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April 7, 2017  RSS feed

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WILLIAM ARTHUR “BILL” JACOBS, 69, of St. Petersburg, died April 1. He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and graduated from the Elkins School of Broadcasting in Dallas, with a Class A FCC license. He worked locally at WLCY as an announcer and disc jockey, later moving to West Palm Beach as well as Key West, where he became a local celebrity at WKIZ. He was a rock-and-roll music trivia aficionado. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Abby and John DiLeonardo; brother and sister-in-law Bob and Debbie Jacobs; and two grandsons. The family suggests memorials to hospice or Congregation B’nai Israel’s “Murray M. Jacobs Beautification Fund”. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

HARVEY LEVIN, 70, of Clearwater, died March 25. He was born in St. Louis, and graduated from the University of Missouri. He lived in Colorado working in the securities business, and eventually moved to Florida where he was in the real estate business. Survivors include his brother, Steve Levin, of St. Louis. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

LOREN MURRAY POLLACK, 83, of Oldsmar, died April 6. He was actively involved in the local Jewish community for many years including Temple B’nai Israel and the Jewish Federation. Born in Chicago, he was a graduate of the University of Illinois and a lifelong member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. A veteran of the United States Army, he moved to Clearwater in 1959. Involved in commercial real estate development and management, for most of his professional career, he was president of the Stuart S. Golding Company, where he was instrumental in developing many areas of the Tampa Bay area including the creation of Countryside Mall. He was a member and prior officer of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He served as president of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater from 1973-75 when the temple’s current location was built on Belcher Road, and continued his involvement on the board for many years. In the 1970s he served on the board of directors of the Jewish Welfare Fund, then became involved with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, serving in multiple capacities on the board for many years. He was honored at the Federation’s “Eight Over 80” celebration in 2014. He was a member of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation and a supporter of the Florida Holocaust Museum, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Israel Bonds and served on the Menorah Manor Foundation board. He was one of the founding members of B’nai B’rith of Clearwater. He was an avid Chicago Clubs fan. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Joy; his son Daniel (Mindy) Pollack; daughters, Judy (Paul) Pollack Barry; Edye (Hagai) Pollack Nechmad; and Jodi (Joey) Stuard McKinney; and nine grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Temple B’nai Israel or to the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)

ARTHUR RUTENBERG, 89, of Belleair Shore, died March 29. Born in Chicago, he was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of Northwestern University with a chemical engineering degree. He moved to Clearwater in 1953 and with his brother, Charlie, started a home building business, Rutenberg Homes. The company eventually merged into U.S. Home, of which he was co-founder. He later founded Arthur Rutenberg Homes, which is a franchisor of homebuilders. He was an avid pilot and flew airplanes into his 80s. He was involved with many philanthropic and volunteer efforts in the community, including serving as president of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater in 1960. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Jane; daughters, Sharon Rosenberg, Jan Morse, Julie Rutenberg; sons, Barry Rutenberg, Steven Rutenberg; brother, Daniel Rutenberg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home)

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