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    - Ed Weiss Bailey
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    - Ruby Ferguson
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    - edelle sher
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Alan Weiss was born on August 8, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pa. and passed away on August 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family and friends, just 3 days shy of his 67th birthday. Alan was the beloved husband of Barbara, his constant companion for 35 years. He was an extraordinary man with a wicked sense of humor and a wit that cast a spell on everyone he met. Alan will always be remembered for his beautiful spirit, his funny and fabulous personality, and his love for animals. He had a heart of gold, and many will miss him. Alan moved to Florida at the age of twenty. He worked as a manager of the Marriott in-flight division at Miami International Airport. He was responsible for making sure all flights departed fully stocked with food and beverage. He was later promoted as the Marriott liaison for Amtrak's Turbo train, ensuring complete food and beverage delivery at all the train's stops along the perimeter of the United States. Alan was directly responsible for Marriott acquiring the food service contract for the Amtrak's Turbo Train. In 1978 Alan and Barbara opened The Brass Works, a custom metal sculpture/retail store at the Galt Ocean Mile, where they remained until 1988. There, he pursued his self-taught artistic talents with metal. His metals of choice were copper and brass, from which he created his one-of-a-kind sculptures, including front doors, furniture, waterfalls, chandeliers, clipper ships, wall sculptures, copper and brass roses, and hand-crafted jewelry. Throughout his career as an artist, Alan won numerous awards for his works. His private collections are owned locally and worldwide. Due to difficult economic times, Alan and Barbara closed the doors of The Brass Works and started a tree trimming company, Eager Beaver Tree Service. Alan's perfectionist mantra from his metal work carried over to his tree trimming business. Every tree had to be perfect. He was always "the Jew in the tree" to all his clients who, during the past 25 years, ranged from large communities such as Mission Bay in Boca Raton to personal clients along Hillsboro Mile. His clients loved his fabulous work ethic and his unstoppable sense of humor. Many of his clients would look forward to their conversations while he trimmed the trees, as he made them feel very special. Alan had several cute nicknames throughout his life. To his close childhood friends he was always known as "Cheese" because of his unwavering love of cheese. To others, he was referred to as "Kenny," noting his uncanny resemblance to Kenny Rogers. Alan recently met his look-alike several months ago, when Alan and Barbara attended a Kenny Rogers' concert, and Alan was asked backstage to meet Kenny. It was a moment Alan truly cherished. Mortality cannot kill our memories. He will always be remembered for his ability to bring light through his humor, into his friends' darkest hours, for his compassion and integrity, for his unbelievable talent, for his loyalty and honesty, for his strength and courage, for his passion for life, and for his undying devotion to those he loved. Alan will be joining his beloved dogs, Toby, Sophie, Katy, Flash and all their cats. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Nathan and Claire Weiss, and his beloved in-laws, Sylvia and Henry Littman, along with his beloved Aunt Rose and Uncle Dee. He is survived by his soulmate and wife, Barbara, his sister, Anita(Harold) Spector, his brother, Jay (Debbie) Weiss, brother in law, Jeff (Elayne) Littman, nieces, Susan (Darren ) Martini, Terry (Pat) Murnane, Wendy (John ) Kray, Jeff (Curt) Spector, Meredith (Mario) Zannino, Darren (Michele) Littman, Stephanie (Randy) Banks, Cody, and great nieces and nephews, Gillian, Alexa, Scarlett, Parker, Helena, Lilly, Chad, Aaron, Conrad. Family and friends may call from 1:00 to 2:00 PM where a Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 2:00PM at hte Broward Burial & Cremation, 1801 E. O)akland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33306. Donations can be made in Alan's name to the Humane Society of Broward County.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 7, 2013