O'MALLEY Jonathan O'Malley, 33, of Key Largo, left our world on March 18, 2014. Born into commercial fishing, Jon had a never-ending love for boats and the sea. He grew up on Grassy Key and attended Stanley Switlik Elementary before finishing school in Cordele, Georgia. In 2004, Jon entered the military to serve his country. Upon release to civilian life, he moved to Navarre in the Florida panhandle and became a jack-of-all-trades. He spent some time commercial fishing, learned to set tile, worked for an eco-electric company and helped his dad build a boat. He returned to the Keys in 2011 and was a chef at Mrs. Macs 2 and Tasters restaurants. He recently completed Bartending School, loved to play pool at Sharkey's and fished when he could. Jon was preceded in death by grandparents, Frank Oldham, Bernie and Loretta Gigliotti, and uncle Les Brown. He leaves behind his beautiful, almost 4-year old daughter, Presley O'Malley and her mom, Danielle Ashmore of Navarre, Fl, mother, Diane Scudder, Key Colony Beach, father, Timothy (Kitty) O'Malley, Ft. Walton Beach, sisters Christina O'Malley, Miami, Nature (Jacob) Hancock, Sylvester, Ga., grandmother, Verna Oldham, Albany, Ga., aunts, Debbie Gigliotti (Kurt), Weston, Fl, Laura Dillard, Pensacola, uncle Patrick (Irene) O'Malley, Kingman, Az., cousin, Rendi Dillard, Pensacola, Fl., partner Hope Vargas, Key Largo, family friends John (Joy) Guessford, Charlie (Pam) Thompson, Navarre, and too many friends to count. On April 13, 2014, from 1:00pm - sunset, a celebration of life will be held at The Caribbean Club. At 11:00 am a scattering of the ashes ceremony will return Jon to the sea he loved, followed by a return to the crib. All friends are welcome.
Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on Mar. 28, 2014