Anthony Kuras
July 15, 1925 - February 29, 2012
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Commander Anthony Theophil Kuras, USN-Ret., age 86, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Port Charlotte Nursing Center following a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease with many complications. “Tony” was born a first generation American in Brooklyn, New York on July 15, 1925. His parents, Theophil Stanley and Hedwig (Bielen) Kuras emigrated from…

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Diane Kuras left a message on February 28, 2014:
My Tony, Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love. After 2 years, I miss you every minute of every day. I will love you forever. Diane
Jay and Chris Budd left a message on March 3, 2012:
Dear Diane, We are so sorry. Tony was an exceptional human being. The two of you were a wonderful team. We feel our lives are so much richer for having known the two of you. In Christian Love, Jay and Chris Budd
Mary Jane Mattern left a message on March 2, 2012:
Diane, Thank you so much for letting me know of Tony's passing. I consider it a privilege to have known him. The short visit you made here is a precious memory. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. With Love, Mary Jane Mattern
Judie and Currie Boswell left a message on March 2, 2012:
Diane and Family It is with great sadness we hear of Tony's passing. He was truly a Veterans advocate and served his country and fellow Veterans at every opportunity. It has been an honor to work with him and you to complete his missions of service to those who served. He was the model of Service above self. \
Garlon McClain Harvey left a message on March 2, 2012:
It is said that distance and time are our two greatest enemies. That statement did not take into account Tony Kuras, for neither distance nor time came between us and all those who loved him, and those he loved. I only visited in person with Tony twice, but it was more than enough to be awestruck by his incredible man -- truly a man for all seasons. I spoke with him on the phone many times, and even the sound of his voice and the words he chose gave me not just an admiration for this magnificent man, but a deep love. We were not blood related, but I feel kin to him in spirit forever. Diane is my cousin on our McClain side. What a precious person she is. We were brought together by our genealogy and have been kept together by a strong and beautiful bond of kinship and love. Tony was a part of that bond. I remember the first time I met him in Cooper, TX, the original Texas McClain hometown. He and Diane were on vacation. From the very first minute I met him, I was mesmerized by his countenance, his voice, his words, his eyes, and some quality that only God can put a name to -- a loving spirit that made me feel as if we had known each other forever. Maybe we have. Tony was the kind of man who was not only one of the greatest of Americans, but also a man whose greatness made this entire world a better place. For all his accomplishments and honors and tireless work, he will be remembered in the annals of our country. But even more than that, those who personally knew him discovered a bond that takes us into eternity with him. His smile, his tender compassion, empathy, and purity of spirit gave us no choice but to love him. And this man had a love that is not forgotten. This man, this man for all seasons, went further than the cycle of time. For in him was yet another season, a fifth season, called love.
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Mary Guglielmino left a message on March 2, 2012:
Diane, I was so sorry to hear of Tony's passing. I know he has been ill a very long time. I will not be able to be at the funeral services due to doctors appts.,but just want you to know that my prayers are with you and that he is not suffering any more. God Bless Mary
Specialists In Healthcare left a message on March 2, 2012:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! May you all draw close during this time of loss and celebration of life. Please except our donation to the Parkinson's foundation on behalf of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. Love, Dr. Chadha, Dr. Mehlman, Dr. Sachs, Dr. Conrado and Staff
Marco Radomile left a message on March 2, 2012:
Truly an Officer and a Gentle man. I will never forget your kindness and all that you taught me about life and values. It was an honor to serve with you.
Justin Cottone left a message on March 2, 2012:
Thank you for everything that you taught me sir, I will never forget your lessons or your story. I am honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to know you. Rest well Commander. Regards, Justin Cottone
Brenda & Jack Sykes left a message on March 2, 2012:
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jackand Brenda
Lee Royston left a message on March 2, 2012:
Diane, I send my condolences to you and your family. You may not remember me. I first met you and Tony at the Inter Medic Health Center many years ago for an insurance problem Tony was having at the time. I had seen Tony several times at the Jacobson Nursing Home with my present husband Don when we had antique cars on display for the men and women residents. Tony will be greatly missed. Lee Royston Veteran Motor Car Club of AmericaD
Linda left a message on March 2, 2012:
Love you forever, Daddykins. Your Big Girl
Del and Maxine Giles left a message on March 3, 2012:
We have so enjoyed our friendship over the years and will remember the fun times shared. Tony was a special man and we appreciate his many years of service to this great country. We shall miss him, but we know he is now in the arms of our God whom he loved. Love and our sympathy to Diane and family, Del and Maxine Giles
Steve & JoAnn Turbee left a message on March 3, 2012:
Dear Diane & Family: Thank you so much for your telephone call. I am sorry to learn of Tony's passing. I thought so much of him going back to our days at NAS Jacksonville, our relationship at the VA, and subsequently at FDVA. He suffered long with his back and other ailments. I often wonder why The Good Lord allows people to suffer, but I guess someday we will all know why things like this take place. It's not for us to question. We are just to know God has a plan and that plan isn't necessarily what we think is appropriate. As I write this JoAnn is back in the hospital. 3 admissions in February for low sugar, and the problems keep coming. I suspect if this keeps up much longer, she will opt. to discontinue dialysis. Life isn't always a bed of roses. We will continue t pray for you. I wish I were able to attend his funeral service. Steve Turbee
Diane left a message on March 2, 2013:
To my love, my Tony, Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are; Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is filled with your unspoken words; Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you. And those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart. Diane
Martin L. Banks CDR USNR (Ret) left a message on July 24, 2012:
Tony and I were close shipmates on the USS MISSISSINEWA. We were reunited again in the Naval Reserve command in Jacksonville. Tony was clearly responsible for my being able to resume an active duty career and eventually retire from the Navy in Washington. There were many life lessons and personal memories shared with my shipmate, Tony, and I will be forever blessed and enriched for the experience. My deepest sympathy to Tony's family. I also note that we lost our fellow shipmate Ray Kasch in 2009; I remember seeing Ray in Orlando when we relocated there in 1971. Martin L. Banks, CDR USNR (Ret) Burke, Virginia
Katy Skidmore Allred left a message on March 25, 2012:
Diane, how well I remember the first time I met you and Tony in Paris in June 1995. Since that time tons of Skidmore genealogy have been researched and shared, as well as trips made to Antioch and Friendship cemeteries in Lamar County where we placed Civil War monuments at our great-grandfathers' graves. Tony was always so patient with us and catered to our every whim. Thanks for remembering me with a Kuras family photo each Christmas. Tony was "one of a kind", so respectful, kind hearted, pleasant, and wonderful family man. Remember all your good times, and someday we will be reunited with him.
philip graves left a message on March 16, 2012:
i worked at the nursing home tony was at he was a very good guy and very nice we all love and miss tony alot R.I.P TONY KURAS
Leila Brooks left a message on March 9, 2012:
Dear Diane and Family, Of course I am sad and sorry for each of you but look at what a wonderful life Tony had and will continue in the Great Beyound. How fortunate all of us have been to have known him. You and the family are indeed in my prayers....Love you, Leila
Patty Mersot left a message on March 5, 2012:
I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a patriarch to his family. His death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but his love leaves a memory no one can steal. Although I was only able to meet him once with Patrick, I have a very fond memory of his love and pride for his family. May your happy memories sustain you through this difficult time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Patty Mersot left a message on March 5, 2012:
I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a matriarch to his family. His death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but his love leaves a memory no one can steal. Although I was only able to meet him once with Patrick, I have a very fond memory of his love and pride for his family. May your happy memories sustain you through this difficult time. Patty Mersot
Jimmie Counts left a message on March 5, 2012:
Five years as your number two taught me so much. Fair winds and following seas my friend. with love from our family to yours. Jimmie
MARY AND BOB NORTON left a message on March 4, 2012:
DEAR DIANE AND FAMILY, BOB AND I HAVE YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYS AT THIS SAD TIME, I HAVE CLEAR MEMORIES OF TONY'S SWEET SMILE AND KIND EYES ALWAYS STOPPING TO CHAT EVEN THOUGH I KNEW HIS BACK WAS PROBABLY HURTING HIM. PLEASE TAKE COMFORT AND SOLACE IN THE LOVE TONEY EXTENDED TO SO MANY PEOPLE. MAY YOU FND INNER CALM AND PEACE IN THE MEMORIES AND LOVE YOU SHARED WITH THIS WONDERFUL MAN,LOVE MARY
Carolyn and Tom Hodges left a message on March 3, 2012:
Diane, Linda, Laura, and Family, We were saddened to learn of Tony's passing and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tony was the essence of a gentleman who greatly cared for his family, community, and nation. We remember the good times at the Rush-McClain Reunions with all the cousins and aunts and Tony being there to assist at every turn. We love you,
Beverly Mikolak left a message on March 3, 2012:
I have worked with Laura for the past 7 months. I have come to know her as a person of compassion and sensitivity. I did not know her father personally. After reading the heart-felt eulogy I see where Laura gets all her great qualities. My prayers are with her aand her family. They are so lucky to have had such a caring patriarch. Beverly
Betty & Ernie Babitzke left a message on March 2, 2012:
Dear Diane & Family, We are broken hearted over Tony's passing. He was such a dear sweet man and such a good and devoted husband and father. He will be greatly missed. He gave of himself so very much to this community. He will have a place in heaven for sure. Much love, Betty & Ernie Babitzke
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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