Allen Robert Samuels SrSeptember 30, 1929 ~ July 8, 2017 (age 87)
Allen Robert Samuels Sr, a resident of Pinellas County since 1955, passed away on July 8, 2017. He is survived by his sons, Allen Robert Jr. (Mary K) San Jose, CA; Scott (Robin) St. Petersburg; and Tydon (Andra) of St. Paul, MN; grandchildren Aaron Samuels (Berkeley, CA); Rachel Samuels (Pacifica, CA); Courtland Samuels (Boca Raton, FL) and Grayson Samuels (St. Petersburg); sister Rita Samuels Silverman (Baltimore, MD) and sister-in-law Betty Getz Morgenstein (St. Petersburg); three nephews and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Carol Morgenstein Samuels.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Allen graduated from Forest Park High School in 1946 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Maryland in 1950. He served in the US Army from 1951-1953, attending counter-intelligence school in Baltimore before shipping out to Japan. Allen credited his experiences while stationed in Kochi and Matsui with fueling his lifelong love of travel. He made enduring friendships during his service, returning to Japan in 1977 and 2002, as well as hosting many Japanese visitors in his Treasure Island home.
Upon his return to Baltimore, Allen married the love of his life, Carol Rae Morgenstein (1931-2003) in January 1955, and together they embarked on a new life in south Florida. Allen enrolled at Stetson University College of Law, earning his LLB and passing the Florida Bar in 1956. He practiced civil litigation in Clearwater until 1960, when he opened a partnership with Leonard Lubin in St. Petersburg. Allen argued and won two precedent-setting cases before the Florida Supreme Court, enhancing his reputation as one of Pinellas County's premier real estate and probate attorneys. He retired from the law in 1985 to pursue his passion for travel. Over his lifetime, Allen visited 130 countries and every continent except Antarctica.
Allen and Carol were dedicated philanthropists. Among their many contributions to the community is the Carol Samuels Observatory at the Science Center of Pinellas. Following Carol's death, Allen established a memorial "Unsung Hero" scholarship in her name at Stetson University College of Law. Allen was a founding member of Jewish Family Services of Pinellas County and served as its second president. He was an active member of Congregation B'nai Israel, serving on the board of directors, until becoming a member of Temple Beth-El in later years.
A lifelong sports fan, Allen was among the Tampa Bay Rays' first season ticketholders and continued to attend and watch their games until shortly before his death. He played twice with the Kids and Kubs, and was a fixture on local tennis courts, playing regularly until age 86. He and Carol attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Seoul, Atlanta and Barcelona.
The last years of Allen's life were made brighter by his special partner, Eleanor Davidov. Eleanor shares Allen's love of learning and sense of adventure, and together they were enthusiastic members of ASPEC, the Association of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, where Allen often lectured on law, history and travel.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Largo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Suncoast Hospice Empath Health.
Shiva will be observed from the residence of Scott and Robin Samuels, 1216 79th Street South, St. Petersburg 33707, beginning at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, with service at 7:30 PM.
David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg is serving the family.