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

William Ackerman
Sandra Bethany
Bob Blunt
Betty Bokas
Carolyn Branch
Ronald Bright
William Bryant
Charlie Cobb
Pat DeVane
Zona Duke
Gary Niles Garner

GARNER, Gary Niles 69, of Tampa, passed away suddenly Oct. 16, 2013. Gary is survived by the love of his life and wife of 47 years, Carol Moreland Garner; his daughters, Krista Maddox (Clint), Camille Collier (Joe); his three grandchildren, Peyton and Grayson Maddox, and Carter Collier; his sister, Frankie Harrell (Stan); his brother, Mac Garner; his niece and nephew, Whitney and Christopher Harrell; and his two bonus grandchildren, Katelin and Anna Leigh Collier. After graduating from Robinson High School in 1962, Gary followed in his father's footsteps and voluntarily enlisted in the Marine Corp where he proudly served his country during Vietnam. Upon returning home to Tampa, Gary met and married Carol and graduated from the University of South Florida. Gary spent his career in Tampa as a Commercial Real Estate Broker and with Tuflex. He was a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and the Tampa Yacht Club. Gary was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, boating, and hunting. He loved his dogs, cooking for friends and family, his country, and most of all, his family. Gary was a true patriot who will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him. His family takes comfort knowing he is no longer in pain and he's walking tall with his Lord. Visitation will be held on Thursday Oct. 24 from 5-7 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S MacDill Ave. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, Oct. 25 at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. Guestbook may be signed at:

Gary Gehm
Gail Gulkis Negin
Eric Johnson
Buzz Kelly
Warren Kimberlin
Kathy Klein
Sonia Lopez
Tony Marchetta
Patrick O'Neal
Connie Porter
Bob Reaves
DeeDee Riley
Stephen Scrivner
Edd Slappy
Joe Sontag Jr
Robert Thompson
Carolyn Watt
Linda Weeks
Diana Wood
Christine Anne Bamburger

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.

Michael Jeffrey Baumwald

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2010

Gary Bertoldi

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2006

Charles Walter Davis

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2008

Judy Decker

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2001

Patricia Dean DeVaney Brown

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2009

William Doyle Gentry

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2013

Roberta Ann Hawkins

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  1995

Johnny Haseldan Keenan

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2009

Ronald Lewis Nelson

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2010

Glenna Jean Osborne

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2009

Larry George Padgett

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2012

Karen Sue Pittman Denmon

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2006

Catherine Mary Powell

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2012

Kenneth Steele

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2009

Kenneth James Wills

Our research indicates this classmate is deceased.  2005

Sue McLaughlin Ward

Sue passed away last night 2/20/16.

Warren Critchlow Jr.
Just found this site and wanted to let you know that Warren Critchlow - class of '62 passed away maybe 10-12 years ago in Orange Park, Florida.


Ronald Lee Abernathy

Ronald Lee Abernathy, 72, died Wed. Memorial service 2pm Sat, Warren F. Toler Funeral Home. Visit after 12pm Sat.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Feb. 27, 2016

Thomas Eugene Grantham

The visitation and funeral service for Tom Grantham, brother-in-law of our Sally Wood DaveSally Grantham has been confirmed for Friday March 25, 2016. Details below:

GRANTHAM, Tom, 73, of Tampa passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio and moved to Florida as a young child. Tom proudly served in the United States Air Force. He worked for many years in the steel industry and then later in life opened and owned a sign manufacturing company. Tom lov...ed sports and, in particular, he enjoyed playing golf. He loved music and laughter and was a pro at trivia. Tom took pride in providing much laughter to his family and most of all he loved being with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving, Hollie, wife of two years; two sons, Matthew Thomas Grantham and his wife Aleia, Chad Thomas Grantham and his wife Mary; five daughters, Shannon Bowlin and her husband Dustin, Shelley Grantham, Cammi Grantham-Stacy and her husband TJ, Amy Robertson and her husband Mat, Lizzie Agosto and her husband Damon; three brothers David Grantham and his wife Sally, Bob Grantham and Scott Grantham, 14 grandchildren, Finnegan, Amelia, Alice, Lily, Luke, Grayson, Jarlen, Chloe, Caylen, Brantley, Maddox, Malcolm, Maxwell, Spencer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to assist in Tom’s medical bills at Words of comfort may be expressed for Tom’s family by clicking “Share a Memory”.

Visitation Information
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Loyless Funeral Home - Main Office & Chapel
5310 Land O'Lakes Blvd,
Land O'Lakes, Florida

Service Information
10:00 AM
Loyless Funeral Home - Main Office & Chapel
5310 Land O'Lakes Blvd,
Land O'Lakes, Florida

Funeral Information
12:30 PM
Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell, Florida

Wilfred 'Al' William Ballensinger

Our friend and classmate Al Ballensinger passed early morning on July 4, 2016 at his home in Foley, Alabama. Al was at Ballast Point Elementary, then Monroe before some of the best times of his life at Robinson. Al went on to Emory University and graduated in 1966 before a career in Human Resources that lasted more than 37 years. Al always said the friendships forged at Robinson were the greatest and would always endure.
 Don Vandergriff

Arthur Tassoni

Arthur Robert "Artie" Tassoni, 72, of St. Petersburg, died from ALS on May 11, 2017.

Art was born in the Bronx, NY and served in the USAF and attended SPJC and USF.  He was an optician, most recently with Dr. Nancy Bryant.

Artie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol; and son, Michael.  He also leaves his brother-in-law Bob Tegarden; nieces, Susan and Linda; and nephew, Tom. Artie was predeceased by his sister, Carol; brother, Rick; and parents, Ferdinand and Isabel.

A small internment service was held at the Bay Pines National Cemetery.  An Open House Celebration is being held on June 3rd fro 6-11 pm at the Azalea Adult Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N. The dress is comfortable--Artie style.

A very special thank you to all our wonderful family and friends for their generous love and support. If you choose to donate, please consider The Paralyzed Veterans of America, SCI unit, James A Haley Veteran Hospital, Tampa, FL.

Dorothy Stinson

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 10:31:34 AM
Visitor message: Just wanted to let you know that Dorothy Stinson
Riddle passed away May 5, 2018 in Winter Haven Fl. She was in the 1962 class of RHS

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