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July 14, 2017  RSS feed
Obituaries

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Obituaries

HOWARD BRICKMAN, 39, of Largo, died July 11. He grew up locally and attended Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. He was a graduate of Florida State University and had been involved in various youth groups. He had owned a pest control company for a brief time. Survivors include his parents Fran and Joe Brickman; sister Jennifer; and niece Hailey.

JEANETTE I. LEFF, 74, of South Pasadena, died June 19. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she worked for many years as a nurse. Survivors include her husband, Al; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Ian and Tracey and Jack; sons and daughter-in-law, Ben and Laura, and Brian; and five grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

PHILLIP DAVID LERNER, M.D. 76, of Seminole, died June 26. Born in Milwaukee, WI, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service after medical school and did his surgical residency in Staten Island, NY, and Anchorage, AK. He moved to Pinellas County in 1975 and was a general surgeon here for almost 30 years. He treated many patients from the Clearwater Free Clinic in his office, and he served on the board of the Pinellas County Medical Society. After retiring, he made five trips to Haiti to volunteer as a surgeon, primarily at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappelles. He learned Haitian Creole so that he could talk to his patients and understand the culture. He also spoke Russian and French. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Linda; son, Joshua, daughter-in-law, Nataliya; son, Michael; son-in-law, Mike; and one grandson. The family suggests memorials to Hospital Albert Schweitzer at www. hashaiti.org. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

BARBARA L. PHILLIPS, 87, of St. Petersburg, died July 1. She was born in Portsmouth, VA. Survivors include her two sons, Louis Weisberg and Paul Weisberg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ALLEN ROBERT SAMUELS SR. 87, of Treasure Island, died July 8. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, he was a graduate of the University of Maryland, earning his bachelor’s degree in business. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, attending counter-intelligence school before shipping out to Japan. In 1955 he and his late wife, Carol Rae Morgenstein, moved to Florida, where he enrolled at Stetson University College of Law, earning his LLB and passing the Florida Bar in 1956. He practiced civil litigation in Clearwater until 1960, when he opened a partnership with Leonard Lubin in St. Petersburg. He won two precedent-setting cases before the Florida Supreme Court, enhancing his reputation as one of Pinellas County’s premier real estate and probate attorneys. He retired in 1985 to pursue his passion for travel. Over his lifetime had visited 130 countries and every continent except Antarctica. He was a founding member of Jewish Family Services in Pinellas County and served as its second president. He was an active member of Congregation B’nai Israel, serving on the board of directors. He later become a member of Temple Beth-El. He was a dedicated philanthropist. Among his contributions to the community are the Carol Samuels Observatory at the Science Center of Pinellas and the “Unsung Hero” scholarship at Stetson College of Law, in the name of his late wife. He was a member of the Association of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, where he often lectured on law, history and travel. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Allen Jr. and Mary Samuels of San Jose, CA; Scott and Robin Samuels of St. Petersburg; and Tydon and Andra Samuels of St. Paul, MN; sister, Rita Samuels Silverman of Baltimore, MD; sister-in-law, Betty Getz Morgenstein of St. Petersburg; four grandchildren; and special partner, Eleanor Davidov. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice Empath Health. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

THELMA WASLEY, 92, of St. Petersburg, died July 4. She was born in Dobbs Ferry, NY. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

THELMA WISHNEK, 91, of Clearwater, died June 13. Born in Cleveland, she worked for many years as a realtor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)


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