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J. Raymond Shannon, L.F.D.

J. Raymond Shannon, L.F.D.

Funeral Director

Born and Raised in Bradenton
Graduate of Manatee High School Class of 1972
Graduate of the former Miami-Dade Community College with an
Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service.
Over 40 years of experience in Funeral Service,
Florida Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1974.
Member and Past President of the Manatee County 100 Club,
Retired from the Bradenton Police Department,
Inspector with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office,
Member of First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton,
Active supporter of the Manatee High School Army J.R.O.T.C. Program


Tammy Valenti

Tammy Valenti

Funeral Director

Tammy Valenti is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She has earned 4 college degrees , the 4th being in Funeral Services from St Petersburg College. She performed her internship in Bradenton.

Tammy is from Madeira Beach, Florida, but now lives in St. Petersburg.

She honorably served in the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard for a total of 12 years, stationed on military bases around the world.

Married to the love of her life and the proud mother of four adult children, three beautiful granddaughters, one handsome grandson, and two spoiled dogs.

Member of the Florida West Coast Funeral Professionals Association and currently serving on the Board as the Treasurer. Member of Calvary Chapel St Petersburg.


Cassandra Jimenez

Cassandra Jimenez

Funeral Director & Embalmer Intern

Cassandra "Cassie" Jimenez is a dual license holder, Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Intern. 

Born in Waterloo, New York, Cassie came to Florida in 2010.

She has spent the last twenty-five years caring for geriatric patients and their families specializing in Hospice care. Cassie believes the transition to Funeral Service is a natural progression to her caregiving.

She completed her degree in 2017 at Saint Petersburg College, and now eagerly begins her internship.

She is the proud mother of her teenage son , Camron, with who she shares her time. As a  Master Sgt in Civil Air Patrol, Camron, shares his mother's emphasis on service.

When not at work or school, Cassie can be seen at the gym or beach, soaking up the Florida sun. 


Bill Melvin

Bill Melvin

Office Manager

Bill was born in Easton, Maryland and raised on his Father’s farm, in Federalsburg, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. He grew up singing in and loving church and Graduated from North Caroline High School in Caroline County in 1977 and Anderson College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology /Pre-Med, Business Marketing and Vocal Performance. While working in the medical field, he met a business owner who led him to be a successful GMC Commercial Truck Sales Professional for over 25 years. A long time friend invited him to Palmetto to help with a project, and took him to Suncoast Baptist Church where he fell in love with the church, Manatee County, Florida’s Southwest Suncoast, and his beautiful wife, Kathleen Tolly Bowen. Bill enjoys running the sound, singing in church and Karaoke on Friday nights. His hobbies include fishing, travel and collecting glass paperweights and scrimshaw. His positive spirit and love of working with people, enables him to be a blessing to those in need of a friendly smile and words of encouragement in their time of sorrow.


Eric S. Cahill

Eric S. Cahill

Pre-need Counsler and Funeral Director

Eric started in the funeral profession as a Family Services Counselor in early 2012, primarily taking care of pre-need planning for families. While working full-time in pre-planning, he studied at St. Petersburg College to earn his degree in Funeral Services. He is the only German-speaking member of our team and has several state licenses including licensed funeral director & embalmer, licensed insurance agent and licensed pre-need sales agent.

Originally from Fishkill, NY he came to Florida in 1993 with his family when his father retired. They settled in Pinellas County, but Eric has since lived on both sides of Tampa Bay.

When he’s not at the funeral home you’ll find him attending seminars & conventions, cooking, trying out recipes seen on TV, visiting local breweries and learning about local history.



Joseph R. Shannon

Joseph R. Shannon

Attendant

Joe was born and raised in Bradenton, FL where he attended and graduated from Manatee High School in 2010. While at Manatee he participated in the Army J.R.O.T.C. program for all 4 years. Joe attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and served as the Commander of the Arnold Air Society. He is furthering his education in electrical engineering at USF in Tampa. Joe is also a 4th generation Shannon to work at the funeral home. He currently assists his father as an attendant.


Matthew St. Clair

Matthew St. Clair

Attendant and Website Administrator

Matthew is the grandson of Joseph E Shannon and one of the 4th generation of the Shannon family to work for the funeral home and has been working there on and off since high school.  He works part-time at the funeral home and manages this website. Matt was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida and graduated from Manatee High School in 2001. Matt attended the University of South Florida and is getting his degree in Computer Networking. He proudly served  8 years in the United States Marine Corps where he attended bootcamp at Parris Island, SC. During his time in the Marine Corps, Matt  was deployed to Djibouti, Africa as Base Security and also had the privilege of attending a special training event at Camp David, Israel with the Israeli Army in 2009.



Eugenia 'Gene' Shannon

Eugenia "Gene" Shannon

1928 - 2014

Eugenia "Gene" Raymond Shannon was born in Lakeland, FL to Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Raymond. Dr. Raymond was a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland for more than 20 years. After attending Queens College in Charlotte, NC. "Gene" met Joseph E. Shannon and they were married in 1948 and established a home in Bradenton, Florida. They were blessed with 2 girls, 2 boys, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. "Gene" was active in serving the Peace River Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly as well as the women's group of all. She has been an active Bible leader and has been in the choir all her years in Bradenton. This year will be 50 of active membership in the P.E.O., a women's group that helps women financially continue their education. The Manatee Players was also a special interest to her, where she performed and also made the costumes for many plays. During all her years at Shannon Funeral Home, "Gene" was always present when needed to talk to families, work funerals, answer telephones and anything else that was necessary to help out.


Joseph E. Shannon 1926-2001

Joseph E. Shannon 1926-2001

L.F.D., Owner/Operator



C. Rowland Shannon 1897-1967

C. Rowland Shannon 1897-1967

L.F.D., Founder



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