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Letschert, Titus
July 5, 1943 - Feb. 18, 2011

Titus Letschert, Sarasota died Feb. 18, 2011.
Titus Letschert lost his battle with cancer after 21 months holding hands with his special partner Caroline Brown and sister Thea. Titus was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands in the middle of World War II and was raised and educated in Velsen. He married Betsie Coolidge in 1995.
His chosen profession was in the Hospitality industry and he started his career with Dikker en Thys in Amsterdam, from there he went to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, next he worked on Insel Mainau for the Swedish Royal Family. Then he crossed the ocean to Toronto, Canada and via Hamilton, Bermuda he landed in New York City, where he was involved in the Sign of the Dove Restaurant, Yellowfinger's Restaurant and Night Club and ran Bill Paley's Ground Floor Restaurant for C.B.S. During that tenure he befriended the likes of Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon and Doc Severinson and catered the wedding of Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky, which was broadcasted on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. For that occasion he imported thousands of tulips from Holland for the ceremony, a tradition Titus that later continued for a very long time during Easter and Mothers day at his Sarasota restaurant.
His journey continued to Sarasota where he originally managed the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in 1971, then helped build and run the Grenadier Restaurant on St. Armands Circle and in 1973 with his partner Norbert Goldner he opened Cafe L 'Europe Restaurant, also on St. Armands Circle and introduced the classic European menu to Sarasota. Later they started another Cafe L 'Europe in Palm Beach and Titus opened the Cafe on the Bay on Longboat Key.
Titus was known for his charisma, generosity and always caring about the well being of others.
When hurricanes struck he was there to cater for the relief workers; if he was told about a visit of the Children by the Sea Foundation for kids with terminal illnesses, they would all be invited for dinner. He delivered a carload of turkeys each year anonymously at Thanksgiving. When the Tsunami hit Thailand and Indonesia he flew out there to offer his help.
During his illness Titus received wonderful care and he wanted to give special thanks to Dr. Thomas O'Malley, Dr. Roger Shea, Dr. Richard Brown and staff at Florida Cancer Specialist, Dr. Larry Silverman and staff at 21st Century Oncology and the great staff of Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota. Additionally Titus wanted to give special thanks to Carlos Baharone and Nina Rapala for being there for him every step of the way during this last journey. Above all his thanks goes to his loving partner these past 6 years Caroline Brown who made looking after Titus her life's commitment these past few years. He also leaves behind their beloved dachshund, Gustav.
Titus was predeceased by his brothers Theo and Tars and sister Titia all from the Netherlands.
He is survived by his brother Tom (wife Henny) and sister Thea both from the Netherlands and his brother Trudo (wife Mary) from Sarasota.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Feb.23, 2011 at 10 a.m. At St. Martha Catholic Church, 200 North Osprey Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.




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Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2011.
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February 27, 2011
I was truly blessed to have known Titus. I have many fond memories of him during my trips to Sarasota. God has received a very kind and generous man into His kingdom. Titus will be missed. Caroline & Thea - my thoughts are with you.
Janet Kinsley
February 26, 2011
Betsie: I just heard about Titus...you are in my thoughts and what a wonderful place Titus created for all of us to dine and enjoy many wonderful evenings!
Maria Tarasi/Rsvp Sarasota
February 25, 2011
Titus was a true inspiration to my life. I began working for Titus when I was 15 years old as a busboy at the Grenadier restaurant in 1972. In 1973 I moved to the Cafe L Europe and started as a busboy and went on to become one of the youngest waiters at age 18. I looked upon Titus as a mentor and a person I admired so much. He was to me in a class of his own!! He gave me my first opportunity with my first job and I enjoyed working for him and giving him my all. I won't forget being a part of the opening team at Cafe L Europe and all the life lessons I learned from him. Thanks for being a wonderful role model to me!! Your friend always, Bob Niederpruem
February 24, 2011
Titus....the love of my life and the BEST friend EVER......heaven is such a better place since you have now entered...to Betsie, Thea, Caroline, whom I'm sorry I've never met, Trudo and the rest of the Letschert family....thank you for sharing your husband, lover, brother, uncle, and loved one with all of us....to those who met Titus or knew him-.our lives are better and more enriched because of him...may we all take something away from his life and be better stewards to mankind...sleep well my friend...enjoy those that have come before you and save space for those of us that will join you. Thank you for touching my life and making me a better person. I miss you and love you . My memories will last forever. xoxo
February 23, 2011
The earth is less one beautiful person. Never have I known such a gentleman who could treat a homeless person with the same respect as of a wealthy person. I only cared for his house plants several years ago, but my memory of him will last forever. We can only hope that someone as special as him will even exist. My heart goes out to you Caroline. You were blessed to have the time you did with him.
Tracey Hooper
Tracey Hooper
February 23, 2011
My dear Titus, you will be truly missed. So glad I got to see you last Summer and recall some happier times. My deepest sympathy goes to you family. Sleep in peace my friend. Carolyn Bonfrere
February 23, 2011
Rest in peace Titus. You will be missed by many, many freinds.
Jeff & Debbie Motchok
February 23, 2011
Titus was a warm and generous man and I was proud to call him my brother-in-law. My deepest sympathies to the family. I am sure Titus is in heaven buying a round of drinks for everyone. Peace be with you.
Kathi O'Neil
February 22, 2011
Titus, i met you only once and i thought that you was one of the nicest persons i could ever meet and i know that my daughter loved you very much and she is going to miss you, but you my dear friend rest in peace you earned it
Eleanor Demerest
February 22, 2011
I remember when you first opened the Cafe. You have been a mainstay in Sarasota for many years. You will be missed. Chris Niederpruem
Chris Niederpruem
February 22, 2011
I really enjoyed our friendship and the time we spent togeather especially when you came to West Vitginia to visit. Rest in piece my friend.
Jim Buchanan
February 22, 2011
I will always remember you as more than just one of my biggest clients, but truly one of my first and best friends here in Sarasota. Your grace and generousity will be missed greatly by the community which adopted you as one of it's sons. God Bless You and Keep You. - Walt Bischofberger
February 22, 2011
Titus was in my thoughts so often over the years. He instilled in me the importance of quality, work ethics and fairness. He was a wonderful, generous and certainly first class gentleman! My sympathy to his family and to everyone he's inspired over the years.
Melody, Sarasota, FL
February 22, 2011
In loving memory of a fine man and friend of many, many years. You will be missed by so many in this community for your goodness, generosity and elegance.
Hollis and Susan Tucker
February 21, 2011
R.I.P. Titus. Drink een borrel met Titia.
Karen Hogenbirk
February 21, 2011
God Bless you my friend ,you was a nice gentlemen,i will treasure my memories of you.God rest you! Will missed you. Rudolf &Anna Molnar .Sarasota ,Florida
RUDOLF MOLNAR
February 21, 2011
One of my first friends in Florida in 1978. My sons' Godfather...you will be missed by so many. Titus and Matti together again in spirit. Peace my friend.
Bobbi Barger
February 21, 2011
God Bless you my friend, you are, and always will be my Rock. I will treasure my memories of your smile, laughter and gentle kindness...Lisa Nicks
February 21, 2011
R.I.P. Titus & drink een borrel met Titia.
February 21, 2011
To my beloved uncle and friend Titus, thanks for all moments we shared together and all the unforgettable memories. We shall miss you.
Ruth Charles Amber Merel, Enschede the Netherlands
Ruth Kleinherenbrink Letschert
February 21, 2011
God Bless Titus Letschert.I wish him well on his wonderful journey,my prayers and strenghth to all the lives he touched.A very accommodating and friendly man I was proud to be friends with over the years.
Carl Dyment
February 21, 2011
Titus was one of the kindest people I knew. He was always there for us in times of need. I'd like to think he knew we were there for him. Our love and frienship go out to Caroline, Thea, Trudo, Tom, Betsie and Gustav. We'll dearly miss you always. Your friends, Peter & Sandy
February 21, 2011
Have had the pleasure of knowing Titus for many years, always the Gentleman. The community has lost a good friend, we shall miss him.
Jim Ehll
February 21, 2011
I can't think of anybody that I was so close to. Titus and I have been friends for many years. If we ever needed anything, we would call on each other. Titus and I met just about every morning at the Hop Nob around six for coffee. Sometimes I would get a call around 2:00 p.m. to meet him at Marina Jacks for a few cocktails with other friends. He was a VERY GOOD friend and I will miss him so much...I would like to thank Caroline for being there every minute by his side to comfort him....Buddy Thompson
Buddy & Lynn Thompson
February 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Betsie and the family. Titus was a wonderful and very thoughtful and giving person and a great person to work for! He will truly be missed.
Kriste & Mike Swift
February 21, 2011
TITUS WAS ONE OF THE NICEST MEN I HAVE EVER MET. HE ANNUALLY HOSTED THE SARASOTA COUNTY 100 CLUB DINNER AT HIS RESTAURANT. ALWAYS A SMILE AND EVER THE GENTLEMAN. I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE MADE HIS ACQUAINTANCE AND TO CALL HIM FRIEND.
GEOFF MONGE
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