LASKY, Samuel age 80, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, died at his home in South Tampa, on June 21, 2013. Sam was born on Feb. 6, 1933, the oldest of Hy and Sarah Lasky's three children & attended Brooklyn's Boys' High School.He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1953 and served nearly three decades of active duty at the rank of Master SGT. After finishing degrees at the University of Tampa and USF, he began his second career, teaching history at both Jefferson & Robinson High Schools for 18 years. Sam was a highly respected military leader and a beloved teacher and coach. He possessed a keen intelligence, a generous heart and an intense love of his family. He was also an avid Bucs and Lightening fan.MacDill AFB was Sam's first and last duty station. It was while at MacDill in 1953 he met the love of his life, Gerri Meerovitz, marrying in 1954 and sharing 56 years together as well as five children. Gerri passed away in 2010. Sam was also preceded in death by his two youngest children: son, Leslie Lasky; and daughter, Francine Donoho.He is survived by his three children, Steve Lasky of Alpharetta, GA, Suzanne Lasky Griffith of Tampa, and Larry Lasky of Pensacola; grandchildren, Sarah Griffith, Charles Griffith, Aaren Lasky, Bradley Donoho, Jacob Lasky & Jordan Lasky; daughter-in-laws, Ruthie (Steve) Lasky and Jennifer (Leslie) Lasky; sister, Bea Bodner of Lakeland;brother, Bernie Lasky and his wife, Helena of St. Ives, UK; two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Lilly. The funeral service will be held Sunday, June 30th, at 9:30 am, at Segal Funeral Home - Beth David Chapel, 3909 Henderson Boulevard, in Tampa,(813)874-3330. Interment will immediately follow at Beth Israel Cemetery at 600 W. Indiana Ave, Tampa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the H.Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Condolences may be expressed on-line at segalfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 27, 2013