GROTH, Howard G. 98, Naval veteran, witness to history, husband of 61 years, father, and grandfather - died July 1, 2014 in Clearwater under Suncoast hospice care. Groth was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1915, joined the Navy in 1936, served in both theatres of WWII, participated in both the Normandy and Salerno invasions, and then moved to the Pacific where he was among the U.S. armada assembled to receive the surrender of Japan. He moved to Clearwater from Washington, DC in 1973 and immediately began participating in the civic and political life of the city. Not a born politician, he was twice an unsuccessful candidate for the City Comission. More successfully, he served on the City's Beautification Committee, was Chairman of the Planning Board, and was an active member of the Neighborhood and Affordable Housing Advisory Board, the Clearwater Housing Service, and the Tampa Bay Community Development Corp. He devoted 18 years as a Commissioner on the Clearwater Housing Authority. One of his proudest tenures was as Secretary of PACT, where he was a fundraiser for the planning and construction of Ruth Eckerd Hall. He is survived by wife, Connie; son, Gary; and grandson, Conrad. No public service. His ashes will be scattered at sea. For a more extensive biography, please go to: www.curlewhills.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 19, 2014