VAN FLEET, JR, Ralph B., , 84, of Tampa, FL died Monday December 2, 2013. Ralph was born in Clearwater, FL to Ralph, Sr and Flossie Stirrett Van Fleet. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 35 years Vivian. Ralph is survived by his son, R. Bruce III (Dawn); brother, Donald (Imelda) and 3 grandchildren, Beth Van Miller, Brian Van Fleet, Kelley Davis; his 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 33603 or Lifepath Hospice at 3010 W. Azeele Street, Tampa 33609. A viewing will be held on Friday Dec 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Boza and Roel Funeral Home located at 4730 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa and a funeral service on Saturday Dec 7 at 11:00am at the same location. Interment will take place at Lake Carroll Cemetery immediately following the service.
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4730 North Armenia Avenue Tampa, FL 33603
Published in TBO.com on Dec. 5, 2013