Body Identified: Jonathan Bronzini

A couple days ago readers reported that a dead body was found in Shadowood Square. We have now confirmed that it was Jonathan (Eban) Bronzini, age 24. Mr. Bronzini, also known as Jonnie Bronzo, was a graduate of Olympic Heights and a resident of Boca Isles North.
He had many friends. One related to us:

He was a great person. He was on his way to becoming a paramedic. He was best friends with Joel Deleon, who passed away almost a year ago. I know he was going through a lot. His dad died not long after Joel.

We verified that Mr. Bronzini had been licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). From his Facebook page it appears he was well liked and an accomplished musician. His profile is full of messages from friends sad to see him go.

I can’t believe you’re gone. I got the news last night but I woke this morning to a hope it was just a horrible dream. Sadly it’s reality. Jonnie Bronzo you were one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I’ll never forget tagging along to all APDFD band practices and hanging out with you. …

My heart is broken right now. Jonnie Bronzo (Eban) I can’t believe you’re gone. We’ve known each other almost our entire lives. From Sunday school to reuniting in high school playing music together to partying later in our 20s. You were always a kind soul and everyone loved you. May you Rest In Peace, brother. You will be missed dearly

We do not have any verified cause of death. The Sheriff’s office told us there was no suspicion of foul play.

Olympic Heights Grad Passes Away in Jet Ski Accident

Joel Deleon in a 2014 photo
Joel Deleon in a 2014 photo

Many West Boca residents are mourning the passing of Joel Deleon, who died yesterday in a Jet Ski accident in South County Regional Park. Mr. Deleon was a graduate of Olympic Heights High School.
We were alerted to the incident by a tweet from Fire Rescue:
Fire Rescue subsequently tweeted that the missing person had been found, but there were no further official statements.
There were a number of comments from readers, including comments identifying Mr. Deleon (tagging his Facebook page) and that he had passed away.
Mr. Deleon’s Facebook page is now flooded with messages from friends. We can see dozens of them and it’s likely that there are many more we can’t see due to user privacy settings.
One friend posted this picture:
Another used this as a platform for advice, though we don’t know whether or not Mr. Deleon was wearing a life jacket:
There is also a gathering planned for tonight, posted as a Facebook event and already with dozens of people going.
And there are so many more. Here are just a few:
From West Boca News, we wish comfort to the Deleon family in this difficult time. Rest in peace Mr. Deleon.

Obituary: Carol L. Brown of Boca Pointe

West Boca News is saddened to report the passing of Carol L. Brown at the rather young age of 54. Mrs. Brown was a resident of the Cloisters development within Boca Pointe, in the southeast corner of what we call West Boca (south of SW 18th and just west of Military Trail).
Mrs. Brown was known for her leadership in the Boca Raton Garden Club. Below she’s pictured with former Boca mayor Susan Whelchel:
She was the past Boca Raton Garden Club President. She chaired the Mounts Botanical Short Course and was also preparing to teach at Tropical Short Course. She completed her last Spotlight interview of fellow Garden Club Member, Bonnie Newman for the Boca Raton Garden Club Newsletter, one week before she passed.
A mass and burial will take place Tuesday in her hometown of Shamokin, Pennsylvania.
West Boca News sends our best wishes to her husband Bruce and the rest of her family and friends.
Read more about her at and in the Sun-Sentinel.

Obituary: Charles Tasman

Charles Tasman, a resident of Boca Raton for 25 years, died unexpectedly on November 18, 2014 at the age of 53. Years ago Tasman ran bagel shops in Boca Grove and Loggers’ Run.
He is survived by his father, Barnet Tasman; his wife of 32 years, Christine Tasman; his four sons, Craig, Daniel, Corey and Tyler Tasman; his siblings, Arlene, Michael, and Joseph Tasman; his in-laws Thomas and Lana McInnes. His mother Leah Tasman predeceased him.
Charles was a loyal husband and devoted father. His life was his four sons who always put a smile on his face. The family currently lives in Palmetto Pines.
Gathering of Family and Friends is scheduled for 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Saturday the 22nd, at Glick Family Funeral Home on Federal Highway.
Charitable donations may be made in Charles’s memory to the following organization:
Charles Tasman Memorial Fund

Obituary: Debra Corona of West Boca High

We sadly report the passing of the well-liked Debra “Debbie” Corona, a teacher at West Boca High School. Ms. Corona was 47 years old. She helped develop one of the school’s choice programs, the Information Technology Academy. She also helped out with the school store.
One person associated with the school says she ran an “on the job” training program at the school and the kids loved her.
Ms. Corona is survived by three childen, Sam, Annie and Kyle, all of whom attended Boca High.

More details:
Age 47, she passed away suddenly on Sunday. Born Butler PA in October of 1967. Also survived by brother Vince and sister Rene of Milwaukee, sister Joyce of New York, sister Jenny and their mother Agnes both of Butler PA. Mass and memorial Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 11 AM. It’s at 370 SW 3rd in East Boca, south of Palmetto Park Road. Rather than sending flowers, the family asks donations be made in Debra’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, perhaps because her son Sam is in the Marines.