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Donald ZELL

1928 - 2017
Donald ZELL Obituary
ZELL Donald David Zell, Sr., 88, passed away June 2, 2017. Mr. Zell was born in Brunswick, Georgia, and moved to Jacksonville in 1953. He was a member of Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Mr. Zell was a financial advisor for 45+ years. He was a marshal in the first Greater Jacksonville Open, now THE PLAYERS Championship, and served for 52 years in roles including Parking Chairman, Chairman (1979), and Past-Chairman and was a very proud Red Coat. Mr. Zell was very active in the Jacksonville Georgia Tech Club. He served on the Board of Trustees of the now Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) and on the FSCJ Foundation. In the 1960?s, Mr. Zell and a partner donated land that is now the FSCJ North Campus. The FSCJ Urban Resource Center is named after him. He was a big supporter of college scholarships as he attended Georgia Tech on a Navy (now ROTC) scholarship and believed others should have the same opportunity he had to obtain a college degree. Following graduation, he served in the Navy 1950-1953 and in the reserves from 1953-1958. He was on a number of boards in the Jacksonville area. Mr. Zell graduated from the Glynn Academy (1946) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (1950; General Engineering). He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ringel Zell and his parents, Anne Braw Zell and Carley Zell. Survivors include his children, Elizabeth (Betty) Zell, Anne Zell Schooley, David Zell, and Margaret Zell McEachin; grandchildren, Luis and Donald Rovira, Jesse Zell and Sarah Zell Tillis; and great-grandchildren Luis and Connor Rovira. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4th, at Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with Rabbi Michael Matuson officiating. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 5th, at Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a . Please Sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 4, 2017
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