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SANDRA ZIPP FISHMAN, 75, of Cleveland, Owls Head and Tampa, died July 6. A native of Cleveland, she attended Cleveland Heights High prior to attending Ohio University where she met her late husband Larry Fishman. They enjoyed traveling and playing golf. She worked for several years at University Hospital of Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, serving as the business manager for the intensive care, pharmacology and neonatology units. She was a volunteer for the Jewish Woman’s Federation in Cleveland. Survivors include her two children, Mara Centanni Knapp (Mike), and Douglas Fishman (Bridgid); and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Bancroft NeuroHealth Flicker Residences in Voorhees, NJ.

MAURICE GARRETT, 92, of Tampa, died July 29. Born in the Bronx, he lived most of his life in Tampa. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was the founder and president of a women’s clothing chain, The Colony Shops, for more than 50 years. Survivors include his wife of 68 years Barbara; son and daughter-in-law Richard and Robyn Garrett; daughter and son-in-law Laurie Garrett and Mike Deeson; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Honor Flight of Central Florida or Congregation Schaarai Zedek. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

MARJORIE “MARGIE” HODES, 95, of Tampa, died Aug. 4. A native of New Orleans, she moved to Tampa in 1950. She was a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and its Sisterhood. She was an active volunteer for numerous organizations including the Tampa Arts Council. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Lyn and Barry Meyerson; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. The family suggests memorials be made to the Amy Gail Buchman Pre-School. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

CAPTAIN ALFRED NATHAN “AL” SCHIFF, 87, of Tampa, died July 10. Born in Cleveland, he attended the University of Louisville, graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in engineering physics. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Morocco. Achieving the rank of Captain, he flew the SA-16 Albatross and the C-124 Globemaster. He went to work for Reliance Electric in Cleveland while continuing to serve in the USAF Reserves, flying the C-119 and serving as a liaison for the Air Force Academy. Instrumental in the growth of the motors and drives industry, designing the first tracking control system for sub-orbital and orbital space missions, he also pioneered the use of DC drives in the pulp and paper industry. He became general manager of Toledo Scale and transformed it from mechanical to electronic technologies, building the company on multiple continents. Under his leadership the company was awarded the presidential “E” Award, for significant contributions to the expansion of export trade. In 1979, Toledo Scale became part of Exxon and in 1981 Exxon asked him to move to Greensboro, NC, to work at Gilbarco, the leading provider of gas station technology, where he led its transformation from mechanical to electrical technologies and ran its worldwide operations. Each place he and his family lived they were patrons of the arts and culture. He served as a director at large of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and sat on the boards of Guilford College, NCNB Greensboro, the North Carolina Symphony and Eastern Music Festival. In 1987, he and his wife moved to Tampa, where he served on the boards of TOP Jewish Foundation, USF Foundation, WEDU and MOSI. He and his wife also became patrons of the Florida Orchestra, Straz Center, Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera and Asolo Theater. Involved in the USF College of Engineering, he chaired its Advisory Board, gaining the college international recognition. He was honored with the USF Class of ’56 Award and the USF Lifetime Achievement Engineering Excellence Award. Survivors include his wife of 64 years Rose Wallens Schiff; sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Marcia Schiff, Gordon and April Schiff, and Ned Schiff; sister Elaine Soffer; and 10 grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Schaarai Zedek Rabbi Simon Discretionary Fund, or Eastern Music Festival, Schiff Family Scholarship Fund, USF College of Engineering. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

BARBARA JO WARD, 68, of Tampa, died July 21. Born in New York City, she grew up in Westport, CT, graduating from Staples High School in Westport. She attended the University of Tampa earning a bachelor of arts degree in economics. She worked in marketing and sales at Southeast Bank of Tampa, Exxon Corp. and Revlon. Following the birth of her middle child, Justin, she became an advocate for children with special needs. She spent many years counseling other parents with special needs children and publicly speaking on the topic throughout the country. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Alton C. Ward; her children, Nicole Moore, Justin Ward, and Shane and Morgan Ward; sister Pamela Feldman; and one grandson. The family suggests memorials to the National Down Syndrome Society. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

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