HARRY F. KNIGHT SR.
Harry Frank Knight Sr. passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in Tallahassee. The Conch was born in Key West on Oct. 3, 1922, to Jefferson Hunt and Marlene Biaza Knight.
As a teenager, he worked on the docks now known as Mallory Square, unloading fruits and vegetables. He was the president of the Key West High School Junior and Senior Classes, and graduated at age 16, class of 1939. He entered the University of Florida.
He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 until November 1945. He worked for SH Kress & Co. and then joined AT&T as a lone lines director. In 1969, he resigned to become the Monroe County Tax Collector, an office which he held for 28 years before retiring.
Harry has a long list of honors and positions of distinction in every community service organization in Key West. He is the past president of the Key West USO, the Armed Services YMCA, Navy League, Chairman, Military Affairs Committee, United Way, March of Dimes, Chairman for the Advisory Council of the Order of DeMolay. He was active in the Elk's Club, Shriners, Moose, Antirust Club, Master Mason & 33-degree Scottish Rite Mason, Anchor Lodge No. 182.
Harry served eight years as city commissioner and as vice mayor. He served as a commissioner on the Overseas Highway board and 22 years on the Monroe Democratic Committee, where he served as chairman for several years.
He was the recipient of the Good Government Award, and the Presidential Award of Merit. He devoted his life to public and community service.
Surviving is his son, Harry F. Knight Jr., and wife, Elaine, of Tallahassee; granddaughters, Rachel Souder and husband, Steve, Afton Knight, Kara Knight-Inman and husband, Ryan, all of Tallahassee; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Sylvia Knight of Key West; nieces; a nephew; and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jefferson Hunt Knight Jr.; sisters, Cleora Johnson, Matilda Johnson and Nellrose Lopez.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Key West. Burial will be in Key West City Cemetery with Masonic Rites graveside.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., in Key West.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida Inc., P.O. Box 5736, Winter Park, FL 32793.
The foundation provides diagnostic and therapy clinics for children who suffer from a speech or language disorder.
The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
Michael Perry Esquinaldo
10/23/56 - 8/25/08
In loving memory of Michael Perry Esquinaldo, or "Mikey" as he was called by all who knew and loved him. He was born in Key West, Fla., and was a true "Conch."
Mikey was only 51 years old when he was called to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. He went to sleep and passed away peacefully at 3:41 a.m. at home. He left behind his wife of 22 years, Billie June, and a legacy of three beautiful children, Michele Rose, 21, Ashli Nicole, 17, and Sean Michael, 14. Other survivors include two brothers, Bruce Esquinaldo of St. Petersburg, Joseph "Pete" Esquinaldo of Orlando, and a sister, Linda Raulerson of St. Petersburg. Mikey also leaves numerous other close relatives still residing in Key West.
The family moved to St. Petersburg in June 2000 where he worked for the last eight years for the Pinellas County Utilities as a meter reader supervisor. His career in Key West was with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, where he worked for 19 years.
Mikey was an avid sports fan, having participated throughout childhood and high school in baseball and football, and as an adult played and coached a men's softball team. All of his children have excelled in baseball, softball, football and volleyball.
There will be a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg, FL 33703.