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John Denis Elliott

November 17, 2019

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BRADENTION – John Denis Elliott, 84, of Freedom Village, Bradenton, Florida, formerly of North Redington Beach and Brunswick, Maine, passed away November 17, 2019.

He was born in Nottinghamshire, England, to the late John Henry and Throna Elliott/Murkin in 1935. He was the youngest of nine siblings. He attended schools in both England and the U.S. where he received his Masters Degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Northern Illinois University while married to the late Patricia Mary Elliott whom he met while still a teenager in England.

Upon moving to Toronto, Canada, he worked for several engineering companies such as Boise Cascade and Massey Ferguson that took him all over the world including Peru, Hong Kong, Turkey and Japan, among several other countries.

Mr. Elliott started his own engineering firm, Enterprise Engineering, in 1973 in Putney, Vermont,which specialized in pulp and paper, mechanical and electrical engineering projects.

In 1984, he and his family moved to Brunswick, where he found his love for triathlons, skiing, marathons and kayaking. A very active outdoorsman, he completed 83 triathlons, hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and loved to race anything his feet touched in the New England and Florida area, his biggest accomplishment qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman.

His love and passion for engineering gave him opportunities to teach and give lectures all around the New England area including Harvard, Cornell and MIT. In 2009, he married Waltraud [Jo] Gudrun Elliott. They traveled thru the U.S., Canada and several European countries while visiting family members and learning about different cultures.

He and Jo moved to Bradenton in 2014 from North Redington Beach. Mr. Elliott was a former member of the Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach.

Predeceased by his wife, Waltraud ‘’Jo,’’ his son, Kenneth J., and his grandson, Derek. He is survived by his sons, Steven Elliott, David Elliott, Ian Elliott, and Robert Elliott; grandchildren, Jonathon, Daniel, Jesse, Amy, Ethan, Devin, and Eva; and six great grandchildren.

As Mr. Elliott enters into eternal life, he requested a private burial and funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of John Elliott to Tidewell Hospice, online at or by calling 1-800-959-4291, ext. 7597.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for him.

Arrangements were provided by the Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W, Bradenton, FL 34209.

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