GULF COAST WELSH SOCIETY
MEMORIALS
CRIMOND  THE 23RD PSALM
Performed by Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir
RAF Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Arcadia, FL
Russell Williams
Richard Patram
Ernie Rees, Avanwy Adams, Alice Griffiths
Jane Lynn-Jones, Joan March, Mary Jane
Gracely, Marci Roberts, Fred Ward
Dr William John (Jack) Lewis
Barbara Rhodes, Rodger Lewis
Marvin Whitley, Arleen Williams
"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that, in
truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight".

Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)
If you know of a loved one who should be
included on this page, please let us know
We also remember:
Evan John & Gwenneth Powell
Lynwen Coleman (aged 48 years)
Dorothy Luecker Fell
Neville John Yeo
Jade Emanuel (aged 18 years)
Gras ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist, a
chariad Duw,
A chymdeithas yr Yspryd Glan,
A fyddo gyda chwi oll, byth bythoedd.
Amen
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the
communion of the Holy Spirit be with
you all, evermore.
Amen
Please address all
correspondence to:
PO Box 19343
Gulf Gate Post Office
Sarasota, FL 34276
or e-mail:
sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com
MEMORIAL ARCHIVES
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BERNICE (BERNIE) WALKER
April 4, 2016
 
BEVERLY EVANS DUNHAM
August 16, 1928 - January 3, 2017
 
Bernice Walker was a longtime member of the Welsh Society. Even though
traveling was difficult transporting her electric scooter, she tried to attend
most of our events, and she especially enjoyed the Sunday brunches. She
liked our singing and always requested “All Through the Night” as her
favorite Welsh song.

Bernie's last participation was at the 2016 Gymanfa and Annual Meeting,
when she was accompanied by her Russian friend, Olga Albertson. Olga
also brought Bernie the previous December to the Christmas Lights Trolley
ride, which was the last time we saw her. Bernie shared with us albums of
her many paintings. She was beginning to give them away as she did not
know how to go about selling them. She donated some to our Welsh
Society, which we sold at the St. David's Celebration last March 1.

When Bernie lived in Venice she was a member of the Elks Lodge. She
moved a few years ago to Northport where she was a regular participant at
the Northport Senior Friendship Center for card games and balance class.
William Melvin Pugh, aged 70 yeaars of Canton, OH went to his Heavenly Home on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
after an heroic yearlong battle with colon and liver cancer.

He is survived by his wife Susanna (Furbay) of Canton, brother-in-law Tim Furbay (Jean), 2 nieces Alexandra and
Morgan Furbay and nephew Tyler Furbay, brother Gene Neal (Janet) of Vicksburg, MS as well as a son Terry Burrow
and 3 grandchildren of Pulaski, MS.  He was preceded in death by his son Sean, mother and step-father Willie Mae
and James Neal and his father Albert Pugh

Melvin was an active member of the NE Ohio Forestry Association and was the 2008 Tree Farmer of the Year along
with his wife Susanna.  Together they operated a 30 acre hardwood tree farm, Emerson Park Tree Farm in Lake
Township.

Born in Vicksburg, MS in 1946, Melvin served in the US Army in Vietnam and afterwards worked in the savings and
loan business in Vicksburg and later in Canton, OH.  He also worked as a carpenter in Canton and Sarasota, FL.  He
will be remembered for his kind and helpful spirit, his love of the woods and his service to the Lord Jesus and his
courageous heart.  Memorial gifts may be sent to High Mill Church of the Resurrection in Canton, OH.

An Irish wake was celebrated with a short service in October 2016 at Emerson Park Tree Farm.

A word to the wise, DO NOT put off having a colonoscopy by age 50.  A few days of discomfort is worth not
having months or years of pain and agony.
R Bruce 'Mac' MacGregor
May 3, 1932 - July 18, 2015
Eudora De Renne Roebling passed peacefully away on March 5, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida. She was born in Savannah,
Georgia, and her childhood years were spent at the family home, Wormsloe Plantation, in Savannah. In 1938, the family
moved to Athens, Georgia.

She graduated from St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia and Mt. Holyoke College. Gardening, badminton and
horseback riding were her favorite sports and she was a big supporter of the Pony Club. She was a Colonial Dame and a
member of the Welsh Society, the Mount Holyoke Club and the Junior League.

In 1953, she and Wainwright (Rip) Roebling were married in Athens, where they raised a family and lived for 25 years
before moving to Panama City Beach, Florida.
Eudora had a pilot's license, as well as a "HAM" short wave radio license. She loved fishing and the couple owned a
sports fisherman, which eventually took them to Longboat Key, where they lived for 17 years before moving across the bay
to Sarasota. They downsized to a 23-foot Grady-White which they kept in Punta Gorda where they maintained a "home
away from home" until she passed away.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Wainwright Roebling, a son Robert Roebling, wife Renee, daughter
Mary Gabrielle of Dothan, AL, a daughter Audrey Roebling and Edward Steenstra of Longboat Key, FL, Clara Roebling of
Encinitas, CA, Henry Roebling, wife Patricia of Savannah and son Charles Roebling. Other family members include
nephew George De Renne, wife Vi and sons Kentwyn and Wymberley, of Dothan, Craig and Diana Barrow of Savannah,
Dorothy and Bill Glenn of Savannah and son Sam of Nashville, Helen Hagan and William Watkins of Sylvania, GA, Karl
"Bucky" Roebling of Eatonton, GA, Cathy Cundiff, and their daughters Allison and Mary Roebling, Anne and Jack Pritchard,
their children David and Sarah of Eatonton, GA, Tish Rumsey of Watkinsville, GA, and several nieces, nephews, and
grandchildren.
Graveside services was held at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA at 11:00 a.m. on March 25, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of her to: St. Margaret's School,444 S Water Ln.,
Tappahannock, VA 22560.
EUDORA DE RENNE ROEBLING
1929 - March 5, 2017
WILLIAM MELVIN PUGH
October 3, 1946 - October 5, 2016
Beverly Evans Dunham, 88, died at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton on January 3, 2017 after a brief illness.
The daughter of Richard and Ruth Evans, Beverly was born in Corning, NY on August 16, 1928.

She was a graduate of Mansfield (PA) State Teachers College and taught Home Economics in Greenwood
and Johnson City before the birth of her children. She then taught in Endicott until her retirement from
Union-Endicott High School in 1984.

Bev had a keen interest in her heritage and was a long-time member of the Welsh Society of the Southern
Tier. She loved to play Welsh hymns on her electric organ.

She enjoyed animals and nature, and spent summers at her cottage on Lake Arrowhead in Brackney, PA for
many years. After the death of her husband, Robert L. Dunham in 1989, she wintered in Venice, FL for 20
years.

Her sense of humor and warm smile will be missed.

Beverly is survived by her sister, Dorothy West of Corning, son Scott Dunham (Wendy) of Newark Valley,
daughter Diane Jeffer (Gil) of Hope, New Jersey and the following grandchildren: Robert A. Dunham
(Jeanne Beaver) of Owego, Jessica Dunham (Robert Fenner) of Owego, Emily Johnson (Kirk) of Newark
Valley, Greg Jeffer (Augusta) of Bowling Green, Ohio, and David Jeffer of Hope, New Jersey. Also seven
great grandchildren, Gabrielle, Isaac, Evan, Kirk, Elijah, Lucy, and Taylor, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11 AM on Saturday January 28, 2017 at Central United Methodist Church,
17 Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott where Beverly was a member for over 60 years. Donations in her memory
can be made to the Welsh Society of the Southern Tier, 113 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827.
 
R. Bruce MacGregor, 83, of Port Charlotte, Florida died peacefully on July 18, 2015 at Tidewell Hospice House in Port
Charlotte following a massive heart attack and stroke. He was preparing to conduct a choir of Veterans in his full Dress
Blues this past July 4th when he fell ill. A man who began each day with “This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice
and be glad in it” and retiring each evening with “Et in terra pax hominibus,” Bruce fought hard to overcome his battle
surrounded by his family and friends, as well as caring Fawcett Memorial Hospital and Tidewell staff.

Born in Scranton, PA on May 3rd, 1932, he was an accomplished musician from a very young age, performing vocally all
over the city as a Boy Soprano under the teaching of his mother, “Peg”, and the support of his father, “Raymond”, after which
he was named. Bruce married his childhood friend, Caroline Hussing, also of Scranton, whom he began dating while they
both were students at Syracuse University and members of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Chi Omega Sorority. They were
married for 60 years and continued to be avid SU alumni, following football, basketball and lacrosse religiously and
“bleeding” Orange! He received his Master’s Degree at Ithaca College, future home of his sailboat for years.

Bruce proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, stationed at Parris Island, SC where he
brought patriotism and pride to the troops as vocalist and member of the Marine Corps Band. He began directing music as
a Syracuse University student and has brought a love that only well-prepared choral music can bring to performers and
audiences alike. Many years of dedication and perfectionism were spent at the First United Methodist Church of Endicott,
the Clef Club, IBM Glee Club and the Broome Community (NY) College Choir to name a few. The Triple Cities Welsh
Chorale (of Binghamton, NY) and the Charlotte Chorale (of Charlotte County, FL) are two performing groups that Bruce both
established and directed. He received the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County’s Charlie Award for Artistic
Achievement in 2010. “Mac”, a nickname by which he was fondly referred, is still remembered by North High School
(Binghamton), Maine Endwell (NY) High School and Ithaca (NY) High School, where he taught vocal music, as well as
Broome Community College, where he served as Student Activities Director for 27 years. He fondly remembered bringing in
acts like Alex Haley, Gordon Liddy, Buddy Rich, Doc Severinson and Jim Palmer, and directing in historic venues like
Williamsburg Brutten Parish Church and Avery Fischer Hall Barry to enrich the cultural experiences of his students.

Bruce grew up living out the Boy Scout Law, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and honor of Order of the Arrow, of which he
remained extremely proud. He served Scouting both in Binghamton and Pt. Charlotte as a leader and served as a motivation
for his two granddaughters to achieve their Girl Scout Gold Awards.
When he didn’t have his “baton” in hand at his music stand, Bruce held tightly to the rudder and sheets of his numerous
sailboats, with First Mate, Caroline at his side. Cherished vacations spots included Cape Cod, Cayuga Finger Lake, The
Rideau Waterway of Canada, New York Harbor and Lake Ontario. “Heaven on Earth” to Bruce, however, was the St.
Lawrence River where he and his wife shared their last decades of summers and his presence will always be felt.
In addition to his wife, Caroline, he is survived by his 3 children and their spouses, who he couldn’t have been prouder of,
Douglas MacGregor of Ft. Myers, FL, Timothy (Meg) MacGregor of Woodbridge, VA and Mary Jane (Michael) Fonte of
Grand Island, NY; His five grandchildren, whom he dearly loved, Andrew, Robert, Thomas, Lauren and Katherine to whom he
found great satisfaction teaching camping skills to. Bruce’s favorite quote, “It doesn’t get any better!” sums up the rich life he
lived, gave to others and reminisced about just a few days prior to his passing.

In lieu flowers, please consider a donation to his life’s focus: The Boy Scouts of America, The Broome Community College
(SUNY Broome) Foundation or the Charlotte Chorale. Memorial services was held Tuesday 2:00 PM, November 24, 2015 at
the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda, FL 33955 with Military Honors by the U.S. Marine
Corps. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson
Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chap