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Monday, February 04, 2019

Outrageous Conditions at Sarasota Memorial Park Cemetery Where War Veterans Are Buried Like My Father Robert Warner and Grandfather John Slavin

Outrageous Conditions at Sarasota Memorial Park Cemetery Where War Veterans Are Buried Like My Father Robert Warner and Grandfather John Slavin. I visit the grave sites of my father and grandfather from time to time to keep weeds off the grave markers, add little American Flags and sometimes pull up and steady the sinking head stones. In comparison to Sarasota National Cemetery out on 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL it is like night and day. Robert Warner a WWII war veteran served in the 82nd Airborne and made 3 combat jumps including D-Day Normandy and John J. Slavin a Sergent in the Army during WWI and a Lieutenant in the Binghamton NY Fire Department before retiring to Sarasota deserve much better treatment. This is something State Senator Joe Gruters should look into.
ABC7 News writes, By Rebecca Fernandez | February 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM EST - Updated February 4 at 4:18 PM SARASOTA (WWSB) - People are asking the operators of Sarasota Memorial Park to improve the grounds where their family members are buried. "It’s been nothing but a struggle,” Carol Hart explained. Hundreds of people are buried there, along with military veterans and even some well-known celebrities. However, when you enter the grounds, all you see are overgrown weeds and burial markers falling into disrepair. "We carry in our car a little broom that we always clean our burial markers off with every time we come to pay our respects,” said Hart. 

The horrific conditions make visiting their loved ones even harder. "These are deplorable conditions for those who have passed. I can’t move my husband, his ex-wife and her son to another place because it’s too expensive, so I have to deal with this and I’d like to see it get corrected,” Hart tells us. Since the cemetery is owned privately, Sarasota County can only help these grieving family members in terms of code violations, which the cemetery’s owner, Clifford Work, pays every time even though he filed for bankruptcy in 2017. Now, family members have filed complaints with the state to see if it is able to step in and do something. This is something State Senator Joe Gruters should look into.

 photo credit 10 News Tampa Fl
SAME STORY Three years ago 10 News Tampa wrote. Author: Isabel Mascareñas Published: 7:08 PM EDT June 20, 2016 Updated: 7:08 PM EDT June 20, 2016 Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County has given the owners of a well-known cemetery until the end of the week to bring it up to code or expect a notice of violation. Kevin Angell and his son Chris say the neglect is a sign of disrespect for the buried at Sarasota Memorial Park, 5833 S. Tamiami Trail, and their families

The father and son along with other volunteers cranked up the mower Monday morning to cut grass and weeds as high as two feet.They noticed the overgrown lawn Memorial Day weekend. They complained to the property manager and County Code Enforcement, and took to social media. When nothing got done Kevin and Chris got to work. 
 photo credit 10 News Tampa Fl
Chris Angell says it’s the best way to spend his 12th birthday. “Felt like the right thing to do if no one else is going to do it. Some of these are vets who died trying to save our world,” says Chris. “I have friends here I would expect to have at the minimum part time or full time staff regularly groom the lawn here keeping the grass cut, trees trimmed garbage empty,” says Kevin. He adds, “My message to the owner: Get involved. It’s time to take a trip down here survey the property make sure this doesn’t happen again.
World famous artist Count Ossip de Perelma is buried at Sarasota Memorial Park Cemetery with no marker or headstone. Born in Odessa, Russia in 1876. Perelma (né Perelmann) studied at the Imperial Academy in Petrograd and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. After immigrating to San Francisco in 1915, he became a protégé of Senator James D. Phelan and active in the local art scene. With Phelan's contacts, he soon was well-known for his portraits of Woodrow Wilson and other famous people. While in the U.S. again, he continued painting, traveled widely, and eventually arrived in Sarasota’s artists’ colony in the fall of 1950. A short time later he was stricken with a heart attack and died on November 15, 1950 in the Municipal Hospital, since renamed the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His body was removed to Wilfred T. Robarts Funeral Home, where a search was begun for someone to notify and to claim the body. Robarts wrote letters to France and Russia, to consuls, and embassies, and to all whose names appeared in the artist’s effects. There were no responses. In early October 1956, nearly six years after receiving the Count’s body, Mr. Robarts located the artist’s wife, an American woman he married shortly after returning to the U.S. She was in Florida’s mental institution in Chattahoochee as a result of a brain injury suffered in an auto accident shortly after they were wed. Wilfred Robarts, known for his many kindnesses, paid for the funeral and arranged for the Reverend Monsignor Charles L. Elsander, rector of St. Martha’s Church to officiate at the services. Mr. Robarts said, "The Count had been with us for so long, (6 years), we had come to feel close to the friendless old fellow, so we did the very best we could for him." Count Ossip de Perelma died in Sarasota in 1950 when he was 74 years old he is buried in Sarasota Memorial Park in Lot 4E, Block B in Section 10.
WWII veteran Robert 'Bobby' Warner and his wife Bette were long time residents of Sarasota Fl, in fact my family members set up camp in Sarasota during the 1950's, almost 70 years ago. Bette Warner's father, John J. Slavin and her mother Anna Slavin/Kelly moved to Sarasota in the early 1950's. Bobby and Bette Warner moved to Sarasota in 1970's where they lived in the Meadows until his passing in 1995, they are all buried or had their ashes scattered in Sarasota Memorial Park Cemetery. Sarasota resident Robert 'Bobby' Warner was a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment during WWII on D-Day June 6th, 1944 in France.

Robert F. Warner.
Hometown, State..Binghamton, New York.
Branch of Service..Army.
Date of Incident..03/24/1945
combat jump Rhineland "Operation Varsity".
Conflict..World War II 1941-1945.
Rank..Private First Class.
Unit..Company G, 82nd Airborne, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division.
Status..Wounded in Action.

Buried in Sarasota Memorial Park.
Robert Warner was a combat wounded paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne during WWII. Paratrooper Robert Warner of the 82nd Airborne Division, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) made 3 combat parachute drops, Normandy "Operation Neptune", Netherlands "Operation Market Garden" Ardenes which led into the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardenes Forest and the final combat jump, Rhineland "Operation Varsity" at the Wars end on March 24th, 1945 when he was wounded in combat. 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Robert Warner died in Sarasota Fl in 1995, he is buried in Sarasota Memorial Park on Rte 41.

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