John Patrick LADD

LADD, John Patrick 66, peacefully passed away at his home in Clearwater, on April 29, 2013. John was born in South Bend, IN on July 6, 1946. He attended Dixie Hollins High School and later earned a degree in Health Services Management. His first job was at Hood's Dairy, which later became Pet Dairy. John was a licensed real estate broker and property manager. He was co-owner of Pyramid Realty and continued in property management throughout his life. He later worked for Apria Healthcare, retiring in 2008. John married Sandra Balgenorth Ladd on Aug. 19, 1967. They celebrated each of their 46 years of marriage as if it were their first. John adored his family. He is survived by his wife Sandy; daughter, Shelly Ladd-Gilbert and her husband Paul; son, John Ladd and his wife Quynh; granddaughters, Katelyn, Sydney and Taylor; mother and father in-law, Margaret and Rodney Shippey; sisters, Karen Deetz and Vicky Ladd; and many other beloved family members across the United States from Florida to Alaska. At a young age, he enjoyed boxing and was a champion pool player. His passions also included deep sea fishing on his boat "Mai Elizabeth Linh" and golfing. He was a talented craftsman and was always helping others with their projects. Funeral services will be held 2 pm on Saturday, May 4th, at Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, with a reception to follow in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family will be placing a memorial bench and stone pavers at a Pinellas County Park. Contributions may be made to John P. Ladd Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America, 2200 Belleair Road, Clearwater, FL 33764.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 2, 2013