SOROSKY, Eugene (Gene) Edward, 82 of Weston, Florida finally closed his eyes for the last time Sunday, September 8, surrounded by his loving family (and his IPad and cell phone-he was never one to be disconnected!). Gramps lived a life that really mattered...the way we're all supposed to, and wish we really could. He was connected to more people than his family ever realized, probably because of his extraordinary ability to touch peoples' lives and provide emotional support to his sprawling village. If you were a member of his tribe, you know what we mean. An obsessed fan of all sports teams with the name "Miami" in them, Gene came from Chicago in 1954 with new wife Jeri, the woman who stole his heart at Roosevelt University and never left his side for 62 years. He was in the car business most of his life, starting with Airways Rent a Car and then as President of Baumgardner Auto Tag agency. He truly loved the 305 and was a proud owner of a Motorola brick, enabling him to keep tabs on all the important peeps in his daily life. Gene served in the Army for two years which snagged him a lifelong membership to the Jewish War Veterans Association. He was a dedicated officer of the Auto Tag Association and South Florida Rental Association of South Florida, and if he was on your team or committee, you were golden. Gramps practiced what he preached. That family comes first, no matter what. Be honorable and honest, go with the flow, and treat everyone the same. To live and die, truly knowing that the more you give, the more you get. He was a father to dozens, and anyone in his posse knew you could always count on him. (We're sure he never let anyone down!) He loved coin collecting and taking care of his people, but his greatest pleasure was attending sporting events with his children, grandchildren, and extended family. They don't make men like Gene anymore, and we're already having trouble imagining life without him. Gene is survived by his loving children and grandchildren whose photos he would share with anyone who'd ask (even those who didn't): Wife - Jeri Sorosky, Daughters - Cindi Goldfarb, Dana Bardfeld (Rick Sloane), Lesli Heyser (Rob), 6 Grandchildren - Ryan Heyser, Darren Goldfarb, Drew Goldfarb, Haylee Heyser, Carly Bardfeld, Sierra Bardfeld, and Sister - Esther Brown (Les) and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, and family too numerous to list--but not forgotten. There isn't a soul Gene touched who didn't love him. Gene cheered the Canes to victory on Saturday and is now reunited with his late son-in-law Skip Bardfeld, who was waiting for him at the Pearly Gates Sunday morning with a hot dog and an orange seat cushion in hand, just in time for the Dolphins game.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013