Ralph B. Van FLEET Jr.


Van FLEET, Ralph B. Jr. 84, of Tampa, died on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Ralph was born in Clearwater to Ralph Sr. and Flossie Stirrett Van Fleet. Ralph was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 35 years, Vivian. Ralph is survived by his son, R. Bruce III (Dawn); his brother, Donald (Imelda); and 3 grandchildren, Beth Van Miller, Brian Van Fleet, Kelley Davis; cousin, Patricia Cross; and a long time companion, Merle McNeese. Ralph graduated from the University of Florida with a Master's degree in Economic Theory. He owned his own insurance agency in Tampa for 60 years, retiring in April of 2013. Among his greatest joys in life were enjoying the great outdoors the mountains, waterfalls, wildlife and Clearwater Beach where he swam for 77 consecutive years. He also had a joy in helping people in need, especially his policy holders, many who were third generation customers. He was also a supporter of Meals on Wheels and was assisted by Lifepath Hospice in recent months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Meals on Wheels at 550 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 or Lifepath Hospice at 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. A viewing will be held on Friday, Dec. 6th, from 6-8 pm, at Boza and Roel Funeral Home, at 4730 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, and a funeral service Saturday, Dec. 7th, 11 am, at the same location. Interment will take place at Lake Carroll Cemetery immediately following the service. Boza & Roel Funeral Home (813)877-7676

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2013
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