SAMUELS, Robert J. 74, of Tampa passed Nov. 18, 2012. Funeral services Monday, Nov. 26, at 11 am at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church, 1006 West Cypress Street, Tampa. Humble beginnings in North Philadelphia, Bob rose to become a pioneering trailblazer and leader. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he became one of the first African Americans to enter banking, ultimately retiring in 1992 as vice president of Manufacturers Hanover Bank Global Financial Institutions Group. Bob moved to Tampa in 1992 and soon founded the Tampa Bay Alliance of Black Professionals. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994, founded the Florida Prostate Cancer Network and the Nat'l. Prostate Cancer Coalition, served as a consultant to the FDA's Oncology Drug Advisory Committee. He is listed in Who's Who in Black America, his likeness in the Baltimore Great Blacks in Wax Museum and inducted into the Black Hall of Fame in Philadelphia. He founded the New York City Urban Bankers Coalition and the Nat'l. Assn. of Urban Bankers, co-founded the Harlem YMCA's Black Achievers in Industry Program, and established the United Negro College Fund's Corporate Matching Gifts Program in 1998. Predeceased by his parents, Hubert Samuels and Lorraine Bizzell-Blue. Survived by his wife Lillie; sons, Robert Jr., Anthony and Christopher; 2 grandchildren; stepson; stepdaughter; 6 step grandchildren. The remains will repose 5-7 pm, Nov. 25, at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church, family receive friends 6-7 pm. Arrangements entrusted to Ray Williams F.H.

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 21, 2012