Obituaries

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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DANTE L. CAPAS

August 24, 1927 to April 2, 2014

Dante, 86, passed away peacefully, with family by his side, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Renee of 64 years, sons: Douglas (Flo, Daniel), Raymond, Jeffrey (Kathy) and Bradley (Mary) and grandchildren: Ryan (Julie), Jillian, Mallory, Michaella and great-grandchild, Benjamin.

Born in New York to a proud immigrant Italian family, Dante served in the Korean War. He was awarded an appointment to West Point - which he declined in order to start a family and pursue business interests. Dante operated a Wall Street brokerage firm before purchasing the Two Friends Bar and moving his family to Key West in 1967.

During the next 46 years he transformed the Two Friends into a 250 seat landmark restaurant and bar. He settled into retirement after the recent sale of the business.

Dante led an accomplished life with a passion for sailing, "The Inferno" and flying his Beechcraft Baron. He sailed extensively throughout the Caribbean and raced from Key West to Cuba in the late 70's. As a private pilot, Dante flew numerous humanitarian missions over the Florida Straits searching for stranded Cuban rafters. These volunteer efforts contributed to the rescue of several hundred people. Dante was a kind and generous man. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The Capas family would like to thank the Lower Keys Memorial Hospital, Island Home Care and the Cleveland Clinic of Weston for the diligent care and kindness they provided Dante during his illness.

There will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Florida Keys.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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ROY (ROBBY) ROBERT PINDER, JR.

Roy (Robby) Robert Pinder, Jr., 48, a Key West Conch passed away in the arms of his loving fiancee Barbara Fickes on April 9, 2014. He was born November 1, 1965.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cecelia Alfonso Pinder, grandmother Ola Pinder, grandparents Roy and Maryanne Gallemore, grandparents Ralph and Willa May Alfonso and uncle Charles (Charlie) William Pinder, Jr.

He is survived by his daughter, Alyssa Renee Pinder, father, Roy Robert Pinder, Sr., biological mother Rebecca Gallemore Saunders, grandfather Charles William Pinder, Sr., and sisters and brothers Valerie Pinder (Wally) Moore, Jonathan Berlin Pinder, Robin Guieb, Chris Saunders, Patrick Saunders, William Saunders, Jeremy Saunders and Nicole Allen.

He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robby served in the U.S. Army. He was a painter by trade and a very passionate sports fan. Robby was a very loving, giving and kind-hearted person. We will miss you, Robby. You will be in our hearts always and forever. May the Lord bless you and keep you by his side until we meet again.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1311 Fifth St. At a later date, per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered over his favorite lake in Central Florida.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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WILLIAM PICKETT

William Pickett of Key West passed away on April 8, 2014 at Sunrise Health and Rehab nursing home in Sunrise Florida. William was born in East Scituate, Rhode Island in 1928. William and his life partner, Ralf Harmer, came to Key West in the 1970s after William retired from a career as the choir and chorus director at Arts High School in Newark, N.J. Among his many distinguished students was Melba Moore. William was a child prodigy on the organ and served as organist at the cathedral in Providence, R.I. beginning at age 14. He graduated from the New England Conservatory before going on to obtain his Master of Music degree at Yale University. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Music from Union College in New York City. William was also a leading baritone in various opera companies in New York and New Jersey. He staged the New Jersey premier of the Ballad of Baby Doe in 1962.

Upon retiring to Key West, William continued sharing his music by giving solo recitals and playing in churches. He also gave voice lessons as well as piano and organ lessons to many Key West music students. He formed Opera Miniatures of Key West which staged full performances of Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana and Romeo and Juliet by Gounod at the San Carlos Opera House. His productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Old Stone Church and at St. Pauls were enjoyed by the entire community. He was a favorite of Wilhelmina Harvey for playing at her birthday parties at the Key West Womens Club.

William will be remembered as a generous teacher by all of the many students whose lives he touched by sharing his remarkable musical gifts. For many his musical influence was transformative and will continue to reverberate around the community. A celebration of William's life will be scheduled at a later date.

Please visit the memorial website below for more information and to share. http://serenityfuneralhomeandcremation.com/book-of-memories/1845017/Pick...