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 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 a third term on the Board as the Treasurer. Member of Calvary Chapel St Petersburg.
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 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.
Joseph R. Shannon
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
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
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.