John J. "Jack" Haberman

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HABERMAN, John J. "Jack" 89, passed away on Feb. 16, 2010. Born in Tennille, GA on Jan. 7, 1921, he lived in Phoenix, AZ, before moving to St. Petersburg in 1947. He was a longtime St. Petersburg resident before relocating to Tampa in 2005. Jack was a graduate of Arizona State Uni- versity, in Tempe, AZ. He served in active duty during World War II. Jack was active in the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the First Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, and was a vice president of First National Bank in St. Petersburg. He was an active member of the St. Petersburg Lions Club, serving as treasurer and president, and was awarded life time membership. He was a volunteer for the Red Cross, Meals On Wheels, and was a 10 gallon blood donor to the blood bank in St. Petersburg. An avid flyer, he was a member of the Sunshine Flying Club and a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol, assisting in search missions along the coast. On May 1, 2002, Jack and co-pilot, Carl Schrader, were piloting a Cessna over Apollo Beach when its engine failed. Jack safely ditched the plane into Tampa Bay to avoid endangering persons on the beach. This incident made headlines in both area newspapers. He was predeceased by his parents, Oscar Haberman, of Chicago, IL and Evelyn Morris Reiter, of St. Petersburg. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Elaine Wyman Haberman; son Mark Jay Haberman; daughter, Jill Giordano and her husband, Patrick Carey, all of Tampa. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to the St. Petersburg Lions Club Sight Committee. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at 11am at Royal Palm South Cemetery, 101 55th Street South, St. Petersburg. Online guestbook at Anderson McQueen Family Tribute Centers 727-822-2059

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2010
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