Clerks, staff among those who gather to say goodbye to Chips Shore
Saturday, August 8, 2015
The viewing and memorial services for the Honorable R.B. “Chips” Shore (Manatee) were held on Saturday in Bradenton and hundreds attended to say their final goodbyes to the longtime Manatee Clerk and Comptroller.
Clerk Shore served as the Manatee Clerk and Comptroller since 1977, and his impact he made was evident as many spoke fond words of Clerk Shore during the services.
The Honorable Angel Colonneso (Manatee), Clerk Ad Interim of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, referred to Clerk Shore as a “pioneer and visionary.”
Clerk Shore was instrumental in advancing the Manatee Clerk’s office in many technical aspects and in providing the public with access to records online. He was also known locally for his work in restoring historical buildings in Manatee County.
He recently helped unveil the Manatee County’s Historic Courtroom. The historic courtroom was part of the original construction of the 1913 courthouse. In 2008, when the Manatee County Judicial Center opened, the historic courtroom, often referred to as “Courtroom E,” sat abandoned and unused.
“For more than 30 years, it has been my dream to restore this courtroom,” said Shore, “It’s been a long road but the results are absolutely worth it.”
Clerk Shore will leave a lasting impression on the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, in which he was always heavily involved in helping the Clerks move forward. He also served as President of the association from 1985-86 and was previously President of CiviTek.