Posted September 13, 2017
Barbara Ann Caras
President & Chief Financial Officer
It is with great sadness and extremely heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sarasota Film Society’s President and CFO, Barbara Ann Caras, on August 24 after a short but fierce battle with cancer.
Barbara became employed as a bookkeeper at SFS in September of 2003, and was eventually promoted to Chief Financial Officer. The founder of SFS, Dick Morris, held Barbara in high regard. When the time came for Mr. Morris to step away from his active role at the organization, he appointed Barbara Executive Director and eventually President.
With her creative and innovative ideas, as well as her dedication to the community, Barbara brought many wonderful programs to SFS that we will carry on in her honor.
Barbara is survived by her husband Nick Caras; daughter Renee Baggott; son William Baggott, Jr. and his wife, Shari; daughter Dena Caras Spector; granddaughter Gabriella Baggott; Sydney and Cami Spector and grandson Jared Spector; sister Verna Bottiglieri and brother-in-law Frank; deceased brother Thomas and sister-in-law Trisha; brother Tim Calandra and his fiancée, Roseann Falcone; and her furry four-legged buddy Nicholas. She is also survived by her four nephews Ray Jon, Josh and Thomas RJ; four nieces Dianne, Maggie, Cassie and Kiana; great nephew Cole and great niece Emma.
With Barbara’s passing, Nick Caras – SFS’ Managing Director – has stepped into the role of President. SFS has hired Alma Eason who will fill the role of CFO. Sarasota Film Society asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.