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TOWNE, John McMitchell "Mack" Tampa lost a second generation native son when Mack, 98, died peacefully at his Sun City Center home July 27, 2021, cared for by his loving family. Born in Tampa, FL in 1923 to parents, Marie Menendez Towne and Dudley Porch Towne, he grew up in south Tampa with his brother and sister. He graduated from Plant High School and the University of Florida. Before completing college, he served as a Second Lieutenant and flight instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and later in the Air Force Reserves. He worked as an accounting professional and small business owner, the latest being Towne Yacht Surveys, which he continued to operate to age 89. Mack was a founding member and past Commodore of the Tampa Sailing Squadron, a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, and alumni associations of UF and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Before moving to Apollo Beach in 1987, and later to Sun City Center, he was a longtime member of and married at Christ the King Catholic Church in Tampa. Mack was devoted to his family and leaves them with many wonderful memories including: fishing on the pier with a gaggle of little kids with cane poles, sailboat regattas (all types, prams to yachts), camping in the mountains, early morning hunting trips, tarpon fishing (won a prize in the 1952 Tampa Tarpon Tournament), all TSS events and just hanging out at "the club," and family gatherings and vacations. He loved his family, any and all sailing, fishing, cruises (most recently to Cuba), audio books after he lost most of his eyesight, Tuesday lunches with TSS friends, working on his boats, cigars, coffee royale, and AMOB. Mack is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Ann Washington "Kitty" Towne; son, Stephen F. Towne; brother, Dudley P. Towne; and sister, Roberta T. Smith. He is survived by six children: John Towne Jr., Ann Roberts (James), James Towne (Aileen Jamieson), Patricia Tihansky (Jahn), Joan Oben and Dudley Towne (Michelle); ten grandchildren: Gary and Alice Oben, Joan Oben (Cole Webster), Joseph Towne (Taira), Joanne Towne (Karl George), Sheldon Towne (Justine), Ann Katie Roberts (Jeff Rigall), and Matthew, Zachary, and Destry Towne; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including his good friend and nephew, Neil "Happy" Smith. Mack's family loved him dearly. They thank all the associates of the VA who helped with Mack's care enabling him to live his final years exactly as he wished, and especially thank Michelle Towne, who lovingly nursed him in his final days. A funeral service will take place at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center, Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 10:30 am (Masks Required), with reception following at Kings Point Clubhouse, and private burial service at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Memorial donations may be made to TSS Youth Sailing, Inc., PO Box 3211, Apollo Beach, FL 33572.
Published by Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 15, 2021.
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Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Sun City Center, FL
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Sad news for our club: Mac Towne (age 98) passed away yesterday. Mac was an important figure in Tampa´s sailing history. He and his family were among the first TSS members to move to Apollo Beach, where they built the Club we love. Mac´s Morgan 24, True Blue, usually led his class around any race course. His advice and enthusiasm schooled years of sailors and his humor and stories lit up our porch parties. He will be sorely missed!
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