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Robinson, Alan - Miami  
Captain Alan Robinson 1947-2016 Captain Al of SV Sinbad passed away on May 28 after a valiant fight to recover from a boating injury sustained while crossing the Gulf Stream enroute to Freeport on March 30. Alan was born in Waterloo Quebec, the son of James Robinson and Dorothy McCann, and grew up in Montreal, attending Dunton Protestant High School and Sir George Williams University, where he studied physics and chemistry. In the 1970's, AIan took up residence in Freeport with his wife, Sandie Mountain of Montreal, working as a supervisor for Syntex Pharma. In the I980's, he moved to the Miami area with his second wife, Barbara Crusius of Germany, where he attended Robert Morgan Vo-Tech Institute to become certified in HVAC, refrigeration and A/C. He took his skills to Tavernier, where he owned and operated A&B Marine Services for ten years, along with working for Independent Marine Surveyors on the side. Alan was known as a sailor, a pilot, a jokester and storyteller, an instructor, an optimist and a good friend to many. He was one who lived the Iife that he loved and lived it to the fullest. Among his achievements -- Certified ASA bareboat chartering instructor; Certified NAUI diver; U.S. and Canadian licensed single engine pilot since 1966; U.S. Merchant Marine Officer 100 Ton; Ham Operator KG4VFM; sailing and navigation instructor for FL Keys Community College; marine biology and sailing instructor for Marine Science Under Sail; volunteer of 14 years in NOAA's Team Ocean as educator and protector of Keys Marine Sanctuaries, and 32 years as sailboat captain and educator of the Boy/Girl Scouts at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in Islamorada. When off cruising, he could often be found somewhere along the Exuma chain of islands, heading for the Georgetown Out Island Regatta. Alan will be remembered as always smiling and ready to lend a helping hand, believing in the best of people, liking each and everyone. His heart and personality was cheerful, helpful and full of love and humor. Nothing was ever a bother if he could help someone in need. His love for freedom, the ocean and sky permeated throughout his whole life. He had a deep-rooted love for his parents, his siblings, little sister Linda and brothers Daniel, Russell and Timmy, and his nephews and nieces. Alan's life is ended too soon, with so many plans and dreams still unfulfilled. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and relatives and the sailing community in the Keys and Bahamas. IN FOND REMEMBRANCE: Cut the ship's drive, let the sheets haul free, fly the spinnaker and mainsails into the infinite winds untethered, as your soul should wont. And may your bow sprints lead and guide you as would the constant North Star--now, forever and always, as our abiding angel over this ocean of life. Dearest Alan, you will be missed, but never forgotten. May the tides fare thee well abaft and aloft. Hail and farewell mariner eternal. --Compiled by Alan's first mate, Suzanne, and friends.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 24, 2016
Schwartz, Jerome - Miami  
SCHWARTZ, JEROME J. The Mount Sinai Medical Center Family pays tribute to Jerome J. Schwartz, a dedicated supporter of our hospital. Mr. Schwartz was a member of the Founders of Mount Sinai, our Foundation's most time-honored fundraising organization. All of us at Mount Sinai extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Schwartz's family and his friends. He leaves a legacy of helping others through his kindness and generosity, and he will always have a special place in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 29, 2016
SCHWARTZ, JEROME JAY - Los Angeles  
SCHWARTZ, JEROME JAY, 81, of Fisher Island passed away June 20, 2016 from cancer. Jerry was surrounded by his wife of 20 years, Sharon L. King, and his immediate family. Jerry was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 1, 1935 to the late Moe and Laura Schwartz. In addition to Sharon, survivors include his brother, Stanley Schwartz and wife, Barbara of Key Biscayne, FL; three children Lisa Koonce, Mindy Meyers and Marc Schwartz of Westlake Village, CA; and seven grandchildren. Jerry, a life-long entrepreneur, is remembered as a pioneer in the financial services industry, a mentor, and a friend. Over his 55-year career, Jerry founded Elar Partners and Windsor Insurance Associates, Inc., before teaming with Apollo Partners to form NFP, NYSE in 2003. Not one for retirement, Jerry recently created Seed My Future, LLC, a financial tool designed for millennials and young adults. Jerry, a graduate of Miami Beach High School, attended the University of Florida before serving in the U.S. Navy. Jerry's family and friends recount the passion and enthusiasm he infused in to all aspects of his life, his love for travel and adventure, and his spirited exchanges and laughter. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Fall. Arrangements by Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert (305) 538-6371
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 26, 2016
SCOTT, FRANK DAVID - Miami  
SCOTT, FRANK DAVID, 53, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in his North Miami home with his wife, son, and daughter present. Frank was born on Scott AFB in Illinois January 8, 1963. He had a larger than life personality and sense of humor. He was a man of many talents and especially skilled in painting aircraft, exotic cars, and offshore power boats. Dave is survived by his wife, Angela Scott, and children, Samantha and Harley. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 1-2 p.m. with a memorial service at Gregg Mason Funeral Home, 10936 NE 6th Avenue, Miami, FL 33161.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 26, 2016
SHOLDERS, RONALD - St. Petersburg  
DR. RONALD SHOLDERS 6/1/37 - 6/21/16 Left this world too suddenly, but peacefully, on June 21, 2016. Ron was born in Dixon, IL, and was the second oldest of five brothers. He attended Dixon High School and married Ellen Rorer, the love of his life, in 1957. Ron served as an Officer in the National Guard. He attended Medical Technology School in Miami and moved the family to Dekalb, IL, attending Northern Illinois University. He graduated from Dental School at the University of Iowa, while working as the chief lab technologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals. After Dental School, he moved to Miami, where he practiced Dentistry until his retirement in 2005. He was greatly loved by his patients and was affectionately known as the "Tooth Fairy" to many. Ron and Ellen moved to Land O'Lakes, in 2006. Ron never met a stranger, he always had a joke, he had a boisterous laugh, he could make, fix, or create anything, including making Jewelry for his family especially for his three daughters, who he affectionately called his "Bratty Little Kids." Ron played the electric guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and banjo, and was always the life of any party. Ron is predeceased by his parents, Howard and Velma Sholders, his Brothers, Donny, and Carroll, and his beloved wife Ellen. He is survived by his oldest daughter Lori Farmer (Don), his middle daughter, Lisa McKee, and youngest daughter Elaine Alessandri (Paul); six grandchildren, Megan, Whitney, Ryan, Matthew (Hope), Brandon, and Sophia; as well as four Great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Zachary, Mason and Lillian Grace. He also leaves behind two brothers, Darrel Sholders (Audrey), and Earl Sholders (Rita); many nieces and nephews; as well as one brother-in-law, Steven Rorer (Judy) and their two sons. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the University of Iowa Foundation: "Dr. Ronald and Ellen Sholders Memorial Dental Student Scholarship Fund" http://www.uifoundation.org Contact: 1 W Park Rd, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 335-3305. A Celebration of Life will be held on 08/20/16, in Land O Lakes, Florida. Details TBA.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 26, 2016
Thompson, James William - Gainesville  
James William Thompson, 71, longtime resident of Miami, died Thursday, 6/23/16, following a long illness. He was born in Hialeah, and lived in Miami for most of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Sarah Alicia Thompson in January of 2016. He is survived by his son, Michael (Maite) Thompson and a sister, Diane Sullivan. Graveside services will be Wednesday, 6/29/16 at 2:00 P. M., in the Woodlawn West Memorial Park, 14001 NW 178th St., Hialeah. WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, Gainesville, FL.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 28, 2016
Tower, John David - Miami  
TOWER, JOHN DAVID, 51, passed away June 20, 2016, at HealthPark Hospital in Ft. Myers, FL. John was a 3rd generation native Floridian. He was a retired Captain with the Florida Highway Patrol. His wife, Cynthia; son, James; brother, Ronald Tower; and sister, Yvonne Ferdon survive him. Funeral Services will be held at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, Cape Coral, FL. Family will receive friends at 11AM and services will begin at 12PM, June 25, 2016. Officiating the service will be Dr. Dale R. Faircloth. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society in his memory. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to share in John's Life Story.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 24, 2016
Whittington, Margaret Elmslie - Miami  
WHITTINGTON, MARGARET ELMSLIE, age 93, died peacefully in her sleep on June 26, 2016, in her home in South Miami, Florida. Margaret is survived by her four children: David and Richard, of Miami, FL; Patricia, of Charlotte, NC; and Michael (Pamela), of Cocoa Beach, FL; and by four grandchildren: Allan (Loretta); Andrea (Joshua), of Charlotte, NC; Matthew and Jonathan David of NY, NY; and five great-grandchildren: Bella (10), Miles (9), Lila (8), Ewan (6), and Landon (5). Margaret is also survived by her brother-in-law Howard Hawkins of Daytona Beach, FL, his daughter Mary (Leonard) and son Scott, of Miami, FL; her half-sister Linda Elmslie Tillery (Patrick), of Pensacola, FL; and her half-brother Norman Elmslie "Scotty" (Natasha), of Fernandina Beach, FL. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Arthur; their two sons John and Paul; her sister Helen Hawkins and her half-sister Gertrude Arundel, of NY. Margaret was born on August 27, 1922 in Santiago, Cuba, to parents Norman Auld Elmslie, Sr. (1888-1964) and Maria Eulalia Elmslie (nee Portuondo del Pino; 1900-1993). Mr. Elmslie was a mining engineer working for Bethlehem Steel in Oriente Province, Cuba. Margaret's mother Maria's Cuban father also worked for Bethlehem Steel. Though Maria knew no English and Norman spoke very little Spanish love bloomed and her parents were married in 1920. Bethlehem Steel also had a mining interest outside Fairmont, WV and so Margaret and her younger sister Helen spent their childhood and teen years shuttling between these two places. In 1941, after Margaret graduated from Fairmont HS she returned to Santiago to live with her mother. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base into WWII. Along with military training chaperoned dances were held at the base affording the naval officers the chance to dance with the local senoritas. Margaret and many of her girlfriends attended. As Margaret loved to dance, and more importantly, spoke English, she was the "belle of the ball". It was at one of these dances that Margaret encountered her future husband. It was love at first sight for Margaret and Arthur, a tall, dark, handsome Navy officer who was assigned to submarine chaser school in Miami. So Margaret and her sister Helen, who had just graduated from Fairmont HS, went to work in Miami as government censors for the war effort giving Margaret three glorious months with her "novio" before he shipped out to the Pacific. After the war ended they were married in the spring of 1946 and a week later, sharing the same wedding dress, her sister Helen married her HS sweetheart Howard, a dashing young air force pilot from WV. Margaret enjoyed her life as the wife of a Pan Am executive, a mother of six, teacher of Spanish, garden club officer, bridge club player. She was able to travel the world with Arthur and Pan Am. Her enthusiasms ranged wide: from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to Notre Dame football in South Bend. She was a much sought after Spanish teacher especially during the pre- and early-Castro years. She and Arthur helped many of her then suddenly impoverished friends from Cuba establish themselves in Miami. Decades later, her Cuban girlfriends, now no longer of modest means, would gather at monthly luncheons in the finest Gables restaurants. She saw her kids make their way through West Lab Elementary, Ponce de Leon Junior High, and Gables and Columbus HS, and many prestigious universities graduating with advanced degrees. The friends they made along the way led to Margaret's many lifelong friendships with their families. Margaret was able to watch her four grandkids grow up, play, graduate, marry, and have her five great-grandkids. It is Margaret's expressed wish to be remembered as a cheerful person who loved her family deeply. She feels she had a wonderful life, "so do not grieve for me". Margaret and her family have been members of the Epiphany Catholic Church since moving to South Miami in 1953. Monsignor O'Dougherty and his associates have been a constant source of support and inspiration to Margaret especially in her declining years. Visitation 5 - 9 pm Friday at VAN ORSDEL CORAL GABLES. Funeral Mass 11:00 AM Saturday at Epiphany Catholic Church, 8235 SW 57 Avenue. Burial Woodlawn Park North 3260 SW 8 St.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 29, 2016
Wightman, Ellen - Miami  
WIGHTMAN, ELLEN, 92, passed away June 20, 2016. She was born in Danville, Virginia on March 28,1924 to Curtis and Louise Dodson. She attended Miami High School, Sweet Briar College and the University of North Carolina. She and her husband of 60 years, William S. Wightman, Jr. raised six children. Louise Bright of Miami, Frances Jack of Davie, William S. Wightman, III of Port St Lucie, Elizabeth Rust of Orlando, Carol Wightman of Key West and Jane Foxx of Montgomery, Alabama. Ellen was "Nana" to 12 grandchildren and 6 great grand-children. Ellen loved her friends, swimming, gardening and reading. She was a member of Miami Shores Book Club and PEO. Ellen was a sweet southern woman whose gentle demeanor warmed the hearts of many. She had an unwavering faith in God and was a role model to her children. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers,donations can be made to the Salvation Army, 1907 NW 38 Street, Miami, FL 33142.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 23, 2016
WRIGHT, CLARE LUDWIG - Miami  
LUDWIG WRIGHT, CLARE, born April 25, 1917 as Clare Elaine Bremner, passed away June 17, 2016 at the age of 99. Clare is survived by son, Dr. Robert P. Ludwig and her daughter-in-law, Shelly Ludwig of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Clare was the last living sibling of seven children: four brothers; Karl, Harold, Bill and Paul Bremner, and two sisters; Peggy Connelly and Barbara Burke. Clare was married in 1946 to Robert M. Ludwig who died in 1975, then remarried in 1986 to Mark Wright who passed away in 2007. Clare worked for 30 years as a Dade County school teacher at Highland Oaks Elementary School before retiring in 1987. Services will be held at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, Natick Massachusetts, June 24th 2016, followed by burial at Dell Park Cemetery.
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Published in the Miami Herald on June 26, 2016
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