*****SUNDAY afternoon 1-3pm ET, Oct 3rd, 2021 ***** Please join us....
A Celebration of our Dad and Papa's Life will take place at Woodmont Park, Temple Terrace Fl 33617. Please save this date to co...
OBITUARY

Albert Americo Latina

June 14, 1936August 25, 2021

Albert Americo Latina, age 85, of Tampa, Florida passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Albert was born June 14, 1936 in New Britain, Connecticut to his parents, Gaetano (Thomas) and Maria Falletti Latina. He had a brother, Joseph and 2 sisters, Antoinette and Angie.

Al is survived by his grand-daughter Heather DeReus, son Phillip Latina, and daughter Carolyn Latina Dereus.

Albert Latina: “Daddy” to Carolyn and Phil, “Papa” to his granddaughter Heather and many others, “Woodsy Al” to his Wekiva Youth campers.

His love for his family, his community, and his passion for living were evident. His joy for photography, cooking, plants and gardening, music and piano, making a difference in education and those he taught, travel, and making us all laugh will continue as his legacy.

Dad / Papa was passionately involved in Local and State Gardening Associations after his retirement from nearly 40 years of service in his career at the University of South Florida.

If you would like to honor him with a donation to one of the organizations, please see below for how to make a contribution:

Temple Terrace Garden Club 415 Woodmont Ave. Temple Terrace Fl 33617 NOTE: check can be made payable to Temple Terrace Garden Club with a memo notation to honor Al Latina. ===> Dad was an active member since 2003 and quickly became involved in all aspects taking on many leadership roles. In 2009-2011, Al became the first male president of the TTGC and served as District VIII Internet Liaison 2009-2011}

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. 1400 S. Denning Drive Winter Park, Fl 32789 Note: please include the following in the memo of check - Wekiva's Building and Maintenance ; to honor Al Latina ===> Wekiva Youth Camp is a huge blessing run by the Florida Federation, and my Dad had the honor to spend multiple summers camping alongside the youth as he held positions in the administration of the program.

*****SUNDAY afternoon 1-3pm ET, Oct 3rd, 2021 ***** Please join us.... A Celebration of our Dad and Papa's Life will take place at Woodmont Park, Temple Terrace Fl 33617. Please save this date to come and share this special time with us. Thanks for everyone's love and support!

Please visit and share your memories and expressions of sympathy at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com for the Latina family.

***Heather's personal biography of her Papa***

Albert Latina: “Daddy” to Carolyn and Phil, “Papa” to his granddaughter Heather and many others, “Woodsy Al” to his Wekiva Youth campers

Al was a lover of all things nature. He could name every plant and bird in sight. He often nursed back to life flowers for his daughter and granddaughter. Luckily his son acquired his green thumb and will continue to maintain his beautiful garden. Al was actively involved in maintaining Woodmont Park through the Temple Terrace Garden Club. He was known throughout the state of Florida for giving talks on how to grow orchids. His work with the Florida Federation of Garden Club, including his reign as the first male president, kept him extremely busy over the last 8 years and truly defined his dedication to community beautification efforts.

Al was a biologist by training, earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees from FSU where he met his wife, before moving to Tampa and taking a position at USF (before the university had even opened). He worked there throughout his career, retiring after 38 years.

Al was a world traveler, even deciding to take travel agent classes at one point. He valued adventure over possessions and saved up to be able to afford to take his family on magnificent trips.

Al documented his travels through photography, carrying hundreds of rolls of film with him on trips. Some of his pictures have even been documented in travel tour magazines.

Al was a master in the kitchen, especially when it came to making his family-inherited Italian recipes. He regularly prepared meals for gatherings of >100 church members. He made sure his granddaughter learned how to make dough from scratch without a recipe to create the perfect homemade pizza, pasta, and gnocchi.

Singing, dancing, and playing the piano were other talents of his. He especially enjoyed compositions from the Sound of Music. He never shied away from the dance floor and inspired everyone to get up and dance when he went out to do The Twist.

Al’s kindness and generosity lead him to make an impact on everyone and everything he came in contact with. His knack for telling stories and teaching brought him an audience of listeners. His dependability made him an ideal teammate. His personable nature allowed him to make long lasting friendships.

On August 25, 2021, 5 years after his wife Jane Latina began her heavenly life, Al Latina was called home by God. Al lived each day to the fullest and made sure those he loved knew it. He will be missed dearly."

  • FAMILY

  • Heather Dereus, Granddaughter
  • Carolyn Dereus, Daughter
  • Phillip Latina, Son

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Alison Campbell

August 31, 2021

The best memories of my childhood will always include time spent with the Latina’s. Mrs. Latina would sew and help my mom make clothes for me and bake Christmas cookies with all of the neighbors. Mr Latina would cook all kinds of Italian foods for us - lasagna, pizza, pizzelle, and anything else we begged for. Mr. Latina would drive us around to wherever it was that we wanted to go to - I’m sure Carolyn and I drove him crazy at times but he never complained. It was my second home for so many years. I truly do not know a better family in this world. I am so sorry for your loss, Carolyn, Phil, and Heather - Your dad was a rare and wonderful person. I know he will live in your hearts forever, and I know he is celebrating with his bride. I love you!❤️

Dave Spaulding

August 31, 2021

Hibiscus named after Al

In 2017 Matt Martindale (HibiscusPlaceLLC.com) hybridized the “Al Latina” hibiscus using:
‘Purple Pashmina’ as the Pod Parent and ‘Mayan Princess’ as the Pollen Parent.

This is a strong, upright plant and a good bloomer.

The “Al Latina” Hibiscus (registered in 2021) is ‘Purple Pashmina’ x ‘Mayan Princess’

Purple Pashima Mayan Princes
(Pod Parent) (Pollen Parent)

“Al Latina” Hibiscus – (Hybrid)
Registered in 2021

Karen Smith, FFGC Liaison

Karen Smith

August 31, 2021

Part 2 of article : The following is a reprint of an article contained in the June 2021 issue of “Terrace Blossoms”, our TTGC Newsletter, outlining Al’s achievements and involvement with our garden club.

Life began to change for Al in 2013. He was elected to the office FFGC 3rd VP 2013-2015, and served as FFGC Internet Coordinator 2013-2015, FFGC Camp Wekiva Youth Camp Vice Chairman 2013-2015 and Critter Camp Chairman in 2014. DVIII chose Al to serve as National Garden Week and Amazon Sales Promotion Chairman 2013-2015 and again 2015-2017.

In 2015 Al moved up to FFGC 2nd VP (2015-2017) where, for two years, he was Wekiva Youth Camp Chairman and FFGC Website Promotions Chairman. He added FFGC members access to Amazon through the FFGC website, resulting in a small percentage of each sale going to FFGC. Al became known for his famous hats at Camp Wekiva (aka “Woodsy Al”) and at district and state meetings promoting the FFGC website (aka “The Amazon Man”).

As FFGC 1st VP/Finance Committee Chairman 2017-2019, Al also served as Chairman, FFGC Internet Coordination and Web Promotions those two years.

A short 10 years after serving as TTGC President, Al was installed as the first male president of the FFGC (Organized 1924, Federated in 1925) for 2019-2021. His theme was “Diversity in the Garden” encouraging diversity in membership and plants.

Honors for this well deserving man include:

Hibiscus “Al Latina” (given by FFGC Officers)
Pathway Brick at Woodmont Clubhouse reading
Pres Al Latina - TTGC 2009-2011 - FFGC 2019-2021
Deep South Garden Club “Patron” 2021
FFGC “Patron” 2021 – awarded by DVIII
FFGC “Hall of Fame” 2019 (given by TTGC to honor his FFGC Presidency)
FFGC “Earth Steward” 2016 (given by FFGC Wekiva Youth Camp)
FFGC “Pillar of Pride” 2014 (given by TTGC)
FFGC Life Member #4286 (given by TTGC)

Karen Smith

August 31, 2021

The following is a reprint of an article contained in the June 2021 issue of “Terrace Blossoms”, our TTGC Newsletter, outlining Al’s achievements and involvement with our garden club.

PART 1:
Do you know this TTGC member who… Played piano for 2011 TTGC flower show - raised orchids and roses and proudly showed them during a TTGC member garden tour - set up a program to have groups of children come to Woodmont Park once each summer and have garden club members share plant and wildlife information with the groups - started a plant identification program for Woodmont Park - was a member of the Temple Terrace Historical Society - served as a Master Gardener with Hillsborough County Extension Service - designed and created the TTGC Memorial Garden in Woodmont Park - led club members in Christmas caroling to homes of older members - and the list goes on.

Joining the TTGC in 2003, Al Latina quickly became involved in all things garden club, serving as member of the TTGC Bylaws Committee, TTGC Parliamentarian and Woodmont Clubhouse Board member. Al originated “Sunday in the Park” inviting the community to enjoy the day in Woodmont Park with our club and, as Woodmont Park Chairman, began our monthly workdays. He gave programs on tree pruning, orchids, roses at general membership and night meetings of TTGC.

In 2009-2011, Al became the first male president of the TTGC and served as District VIII Internet Liaison 2009-2011. During program years 2011-2013, Al served as TTGC 1st VP, DVIII Membership Chairman and joined the FFGC Board of Directors as Website Promotions Chairman. He received the TTGC Outstanding Service Award in 2012.

Al was the recipient of FFGC Award #3 Leadership Award (2006), FFGC Award #1 Blanche Capel Covington Leadership (2017), DSGC Award #32 Member Award of Honor (2017) and DSGC Award #28 Mentor of the Year (2017).

Dave Spaulding

August 31, 2021

Hibiscus named after Al

In 2017 Matt Martindale (HibiscusPlaceLLC.com) hybridized the “Al Latina” hibiscus using:
‘Purple Pashmina’ as the Pod Parent and ‘Mayan Princess’ as the Pollen Parent.

This is a strong, upright plant and a good bloomer.

The “Al Latina” Hibiscus (registered in 2021) is ‘Purple Pashmina’ x ‘Mayan Princess’

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Biography

Albert Latina: “Daddy” to Carolyn and Phil, “Papa” to his granddaughter Heather and many others, “Woodsy Al” to his Wekiva Youth campers

Al was a lover of all things nature. He could name every plant and bird in sight. He often nursed back to life flowers for his daughter and granddaughter. Luckily his son acquired his green thumb and will continue to maintain his beautiful garden. Al was actively involved in maintaining Woodmont Park through the Temple Terrace Garden Club. He was known throughout the state of Florida for giving talks on how to grow orchids. His work with the Florida Federation of Garden Club, including his reign as the first male president, kept him extremely busy over the last 8 years and truly defined his dedication to community beautification efforts.

Al was a biologist by training, earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees from FSU where he met his wife, before moving to Tampa and taking a position at USF (before the university had even opened). He worked there throughout his career, retiring after 38 years.

Al was a world traveler, even deciding to take travel agent classes at one point. He valued adventure over possessions and saved up to be able to afford to take his family on magnificent trips.

Al documented his travels through photography, carrying hundreds of rolls of film with him on trips. Some of his pictures have even been documented in travel tour magazines.

Al was a master in the kitchen, especially when it came to making his family-inherited Italian recipes. He regularly prepared meals for gatherings of >100 church members. He made sure his granddaughter learned how to make dough from scratch without a recipe to create the perfect homemade pizza, pasta, and gnocchi.

Singing, dancing, and playing the piano were other talents of his. He especially enjoyed compositions from the Sound of Music. He never shied away from the dance floor and inspired everyone to get up and dance when he went out to do The Twist.

Al’s kindness and generosity lead him to make an impact on everyone and everything he came in contact with. His knack for telling stories and teaching brought him an audience of listeners. His dependability made him an ideal teammate. His personable nature allowed him to make long lasting friendships.

On August 25, 2021, 5 years after his wife Jane Latina began her heavenly life, Al Latina was called home by God. Al lived each day to the fullest and made sure those he loved knew it. He will be missed dearly.