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JOSEPH VEANER


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JOSEPH VEANER Obituary
VEANER, Joseph In his 90th year, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away September 12, 2016. Born in Boston, MA on August 2, 1927, Joe was the son of the late Harry and Rebecca (Eva) Veaner. A graduate of Boston College, Joe made the Dean's List and in 1948 he earned his Bachelor's of Science. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves. He went on to earn a Masters at the School for the Structural at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is survived by his wife Barbara, sister Florence, children Daniel (Karen) and Betsy (Paul), grandchildren Benjamin and Allison, and nine nieces and nephews and their families. Joe met his future wife Barbara R. Horovitz when his family moved to Newton, Massachusetts, soon after he graduated from Roxbury Memorial Boys High School. They were married September 5th, 1948. Joe's construction equipment rental business, Lee Crane Service, Incorporated, was instrumental in the construction of many key buildings in Boston and the surrounding area. He added three additional branch offices around New England before selling it to the Hertz Corporation, for which he was a Vice President. Joe served on the Atlantis City Council for eight years beginning in 1980. In 1982 he became Mayor. During that time he strengthened city finances, while keeping taxes in check. He negotiated with JFK Hospital to contribute a fair amount for services rendered by the city. He made improvements to the police force, working with a new Police force and City Manager, to reduce the crime rate, improve security, and address staffing issues. He also served as chairman of the Atlantis Zoning Board of Adjustments, and as Fire Commissioner. Joe loved family, friends, golf, sailing, and cards. He was a philanthropist, giving generously of his time and construction expertise to the United Jewish Philanthropies, and donating to various Jewish philanthropies around Boston and Palm Beach. He also contributed to young politicians he believed in. Private services already held

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 21, 2016
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