Florida Elks- Sickness & Distress


It is our sad duty to report teh passing of Inverness Lodge #2522, Bob Holt, PER

Phil Albarano

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Phil Albarano, PER from Sarasota South Lodge #2495. Phil passed away at 4:55 a.m. this morning (April 29, 2020).

"First please let me say thank you for your support and prayers during this unbelievable journey. I could not have made it through without all of you.

Mr. Phil passed away at 4:55 a.m. this morning. There were tow nurses in the room with hium an they were praying the rosary. This is all very comforting to us. knowing that he did not pass away away alone.

Yesterday we did Facetime with two nurses in POhil's room, our son and daughter-n-law Rob and Tatsiana from Mew Jersay and our daughter Renee was with me at the house. We talked for about 40 minutes and told Phil that we all loved him and wanted him to be at peace. ROb toasted him with his favorite glass of scotch and Renee reminded him that Happy Hour starts at 4:30p.m. in heaven!

Thank you again for all your support and prayers.





We were saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of W. Dennis Osborn, PDD of Brandon Lodge#2383.Dennis was Southwest Central District Vice President in 2012/13 and served as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 2013/14. Dennis has also been a member of the Florida State Elks Association Business Practices Committee since 2014.
Dennis lost his wife of 37 years, Viola, in December of 2018.
Dennis had many friends and he will be sorely missed.
Services for Dennis will be held at the Brandon Elks Lodge on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. preceded by visitation at 10:00 a.m.
The lodge is located at:
800 Centennial Lodge Drive
Brandon, FL 33510
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Lois J. Harmes of Sarasota South Lodge # 2495. Lois was the special friend of Lawrence “Larry” Hildebrand also a member of Sarasota South Elks Lodge.

Arrangements have not been released at this time.

It's our sad duty to report the passing of Mrs Jacqueline DiCosmo, Mother of Denise Smith, Exalted Ruler of the South Lake Lodge and the Mother-in-Law of Russell Smith, PER, North Central District Vice President.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Denise and Russ and their family.

It is with a sad heart that we inform our members the passing of Joan Fritz, FLOE PSP from Port Orange Lodge #2723. Please keep her family in your prayers.


We regret to inform the passing of DDGER Michael F. Scholdbauer's Mother, Risha Schodlbauer.

Dear fellow Elks, Friends of Elks and Neighbors,
It is with a heavy heart that The Naples Elks announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our Exalted Ruler Sherry Hensley

Funeral arrangements shall be in Kentucky at the Carman Funeral Home 2301 Argillite RD. Flatwoods, KY. 41139. Tel.# (606) 836-5833

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Delray Beach Past Exalted Ruler, Michael Rodriguez. Mike passed away this morning in Delray Medical Center ending his battle with cancer.

We were advised this morning that PER Joe Slatton, St. Petersburg Lodge #1224, passed after a long battle beginning with prostate cancer that spread through his body.  Joe recently was sent home from Bill Young VAVS (Bay Pines) Medical Center for home Hospice Care.  Joe was surrounded by his loving family, great friend, PER Judy Schmickle, and his two dogs when he died.  

Joe Slatton was a Korean War Veteran who continued his service to our nation by being an active participant with the Korean War Auxiliary Honor Guard and a very active Elk. Joe was a speaker representing the Korean War Veterans in Washington, DC for the 2017 Parade of Heroes. 


Sal LentineWe regret to inform you of the passing of District Vice President Sal Lentine. Sal was the Vice President of the Southeast Central District and was a member of Port St. Lucie Elks Lodge #2658. Sal had been hospitalized as of late with serious heart complications. Just this week we were notified of Sal’s inability to continue as District VP and Tom Carns was appointed as interim DVP. Sal was also the State Chairman of the Community Projects & Activities Committee.

Arrangements as well as next of kin contacts are pending.

Sal Lentine was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up in Queens, N.Y. He moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla., in August 2006.

He graduated from L.I.C. High School in Queens, N.Y., in 1971 and attended the NYPD Police Academy for six months in 1982 studying law, police science and social science.

Lentine worked in the automotive field for 10 years before joining the NYPD in January 1982 as a police officer. He was a first responder to 911 and retired as a detective in February 2002.

In 2006, Lentine became a member of Port St. Lucie Elks Lodge #2658. He had been a snowbird for two years prior to moving to Florida and met a few Elks in a golf league. They would take him to whatever lodge was near the golf course as a guest for lunch. Once he moved to Florida permanently, a friend of his from New Jersey who was an Elk for many years sponsored him and also demitted to Port St. Lucie Lodge.

He has served as Leading Knight and Exalted Ruler and has been a volunteer cook, bartender and assistant bar manager. He served on the House Committee and as a trustee before becoming chairman of both. He is a member of the state First Responders of the Year Award Committee. He was District Chairman of Lodge Activities and Vice Chairman of Community Projects & Activities.

In addition to the Elks, Lentine is a third-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He enjoys shooting sporting clays and spending time with family and friends.

Lentine has a daughter, Cheryl, and a son, Robert. Both live in New York.

We regret to inform you that Roy Markham, PDDGER passed away this morning. Roy was a very active Elk at Lake City Lodge #893 and he will be missed by many.

He and his wife Eleanor ( his first wife) were dedicated to supporting the State and National Elks.

We regret to inform you of the passing of Brother Tom Ryan.

A visitation and service will be held on Saturday, July 6th at:

TM Ralph Funeral Home
7001 NW 4th Street
Plantation, FL, 33317

The visitation will take place from 9:30 – 11:00 am with service following immediately at 11:00 am.

The interment will be at 12 Noon at:

Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens
2401 SW 64th Avenue (Davie Road and I-595
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317


A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held beginning at 1:30 pm at:

Renaissance Hotel
1230 South Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up in Tom’s name at Eckerd College.


Vincent Gough JrWe regret to inform you of the passing of Brother Vincent "Vinnie" Gough Jr., which occured on May 12th, 2019. Services are being held at Clymer Funeral Home at 39 Old Kings Road North Palm Coast, FL 32137 on Thursday, May 16th at 5:00 p.m.. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday May 17th, at 11a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 4600 Belle Terre Parkway Plam Coast, FL 32164.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vincent's memory to:

Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums
P.O. Box 353203
Palm Coast, FL 32135 

C. Valentine Bates

It is with the greatest of sadness that I deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of a great Elk and friend, Val Bates. Val died peacefully at home this afternoon surrounded by his close family and his loving wife Claudia. On behalf of all the Elks of Florida we send out to Claudia and the family, our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy. 




Elks PDDGER Lee Bennett 2

It is our sad duty to report the passing of our good member Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Lemieul “Lee” Bennett, Sr.  Lee passed away on January 21st, 2019.  Eulogy was held during our regular scheduled meeting of January 22, 2019. 

Lee was an Elk member for over 36 years.  He was initiated in 1982 and quickly expressed an interest in serving Elkdom and his lodge.  He served as Inner Guard, Chaplain, Esquire, Loyal Knight, Leading Knight, Exalted Ruler and 4 years as a Trustee.  During 1992 he served as the North District Vice-President representing the Florida States Elks Association and in 1993 he was the North District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler.  His contribution through the years are greatly appreciated and he will be missed.

Elks PDDGER Lee BennettLee was a very much respected member of our community serving as a member or officer of more than one civic organization and most importantly as the Chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Lee is survived by his mother Mrs. Frances Bennett, one son Lem Bennett (Rebecca), one daughter Tiffany French (Nathan), two brothers Ricky and Daniel Bennett, and one grandchild Jeremiah Lee French.

He cared about his family, his community, our Veterans, our youth….Rest in Peace … “to our absent member”



Martin P Marty Carroll PERMembers All:

I regret to inform you of the passing of the Exalted Ruler of the Plant City Elks Lodge, Martin P. “Marty” Carroll.

Marty suffered a massive stroke on Saturday while attending the Elks Midyear Convention at the Plantation in Crystal River.

He leaves behind his loving wife Shelly and a host of friends and family!

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 17th from 6-8:00 P.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home located at 6005 S. County Road 39 in Plant City.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 1:00 P.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home followed by a celebration of life at the Plant City Elks Lodge located at 1501 N. Alexander Street in Plant City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Elks Harry-Anna Trust Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 49, Umatilla, FL 32784.

You may also make a memorial contribution to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund on-line by clicking the link below:

Click HERE to make a memorial contribution

Condolences to:

Shelly Carroll
2812 Clubhouse Drive
Plant City, FL  33566

Rest in peace Brother!


ben venableTampa Lodge #708 Member Lt. Col. Charles "Ben" Venable passed unexpectantly on 10/22/2018. He served his country honorably for 29 years in the Air Force, and then re­turned to government service as a civilian for an additional 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Candy Venable, his children: Daughter Brook Smith and her husband Kevin, son Matthew Venable and his wife Jessica, grandchildren Berkley, Dixie, Lily and Hubert, brother Bernard Venable and good friend and former wife, Kathy Venable.

He is preceded in death by both parents, his brother Vernon Venable, and his son Charles Lucas "Luke" Venable

There will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Bayshore Presbyterian Church, 2515 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa Fl 33629.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christian Appalachian Project: http://www.christianapp.org

It is our sad duty to notify you of the passing of PDDGER William (Bill) Connolly this morning.  Bill was a life member of the Eustis Lodge and a former member of the South Marion-Villages and Lady Lake lodges. There are no funeral arrangements at this time.
Bill was a valued member of the North Central District and a loyal Elk.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Please keep Patty and the family in your prayers.
The Visitation for Bill will be on Tuesday, October 23rd at Beyers Funeral Home (1123 West Main St., Leesburg) from 5:00-7:00 pm.  The North Central District PDDs will perform the Elks Service at 6:00.  Even though the stage is set with the Officers, we would like for any and all PDDs to attend and participate in the ceremony.  White DD jacket and gold jewels requested.  Please contact me via email or phone,352-459-8282, if you plan to attend.

Mary Ann Bucci, long time District reporter, has passed away.  Keep her family in your prayers.


PDD Glen Dennis Rust, 86, passed away 8/10/2018. Resided in Miami since 1942. Attended St Peter & Paul. Enlisted in Unioed States Air Force for 3 years. Graduated from University of Miami with degree in engineering. Worked for Poole & Kent Mechanical Contractors as a Project Manager. After retriring, he returned for two more terms. He was PEDGER and State Chaplain for MIami Elks Lodge #948 and worked 3 years as secretary lifetime member. Survived by his loving wife, Mary.


PDDGER Ed Jackson fell off a ladder at his North Carolina home and shattered both heels.  He is undergoing surgery and will be incapacitated for a long time.

The hospital information is:

Edward K. Jackson
Mission Hospital
Room A-632
Ashville, NC 28801
Direct Telephone Number to his room:  (828) 213-6632


It is our sad duty to report the passing of PER Carl Williamson this morning, June 7th, 2018.  He passed away at his home. His family has asked for a Memorial Service with his fellow Elks on June 16th at 1pm at Tampa Lodge# 708. Carl had requested Paul and Tracy H to participate in the Elks Portion of the Service.

Tampa Elks Lodge# 708
3616 W Gandy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33611


Members All:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of R. William "Bill" Wellbaum, PSP. Bill passed away peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill earned many notable titles as an Elk in addition to being a past state president of Florida in 2000/2001. He also served a term as the Chief Justice of the Grand Forum and in his professional life Bill was a talented attorney.
Bill was a loving family man and I can never remember a time that Bill wasn't talking about one of his grand children. He was so proud of all of them! Bill was a devoted husband to Sue and a friend to anyone he met! His motto as State President was Extend the Hand of Elkdom. He certainly practiced what he preached! Bill will be dearly missed!
More information will be forthcoming about services. At this time the family is thinking a celebration of life on Saturday, April 28th at the Englewood Elks Lodge.
Our sympathies to his loving wife Sue.
550 S. Oxford Drive
Englewood, FL 34223


As many of you already know, two of PDD Bill Orblych’s adult sons were murdered early Thursday morning in an apparent home invasion at their home in a Detroit, MI suburb.
Bill is a member of the  Viera Lodge and is a member of the FSEA Board of Directors. Bill and Ronnie served last year on PSP John Harris’ hospitality team.
Our sympathies and prayers to Bill & Ronnie and their entire family.
Bill & Ronnie Orblych
605 Dawson Drive
Melbourne, FL  32940-1967


It is our sad duty to report the passing of PDD Ronald Sorrentino on Jan. 31, 2018.  There will be an Elks service at the Sarasota National Cemetery on Thursday Feb 22, 2018 at 2pm.

Don Gehring has requested that Ormond Beach Lodge #2193 perform a Memorial Service for his departed wife Patricia Gehring on Sunday, February 4th at the Ormond Beach Lodge. 

The service will be at 1 pm and refreshments provided by the Lodge and pot luck will follow.  The celebration will end at 4PM.  All friends and Elk members are invited. 

Please RSVP to Patricia Hubert pathubert@att.net or 386-441-5634.