SCHWARTZ, Irving J. 68, of Brooksville, died Nov. 6, 2012 at the Brooksville Regional Hospital. He was born March 15, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith P. Schwartz and his sister Grace S. Randolph. He is survived by his sister, Florence G. Schwartz and a niece and two nephews. Irv began his career with Burger King as a restaurant manager in a company owned restaurant in Miami. A few years later, he went to work for a Burger King franchisee in the Tampa area as a District Manager and was later promoted to Director of Operations. He once again became an employee of Burger King Corporation when the company bought back the stores in the Tampa area. He served as Company District Manager before being promoted to Florida Region Vice President. As the Region Vice President, he was responsible for the operation of Florida company restaurants as well as overseeing the franchise restaurants in the region. He was also responsible for real estate development and marketing for the region. He became a Burger King franchisee in the Tampa area after leaving Burger King Corporation. His was a true success story having worked his way up from a restaurant manager through responsible positions on both the company and franchise side of the business and eventually becoming a franchisee himself. After selling his Burger King restaurants, he purchased the Gregory's Flame Broiled Chicken of Florida, Inc. franchise in 1989, with two locations in St. Petersburg, until he started Carefree Catering, Inc. in 1996 to provide the food service to St. Petersburg Catholic High School and the community. He retired in 2009 and devoted most of his time to caring for sick and injured dogs and cats. His remains have been cremated and the Memorial Service will at his Brooksville home on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 from 1-3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751 or any animal adoption or shelter of your choice.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 1, 2012