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Nov. 14, 1968 - Jun. 14, 2014
Trevor Garrett Hendrik Ritsema, 45, of Venice, FL passed away June 14, 2014 at the Venice Regional Hospital after a five year long battle with cancer. He was born at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft Lauderdale, FL on November 14, 1968. Trevor was a 1987 graduate of Wilton High School in Connecticut and entered the Coast Guard in 1994 where he trained as a rescue swimmer. He married Chrissy Shumaker on April 28, 2010 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Trevor was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, windsurfing, hunting sharks teeth, boating, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, rock climbing and hiking. He was a fine woodworking craftsman and also enjoyed collecting knives.
He is survived by his wife, Chrissy Ritsema, his mother, Eileen Weber, father, Alan Ritsema, sister, Rebecca Ritsema, aunts, Maureen Moody, Kathryn Quintard and Sandra Fitzpatrick; uncles, Michael and William Metivier, as well as many cousins and extended family.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 pm until 8:30 pm Thursday June 19, 2014 at the Manasota Beach Picnic Area with a Celebration of Life Service to begin at 5:30 pm. Inurnment at Sarasota National Cemetery will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a donation to the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation, 198 Trenton Street, Box 456, Boston, MA 02116 or to Tidewell Hospice at tidewell.org
Please visit kays-ponger.com to leave the family your thoughts, memories and condolences on the online guestbook. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes & Crematory Services
1935 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, FL 34293
Published in Herald Tribune from June 18 to June 19, 2014