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Barney Anton, 94, Ybor restaurateur, friend of charities

Barney Anton of Tampa, died Thursday (Oct. 27, 1994) at Hillhaven Rehabilitation Center, Tampa. He was 94.

He was born in the Ukraine and came here in 1940. He retired after 35 years of self-employment in the restaurant supply business and was owner of B. Anton & Son on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.

He was a devoted follower of the Jewish faith, with affiliations with many local synagogues, including Rodeph Sholom, Schaarai Zedek, Kol Ami and Temple David.

He devoted much of his time and energy to charitable pursuits, including the Jewish Community Center of Tampa, Tampa Jewish Federation, Jewish War Veterans Post 373, Hillel School of Tampa, Tampa Jewish Family Services, Menorah Manor Retirement Home, River Gardens Retirement Home, Jewish National Fund, Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and several yeshivas (houses of Jewish learning) in Israel.

He visited the ill in local hospitals as a hospital chaplain during his entire 54 years in Tampa. Survivors include his son, Leonard, Tampa; four grandchildren, Robin Sears, David Anton and Rebecca Anton, all of Tampa, and Mark Anton, New York City; and a brother, Jack Antonoff, Long Island, N.Y. Beth David Chapel, Tampa.

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ALFORD, ARTHUR R., 70, of Plant City, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) at home. He was born in Allston, Mass., and came here in 1987 from North Reading, Mass. He owned and operated a dry cleaning business and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church, Walden Lake Country Club and the Knights of Columbus in North Reading. Survivors include his wife, Madeline; two sons, Arthur R. Jr. and John, both of Winchester, Mass.; three daughters, Maureen Alford, Medford, Mass., and Arlene Southern and Rosemary Gudewich, both of Lowell, Mass.; a sister, Lillian Humphrey, Milton, Mass.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

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BRAND, CARL FRANCIS, 85, of Apollo Beach, died Thursday (Oct. 27, 1994) at Plaza West Nursing Home, Sun City Center. He was born in Akron, Ind., and came here several years ago from Bluffton, Ind. He was a retired city of Bluffton law enforcement officer and a Navy veteran. He was a Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Helen Louise; two sons, James W., Ruskin, and Donald L., Bend, Ore.; a daughter, Rosemary Cowgill, Carrollton, Texas; a sister, Ethel Dickey, Fort Wayne, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Florida Mortuary, Loyless Chapel, Tampa.

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BRITO, PABLO "PABLITO," 65, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) in Tampa. He was born in Santa Clara, Cuba. He was a superintendent for Borden Dairy, where he was employed 25 years. He was a Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Margarita Brito, Haberkorn, Tampa; his mother, a brother and three sisters, all in Cuba; and three granddaughters. Roel & Curry Funeral Home, Tampa.

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COWART, TIMMY L., 15, of Plant City, died Saturday (Oct. 22, 1994) in Plant City after being struck by a pickup. He was born in Tampa and was a student at Turkey Creek Junior High School. Survivors include his parents, Charlie and Sara Cowart; four brothers, Franklin, Robert L., Charlie L. and Jimmy L., all of Plant City; two sisters, Janie Mateo, Athens, Ala., and Lisa Ramariz, Plant City; his paternal grandmother, Corabelle Cowart; and his maternal grandfather, Robert L. Grant. Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City.

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FAVATA, ANDREW O. JR., 34, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) at home. He was born in Tampa and was a bank credit manager. He was a Catholic. Survivors include his parents, Andrea Oblin Favata Sr. and Irene B. Villareal, Tampa; a brother, Anthony David, Tampa; two sisters, Nanette Favata Olivero and Sarah Elizabeth Favata, both of Tampa. Florida Mortuary, Loyless Chapel, Tampa.

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FIELDING, PEARL WILLIAMSON, 88, of Odessa, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) in Tampa. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., and came here in 1930. She was a registered nurse and retired from W.T. Edwards Hospital after 30 years of service. She was a member of Keystone Presbyterian Church and the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include a son, Wilbur W., Odessa; a daughter, Diane Redding, Odessa; and three grandchildren. F.T. Blount Funeral Home, Nebraska Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

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HIRSCH, ARTHUR, 75, of Sarasota, died Tuesday (Oct. 25, 1994) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in Bronx, N.Y. He was an optometrist with practices in Tampa, Sarasota and Lake Worth. He was a member of the Florida Optometric Association and the Florida Orchestra. Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Hirsch Brown, Vero Beach; a son, Larry, Los Angeles; a brother, Dr. Joseph, Tampa; and two grandchildren. Sistrunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

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JACOBS, KENNETH, 68, of Sun City Center, died Tuesday (Oct. 25, 1994) at South Bay Hospital, Sun City Center. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and came here four years ago from Queensbury, N.Y. He was a retired golf course manager and an Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include two brothers, Robert D., Sun City Center, and Raymond, Queensbury. Lewers Funeral Home, Ruskin.

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LAURIA, ERSLIA, 67, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Oct. 25, 1994) at Tampa General Hospital. She was born in Rome, and came here in 1969 from Pittsburgh. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Louis; five sons, Frank, Lutz, Carlo, Louis and Robert, all of Tampa, and Anthony, Lakeland; two daughters, Anna Marie Lauria Leavines and Patricia Allison, both of Tampa; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Jennings Funeral Home, Tampa.

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PRESS, ISANA, 56, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Oct. 25, 1994) in Tampa. She was born in Russia and came here in 1991 from Russia. She was a member of Congregation Kol Ami. Survivors include her husband, Isak; two daughters, Inna Press, Tampa, and Marina Gutmakher, Lakewood, N.J.; and a granddaughter. Beth David Chapel, Tampa.

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SLIWA, ANGELA M., 68, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) at Brandon Hospital. She was born in Charlottesville, Va., and came here in 1958. She was a ward clerk for Tampa General Hospital for more than eight years and a homemaker. She was an Episcopalian. Survivors include her husband, Edward J.; a son, David M. Hooke, Rocky Mount, Va.; and a grandson. Stowers Funeral Home, Riverview.

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SWATSENBURG, JOHN KLASS, 86, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) in Tampa. He was born in the Netherlands. He was retired owner and founder of General Cooling and Heating and a Catholic. Survivors include a son, Bradley, Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Joann Wasson, Charlotte, N.C.; and a granddaughter. Roel & Curry Funeral Home, Tampa.

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WESTLAKE, GERALDINE K., 87, of Tampa, died Wednesday (Oct. 26, 1994) in Tampa. She was born in Calhoun, Ga., and came here in 1935. She was a cigar maker for Hav-A-Tampa Cigar Co. and a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 111 for more than 50 years. She was a member of Highland United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Wesley Ladies Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women. Survivors include three sons, Jerry L. Wrinkle, Rome, N.Y., Wilbur C. Westlake, Hudson, and William F. Westlake, Tampa; two daughters, Margaret A. Malazeski, San Francisco, and Betty Hecker, Brandon; a sister, Rita Martin, Tampa; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. F.T. Blount Funeral Home, Nebraska Avenue Chapel, Tampa.

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