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Hugh B. "Max" KRIEVER

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KRIEVER, Hugh B. "Max" 84, of Oldsmar, passed away on Jan. 30, 2013, at Hospice House Brookside, in Palm Harbor, with his family by his side. He was born in Sewickley, PA, and moved to Clearwater, in 1960 from Louisville, KY. Max was a star athlete at Sewickley High School. He was the captain on the football and basketball teams and also was on the track team. After graduating, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps where he played on the Parris Island and Quantico Marines football teams for five years. After his tour of duty, he accepted a full scholarship to play football at the University of Louisville. When he earned his Bachelor's Degree, he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Shawnee High School in Louisville. His last season there he served as the head football coach. Max and the family moved to Florida in 1960 where he accepted a teaching and coaching position at Largo High School. In 1963, he was named head football coach and athletic director. In 1968, he left the classroom to become Dean of Boys along with his coaching and athletic director duties. He left Largo in 1969 to accept the position of School District Supervisor of Physical Education & Driver Education. He began working on his Masters Degree at the University of Mississippi at this time and spent the next three summer breaks there, completing the degree in 1971. In 1970, he became the Assistant Principal at Northeast High School; in 1971, the Principal at Azalea Middle School; in 1973, the Principal at Boca Ciega High School; and in 1976, he opened the new Pinellas Park High School as the Principal. After five year at Pinellas Park, he became the Director of County-Wide School Discipline. In 1985, he accepted the position of Area 1 Superintendant for the North Pinellas County schools. After thirty-one years with the Pinellas County School System, he retired in 1991. He was appointed to the Board of Directors with the Achieva Credit Union in 1988. He served as the Chairman of the Board for a number of years. He also spent time assisting the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the southern United States and internationally. From 1992 until 1995, he was the Supervisor of Student Interns at the University of South Florida. Max and Martha, his wife of nearly 62 years, traveled to all of the lower 48 states in their motor home pre-retirement and post. They also visited Alaska and Hawaii and traveled to New Zealand. Max loved his family. He was a person that touched hundreds of lives through teaching, coaching, mentoring, advising and challenging. He also instilled the concepts of having Pride, giving a 110% effort and Paying the Price in any endeavor undertaken. Being a Marine, he always kept himself in excellent physical condition through tennis, stationary bikes, walking, pushups and sit-ups. Max was also an avid reader and enjoyed watching and discussing all sports. He was a big fan of the Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, Lightning and Storm. He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Blair (Joyce) of Clearwater; daughter Jane Pixley (Mike) of Clearwater; grandchildren, Charlie (Jeanine) Pixley of Clearwater, Richard (Randi) of Tarpon Springs and Katie Kriever of Clearwater; and great-grandchildren, Matthew and Evan Pixley and Caden and Lucas Kriever. Services will be on Saturday, Feb. 9, held at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church located at 1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34368. The family will greet visitors at 10 am and a memorial service will follow at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations should be made to either: Sewickley Valley YMCA, 625 Blackburn Rd, Sewickley, PA 15143 or Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760 or online at www. Please sign his guestbook at www.veteraansfuneral Veterans Funeral Care 727-524-9202

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 3, 2013
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