Weldon M. Venis
Weldon M. Venis
  • February 17, 1929 - March 18, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Weldon M. Venis, 88, of Clearwater, Florida passed away March 18, 2017. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1929 and grew up with three brothers and one sister. Later, the family moved to Toronto where Weldon met the love of his life, Henrietta. At the age of 26, they were married and later had a son, and a daughter. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Weldon was a very strong person, both mentally and physically. He had an impressive will to survive and battled through many difficult health conditions.

He will be remembered most for his love and devotion to his family, his pure heart, his great sense of humor and his passion for adventure.

Weldon also had a very enthusiastic appreciation for fountains along with waterfalls, and was very skilled with designing and building them. He turned his passion into his life’s work and became the owner and operator of Unisphere Lighting and Fountain Devices, which first began in Toronto and subsequently was relocated to Clearwater, Florida. He specialized in the design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of outdoor residential and commercial fountains and landscape lighting. One of his biggest fountains was located at the City Hall in Toronto, Canada, but most of his beautiful fountains can be seen around the Tampa Bay area. He retired about 10 years ago.

Weldon enjoyed fishing, boating and traveling, which included trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Europe, the Florida Keys and cruises to the Caribbean. One of the biggest thrills of his life was catching a 110-pound tarpon fish in Boca Grande, Florida. He also liked going to restaurants, movies, theme parks, public libraries, book stores and various community events. He went to shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall, outdoor art exhibits, various trade shows and conventions, boat shows, and the annual St. Pete Grand Prix car race.

Weldon is loved and will be missed by his many caring family members, friends and caregivers. He is survived by his son, Monte, his daughter Beryl, his brother Stanley, his two grandchildren, Marcella and Myles, his nephews, Glenn and Marc, and niece, Jane. He was proceeded in death by his loving wife, Henrietta and his two brothers, Martin and Arnold and his sister, Estelle.

The family is most grateful to his wonderful caregiving team for providing ongoing comfort, love and support over the last few years.