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died peacefully on June 8, 2018. Born in Jacksonville and raised in Tampa, she spent her life devoted to family, community and philanthropy. She gave her time, attention and resources to many causes, but those closest to her heart were Jewish causes, health care, and grandparents' rights. Her hard work and fortitude were recognized early in her career as a "professional volunteer" when she was elected to serve as the first and youngest woman president of the Tampa Jewish Federation in 1980. She rose through the ranks by serving on many committees and holding leadership positions, including campaign chair, secretary, and Tampa's representative to the National Women's Board of United Jewish Communities (UJC). Her active leadership inspired the founding of the "Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award," an endowment fund that annually recognizes and supports an outstanding young leader in the Jewish community. Hope was also an active member on the Board of many other organizations including the original Tampa Jewish Community Center, her synagogue, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and the State of Israel Bonds Young Leadership Committee. Hope founded the JACS Tampa chapter in 2003, and in 2008, received Hadassah's Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Lion of Judah Award for outstanding communal leadership. She summed up her lifelong passion for service with the simple mantra, "I just try to do things that are right." Outside the Jewish community, Hope has been an informal mentor and resource for those living with multiple sclerosis and lupus. She was an avid researcher and a fierce health advocate, and happily shared her own personal experiences and knowledge with others.Hope was a voracious reader, a talented writer and poet, a teacher, a renaissance woman with a sharp and mischievous sense of humor and contagious laugh. She was a person you could always rely on for a well-reasoned and honest opinion, solicited or not. She did not filter or sugar coat, yet always spoke the truth from a place of love. Her integrity was unwavering, but she was never judgmental. She loved deeply and was loved deeply in return. She was a close and cherished friend and confidant to many. She was a one of a kind. She was a force, and her spirit will live on in all who knew her. She is survived by her adoring family: her husband of 47 years, Les Barnett; children, Irving Barnett, Ben (Dana) Barnett; beloved grandchildren, Dylan, Ella, and Logan Barnett; brother Barry (Barbara) Cohen, and sister Cynthia (Stanley) Wright. She also leaves a legacy of love and laughter to her nieces and nephews, Geena Cohen Zaslavsky, Kevin Cohen, Steven Cohen, Barry Alexander Cohen, Mark Wright, Julie Wright Halbert, and Devra Wright. Private funeral services were held. Shiva will be held at Rodeph Sholom Synagogue, 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, June 10, 11, and 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Hope's honor to one of the following charities: TOP Jewish Foundation "Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Fund, "13009 Community Campus Dr., Tampa, 33625, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Lupus Research Alliance. Condolences may be expressed online at: segalfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times from June 10 to June 11, 2018
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