Burton Charles (Burt) Weitzman, 75, passed away on Feb. 6, 2016, at home in Hudson, FL, with his wife and dogs present. He had been fighting esophageal cancer for more than a year and a half and his body just gave out. He was born in Brooklyn, NY. to Samuel and Diana Weitzman. Sam and Diana were Jewish and Burt remained Jewish throughout his life. He is survived by two sisters, Irma Gal and Barbara Rosenfeld. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, NY, and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1963 with a degree in biology.
He married Susan Rockmore in 1963 and they had two children Stuart Weitzman, who resides in Chagrin Falls, OH, and Sandra Weitzman Goldmeer, who resides in Farmingdale, NY. Stuart is married to Lisa Sampliner Weitzman; they have four children Danielle, Samuel, Andrew, and Chloe. Sandra is married to Jeffery Goldmeer; they have 3 children Ezra, Ethan, and Amitai. Burt and Susan divorced in 1984. Burt married Marilyn Wolf in 1988. Marilyn has two children from a former marriage; Jacob Wilson and Jorja Wilson Comer. Jacob has a daughter, Brooke, with Melinda Barkley. Jorja married Al Comer; they have one son, Jau Comer, and one stepson, Kyler Barkely.
With his biology degree he taught one year in a Philadelphia junior high school. The next year he started with IBM and spent more than 25 years with them. He had a variety of jobs such as System Engineer and planning and development while moving around the US. He said he was able to change careers without changing companies.
Over the years Burt played tennis and golf. He loved playing cards which included competitive bridge, hearts, and poker. He used to say he put himself through college playing hearts. Recently, he joined a local poker group called Angry Jacks. Everyone in the group was younger than him by decades but they accepted him and they kept him young. The members of the group have become good friends and were very supportive as his health deteriorated.
Thank you to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and especially Dr. Khaldoun Almhanna and his nurse, Connie Hanlon. They made the journey bearable. He was in hospice care at home. Everyone at the HPH Hospice was helpful and kind and would come to us at any time of the day or night.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 12609 Memorial Drive, Trinity, FL 34655, 727-376-7824, on February 20, 2016 from 1-2:30pm with a service at 2:30pm. Burt will be buried in the Beit Olam section of Trinity Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Friends of Animal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 215, Elfers, FL 34680. Burt wanted these words on his headstone: Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend. He excelled in each of these roles and we will continue to love and miss him.