Donald ZELL
1928 - 2017
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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 charity of your choice. Please Sign the guestbook at HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Jun. 4, 2017.
Memorial service
04:00 PM
Beth El - The Beaches Synagogue i
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Palmetto Cemetery
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July 7, 2017
Don was an extraordinary person...always willing to help others. We will truly miss him. He was one of the most giving individuals we know. Blessings to the family and our prayers are with you.
-Wyman and Rosemary Winbush
Wyman Winbush
June 28, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Charmaine Hatchett
June 5, 2017
Anne& Betty, I am so sad to hear about your dad."Mushroom Quiche" will have a special meaning forever.He always left us all with a smile on our face.His quick wit and friendly comments were always a welcome pleasure.He will be missed.Chester Skinner & I give you our deepest condolences. He will hold a special part of my heart forever.Tracie Carlson
Tracie Carlson
June 5, 2017
Don Zell was a outstanding citizen of Jacksonville, his passing leaves a great void in the lives of many. He served his Country, his City and his business career with professionalism and pride. May he rest in Peace.
John Keane
June 4, 2017
Don was quick with an extended hand and a trade mark smile and laugh.
The only times I saw him get flustered was when he would talk about his golf game. Don was a true friend to my company as well as my family for which I thanked him countless times.
One more won't hurt. Thank you Don Zell for your council and your friendship.
Go 'Jackets!
Tom Tinsley
June 4, 2017
What a wonderful man Don Zell was. I had the privilege of meeting him when I roomed with his daughter Anne at UF. Not only were both her parents always there, but I have fond memories of Don driving into Gainesville after a day at work and taking Anne and I to dinner many times. We also went to her family home on weekends and I was welcomed with open arms. My family, husband and child has had the honor of knowning Don too. What a great man he was. Don was very caring and kind. My family and I are blessed to have known Don and his family. There are many wonderful memories that I have and will always cherish.
Linda Gardner
June 4, 2017
A friend of Donald Zell; Tom DeMaio advised me on Donald's Donald's obituary; what a gem of a gentleman and a giver in life
Al Bagocius
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