WEINSTEIN, Ira, born in Tampa on May 7, 1938, passed away September 9, 2012 after a long battle with Alz-heimer's. He grad-uated from Plant High School; Emory University, where he was a "Dooley" and a member of the TEP Fraternity; University of Florida Law School, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Tau Law Fraternity. He later served on the Board of Directors of the Gator Boosters. He enlisted and served in the Army Reserves. In 1969 he was appointed Kentucky Colonel and a Supreme Court Judge of the Commonwealth of Ybor City. Ira served as an Assistant Attorney General in Tallahassee prior to returning to Tampa where he practiced law for 43 years. He frequently served as an Acting Municipal Judge and part-time City Attorney. He was a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Florida Matrimonial Trial Lawyers Association. He was a Past-President of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and during his tenure led a drive to raise funds to build the Irving Cohen Center and was a member of the Rodeph Sholom Men's Club. He served as a volunteer with the Sertoma Club, MacDonald's Training Center, Little League and religious groups. He was preceded in death by parents, Anne and David Weinstein. Ira is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Dorothy Combs Weinstein; beloved daughters, Monica Kavalieros (husband Jack) and Jessica Weinstein (husband John Garth); granddaughters, Julia and Madelyn Kavalieros and Lorelei Rose Weinstein Garth; grandson, Ethan Kavalieros; sister, Sharon Stevens (husband David); and sister-in-law, Bernice Combs Teske (husband Jim). Ira was a loving husband and father, and his family, friends and associates will forever remember him by his license tag, "Gator 1". The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers of the Bon Secours Maria Manor and Suncoast Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
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Published in TBO.com on September 11, 2012