MERIN, Sidney J., 85, of Tampa passed away on December 31, 2012. Born and reared in Altoona, Pennsylvania, he was first generation American of parents who immigrated from Lithuania. He served in WWII in Europe; returned to attend college graduating from Penn State University with a Ph.D. in psychology. The second psychologist In Tampa he maintained a private practice; was an adjunct professor for USF for several years; earned a Diplomate in Clinical and Neuropsychology; served as president of the FPA; and was a well known Forensic Psychologist until his retirement two years ago. He married Arlene Merrow and settled in Tampa Florida. He is survived by his loving wife, Arlene; his children, Cheryl Barr (David), Debra Merin, Michele Smith (Jack) and Jeffrey Merin; his grandchildren, Tristan, Ryan (Andrea), Jarred (Angela), Elliot and Emory; four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and a brother. Sidney enjoyed friends, good food, music, history finding the humor in life, and above all his family. He is dearly loved and will be sorely missed by us all. Gathering of friends and family at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue in Tampa from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013. Contributions in Sidney's name may made in lieu of flowers to LifePath Hospice or The Shriners.
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Published in TBO.com on January 3, 2013