Thomas Hanzas: businessman, former Yacht Club Commodore
Thomas Peter Hanzas of Key Biscayne passed away peacefully March 23.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 19, 1927, to Peter and Rose Hanzas. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Carlin, and stepchildren Lisa Mize and Michael Dates; grandchildren Nick, Krista and Shelby Snodgrass; his brother John Hanzas (Pat), and his two sisters, Kathleen Mohl (Victor) and Mary Ann McElvogue (Peter) and many nieces and nephews.
Thomas served in the Armed Forces as a tank and gunnery instructor at age 18. He later graduated from Cornell University in 1950. He put his education and his family background in the restaurant business to good use. He and his business partners, Wil Coudriet and Fred Martin, owned Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises in upstate New York and later Versatile Food Management in Ithaca, New York, and Ideal Food Management in Miami.
After retiring in 1988, he loved to spend time on his Bertram Sportfish fishing the waters between Key Biscayne and the Bahamas, and at his summer home on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. He was a past Commodore of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club, past president of the Key Biscayne Lions Club and a longtime member of the Key Biscayne Community Church.
Thomas was a true Spartan and fought for many years to overcome his many illnesses. He will be missed by all who loved him and by all who ever knew him.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Key Biscayne Community Church, followed by a flag lowering at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Memorial donations can be made to the Key Biscayne Community Church or to the American Legion, Chapter 374.
Nicolas Crespo, CPA who loved island life
Nicolas Crespo passed away March 27 in Miami surrounded by his loved ones.
Born in Havana, Cuba, November 8, 1931, he graduate from the Universidad de la Habana in 1956.
A CPA by profession, he worked at Hilton International, Avon Products, Inc. Sheraton Corporation and Holiday Inns.
Nicolas was a 30-year resident of Key Biscayne and and loved the island way of life.
He is survived by his wife Marie Louise; son Nick; sisters-in-law Tere, Norah and Vanessa; brother-in-law Jason; nieces and nephews Teruca, Ignacio, Luis, Maria Eugenia, Cecile, Fernando, Louis-Jean, Pat, Ricardo, Jonathon and Tessa; and 4 grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass for Nicolas Crespo was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church April 9.
Maggie Butler: pioneer for working women
Margarita Fonts Butler – “Maggie” – passed away peacefully on the morning of April 2 in the presence of family. She was 64.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Margarita immigrated to the United States in 1960. She graduated at the top of her high school class in Radnor, Pennsylvania, in 1967; received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1971; and earned Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Health from Columbia University in New York in 1979 and 1990, respectively.
Maggie was a pioneer in the work place, shattering the glass ceiling of multi-national companies such as AT&T and Mobil, and paving the way for female executives who followed.
Later in life, she dedicated her professional efforts to public health and education, working for the University of Miami Medical School and as a math teacher at Mater Academy Middle School – where 95 percent of her students passed the FCAT.
In 1993, she moved to Key Biscayne, residing there until her death.
Maggie was an avid world traveler, lover of the arts and active participant in the Key Biscayne community, which she loved dearly.
Maggie was preceded in death by her husband, James Theodore Butler.
She is survived by her son Gregory; daughter-in-law Monique Duwell; in-laws James and Melodi Duwell; parents Humberto and Marta Fonts; as well as a treasured network of friends and family.
Services were held at St. Agnes Church April 5. As Maggie was an advocate for childhood education, donations should be made to a start-up charter school run by a family friend – the Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. (www.leemontessori.org).