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Frederick (Fred) Weiner

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Born December 6th, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, to Ben and Jean (Virginia) Weiner, and passed away on December 29, 2012 after a defiant battle with Multiple Myeloma. Although he lived the later part of his life in Southern California Fred was a proud Chicagoan and deeply disappointed Cub fan. He grew up poor but happy at Sheffield and Barry in the Lakeview neighborhood. Fred played football and ran track at Chicago's Lakeview High School and graduated class of 1957. He also served a term in the Illinois National Guard before proudly earning a degree from Northwestern University, the first of his family to receive a college degree. His natural salesmanship led him to a 50 year career in sales including 40 years in the insurance business. Fred remained politically and socially active throughout his life and despite increased difficulty with mobility, donated his time to the Democratic Party in the last two elections. He loved and defended the natural world in all its forms. Fred loved the ocean, he was a certified Scuba diver and accomplished sailor. He realized some of his boyhood dreams of adventure by traveling to Africa, The Galapagos Islands, Belize, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Alaska and multiple trips to Europe and England. He was a loving and caring family man who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Fred was preceded in death by his older brother Donald Weiner and his ex-wife Susan Ann Warsing (Weiner). Fred is survived by his wife Maria Weiner of Camarillo, California, whom he secretly considered to be an angel; Aunt Geneva and Uncle Russell Tinerella, Brother Ronald Weiner and Sister Sharon DuMelle, children, David, Daniel, & Jill (Tom) Bergerson, stepchildren Catherine, Lisa, Martin and James. He was the proud and loving grandfather of Isabel, Anabel , Meghan, Isaac & Rohan. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Fred's name to: Pacific Lodge Boys Home @ www.plys.org or The Myeloma Institute @ Myeloma.uams.edu/donation. There will be a memorial in CA on Feb. 10th, 2013 at the Pacific Lodge Boys Home - 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364 . Chicago memorial plans are pending. For more information contact Jill Weiner @ 773-742-9329.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 3, 2013
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