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Fallen Members

The Tampa Rough Riders have a "Fallen Members Memorial" outside our headquarters.  We install an engraved brick in the memorial with the member's name when one of our brothers passes away.  Annually we hold a ceremony to honor those members.  Members families and friends are invited to attend and speak about the departed if they choose.  Afterwords there is a gathering inside with food, fellowship and a toast to those who are no longer with us.  

Ceremony pictured is from 2018.









136 Dennis Fonte Captain  9 7
89 R. Saunders 1995 Captain 1 2
  John Tucker 1997 Sgt 1 4
   Arnold Benitez 1997 Lt 1 3
132 Robert Ellis 1998 Sgt 1 5
388 James Covington 1999 Captain 1 7
66 David Sanchez 1999 2nd Lt 1 6
29 Randy Brown 2000 Captain 1 8
430 Charles Norrod 2001 Trooper 1 10
52 Charles Kenner 2001 Captain 2 1
2 Sam Leto 2001 Colonel 2 2

357 Jack Barker 2001 Corporal 1 9

Jack ‘Kit’ Barker‚ 45‚ Driver/Engineer‚ City of Tampa Fire Rescue‚ died January 21‚ 2001‚ as a result of complications of Hepatitis C‚ which he contracted in the line of duty.

He began his service to his country by joining the Army in 1973. He then joined the Tampa Fire Department in 1978. At any station he was always known as a phenomenal cook. In 1999‚ Jack founded the Krewe of St. Florian (Patron Saint of Firefighters) in order to provide opportunities for community service.

While taking care of his wife and two daughters‚ Jack found time to go back to college. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business‚ with honors‚ and was awarded his diploma posthumously. He was also an avid hunter‚ fisherman and golfer.

Jack could also be found volunteering at his church and his daughters’ schools. He always put his family first and greeted everyone with a smile.

‘When a man is a husband‚ father and a firefighter‚ it is impossible for him to form a thought without the three being connected.’

‘It is not how he died that made him a hero…it is how he lived.’

511 Robert Powell 2002 Corporal 2 3
4 William Rose 2003 Colonel  2 4
65 Wilfred Ramos 2004 Captain 2 6

Wilfred, 67, a native of Tampa and lifetime resident, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2004. He took great pride in the fact that he has raised a very respectable, lovable and successful family. His wife and mother of his five sons, Mary Jane, was the jewel of his life. The success of his five sons was a central part of his life. In 1957 he founded Suncoast Tile of Tampa, a tile and marble company, and for over 40 years he worked on the many landmarks of Tampa and throu ghout the Southeastern United States. He also was a Class A General Contractor and took pride in his many accomplishments. Wilfred was one of the co-founders of the Rough Riders organization, which today has over 550 members. Over the past 25 years he has taken great pride in preserving and celebrating the history of Tampa.

520 Jay Schubert 2004 Sgt 2 5

Jay P. Schubert, 56, of Seffner, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 19, 2004. He was born in New Orleans January 28, 1948, and worked as a ship's agent for Sea and Land Shipping and was in the marine industry for over 30 years. He served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1971 as Boatswain mate and Quartermaster. He was a proud member of the Rough Riders.

121 John Cook 2005 Ch 1st Sgt 2 7

John Alan Cook, 55, of Leesburg, died Monday, May 23, 2005. Mr. Cook was born in Tampa and was a social studies teacher and coach at Leesburg High School. He moved to Leesburg from Tampa in 1992 and was a member of the Rough Riders in Tampa. 

263 Randy Robertson 2006 Ch 1st Sgt 3 1

118 Pat Calderoni 2006 Captain 3 2

710 John Bottoms 2006 Trooper 2 8

John Hamilton Bottoms, 21, of Tampa, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2006.  He attended Jesuit High School and graduated with honors in 2003. He attended University of Florida and Hillsborough Community College, persuing a career in engineering. During high school and college, he played lacross and wrestled his freshman year while at Jesuit. John was a recent member of Rough Riders and was an integral part of the Bonney-Read Krewe. Every person's life that he touched was enriched by his wonderful smile and personality. He was loved by all. For such a young life, he touched so many. 

714 Randy Shollenberger 2006 Trooper  3 3

Scott Shollenberger, 44, of Seffner, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Shollen-berger; son, Jason Shollen-berger; daughter, Jessica Goninan; stepchildren, Joseph and Erin Clark; father, Donnie Shollenberger; mother, Janet Groves; brothers, Jason and Jody Shollenberger; sister, Susan Shollenberger; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Traci Shollenberger. Randy was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the 1st U.S. Calvary Rough Riders and a member of the Spirit of Cigar City Krewe.

489 John Tranquillo 2006 Ch 1st Sgt  2 9

John Ernesto Tranquillo, 71, of Tampa, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the home of his longtime friend, Josephine A. Vitale. Born in Boston, Mass., December 11, 1934, Mr. Tranquillo graduated from Commerce High School in 1954 and at the age of 19 became manager of Kenmore Lounge in Kenmore Square. In 1959, Mr. Tranquillo moved to Tampa, where he eventually became known by almost everyone as Johnny T (actually spelled John E. T.). In some inner circles, he was referred to as "Tampa's answer to Sean Connery." After working as a "straw boss" on banana importing ships for his first four years in Tampa, Mr. Tranquillo was then hired by Julie Grimaldi and began arranging travel junkets to the Las Vegas Hilton. He also was active in founding the Alpine Ski Club, of which he was president, vice president and chairman. Throughout the 1960s, he became a successful businessman, opening a string of beauty salons including the first one at the old International Inn. He also founded the interior decorating firm of Decorators Unlimited and another company, Real Estate Investments. However, Mr. Tranquillo's most visible enterprise was his string of lounges and nightclubs, including La Riviera, Bopp City, The Trophy Room, The Locker Room and most notably, the famous Chez Louie, which boasted patrons from coast to coast.

For the past 21 years, he had worked as a private investigator for the law firm of Cohen, Jayson and Foster. Mr. Tranquillo's work was instrumental in the positive outcomes for many of the firm's high and low profile criminal, premise liability, toxic exposure and medical malpractice cases including the acquittal of Dr. William A. La Torre in the boating-deaths of four teenagers; a multi-million dollar jury award in the toxic poisoning and illegal dumping case that left two children dead; the clearing of a circuit court judge on federal allegations of financial impropriety and in having the federal indictment against Steve and Marlene Aisenberg dismissed. Mr. Tranquillo was an active member of the Tampa Bay Rough Riders, the Egypt Shrine, the Hillsborough Lodge 25 Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Tampa Scottish Right Bodies, a 32nd degree Mason.

   195  Gary  Servis 2007  Ch 1st Sgt   3  5  
   67  Donald  Thornhill  2007    3

Donald Edward Thornhill, 45, of Riverview, Fla., passed away Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Brandon, Fla. He was born in Okinawa, Japan. He moved here in 1973, from Illinois, and worked as a manufacturer' s representative. Donald was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brandon and a member of the Rough Riders. He was a graduate of the University of South Florida, 1988. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Thornhill. Survivors include a son, David of Valrico, Fla.; mother and father, Ed and Susie Thornhill of Brandon, Fla.; brothers, Daniel of St. Petersburg, Fla., and David of Charlotte, N.C.; and wife, Cathy Thornhill of Valrico, Fla. Pallbearers will be David Key, Gary Green, Mike Murphy, Mike Edenfield, Rodney Kohler, Jerry Crabill, Ray Rossi, Spencer Sommer and Rob Bays. Honorary pallbearers will be the Rough Riders.

317 John Winter 2007 Captain  3 4

John David Winter, 39, of Lithia, Fla., entered into rest April 5, 2007. John spent most of his adult life in the Tampa Bay area and was our friendly weatherman on News Channel 8 for the last 13 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and had also earned a degree from the American Meteorological Society. He was a Methodist by faith.

Andy Donnelly 2007 Lt 10 9

76 Michael Edenfield 2019 Captain 7 6

If you are reading this, I am dead. I died on January 5, 2019. I was not “called home”. I did not “go to be with the Lord”. I died. Get over it. I have. I never believed in life after death. I hope that I was right. But if not, then remember what Mark Twain said, “Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company”. I was born on March 7, 1951, in Dade City, FL. I was preceded in death by my loving parents, Cleon “Ed” and Margaret Agnes “Marge” Edenfield. They were very loving parents. They had to have been loving, otherwise they surely would have either drowned my brother, Mark, and myself, given us up for adoption or sold us to the CIA for lab experiments. I have no biological children of my own. However, I do believe that I made up for that through my efforts with Rotary’s Camp Florida and the Teddy Bear Runs with the Rough Riders. That, and my having continued to act like a child myself on many occasions. Besides, there is a persistent rumor that the FDA and other government agencies had a double secret ban on me procreating. While I was an organ donor, the rumors of the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History having asked for my liver for display next to certain “organ” from John Dillinger are somewhat exaggerated. The size, color, hardness and overall horrible condition of my liver are not exaggerated, though. The size of Dillinger’s “organ” remains a matter of speculation. To quote the rock band Blood, Sweat and Tears: “I swear there ain’t no heaven and I pray there ain’t no hell. I’ll never know by living, only my dying will tell”. As one of my law professors used to say: “This world is a risky place, and very few of us get out of it alive”. I didn’t. You won’t. Enjoy life a little each day. I liked to live by the theory: “I would rather regret the things that I did rather than the things that I did not do”.

646 James Bryan 2008 Corporal 3 9

RYAN, James W. Jr., 58, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., passed away November 15, 2008. He was preceded in death by his father, James W. Bryan Sr. Jimmy retired from the Tampa Police Department. He was a Tampa Rough Rider, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and served in the U.S. Navy. 

90 Glenwood Sherry 2008 Lt  3 8

39 Richard Pazos 2008 Colonel 3 7

Richard Pazos considered his life an adventure.

Each day he clocked in to work as a private investigator, each moment he was savoring his beloved hobby of boating, every time he rode with Tampa's Rough Riders for teddy bear runs or parade appearances, Pazos' passion shone, said friend Rick Del Rio.

"He was a hell of a guy," Del Rio, who has known Pazos for 40 years, said. "He had the heart of a giant."

The adventure was cut short Saturday morning. Pazos, 48, the incoming president of the 500-member 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry — or the Rough Riders — was killed when a car struck his Ford Explorer at the intersection of Azeele Street and Armenia Avenue.

Pazos was born in Cuba and arrived in Florida in 1960, one of the first exiles of the island nation, Del Rio said. He never married or had children. He is survived by his older brother, Carlos, 51.

Pazos was especially looking forward to helming the Rough Riders in October because the presidency falls during a year the Super Bowl comes to town, Del Rio said.

"He worked his butt off to get in this position," he said.

The Rough Riders is a nonprofit service and social club known for giving donated teddy bears to hospital patients and for its involvement with Special Olympics, the March of Dimes and other civic groups.

Carlos Pazos said his brother will be well-remembered because he was slow to anger and quick to forgive.

"Every single photograph, he had a smile, even when he wasn't looking at the camera," Carlos Pazos said. "He was a loyal friend. He made you feel comfortable. He lit up a room."

302 John Puls 2009 Ch 1st Sgt 4 3 John Leo Puls Jr., 49, of Tampa, passed away July 24, 2009. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palm Ceia Country Club, Old Memorial Country Club and F-Troop with Rough Riders. 
276 Darrell Boyd 2009 Ch 1st Sgt  3 10

426 James Butler 2009 Colonel 4 2

James E. Butler, 63, of Brandon, Fla., passed away June 15, 2009. He graduated from East Bay High School in 1963 and began his career at Russell Herig and Associates in 1972, from which he retired as the president in 2009. He had been an active member for 25 years in the civic organization, The Rough Riders, in which he began the Rough Riders Teddy Bear Drive, served as the colonel in 2000, and was currently serving as head of the financial committee. He was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast. 

629 Scott Carter 2009 Ch 1st Sgt 4 1
823 Gregory Garbo 2011 Trooper 4 6

26 Carlos Estrada 2011 Major 4 4

Carlos D. Estrada, 83, native of Tampa, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.  Mr. Estrada retired from the Teamsters Union as a business agent for local 79. He was a member of the Rough Riders, West Tampa Sherife, Alcalde of Ybor City, Tampa Police Band and he was a member of the Shriners Provost Guard Unit.

659 Bruno Trimpoli 2011 Ch 1st Sgt 4 7

Bruno D. Trimpoli Jr., formerly of Governor Drive, died Monday, July 18, 2011, in Commack, NY. Mr. Trimpoli was born in Schenectady, to the late Bruno and Anna Cognetta Trimpoli. He was a self-employed financial consultant. Mr. Trimpoli volunteered with the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, "Rough Riders, Inc."

492 Walter Crumbley 2011 Ch 1st Sgt 4 8

Walter S. Crumbley, 79, was born in Tampa in 1932 and passed from this life December 10, 2011, in Tampa. He graduated from H.B. Plant High School and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine. He then returned to the University of Florida, earned his law degree, and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1963. Walt was a hard worker his entire life, from his early days delivering newspapers and selling ice cream at Jim Strickland's Olde Meeting House, to his distinguished career in law, first as a practicing attorney primarily in the area of worker's compensation and later as a much respected administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration. Walt also shared his knowledge as an adjunct professor at both Golden Gate University on MacDill Air Force Base and at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. He was active in The Florida Bar, serving in many leadership positions, and was honored for his contributions by an annual award given in his name, awarded by the Bar's General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section to individuals who have made significant contributions to law practice management. He enjoyed his many hobbies and even more friends. He was a Masonic brother in the John Darling No. 154 Blue Lodge and a member of the Tampa Scottish Rite and the Egypt Shrine Temple. He was also a Rough Rider and volunteered on the Eagle Scout Board of Review. Walt championed local issues as president of the Courier City/Oscawana Resident Neighborhood Association. In his retirement, he continued his commitment to public service by giving his time as a Special Magistrate for the City of Tampa's Code Enforcement Board. At the end, Walt was satisfied and expressed his enjoyment of a life that surpassed anything he might have imagined. His bucket list was completed, and he was able to look back with pleasure on his many adventures, whether it was learning to fly small planes or playing with his beloved bulldogs.

763 Donald Hayes 2011 Corporal 4 5
   142  William  Gilliam  2012 Ch 1st Sgt  5

William T. "Tommy" Gilliam, 69, "slipped the surly bonds of earth" on Dec. 28, 2012, after a brief illness. He is survived by Vicki, his loving wife of 42 years; his much-loved daughter Jori; brother, Michael of Atlanta, many cousins, nieces and nephews and a huge host of friends. Tommy was a career pilot having retired from Walter Energy Corps in 2010 after 26 years of flying their jet. He served as a U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot from 1966-1973, flying the F4 Phantom. He served two Vietnam tours during which he flew over 300 Combat Missions into North & South Vietnam and Laos. He was decorated three times with the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism and over 20 Air Medals. Tommy was a 1965 Graduate of the University of Georgia and was an active member of the Tampa Bulldogs Club as well as the Rough Riders and The Red River Rats Fighter Pilots Assn. There was no bigger "Bulldog" fan than Tommy. Tommy was no stranger to anyone and was always the center of the laughter and good times. He loved being surrounded by people, old friends or new. A precious man, he will be badly missed by all who were privileged to be his friends.

 822  Robert  Wood 2012  Corporal  6  3  

13 Bill Adams 2012 Colonel 4 9
   185  Charles  Rice  2013 Ch 1st Sgt  3


If tears could build a stairway,

and memories

a lane, I would

walk right up to Heaven and bring You Home again.

Always, Your ESMERALDA

Bully! Bully!

422 Greg Schneider 2013 Ch 1st Sgt 5 2

Greg K. Schneider, 52, of Riverview, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. A native of Elizabeth, NJ, he had resided here since 1993 coming from Arlington, TX. He was a member of the Brandon Masonic Lodge #114, F&AM, Tampa Bay Rough Riders and the XChange Band.

403 Randy Dickins 2014 Ch 1st Sgt  5 4

Randolph III "Randy" Dickins, 70, passed away on Aug. 22, 2014, after a lifelong love of the water. He was born Oct. 24, 1943, in Miami. Randy, owner of the legendary 22ft mako "FITOA", was an avid fisherman, who loved boating. He was a member of the Golden Triangle Fishing Club, of the Rough Riders and belonged to The Island Chapel in Terra Verde.

909 Chris Meffert 2014 Corporal  5 6

Former Florida State Representative John Christian "Chris" Meffert, of Salt Springs, Tampa, and Tallahassee passed away at his home in Salt Springs on November 13, 2014.

Born August, 11, 1943 in Ocala, Florida, he graduated from Ocala High School in 1961 and from Florida State University in 1965. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Florida State University Law School, received his Juris Doctorate, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1969.

Chris was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Delta Phi, The United States Army Reserves, First United Methodist Church of Ocala, The Ocala Elks Club, The Ocala Rotary Club, and The Tampa Bay Rough Riders.

He began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney General 1969-1970. In 1971, Chris returned to his native Ocala as an associate at Ayres, Swigert, Cluster, Tucker, and Curry, where he also served on the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar. He was later a partner at Ayres, Cluster, Curry, Meffert, and McCall and at Fore, Meffert, and Futch.

Chris continued to practice law, but his childhood dream was public service. He began his career of public service with his election as Mayor of Ocala in 1977. He was subsequently elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1980 and won reelection to four consecutive terms. Chris earned prestigious committee assignments as he progressed through his terms, as the Legislature addressed issues such as growth management, medical malpractice and workers compensation, and the services tax. One of his final committee assignments was as Chair of the Regulated Industries Committee where he played a key role in the drafting and passage of the Florida Lottery Act. After his tenure in the Legislature, he continued working in the political arena as a lobbyist. After a brief retirement, Chris was appointed as Executive Director of the Florida Boxing Commission by then Governor Jeb Bush.

671 Alex Guzman 2014 Ch 2nd Sgt  5 7
17 Robert Densmore 2014 Colonel 5 5

Robert D Densmore, 73 of Tampa, died Monday October 13, 2014. Robert was a retired Hillsborough County Deputy Sheriff, and a chiropractor, which came with the nickname "Doc". He was also a past president of The Rough Riders, active in the Egypt Shriners and American Legion.

775 Jason Collins 2015 Lt Colonel  6 1

110 Jeffrey Beytin 2015 Ch 1st Sgt 5 8

Ken Beytin passed away at the age of 62 on February 21, 2015. Born in Washington, DC and a resident of Brooklyn and Northport, NY, Ken moved to Tampa in 1974. He was a graduate of Princeton undergrad and Stetson Law School and was an accomplished attorney at Beytin, McLaughlin, McLaughlin, O’Hara, Bocchino & Bolin in Tampa. He loved his profession and had a passion for law, his colleagues and his clients. He was a collegiate athlete, excelling in football and baseball at Princeton, and was huge sports fan, supporting the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, Princeton Tigers, Gators, and most recently (and reluctantly) the Packers. He was a loyal friend to many in the Tampa area and beyond and was a member of the Tampa Rough Riders.

1047 Norm Castellano 2015 Trooper  5 9
   507  Mark  Bieberbach  2016 Ch 1st Sgt

Mark Bieberbach, 54, lost his battle with cancer June 3, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Mark was born and lived his entire life in Tampa. He graduated from Tampa Catholic High School and University of South Florida and worked many years at Raymond James Financial as a Senior Asset Manager. Mark had numerous interests and activities in his life, and a few that he became extremely passionate about. First and foremost was his family. If there were ever a family member in need of assistance, no matter how big or how small the need was or at what time it was needed, Mark was the first one to step up and handle the issue. Mark's second passion was the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was a season ticket holder and never missed a game. He knew every team member, their stats, their physical characteristics, their history, and background. He relished passing this information on to all those of similar interest. Mark was also a very active member of the Tampa Rough Riders Krewe and loved participating in their numerous and varied activities. The USF Bulls, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, conservative politics, saltwater aquariums, botanical activities, and his dogs, Harley and Roxy, were also near and dear to Mark. He researched each of these in exhaustive detail and essentially became a subject matter expert on each one. He loved discussing these interests and especially loved arguing politics with any liberal opponent he knew or happened to run into. Mark was loved by so many people. He was an inspiration to all. His ever-present smile and his kind spirit will be missed by all.

205 James Thompson 2016 Ch 1st Sgt 6 5

James Thomson, 90, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, surrounded by family in Flagler Hospital. Raised in West Virginia, the 10th child of a tight-knit coal mining family, he attended Duke University and Law School, graduating number one in his class on the GI Bill after serving in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He practiced with talent and panache as a trial attorney in Tampa, with the firm of Fowler White for five decades before retiring to a quiet spot on the St. John's River with his lovely wife, Diana NesSmith. He is survived by his brother, Mote (94); his wife, Diana; his four sons, Ray (Eddie), Jim (Mote), Billy, and Greg; and his two daughters, Erin and Jeanette.

945 Michael Keller 2016 Corporal  6 2

Michael Keller, 38, of Apollo Beach, passed away Feb. 16, 2016. Mike was born to Gary and Alene Keller Dec. 11, 1977, in Philadelphia, PA. He grew up with his elder sister, Amy Keller, in Palm Harbor, and graduated from East Lake High School in 1996. Mike was a proud alumnus of the University of South Florida, where he earned a degree in Management Information Systems in 1999. While attending USF, Mike met his wife, Kendra Conte, from Long Island, NY. After marrying in 1999 and moving to Brandon, the couple had three children who Mike adored, Morgan (11), Trenton (8), and Reagan (4). Soon after college, Mike became the founding partner, President, and CTO of International Direct Selling Technology Corporation, a leading software technology provider to the direct selling industry. Mike inspired others with his devotion to community service. Although he enjoyed professional success, he enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He held the rank of sergeant and served as a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike published a memoire of his experiences at Abu Ghraib prison, titled "Torture Central: E-mails from Abu Ghraib", which received critical acclaim and led to him serving as the Story and Production Adviser for the movie, "The Boys of Abu Ghraib."

Mike chaired the Florida Commission on Human Relations after being appointed by the Governor. He served as a member of the Florida Interagency Human Trafficking Workgroup and the Public Library Board. He traveled as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention and worked as a member of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee. Mike was very active with the University of South Florida's College of Business and Alumni Association. He also contributed as a trooper in the Tampa Rough Riders and a member of Avila Country Club. Most of all, Mike loved the abundant laughter he shared with Kendra, supporting Morgan's passion for competitive cheerleading, coaching Trent's baseball team, and boating from their waterfront home with Reagan. Mike loved discussing the latest news stories with his dad, talking about history and international affairs with his mom, and sharing stories about their childhood and their own kids with his sister, Amy. The entire family enjoyed many exciting travel adventures together through the years, including dedicated weeks at the beach every summer, regular trips to Disney World, Caribbean cruises, and European vacations. In addition to being passionate about his family, Mike enjoyed hanging out with his lifelong best friend, Brandon Cathey, building his business with his co-founder and friend, Ian Cordell, and cheering for USF Bulls' football with family and friends. Mike was truly one of a kind. 

1121 Hughes Crawford 2017 Trooper  6 8

Hughes Santo, 67, a native of Tampa, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017. He was born January 28, 1950. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps including a tour in Viet Nam. He started his law enforcement career with the Grand Ledge Police Department and retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Santo was a member of the Spirit of Cigar City Krewe, Rough Riders of Tampa, International Brotherhood of Chulos and the West Tampa Optimist Club.

1039 Kenneth Kinser 2017 Trooper  6 7

399 Bud Levell 2017 Captain  6 6

Olen F. Levell III, "Bud," passed away on July 28, 2017, after a long battle with heart disease. Bud was born in Roanoke Virginia and attended Coates Elementary School. His family moved Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he attended Mt. Lebanon High School. After graduating in 1961, he attended Hargraves Military Academy for a short time before joining the 101st Airborne division, where he discovered a passion for sky diving and gun collecting. Bud proudly served his country in the military police. After his honorable discharge from the army, he worked for HJ Heinz and PPG before beginning a lifetime career in real estate. He won many sales awards during his career. Bud was also a member of the Rough Riders, which support many local charities. One of his favorite activities was delivering teddy bears to children in the hospital. Bud was known for the ability to make and keep good friends. He will be missed by so many. 

56 Carl Williamson 2018 Lt  7 2

Carl Williamson, 84, of Tampa, FL, passed on away June 7, 2018. Born on March 21, 1934, he was one of the founders and a charter member #56 of The Rough Riders and a member and P.E.R. of the Elks Lodge #708. Carl is survived by his children, Judy (Brian) Wolfe, Donald (Linda) Williamson, Robert (Devon) Williamson; his grandchildren, Erica, Troy, Garrett, and Calvin; great-grandchild, Lennox Grace; and sister, Linda (Joe) Johnson.

308 Joseph Settecasi 2018 Ch 1st Sgt  6 9

Joseph Setticasi, 74, of Tampa, Florida, passed away on February 18, 2018. He attended Jesuit High School, and The University of Tampa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Eulalia Pitisci Settecasi; and his sister, ViVi Pascuita. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Angela; his son, Austen; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Joe served in the United States Marine Corps in Viet Nam, was a member of Club UNICO, a former Rough Rider, and an active member of American Legion Post 5. He retired after 30 years of service from the Hillsborough County Real Estate Department as a Senior Land Technician.

187 Cecil Riggs 2018 Ch 1st Sgt  7 4

Cecil Graham Riggs, 82, of Seffner, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. A native of Patterson, NC, he had resided here since 1965 coming from N.C. He was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Brandon; the Rough Riders; was a Director and Selection Committee member for the Outback Bowl and owner of Network TWENTY-ONE, Inc.

33 Tom Daschke 2018 Major  7 5
285 Keith Ellis 2018 Trooper  7 3

1107 John Aaron 2018 Trooper  7 1

John was born in Tampa on September 24, 1968. He was the youngest son of Dick and Pat Aaron. John was named after his grandfathers.

At the age of 2, John lost his father. From that point he was raised by his mother and his 4 older siblings - especially his sister, Lisa. Despite being born without a right hand, John was an unstoppable force who firmly rejected his first (and last) prosthetic hand. As a boy he played baseball, football, bowled and was a diver on the Plant High School swim team.

Upon graduation from Plant in 1986, John headed to Florida State University where he studied Economics, founded Perky Turf Lawncare, sang in a band and majored in wooing the "love of his life" Angel Bogart.

John and Angel were married on October 28, 1995. Together they created a life filled with the love of family, friends, hard work, community service and south Tampa shenanigans.

John was the owner of Aaron Landscape and Lawn. He was a past president of Roosevelt Elementary Dad's Club, a Merrymaker, a Rough Rider and an active member of the Plant Class of 86 Planning Committee.

As a member of various area bands, John "singlehandedly" played the keyboard and guitar.

827 John D. Goss 2019 Ch 1st Sgt  7 9

844 Rob Corden 2019 Ch 1st Sgt  8 2 Rob Martin Corden, 56, of Lutz, FL, passed away August 27, 2019. Born in Woodstock, CT, he was a Systems Analyst employed by Tampa General Hospital, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp., a member of the Rough Riders, loved the Gasparilla Parade, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

555 Ken Griffin 2019 Ch 2nd Sgt  7 7

Ken Griffin, 52, of Clearwater, passed away on January 22, 2019, at home after a five-year battle with ALS. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL to Joshua David II and Marjorie Griffin, who survive him. Clearwater High School Class of 1984 and USF graduate, Ken was proud of many things, including his wife, Jennifer, of 28 years; three daughters, Lauren, Brooke, and Reagan. He is also survived by two brothers, Joshua David III and Steven (Sarah). Ken worked at Tech Data for most of his career, was a past Board member and volunteer for the American Lung Association and the ALS Association, past President of the Pinellas County USF Alumni Association, past President of his HOA, and former member of the Rough Riders. Ken enjoyed travel, camping, biking, running 5k's, spending time watching his kids play sports, and the beach. He visited 43 of the 50 states and parts of Europe. Ken was an avid fan of all USF sports.

865 Franklin Hendry 2019 Ch 1st Sgt  7 8

FM (Franklin Mark) Hendry, 51, of Tampa, passed away February 2, 2019, peacefully at home with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Misty; son, Dylan Myers; sister, Kelly Hendry; brothers, Ward Hendry and David Hendry (Linleigh); stepmother, Barbara Hendry; stepsister, Alexis Hendry; stepbrother, Mike Hendry; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved dogs, Teddy (the Big Boy) and Rufus. FM was a Tampa native and went to Plant High School and graduated from Bayshore Christian. He played on several pool teams and enjoyed the outdoors, especially on the water. He was a proud member of the Tampa Bay Rough Riders for almost ten years and loved helping others. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 3pm at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606 with a Celebration of Life immediately following at the Rough Rider Clubhouse, 601 19th Street, Tampa, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Portico Café affiliated with Hyde Park United Methodist Church.

1094 Stephen Bargamin 2019 Corporal  7 10

Stephen Neal Bargamin, age 55, joined the Kingdom of Heaven on May 25, 2019. A devoted man of God who led with a Herculean heart in all circumstances, Steve’s legacy is carried on in those impacted by his heroic spirit, including and especially his wife, Kristen, and two children, Alexis Bargamin and Matthew Bargamin.

Steve was born in Winchester, Virginia, on November 8, 1963. He is now reunited in Heaven with his parents (Paul and Joan) and brother (Paul). Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Southeastern University. His notable accomplishments were achieving the #1 score of on the CPA exam in the state of Virginia and earning an MBA while working full time and raising a family.

While attending UVA, Steve met Kristen: best friend, soulmate, and wife of 33 years. They were married on September 4, 1988, at the University of Virginia Chapel. The couple shared many fun adventures such as attending the Kentucky Derby, snorkeling, treasure hunting on sunny Florida beaches, sitting by the pool, and raising two intelligent, beautiful children. Steve was a sensitive and devoted dad who beamed with joy and pride over Alexis and Matt. His unconditional love created thousands of happy memories. Family was his #1 priority.

Steve’s loyalty extended to his work family as well. W.S. Badcock Corporation was his second home for over 15 years. He was dedicated to the people and business, and he took enormous pride as a manager and employee. He built his relationships on seeing the value in others, being an intent listener, and extending authentic compassion without judgement.

A skilled and thoughtful artist, Steve completed many masterpieces. He took great care in painting meaningful landscapes as gifts for friends and relatives. In his spare time, Steve was a Tampa Rough Rider. Ever compassionate and called to serve others, his favorite Rough Rider activity was handing out teddy bears at the local hospitals.

1139 John Dooley 2019 Trooper  8 1
   5  Robert  Jolly 2020  Lt Colonel  9  
177 Paul Ortelli 2020 Ch 1st Sgt  8 3

191 Rick Saa 2020 Ch 1st Sgt  8


Rick Saa, 73, of Tampa, Florida passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020. He was born and raised in the Tampa area. He was a member of the Rough Riders Tampa and Scottish Rite. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his friends and family.

278 Jeff Cantrell 2020 Ch 1st Sgt  9 4

Jeff was born on November 15, 1962. He was an only child. His parents had him late in life. Jeffs dad died when Jeff was 12 years old. He was raised by his mother, who died when Jeff was in his early 30s. Jeff had no other family. For a girl, he was a perfect catch -- no in-laws, never married, and no kids.

Jeff enjoyed playing baseball and football as a preteen and teen. He was very good in sports which he told me often. What he didn't tell me was that he was also in band. I found this out when I was going through an old photo album. I'm sure if he was good in band, he would have let me know.

In high school, Jeff decided he wanted to work with computers. He graduated United Electronics Institute with an associate in science, and he worked with computers ever since. It was a perfect career for Jeff as he liked to fix things and figure out how things worked. He would not give up until he could fix the problem.

During his young adult years, Jeff lived a good life. He made a decent salary, he went out, he had girlfriends, he developed lifelong friendships, and he had his mom. But something was missing from his life -- me.

In 1996, Jeff was working at The Fund. I also started working at The Fund that same year. That is where Jeff and I met. We talked and found out that we both liked Halloween. Our first date was in October 1996, when we went to a haunted house at Church Street Station in Orlando. Jeff was checking into the hotel and the clerk asked about what type of room he wanted, one with a king bed or one with a queen bed. Jeff said, “How about a room with two beds.” I'm not going to tell you if we used two beds, but I will tell you, we did have our first kiss.

On February 14, 2002, Jeff chose me to be his wife and proposed.

On July 4, 2002, Jeff became a husband, dad, and in-law. But Jeff was not as lucky as me because he now had in-laws. I have siblings, a mom and dad, nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. He loved them as if they were his own.

Jeff continued to build a life and home with his wife and stepson. On December 19, 2004, Jeff had a son. Samson was his pride and joy. Throughout the years, Jeff was a good provider, an awesome husband, and a loving dad.

Jeff enjoyed watching professional sports. He never missed a Gasparilla parade. He was a member of the Rough Riders club. Jeff loved the water, fishing and boating. He liked watching movies and Jeff really liked Elvis. If I played Elvis, he knew it was going to be a very good night.

621 Robert Smith 2020 Ch 1st Sgt  8 9

Robert sustained a spinal cord injury in 1980 due to a diving accident while serving in the United States Army. This accident was a catalyst for his lifelong mission to mentor and improve the lives of new injuries and to provide awareness to the able-bodied community. Rob was a kind, loving, generous man who was always positive and uplifting. If you were fortunate to have met him it was inevitable that he changed your life in some way. Rob has received many accolades for his contributions within the disability community along with receiving the Tampa Bay Lightning Hero Award. Organizations that Rob was involved in were the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mayors Alliance for People with disabilities and many others. Rob’s passions included his love of boating and the Rough Riders Krewe which included parades and charitable events and the famous Teddy Bear runs (Bully Bully).

Rob is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Stella Smith; daughter & son-in-law Jess and Jared Coppedge; grandchildren, Ethan, Riley, Jagger and Corbin; sisters, Ann Reis-Elbara, Susan Smith; brothers-in-law, Joe and Oliver O’Riordan along with numerous nieces and nephews from Florida to Seattle.

Rob’s motto “This chair has gone where no chair has ever gone before”.

1158 Paul Wells 2020 Sgt  9 1

62 Mick Fuller 2020 Ch 1st Sgt  8 5

64 Rick Mitulinsky 2020 2nd Lt  8 7
344 Carlos Pazos 2020 Ch 1st Sgt  9 3

226 George Hammond 2020 Captain  8 6

George Edward Hammond Jr. passed away May 3, 2020, at the age of 81. He was a Tampa native, and a 1956 graduate of Hillsborough High School. After graduating from high school, he entered the US Army and served as an enlisted soldier assigned to the Army 77th Special Forces at Ft Bragg. During the Vietnam buildup he served on Special "A" Teams as a medic and radio operator on missions to Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. After that tour, he returned to Tampa and graduated in the charter class of the University of South Florida in Dec 63. He received his BA and was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps in January 1964 and assigned to the 307th Medical Battalion, 82d Airborne. He commanded at all levels from Company to Brigade. He specialized in Medical Special Operations to include design and development of the first Delta Med Det, Delta Force, and commanded the medical support in the Iranian hostage rescue attempt. He was medical operations officer for HHC, 18th Abn Corps Surgeon's Office and served as Battalion Commander, 307th Medical Battalion, 82d Airborne Division from June 1980-1983. Col Hammond was a graduate of Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He had a master's degree in international relations from Boston University, a master's degree in health care administration from Baylor University and was a Life Fellow and Certified Health Care Executive in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Other accomplishments include: One of 9 founding fathers and life member of the Army Silver Caduceus Association for Medical Service Corps Officers and Warrant Officers. He served as the first Vice President of the organization and also served on the board of directors. His biggest contribution was managing the college scholarship program for 15+ years. Life member Military Officers Assn (MOAA) and past president of the Sun City Chapter 20-year member of the Tampa Bay Rough Riders and served on their Board of Directors. He served in many positions in the organization, but his favorite Rough Rider event was being the OIC of the Rough Rider unit in the Ruskin Veterans Day Parade. 

14 Neil Bartley 2020 Colonel 8 4
499 David Tintle 2021 Colonel  9 5
9 Thomas Fox 2021 Colonel  9 8

Thomas Patrick Fox, 70, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Friday July 30, 2021. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Bonita Fox, and his parents, Fred J. and Rose Fox of Tampa. He is survived by his two daughters, Ashly (Thomas) and Madison, his brothers, Fred (Dolly) and Robert (Liana) and his sisters Mary Anne Obusek (Joseph) and Pamela Escobar (Richard), and many nieces and nephews. A lifelong resident of Tampa, Tom graduated from Jesuit High School in 1968 where he was a star athlete. His many athletic achievements included the Palio's Brothers' Iron Man Award and four-year letterman award. Tom was a graduate of the University of South Florida and South Texas College of Law. Following Law School, he returned to Tampa where he practiced law for 40 years. Tom was a fierce advocate for the voiceless. He was a former member of The Florida Bar, The Hillsborough County Bar, and The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. As a man of service, Tom was proud to be a founding member and past president of the Rough Riders. He was a past member of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (Gunner's Guild), The Freemason's and The Egypt Temple Shrine (Director's Staff). As a pilot, a storyteller, and a comedian, Tom reveled in the memories of his travels, flying his Piper Cherokee throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Tom could always make you laugh. When he wasn't in the air, he could be found holding his fishing pole under the Clearwater Pass or belting out his favorite Karaoke tunes.

202 Ronald Szynal 2021 Ch 1st Sgt 9 10
215 John Werner 2021 Colonel  10 1

John Frank Werner Jr., age 79, of Brandon, Florida crossed the river to rest in the shade of the trees on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. He was born on July 6, 1942, in Washington, D.C. to John F. and Anna May (Strousse) Werner. He grew up in the Glen Burnie, Maryland area. His roots can be traced back to the early settlers of Southern Maryland and Jamestown, Virginia. He was an alumnus of St. Petersburg (Junior) College and University of South Florida. He resided in the Brandon area since 1974 and retired in 2002 from Hillsborough District Schools, Human Resources Department after 28 years of service. He was an avid world traveler, cruiser, and a student of history. He was a 25+ year member of Tampa Rough Riders having become their 40th President in 2017-2018. He also enjoyed boating, fishing, traveling, and restoring antique wooden boats. He was a 35+ year member of First Baptist Church of Brandon, a member of the NRA, a member of Antique and Classic Boat Society (having restored several antique/classic wooden boats), Sunnyland Chapter, Century Boat Club, and a longtime member of the American Power Boat Association having raced Jersey Speed Skiffs and limited inboard hydroplanes.

502 Marty Mantei 2021 Captain  9 9

785 Gary Payne 2021 Ch 1st Sgt  9 6

Gary Craig Payne, 66, passed away at his home in Dunnellon, FL on July 15, 2021.

Gary was born in Redington Beach FL. on 3/22/1955 to Roy and Dorothy Payne where he was brought home from the hospital in a fruit basket to live in a small cabana at the Tides Bath Club. Gary was very self-reliant and moved out on his own at the young age of 13. He attended school and worked until he enlisted in the army. He served in Vietnam and later Germany. He took full advantage of exploring Europe while in Germany. Upon his return he attended the University of Florida. He had vast knowledge in many areas due to holding jobs in numerous fields. He retired from Hillsborough County Water Resources. Having 4 sisters, he was always a protector and champion of women. He volunteered for nine years as security for the Krewe of Pandora and on numerous occasions saved women from serious injury during parades. He was a proud and longtime member of the Tampa Rough Riders. He enjoyed the charity work and the comradery of other members. He lit up the room with his smile and sense of humor. Whether it was stories or bar tricks, he loved to entertain and make people laugh. Animals sensed his kind spirit and were drawn to him.

174 William Nehls 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 3
846 Thomas Peterson 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 5

545 Rick Gayer 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 2
967 James Degenhardt 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 4

258 Frank Mongiovi 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 6

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fernando A. Mongiovi "Frank," July 27, 2022. 85, he was the family patriarch and pillar of the community, as he transitions from this life into his heavenly one. Frank was a lifelong Tampa native. He was a generous man with an infectious humor who loved dancing with his high school sweetheart and wife, Nancy.

Frank is well known in the pest control industry having started Best Termite & Pest Control, Inc. in 1979. His work ethic was impeccable, continuing to own and operate the business until his final days. Frank held offices in the Florida and National Pest Management Association. Frank was an active member of his community. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. He attended St. Lawrence Church, and in 1998 was honored by the Nobility of the Egypt Shriners when they elected him to serve as Potentate. Frank served as President of the Florida Shrine Association in 2013, was a member of the Keystone Kops Unit and various Shrine Clubs. He was active in the Honor Patrol, Order of Quetzalcoatl, Royal Order of Jesters, Optimist Club of Tampa, Rough Riders, A.W. Windhorst Lodge #185, Scottish Rite and York Rite.

Frank loved being with his family and sharing the joys in his life with his loving wife of 66 years, Nancy. Together they raised a family, built a business, traveled the world, attended many activities of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them fishing on his boat, playing Santa at Christmas, teaching his trade, watching Rays baseball, and best of all gathering for family meals.

169 William Meriwether 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 7
926 Timothy Casey 2022 Ch 1st Sgt  10 8
370 Jack Kroll 2023 Ch 1st Sgt  TBD TBD

Jack H. Kroll, of Wimauma, FL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 24, 2022.  

He was born in Savanna, Illinois in November 1943. After graduating from Savanna Community High School, Jack attended Western Illinois University, graduating with a BS in Accounting. He then attained an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  He also became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Jack was employed for 33 yrs. with the Federal Government. Achieving the rank of Senior Executive Service, he held the position of Asst. Inspector General for Veteran’s Administration (VA).  He then worked 9 yrs. for Hillsborough County, where his last position was Director of Health & Finance.

Jack enjoyed being a member of the Tampa Rough Rider Krewe, golfing, bowling, softball and poker nights with his friends, as well as many earlier years of being a girls’ s soccer and basketball coach.

With his work, Jack lived overseas in Yokohama & Okinawa Japan as well as Guam. This is where he acquired a passion to see the world. Jack & Susie visited more than 90 countries and all 50 states. 

Jack’s motto was “Don’t wait for tomorrow, do it while you can” and he did just that.


297 Fernando Mongiovi 2023 Ch 1st Sgt  TBD TBD

1135 Jeremy Johnson 2023 Ch 1st Sgt  TBD TBD

Jeremy Joseph Johnson, 48, passed away on May 1, 2023.

Jeremy was the son of Ronald and Sue Johnson, both still survive.

Jeremy is survived by his wife; Amanda Johnson, his children; Austin Phillips, Aiden Johnson and his siblings; Ronald (Tammy) Selman, Jason Johnson, and Tammy Frankham, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Jeremy was a Field Supervisor for Airite Mechanical in Tampa. He was a member of The Tampa Rough Riders, he was an avid volunteer at The Florida Strawberry Festival, he loved Alabama Football, and a member of The Plant City Running Club. He loved to go to Disney Parks and go on Disney Cruises.

34 Ron Dominguez 2023 Captain  TBD TBD

Tampa native and lifelong resident, Ronald Dominguez passed peacefully surrounded by family on July 4, 2023. He was a proud graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and retired as the owner-operator of Oak Park Pharmacy after four decades of service.

Ron was a founding member of the Rough Riders 1st US Volunteer Cavalry, a member of Hillsborough Lodge No 25 F&M, York Rite Bodies, and Egypt Shriners Honor Patrol.

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