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October 5, 2018  RSS feed
Obituaries

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Obituaries

MARTY BALIN, 76, of Tampa, one of the original band members of Jefferson Airplane, died Sept. 27. Born in Cincinnati, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He dropped out of San Francisco State University to pursue a career in music. He was an ex-folk musician who formed the Jefferson Airplane in 1965 and was one of its lead singers. With a handful of business partners in San Francisco, he converted a Fillmore Street pizza parlor into the Matrix, a club he helped run that nurtured bands and artists like the Grateful Dead, Santana, Steppenwolf and where the Jefferson Airplane served as house band. He was also a key member of the Airplane’s successor group, Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He also wrote and co-wrote numerous songs. In recent years, he released a few albums and reunited on occasion with old bandmates. He enjoyed returning to his folk roots, doing club performances as part of an acoustic trio. Survivors include his wife Susan Joy Balin and three children. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

BARRY ALAN COHEN, 79, of Tampa, died Sept. 22. Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Jacksonville and eventually Tampa where he graduated from Plant High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard, completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University and attended law school at Mercer University. After graduation, he moved back to Tampa where he spent the next 50 plus years doing what he called his ‘dream job’ practicing law and pursuing justice for his clients. With a history of winning, he served as defense attorney in some of the most high-profile cases in the Tampa Bay area over the last 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his children Barry Alexander Cohen; Geena (Dennis) Zaslavsky; Steven (Carrie) Cohen, Kevin (Amy) Cohen; sister Cynthia Cohen Wright; brothers-in-law, Stanley Wright and Les Barnett; four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Hillsborough County Bar Association Foundation or the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

STEPHEN GOLDMAN, 72, of West Bloomfield, MI, and previously of Tampa and St. Petersburg, died Sept. 18. He was the first employee, museum director and curator of what is now the Florida Holocaust Museum. In his nearly 50-year professional career, he worked for numerous other Jewish organizations including the Anti-Defamation League. He served as executive director of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, OK, and had recently retired as the executive director of the Holocaust Memorial Center on the Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, MI. He was a graduate of Brandeis University and Carnegie Mellon University and attended Yale University. Early in his career he held teaching positions at the State University of New York and Florida State University. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sylvia Goldman; daughters and sons-in-law Shimon Maddock (Rich), and Chava Goldman (Lance); son and daughter-in-law Zachary Goldman (Drea); brother and sister-in-law Michael Goldman (Patti); and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Brandeis University or any animal shelter organization. (Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors)

AL GREENGOLD, 96, of Largo, died Sept. 27. Born in New York, he was previously from Sunny Isles Beach and Miami Beach. He was a veteran of World War II and a survivor of D-Day at Utah Beach. Survivors include his brother-in-law William Friedman; a grandson; nephew, Alan (Araceli) Gross; and many nieces. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

HANNA WEISS-HARTMAN, 91, of Clearwater, died Sept. 25. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, her father was team doctor for a local soccer team and during Kristallnacht the team hid him, saving his life. The family then emigrated to New York City via London in 1939. They settled in Queens, where she met her future husband Douglas Weiss. In 1958, the couple moved to Clearwater where they established a construction business together, which operated for almost 40 years. She also was a realtor for 20 years. Survivors include her daughter Andrea Esserman (Neal), Redondo Beach, CA; son Kenneth Weiss (Vickie), Treasure Island; sister Erica Novick; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Weiss Fellowship at the First Amendment Foundation, Tallahassee. (Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home)

FLORENCE DEVORAH HERMAN, 88, of Washington, DC, and a seasonal Floridian died Sept. 30. An active volunteer, she dedicated her time to various charitable endeavors including visiting patients at Morton Plant Mease Hospital dressed as a clown. She also taught women in a retirement home how to knit. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Jack; son and daughter-in-law David Herman and Iris Kluser; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Allan Windt; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials e to Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater or Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

GARY MORIN, 61, of Largo, died Sept. 27. Survivors include his wife Diana Morin; and other family members. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

SANFORD O’LEESKY, 91, of Clearwater Beach, died Sept. 1. Born in the Bronx, NY he was a World War II veteran serving as a sniper scout in the Adjutant General’s office. A graduate of NYU with a baccalaureate degree in accounting and from Columbia University with a master’s in economics. He was an accountant, controller, business owner and post retirement as an arbitrator for the NYSE and NASDAQ. Survivors include his two daughters, June Burgett and Kim O’Leesky; and one grandson. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)


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