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Feb. 24, 1930 - Jan. 28, 2013
Donald Weill, a longtime broker and investor in Lower Manhattan and Senior Vice President of Helmsley-Noyes, died on January 28, 2013, just short of his 83rd birthday, in Sarasota, FL.
Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to Dorothy and Wilford Weill, Mr. Weill spent his life in love with the written word. He was editor-in-chief of the Syracuse University Daily Orange and was poet laureate of the class of 1951. He served as first lieutenant during the Korean War after which he worked for the Long Island Star Journal. He then became publisher of The Somerset Star, a daily newspaper in Somerville, NJ, where he met, literally, the 'girl next door', his future wife, Elaine Goldstein.
Mr. Weill is the author of two books of poetry, "The Older I Get? Light Verse from a Senior Perspective" and "The Reluctant Investor and Other Light Verse". His poems appeared frequently in The Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, REALTY and other publications.
With homes in Longboat Key, FL, Westfield, NJ, and Loveladies, NJ, Mr. Weill, an avid tennis player and golfer, was a member of The Longboat Key Club and The Westfield Tennis Club. He was also a member of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key and Temple Emanuel in Westfield, NJ.
Mr. Weill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine, whom he loved even more than the written word. He is also survived by his children, Wendi, Steven, Jeffrey, and Kenneth, son-in-law Matthew and daughters-in-law Sabrina, Julie and Joanna. Also surviving are grandchildren Dayne, Johanna, Liza, Betsy, Jack, Michael, Ruthie, Ilana, Millie and Samuel.
His shortest poem, The Universe: "I wasn't there at the very start of it, / But I'm grateful to have been a part of it." His loving family is most grateful as well.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013