty Taylor and his wife , Shannon; many Sisters and Brothers of the Order of the Eastern Star. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday at Loyless Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Patricia’s final resting place will be at the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gulfside Regional Hospice.


Valerie Tramontano Harris

Passed away on June 14, 2013 in a automobile accident.

A family member stated: She was the most beautiful person that God could have sent to this earth. She is no longer in pain and will never suffer again. She is with her heavenly father now. Please don't be haunted be comforted that a sister in Christ is home. I can only imagine the smile she had when Jesus took her hand and guided her to the gates of heaven. My family is heart broken, but I know she would look down and tell "why are you crying I am at peace". I miss my mother so much, but I know how happy she is. I love everyone who has given support.


Anne Bridges

Hi, My mom (Anne Bridges) passed away this morning. I wanted to pass along a link to her tribute page and digital guestbook. There won't be a service and in lieu of flowers, we'd rather have donations made to charities of choice in her name. 3/19/2014

Thank you, please give my best to all of her friends as well!
Her Son, John

3/15/2014 - A message from Anne's son, John:

I received your reunion brochure recently, on behalf of my mother Anne Bridges (class of 63 I believe). I made a trip with her to the reunion about 15 yrs or so ago and we had a wonderful time at Saddlebrook. It did my heart good to see her so happy seeing all her friends again that weekend.

I would have made sure she came to this reunion as well as she often talked about her times at Robinson and missed seeing all her friends.

Unfortunately, she's been stricken with Alzheimer's for several years and we expect her to pass away any day now.

There was a gradual decline in Anne's health through December 2010 when she reached a level where she needed nursing care. It appeared she must have had 1 or more small strokes as she lost the ability to talk quickly. I searched high and low but finally found a great place here in Charlotte that has taken wonderful care of her and where she was quite happy.

During visits, it appeared she could understand us but would only respond with babble, but she was happy to see us and loved her grandbaby clinging to her. It's truly a terrible disease with the slow destruction it causes and the emotional drain on everyone involved is epoch. My main solace through all of it has been such good memories from the past as we had many laughs and good times...she was an excellent mother and friend who was always there to help in any way she could.

I wanted to inform you as I know she has many friends from her class but lost touch over the years and I don't have their contact info.

I wish you all well and hope you have a wonderful reunion! Hopefully mom will be with you in spirit to celebrate as well.

If you wouldn't mind, please pass along the info to your classmates that knew her.

Thank you, John

John Maniscalco

John Maniscalco Jr., 71, of Tampa, passed away April 15, 2016. John was retired from the cigar industry where he met and made many friends. He loved his family unconditionally and they always came first. He was the true definition of what a kind, loving and compassionate man should be. He was preceded in death by his father, John Maniscalco, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, De De (Lazzara) Maniscalco; daughter, Gina R. Maniscalco; son, Mark (Gina M) Maniscalco; grandchildren, whom he adored and were the love and sunshine of his life, Ashlie Cole, Anthony Velez and Gia Maniscalco; mother, Florence Maniscalco; sisters, Prudy (Frank) Nicolini and Darlene Maniscalco; many nieces, nephews, cousins and Godchildren and best friends, Tony (Rena) Prieto and Dr. Sam (Janie ) Scolaro. The family will receive friends 3-5pm, Thursday in the Adams & Jennings chapel. Please omit flowers and make contributions to the

Posted by Lorraine Rodriguez on Facebook 4/16/2016:

Today is a very sad day. For those who knew , my cousin, John Maniscalco who went to Robinson high school he has passed away today. He will be sadly missed. He was such a beautiful person who always had such a great sense of humor. Always joking , making everyone laugh . He had so much love for his family. Please send prayers to his wife, Dee and his children and grandchildren and his mother and sisters. They have been through a lot and prayers will help them through the coming days

Wayne Steppy

Wayne Steppy, passed away in May 2016 in Riverview, Fl. I believe he graduated in 1963.

Obituary for Richard Wayne Steppy
Richard “Wayne” Steppy was born on June 26, 1944 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He passed on May 31, 2016 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Wayne loved people, and he never knew a stranger. He enjoyed life to its fullest. Friends and family loved him dearly, and he will be missed.
First in Wayne’s life was family, and he was a husband, father, grandfather, and brother. When the first grandson was born, Wayne took 2 years off from work to become his caregiver. He was the son of Chester and Frances Steppy who proceeded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Jan Steppy of Riverview, Florida, his son Richard Wayne Steppy, Jr., wife Rachel, and four grandchildren Samuel, Evan, Elijah, and Jeremiah of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his son Brian Glenn Steppy of Nashville, Tennessee. Also surviving is a brother David and sister-in-law Vicki of Riverview, Florida.
His father was in the Air Force, and he had the opportunity as a youth to live in many states as well as Guatemala and Japan. He graduated from high school in Tampa, Florida in 1963. Wayne joined the Army in 1964, and he had a very successful career attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 before his retirement after 20 years in 1984. During his service, he earned many medals and awards, but he was most proud of the two bronze stars with valor earned in Viet Nam, and pilot wings earned as a helicopter pilot. After his retirement from the Army, Wayne continued working in the aviation industry. He had around 35 years of total experience in aviation working as a fixed base operations manager, technical inspector, and mechanic.
Wayne loved photography and natural beauty, and after retiring from the aviation industry, he loved to travel and photograph wildlife and landscapes. It was a very spiritual experience for him. Sharing the wonders of God’s creation with others was a form of ministry.
Wayne loved people, and he never knew a stranger. He enjoyed life to its fullest. Friends and family loved him dearly, and he will be missed.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home in Flower Mound, TX. Service will be on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 11:00am at First United Methodist Church in Lewisville, TX.

Tim Robinson

Timothy J. Robinson, Sr., 71, of Tampa passed away January 15, 2017. Born on May 8, 1945 to Franklin and Estelle Robinson in Mount Vernon, New York. Timothy is survived by his children, Ginger (Clint) Case, Timothy J. (Sarah) Robinson, Jr., and Matthew Robinson; heavenly grandchild, Ashley L. Robinson and earthly grandchildren, Mariah, Courtney, Morgan, Madison, Chase, Cole, and Kendall. Also survived by his brother, Arthur (Gail) Robinson and sister, Pam (Bob) Smith. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, Tampa Chapel, followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made in Timothy's honor to the Humane Society.

John Thomas 'Tom' Burnham

Tom Burnham, died on Monday, May 6th at Tampa General Hospital. During his Robinson years, Tom graduated in the Class of 1963. He was an outstanding Basketball player, very active in all things Robinson, and a friend to everyone! There will be a service honoring Tom in June. More information will follow when plans are finalized.

In the words of his wonderful wife , Beverly Couch Burnham:“My husband of not quite five years, Tom, passed away yesterday afternoon. He became ill suddenly and after a couple of days, drove himself to the ER. He was admitted with pneumonia. This was on Friday, the 26th. Sunday, they moved him to ICU. Tuesday morning at 6am he coded and it took them almost 20 minutes to get him back. He was on a ventilator and in CCU a short time later. He never regained consciousness, although he waged a valiant fight over the next six days, succumbing to multiple organ and systems failures. His 3 children were here and together we consulted with and stood vigil while the myriad physicians of various disciplines gave him every known and progressive new therapy only to be thwarted time and again. We are still in shock, hardly knowing how or why this could have happened.”

Please keep Beverly in your Hearts and Prayers.



John Thomas Burnham, 73, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 following a sudden illness and hospitalization. He is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Thomas Rufie Burnham and Leola Marguerite DeArmond Burnham. Tom is survived by his wife, Beverly; brother, Tim; two daughters, Lisa (Chuck) White, Brooke (Andy) Wilson; one son Doug (Missy) Burnham and seven grandchildren, Isabel & Julia White, Caleb, Joshua & Lucy Wilson and Parker & Anna Burnham.


Tom was born on July 31, 1945, in Muroc, CA and raised in Lake Village, AR. At age 14, his mother moved him and Tim to Tampa with her. He attended Robinson High School and excelled in basketball. Tom graduated in 1963 as the Senior Class President among an exceptional group of people, many of whom remain friends to this day. He served in Army Intelligence in Vietnam; received his BA from Indiana University and his MA from Webster College while living in St. Louis. In 1974, Tom began his career in federal law enforcement as a Postal Inspector. He spent the majority of his career in Indianapolis and retired from the Seattle, WA office when he then moved back to Tampa.


Tom was involved in the Indianapolis local community theater for many years and was cast in the movie “Spirit Canyon” which was filmed while he was living in Seattle. He also participated in several writing workshops. Tom loved the arts and collected many pieces throughout his travels. He also competed in the Postal Inspection Service softball league where he found great success as a switch hitter.


Tom fiercely loved his family. Despite living long distance, he was always sure to attend holiday and family events; he made being involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives a priority. Tom was a curious person and loved people; he loved the outdoors and especially being on the water. Tom loved to dance, never met a ketchup bottle he didn’t like and enjoyed starting each day with a Starbuck’s Frappuccino.


Visitation will begin at 10:30 AM on Monday, June 3, 2019, with a Memorial Service to follow at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home at 3328 South Dale Mabry in Tampa. Following the service, you are invited to join the procession to the Florida National Cemetery where Tom’s cremains will be interred in a Veteran’s Columbarium with honors. A gathering of family and friends will be held, following interment, at the Burnham home.


Family requests expressions of sympathy in the form of donations to Moffitt Cancer Center in honor of Tom via this link


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