Bronko B. Gukanovich Jr. "Bernie", a resident of Cedar Key, FL and formerly of Severna Park, died July 23 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born July 3, 1955 and grew up in Severna Park. He graduated Severna Park HS in 1973. He attended AACC in '74 and '75 and was a pitcher on the baseball team. In 1974 the AACC Pioneers took 3rd place in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. That year he earned the honor of having the lowest ERA in the nation at .99 Self employed most of his life as a waterman, he oystered , crabbed and fished in Maryland and Florida. At the time of his death he was employed as a USCG licensed captain, operating numerous boats for the University of Florida. He transported students and scientists on oceanographic study trips in the gulf of mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Regina W Gukanovich and Bronko B. Gukanovich Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Aaron) Simpson of Ft. Myers, FL.; step daughter, Samantha (Tracy) Davis of Trenton, FL.; brother, Joseph (Terri) Gukanovich of Arnold; sister, Yvonne (David) Sakers of Goldsboro; five nieces and nephews, Kelly, Kristen, Michael, Joseph Jr., Emily and five step grandchildren; and by his companion of eight years, Nancy Beckham of Cedar Key. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. E condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in The Capital on July 31, 2013