DUBANEWICZ, Mitchell a native of Brooklyn, NY, proudly served his country during Vietnam. Receiving an honorable discharge from the United State Army, he was decorated with 3-Purple Hearts, 4-Bronze Star Medals, 3-Air Medals (Helicopter) and 2-Army Commendation Medals. He later became a member of the American Legion and was designated a Lifetime Member of the VFW. After his service, Mitch went on to enjoy his classic car collection; collecting, restoring and selling numerous vehicles from the 20s-60s. He was a lover of the "classic" TV shows of the 50s & 60s; from the Howdy Doody Show and the Colgate Comedy Hour. As a member of the Downshifters of Brooklyn, he will always be remembered for his stories of, "The Good-ole Days of Brooklyn" and his constant rants after moving down from New York to Florida that, "there is no good place to find a decent bagel!" Survived by his sister, Michele; brothers, Michael & Matthew; sister-in-law, Angelica; brother-in-law, Frankie; nephews, Michael, Matthew & Frankie; nieces, Danielle, Maria & Erin; great-nieces, Kaylin, Janiyah & Hayley; great-nephews, Jayden, Jordan & Bryson; great-great-niece, Jayda. Family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 pm, Dec. 1st, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa. A graveside service with military honors at 3 pm, Monday, Dec. 2nd, at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, family request donations to your local VA. Online condolences can be made at www.blountcurrywest.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 30, 2013