Neil Weiss

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WEISS-Neil, (July 21, 1933 - April 21, 2014) Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle and Dear Friend. Passed away peacefully while surrounded by family after an extended, purposefully private battle with cancer, one fought with strength, humility, courage, and conviction, dedication to family and dignity for himself, never allowing the ravages of his illness to prevent him from maintaining normalcy and hope in his life, being the unwavering family patriarch and consummate business person he always was. In true Neil Weiss fashion, tirelessly driven and steadfast, from the moment he learned of his fate, he chose not to go gently into that good night. Neil went about his life, going to his office everyday, challenging our family and inner-circle of advisors with ideas and expectations, attending meetings, shooting off emails and text messages, analyzing new deals and investment opportunities, taking calls, making calls, enjoying lunches, dinners and movies with family and friends, as he loved to do, and traveling the world. He continued to do it all, until he could no longer do it all. With a knack for seamlessly combining his personal and business lives onto one playing field, Neil applied a drive and passion for business in everything he did. He had a sensibility for knowing how to make things happen, albeit with great success and tenacity. An extraordinary role model to his children and grandchildren, his nieces and nephew, he enjoyed "keeping score" in his business dealings and investments as much as he did in his squash games, or the number of flights he would climb in his apartment building as part of his morning exercise routine. He stayed busy doing what he enjoyed doing... working hard, enjoying family, having fun, negotiating deals and playing with a certain degree of managed risk, always with a strong moral compass. Born and raised in the Bronx, he worked a short time early in his illustrious career for an established apparel manufacturer before deciding with unflappable confidence that he had the ability and ambition to do it better. The business grew, as did his business relationships and lasting personal friendships within the industry. Ever the pioneer, he was amongst the first in the industry to open offices in Hong Kong and the Dominican Republic, and manufacture private label for global luxury brands and retailers. It was also the pioneer in him that led to real estate investments in China and Hong Kong, in the late 70's after relations between the United States and China thawed. It was that same adventurous, enterprising, pioneering spirit that had him returning from trips in the early days to Asia with novel gifts, technologically-advanced gadgetry for family and friends, all precursors to today's cell phone. As his manufacturing business flourished, he continued to parlay his international business experience into a multitude of opportunistic ventures and partnerships, investing globally early in his career in commercial real estate in New York City and Asia, and more recently in New Orleans, as well as in Brazil with his dear friend and partner. He also had a penchant for complex alternative investments, all the while developing his own disciplined, self-taught investment skills that would often lead to returns that had many investment advisors in awe. In this regard, Neil viewed life as a game and business as a sport. He always made sure to have fun doing both. With an insatiable appetite for reading newspapers and sharing his knowledge with those he loved, he pushed us to do better, think with greater clarity and to experiment. He had a profound impact on all we did. A man of impeccable integrity and style, Neil took pleasure in every aspect of life, great and small. He was bold with his business deals. He had a huge heart and exceedingly generous spirit when it came to his family and friends. Decisive, direct, feisty, he was always his own man. Neil embraced life, family and business with an indomitable spirit, gusto, and boundless energy. He conducted his life with an abundance of love, wisdom, and wit. His legacy will live on in the many lives he touched throughout his industrious life, and he will be sorely and profoundly missed. Neil is pre-deceased by his eldest son Steven and survived by his faithful partner, the woman he adored and married more than 42 years ago, Virginia, his devoted children, Ken, Douglas and Elizabeth, his daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Ken), the grandchildren he so cherished, Roy, Gil, Stefan, Leila, Steven and Ava, and his sister who he so adored, Mal. He also leaves behind brother-in-law Murray, nieces Sandi and Lisa, and nephew Douglas, Noreen (fiancee to Douglas), Anthony (fiancee to Elizabeth), his COO and faithful friend Anna, Gus and Laling, as loyal and faithful as they come. A patron of the many arts in New York City, Neil was active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors and worthy causes. A celebration of his life will be held on April 24th, 2014 at 11:30am at Frank E. Campbell The Funeral Chapel on Madison and 81st street. Donations can be made to (ww5.komen.org) and the Friars Foundation Wounded Warriors Program (friarsclub.com).
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 23, 2014
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