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John F. Germany greets fans after a talk in July 2012 at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa. Mr. Germany and longtime friend and politician Sam Gibbons, now deceased, reminisced about Tampa’s growth in the 1950s and ’60s.Times (2012)

Lawyer John Germany, driving force behind downtown Tampa library, dies at 92

TAMPA — His diagnosis came only this month. Incurable cancer. At 92, John F. Germany began to say his goodbyes. Young lawyers and old friends dropped by to see him and his family gathered around. But there were final instructions from the man who founded downtown Tampa's public library and remembered it in his wani …

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