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STEPHEN BRAGIN, 87, of Belleair, died Sept. 13. Born in New York, he grew up in Tampa, later moving to Pinellas County. Active in the community, he served in many organizations. A member of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, he was a past president, a board member and past president of its Brotherhood. He was an officer for South East Region for Reform Temples and a co-chairman and first lay appointee for Union of American Hebrew Congregations Commission on Jewish Education A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, he served in the Korean War. He was an officer of David Bilgore & Co. Inc. and trust officer for Bilgore Trust Company. He spent 10 years as regional development director for the University of South Florida, and then the development director of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. Survivors include his children; Janet and Marc; and his grandchildren. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)

ERNEST FRIEDMAN, 87, of Largo, died Oct. 2. He was born in Brooklyn, and served in the United States Army. Survivors include his wife Irene. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

KATHERINE ‘KITTY’ JACOBS, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Sept. 24. Survivors include her son Jay Jacobs; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Menorah Manor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

JAMES LAWRENCE JONAS, 62, of St. Petersburg, died Sept. 18. Born in New York, he moved here when he was 6 months old, growing up in St. Pete Beach. He attended Sunshine Elementary, Azalea Middle School, Boca Ceiga High School and received a degree from St. Petersburg Junior College. He was a former member of Congregation B’nai Israel. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Joni; son Jack; daughter Antoinette; a twin brother, Al, and a brother Robert. (R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home)

IRA HAROLD KEMP, 80, of Tarpon Springs, died Sept. 19. Born in Brooklyn, he served in the United States Army. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Grace; son and daughter-in-law Andy and Karen Kemp; daughter and son-in-law Lisa and John Grima; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice Community Service Center. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

PETER L. KORF M.D., 87, died Sept. 21. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

MATTHEW BENJAMIN MOLLÉ, 32, of Atlanta, died Sept. 15. He was employed as the manager of Lanier Raceplex as well as a full-time student at North Georgia State University majoring in electrical engineering. He also coached the soccer team, the Blazing Lazer Ponies in Sugar Hill, GA. Survivors include his wife, Kasandra Mollé; two sons, Murdok Mollé and Maverick Mollé; mother, Marcia Mollé; father Arthur Mollé; sister, Marisa Isenberg Guy; brother, Daniel Guy; stepfather, Dr. Mark Isenberg; sister-in-law, Kristen Klett; father-in-law, William Klett. The family suggests memorials be made to Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor. (Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care)

JAMES SORRELL, 67, of Clearwater, died Sept. 9. He had been a first responder, serving with the Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue Department for 33 years. For several years he was a member of Aeromedical Transport serving Tampa General Hospital. He was a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Survivors include his sister, Diane Hunter; two nieces, Kelly Sapp and Tracy Milosevich.

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